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Aztecs Struggle Early, Finish With a W Over Sac State

Christian Chapman exits game with knee injury.

September 09, 2018 - 6:46 pm

If you were to go by looks alone, you would think that the Aztecs were 10-0 and not 0-1. After averaging the largest crowds in the Group of 5 last year, San Diegans showed up ready to party, 45,755 people ready to party to be exact. In the end the Aztecs made everyone happy by getting their first win on the year by beating Sacramento State 28-14.

The tailgating was in full force, and the Sky Show fireworks were ready to go, everything was set up for a huge celebration. Not only for an Aztecs victory, but also for starting QB Christian Chapman to become the winningest quarterback in the history of the school. Unfortunately, Chapman was injured in the first half 

Christian Chapman did get credit for the win, but it didn’t happen quite like everyone thought. With just under 5 minutes to go in the first half, Chapman took a shot to his knee and a hush fell over SDCCU Stadium. Chapman rolled around in pain and Aztecs fans everywhere cringed with him. Don’t worry, don’t worry it wasn’t for nothing. Sac State defensive end David Perales with hit with a personal foul. Oh, you were more concerned about the status of Christian Chapman? He should be ok. But maybe not for the next couple weeks. 

Rocky Long did reveal after the game though that he should miss some time. After being asked what the Dr. said, Rocky responded with “He didn’t act like it’s over, he’s done. He said (Chapman’s) out for a couple of weeks and he’s not sure what’s wrong in there and we’ll find out when we get the MRI.”

So, time to shine Ryan Agnew. And although he did start out with a bang, completing his first pass for 13 yards, then quickly showed off his ground game by running for 14 yards. There were some rough moments for a guy who has rarely seen the game field in his career. Aztecs fans should be encouraged by what they saw though because he showed that he will fit in the offense. Not only will he fit with the offense, he will add another dimension with his ability to run the ball. 

The crowd had to wait  much longer than they thought to pop the champagne. Juwan Washington led the way for the Aztecs carrying the ball a whopping 36 times, for 156 yards, and also a career high 3 touchdown’s. But that type of night would have been wasted if the Aztecs weren’t able to convert a 4th & 9 with 5:59 to go. At that moment the Aztecs were down 14-13 to an FCS team. 

Ryan Agnew kept the game alive on 4th down with a clutch completion to Ethan Dedeaux. That seemed to spark the Aztecs to a win after struggling for most of the game. 

The final score was 28-14, but the game was much closer than that. 

Next up is another ranked opponent for the second time in three weeks. That team is Arizona State And that team is the last team the Aztecs want to see at SDCCU Stadium.

Number 1, ASU has a revenge game factor because of the Aztecs beating them in Tempe last year.  Number 2, ASU just beat 15th ranked Michigan State. That helped them move into the top 25...coming in at number 23.

Ryan Agnew has not officially been named the starter, but it’s safe to think that is the most likely scenario.