Aztecs blow out Army in home opener

San Diego State (1-1, 0-0 MWC) welcomed Army (0-1) to Qualcomm Stadium with a 42-7 shellacking on Saturday night...

San Diego State (1-1, 0-0 MWC) welcomed Army (0-1) to Qualcomm Stadium with a 42-7 shellacking on Saturday night.

It was an all around effort for the Aztecs, against the Black Knights on Saturday, who bounced back in a big way after their 21-12 loss to Washington last week.

SDSU hit the ground game early as Adam Muema had 6 carries for 57 yards in the first quarter. Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig made sure the team would not fall behind in the beginning stages of the game once again. Muema eclipsed the 100-yard mark on only 15 carries. Aztecs ground attack as an whole finished with 228 rushing yards.

Walter Kazee made it a dual-threat attack in the backfield with 51 yards and 2 touchdowns. Backup quarterback Ryan Dingwell also had a 7-yard touchdown for the first score of the game.

The Aztecs passing game drastically improved from week one due to the play from the guys up-front. The offensive line did give up two sacks but played physical giving the ball carriers huge holes and quarterback Ryan Katz plenty of time to find his open receivers.

Katz completed 14 of his 21 passes for 215 yards with a touchdown. Most importantly the offense recorded zero turnovers.

Ruffin not only had his first career reception but finished with 5 catches for 132 yards including the 13-yard reception that he broke for 44 more yards.

"It starts in practice," Ruffin said. "We run a lot of routes in practice just to get our timing down. We work a lot on getting our timing down and that's the biggest thing, being at the right spot to make the catch."

Defensively, it was entirely a different team from last week in Seattle (Wash.) as the unit beginning with first whistle came out fast, attacking the ball, holding the Black Knights scoreless through the first 9 possessions of the game.

"We had to play better than we did last week," SDSU middle linebacker Jake Fely said. "We just came out, did what we did, and got busy."

That flying around defense forced three turnovers on the day: Derek Largent fumble recovery off a bad snap in the first quarter, Eric Pinkins interception in the second quarter and Josh Gavert in the third.

Later in the game the special teams joined the fun with Colin Lockett, returning a kickoff for a 98-yard touchdown after the only score of the night for Army.

The Rocky Long chart was clearly not used in this one: SDSU kicked PAT's (6-for-6) and field goals (0-for-2).

With North Dakota on slate for next week, the Aztecs will roll into the game riding a ton of confidence.

"We can be really good." SDSU warrior Nat Berhe. "We can be really good. I think it's kind of scary. But it's exciting."

Finishing Notes

-SDSU had the ball for 28:59 tonight. Last year at Army the Aztecs had the ball just 17:49.

-Aztecs defense went 16 possessions (86:41 of clock time) without allowing a point prior Army's touchdown in the third quarter.

-Chase Price had his first career carry tonight as he totaled 43 yards on 8 rushes.


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