Scouting Report: San Diego State

The Mountain West season begins for both Utah and San Diego State. Utah rides a two-game winning streak, while the Aztecs try to get their first win for the new coach.

Utah (2-1, 0-0 MWC) vs. San Diego State (0-2, 0-0 MWC)

Date: Saturday, Sept. 23

Kickoff: 5:00 p.m. PT (6:00 MT)

Site: San Diego, Calif. (Qualcomm Stadium/54,000/Grass)

TV: mtn.

Radio: Sports Radio 700 the Zone

 

Notes:

Utah (2-1, 0-0 MWC) opens Mountain West Conference play this Saturday against San Diego State (0-2, 0-0 MWC) in Qualcomm Stadium. Game time is 5:00 p.m. PT (6:00 MT). The Utah-SDSU will be televised live by the mtn. and can be heard on Sports Radio 700 the Zone.

 

 The Utah-San Diego State series is all tied up at 12-12-1. More information on the series can be found on page 2 of this release.

 

 In its last two games, Utah has out-scored its opponents 93-7. The Utes have not allowed a score in the last seven quarters.

 

 Utah is 1-1 on the road, losing to UCLA 31-10 and beating Utah State 48-0.

 

 Utah leads the league in scoring offense (34.3 points per game) and ranks third in scoring defense (12.7 ppg). For Utah's complete MWC and national rankings, see page 3 of this release.

 

San Diego State On Offense: Overall the offense has not been very good. They looked good in the second half of the UTEP game but were blanked last week against Wisconsin.

 

Darren Mougey took over the quarterback spot in the season opener and now he is leading the Aztecs. He made a little history last week when become the first Aztec quarterback since 1991 to complete over 50 percent of his passes, pass for more than 100 yards and not throw an interception in his first career start.

 

The running game hasn't been especially effective. The Aztecs are averaging just 61 yards a game and less than two yards a carry. Lynell Hamilton leads the team in rushing but has just 59 yards this season, and like the rest of the team is struggling to muster two yards a rush.

 

Hamilton leads the team in receiving as well and is one of two teams with double figure catches. Brett Swain has grabbed 10 balls for 97 yards and leads the team in receiving yards. Already seven players have a catch this season, with four receivers averaging in double figures in yardage.<P>

 

San Diego State On Defense: The Aztecs are hard to judge. The offense was porous against UTEP but did a nice job keeping the Badgers out of the endzone. Wisconsin managed just two scores and the Aztecs forced another fumble in the redzone.<P>

 

Utah is hitting their stride on offense. They have put up over 45 points each of the last two games, albeit against inferior competition. This will be a great test for both teams. On paper SDSU is the best defense the Utes have seen since the opener against UCLA, but this should be a more confident offensive unit than the one that took the field in the first game. The Aztecs will strive to see if the game against Wisconsin was a true measure of their defense.<P>

 

Outlook: The Utes appear to be the better team, but they have not faced a tough foe since UCLA. SDSU looks to get new coach Chuck Long his first win and build from the momentum of the hard fought game in Madison.


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