Among the positive signs from this victory was the balanced offense, with big assists from special teams. No surprise, Donnel Pumphrey can run the ball! And the 31 yards he gained with one pass reception were just a hint of ways Bob Toledo will capitalize on DJ’s talent.
|Donnel Pumphrey gained 111 yards rushing and had 31 yards receiving vs. Northern Arizona|
(photo by Ken Ables)
But maybe the most promising plays came from special teams. Donny Hageman hit a 48-yard FG right down the middle and was 5 for 5 on PATs. Lloyd Mills showed his speed and elusiveness with 67-yard punt return for a TD. And Calvin Munson showed determination in almost scoring with his 64-yard INT return.
|Donny Hageman was 6-7 on field goals and extra points (photo by Ken Ables)|
Isn’t it nice to be so critical after a 38-7 win?
A disappointing crowd of only 30,761 (maybe) turned out. Sad. This team deserves more support than that – from the student body and from the community. We need to create the same atmosphere Aztec basketball enjoys at Viejas. Problem is, the Q is just too big.
Now the Aztecs have to gear up for a road trip to North Carolina for the second game ever against the Tar Heels, who won their opener against Liberty, 56-29. They have been improving year by year, and are ranked #23 in the AP poll, so this game will be a major challenge and will serve as an indicator of how much progress the Aztecs have made.