Granted, San Jose State had serious QB problems, which only got worse as the game went on. The Aztecs played with a determination from the start, making it clear there would be no let-up. In the first quarter alone, DJ Pumphrey had 150 net yards, and the team totals were 282 yards for the Aztecs; 42 for the Spartans. And possession time, about 2-1.
Our passing totaled only 34 yards for the whole game, prompting Rocky to comment the passing game wasn’t very good. True. And, while Quinn Kaehler’s four completions don’t look too good, his receivers share the blame with some dropped balls. Anyway, when you’re running the ball the way we were….
One of my favorite parts of this game was the running of Lucky Radley, who ran for 31 yards, averaging 6.2, and he topped it off with a well-run 11-yard TD. A graduate student transfer, Lucky was a quiet but important contributor on special teams all season. Oh, yes, Lucky also recovered a fumble in yesterday’s game!
Defense? You name it, they did it. Physically dominated the Spartans. As witness, unfortunately, the number of injuries resulting from clean hard hits.
Next: a bowl game. For all Aztec fans, I am rooting for it to be the Poinsettia Bowl!
Aztec RBs DJ Pumphrey and Lucky Radley (photos by Ernie Anderson)