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The San Diego State Aztecs (3-4, 1-2) won 42 - 28 at Fort Collins against Colorado State (3-5, 0-4). The Aztecs victory was their first in conference and extended the Rams losing streak to 5 in a row. Ryan Lindley threw a career high 6 touchdowns in the victory. Catch more after the jump!
SDSU scored on a DeMarco Sampson touchdown pass with 9:39 left in the 4th quarter and never looked back. They were down by 14 at one half and by one going into the final quarter before Lindley put the team on his back. It was the ninth most receiving yards in Aztec history by Sampson.
Ryan Lindley behind great protection all game threw six touchdowns for 459 yards and a 67% completion percentage. Most of those passes targeted DeMarco Sampson, 15 catches for 257 yards. Most of these yards came after stud WR Vincent Brown went out with an injury. The SDSU passing game clicked all game and they had no need to rely on a running game except to throw in a different look ever so often. They picked up 72 yards on the ground, most for show.
The CSU Rams were actually up 21 - 7 at half and it looked like they were headed to victory. Grant Stuckers 48% completion percentage and two interceptions would have something to say about that. John Mosure ran for a career high 130 yards while emerging freshman Lou Greenwood got zero carries. Mosure also connected on a 23 yard pass. Once again the Rams snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as the blew another lead, the forth game in a row.
Next week the Aztecs host New Mexico and look to go .500 in conference. Colorado State will host Air Force in a in-state rivalry.
That was unacceptable for a team trying to break into the top tier of the conference. Blowing a six point lead to TCU is no shame or a lead to Utah. However a 14 point lead at home against a two win SDSU team is unacceptable. After a SDSU scoring drive that took the lead in the 4th quarter the defense came off to... nothing. It was a 38 yard pass down the middle and three tackles were missed. They were not yelled at by the coaching staff nor did a defensive leader step up and rally them. That could be the biggest problem with Klint Kubiak going down. CSU needs a leader, it won't be Stucker, Kubiak, or Blu-Smith. That coaching staff seems to be missing a piece.
I am not huge believer in veteran leadership or teams losing cause they didn't care. Skill/game plans will win out 95 out of 100 times. However this team needs a fire under its butts right now or it will miss the bowl season after a 3-0 start. They lack a killer instinct on both sides of the ball right now, obvious from the four blown leads in a row. I did not expect this out of a Steve Fairchild coached team. Fairchild and Steve Kerr need to get their players back on track as the wheels have completely fallen off. The rest of the season could be embarrassing if they don't get it turned around now!
So at 3-5 should the Rams fight for a bowl or look to next year? Well go for a bowl, but I am not sure that getting there with Stucker and your seniors is the way to go. Jon Eastman can be a "game manager" at the least or he wouldn't be on the team. Give him a shot next time Stucker throws a pick and looks to be heading down hill, i.e. the last three weeks. Give Lou Greenwood a chunk of the carries and see what he can give you, better now then spring ball after a 6-6 season.