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2008 San Diego State Aztecs Season

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Posted Feb 8, 2009


2008 San Diego State Aztecs Season, Game Recaps, Scores and Reviews

2008 San Diego State Aztecs

Nov. 22
San Diego State 42 … UNLV 21
Ryan Lindley threw two touchdown passes and the defense forced three turnovers with Corey Boudreaux snuffing out a late drive with an 82-yard pick six as San Diego State closed out its season by breaking a seven-game losing streak. Tyler Campbell ran for two scores including a seven-yarder in the fourth quarter as the Aztecs pulled away in the fourth. UNLV got two Ryan Wolfe touchdown catches from 33 and 24 yards out, but the defense couldn’t come up with the late stop needed.
Player of the game: San Diego State QB Ryan Lindley completed 35-of-50 passes for 387 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: UNLV - Passing: Mike Clausen, 26-40, 316 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Mike Clausen, 11-18. Receiving: Ryan Wolfe, 11-144, 2 TD
San Diego State - Passing: Ryan Lindley, 35-50, 387 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Atiyyah Henderson, 18-64. Receiving: Vincent Brown, 8-119
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Devastating. Simply devastating. With bowl eligibility on the line and actual respectability after years of ugliness, UNLV couldn’t stop lowly San Diego State, while the offense picked a horrible time to go into the tank. The Aztec D focused solely on stopping Frank Summers, and Mike Clausen and the passing game couldn’t come through. On the plus side, now that the Rebels got a taste of success, the hope has to be that the team will be focused on getting over the hump. There’s a chance now of being a player in the Mountain West if there can be more consistency and a few more wins in close games.

- 2008 SDSU Preview
- 2007 SDSU Season

2008 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
4-8
2008 Record: 2-10

Aug. 30 Cal Poly L 29-27
Sept. 6 at Notre Dame L 21-13
Sept. 13 at San Jose St L 35-10
Sept. 20
OPEN DATE
Sept. 27 Idaho W 45-17
Oct. 4 at TCU L 41-7
Oct. 11 Air Force L 35-10
Oct. 18 at New Mexico L 70-7
Oct. 25 Colorado State L 38-34
Nov. 1 at Wyoming L 35-10
Nov. 8 at BYU L 41-12
Nov. 15 Utah L 63-14
Nov. 22 UNLV W 42-21

2007 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
3-9
2007 Record:
3-9

Sept. 1 at Wash St L 45-17
Sept. 15 at Arizona St L 34-13
Sept. 22
Portland State W 52-17
Sept. 29 Cincinnati L 52-23
Oct. 6 at Col St W 24-20
Oct. 13 at Utah L 23-7
Oct. 20 New Mexico L 20-13
Nov. 3
Wyoming W 27-24
Nov. 10 at UNLV W 38-30
Nov. 17 at Air Force L 55-23
Nov. 24 TCU L 45-33
Dec. 1 BYU L 38-27

Nov. 15
Utah 63 … San Diego State 14
Utah recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and scored soon after on the first of five Brian Johnson touchdown passes. Johnson and Freddie Brown hooked up on scoring passes from four and five yards out, and he found David Reed for touchdowns from 32 and three yards away on the way to a 25-7 halftime lead. The Utes dominated the fourth quarter with one-yard touchdown runs from Matt Asiata and Ray Stowers and interception returns for touchdowns from 89 and 38 yards out from Deshawn Richard. Ryan Lindley threw two touchdown passes for the Aztecs.
Player of the game: Utah QB Brian Johnson completed 23-of-38 passes for 283 yards and five touchdowns with an interception, and he ran seven times for 31 yards
Stat Leaders: San Diego State - Passing: Ryan Lindley, 23-41, 247 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Tyler Campbell, 5-40. Receiving: Atiyyah Henderson, 6-29
Utah - Passing: Brian Johnson, 23-38, 283 yds, 5 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Matt Asiata, 14-83, 1 TD. Receiving: Freddie Brown, 11-110, 2 TD

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The defense wasn’t even close against Utah. It’s one thing to get ripped apart by a team that might win the Mountain West and be headed for the BCS, but it’s another to come up with one third down stop. One. It’s not like the offense didn’t do anything to help the cause with no running game and Ryan Lindley struggling to get the passing game moving. 10 penalties and three turnovers didn’t help. There’s one game left in the miserable season, and there needs to be some sign against UNLV that the program is going in the right direction. Head coach Chuck Long has to prove the team has gotten better in some phase.

Nov. 8
BYU 41 … San Diego State 12
BYU rolled without a problem as Mitch Payne hit two field goals and Andrew George caught a six-yard touchdown pass on the way to a 27-0 lead. San Diego State got two Lane Yoshida field goals to get on the board, but Austin Collie put the game well out of reach with touchdown catches from 61 and nine yards out for a 41-6 Cougar lead. David Nixon made 14 tackles for the Cougars.
Player of the game: BYU QB Max Hall completed 25-of-30 passes for 317 yards and three touchdowns
Stat Leaders: San Diego State - Passing: Ryan Lindley, 21-36, 160 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Tyler Campbell, 4-41. Receiving: Vincent Brown, 7-52
BYU - Passing: Max Hall, 25-30, 317 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Harvey Unga, 11-37. Receiving: Austin Collie, 9-127, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Injuries killed San Diego State’s season, and there’s nothing happening to build on at the moment for next year. Against BYU, Corey Boudreaux and the run defense had a nice day, but that was about it. B.J. Williams got into the backfield on a regular basis, but not enough to pressure BYU QB Max Hall. While it would be nice to play the spoiler against Utah or UNLV, the Aztecs have to find something on offense that works to have a shot at doing it.

Nov. 1
Wyoming 35 … San Diego State 10
Devin Moore tore off three touchdown runs and Brandon Stewart caught a 69-yard touchdown pass as Wyoming scored 35 straight points on the way to a stunningly easy win. San Diego State managed 328 yards of total offense, but it didn’t get into the end zone until late in the third on a 26-yard Justin Shaw catch. Wyoming rolled up 544 yards of total offense while the D held the Aztecs to 17 yards on the ground.
Player of the game: Wyoming RB Devin Moore ran 24 times for 234 yards and three touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Wyoming - Passing: Chris Stutzriem, 6-10, 166 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Devin Moore, 24-234, 3 TD. Receiving: Brandon Stewart, 3-132, 1 TD
San Diego State - Passing: Ryan Lindley, 28-52, 311 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Atiyyah Henderson, 9-27. Receiving: Roberto Wallace, 7-66
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Could San Diego State’s season get any worse? The 70-7 embarrassment at New Mexico a few weeks ago was one thing, but to get blown out by Wyoming is another. The season has quickly gone into the tank with nothing working on either side of the ball, and now comes a trip to BYU which could be a historic blowout if the Cougars decide to play up to their full capabilities. Ryan Lindley is throwing the ball reasonably well, but there isn’t enough overall production to help out. The lines have been awful.

Oct. 25
Colorado State 38 … San Diego State 34
Billy Farris and Kory Sperry hooked up three times on touchdown passes from 20, six and nine yards out with the last one breaking a 31-31 tie early in the fourth quarter. San Diego State managed a 33-yard Lane Yoshida field goal with just over seven minutes to play, but couldn’t get any closer. Colorado State managed 507 yards of total offense, but the defense allowed Attiyah Henderson touchdown runs from one and 72 yards out and the special teams gave up a 93-yard kickoff return for a score to Davion Mauldin to keep pace.
Player of the game: Colorado State QB Billy Farris completed 25-of-34 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns
Stat Leaders: San Diego State - Passing: Ryan Lindley, 24-33, 166 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Atiyyah Henderson, 25-177, 2 TD. Receiving: Vincent Brown, 11-40, 1 TD
Colorado State - Passing: Billy Farris, 35-34, 296 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Gartrell Johnson, 26-130. Receiving: Kory Sperry, 5-61, 3 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The Aztecs rallied from last week’s nightmare 70-7 loss to New Mexico with a good effort against Colorado State, but once again, the defense couldn’t come through with a stop needed to change the game around. Ryan Lindley had a decent day throwing the ball, while Atiyyah Henderson was tremendous. It wasn’t enough to overcome a defense that couldn’t slow down anything the Rams wanted to do. The Aztecs had better come up with a good performance at Wyoming or the season will just get uglier with at BYU and Utah to follow.

Oct. 18
New Mexico 70 … San Diego State 7
Glover Quin picked off a pass leading to a 20-yard Brad Gruner touchdown run, and the rout way on. New Mexico scored the first 56 points of the game helped by four Rodney Ferguson touchdown runs and a 28-yard fumble return for a score from Jaymare Latchison. In all, the Lobos finished with 419 rushing yards and eight touchdown runs. San Diego State’s lone bright spot was a 15-yard Darren Mougey touchdown catch in the third quarter.
Player of the game: New Mexico RB Rodney Ferguson ran 25 times for 149 yards and four touchdowns
Stat Leaders: San Diego State - Passing: Ryan Lindley, 18-37, 156 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Brandon Sullivan, 9-39. Receiving: Darren Mougey, 4-53, 1 TD
New Mexico - Passing: Brad Gruner, 8-11, 92 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Rodney Ferguson, 25-149, 4 TD. Receiving: Roland Bruno, 3-58
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... If this isn’t the lowest point of the Chuck Long era, it’ll be interesting to see how much worse things could be. The run defense wasn’t even close to handling the physical and effective New Mexico offensive line and running game, while Ryan Lindley struggled to get the offense going. This was a total team meltdown, but it was mostly a defensive problem. The D couldn’t get off the field.

Oct. 11
Air Force 35 … San Diego State 10
With freshman QB Tim Jefferson at the helm and with fellow freshman Asher Clark helping to lead the way, Air Force rumbled for 401 rushing yards with Clark running for two short scores and Jefferson kicking off the scoring with a one-yard run. San Diego State held a 10-7 lead at halftime on a one-yard Drew Westling run and a 45-yard Lane Yoshida field goal, but Air Force dominated the second half scoring 28 unanswered points. The defense helped with a 25-yard interception return for a score from Justin Moore.
Player of the game: Air Force RB Asher Clark ran 15 times for 109 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: San Diego State - Passing: Drew Westling, 18-35, 128 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Atiyyah Henderson, 9-28. Receiving: Atiyyah Henderson, 7-41
Air Force - Passing: Shea Smith, 2-2, 38 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Asher Clark, 15-109, 1 TD. Receiving: Josh Cousins, 3-41, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... San Diego State didn’t have a clue how to slow down the Air Force option in the second half. The linebackers were making every play five yards down the field, while the secondary couldn’t hold on the seven Falcon pass plays having to cheat up to help out. The big problem was an offense that couldn’t get going with Ryan Lindley out. Drew Westling filled in at quarterback and threw two picks and didn’t get anything on the ground.

Oct. 4
TCU 41 … San Diego State 7
Marcus Jackson filled in for an injured Andy Dalton and threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Shae Reagan and ran for two short scores. The Horned Frogs dominated on both sides of the ball holding San Diego State to -13 yards rushing and just four first downs. The one Aztec touchdown came on a two-yard Mekell Wesley run following a Jackson fumble.
Player of the game: TCU QB Marcus Jackson completed 10-of-19 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown, and he ran 27 times for 131 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: TCU - Passing: Marcus Jackson, 10-19, 115 yds, 1 TD
Rushing:
Marcus Jackson, 27-131, 2 TD. Receiving: Shae Reagan, 4-53, 1 TD
San Diego State
- Passing: Drew Westling, 6-17, 61 yds
Rushing:
Atiyyah Henderson, 4-5. Receiving: Vincent Brown, 6-52

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... After a tremendous performance in the blowout win over Idaho, arguably the high point of the Chuck Long era as far as the team’s execution, the Aztecs came up with a total clunker against TCU. The offensive line was obliterated by the TCU defensive front, while the defense didn’t have any answers for the mobility of running quarterback Marcus Jackson. With Air Force up next, the linebackers have to play far better against the run or next week will be another ugly loss.

Sept. 27
San Diego State 45 … Idaho 17
San Diego State cranked out the first 24 points as Ryan Lindley threw touchdown passes from 41 and 48 yards out to Vincent Brown and Atiyyah Henderson ran for a three-yard score on the way for an easy win. Brown also added a 51-yard touchdown catch midway through the third quarter and Henderson added a four-yard run for a 38-3 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Aztecs rolled up 603 yards while the defense forced four turnovers.
Player of the game: San Diego State QB Ryan Lindley completed 24-of-38 passes for 433 yards and four touchdowns with an interception, and he ran three times for 25 yards.  
Stat Leaders: San Diego State - Passing: Ryan Lindley, 24-38, 433 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Atiyyah Henderson, 21-100, 2 TD. Receiving: Vincent Brown, 8-183, 3 TD
Idaho
- Passing: Nathan Enderle, 11-28, 112 yds
Rushing:
Princeton McCarty, 12-82, 1 TD. Receiving: Eddie Williams, 7-71
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... San Diego State needed a cathartic blowout like the one against Idaho to show that the offense really can work. The pitch-catch combination of Ryan Lindley to Vincent Brown was brilliant, connecting eight times for 183 yards and three touchdowns, while Atiyyah Henderson ran well to provide balance. This was easy, but now come the nasty dates against TCU and Air Force to test the offense and see if it can be consistent.

Sept. 13
San Jose State 35 … San Diego State 10
San Jose State jumped out to a 21-0 lead on two short touchdown runs from Kyle Reed and a 35-yard dash from Yonus Davis. Reed was sharp from the start, completing his first 12 passes, but he missed on an interception to Aaron Moore, who took it 28 yards for San Diego State’s only points. Reed ran for a third touchdown in the fourth to pull away, and Myles Eden added a one-yard scoring run in the final minute. San Jose State outgained the Aztecs 476 yards to 146.
Player of the game:
San Jose State RB Yonus Davis ran 18 times for 143 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders: San Diego State
- Passing: Ryan Lindley, 10-29, 140 yds
Rushing: Brandon Sullivan, 6-22. Receiving: Matthew Kawuluk, 4-55
San Jose State - Passing: Kyle Reed, 20-25, 178 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Yonus Davis, 18-143, 1 TD. Receiving: David Richmond, 8-83
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The San Diego State offense hasn’t shown up yet, and now it’s time to worry. San Jose State’s defense isn’t good enough to stop anyone cold, and the Aztecs were held to just 146 yards and converted just 1-of-12 third down chances with the running game the biggest problem. The offensive line didn’t get any push whatsoever; SDSU gained just six yards.

Sept. 6
Notre Dame 21 ... San Diego State 13
Down 13-7 midway thorough the fourth, Golden Tate caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Clausen, and David Grimes put it away on a six-yard scoring catch with just over two minutes to play. San Diego State hung around with a one-yard Ryan Lindley run and a 15-yard Darren Mougey scoring grab, but the extra point went wide. The Aztecs committed 11 penalties for 100 yards, while the Irish committed seven penalties for 58.
Player of the game: Notre Dame SS
Kyle McCarthy made 14 tackles
Stat Leaders: Notre Dame - Passing: Jimmy Clausen, 21-34, 237 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Armando Allen, 17-59. Receiving: Golden Tate, 6-93, 1 TD
San Diego State - Passing: Ryan Lindley, 29-59, 274 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Brandon Sullivan, 10-66. Receiving: Matthew Kawulok, 9-60
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The Aztecs might have been ugly so far, they might not have found much in the way of offense, but they should be 2-0. They had their chances to take over the Notre Dame game, but instead they struggled late and failed to come up with the big play needed. There has to be some semblance of a running game in a big hurry after only coming up with 71 yards against the Irish.

Aug. 30
Cal Poly 29 ... San Diego State 27
Andrew Gardner hit a 21-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to give Cal Poly the upset win. In a see-saw game, San Diego State got three touchdown passes from Ryan Lindley, and two scores from Brandon Sullivan, but the defense couldn't stop the Cal Poly offense on a nine-play, 63-yard drive over the final 3:39. The two teams combined to convert just four of 24 third down chances.
Player of the game: Cal Poly WR Ramses Barden caught seven passes for 161 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Cal Poly - Passing: Jonathan Dally, 12-20, 220 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: James Noble, 11-89. Receiving: Ramses Barden, 7-161, 1 TD
San Diego State - Passing: Ryan Lindley, 27-45, 352 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Brandon Sullivan, 15-43, 1 TD. Receiving: Brandon Sullivan, 9-64, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... San Diego State wasn't playing well against Cal Poly, but it was in the position to win. However, the defense couldn't come up with one big final stop and gave Andrew Gardner a chip shot for the win. Despite the loss, the Aztecs might have found a quarterback in Ryan Lindley, who threw two picks, but bombed away and keep the offense moving. He'll be the focal point of the offense to develop over the course of the season.

2008 Recruiting Class

Star of the Class

Drew Westling QB Mission Viego, Calif. (Aliso Niguel HS/Southwestern College) 6-2, 220
A veteran quarterback, who has seen action at the Division I level ... Signed with the Aztecs this past December and is currently attending classes ... Spent the last season at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., under head coach Ed Carberry ... Completed over 53 percent of his passes for 2,087 yards and 14 touchdowns ... Named the Pacific Coast Conference athlete of the week on Nov. 11, after leading his team with 306 yards passing to a 20-17 victory over previously unbeaten Antelope Valley .... Originally signed with the University of Tulsa, redshirting as a true freshman, before seeing action in three games and completing his only pass attempt in 2006 ... Is a 2005 graduate of Aliso Niguel High School ... As a prep, was a three-year letterwinner, helping the Wolverines to a 10-2 record and a CIF quarterfinal appearance in 2004 ... Completed 216 of his 350 passes for 2,988 yards and 28 touchdowns to earn conference MVP honors his senior season


Potential Instant Impact Players

Jimmy Miller OG Denver, Colo. (J.K. Mullen HS) 6-3, 290
2007 PrepColorado All-State second team offense ... Second-team all-league his senior year ... Mustangs went a combined 25-2 and 14-0 in conference play his final two seasons under coach Dave Logan, claiming a pair of Centennial League titles ... Team advanced to the state 5A championship game from 2004-06 and the state semifinals his senior season ... Played at the same high school as fellow SDSU signee Alec Johnson ... Also offered by Air Force, Colorado State and Washington State.


Brian Stahovich P/PK Solana Beach, Calif. (Cathedral Catholic HS) 6-0, 170
Ranked the No. 5 punter in the nation by Scout.com ... Is a member of the "Chris Sailer Kicking" top 12 list ... Eastern League Kicker of the Year and first-team all-league as a senior ... Had punts of 61 yards and two of 51 yards, as well as five extra point conversions and three touchbacks in a Cathedral Catholic win his senior year ... Cathedral won the CIF Div. III title this past season and ended up with a 10-2 record ... Had two tackles in the championship game as a defensive back ... Two-time San Diego Union-Tribune all-academic honoree ... Was the Dons' special teams player of the year as a sophomore and senior ... SDSU's first oral commitment of the 2008 class ... Also played lacrosse, garnering his team's most improved award in 2005 ... Considered Virginia during the recruiting process.


Rest of the Class

Rob Andrews 6-2 225 LB Pleasanton, Calif. (Foothill HS)
J.J. Autele 6-1 240 DE Waipahu, Hawaii (Punahou School)
Aaron Brewer 6-5 210 LS Fullerton, Calif. (Troy HS)
Malcolm Culver 6-2 190 WR Palmdale, Calif. (Palmdale HS)
Nik Embernate 6-4 285 OT Yucaipa, Calif. (Yucaipa HS)
Alec Johnson 6-3 290 OL Denver, Colo. (J.K. Mullen HS)
Ramon Judkins 6-0 205 RB Los Angeles, Calif. (Beverly Hills HS)
Jerome Long 6-5 250 DL Los Osos, Calif. (Morro Bay HS)
Davion Mauldin 5-10 175 DB Compton, Calif. (Cerritos CC)
Brian Milholland 6-6 300 OT San Diego, Calif. (Helix HS)
Jimmy Miller 6-3 290 OL Denver, Colo. (J.K. Mullen HS)
Erik Quinones 6-3 305 OL Canyon Lake, Calif. (Temescal Canyon HS)
Dominique Sandifer 6-0 170 WR Gardena, Calif. (Beverly Hills HS)
D.J. Shields 6-4 230 TE Bonita, Calif. (Bonita Vista HS)
Colin Shumate 6-2 225 LB Las Vegas, Nev. (Las Vegas HS)
Henry Simon 6-3 275 DL Chula Vista, Calif. (Eastlake HS)
Brian Stahovich 6-0 170 P/K Solana Beach, Calif. (Cathedral Catholic HS)
Josh Wade 6-0 175 DB San Diego, Calif. (Point Loma HS)
Taylor Wallace 6-5 290 OT Encino, Calif. (El Camino College)
Drew Westling* 6-2 220 QB Mission Viego, Calif. (Southwestern College)
Ross Williams 6-3 200 LB Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (Mission Viejo HS)

2008 Early Lookahead
Why to get excited: It's year three in the Chuck Long era, and now the team is his. He has his players where he wants them, and for good or bad, this should be as good as the program gets under his reign. At least Aztec fans will no one way or another which way things are going. RB Atiyyah Henderson is a good back to build the offense around for the short term.
Why to be grouchy: The veterans are gone. Nine starters are gone off the offense, including QB Kevin O'Connell, and the best players, LB Ray Bass and DE Nick Osborn are gone. Making matters worse, P Michael Hughes and PK Garrett Palmer, are also done. This is a young, young, young team that might have to fight through some major growing pains.
The number one thing to work on is: Defense, defense, defense, defense and defense. The O wasn't all that bad, mostly because O'Connell did everything, but it didn't matter thanks to a defense that got progressively worse. Against three of the Mountain West big boys, Air Force, TCU and BYU, in the final three games, the Aztecs allowed a total of 148 points.
Biggest offensive loss: QB Kevin O'Connell
Biggest defensive loss: DE Nick Osborn
Best returning offensive player: RB Atiyyah Henderson, Jr.
Best returning defensive player:
LB Russell Allen, Sr.

2007 Recap
Recap: While the Aztecs took baby steps in 2007, Chuck Long’s second season on the Mesa, they remain a long way from being competitive in the Mountain West.  Sure, the program was mathematically alive for a postseason game in November, but digging a little deeper reveals that San Diego State went 0-5 versus the league’s bowl teams, losing by an average of 17 points.  While the offense had some bite with Kevin O’Connell under center, the defense was the program’s undoing, finishing last in the league in total defense and points allowed.    

Offensive Player of the Year: QB Kevin O’Connell

Defensive Player of the Year: LB Russell Allen

Biggest Surprise: At a time when 5-2 Wyoming was still a player in the conference race, San Diego State upset the Cowboys, 27-24, to improve its own postseason profile.  The Aztecs overcame a 21-point deficit, winning on an O’Connell to Vincent Brown scoring strike with a little over a minute left in the game. 

Biggest Disappointment: The final three games.  At 3-2 in the conference, and coming off back-to-back wins over Wyoming and UNLV, the Aztecs started feeling as if they were finally turning the corner.  Season-ending losses to Air Force, TCU, and BYU by an average score of 49-28, however, put the program right back in the lane to mediocrity.

Looking Ahead: Without O’Connell, top receiver Brett Swain, and most of the line, the offense is going to regress in 2008.  That means the maligned defense must somehow pick up the slack if San Diego State has any chance of reaching .500 for the first time since 2003.

  

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