SAN DIEGO — San Diego State has one of the nation’s top-ranked run defenses and is one of two Football Bowl Subdivision teams allowing fewer than 50 yards a game on the ground, but this past weekend, Wyoming had a point to prove. With the 14th-ranked rushing attack, the Cowboy’s had more than that by the end of the first quarter (67) and finished with 157 yards on the ground — the most SDSU has allowed all season.
The two 4-1 teams went back and forth in the second half before the Aztecs made plays late in the game that made the difference to send the Cowboys to a 26-22 loss. The teams came in with run-first offenses and defenses each ranked in the top 10 nationally against the run.
That played out with neither team having more than 230 yards of offense after three quarters, but SDSU put together three of the game’s last four scoring drives, including a nine-play, 64-yarder that provided the fourth and final lead change in a game that was as tight as the records and philosophies suggested it might be in the teams’ first meeting since 2016.
Local alumni included former Murrieta Valley standout and freshman cornerback for Wyoming, Jordon Murry, as well as San Diego State Safety Dwayne Johnson Jr. (36), a Vista Murrieta graduate. Murry had seven tackles against SDSU.
“It was the tale of two evenly-matched teams that play a similar style of football, and I figured it was going to be close like it was,” SDSU coach Rocky Long said.
Ryan Agnew, who went 21 of 32 passing for 209 yards, capped SDSU’s final scoring drive by scrambling around to buy time before heaving a pass back across the middle of the end zone to tight end Daniel Bellinger, who hauled it in for a 12-yard score with 2 minutes, 9 seconds left. Wyoming got out near midfield on its final drive after quarterback Sean Chambers found Rocket Ismail Jr. for 15 yards on fourth down, but Chambers’ deep shot for Gunner Gentry two plays later sailed too far and was intercepted by Luq Baroo to seal the Aztecs’ second straight win in the series.
San Diego State (5-1; 1st place in the Mountain West) will travel to take on San Jose State (3-3; 4th place in the Mountain West) Saturday, October 19. Game time is set for 4 p.m.