San Diego State (8-1, 5-0) at Nevada (3-6, 1-4)
Start Time: 10:30 PM
Location: Mackay Stadium in Reno, Nevada
TV: CBS Sports Nework
Series: SDSU leads 5-3
Weather: Clear with temps in the 40’s and feeling colder
Line: SDSU by 23.5, O/U at 51
San Diego State is going to the Mountain West Championship game as the winners of the West Division. Nevada will need a small miracle to finish 6-6 and be bowl eligible, which includes this game.
The main reason to watch is the running back for the Aztecs’ who is chasing history, Donnel Pumphrey.
Here’s where we are on the Pumphrey Watch, according to GoAztecs.com
* Pumphrey continues to climb the official NCAA career rushing chart. His 5,853 yards rushing currently places him fifth on that chart. He needs 544 yards to surpass Ron Dayne’s (Wisconsin) career total of 6,397. If SDSU plays five more games (counts the conference championship and assumes a bowl game), Pumphrey would have to average 109.0 yards to break the record.
109 yards a game doesn’t sound all that hard, but you have circumstances that could change things up, Aztecs’ head coach Rocky Long might be keen on saving Pumphrey for the Mountain West Title game and bowl game since these last three regular season games don’t mean that much.
With SDSU conducting a Heisman campaign for Pumphrey, it seems foolish to keep him from getting his yards. The good news for the Aztecs is that Nevada is next to last in FBS in rushing yards allowed per game at 279.9.
Still, Pumphrey went for 122 yards in the 55-0 win over Hawai’i, with 85 of those yards in the first quarter. So it’s very likely you’ll see a lot of Rashaad Penny and Juwan Washington in this game as well getting their stats.
For the Wolfpack, it’s quite simple. Somehow, someway, win the game. James Butler needs to get going and Tyler Stewart needs to lead the offense. Following the South Alabama blueprint of creating points off special teams and turnovers would also help.
Pumphrey goes for 153 yards in the first half, doesn’t play in the second. Penny gets 137 yards himself, mostly in the second half.
San Diego State 44, Nevada 17