Aztecs win first back-to-back conference championships in 42 years

It was only 19 degrees outside, but that didn’t stop the Aztec defense from putting scalding hot pressure on Josh Allen.  Throughout the final quarter, while the Cowboys battled from being down, Calvin Munson and the rest of the Aztec defense swallowed up the Wyoming offensive line and forced Allen into erratic decisions.  When the zeros showed, San Diego State avenged their loss in Laramie two weeks earlier, by winning 27-24.  In doing so, they won their first back-to-back conference championships since 1973-1974.

Rocky Long used his 3-3-5 defensive scheme to influence his offensive decision-making: on a 4th and 4 in the red zone, instead of attempting a field goal, Christian Chapman got rocked and fumbled, allowing the Pokes to try a game-winning drive.  Allen instead felt the pressure and succumbed to scrambling and sacks.  And that wasn’t all: the Aztec defense held Brian Hill and Shaun Wick to a limited 95 yards on the ground.

For the Pokes, while they were able to keep Christian Chapman in check, they could not stop their rush defensive struggles.  Both Donnel Pumphrey and Rashaad Penny smashed the defense for a combined 227 yards and 3 TDs.

Let’s check our #PUMPHREYWATCH radar to see if Pumphrey passed anyone tonight…

With 110 yards tonight, Pumphrey passed both Charles White AND Ricky Williams respectively, placing him 3rd all-time on the NCAA Career Rush Yards record list.  While Pumphrey will cement his legacy as one of the all-time greats, it seems as though defenses have finally figured him out these last few games, which does not bode well for the NFL.  Penny, on the other hand, has looked a lot more dynamic than Pumphrey in the recent weeks, and will be a solid player to continue SDSU’s dominant, yet conservative offensive play.

Both teams will now await their bowl invites, with the Aztecs nearly a lock to play in Las Vegas, and Wyoming wondering their fate after a fantastic turnaround season.

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