When San Diego State and the Air Force, each winner of three straight games, meet at Snapdragon Stadium at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, something has to happen—only one team can end the regular season with a win.
Recent history favors the Aztecs (7-4, 5-2 at Mountain West), who have won nine straight games against the Falcons (8-3, 4-3 MW).
That equates to SDSU’s longest active winning streak, tied with New Mexico and New Mexico State.
What’s the difference for Air Force this year? “They have a good O-line coming off the ball like no other O-line in our conference with the way they go down and get to the second level,” said defenseman Jonah Tavai. “Stopping those inside runs with our defense is definitely going to be the biggest challenge.”
As SDSU tries to overcome that challenge, wide receiver Jesse Matthews feels the offense has overcome its own obstacles of “just being able to convert on third downs, keep the ball and keep our defense of the field up , which was a big problem first half. It’s been really fun and just really satisfying, you know, to see our hard work finally pay off and we’re getting the results we’ve been wanting so much.”
The Aztecs continue to play with a bowl game in mind, but the MW championship is out of reach — Fresno State (7-4, 6-1 MW) meets Boise State (8-3, 7-0 MW) for the title 3 Dec
Meanwhile, San Diego State Sr. Jack Browning was named MW Special Teams Player of the Week, his second weekly award of the season.
Browning scored his two field goals (30 and 46 yards) and all four PATs in last week’s 34-10 win in New Mexico. He also punted twice for a 52.5 average, including one, 63 yards, a career high. He started seven times with four touchbacks for a 64.1 average and added his second career tackle on a kickoff.
During the season, Browning made 16 of 19 field goal attempts. His longest came in at 50 yards. The West Hills High and Grossmont College graduate has tacked 57 times for 2,622 yards. Of his 57 punts, 27 landed inside the 20-yard line, including 13 inside the 10 and six inside the five.