Posts Tagged ‘2010’

Q&A with

Posted by    |    November 10th, 2010 at 10:48 am

Tom Shanahan writes exhaustively about Aztec football at  He kindly answered these questions from the Purple Wimple, about SDSU and the upcoming match with TCU.

Purple Wimple: What strengths for SDSU play into TCU weaknesses? 

Aztec Sports Report: Does TCU have a weakness? If they do have a weakness on defense, San Diego State offensive coordinator Al Borges will find it. The Aztecs have a balanced offense that complements itself very well and is explosive at exploiting a run defense or pass defense when opportunities arise. For example, two weeks ago Wyoming loaded up against the run and limited Ronnie Hillman to 44 yards rushing. But with the Wyoming defense committed to the run, senior WR DeMarco Sampson caught seven balls for 175 yards with TDs of 59 and 56 yards and senior WR Vincent Brown caught five balls for 144 yards. Brown didn’t have a TD, but he had a 53-yarder that set up a TD. Both Sampson and Brown are NFL prospects, so last week Colorado State focused on them. Brown had only three catches for 40 yards with no scores and Sampson only two catches for 23 yards with no scores. But Ronnie Hillman ran 31 times for 151 yards and one touchdown.    (more…)

Opponent Preview: SAN DIEGO STATE

Posted by    |    November 10th, 2010 at 10:46 am

These aren't your father's Aztecs.

San Diego State is a football team transformed.  It is two bad calls and six points removed from 9-0.  How has Brady Hoke’s crew accomplished what so many coaching staffs had failed to do?

Its newfound success begins (and perhaps ends) on the ground.  SDSU’s ypc figures from 2005—Chuck Long’s first year—through Brady Hoke’s opening season in 2009 steadily declined from 3.9 ypc to a dismal 2.9.  Enter a stronger, more competitive offensive line, steady employment of a fullback, and the most exciting new runningback in the Mountain West, and Aztecs’ average yards per carry more than doubled, to 4.84 yards per carry.  The fullback is senior Brandon Sullivan, and the runningback is true freshman Ronnie Hillman.  Together, they certainly have done more to improve the offensive fortunes on the Mesa than any other duo on the team.  They may have done more than much of the rest of the team, combined.  Running behind Sullivan’s blocking, Hillman carries the ball 62% of the team’s carries, for 71% of its ground yards.  (more…)

Air Force to land at TCU

Posted by    |    October 21st, 2010 at 9:07 am

Air Force has grounded all but one-- and beaten all but two-- of its opponents so far this year.

2010 was supposed to be the year Air Force broke into the Mountain West’s top three—likely taking BYU’s place.  BYU has played its part well, losing to Air Force and TCU, but beating San Diego State.  Air Force started out on cue, nearly missing a win over Oklahoma in Norman, finally beating Navy, BYU, and then whipping Wyoming, and Colorado State.  The Falcons again led the nation in rushing, with their signature triple option.  But a warning sign that the defense wasn’t as stout came with the win over CSU, even though the score wasn’t close.  The Rams outrushed the Falcons by almost 40 yards.  (more…)

TCU 31, BYU 3

Posted by    |    October 21st, 2010 at 9:00 am

TCU linebackers Kenny Cain (51) and Tanner Brock (35) throttle a BYU ballcarrier. (Photo: Keith Robinson)

Clearly Bronco Mendenhall has learned the lesson of the F-Bowl: TCU lived and died in 2009 by its running game. “TCU was running it about 270 yards a game [in 2010] and we did not want to allow them to be multi-dimensional…I think we played the run effectively. We could not allow them to be two dimensional.”  (more…)