Posts Tagged ‘Vincent Brown’

TCU 40, San Diego State 35

Posted by    |    November 15th, 2010 at 10:29 am

For five and a half minutes, Frog fans (46,694 of ‘em) wondered if the occasional ghastly prediction of a post-Utah letdown wasn’t so far-fetched after all.   At the 9:16 mark, TCU had managed -13 yards of offense, and were already 14 points behind the surging Aztecs.  But the tide already had turned, however imperceptibly. 

Between SDSU’s first drive and TCU’s fumble in the endzone for a second SDSU touchdown, the Frogs had held the Aztecs to three-and-out.  The Frogs held SDSU to three-and-out in the next six SDSU drives as well.  The Aztecs did not get their second first down until two minutes remained in the fourth quarter; by then, the Frogs had scored 37 points.  SDSU capitalized when TCU let off the gas a little, throwing two 30+ yard touchdowns to Vincent Brown in the fourth quarter.  But it was too little, too late.  (more…)

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…)