|ESPN San Diego State 30 vs Louisiana-Lafayette 32|
The Rajin' Cajuns came out with a victory in front of a loud crowd. This recap is a little late, so lets just skip to the MVPs. But a great win for La-Lafayette. SDSU didn't seem ready at the beginning. They waited too long to play and Kicker Brett Baer made them pay.
San Diego State MVP: Ryan Lindley- The senior finished his Aztec career by throwing for 413 yards and 3 touchdowns in a tough loss. The Aztec running game was effectively shut down.
Louisiana-Lafayette MVP: Blaine Gautier- He passed for 470 yards and led a last second drive that led to a Brett Baer game winner. Great job by Blaine.
We picked San Diego State to win. We are currently 2-1.
Offense: San Diego State brings an offense that scored nearly 30 points a game to New Orleans. They are a run first team, led by RB Ronnie Hillman. The sophomore had 19 rushing touchdowns while running for 1656 yards. QB Ryan Lindley has passed for 2740 yards and his top receiver is Collin Lockett. Also look for him to find tight end Gavin Escobar, who has found the endzone 7 times this year for the Aztecs. He will especially come in handy near the red zone, where teams will be focusing on HIllman and play action may lead to big plays for the 6'6'' sophomore. Louisiana-Lafayette has a home field advantage and a pass first offense, which should have some success against the Aztecs. Dual-threat QB Blaine Gautier is the key to this offense as he has passed for 2488 yards and run for nearly 500. It is key that the Rajin' Cajuns get on the board early, because the Aztec defense turns it on in the second half... but more on that later. Javone Lawson leads the team with 899 receiving yards and Harry Peoples has recieved for 647 yards. Alonzo Harris is the main component of a rushing unit that is ranked 86th in the country.
Defense: San Diego State's defense comes in giving up 24.4 points a game. As Agustin Gonzalez points out below, the unit struggles in the first half, but is dominant in the second half. Only 7 touchdowns have been scored against the Aztecs in the second half all season. Senior linebacker Miles Burris is the heart of this defense, as he plays outside linebacker and leads the team in tackles. DT Jerome Long is a monster inside and will be diffucult for the Rajin' Cajuns to stop. As far as the secondary goes, senior DB Larry Parker leads the team with 7 interceptions. Look for him to make an impact against this passing attack of Louisiana-Lafayette. Louisiana-Lafayette struggles defensively, giving up just about 30 points a game. That won't get it done against San Diego State. LB Lance Kelley leads the team in tackles and will need to have a big game to slow down the Aztec offense. They will need to slow down San Diego State and not allow big plays to stay in it and use the home crowd to its advantage.
The Pick: I like San Diego State to win this game. I think Ronnie Hillman could have a big game. It will be interesting to see if the Rajin' Cajuns are able to score enough and make it a game. I think they can, but in the end, SDSU will be too much. If you agree or disagree let me know why by tweeting me @bowlseason or emailing me at email@example.com . I'll post them if you send them.
Agustin Gonzalez, a staff writer for Aztecsportsreport.com (Rivals/ Yahoo! Sports) answered some questions for us
Thanks a lot to Agustin Gonzalez. Check his work out at AztecSportsreport.com and follow @Agustin_ASR