Muema Leads Aztecs Over Wyoming, 42-28
Nov. 24, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - San Diego State ground out a win, a couple of team records and a conference championship on Saturday.
Adam Muema rushed for a career-high 255 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Aztecs past Wyoming 42-28.
Adam Dingwell added two touchdown passes as San Diego State secured at least a share of the Mountain West Conference title, which is its first Mountain West title, 19th title overall and first title since 1998.
The Aztecs (9-3, 7-1 Mountain West) also won their seventh consecutive game--their first single-season seven-game winning streak since 1981-- and posted their first nine-win regular season since 1977.
San Diego State gained 564 yards total offense, including 400 on the ground. The 400 yards rushing is the second most in Aztecs history after the 430 gained in 1991 against Pacific.
The team ends the regular season with a school Division I record 2,750 rushing yards, exceeding the 2,476 yards set by the 1991 team when Marshall Faulk was a freshman.
"Anytime you win a conference championship, especially when it's been so long since San Diego State has won one, and they've never won a Mountain West Conference one and been in the league a long time, that makes it pretty sweet," Aztecs coach Rocky Long said.
Wyoming (4-8, 3-5) saw its three-game win streak stopped.
"They do a good job of running the football, and we didn't do a good job of tackling," Cowboys coach Dave Christensen said.
The Cowboys were led by Brett Smith who passed for 260 yards and two TDs, despite being sacked six times. Smith also rushed for 35 yards and two scores.
Robert Herron caught nine of Smith's passes for 187 yards and hauled in both TDs--one for 70 yards and the other 42 yards.
After falling behind Wyoming 14-7, the Aztecs scored touchdowns on five straight possessions. Muema scored three of the touchdowns on runs of 2, 34 and 82 yards.
Muema carried the ball 26 times, averaging 9.8 yards a carry. His 255 yards are the ninth most in Aztec history and most since 2001.
"I was just trying my hardest to get into the zone," Muema said. "The line did what they had to do, and I did what I had to do."
Wyoming led 28-21 at the half, in which both teams gained 270 yards total offense each.
"We went into halftime and everybody was hyped that we were going to come in here and dominate the game in the second half," Herron said.
But the Aztec defense held the Cowboys scoreless in the second half, giving up just 112 totals yards and sacking Smith four times.
"I thought the defense played outstanding in the second half," Long said.