Defense on Display at Annual Football Spring Game
March 18, 2017
SAN DIEGO -
Defense highlighted the annual San Diego State football spring game as the unit forced five turnovers in a 17-16 game Saturday afternoon at the Aztecs' practice facility.
"I thought the defense dominated the scrimmage, but the offense did not play a lot of our playmakers," head coach Rocky Long said. "Our starting quarterback and starting tailback were not out there. Our starting tight end and two receivers who will probably start did not play. The offense was going without a lot of its playmakers, but the quarterbacks who did play had way too many interceptions and put the ball in jeopardy way too many times."
SDSU, which ranked first nationally in interceptions last season, continued where it left off, recording four picks. After forcing punts on the first three drives of the day, Kyree Woods came up with the first interception of the day and returning it 23 yards to the 10-yard line. The pick set up a 28-yard field goal by Garrett Erickson.
Later in the first half, quarterback Neil Boudreau directed an eight-play drive, highlighted by a Chase Jasmin 21-yard scamper, that got the offense to the to the 18-yard line. John Baron II's 35-yard field-goal attempt, however, was wide right.
The defense closed the first 30 minutes by forcing four straight punts, the final three of which were of the three-and-out variety.
When play resumed, the defense immediately made noise, as Troy Cassidy recovered a fumble by Tyler Wormhoudt. On the next play, Collin Andrews excited the standing-room-only crowd with a 32-yard end around, which later turned into a Baron II 26-yard field goal. Andrews led all receivers with four catches for 45 yards.
The San Diego State defense then stopped the offense on five straight possession before Wormhoudt caught a 20-yard pass from a scrambling Ryan Agnew, who threw for 226 yards. The catch set up a 39-yard field goal by Baron II.
Three plays later, Woods posted his second interception, picking off Agnew and returning its 27 yards. When the offense took the field, led by Boudreau, the outcome was the same as the previous possession, as Garrett Binkley came up with the interception. Binkley, however, took it all the way for a 63-yard touchdown.
The highlights did not end there, as Agnew hooked up with Fred Trevillion for a 52-yard touchdown reception, one in which he made with one hand. Two drives later, Israel Cabrera pocketed SDSU's fourth interception of the day.
The final two drives of the day featured an SDSU offense that moved the ball well. Agnew orchestrated a five-play, 78-yard drive that resulted in a 20-yard touchdown catch from Darryl Richardson. The Aztecs converted the two-point conversion and then recovered the on-sides kick. With new life at the end of the game, San Diego State marched from the 50-yard line to get it in range for Baron II, who split the uprights from 39 yards out.
Individually on defense, Trey Lomax and Kyahva Tezino led the way in tackles with six apiece, while Tyler Morris and Randy Ricks each had four tackles for loss. Altogether, the Aztecs had 24 tackles for loss, including 13 sacks, led by Morris' four. SDSU also was credited with nine passes broken up.
San Diego State, which finished the season ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll, will continue spring practices next week and on Tuesday will head to Little Italy to participate in activities in the historic urban neighborhood. The action will start at 2:45 p.m. PT under the Little Italy sign.