SDSU sweeps Mountain West football weekly awards

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The San Diego State University football team swept the Mountain West weekly awards after posting a 41-17 victory at Colorado State on Oct. 31.

Junior Donnel Pumphrey (Las Vegas) won the MW Offensive Player of the Week award, classmate Damontae Kazee (San Bernardino) was chosen as the MW Defensive Player of the Week and senior Donny Hageman (Covina) was named the MW Special Teams Player of the Week.

The San Diego State University football team swept the Mountain West weekly awards after posting a 41-17 victory at Colorado State on Oct. 31.

Junior Donnel Pumphrey (Las Vegas) won the MW Offensive Player of the Week award, classmate Damontae Kazee (San Bernardino) was chosen as the MW Defensive Player of the Week and senior Donny Hageman (Covina) was named the MW Special Teams Player of the Week.

Pumphrey picked up the offensive award by gaining a game-high 168 all-purpose yards, including 121 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and 47 yards on two receptions and a score through the air.

It was his fifth straight game with 100-plus yards, sixth 100-yard game this season and 19th of his career.

Kazee, meanwhile, captured the first award of his career after recording seven tackles (five solo), an interception for a touchdown and a forced fumble. It was the first touchdown of his career, sixth interception of the year and eighth of his career. His six picks this year rank in a tie for sixth in program single-season history.

The forced fumble kept the Rams (1-3 in conference play, 3-5 overall) out of the end zone at the goal line and safety Trey Lomax recovered it. The 55-yard interception returned for a touchdown gave San Diego State (5-0 in MW play, 6-3 overall) a 27-10 lead.

Hageman connected on both field goal attempts and all five extra-point conversion attempts in the win. He hit a 20-yard field goal late in the second quarter to tie the game at 10-10 and, with no time left, booted a 54-yarder to give SDSU a 13-10 lead, which the Aztecs would not relinquish.

Hageman’s 54-yard field goal matched a career long and was the second longest in program history.  

Best in the west

SDSU’s defense totaled three interceptions in the win over Colorado State, with Kendrick Mathis and Malik Smith also making picks.

The Aztecs, who have now won five consecutive games and remain undefeated in the MW’s West Division standings, rolled up 276 rushing yards on 47 attempts. Chase Price (12 carries, 50 yards) scored SDSU’s third rushing touchdown in the game.

SDSU quarterback Maxwell Smith completed 11 of 14 passing attempts for 180 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Mikah Holder led SDSU receivers with two catches for 72 yards.

The Aztecs have a bye week and return to gridiron action Nov. 14 against the visiting Wyoming Cowboys (1-4 in conference, 1-8 overall). Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Qualcomm Stadium.

Boise State (7-2 overall), Air Force (5-3) and Utah State (5-3) are tied for the lead in the MW’s Mountain Division standings with 4-1 conference records.

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