Ohio State’s week 2 opponent, San Diego St, had a lackluster performance against their week 1 rival Eastern Illinois. The Aztecs lost to the Panthers by a score of 40-19. Let’s go a little into detail about how they got the loss.
For starters, SDSU’s pass defense wasn’t all that great, allowing EIU QB Jimmy Garoppolo to throw 31 of 46 for 261 yards and 3 TDs. Two of those touchdowns were thrown to the same player, Erik Lora, who caught eight other catches aside from the TDs for a total 87 yards. San Diego St.’s rush defense wasn’t quite as bad, but it still won’t be anywhere close to enough to stop Braxton Miller and Jordan Hall. EIU ran for a combined 172 yards at had two rushing touchdowns on the day. Look for Braxton Miller to get big yards off of his scrambles and running abilities. The Aztecs were also able to force EIU to punt seven times over the course of the game, so they do have the ability to stop you on 3rd downs.
Starting QB for the Aztecs, Adam Dingwell, looked like he just wanted to throw the ball all day long. He completed only 27 of 63 passes for 318, just a .428 completion percentage. To add to his dismal performance, Dingwell threw four interceptions throughout the game as well. SDSU had 122 rushing yards, however that was accumulated by seven different rushers, one of which was Dingwell who ran for -20 yards.
It makes sense to assume that Ohio State should have no problem cruising past San Diego St., but based off of last week’s performance against Eastern Illinois, Dingwell and the Aztecs might look to get the game over with as fast as possible.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are also perfect against San Diego St., with a 3-0 record in head to head match ups.