SDSU to play Wyoming in bone-chilling football matchup

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The most genuinely frightening, manhood-shriveling brutes haunting San Diego State are lumbering about foothills of the Eastern Rocky Mountains. There are at least 60 of them, and they’re all wearing facemasks and gilt pants hugging tighter than a Vampire’s bite. They make up Wyoming’s football team. For Halloween, they’ll pretend to be good.


Hate to scare you like that. But I had to get your attention. And what better tactic to use than fear? Come high noon Mountain Standard Time Saturday, the Cowboys will have steel revolvers drawn, loaded, clicked, cocked and unconcealed. Their goal is a bowl game, but a loss to SDSU would exhaust postseason ambitions. Wyoming has its spurs against the wall. The best thing the Aztecs can do, is avoid getting kicked in the rawhide and/or cowbells. If the Cowboys do connect with the boot, the Gold and Brown are likely bowl-bound.

If you went trick or treating on the doorstep of Wyoming’s losing record, you’d get tricked. They’re 2-6. But its record is the specter of a formidable team that has trudged through a thicket of top-ten units and quality opponents.

But SDSU can relax and grab a cold anti-fogmatic (raw rum or whiskey in old cowboy speak). The Aztecs at 5-2 are almost assuredly bowl-bound win or lose, considering they’ve got two Lily Livers in UNLV and Colorado State left on the ballot.

But if it’s a Mountain West Conference championship SDSU wants… well, then put down the anti-fogmatic. The Aztecs must beat the Cowboys to control its own destiny.

Wyoming's defense will look to surround the Aztecs.

Wyoming sophomore quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels won Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year last season, leading his team to five fourth quarter comebacks, including one brilliantly orchestrated heart stopper against SDSU, which ultimately left The Aztecs disheveled, bedraggled and bowless come December 2009.

But Samuels has struggled mightily thus far with fewer than a thousand passing yards. Following his most recent loss against BYU, Samuels said his offense found a groove in the second half against the Cougars, and that he is much more confident going forward.

Samuels won’t see the same SDSU team he beat in the waning moments last year. You’ve got to be proud of these Aztecs. I once read that character is how you respond after getting kicked in the unmentionables. This year, Brady Hoke’s boys have bounced back with tremendous elasticity.

Even so, this game against the Cowboys is scary. Almost as scary as the dead man peering over your shoulder.


Photos by Staff Sgt. Raymond Hoy and John Van Winkle via

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