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San Diego State defeated UC Santa Barbara 25-13 in Santa Barbara, Calif., Saturday. Despite not displaying its best performance, San Diego State managed to scrape out a victory heading into next week's bout with Santa Clara.
Santa Barbara opened the scoring with a penalty to take a 3-0 lead, but San Diego State answered with three tries in the first half to take a 15-3 advantage into the break. The second half was back and forth, but the Gauchos were never able to get in front. The Aztecs led by one or two scores all afternoon and sealed the victory with a late score to earn the victory.
Although San Diego State did not have a particularly strong game, coach Alex Lichtig was happy with the play of his front row. Adahir Aguilera, Kurtis Schmidt and Sawyer Thompson, provided a solid platform all day for the Aztecs.
“Our front row really turned the corner this week, the scrum was solid,” said Lichtig.
The Aztecs earned their points with width. “When we actually moved the ball we moved it well,” added Lichtig. “We found some good space out wide but our vision overall is not where it should be.”
Overall, San Diego State’s pleased to come away with a victory but will need to be much better next week when it plays Santa Clara. Lichtig indicated that his team needs to be more disciplined in the defensive channels and force a lot more turnover ball to be effective next week. He added that the boys need to contest the breakdown in a smarter way and better recognized what is in front of them in attack.
“For us it was a pretty poor performance overall, we are glad to get the win out of it but in the end we are not very happy with the way we played,” Lichtig concluded. “We ill take the first half of this week to kind of look at film and see what we can get better at and start to focus on Santa Clara, who will be a much tougher opponent this week.”