The San Diego State Aztecs struggled against the BYU Cougars in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl as they fell short in the bid for a bowl win. One member of the SDSU team that did not struggle, however, was running back Adam Muema, but the Aztecs squandered his effort in the loss.
The BYU defense came into the bowl game giving up just 84.3 yards per game rushing, but Muema was able to surpass that total by himself in the first half. The Aztecs’ offensive line came out and played physical, controlling the line of scrimmage as Muema picked up tough yardage.
However, it wasn’t enough for the Aztecs, who failed to score an offensive touchdown despite Muema surpassing 100 yards rushing and adding a nice gain out of the backfield on a short pass. The offense sputtered and managed just a pair of field goals in the first half, putting Muema’s production to waste.
Then as the game was getting put out of reach by the Cougars’ stifling defense, the Aztecs made the worst decision of the night. With the game still in reach early in the fourth quarter, the Aztecs put Muema on the sideline holding his helmet in his hands.
How could the Aztecs not take advantage of Muema’s tenacious effort running the ball? And how could they take the ball out of his hands when they needed offense the most? These questions will haunt the Aztecs as they are left to wonder “what happened?” in this bowl season.
The simple answer is that San Diego State failed to take advantage of the offensive weapon they had in Adam Muema as he gouged the BYU defense and it cost them the Poinsettia Bowl.