LAS VEGAS — San Diego State found ways to keep a perfect record into late October while rotating quarterbacks Jordan Brookshire and Lucas Johnson, who do not attract comparisons to Patrick Mahomes and Dak Prescott.
It’s rare when the Aztecs travel by air, and throwing the ball is not what they do well. Brookshire and Johnson have combined to complete 53 percent of their passes with seven touchdowns in eight games for San Diego State, which dropped to 7-1 and fell out of the AP Top 25 after a loss to Fresno State last week.
With their strong defense and ground attack, the Aztecs are built to bully bad teams — teams like Hawaii (4-5). The Warriors are fighting for bowl eligibility and could be on the rebound after veteran quarterback Chevan Cordeiro returned from an extended injury absence last week to pass for 296 yards and three touchdowns.