San Diego State comes up short at the grand opening of Snapdragon Stadium

03 September 2022: San Diego State football open’s up the 2022 season against Arizona at Snapdragon Stadium. (Credit: Derrick Tuskan/San Diego State)

San Diego, CA- The San Diego State Aztecs were welcomed home by a rude Arizona Wildcats who spoiled the Snapdragon debut giving them an opening 38-20 loss.

Before they could look up the Aztecs were down two touchdowns in sweltering 100 degrees heat. The heat had no effect on the 44-yard field goal by Jack Browning to start off the second quarter to only trail 10-3.

Aztecs quarterback Braxton Burmeister only threw for 51 yards completing 5 of 10 pass with a touchdown and an interception while also rushing 33 yards. Receiver Tyrell Shavers was the recipient of the 11-yard touchdown pass to be written in Snapdragon History.

“Overall, starting with coaching, starting with me, it wasn’t very good,” said Aztecs coach Brady Hoke.

Arizona amassed 461 total yards with 299 passing yards finding the holes in the Aztecs defense. Jayden de Laura four touchdown game with one interception was a great kickoff to their season.

Wildcats Jacob Cowing looked like the fastest guy on the field catching 8 passes for 152 yards with a game high three touchdowns.

Aztecs Welcome Arizona Saturday at Snapdragon Stadium - SDSU Athletics
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“We’re very appreciative that those guys had faith and belief in us, and chose to come to the University of Arizona,” said Arizona coach Jedd Fisch, who doubled his win total with the Wildcats. “We’re just getting started. We’re building this. We really believe we can build something special.”

The new look Wildcats with a whole new look is not the same team that just couldn’t find the win column past seasons.

A bright spot in the Aztecs defense is senior linebacker Michael Shawcroft who lead with 9 total tackles that included Noah Avinger who had 7 solo tackles with 8 total.

The Aztecs new stadium will be a crown jewel in the Mountain West Conference and next week will host Idaho State at 5pm Snapdragon Stadium.