Part of the problem was the breaking in of a new quarterback and another involved the failure of an inexperienced offensive line to get the job done in the passing or running game. Yet another is the fact that the Aztecs treat early season on-conference games the way NFL teams regard their pre-season exhibition games – which is to say they don’t seem to much care while getting ready for the games that count.
Suffice to say that the Aztecs have been stellar in conference games where they are 5-0 and among the national leaders in defense over that span. The highlight so far was an absolute thrashing of Utah State which a week earlier had dominated nationally ranked Boise State, 52-26. The Aztecs defense has been so good that their conservative offensive coordinator has turned to the second page of his playbook for a few plays each game.
While the Aztecs approach of relying on a stout defense, solid special teams and a strong running game that eats up yards and time may not appeal to offense minded fans who remember the forward pass, the fact is the Aztecs current formula for success is just fine with most as the team aims for the Mountain West Conference Championship and a sixth straight post-season bowl game.