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Weber State falls 6-0 at San Diego State in season opener

Weber State head football coach Jay Hill.
FILE: Weber State head football coach Jay Hill looks on. The Wildcats lost to San Diego State 6-0 Saturday night in the team’s 2019 season opener.
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tariq Thompson had an interception and a pass breakup in the closing minutes to help San Diego State beat Weber State 6-0 on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.

Redshirt freshman Matt Araiza made a 34-yard field goal late in the second quarter and a 29-yarder early in the fourth. It was SDSU’s first shutout since beating Hawaii 55-0 on Nov. 5, 2016.

The Aztecs defense allowed 154 total yards, including 35 rushing, and just five first downs. Weber State, which came in ranked No. 8 in the STATS FCS poll, went three-and-out six times, crossed midfield only once and punted 10 times. Wildcats junior quarterback Jake Constantine completed 21 of 31 passes for 119 yards.

“That’s a good football team. They made a few more plays tonight than we did. If we’re going to pull these games off, we’ve got to make a couple more plays. That’s the difference,” Weber State coach Jay Hill told reporters postgame.

Weber State held the Aztecs to 238 yards of total offense and just 5 of 20 on third downs while giving up just six points in three San Diego State trips to the red zone. Preston Smith and Conner Mortensen led the Wildcats with seven tackles each — Mortensen added 1 ½ tackles for loss — while Jonah Williams had four tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup.

Weber State had a 99-yard kickoff return by All-American Rashid Shaheed negated by a holding penalty following the Aztecs’ second-quarter field goal.

San Diego State’s Jordan Byrd, who finished with five carries for 50 yards, had back-to-back runs of 13 and 15 yards before Araiza’s first field goal. Ryan Agnew ran for 14 yards on third-and-9, hit Daniel Bellinger for a 12-yard gain on third-and-8 and then scrambled for a first on third-and-6 to set up the second.

Dwayne Johnson had 12 tackles, including 1 ½ for losses, for San Diego State.

Weber State will host Cal Poly next Saturday, Sept. 7 in the team’s home opener at Stewart Stadium, with kickoff at 6 p.m. MDT.