HAWAII (The Daily Aztec) - San Diego State senior running back Rashaad Penny has had a quiet last couple of weeks. After a six hour flight across the Pacific Ocean, he was ready to make some noise.
Penny rushed for a career high 253 yards on 30 attempts, adding two touchdowns while leading the Aztecs to a 28-7 victory over the University of Hawaii (3-5, 1-4 MW) in front of 17,268 fans at Aloha Stadium.
With the victory the Aztecs move to 7-2 on the season, and improve to a record of 3-2 in Mountain West Conference play, ending a two game conference losing streak.
SDSU needed a win to remain in contention for a spot in the MWC championship game, and now sits one game behind Fresno State in the MWC West Division standings, after Fresno lost at home earlier in the evening against University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The game was viewed coming in as a battle between the team’s star running backs, with Penny and Hawaii senior Diocemy Saint Juste both ranked top five in the nation in rushing yardage.
Penny was the clear victor in the matchup, and the Aztecs defense did their part to contain Saint Juste, who managed only 40 yards on 17 attempts, well below his average of 156.29 yards per game.