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Colorado State vs. San Diego State: Rams need defense to get first MWC win

The Colorado State Rams face the San Diego State Aztecs on Saturday, and will vie for their first Mountain West Conference victory in San Diego.

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The Colorado State Rams head to Qualcomm Stadium Saturday and face the San Diego State Aztecs, looking for their first Mountain West Conference victory.

After defeating the Colorado Buffaloes to begin the season, the Rams (1-5, 0-2 MWC) have dropped five straight. Much of it has to do with a defense that gives up 30 points per game, but CSU head coach Jim McElwain saw improvement on that side of the ball despite losing 28-7 to Fresno State on Saturday, according to the Reporter Herald.

"I challenged these guys pretty good. I challenged who they are," he said. "Challenged their makeup. Challenged my makeup, because I'm in it with them. I'm not one of these guys, it's them. It's me. I mean, I'm challenging myself every single day. I think they got the message."

The Rams will need to keep that momentum against San Diego State. Aztecs running back Adam Muema leads the nation's top-20 rushing offense with 597 yards and a 6.2 yards per carry average. Quarterback Ryan Katz, a transfer from Oregon State, is charged with the Aztecs' passing attack. He has 11 touchdowns, four interceptions and averages 191 yards per game.

Like the Rams, San Diego State (3-3, 1-1 MWC) is lacking on the defensive side of the ball, giving up 28 points per game to its opponents. The Aztecs are coming off a 52-14 win over Hawaii.