Fri, Oct 05 2012 01:26 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
Bonita Vista High School graduate D.J. Shields’ role on the San Diego State University football team might seem rather unglamorous. For fans who zero in on a particular player, they’ll likely see Shields used as a blocker on the outside of the offensive line.
The senior tight end’s career statistics were minimal entering the season: 13 catches for 138 yards and one touchdown.
But Shields was in the spotlight last week as the Aztecs traveled to Fresno State to take on the Bulldogs in the teams’ 2012 Mountain West Conference opener.
Shields caught three passes for 18 yards and one touchdown in SDSU’s 52-40 loss. His touchdown came on a five-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Katz in the second quarter to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 34-27.
SDSU jumped out to early leads of 14-0 and 21-7 in the first quarter and later rebounded from a 13-point deficit to lead 40-36 in the third quarter. But the Aztec defense could not corral Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, who set an MWC record with 42 pass completions and fell just one yard short of tying the conference record with 536 passing yards.
Fresno State scored 29 second-quarter points to lead 36-27 at halftime. The Bulldogs (1-0 in MWC play, 3-2 overall) finished the game with 655 total offensive yards.
Former Madison standout Robbie Rouse rushed for 70 yards and scored two touchdowns.
The Aztecs (0-1, 2-3) accumulated 339 total yards. Highlights included a 96-yard interception return by Leon McFadden and a 32-yard pick six by Eric Pinkins. Adam Muema scored on a pair of touchdown runs while Brice Butler caught an eight-yard scoring pass to round out the visitors’ scoring.
The three pass receptions and TD catch were the first this season for Shields, who gained his second start in 2012.
Shields tied his career high with three receptions against the Bulldogs. He also had three catches at UNLV as a freshman on Nov. 28, 2009.
The touchdown catch was the second of his career and the first since Oct. 30, 2010, at Wyoming.
The three catches were the first for Shields since that game at Wyoming when he had two receptions.
SDSU returns to action Saturday, Oct. 6, when they host the Hawaii Warriors (0-1, 1-3) in a 5 p.m. contest at Qualcomm Stadium. The annual KGB SkyShow follows the game.
Hawaii is coming off a 47-0 non-conference loss to visiting BYU last Friday.
The Aztecs host Colorado State on Oct. 13. Kick-off is 3:30 p.m.
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