Oct. 27, 2013
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SDSU-FRESNO STATE POSTGAME NOTES
The Big Notes
SDSU rallied from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit against a nationally ranked team for the first time in school history. San Diego State had gone 47 games without rallying from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit against a nationally ranked team prior to tonight.
It was the second straight week that the Aztecs rallied from a deficit of 14 points in the fourth quarter.
SDSU saw four winning streaks end, including a three-game winning streak, a nine-game conference winning streak, a six-game October winning streak and a five-game overtime winning streak. The nine-game league winning streak was tied for the second longest in school history (also 1973-75).
The Aztecs saw their five-game overtime winning streak snapped and are now 5-2 all-time in overtime.
SDSU converted a 3rd and 17 in the first quarter and a 3rd and 18 in the second quarter, its two-longest 3rd down conversions of the season. The team's previous best was a 3rd and 14 vs. Oregon State on Sept. 21.
San Diego State held Fresno State scoreless on its opening drive for the first time this season.
The Aztecs held the Bulldogs to just seven points in the first half, their lowest total of the season. Fresno State's previous low was 21 (vs. Rutgers on Aug. 9 and at Hawai'i on Sept. 28). FS was averaging 29.2 points per game in the first half this season (175 points in six first halves) prior to tonight.
SDSU held Fresno State to 35 points, its lowest total of the season.
The Aztecs have received the ball first in 22 straight games, the longest streak in the nation. East Carolina is second at 18.
SDSU has now gone 84 games without suffering a shutout (Nov. 18, 2006, at TCU), which is the third-longest streak among current Mountain West schools (Air Force at 254 and Boise State at 205). That is the only time San Diego State has been shut out in its last 179 games.
San Diego State dropped to 27-22-4 all-time against Fresno State.
The Aztecs dropped to 14-12-2 all-time at home vs. the Bulldogs and saw its four-game win streak at home snapped. SDSU is now 8-3 against Fresno State in games played at Qualcomm Stadium/Jack Murphy Stadium/San Diego Stadium.
San Diego State dropped to 1-2 in the Battle of the Oil Can series. The Aztecs beat FS, 35-28, at Qualcomm Stadium in 2011 and lost, 52-40, in Fresno last year.
* Quinn Kaehler, Jr., QB (21-for-39, 337 yds., 0 TD, 1 INT)
Finished the game with a career-high 337 yards, going 21-for-39 (career high in attempts). He became the 24th quarterback in school history with a 300-yard passing game. It was also the 122nd 300-yard passing game in program history.
It was his sixth straight game with at least 200 yards passing.
Ended up with a passing efficiency rating of 121.3, better than Fresno State's Heisman candidate Derek Carr (116.9).
* Adam Muema, Jr., RB (27 att., 111 yds., 2 TD)
Rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 27 attempts.
It was his second 100-yard rushing game of the season and 10th of his career.
Had multiple rushing touchdowns for the second time this season and seventh time of his career. It was also his eighth game of his career with multiple touchdowns overall (including receiving).
Scored his fourth and fifth rushing touchdowns of the season and now has 24 for his career (sixth all-time at SDSU).
Scored his fourth and fifth overall touchdowns of the season and now has 26 for his career (fifth all-time at SDSU).
Passed Paul Hewitt (2,056 yards) and Lynell Hamilton (2,052) into 10th-place on SDSU's all-time rushing list.
* Ezell Ruffin, Jr., WR (10 rec., 181 yds.)
Finished with career highs of 10 receptions and 181 yards (18.1 avg.).
Posted his third 100-yard receiving game of the season and fourth of his career. The four career 100-yard receiving games is tied for 25th all-time at SDSU.
The 181 yards were the most since Vincent Brown had 184 vs. No. 25 Utah on Nov. 20, 2010 and were the 39th most in program history.
Had four or more catches for the fourth consecutive game and sixth time in seven contests this year.
Had a catch for the eighth straight game, dating back to last season. That's the longest streak on the team.
* Chad Young, Sr., FB (2 att., 30 yds., 1 TD | 2 rec., 5 yds.)
Scored his first rushing touchdown of the season (third of his career) and his second overall this year (also one receiving) (eighth of his career).
Had a career-long 27-yard run (and touchdown).
* Aaron Boesch, So., TE (1 att., 1 yd., 1 TD)
Scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in his first-ever Division I play.
Nat Berhe started for the 35th time, the most of any current Aztec.
Nat Berhe also started for the 32nd consecutive game, which leads all Aztecs.
Dontrell Onuoha earned his first start of the season, first ever at defensive tackle, first since Sept. 22, 2012 vs. San Jose State and sixth of his career.
Josh Gavert picked up his second sack of the season and sixth of his career, while Nick Tenhaeff had his second of the year and seventh of his career.
Nat Berhe tied a career high with two pass breakups.
Tim Vizzi had a career-long 60-yard catch.
Colin Lockett had a 44-yard kick return in the third quarter, the team's longest of the season.
Joel Alesi had his first touchback of the season. He had gone 33 career punts without a touchback prior to tonight.