Oct. 27, 2012
SAN DIEGO -
San Diego State finished with multiple 100-yard rushers for the second time this season and 16th time in program history. It's the second time in school history that SDSU has had two players each break 100-yard rushing in two games in the same season (also 1998 when Jonas Lewis and Larry Ned did it).
With the win, San Diego State became bowl eligible for the third consecutive season.
The Aztecs claimed their sixth victory of the season tonight (Oct. 27), the fifth-earliest date for a sixth win in the Division I era and the earliest date for a sixth victory since 1993.
SDSU won its fourth consecutive game, which matches its longest winning streak contained in the same year since 1995 (does not include win streaks carried over from season to season). San Diego State also had four-game winning streaks in 2010 and 1998.
The Aztecs have outscored their opponents, 153-79, over their four-game winning streak. The 74-point scoring margin is their largest in a four-game winning streak in one season since 1995 (+91 from Oct. 14-Nov. 4, 1995).
SDSU's Adam Dingwell earned his first career start at quarterback. He became the 38th different quarterback to start a game for San Diego State in the Division I era and just the fifth over the past 74 games.
Jordan Smith (TE) joined Dingwell as a player making his first start tonight. San Diego State has now had 15 players make their first start with the Aztecs this season and 13 earn their first Division I start.
SDSU has received the ball first in all nine games this season.
San Diego State held its opponent without a first down to open the second half for the third straight game. Opponents have -(minus)20 yards in those drives.
The Aztecs scored a touchdown on their opening drive of the second half for the third time in the past five games and for the fourth time overall.
SDSU was 2-for-2 on fourth down conversions tonight and is 9-for-14 (64.3 percent) on the season. Last year it was 9-for-23 (39.1 percent).
San Diego State won a game in which it had a negative-3 turnover margin for the first time since Nov. 6, 2012 against Colorado State.
The Aztecs have at least one rushing touchdown in 17 consecutive games (dating back to the Oct. 8, 2011 contest vs. TCU), their longest stretch since a 19-game streak from Nov. 25, 1989-Oct. 12, 1991.
SDSU improved to 4-1 this season when leading after the first quarter and 9-1 in the Rocky Long era.
San Diego State improved to 5-0 this season and 8-0 in the Rocky Long era when leading at the half.
The Aztecs improved to 5-1 this season and 12-1 in the Rocky Long era when leading after three quarters.
SDSU has scored in 15 of its last 16 quarters.
San Diego State is now 9-3 against the Rebels in San Diego with six straight wins in the series.
Coach Rocky Long Notes
The 14-8 mark as head coach by Rocky Long is the best 22-game start by an SDSU head coach since Claude Gilbert went 17-3-2 during the 1973 and 1974 seasons.
Picked up his 76th win while coaching in the Mountain West. Long had 62 wins with New Mexico in the Mountain West (1999-2008) and has 14 over the past two years with San Diego State. Long's 76 Mountain West wins only trails Gary Patterson of TCU, who had 77.
* Adam Muema, So., RB (21 att., 143 yds.)
Gavin Escobar, Jr., TE (4 rec., 108 yds., 1 TD)
* Walter Kazee, Sr., RB (21 att., 107 yds., 1 TD)
* Colin Lockett, Jr., WR (3 rec., 51 yds., 1 TD)
* Jake Fely, So., LB (11 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 2.0 TFL, 1 FF)
* Seamus McMorrow, Fr., P (3 punts for 133 yards (44.3 avg.), 2 Inside 20)
Brice Butler caught a pass for the seventh consecutive game.
Vaness Harris had his second sack of the season and career.
Eric Pinkins had his second career sack and a tackle for loss for the sixth consecutive game.
Chance Marden connected on a 28-yard field goal and has now made eight straight after starting the season 0-for-3. He is 8-for-11 (72.7 pct.) this year on field goal attempts after San Diego State kickers were 6-for-15 (40.0 pct.) last season.
Rene Siluano returned his first career punt for two yards.