SDSU Football-Colorado State Postgame Notes
Nov. 12, 2011
Final Score: San Diego State 18, Colorado State 15
THE BIG NOTES
* San Diego State records its sixth victory of the season and becomes bowl eligible for the second straight campaign ... The Aztecs are now in position to go to a bowl games in consecutive seasons for the first time in the Division I era (43 years) and the first time overall since 1967-68.
* Senior quarterback Ryan Lindley broke the school's career record for passing yards and tied the school record for most career starts by a quarterback which were both held by Todd Santos (1984-87) ... He also broke the league record for most career passing yards.
* The Aztecs are 15-7 since the beginning of the 2010 campaign ... The two-year victory total of 15 wins is the most for San Diego State since the Aztecs posted a 16-7 record in 1995 and 1996.
* San Diego State head coach Rocky Long teams have now won at least six games in eight of his last nine seasons as a head coach ... Long earned his 71st career victory tonight.
* San Diego State has won consecutive games overall and have won two straight road outings ... The Aztecs are 3-1 on the road this season and have won five consecutive road games against unranked teams at game time.
* The Aztecs have defeated Colorado State three consecutive times and now own an 18-13 lead in the series... The Aztecs have won six of the last seven encounters, including the last four meetings at Hughes Stadium.
* With the team's victory tonight, Rocky Long already has more wins in his inaugural season at San Diego State than the previous four first-year coaches - Brady Hoke (4 in 2009), Chuck Long (3 in 2006), Tom Craft (4 in 2002) and Ted Tollner (4 in 1994) ... Long's 6-3 record through nine contests is the best start for an Aztec first-year coach since Denny Stolz also went 6-3 in 1986.
* SDSU logged its first two-point conversion in the first quarter since the 2009 season, when the Aztecs also had one at Colorado State on Oct. 24 ... On that play, Ryan Lindley successfully threw a pass to Dominique Sandifer to give the visiting squad a 35-28 lead in the fourth quarter ... Tonight, Aztec holder Brian Stahovich completed his second pass of the year (also vs. TCU) and of his career with this one going to Chad Young.
* The Aztec defense has allowed opposing offenses to score no more than one touchdown in the second half of all nine contests in 2011 ... This is the first time an opponent has scored in the second half since the Air Force game ... Air Force and TCU scored only 10 points, the most SDSU allowed in the second half of a game this season (1 TD, 1 FG each) ... Of the 199 points allowed this year by the defense, only 55 have been scored after the break (also 7 vs. Cal Poly, 6 at Army, 7 vs. Washington State, 7 at Michigan, 10 vs. TCU, 10 at Air Force, 0 vs. Wyoming, 0 vs. New Mexico, 8 at CSU).
* SDSU held Colorado State to only 52 yards through the air ... SDSU foes have failed to reach the century mark in passing yards in each of the last two games and in four of nine outings in 2011 ... The last time the Aztecs held an opponent to less than 100 yards through the air in back-to-back contests was in 2006 vs. Wyoming and Cal Poly.
* With one interception tonight, SDSU now has 11 this season, surpassing the team's 10 picks in 13 outings last year ... The 11 interceptions are the most by the Aztecs since they also had 11 in 2009.
* SDSU did not allow an opponent to score in the third quarter of a game for the third consecutive outing. The Aztecs have surrendered only 13 total points in the third quarter in 2011.
Ryan Lindley, Sr., QB
* Became the all-time passing leader in SDSU career history in the second half on his 12-yard pass to Osmond Nicholas ... Lindley surpassed the previous record of 11,425 yards by Todd Santos.
Ronnie Hillman, So., RB
* Recorded at least one reception for the 12th straight contest ... Has 18 catches in 2011, after tallying only nine in 2010.
Walter Kazee, Jr., RB
Miles Burris, Sr., LB
* For the first time in nine games this season, SDSU did receive the ball on the opening kickoff.