Sept. 11, 2012
SAN DIEGO -
Coming off one of the most impressive overall performances in recent history, a 42-7 victory over Army, San Diego State continues its longest homestand in 10 years when it plays host to Big Sky Conference member North Dakota (2-0) on Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium. Game time is set for 5 p.m. PT and the contest will be televised locally (station TBA), with radio coverage provided by KOGO 95.7 FM & AM 600. Tickets are available through the normal outlets and start at just $6.
Last Saturday, the Aztecs handed Army its worst loss since 2007 (41-6 to Rutgers on Nov. 9). The SDSU defense held the Black Knights to 332 yards of total offense and forced three turnovers, while the offense rushed for 228 yards and passed for 215 in a balanced effort. San Diego State had a plethora of standout individual performances, including Adam Muema (98 rushing yards and a touchdown), Nat Berhe (career-high 14 tackles, Mountain West defensive player of the week honors) and Colin Lockett (96-yard kickoff return for touchdown, CFPA National Kickoff Returner of the Week honors).
This week, the Aztecs face a dangerous opponent in North Dakota. UND is 2-0 this season, outscoring its opponents, 111-37. North Dakota owns a six-game winning streak, the fourth-longest active streak in FCS football and last season lost at Fresno State, 27-22. In FCS rankings, UND is No. 1 in passing efficiency, third in scoring offense and fifth in total offense. Marcus Hendrickson leads the nation in passing efficiency and Greg Hardin tops the country in receiving yards per game.
This is the first meeting between the teams, although SDSU has faced a number of current Big Sky programs. San Diego State is 22-11 against the current configuration, but many of those meetings came against Cal Poly prior to the program joining the Division I ranks.