Aztecs Open MW Play with Friday Home Game Against Nevada The defending Mountain West champion San Diego State Aztecs open
conference play in a nationally-televised game against Nevada on
Friday night at Qualcomm Stadium.
The Aztecs claimed the program's 19th league title in school history
last year by winning their final seven conference games to share the
crown with Boise State and Fresno State. It marked the school's
first conference title since winning a share of the WAC's Pacific
Division title in 1998.
As hard as it is to believe, Friday marks San Diego State's first
regular-season home game to be shown on ESPN since Nov. 27, 1999. On
Friday, the Aztecs last ESPN regular-season home game was 5,060 days
As previously mentioned, San Diego State has won seven consecutive
conference games (streak started Oct. 6, 2012). That is tied for the
ninth longest active streak in the country.
The current seven-game conference winning streak is San Diego
State's longest since a nine-game streak in the 1973-75 seasons when
the Aztecs played in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA).
Last week, San Diego State picked up its first win of the season,
defeating New Mexico State, 26-16. The Aztecs fell behind, 16-0,
early in the second quarter, before controlling the final two-thirds
of the contest. That marked the eighth time in school history that
SDSU has overcome a deficit of at least 16 points to win. The Aztecs
are now 8-143-2 in the Division I era when facing a deficit of at
least 16 points.
The victory also was the seventh consecutive win in the Mountain
time zone for the Aztecs, their longest winning streak in that time
zone since 1996. According to STATS, Inc., it is the longest active
win streak in the time zone among all teams that have played at
least three games in the MTZ since 1996. The top three active
streaks: SDSU 7, Ohio State 6, Oregon 5.
Last Saturday's game was an odd story of two games. In the first
17:08 of the contest, the Aggies built a 16-0 lead and had healthy
advantages in total offense (181-12) and first downs (10-0). Over
the final 42:52 of the game, the Aztecs flipped the script,
outscoring New Mexico State, 26-0, and owning an enormous edge in
total offense (429-87) and first downs (22-4).
In the last two games, San Diego State opponents have rushed for a
total of 50 yards on 47 carries for a 1.06 per rush average. The
Aztec defense has given up 40 yards or less rushing in consecutive
games for the first time since the 1970 season. SDSU has now gone
eight straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher.
Despite its recent success, San Diego State is looking to buck a
trend in league openers. The Aztecs have lost five straight
conference openers dating back to a 24-20 win at Colorado State in
2007. SDSU has not won a conference lidlifter at home since the 2002
campaign (a 36-17 win over Utah).
True freshman running back Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 167 yards and
three touchdowns on Saturday at New Mexico State. The 167 yards are
the fourth most by a freshman (redshirt or true) this season and the
three rushing TDs are tied for the most by a true freshman in 2013.
Through just four games, senior Colin Lockett and junior Ezell
Ruffin already have more catches than they did last year.
Following this six-day turnaround, the Aztecs will do it again next
week, for a Thursday night game at Air Force. That's three games in