SDSU-Fresno State Postgame Notes

Sept. 29, 2012

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FRESNO, Calif. -


Team Notes
* San Diego State saw its three-game conference road winning streak snapped, along with its five-game Mountain West road winning streak against unranked teams.
* The Aztecs now have two interceptions returned for a touchdown in the past three games. They had gone 28 games in between without returning an interception for a touchdown.

* SDSU has now scored a touchdown in 69 consecutive games.
* San Diego State has scored 56 points in the first quarter of its past four games and that includes no points vs. San Jose State last week.
* The Aztecs won the coin toss and received the ball to start the game. SDSU has received the ball in all five games this season.
* San Diego State held its opponent scoreless on its opening drive for the fourth straight game.
* The Aztecs have held their opponent scoreless on all five of their opening drives of the second half.

Series Notes
* San Diego State now trails the all-time series with Fresno State by a 27-21-4 margin. The Aztecs still own a 13-10-2 series advantage in games played in Fresno.
* SDSU has still won five of the last seven in the series.

Player Notes
Adam Muema, So., RB (13 att., 64 yds., 2 TDs)
* Scored two rushing touchdowns, giving him six for the season, nine for his career and 10 overall (one receiving).
* It was his second career game with multiple touchdowns (also Boise State last year (Nov. 19)), when he had three (two rushing, one receiving).
* He now has a rushing touchdown in six consecutive games.
* Had his first career fumble (and fumble lost) in the second quarter. He had gone 117 career touches without a fumble.

Ryan Katz, Sr., QB (13-for-23, 160 yds., 2 TDs | 13 att., 89 yds.)
* Threw two touchdowns, his 10th career game with multiple touchdown passes and third straight game with two or more.
* Threw his first interception in 92 attempts (91 in between interceptions) after the pass was deflected by an Aztec receiver. His last interception prior to tonight was his second pass attempt at Washington.
* Had a career-long 67-yard rush, which was also the second-longest play of the season by the Aztecs.
* Rushed for a career-high 89 yards on 13 carries. His previous best was 77 in the season opener at Washington (Sept. 1).
* Had 50 career rushing yards in Oregon State in three seasons. This year he already has 211.

Brice Butler, Sr., WR (3 rec., 39 yds., 1 TD)
* Had his second touchdown catch of the season and fifth of his career.

D.J. Shields, Sr., TE (3 rec., 18 yds., 1 TD)
* Tied his career high with three receptions (also had three at UNLV as a freshman on Nov. 28, 2009).
* Had his second career touchdown catch and first since Oct. 30, 2010 at Wyoming.
* D.J Shields caught his first pass since Oct. 30, 2010, when had he had two receptions at Wyoming.

Leon McFadden, Sr., DB (5 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 1 TD)
* Had his third interception of the season and eighth of his career. He has an interception in three straight games.
* Ran an interception back 96 yards for a touchdown, his second in three games. The 96-yard interception return for a touchdown was tied for the sixth longest in school history and the longest since 1986.
* He is just the second player in program history with two interception returns for a touchdown in a season (also Tory Nixon in 1984).
* He now only trails Ricky Parker (3 from 1993-96) for the most interceptions returned for a touchdown in school history).
* He now has 186 career interception return yards, which ranks sixth in program history.

Eric Pinkins, Jr., DB (8 tackles, 1 INTs, 1 TD)
* Had his second interception of the season and career.
* Returned an interception for a touchdown, the first of his career.
* Had a career-high 8 tackles.

Other Notes
* Jordan Thomas and Vaness Harris each forced the first fumble of their career.
* Josh Wade and Jake Fely each recovered the first fumble of their career.
* King Holder (9) and Josh Gavert (7) had career highs in tackles.
* Three made their first career start tonight with the Aztecs, including Brice Butler (also had six starts while at USC), Cody Galea and Josh Gavert.

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