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SDSU Football-Colorado State Postgame Notes

San Diego State-Colorado State postgame notes.
San Diego State-Colorado State postgame notes.

Oct. 13, 2012

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Team Notes
• SDSU finished without a penalty in the game for the first time since Nov. 3, 1973 at San Jose State.
• The Aztecs have won by 24 or more points in consecutive games for the first time since 1999.
• San Diego State improved to 45-27-2 all-time in homecoming games. The Aztecs have now won two of their last three homecoming games after losing their previous seven in the annual contest.
• SDSU, which came into the game ranked 10th nationally (tied) with 14 forced turnovers, forced three tonight, giving it 10 in its last three games.
• San Diego State has received the ball first in all seven games this season.
• The Aztecs' 75-yard scoring drive to open up the game was their longest opening drive of the season.
• SDSU surrendered a touchdown on Colorado State's opening drive. It was the first points allowed by San Diego State on its opponents' opening drive since the opener at Washington.
• The Aztecs had a 16-play scoring drive in the second quarter, their most plays on a single drive this season.

Trends
• SDSU has now scored a touchdown in 71 consecutive games.
• San Diego State has scored 30 or more points in 11 of the last 12 games.
• The Aztecs have scored in eight consecutive quarters.
• SDSU has at least one rushing touchdown in 15 consecutive games (dating back to the Oct. 8, 2011 contest vs. TCU), its longest stretch since a 19-game streak from Nov. 25, 1989-Oct. 12, 1991.
• San Diego State has multiple rushing touchdowns in six straight games.
• The Aztecs scored on 20 consecutive red zone chances, including five tonight until failing on a fourth down conversion late in the fourth quarter.
• SDSU improved to 4-1 this season and 8-3 in the Rocky Long era when scoring first.
• San Diego State improved to 4-0 this season and 7-0 in the Rocky Long era when leading at the half.
• The Aztecs improved to 4-1 this season and 11-2 in the Rocky Long era when leading after three quarters.

Series Notes
• SDSU improved to 19-13 all-time against Colorado State.
• San Diego State is 10-7 all-time against the Rams in San Diego, including wins in three of the past four meetings.
• The Aztecs have committed one turnover or less in seven of the last eight games in the series.
• SDSU has allowed 21 points or less in eight of the last 10 meetings with CSU.

Coach Rocky Long Notes
• Improved to 12-8 as head coach at San Diego State. That is the best 20-game start with the Aztecs since Claude Gilbert went 16-3-1 during the 1973 and 1974 seasons.
• Picked up his 74th win while coaching in the Mountain West. Long had 62 wins with New Mexico in the Mountain West (1999-2008) and has 12 over the past two years with SDSU. Long's 74 Mountain West wins only trails Gary Patterson of TCU, who had 77.

Player Notes
* Ryan Katz, Sr., QB (16-for-22, 181 yds., 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 171.84 Eff. Rating | 8 att., 20 yds., 1 TD)
• Threw his 12th and 13th touchdown passes of the season and 31st and 32nd of his career.
• Has thrown for multiple touchdown passes in five straight games and 12 times in his career.
• Has a touchdown pass in all seven games as an Aztec.
• Finished with a passing efficiency rating of 171.84, the second-highest mark of his career.
• Also ran for a touchdown, his fourth in the past two weeks and sixth for his career.

* Adam Muema, So., RB (14 att., 105 yds., 2 TDs | 1 rec., 32 yds.)
• Broke 100 yards rushing for the third time this season and fourth time of his career. The four times are tied for the 18th most every by an Aztec.
• Scored his eighth and ninth rushing touchdown of the season and 11th and 12th of his career.
• Has a rushing touchdown in eight consecutive games.
• Has three straight games with multiple touchdowns and four for his career.
• Has 10 overall touchdowns this season (one receiving) and 14 for his career (two receiving).

* Walter Kazee, Sr., RB (14 att., 95 yds. | 1 rec., 7 yds.)
• Had 95 yards tonight to move into 15th-place on the school's all-time rushing list with 1,511 career yards. He passed Don Shy (1,432 from 1965-66) and Atiyyah Henderson (1,437 from 2006-08).
• The 95 yards was his fourth-highest total of his career.
• Had a 40-yard rush in the fourth quarter, his longest of the season.

* Brice Butler, Sr., WR (3 rec., 43 yds., 1 TD)
• Caught a 15-yard touchdown pass, his third straight game with a TD reception, fourth of the season and seventh of his career.
• Caught a pass for the fifth straight game.

* Chad Young, Jr., FB (2 rec., 14 yds., 1 TD)
• Had a 7-yard touchdown pass. It was his second touchdown reception this season and third of his career. He has two overall touchdowns this season and five for his career (two rushing).

* Jake Fely, So., LB (13 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 3.5 TFL, 1 FR)
• Had a career-high 13 tackles (previous best was eight vs. Army on Sept. 10, 2011).
• Also set career bests in tackles for loss (3.5) and sacks (2.0).
• Picked up the second fumble recovery of his career/season.

* Derek Largent, So, LB (8 tackles, 2 INTs)
• Had a career-high eight tackles.
• Had his first two career interceptions.
• Became the first Aztec with two interceptions since Larry Parker had two vs. Washington State on Sept. 17, 2011.
• He has now gained four turnovers this season (two fumble recoveries, two interceptions), which have led to 28 San Diego State points (four touchdowns).

* Josh Wade, Sr., DB (8 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 1 FF)
• Had a career-high eight tackles.
• Forced his first career fumble.

* Leon McFadden, Sr., DB (3 tackles, 2 PBUs)
• Had two pass breakups and now has 35 for his career, which moved him into second place on the school's all-time list, trailing only Eric Lewis' 37, set from 1995-98.

Other Notes
Marcus Andrews got his first start of the year at the Warrior position and ninth of his career.
Nik Embernate started for the 40th time of his career, the most of any current Aztec.
Alec Johnson and Leon McFadden each started for the 33rd consecutive game (most on the team).
Dominique Sandifer had a season-high four receptions, his most since a six-catch game against Utah on Nov. 20, 2010.
Gavin Escobar caught a pass for the 14th consecutive game.
Eric Pinkins had his first career sack.
Chance Marden made his fourth consecutive field goal of the season after starting the season 0-for-3.