Dec. 21, 2013
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SDSU-Buffalo Postgame Notes
The Big Notes
San Diego State won its first bowl game since claiming the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl (35-14 vs. Navy).
The Aztecs won their first bowl game played outside their own stadium since Dec. 6, 1969 (28-7 vs. Boston University in the Pasadena Bowl). That was 16,086 days ago today and Don Coryell was the head coach.
San Diego State set its bowl record with 49 points, bettering the previous best of 38 vs. Iowa in the 1986 Holiday Bowl.
With five road/neutral victories in 2013, SDSU posted its most wins away from home since 1969 (also, five road/neutral victories).
Of the 488 teams that opened 0-3 since 1980, San Diego State became just the eighth school to win eight games in that same season. The 2013 Aztecs join 2009 Nevada, 2008 Rutgers, 2001 North Carolina, 1996 Ball State, 1994 Air Force, 1991 Brigham Young and 1983 Penn State for the most victories (eight) following an 0-3 start.
SDSU extended the nation's longest winning streak of games played in the Mountain Time Zone to nine. Brigham Young is second at five games.
San Diego State won its eighth game of the season and has won at least eight in four consecutive years for the first time since 1974-77.
Since 2010, only the Aztecs, Boise State and TCU (now a member of the Big 12) from the Mountain West have won two bowl games.
SDSU won on the Bronco Stadium blue turf for a second consecutive time. San Diego State defeated the No. 19/14 Broncos, 21-19, on Nov. 3, 2012.
San Diego State has now won 11 of its last 12 games when the temperature is below 60 degrees and is now 9-1 under head coach Rocky Long with the temperature below 60 degrees.
The game time temperature was 30 degrees, which is tied for the third coldest in Aztec recorded history and the coldest since a 29-degree game at Air Force on Nov. 13, 2004.
SDSU improved to 3-1 with three straight wins in recorded history when playing in 30 degrees or colder.
Rocky Long Notes
Rocky Long improved to 25-14 at San Diego State.
Rocky Long extended his MW lead with his 87th victory in league history.
In just three seasons as head coach, Rocky Long now has the eighth-most wins in Aztec history, passing Doug Scovil (24 from 1981-85).
Rocky Long is now 12-6 in road/neutral games while at SDSU.
Rocky Long is 2-2 in his last four bowl games as a head coach.
SDSU held Buffalo to just 20 yards in the first quarter and forced three straight three and outs.
San Diego State held an opponent scoreless in the first quarter for the first time since Air Force on Oct. 10.
The Aztecs led by 18 points at the half, which was their largest lead at the half since a 28-point advantage vs. Hawai'i on Oct. 6, 2012 (won, 52-14).
SDSU's 21 points are its most in the second quarter since also scoring 21 vs. Hawai'i on Oct. 6, 2012.
San Diego State held their opponent without a touchdown on their second-half opening drive for the 19th time in their last 20 games. The Aztecs have allowed just 16 points this year on 13 second-half opening drives and 19 over the past 20 second-half opening drives.
SDSU has at least one rushing touchdown in 11 straight games and 20 over its last seven contests.
San Diego State started with the ball for the 26th time in the last 28 games.
SDSU has now gone 90 games without suffering a shutout (Nov. 18, 2006, at TCU), which is the third-longest streak among current Mountain West schools (Air Force at 258 and Boise State at 209). That is the only time San Diego State has been shut out in its last 184 games.
The Aztecs improved to 3-1 this year and 14-3 in the Rocky Long era when leading after the first quarter.
SDSU improved to 5-3 this year and 15-7 in the Rocky Long era when scoring first.
San Diego State improved to 4-1 this year and 13-2 in the Rocky Long era when leading at the half.
San Diego State improved to 1-0 all-time against Buffalo.
The Aztecs improved to 10-0-1 all-time against current Mid-American Conferences (MAC) schools and 5-0-1 against teams in the MAC at game time.
* Adam Muema, Jr., RB (28 att., 229 yds., 3 TD | 1 rec., 4 yds.)
Rushed for 229 yards and three touchdowns on 28 attempts (8.2).
Was named the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl MVP.
Posted his second 200-yard rushing game of the season and fourth of his career (T-2nd all-time at SDSU).
Recorded his third 150-yard rushing game of the year and fifth of his career.
Picked up his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season and 14th of his career (T-3rd all-time at SDSU).
Scored his 13th and 14th rushing touchdowns of the season and 32nd and 33rd of his career (fifth all time at SDSU).
It was also his 13th and 14th overall rushing touchdowns of the year and 34th and 35th of his career (third all-time at SDSU).
It was his 10th career game with multiple rushing touchdowns and 11th overall (also one with one rushing and one receiving).
The Aztecs have won five straight games when he has found the end zone.
* Quinn Kaehler, Jr., QB (15-for-28, 211 yds., 2 TD, 0 INT)
Finished the game with 211 yards, going 15-for-28 with two touchdowns an no interceptions.
Also had his first career rushing touchdown, a career-long 29 yarder in the first quarter. He became the first Aztec quarterback with a rushing score sine Ryan Katz had on vs. Colorado State on Oct. 13, 2012.
Improved to 7-3 as the team's starting quarterback.
Has just six interceptions over his past 323 passing attempts. In three of those interceptions, the ball hit an Aztec receiver first.
It was his 12th straight game with at least 200 yards passing and seventh game with two or more touchdown passes.
* Dylan Denso, Sr., WR (1 rec., 25 yds., 1 TD | 2 tackles, 1 FF, 1 FR)
Had a 25-yard touchdown catch.
Recorded his second touchdown catch of the season and fifth of his career.
Broke 1,000 yards receiving for his career, ending his four years with 1,001 yards.
Also forced a fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half and recovered it.
Added two tackles on special teams.
* Scott Graves, Sr., LB (2 punt blocks)
Played in his first game of the season after being injured for the 12 regular season contests.
Blocked a punt in the first quarter, SDSU's first since Dwayne Garrett blocked one at Bronco Stadium last year (Nov. 3) when San Diego State defeated Boise State, 21-19. Later blocked one in the third quarter.
The two blocked punts (in just one game) moved him into a tie for second place on the school's single-season blocked kick list.
* Chad Young, Sr., FB (4 att., 6 yds., 1 TD | 1 rec., 4 yds.)
Rushed for six yards on four carries, including a 1-yard touchdown.
It was his third rushing touchdown of the season and fifth of his career.
It was also his fourth overall touchdown of the year and 10th of his career.
* Ezell Ruffin, Jr., WR (5 rec., 75 yds. | 3 rec., 7 yds.)
Had five catches for 75 yards.
Moved into 16th place on SDSU's single-season receiving yard list with 1,136.
Had a catch for the 14th straight game and multiple receptions for the 13th consecutive game, both which lead the team.
* Adam Roberts, Jr., TE (1 rec., 11 yds., 1 TD)
Had an 11-yard touchdown reception.
It was his third TD catch of the year and fourth of his career.
Nat Berhe started for the 41st time, the most of any current Aztec.
Nat Berhe also started for the 38th consecutive game, which leads all Aztecs.
Marcus Andrews had his first interception of the season and third of his career.
Vaness Harris picked up his first forced fumble of the year and second of his career. He has 1.5 sacks this year and 4.5 for his career.
Cody Galea had his second fumble recovery of the season and career.
Everett Beed had his first sack of the year and fourth of his career.
Nick Tenhaeff picked up his sixth sack of the season and 11th of his career.