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Football Opens 2013 vs. Eastern Illinois at the Q


 
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SAN DIEGO STATE (0-0; 0-0) vs. EASTERN ILLINOIS (0-0; 0-0)
Aug. 31, 2013 | 5 p.m. PT
San Diego, Calif. | Qualcomm Stadium (54,000)

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Eastern Illinois at SDSU
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Date Saturday, August 31
Time 5 p.m. PT
Location San Diego, Calif.
Stadium Qualcomm Stadium
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SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS
Record (2012) 9-4, 7-1 MW
Last Game Dec. 20, 2012 (Lost vs. Brigham Young, 6-23)
Head Coach Rocky Long
Career: 82-78
SDSU Record: 17-9
EASTERN ILLINOIS PANTHERS
Record (2012) 7-5. 6-1 OVC
Last Game Nov. 24, 2012 (Lost at South Dakota State, 10-58)
Head Coach Dino Babers
Career: 7-5
Eastern Illinois Record: 7-5
Aztecs Open 2013 Campaign Against Eastern Illinois At The Q
San Diego State opens its 91st season of football, 45th at the Division I level, the 15th as a member of the Mountain West and the third under head coach Rocky Long on Saturday, Aug. 31 against Eastern Illinois.

The Aztecs and Panthers have met once before on the gridiron, with San Diego State claiming a 40-7 victory on Oct. 6, 2001. Larry Ned rushed for 285 yards and three touchdowns and J.R. Tolver caught eight passes for 137 yards and two scores in the game.

The Aztecs have advanced to a school-record three consecutive bowl games. San Diego State is one of just 39 schools nationally to appear in a bowl game each of the past three seasons and joins Stanford as the only schools in the state of California to appear in bowl games following the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons.

After claiming a share of the 2012 Mountain West championship (tied with Boise State and Fresno State), its first league title since 1998, the Aztecs are picked to finish second in the Western Division of the MW this season behind Fresno State.

|The opener features a game between defending conference champions. Eastern Illinois claimed the 2012 Ohio Valley Conference title with a 6-1 record, while San Diego State tied for the Mountain West championship with a 7-1 record. For the Aztecs, it was the 19th league title in school history but the first since 1998.

San Diego State returns 49 letterwinners, including 17 starters off of the 2012 squad, which won its final seven games of the regular season.

Year three with Rocky Long in charge begins with three players on major national award watch lists, including senior Nat Berhe (Thorpe Award, Lott IMPACT Award), junior linebacker Jake Fely (Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award) and junior Adam Muema (Doak Walker Award, Maxwell Award).
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Junior running back Adam Muema is scheduled to make the 10th home start of his career. To date, he is averaging 122.78 yards per game and 6.17 yards per rush with six 100-yard rushing games at the Q.

San Diego State has won four consecutive regular-season home games dating back to last season. The Aztecs are looking for their fifth consecutive win in a regular-season home games which would be the longest such streak since winning five in a row from Oct. 9, 1998 to Sept. 4, 1999.

San Diego State enters the opener having won seven straight regular-season games. That is the longest stretch for the Aztecs since a seven-game streak from Nov. 15, 1980-Oct. 10, 1981. The last time SDSU had a longer regular-season win streak was a 10-game winning streak from Oct. 16, 1976 to Oct. 1, 1977.

San Diego State owns a 46-39-5 all-time record in season-opening games, including a 21-22-1 mark during the Division I era. That record improves when those contests occur at home, as the Aztecs are 38-15-4 all-time and 18-6-1 in the Division I era when the lidlifter occurs at home. In the DI era, SDSU is 33-10-1 in its home opener. The Aztecs have won their last two season-openers played at Qualcomm Stadium.

Eastern Illinois has four all-time victories over FBS schools.

Saturday mark's the annual KGB SkyShow fireworks extravaganza. This marks the 10th consecutive year that the Aztecs will play host to the event in conjunction with a football game. In previous nine SkyShow games, San Diego State has averaged an attendance of 51,034. The Aztecs have posted a 7-2 record in those contests with an average margin of victory of 21.7 points.