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).
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.