Aztec Football to Host No. 19/19 Stanford
Sept. 11, 2017
SAN DIEGO -
NEWS AND NOTES (through games of Sat., Sept. 9)
* San Diego State will honor its 2017 Hall of Fame Class during the contest and the five-person class will be formally inducted at a ceremony Friday night. Included in the class is recently retired two-time national basketball coach of the year Steve Fisher, D.J. Gay (men’s basketball, 2007-11), Whitney Ashley (NCAA discus champion, 2011-12), Craig Penrose (14-5-1 as a starting quarterback, 1974-75) and Whip Walton (all-time leading tackler, 1974-77).
* The Aztecs are coming off a 30-20 victory at Arizona State last Saturday. SDSU never trailed in the contest and led by double figures the final 16:52 of the contest. The win snapped a 28-game road losing streak at Pac-12 (or Pac-10) teams dating back to Sept. 13, 1975 and a 23-game road losing streak at Power 5 schools dating back to a win at Kansas on Sept. 25, 1999.
* The win was the first in 12 all-time meetings with the Sun Devils (1-10-1).
* Coupled with the home win over California last season, San Diego State has now beaten Power 5 teams in consecutive encounters for the first time since 1982-83. In the Division I era, SDSU has never won three consecutive meetings with Power 5, BCS, etc., conference opponents.
* Stanford will be the highest-ranked team to visit SDSU at San Diego Stadium since Fresno State was ranked 15th nationally when the Bulldogs squeaked out a 35-28 overtime win on Oct. 22, 2013. It is the highest-ranked match-up at home with a non-conference opponent since Sept. 24, 1998 (No. 16 Arizona).
* Senior running back/kickoff returner Rashaad Penny continues to explode nationally. Penny was named the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 216 yards (12.0 average), catching a team-high four catches for 38 yards and adding a 99-yard kickoff return against the Sun Devils. He became the first player in the nation this season with a rushing, receiving and kickoff return for touchdown in the same game.
* Penny leads the nation in rushing yards per game (206.5) and all-purpose yards per game (284.00) and is third in TDs scored (5).
* Among active FBS players, Penny is first nationally in rushing average per carry (7.65, min: 1,600 yards), first in kickoff returns for touchdown (6, one short of tying the NCAA record), second in kick return average (30.0) and ninth in all-purpose yards (4,248).