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Aztec Football Hosts UNM Saturday on HOF Weekend


Oct. 28, 2013

 
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SAN DIEGO STATE (3-4; 2-1 MW) vs. NEW MEXICO (2-5, 0-3 MW)
Nov. 2, 2013 | 5 p.m. PT
San Diego, Calif. | Qualcomm Stadium (54,000)

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Date Saturday, Nov. 2
Time 5 p.m. PT
Location San Diego, Calif.
Stadium Qualcomm Stadium
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SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS
Record 3-4, 2-1 Mountain West
Last Game Oct. 26, 2013 (Lost to No. 15/18 Fresno State, 35-28 (OT))
Head Coach Rocky Long
Career: 85-82
SDSU Record: 20-13
NEW MEXICO LOBOS
Record 2-5, 0-3 Mountain West
Last Game Oct. 19, 2013 (Lost vs. Utah State, 45-10)
Head Coach Bob Davie
Career: 41-39
New Mexico Record: 6-14
Aztecs Host Lobos Saturday Night on Hall of Fame Weekend
San Diego State, which saw its three-game winning streak snapped in a heartbreaking 35-28 overtime loss to No. 15/18 Fresno State last Saturday, faces New Mexico on Saturday night at Qualcomm Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. PT.

The Aztecs have responded from their last five Mountain West losses by winning their next league game. SDSU has outscored the opposition, 207-76, in the last five games following an MW loss. The last time San Diego State dropped consecutive conference games was 2010.

Amazingly, Aztec head coach Rocky Long has been on the winning sidelines of the last 11 games played between SDSU and UNM.

Saturday marks the 39th meeting between San Diego State and New Mexico with the Aztecs owning a 23-15 series advantage.

In SDSU's last four games (since Sept. 28, 2013), San Diego State ranks 25th nationally in yards per game at 488.0 and 40th nationally in scoring offense (33.0 ppg).

The Aztecs' rushing attack is back among the nation's elite. In its last four games, SDSU has rushed for 851 yards on 176 attempts with 12 touchdowns. Since Sept. 28, 2013, San Diego State ranks 25th nationally in rushing yards per game (212.8). 

The Aztecs have produced a 100-yard rusher in each of the last four games and has a total of five 100-yard efforts during that span.

Junior wide receiver Ezell Ruffin caught set career-highs with 10 receptions for 181 yards last Saturday. He now has three 100-yard receiving games this season and since Oct. 10, the date of the Air Force game, Ruffin ranks eighth in the nation in receiving yards per game at 144.5.

Earlier this season, true freshman running back Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 100 or more yards for three straight games with 167 at New Mexico State, 112 vs. Nevada and 117 at Air Force. He's just the 11th player in school history with three consecutive 100-yard rushing games and the first freshman since NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk in 1991.

The San Diego State defense will get tested this week from New Mexico, the nation's third-ranked rushing attack. Of late, the Aztec defense has been very stingy about giving up rushing yards. In the last five games, SDSU has allowed 439 yards rushing on 173 carries. That is an average of 2.54 yards per rush. For the season, San Diego State ranks 25th nationally in yards allowed per rush at 3.5.

After opening 0-3, the Aztecs have become the only team this season, just the second since 2010 and the 15th team in the BCS era to improve to 3-3. Since 2002, 158 teams have opened 0-3 but only two to date - 2004 Marshall and 2009 Nevada - won their next four games to improve to 4-3.