Aztec Football Returns Home to Face Nevada
Nov. 13, 2017
SAN DIEGO -
NEWS AND NOTES (through games of Sat., Nov. 11)
* Following a bye week, San Diego State returns to action with a pair of home games to conclude the 2017 regular season, beginning with a contest against Nevada at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at SDCCU Stadium.
* Entering play this week, the Aztecs are one of just 25 teams with two or fewer losses (four unbeaten teams, five one-loss teams and 16 two-loss teams).
* SDSU, the two-time defending Mountain West champion, is one-game behind Fresno State in the West Division standings. To win the division and advance to the MW Championship, San Diego State must make up two games in the final two weeks of the year.
* Last time out, SDSU scored touchdowns on its first six possessions (sans the end of first half), rushed for a school-record 554 yards and limited SJSU to 200 total yards (its third lowest in a home game in six years (last 42 home games)), in a 52-7 road victory.
* Since a brief two-game losing streak, San Diego State has returned to form. In their last two games, the Aztecs have outscored their opponents 80-14, outgained the opposition 1,065-395 and have not trailed at any point in those 120 minutes.
* Senior running back/kickoff returner Rashaad Penny rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns on just 20 carries. The Heisman Trophy candidate has rushed for 487 yards and five touchdowns in his last two games.
* Penny ranks among the national leaders in many categories, including first in all-purpose yards per game (203.3), and second in rushing yards (1,602 - 20 yards behind Stanford’s Bryce Love), total touchdowns (18) and points scored (108).
* Penny, who has 1,602 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns (18 total) this season, is closing in on the rare accomplishment of 2,000 rushing yards in a single season. In NCAA FBS history there have been 22, 2,000-yard rushing seasons. San Diego State is looking to join Texas (Ricky Williams 2,124 in 1998 and D’Onta Foreman 2,028 in 2016) as the only school in NCAA history to have two different players produce a 2,000-yard rushing season. Last season, the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher SDSU’s Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 2,133 yards.
* The Aztecs have held 11 of their last 12 opponents to 375 yards or less of total offense. Since the beginning of 2015, opponents are averaging 299.6 yards of total offense (4th nationally).
* SDSU is 17th nationally in turnover margin at +0.70 per game. The Aztecs have ranked among the national leaders in this category the last several years (2015 - +1.57, 1st and 2016 - +1.00, 4th). San Diego State leads the country in TO margin since 2015.
* San Diego State and Nevada are meeting for just the 10th time with the Aztecs owning a 6-3 series advantage.