When I think back on the biggest victories I’ve witnessed as a San Diego State football fan, a particular memory comes to mind for each. I’ll never forget the euphoric mass of humanity on the field at STADIUM last September following the Stanford upset. Nor will I forget the realization dawning on me, after that clutch Adam Muema first down run in 2012, that the Aztecs had actually just beaten Boise State on The Blue.
When I think of tonight’s 28-21 win over No. 23 Arizona State — a game that probably ranks just a bit behind those two in the pantheon of Rocky Long-era wins — the lasting memory will be me nearly barfing six slices of Woodstock’s pizza onto some poor souls in Plaza Level below.
I’m not out of the woods yet in that regard, either, so apologies if I end up losing my dinner in this post. That game was … something.
It’s pretty silly to freak out about any single loss. Especially if it comes in the second game of the year. Especially especially when that loss is in a true road game against a veteran Pac-12 team that beat you pretty handily last year.
But if you really must freak out now, well, be my guest. Because whatever the hell just happened to the Aztecs men’s basketball in Tempe — officially a 90-68 loss to Arizona State in a game it led by six at the half — was pretty damn appalling.
Perhaps its fitting that Sun Devils’ head coach Bobby Hurley looks like Vladimir Putin because the second half of this game was a veritable pee tape — a vulgar display debasing everyone involved that will now serve as Kompromat before the NCAA selection committee.
I think most of us expected a win in Tempe. Our paradigm in this new golden age of San Diego State football, with seven straight bowl appearances and back-to-back conference titles in the trophy case, is that we view a road game against Arizona State as a Should Win. Even though SDSU had:
Never beaten the Sun Devils in 11 games dating back to 1934, and
Had lost 28 straight road games against Pac opponents.
We’ll come back to that road futility streak. Most importantly, let’s talk about Rashaad Penny.
Welcome to the first ever K30 liveblog! In this space we’ll keep you up to date on the goings on in the Valley of the Sun as the San Diego State Aztecs attempt to beat Arizona State in football for the first time … (flips through media guide) … ever?
We’ll also be curating/stealing some of the best in-game tweets from YOU THE READER in a pathetic attempt to get you to click on our content. Joke’s on you, friend. You’ve already clicked.
So let’s go, Aztecs. LET’S GO GET NATHAN JUNIOR A WIN OVER ASU!
What: San Diego State Aztecs at Arizona State University Sun Devils When: Saturday, September 9, 8 p.m. TV: Pac-12 Network Line: ASU -4
Arizona’s not even a state! Oh, it is? This week, Rocky Long loads up the Airstream and takes the team out on a weekend of hunting bighorn sheep in the desert that will turn into a dangerous game of survival to Tempe, Ariz., to take on Power Five opponent Arizona State. San Diego State has NEVER defeated Arizona State (0-10-1 all time), a point we should continue to make through Saturday. It’s one of those things that’s kind of fun when you finally break the streak, and something to definitely ignore should Aztec fortunes continue in similar fashion.
This is the time of year where I typically crank out an easy post attempting to define success for the upcoming football season.
But it’s not as easy as it used to be.
As the bar gets keeps getting raised higher for the San Diego State football program, this exercise gets tougher. Back in 2011 when I started blogging, it was essentially, “Please stay decent and don’t go back to losing 70-7 to New Mexico.” Last August, in the wake of SDSU’s first outright conference title since 1986, it was a little more complicated.