Game Recap: Another masterpiece on The Blue

It’s getting to the point where we need to remind ourselves not to become numb to this.

Less than two years ago, in the wake of the Aztecs’ 2016 Mountain West Conference Championship Game victory, I spent a week leading up to the bowl game running a silly bracket-style tournament of the best wins of the Rocky Long era (hooray, content!). Have a look at the eight games I chose. The winner of the tournament as selected by you, the fans, was — I shit you not — a regular season win over Nevada.

In the 22 months since, we’ve been thoroughly spoiled with the following:

  • A bowl victory over Group of Five darling Houston in which D.J. Pumphrey broke the NCAA rushing record.
  • A win on the road at Arizona State in Rashaad Penny’s national coming out party.
  • The Stanford blackout.
  • ANOTHER win over the Sun Devils, who were ranked this time.

And now this.

A win on The Blue. As a two touchdown dog. With the Aztecs’ starting quarterback, running back and fullback all out with injuries.

THIS 👏 IS 👏 NOT 👏 NORMAL 👏 PEOPLE!

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Game Recap: Aztecs notch epic win over No. 23 Arizona State! So why do I feel like I was just beaten with a baseball bat?

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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.

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Game Preview: Arizona State at Aztecs

Reimagined still from the web documentary ‘Washington’


What:
Football game
Who: No. 23 Arizona State Sun Devils at San Diego State Aztecs
When:
 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: SDCCU Stadium
TV: CBS Sports Network
Line: Arizona State -5

The Stakes
Last chance for the Aztecs to get a non-conference Power Five win and avoid falling off the radar with a 1-2 start.

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City Council approves lease extension for SDSU football at the unkillable concrete edifice

In an expected administrative move, the San Diego City Council on Monday approved a lease extension for San Diego State football at the former Qualcomm Stadium through 2020. The extension removes uncertainty for the university’s athletic department and for the Alliance of American Football, the new pro football league planning to play home games at San Diego’s former NFL venue in Spring 2019.

The motion to extend SDSU’s lease passed 6-1, with Mission Valley council member Scott Sherman (R-SoccerCity) the lone dissenting vote with two council members absent. Aside from Sherm’s usual water-carrying there did not appear to be much pushback from SoccerCity.

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How to improve SDSU football’s snoozer of a promo schedule

San Diego State football doesn’t often use fan giveaways as a marketing tool. I have a replica Kirk Morrison jersey somewhere and think I got a hat once or twice. If anything, it’s usually some garbage like a poster, magnet or key fob.

So it comes as no surprise that this year’s promotional schedule continues the tradition. There’s not a single thing listed as a giveaway, just a bunch of military appreciation nights, teacher recognition awards and whatnot. We would like to think that with some creativity, passion and a bit more cash, Aztec football’s promotional events could actually be a draw.

Here’s the 2018 promo schedule as it is, and maybe how it could be.

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National media rightfully honors Penny, unjustly dirties Rocky

With the Armed Forces Bowl still nearly two weeks away, San Diego State football got some national publicity today on a couple of fronts. Half of it was even good!

We start with Rashaad Penny. Fresh off a fifth-place finish in the Heisman Trophy voting, the nation’s top yardage-accumulator actually received a non-snub* from the Associated Press.

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Game Recap: Penny doorbusts New Mexico on Black Friday, Aztecs claim 10th win

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The Rashaad Penny of frenzied, pink Croc-wearing consumers.

There was something of a surreal feel to  this afternoon’s San Diego State football game. Maybe it’s that we’re not used to seeing the Aztecs play in broad daylight in their home blacks. Maybe it was the stagnant midafternoon sizzle of this stupid late November heat wave. Maybe it was the smallish turnout for a Black Friday game with nothing really on the line.

It was probably all of those things, actually.

In sum, they created the college football version of a Thanksgiving food coma. Consider it a mildly uncomfortable, lethargic yet unmistakably pleasant end to what has been a delightful feast of a regular season.

SDSU, aided by a pretty bad New Mexico team, made sure of the pleasant outcome, as the Aztecs handled the Lobos 35-10 on the strength of another monster Rashaad Penny performance and a nearly flawless defensive performance.

Since I’m not some dipshit Doak Walker Award voter, let me begin by giving Penny his due.

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Game Preview: Aztecs vs. University of New Mexico Lobos

 

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Rocky Long, dashing young man

What: New Mexico Lobos at San Diego State Aztecs
When: Friday, November 24 at 12:30 p.m.
TV: CBS Sports Network
Line: Aztecs -20

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