SDSU Football-North Dakota Postgame Notes
Sept. 15, 2012
SAN DIEGO -
San Diego State had a pair of 100-yard rushers for the first time since 1998 and the 15th time in program history. The Aztecs are 14-1 all-time when having multiple 100-yard rushers.
SDSU and North Dakota combined for 90 points tonight. That was tied for the eighth-most total points in a San Diego State game in program history and matched the most since Nov. 26, 1994 when the Aztecs and Fresno State combined for 91 points (Fresno State won, 49-42).
San Diego State defeated a team with a six-game winning streak for the first time since at least 2002. The Aztecs were 0-8 against teams (since 2002) with a six-game winning streak heading into today (0-2 under Tom Craft, 0-3 under Chuck Long and 0-2 under Brady Hoke).
SDSU has now won eight straight September home games, which is the second-longest September home winning streak in the Division I era. The team's last loss in a September home game was a 52-23 setback to 24th-ranked Cincinnati on Sept. 29, 2007. The school record is 23 consecutive home wins during September, spanning the 1962-1979 seasons (12 consecutive in the Division 1 ERA (1969-79)).
San Diego State has posted a winning record after three games for the third consecutive season (2-1 in 2010, 3-0 in 2011, 2-1 in 2012). Prior to 2010, the Aztecs did not have a winning record after three contests for the five seasons from 2005 through 2009.
Leon McFadden's interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter was San Diego State's first defensive touchdown since Nov. 13, 2010 at No. 3 TCU.
McFadden's interception return for a touchdown was the team's first since Nov. 28, 2009, when Luke Laologi returned one at UNLV.
North Dakota's passing touchdown in the first quarter was the first allowed by the Aztecs since the first quarter of the Washington game. There was 114 minutes, 25 seconds (114:25) of game time in between the two touchdown passes.
Tonight's game time temperature of 97 degrees is tied for the second-warmest contest (also Sept. 8, 2001 at Arizona State) San Diego State has played in the Division I era (since 1969). The only warmer game was 99 degrees at Arizona on Sept. 16, 2000.
It is the warmest home game for the Aztecs in the Division I era (previous warmest was 93 degrees against UCLA on Sept. 8, 1984.)
SDSU has scored 42 or more points in consecutive games for the first time since 1996.
The Aztecs' 21 points were their most in the first quarter since scoring 24 in a 38-21 win over Idaho State on Sept. 4, 2004.
SDSU improved to 8-0 in the Rocky Long ear when leading after three quarters.
SDSU has now scored a touchdown in 67 consecutive games.
San Diego State improves to 1-0 all-time against North Dakota.
* Adam Muema, So., RB 13 att., 124 yds., 1 TD)
Broke 100 yards rushing for the first time this season and second time of his career.
Scored his third rushing touchdown of the season, sixth of his career and seventh overall (one receiving).
He now has a rushing touchdown in four consecutive games.
* Walter Kazee, Sr., RB (18 att., 105 yds., 2 TDs
Rushed for 105 yards on 18 carries to move into 18th on SDSU's career rushing list. He now has 1,272 for his career and passed Mario Mendez (1,168 from 1961-63), Michael Franklin (1,216 from 2002-05), Bill Kramer (1,225 from 1973-74), Monty Reed (1,231 from 1974-75), Jim Allison (1,233 from 1963-64), Lloyd Edwards (1,251 from 1967-78) and Mike Waters (1,266 from 1983-84) tonight.
Broke 100 yards rushing for the third time of his career and first since 2009 (his freshman season).
Scored two rushing touchdowns, giving him four for the season and 13 for his career. He has eight rushing scores over his last five games.
* Ryan Katz, Sr., QB (11-for-18, 241 yds., 3 TDs, 228.58 eff. rating)
Finished with 241 passing yards, his most since a 393-yard game at Arizona on Oct. 9, 2010 (while playing for Oregon State).
Finished with a 228.58 efficiency rating, which was the seventh-best mark in a game in program history.
Threw a career-high three touchdown passes.
Each of his five touchdown passes this season have gone to different receivers.
* Gavin Escobar, Jr., TE (5 rec., 117 yards, 1 TD)
Had his first 100-yard receiving game of the season and third of his career.
Caught a 20-yard touchdown pass, his first of the season and 12th of his career.
* Colin Lockett, Jr., WR (1 rec., 37 yards, 1 TD)
Caught a 37-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, his first of the season and ninth of his career.
* Brice Butler, Sr., WR (3 rec., 66 yds., 1 TD)
Caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Katz in the first quarter, his first-ever catch and touchdown as an Aztec.
The 44-yard catch was a career long.
* Leon McFadden, Sr., DB (6 tackles, 1 INT for TD, 2 PBUs)
Returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown on North Dakota's first offensive play of the game. It was his first career touchdown.
It also was his first interception of the season and sixth of his career.
Had two pass breakups, giving him 29 for his career. That is tied with Jeff Shoate (2001-03), Marlon Andrews (1989-90) and Mike Fox (1979-82) for the fifth most in program history.
Dominique Sandifer started his first game since the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl (vs. Navy, Dec. 23, 2010).
Sam Meredith and Jordan Thomas each had their first career sack tonight.
Adam Roberts caught his first pass of the season and second of his career.
Tim Vizzi returned his first career punt. It was also the first punt return by an Aztec this season.
Seamus McMorrow had a career-long 51-yard punt.