October 20, 2000

Aztecs continue Mountain West Conference play at BYU

Game 7
San Diego State (1-5/1-1) at
Brigham Young (3-4/1-1)
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000 * 1:05 pm (MDT)
Cougar Stadium (65,000) * Provo, Utah


The San Diego State at Brigham Young game will be televised live regionally by ESPN+Plus, locally on Channel 4 San Diego. Chris Marlowe will call the play-by-play with J.C. Pearson providing the analysis. Beth Mowins will serve as the telecast's sideline reporter.


San Diego State's five remaining games can be heard live in San Diego on KOGO (600 AM). Jim Stone calls the action with "The Coach" John Kentera, handling the color.

Climbing The Mountain: The San Diego State Aztecs, now 1-5 overall and 1-1 in the Mountain West Conference, return to the road this week to meet the Brigham Young Cougars in Provo. And for the second straight week, the Aztecs will be featured as part of an ESPN+Plus telecast. As a result, kickoff will be at 1 p.m. (noon Pacific).

SDSU has struggled to a 1-5 start, but there remains plenty of incentives. The Mountain West Conference has just one team that is unbeaten (Colorado State) and won team that is winless in league play (Wyoming). UNLV is 1-2. SDSU is part of the five-team pack that has lost just one conference game.

This week marks the 25th meeting between the Cougars and the Aztecs, with Brigham Young owning an 18-5-1 series lead. Brigham Young has won the last five encounters, dating back to a 45-38 Aztec victory in 1992 in Provo. That games marked the only time in nine all-time trips to Provo that the Aztecs have come out victorious.

Last year, Brigham Young took advantage of five Aztec turnovers to defeat San Diego State 30-7 at Qualcomm Stadium. The 23-point margin of defeat is the worst Mountain West Conference loss for the Aztecs. Kevin Feterik was 21-of-32 for 262 yards and two touchdowns and Rob Morris recorded 15 tackles, including 14 solo stops for the Cougars.

There may be no better sign of perseverance for a football team that battling back from a winless non-conference season. This season, as one of only three teams that opened the campaign with four consecutive games against teams from Bowl Championship Series leagues, San Diego State went winless outside of league play for only the sixth time since joining the Western Athletic Conference in 1978. However, history may be on the side of the Aztecs.

In the previous five seasons that San Diego State did not win a game outside the league, the Aztecs posted a winning conference mark four times. In those five seasons, San Diego State went 23-16-1 (58.8 percent) in league play. The last time the Aztecs went winless through non-conference play was in 1998, when San Diego State went on to go 7-1 in conference play and advance to the Las Vegas Bowl as Pacific Division champions of the WAC.

The defense is also proving difficult to score upon. Through six games this season, the Aztecs have yielded 132 points for a 22.0 per game average. Those are the lowest totals through the first six games of the season since the 1984 squad allowed 97 points through six contests.

In addition, the defense has been stingy when it comes to yardage allowed. Despite playing a non-conference schedule that ranked among the 20 most difficult in the country and being one of only three schools to open the season with four consecutive opponents from Bowl Championship Series conferences, the Aztecs total yardage allowed per contest is similar to 1999, when the Aztecs turned in one of the best defensive seasons in school history.

Ned Nearing 2000: With 47 yards on 18 carries versus Illinois, senior running back Larry Ned moved into SDSU's all-time top 10 in both career carries and rushing. He heads into the BYU game on the heels of another milestone —2,000 career yards rushing. With 46 yards against the Cougars, Ned will become just the ninth Aztec to rush for 2,000 yards. With 103 yards at BYU, Ned would vault past Paul Hewitt (2,056 yards from 1987-88) into eighth all time on SDSU career rushing chart.


Noon Kickoff Set For Homecoming Aztecs host Colorado State on ESPN+Plus

The Mountain West Conference has announced that the Colorado State-San Diego State football game, scheduled for Oct. 28th at Qualcomm Stadium, has been selected for telecast by ESPN Regional (ESPN+Plus). The game will have a 12:05 p.m. kickoff.

The game serves as the 2000 Homecoming contest for San Diego State. It will mark San Diego State's third straight appearance on ESPN Regional as the Utah game (Oct. 14th) and this week's contest at Brigham Young were also selected for a regional telecast. The BYU contest will begin at noon (Pacific) as well.

The selection of the Colorado State by ESPN Regional means that each of San Diego State's first eight football games have been televised, including two games on ESPN2 and one game (Wyoming) on ABC as a regional telecast.

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