October 27, 2000

Aztecs host league-leading Colorado State in Homecoming Tilt Saturday


No. 24 Colorado State (6-1/3-0)
at San Diego State (2-5/2-1)
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000
6:05 pm (Pacific)
Qualcomm Stadium
Television: None
Radio: KOGO (600 AM)

The San Diego State Aztecs return to Qualcomm Stadium Saturday night in a Homecoming contest against the red-hot Colorado State Rams. The contest is the fourth of five home games in 2000. After two straight weeks in the sun, San Diego State returns to its traditional 6:05 p.m. kickoff for Homecoming. There will be no television for the contest.

The Colorado State-San Diego State game will be a battle between the MountainWest Conference leaders (Rams) and the second-place squad (Aztecs). The Rams were tri-champs of the league last year, sharing the crown with Utah and Brigham Young. One of Colorado State's two league losses in 1999 came against San Diego State (17-10) in the snow of Fort Collins.

Nate Tanberg gives the Aztecs something to celebrate, a 16-15 last second victory over BYU.

The Aztecs are coming off of the kind of victory that can turn a season. SDSU's 16-15 come-from-behind win at Brigham Young improved the Aztecs to 2-1 in conference play with only CSU owning a better league mark. The win was just the second in 13 tries for the Aztecs in Provo.

The Aztecs are 8-3 vs. Colorado State in Mission Valley, but the Rams have won the last two meetings in San Diego, including a 38-17 victory in 1997.

State will be trying to knock off a Top 25 opponent for the first time since defeating No. 16 Wyoming, 28-24, on Nov. 7, 1996.

The Aztecs will be facing a ranked opponent for the second time this season. SDSU fell to then No. 21 Illinois, 49-13, in the game that ended starting quarterback Jack Hawley's season.


Aztec Squad Of 1950 To Be Honored At Homecoming

San Diego State University will celebrate Homecoming Saturday when No. 24 Colorado State visits Qualcomm Stadium to face San Diego State. The Aztec football squad of 1950 will be honored as part of the weekend's festivites.

The 1950 team posted a 5-3-1 overall record and went undefeated in California Coast Athletic Association (CCAA) play. In the process the 1950 Aztecs won the University's first post-World War II football title.

The team will be part of the pregame ceremonial coin toss and will also be featured in a third-quarter slide show.

"The 1950 team is pleased to dedicate the evening to the memory of Byron Chase, a tackle who was killed during the Korean Conflict, and to Art Preston, the offensive leader of the team who died several years ago," said Leon Parma, the quarterback of the 1950 squad and a prominent sports and business leader in San Diego. "Several members of the team went on to become outstanding high school coaches in San Diego, including Birt Slater (Kearney) and Chick Embrey (Escondido). Both ac-complished outstanding records and won CIF championships."

The coach of the 1950 squad, Bill Schutte, will also be honored. Schutte spent nine years as Aztecs head coach and was 48-36-4 at the school. He coached San Diego State's first undefeated team in 1951 (10-0-1).

Kickoff for Saturday's CSU-SDSU game is 6:05 p.m. The game will not be televised.

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