The Bulldogs are nine days away from officially joining the Mountain West on July 1. GoBulldogs.com will be previewing a MW school each day leading up to July 1. Today's Mountain West spotlight is the San Diego State Aztecs.
June 23, 2012
San Diego State Aztecs
|SDSU Quick Facts|
||San Diego, Calif.
||Dr. Elliot Hirshman
|| Scarlet and Black
|Tony Gwynn Stadium
2012 All-American in Softball
Men's: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis
Women's: Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, Water Polo
Football: Qualcomm Stadium (70,561)
Men's & Women's Basketball: Viejas Arena (12,414)
Volleyball: Peterson Gym (3,668)
Baseball: Tony Gwynn Stadium (3,000)
Softball: SDSU Softball Stadium (1,000)
MW Championships (not including tournament championships for those sports that crown both a regular season and tournament championship):
Softball: 5 (2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2012)
Men's Basketball: 3 (2006, 2011*, 2012*)
Men's Tennis: 3 (2005, 2006, 2007)
Baseball: 2 (2002, 2004)
Women's Basketball: 2 (2009*, 2012)
Women's Swimming & Diving: 2 (2011, 2012)
Men's Golf: 1 (2011)
Women's Soccer: 1 (2009)
Women's Tennis: 1 (2003)
* denotes co-champions
Russell Carpenter: cinematographer of Titanic (1997 film)
Andy Rathbone: author of '...for Dummies books, technology writer
Linda A. Lang: Chairman & CEO Jack in the Box
Ralph Rubio: founder, Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill
Jim Sinegal: (Costco) Chief Executive Officer, Time Magazine's 2006 list of The 100 most influential people
Bernard Rimland: PhD, noted autism researcher and founder of the Autism Society of America
Ellen Ochoa: BS, Physics (PhD Stanford), First Latina astronaut
Belle Benchley: Director of San Diego Zoo from 1927 to 1953
Jerry Sanders: current mayor of San Diego and former Chief of Police
Eugene P. Wilkinson: first Commanding Officer of the USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the world's first nuclear submarine
Marcelo Balboa, World Cup and MLS soccer star
Marshall Faulk, NFL Hall of Famer
John Fox, Denver Broncos Head Coach
Joe Gibbs, former Washington Redskins head coach, NLF Hall of Famer, owner of NASCAR racing team
Mark Grace, former MLB player, World Series Champion
Tony Gwynn, Baseball Hall of Famer
Chris Marlowe, Sportscaster, former Olympic volleyball player
Steven Strasburg, MLB pitcher
1941 - SDSU's men's basketball team won the 1941 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
1966, 1967 - The Aztec football teams won the NCAA "Small College" (Division II) National Championships. The 1968 team shared the national title.
1973 - The men's volleyball team won the NCAA Championship, but SDSU no longer has men's volleyball. One of the 1973 team stars was Chris Marlowe, current play-by-play announcer for the NBA's Denver Nuggets.
March 19, 2011 - The men's basketball team defeated Temple 71-64 in two overtimes to advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
San Diego State University first adopted the Aztec name in the 1920s as a nickname for the collegeʹs sports teams. In 1925, the student newspaper followed suit, changing its name from The Paper Lantern to The Aztec. Since that time, San Diego Stateʹs celebration of Aztec heritage has permeated the campus.
From the 1986-87 season to 1999-00, SDSU won an average of 9.8 games per year in men's basketball. Since the hiring of Steve Fisher as head coach, SDSU has since been to nine postseason tournaments and won seven MW Championships (combining regular season and MW Tournament titles).
The history between the Aztecs and Bulldogs goes as far back as 1924, when the two teams first met in football. The baseball teams first met on April 1, 1939 in San Diego and the men's basketball programs first played one another on Jan. 5, 1940. In women's basketball, the first game between the two schools was on Jan. 13, 1977 and the first volleyball match came on Nov. 1, 1980. Then in the 1981 season, Fresno State and SDSU played on another for the first time in softball.
The Aztec women's basketball team has made the NCAA tournament in three of the last four seasons and nine times overall in program history.
Fresno State-SDSU Classic:
On March 2, 2008, the Fresno State baseball team posted 17 hits in a 9-2 win over 22nd-ranked San Diego State. Five different Bulldogs had two or more hits in the game with second baseman Erik Wetzel leading the way by going 4-for-6 with three runs scored and two driven in. Eight of Fresno State's nine runs scored in the game came with two outs.
That win came in the San Diego Tournament early in the 2008 season, which was the most memorable season in program history as the Bulldogs would go on to win the College World Series.
Also of Note: Nov. 20, 1993 - Fresno State defeated SDSU 63-37 in the regular season finale to capture a share of the WAC title in football for the second-straight season. Bulldog running back Ron Rivers ran for 218 yards and two touchdowns in what was then the third-highest single-game rushing total from a Fresno State tailback. Quarterback Trent Dilfer also threw for 272 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
|Fresno State's Series History with San Diego State|
||27-20-4, San Diego State leads
||Dec. 3, 2011 - SDSU 35, FS 28 in San Diego, Calif.
||54-48, San Diego State leads
||Dec. 3, 2008 - UNLV 82, FS 76 in Fresno, Calif.
||25-11 San Diego State leads
||Nov. 30, 2002 - FS 59, SDSU 49 in Fresno, Calif.
||22-9, San Diego State leads
||Sept. 17, 2004 - FS 3, SDSU 0 in Fresno, Calif.
||84-79, Fresno State leads
||March 13, 2010 - FS 10, SDSU 0 in San Diego, Calif.
||55-9, Fresno State leads
||March 2, 2012 - FS 4, SDSU 1 in San Diego, Calif.
||7-5, San Diego State leads
||May 10, 2003 - FS 4, SDSU 0 in Tempe, Ariz. (NCAA Tournament First Round)
||11-6, Fresno State leads
||March 1, 2012 - FS 4, SDSU 3 in San Diego, Calif.
||7-2, San Diego State leads
||Aug. 21, 2009 - SDSU 1, FS 0 in San Diego, Calif.