“Aztecs Football–A Winner”
It was a career best night in the final games of their college football career.
For San Diego State, this Aztecs team is now atop the record books, the first 12-win team in the history of the school, dating back to 1921.
The Aztecs slugged their way to a Frisco Bowl victory, choking off explosive Texas San Antonio (38-24) infront of a highly partisan Roadrunners team.
Quarterback Lucas Johnson and running back Greg Bell, yes you can go home, but you have to go away first.
Johnson went to Georgia Tech, his career beset by injuries, and poor play, posting a career best (333Y) passing in the win.
Bell, who left here to go to Nebraska, came home, survived injuries and illness, and cracked the 1,000-yard barrier in the bowl game.
And the story of wide receiver Jesse Matthews is a testament to fortitude, hard work and good coaching. His final night in the Red & Black, he catches a career high (11 passes-125Y) and all those touchdowns.
The defense did what the defense does, punished the UTSA receivers, took away the run game, and banged around QB-Frank Harris.
The Aztecs have been doing it against all types of quarterbacks all year long, whether it was Jake Haener, Logan Bonner or Frank Harris.
Think about what Brady Hoke, who has been Coach of the Year now in 3-different conferences, has accomplished.
He started the Aztecs turnaround, left to go to Michigan, turned it over to Rocky Long, then came back to take over when Long left for New Mexico.
Between Hoke and Long, the program has gone (104-60). I know it’s not USC or UCLA. But this is an accomplishment for a program that couldn’t win much for decades, couldn’t recruit blue chip kids to stay home, and did not beat hardly any Power 5-teams.
This team has 3-All Americans on the field. It has beat up virtually everyone in the Pac 12. They have been to 11-bowl games now in the Hoke-Long era.
And next year they open a snazzy new Stadium that will likely sell out.
It’s a good time to be an Aztec. It’s a good time to adopt the Aztecs and become a fan.
Career best night for a bunch of quality football players.
Good coach. Good kids. Good program. Still room on the bandwagon. Give them a chance.