Oct. 18, 2003
San Diego State vs. New Mexico
Saturday, October 18, 2003
(Qualcomm Stadium/San Diego, Calif.)
Final Score: New Mexico 30, San Diego State 7
The loss drops SDSU to 3-5 overall and 0-3 in Mountain West Conference play in 2003 ... SDSU still leads the all-time series with New Mexico, 20-10 ... the victory is the Lobos' fourth straight at Qualcomm and their third straight in the series.
Aztec quarterback Adam Hall entered the SDSU career top 10 in two categories tonight with his 291 yards passing and 276 yards of total offense. Hall moved from 11th to eighth on the career passing charts with 4,753 yards and from 11th into a tie for eighth with Marshall Faulk in total offense with 4,589 yards.
The Aztecs posted a season high for passing yards in a game with 354, beating the previous best of 352 against BYU ... SDSU had 255 yards passing in the first half, which is better than the team's game total for passing in all but one of its previous games this season ... the 393 yards of total offense is the second best by the Aztecs in a game this year.
Aztec redshirt sophomore flanker Robert Ortiz posted a career high for catches with 10 and yardage with 89 (previous 3 catches, 36 yards). Ortiz entered the game with 7 catches for 79 yards on the season. His 10 catches tonight tie the team's single-game high in 2003 (Jeff Webb - 10 vs. EWU, BYU).
The Aztecs' TD: SDSU's touchdown in the second quarter was the team's first since the third quarter of the BYU game on Oct. 4 ... the TD is the Aztecs' first against New Mexico since the first quarter of the 2001 meeting, a 20-15 Lobo victory ...the touchdown was the first allowed by the Lobo defense in its opponents' previous five trips to the redzone, a span of three games.
For the eighth straight game, the Aztec defense held its opponent off the scoreboard on its opening possession of the game. In 2003, SDSU has allowed a combined two first downs and 4 total yards on its opponents' opening drives (0 FD, 9 yards vs. EWU; 0 FD, 0 yards at Ohio State; 1 FD, 6 yards at UTEP; 1 FD, 12 yards vs. Samford; 0 FD, -2 yards at UCLA; 0 FD, -5 yards vs. BYU; 0 FD, -15 yards at Utah; 0 FD, -1 yard vs. New Mexico).
Other Aztec notes: New Mexico's first-quarter touchdown marked the first time in the last 10 games that San Diego State has not been the first team to score ...Junior safety Josh Dean recorded his first career interception in the third quarter, while Reggie Grigsby's fumble recovery is his second of the year, a team season high ... junior flanker Devin Pitts matched a career high for catches in a game with five (prev. 5 catches vs. UTEP).
New Mexico notes: New Mexico has had at least one sack in 20 straight games, dating back to the 2002 season-opener at NC State ... The Lobos blocked an Aztec punt for the second straight year with Billy Strother recovering it for a touchdown ... Strother blocked the punt last year to set up the Lobos' first TD in their 15-8 win ...Wes Zunker has made six straight field goals after missing his first attempt of the year at Texas Tech. Zunker has made three straight field goals of 40 yards or more, including a season-long 48-yarder tonight ... DonTrell Moore has 11 rushing touchdowns in seven games this year, which is tied for sixth on the UNM single-season list. His 24 career rushing touchdowns rank fourth in Lobo history ... New Mexico has now forced 15 turnovers in its last three games after failing to notch a takeaway in back-to-back games versus BYU and Washington State ... The Lobos' five interceptions tonight ties a school game record (also vs. SDSU in 1991).