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San Diego State Aztecs
Current season Current season
First season 1921
Athletic director Jeff Schemmel
Head coach Brady Hoke
1st year, 4–8  (.333)
Home stadium Qualcomm Stadium
Stadium capacity 71,294
Stadium surface Grass
Location San Diego, California
Conference MWC
All-time record 465–359–32 (.562)
Postseason bowl record 4–4
Conference titles 14
Consensus All-Americans 3
Colors Black and Scarlet              

The San Diego State football team represents San Diego State University in college football. The Aztecs, a Division I FBS team and a member of the Mountain West Conference (MWC), play their home games at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The field is natural grass and has a maximum capacity of 71,294. The Field was formerly known as “Jack Murphy” Stadium. The current head coach of the Aztecs is Brady Hoke. Coaching the 2009 Aztecs is his first year as the head coach. San Diego State had a 465-359-32 all-time record entering the 2009 football season. They have won nineteen conference championships and zero national championships.

History First Season San Diego State University was originally two separate schools. San Diego Normal School had school colors of white and gold. San Diego Junior College had school colors of blue and gold. They decided to merge schools in 1921 to form San Diego State College. The first school colors of SDSC were blue, white and gold. During the 1921 school year they had their first football game.

Years later the school decided to adopt purple and gold as the new school colors. However, local confusion between the Aztecs and St. Augustine High School forced the school to change their colors yet again. The school voted on new colors and landed on scarlet and black. It is now a very well known tradition that the Aztecs wear all black on home games. Night Games Another well known tradition around San Diego State University football is having night games. The first SDSU night game was played on September 25, 1930 at Lane Field. Over 5,000 fans attended the game to watch the Aztecs beat the San Diego Marines 39-0. Since that day, over 75% of all Aztec games, home and away, have been played at night.

Bowl Games 1947: Harbor Bowl vs. Hardin Simmons 0-53 L, 1969: Pasadena Bowl vs. Boston University 28-7 W, 1986: Holiday Bowl vs. Iowa 38-39 L, 1991: Freedom Bowl vs. Tulsa 17-28 L, 1998: Las Vegas Bowl vs. North Carolina 13-20 L

Qualcomm Stadium Qualcomm Stadium hosts home games for both the San Diego State Aztec football team and the NFL football team, San Diego Chargers. The stadium is owned and operated by the city of San Diego. Qualcomm Stadium is also the host for the college football Holiday Bowl and Poinsettia Bowl.

Recruiting Competition The most notable recruiting competition of the Aztecs is the University of Southern California, UCLA and California. Out of the top 100 high school football prospects of the class of 2008, the USC Trojans signed eleven and UCLA two. However, the Aztecs failed to sign a top 100 prospect. Not only do the Aztecs have to compete with the other teams in their state, but also with teams around the nation. With California being a power house high school football state, players tend to consider schools all throughout the nation.


Brady Hoke Brady Hoke is in his first year as the head coach of the San Diego State football team. He is the 17th head coach in San Diego State football history. Last season Hoke was the head coach of the Ball State Cardinals football team. Hoke led the Cardinals to an undefeated regular season and the MAC Championship game. However, after a loss in the championship, Hoke decided to resign. He then signed with the Aztecs in December 2008 to become the new head football coach. After seven games in the 2009 season, Hoke has led the Aztecs to a 3-4 record and a currently a sixth place standing in the Mountain West Conference.

Former SDSU Coaches

Coach (Alma Mater) Years Win Percentage C.E. Peterson 1921-29 .577 W.B. Herreid 1930-34 .489 Leo Calland (Southern Calif. ’23) 1935-41 .600 John Eubank (Washington St. ’33) 1942 .071 (1943/44 no team due to WWII) Bob Breitbard (San Diego St. ’41) 1945 .286 Bill Terry (Western Kentucky ’32) 1946 .600 Bill Schutte (Idaho ’33) 1947-55 .568 Paul Governali (Columbia ’43) 1956-60 .310 Don Coryell (Washington ’50) 1961-72 .840 Claude Gilbert (San Jose St. ’59) 1973-80 .697 Doug Scovil (Pacific ’52) 1981-85 .432 Denny Stolz (Alma College ’55) 1986-88 .457 Al Luginbill (Cal Poly Pomona ’67) 1989-93 .534 Ted Tollner (Cal Poly SLO ’62) 1994-01 .473 Tom Craft (San Diego St. ’77) 2002-05 .396 Chuck Long (Iowa ’85) 2006-08 .250


Notable SDSU Aztecs

San Diego State athletics have contributed richly to the National Football League (NFL). Distinguished NFL head coaches were proud members of the Aztec Football program:

Some of the more famous San Diego State students to later star in the NFL are:

San Diego State Fight Song

Frank J. Losey, a junior in the music department at SDSU, was told to write a fight song for the school during the 1936 season. On September 18, 1936 he sat at home and wrote the school’s first ever fight song. The song premiered at the Aztec bowl dedication on October 3, 1936.

o Fight on, fight on, ye Aztec men Sons of Montezuma We must win again Never bow a knee Keep your spirit high Smashing, crashing, Always smashing thru that line Fight, fight, fight on and on Down that field, Red and Black must never yield Then we can take Our trophies honors to Our home in San Diego town. Over time the school has made slight adjustments to the song. The Aztec football players sing the new song after every game that they win. o Fight on and on ye Aztec men Sons of Montezuma We will win again Keep your spirits high Never bow a knee We will fight till victory Fight on and on ye Aztec men Proudly raise your banners high For it's the Red and Black Hail to our team San Diego Aztecs fight!


The football team plays at Qualcomm Stadium (formerly known as "Jack Murphy" Stadium). See also The Q.


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