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A Look Back at This Week in Aztec Athletics' History

Sep 28, 2020

A Look Back at This Week in San Diego State Athletics' History: Sept. 28-Oct. 4

Take a look back as we highlight the historic moments, big plays, and exciting finishes of this week in the history of Aztec Athletics. 

Past Weekly Recaps
Aug. 31-Sept. 6
Sept. 7-13

Sept. 14-20
Sept. 21-27


Sept. 28
2013 - Pumphrey Leads Aztecs Past New Mexico State, 26-16 
Donnel Pumphrey had his coming out party against New Mexico State, rushing for 167 yards and three touchdowns as San Diego State overcame a 16-0 deficit with the final 26 points in the game in a 26-16 victory in Las Cruces, N.M. It was the first career 100-yard rushing game and first career touchdowns for the true freshman, who would go onto set a NCAA FBS record with 6,405 rushing yards for his career from 2013-16. All three of his touchdowns came in the second half.

Recap | Box Score | Notes | Quotes | Highlights | Gallery


Oct. 1
1921 - Football Wins First Game in Program History

San Diego State played its first game in program history in 1921, escaping with a 6-0 win over Army-Naval Academy. The Aztecs finished their first season with a 4-6 record, including a 1-3 record in league play.
1927 - Football Blows Past California Christian, 71-0
San Diego State blew past California Christian, 71-0, in 1927. The win was the largest margin of victory in program history at the time and lasted until a 72-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 21, 1953. The 71-point win is still SDSU's second-largest margin of victory in school history.

2006 - Men's Soccer Downs No. 4 Washington, 1-0
Despite playing a man down for the final 75:48 of the game, the San Diego State men's soccer team upset No. 4 Washington, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at SDSU Sports Deck. With the win, the Aztecs (7-3-1) moved into sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 with a 3-1 record.

Recap | Hall CSN Team of the Week | Bautista Pac-12 PotW | Bautista SA Team of the Week


Oct. 3
1963 - Football Shuts Out Cal Poly, 69-0
San Diego State kicked off its CCAA play in 1963 on a high note by shutting out Cal Poly, 69-0. The 69-point victory is the program's third largest in school history. SDSU would finish the 1963 season with a 7-2 record, including a 4-1 mark in CCAA action. The Aztecs captured the CCAA title, at the time the program's ninth conference title.

2014 - Kelsey Booth Equals Single-Game Assists Mark
With the score tied 0-0 against Colorado College, early in the second half in a Mountain West match, Kelsey Booth etched her name into the Aztecs record book.The senior midfielder assisted on all three goals in a 3-0 victory over the Tigers. The goals, and accompanying assists, came in a four minute, six second blitz. With an assist on each tally, Booth became the fifth and most recent Aztec to accomplish the feat.

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Oct. 4
2013 - Football Downs Nevada, 51-44, in Overtime Thriller
Quinn Kaehler hit Eric Judge with a 13-yard touchdown pass on the fifth play of overtime to lift San Diego State to a thrilling 51-44 triumph over Nevada in its 2013 Mountain West opener in San Diego. The 95 combined points marked the highest scoring game the Aztecs have won in the Division-I era, which dates back to 1969. Adam Muema rushed for 134 on 24 carries with two touchdowns, while Donnel Pumphrey added 112 yards of his own.

Recap | Box Score | Notes | Quotes | Highlights | Gallery

Sept. 28-Oct. 4

Looking Back at Aztec Volleyball in 1986

On Sept. 29, 1986, the top two women's volleyball teams in the country squared off inside Peterson Gym, as second-ranked San Diego State defeated No. 1 San José State in a five-set thriller before an electric Monday night crowd of 1,764 fans. 
After dropping the first two sets, 7-15 and 8-15, the Aztecs stormed back to capture the final three frames, 16-14, 15-11 and 15-4, raising their record to 21-0 on the year. Consequently, SDSU took over the No. 1 spot in the AVCA/Tachikara Coaches Poll for the next four weeks.
The Aztecs featured a balanced attack against SJSU, led by sophomore Kris Morton, who posted match-highs of 24 kills and eight blocks, including four solo stops, while three teammates completed double-doubles. Senior setter Liane Sato also topped all players with a 63-assist, 24-dig performance, joining fellow classmate Sally Larsen (15 kills, 17 digs) and junior Jackie Mendez (14 kills, 10 digs). 
Not to be outdone, senior Renee Pankopf finished with a match-high .577 hitting percentage after knocking down 17 kills on 26 attempts with just two errors, while senior Kim Harsch contributed eight kills and 20 digs on the evening.

Collectively, SDSU out-hit the Spartans, .291 to .261, maintaining the statistical advantage in kills (83-78), digs (94-57) and team blocks (11-5) to key the victory.  
The Aztecs kept the momentum going with two more nail-biters that same week back in 1986, traveling up the freeway to defeat fifth-ranked UCLA on Oct. 1 (15-8, 7-15, 14-16, 15-8, 15-10) before returning home on Oct. 3 to edge Cal State Fullerton (13-15, 15-2, 9-15, 15-4, 15-3). 
The following day, however, the Scarlet and Black saw its school-record 23-match winning streak come to a halt after dropping a four-set decision at home to defending national champion and No. 3 Pacific (14-16, 15-4, 6-15, 12-15) on Oct. 4.
San Diego State finished with a 37-9 record in 1986, advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA Northwest Regional. Individually, Kris Morton garnered first-team AVCA All-America accolades and was a first-team all-PCAA selection, while Liane Sato received all-conference honorable mention. Following her collegiate career, Sato was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 1988 and 1992.