Aztecs Highlights

NCAA Division:

Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)



Mountain West Conference (2000–present)


Past Conferences:

Independent (1936-1968; 1976-1977), Pacific Coast Athletic Association (1968-1975), Western Athletic Conference (1978-1999)


City: San Diego, California


Stadium: Snapdragon Stadium


Bowl Game Appearances: 19


Championships: 30

National Championships: Three (Division II in 1966, 1967, 1968)

Conference Titles: 21 (1922, 1923, 1924, 1936, 1937, 1950, 1951, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1986, 2012, 2015, 2016)

Divisional Championships: Six (1998, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2021)

Team History

The San Diego State Aztecs are a Division I FBS football team based in San Diego, California. Initially founded in 1921, San Diego State has an overall record of 566–427–32. Despite moderate success in the first three decades of the program, the Aztecs started to develop under Head Coach Don Coryell, who eventually rose to the ranks of college football and the National Football League for his innovative pass offenses, which are still largely seen in today’s games. San Diego State won three consecutive NCAA Division II National Championships, along with pulling off undefeated seasons in 1966, 1968 and 1969.


Throughout the last three decades, San Diego State has been an average program in the Mountain West Conference. The Aztecs have made 19 bowl appearances in program history, with an overall record of 10-9 and a streak of 11 bowl appearances over the last 12 seasons, only missing out in 2020 due to a shortened season caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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All-Time Records (CFB)


Passing yards

⦁ Ryan Lindley: 12,690

⦁ Todd Santos: 11,425

⦁ Billy Blanton: 8,165

⦁ Kevin O’Connell: 7,689

⦁ Dan McGwire: 7,484


Rushing yards

⦁ Donnel Pumphrey: 6,409

⦁ Marshall Faulk: 4,589

⦁ Rashaad Penny: 3,656

⦁ Larry Ned: 3,562

⦁ Ronny Hillman: 3,243


Receiving yards

⦁ J.R. Tolver: 3,572

⦁ Darnay Scott: 3,139

⦁ Vincent Brown: 3,110

⦁ Will Blackwell: 2,896

⦁ Jeff Webb: 2,890



What Is the Highest Win Total in San Diego State Aztecs Program History?

While the San Diego State Aztecs had two undefeated 11-0 seasons under head coach Don Coryell in 1966 and 1969, the 2015 San Diego State Aztecs had their best season in modern history with 11 wins and only three defeats under head coach Rocky Long. The Aztecs went undefeated in Mountain West Conference play and beat the Air Force Falcons 27-24 to clinch the Mountain West Conference Championship, then ended the season with a 42-7 blowout win over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve in Honolulu.


What Was the Worst Season in San Diego State Aztecs Program History?

The 2008 San Diego State Aztecs had a dreadful 2-10 season under head coach Chuck Long (no relation to future head coach Rocky Long). The Aztecs gave up just over 37 points per game and were held to 14 points or less in eight of their 12 games that season.


Who Is the Greatest Player in San Diego State Aztecs Program History?

Running Back Marshall Faulk was a four-year starter for San Diego State from 1991 to 1993, rushing for 4,589 yards and 57 touchdowns while also recording 973 receiving yards with an additional five touchdowns. He would finish second in the 1992 Heisman Trophy voting and fourth in the next season. Faulk was drafted second overall in the 1994 National Football League Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He would play 12 seasons, winning unanimous Rookie of the Year honors, being a three-time winner of NFL Offensive Player of the Year, earning seven Pro Bowl honors and winning a Super Bowl title with the St. Louis Rams in 1999. Faulk is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, earning induction in 2011, his first time on the ballot.


How Many Bowl Games Did San Diego State Make?

The San Diego State Aztecs have made 19 bowl game appearances in program history, with an overall record of ten wins and nine losses. The Aztecs have made a bowl game in 11 of the last 12 seasons, with the only miss being in 2020, which saw their season cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


What Is San Diego State’s Nickname?

The Aztecs. It was chosen in 1925 after open suggestions were submitted to the San Diego State school newspaper, the Paper Lantern. Student leaders chose “Aztecs” over several other names because of the imagery tied to that part of the southern California area. There has been some controversy behind it, because some feel it should fall under the Native American nickname ban that the NCAA instituted in 2005. However, the Aztec civilization, which has ceased to exist since the late 16th century, was never part of the United States; it was in Mexico at that time.


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