American Football Database
San Diego State Aztecs
First season 1921
Athletic director Jim Sterk
Head coach Rocky Long
Home stadium Qualcomm Stadium
Stadium capacity 71,294
Stadium surface Grass
Location San Diego, California
Conference MWC
All-time record 487–389–32
Postseason bowl record 5–4
Claimed national titles 3 (small college division)
Conference titles 13
Consensus All-Americans 11
Current uniform
Colors Black and Scarlet            

The San Diego State football team represents the San Diego State Aztecs in college football. The Aztecs, a Division I FBS team and a member of the Mountain West Conference, 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 current head coach of the Aztecs is Rocky Long. Coaching the 2011-12 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 thirteen conference championships[1] and three national championships at the small college division. Their rivals are the BYU Cougars, the UNLV Rebels, and the Fresno State Bulldogs.[2]


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. The 1943-44 seasons were not played, due to the circumstances involving WWII.[citation needed]

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

Night games have become a San Diego State University football tradition. 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 appearances

Year and bowl Winning team Losing team
1948 Harbor Bowl Hardin-Simmons University 53 San Diego State 0
1951 Pineapple Bowl San Diego State 34 Hawaiʻi 13
1966 Camellia Bowl San Diego State 28 Montana State 7
1967 Camellia Bowl San Diego State 27 San Francisco State 6
1969 Pasadena Bowl San Diego State 28 Boston University 7
1986 Holiday Bowl Iowa 39 San Diego State 38
1991 Freedom Bowl Tulsa 28 San Diego State 17
1998 Las Vegas Bowl North Carolina 20 San Diego State 13
2010 Poinsettia Bowl San Diego State 35 Navy 14
2011 New Orleans Bowl Louisiana–Lafayette 32 San Diego State 30


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
  • 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 ’62) 1994-01, .473
  • Tom Craft (San Diego St. ’77) 2002-05, .396
  • Chuck Long (Iowa ’85) 2006-08, .250
  • Brady Hoke (Ball State '80) 2009–2011, .520
  • Rocky Long (New Mexico '71) 2011-present, .667

Notable alumni

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

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



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


  • 1993 San Diego State Aztecs football team
  • 2008 San Diego State Aztecs football team
  • 2009 San Diego State Aztecs football team
  • 2010 San Diego State Aztecs football team
  • 2011 San Diego State Aztecs football team

See also

  • Aztec Hall of Fame


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