The Aztecs finished a dismal 2-10 with wins over UNLV in the last week of the season and earlier in the year they defeated Idaho. Way back in early August the prediction here at the MWC Connection was that the Aztecs would finish last in the league.
Below is how I thought their record would end up:
No chance… @Notre Dame, @TCU, @BYU, Utah
50/50… @San Jose State, Idaho, Air Force, @ New Mexico, Colorado State, @Wyoming, UNLV
Lock it up… Cal Poly (barely)
Projected Record: 4-8
We were off by two games and the two biggest whiffs were that San Diego State lost to FCS (formerly I-AA) Cal Poly and nearly knocked of Notre Dame on the road.
This past season was marred by injuries which decimated their offensive and defensive lines early in the season, and lasted throughout the year. The loan bright spot was freshman quarterback Ryan Lindley, who managed to pass for 2,657 yards, 16 touchdowns, and had a quarterback rating of 117.01. Not too bad for not having a good team, also that was done in only 12 games but really 11 since he got hurt in the TCU game and only attempted eight passes.
Some may say the yards were put up because the Aztecs trailed a lot, that may be true but the quarterback rating indicates he was effective. Nothing much to say about the Aztecs this year. They did fire head coach Chuck Long after dismal seasons at San Diego State with little or no improvement.
The replacement came from Ball State’s Brady Hoke who then in return hired former New Mexico head man, Rocky Long, to be the defensive coordinator. The end of the football season was much better then the actual season for San Diego State.
Stay tuned to the MWC Connection when the rest of the teams get their year end review. Up next… UNLV check for that within the next day.