1924 San Diego State football team

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1924 San Diego State football
SCJCC champion
Conference Southern California Junior College Conference
1924 record 7–1–2 (3–0 SCJCC)
Head coach C. E. Peterson (4th season)
Home stadium Balboa Stadium
College Field
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The 1924 San Diego State football team represented San Diego State Teachers College[note 1] during the 1924 NCAA football season. Even though San Diego State became a four-year institution prior to the 1921 season, they competed in the Southern California Junior College Conference from 1921 to 1924, for conference games, only Freshmen and Sophomores were eligible to play.

The school nickname "Aztecs" did not come into being until the 1925 season, from 1921 to 1924, there was no official nickname. At various times, publications used the term "Professors", "Wampus Cats", "Staters" and "Statesmen", the yearbook "Del Sudoeste" published at the end of the 1924–25 school year notes that January 6, 1925 was the date that "Berry, Schellbach and Osenburg christen college 'Aztecs' ".[1]

The 1924 San Diego State team was led by head coach C. E. Peterson in his fourth season as football coach of the Aztecs,[note 2] they played home games at both Balboa Stadium and at a field on campus. The Aztecs finished the season as champion of the SCJCC for the third consecutive year, with seven wins, one loss and two ties (7–1–2, 3–0 SCJCC). Overall, the team outscored its opponents 249–53 points for the season.


Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 4 San Diego Marines (MCRD)[2][note 3]* College Field • San Diego, CA W 30–0   [3]
October 11 California Christian[note 4]* Balboa Stadium • San Diego, CA W 54–6   [4]
October 18 Redlands* College Field • San Diego, CA W 13–0   [5]
October 25 at La Verne* La Verne Field • La Verne, CA T 7–7   [6]
November 1 Riverside Junior College Balboa Stadium • San Diego, CA W 6–0   [7]
November 5 at Central Junior College El Centro HS FieldEl Centro, CA W 58–0   [8]
November 8 Santa Barbara State[note 5]* Balboa Stadium • San Diego, CA W 42–3   [9]
November 15 Southern Branch[note 6]* Balboa Stadium • San Diego, CA T 13–13   [10]
November 22 Santa Ana Junior College Balboa Stadium • San Diego, CA W 26–14   [11]
November 27 at Fresno State[note 7]* Fire/Police Baseball Park • Fresno, CA (Rivalry) L 0–7   [12]



  1. ^ San Diego State University was known as San Diego State Teachers College from 1921–1934. See: San Diego State
  2. ^ San Diego State's Peterson Gym, which opened in 1961, was named after Peterson. At various times during his 37-year career with the Aztecs, Peterson was the athletic director, football coach, basketball coach, track coach, and Dean of Men. See Peterson Gym
  3. ^ The Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) in San Diego fielded a team that played against colleges and other military teams from 1922–1964.
  4. ^ Chapman University was known as California Christian College from 1920–1933. See: Chapman University
  5. ^ UC Santa Barbara was known as Santa Barbara State College from 1921–1943. See: UC Santa Barbara
  6. ^ UCLA was known as Southern Branch of the University of California from 1919–1926. See: Southern Branch
  7. ^ California State University, Fresno was known as Fresno State Normal School from 1911–1948. See: Fresno State


  1. ^ The 1925 Del Sudoeste "The Story of A College Year". San Diego, California: Associated Students of the San Diego State College. 1925. p. 110. 
  2. ^ "Military Glory: Service Teams, in Their Heyday, Won Championships, Thrilled the Fans". Retrieved January 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ Ted Steinmann (October 5, 1924). "State College Defeats Marine Eleven, 30-0; Peterson's Charges Show Real Attack; Marines Fight Hard". The San Diego Union. p. 11. 
  4. ^ Ted Steinmann (October 12, 1924). "Statesmen Trounce Christian College, 54 to 6; Visitor's Line Fails To Hold; Score at Will". The San Diego Union. 
  5. ^ Ted Steinmann (October 19, 1924). "State College Defeats Redlands U. 13 to 0; Visitors Make Game Fight But Tire Near End". The San Diego Union. 
  6. ^ "State College And La Verne Play to 7 to 7 Tie; Northern Team Scores on Pass; Dilley Is Star". The San Diego Union. October 26, 1924. 
  7. ^ Lewis Schellbach (November 2, 1924). "State College Defeats Riverside J.C., 6 to 0; Northerners Stage Game Fight; Dilley Makes Lone Marker". The San Diego Union. 
  8. ^ "Staters Beat El Centro J.C. Eleven, 56 to 0". The San Diego Union. November 6, 1924. p. 11. 
  9. ^ Lewis Schellbach (November 9, 1924). "State College Defeats Santa Barbara, 42-3; Coach Peterson's Squad Displays Punch; Hancock, Dilley, Ruffa, Russo Star". The San Diego Union. 
  10. ^ Lewis Schellbach (November 16, 1924). "State College, Southern Branch Play 13 to 13 Tie; Northerners Outplay State in Second Half Of Spectacular Game". The San Diego Union. 
  11. ^ Lewis Schellbach (November 23, 1924). "State College Wins J.C. Football Championship; Peterson's Charges Defeat Santa Ana Team by 26-14 Score". The San Diego Union. 
  12. ^ "Fresno State Wins State College Title by Defeating San Diego State College Eleven, 7 to 0; Peterson's Team Puts Up Game Fight; Winning Tally in Third Quarter". The San Diego Union. November 28, 1924. p. 14. 
  13. ^ "San Diego State Yearly Results". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 16, 2017. 
  14. ^ "San Diego State 2016 Football Media Guide". Retrieved December 7, 2016.