1998 San Diego State Aztecs football team

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1998 San Diego State Aztecs football
WAC Pacific Division co-champion
Conference Western Athletic Conference
Division Pacific Division
1998 record 7–5 (7–1 WAC)
Head coach Ted Tollner (5th season)
Home stadium Qualcomm Stadium
(Capacity: 54,000)
Seasons
← 1997
1999 →
1998 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain Division
No. 13 Air Force x$   7 1         12 1  
Wyoming   6 2         8 3  
Colorado State   5 3         8 4  
Rice   5 3         5 6  
TCU   4 4         7 5  
Tulsa   2 6         4 7  
SMU   1 1         0 1  
UNLV   0 8         0 11  
Pacific Division
BYU xy   7 1         9 5  
San Diego State x   7 1         7 5  
Utah   5 3         7 4  
Fresno State   5 3         5 6  
San Jose State   3 5         4 8  
UTEP   3 5         3 8  
New Mexico   1 7         3 9  
Hawaii   0 8         0 12  
Championship: Air Force 20, BYU 13
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1998 San Diego State Aztecs football team represented San Diego State University during the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). This was the last season for the Aztecs in the WAC, as they became a charter member of the Mountain West Conference in the 1999 season.

The team was led by head coach Ted Tollner, in his fifth year. They played home games at Qualcomm Stadium[note 1] in San Diego. They completed the season as co-champions of the Pacific Division of the WAC, with a record of seven wins, five losses (7–5, 7–1 WAC). The Aztecs qualified for a bowl game at the end of the 1998 season, and played the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 1998 Las Vegas Bowl in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 No. 20 Wisconsin* Qualcomm StadiumSan Diego Cox 4 L 14–26   37,471
September 12 at No. 22 USC* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles Fox West 2 L 6–35   49,927
September 24 No. 16 Arizona* Qualcomm Stadium • San Diego ESPN L 16–35   23,811
October 3 at Tulsa Skelly StadiumTulsa, Oklahoma W 24–14 OT  18,320
October 9 Hawaii Qualcomm Stadium • San Diego Cox 4 W 35–13   20,320
October 17 at New Mexico University StadiumAlbuquerque, New Mexico Cox 4 W 36–33 OT  26,187
October 24 Utahdagger Qualcomm Stadium • San Diego Cox 4 W 21–20 OT  28,807
October 29 at BYU Cougar StadiumProvo, Utah ESPN L 0–13   63,496
November 7 Fresno State[note 2] Qualcomm Stadium • San Diego (Rivalry) ABC W 10–0   22,497
November 14 at San Jose State Spartan StadiumSan Jose, California Cox 4 W 34–6   12,833
November 21 UTEP Qualcomm Stadium • San Diego Cox 4 W 34–29   22,365
December 19 vs. North Carolina* Sam Boyd Silver BowlWhitney, Nevada (Las Vegas Bowl) ESPN2 L 13–20   21,429
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

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Team players in the NFL[edit]

No SDSU players were selected in the 1999 NFL Draft.[3]

The following finished their college career in 1998, were not drafted, but played in the NFL.[4]

Player Position First NFL team
Joe Tuipala Linebacker 2001 Jacksonville Jaguars

Team awards[edit]

Award Player
Most Valuable Player
(John Simcox Memorial Trophy)
Damon Gourdine
Outstanding Players
(Byron H. Chase Memorial Trophy)
Mike Malano, C
Jonas Lewis, RB
Damon Gourdine, WR
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, DE
Joe Tuipala, LB
Rico Curtis, FS
Team Captains
Dr. R. Hardy / C.E. Peterson Memorial Trophy
Brian Russell, Off
Joe Jackson, Def
Joe Tuipala, Def
Mike Duran, Special Teams
Mac Cleary, Special Teams
Most Inspirational Player Joe Jackson
Scottie Nicholson

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ San Diego County Credit Union Stadium (SDCCU Stadium) was known as Qualcomm Stadium from 1988 through 2016. It had been called Jack Murphy Stadium since 1981.
  2. ^ The official name of Fresno State has been California State University, Fresno since 1972. However, it is still commonly known as Fresno State.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "San Diego State 1998 Schedule". Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "San Diego State 2016 Football Media Guide". Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ "1998 NFL Draft". Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ "San Diego St. Players/Alumni". Retrieved December 8, 2016.