San Diego, California - SDSU Aztec Football Set for North Carolina as opening week winners meet in rematch of ’98 Las Vegas Bowl:

  • A pair of teams that were victorious in their season openers meet Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C., when San Diego State (1-0) plays at North Carolina (1-0).
  • It is the second ever meeting between the teams on the football field. The Aztecs outgained the Tar Heels, 295-196, in the 1998 Las Vegas Bowl, but was unable to come away with a victory as UNC claimed a 20-13 win.
  • The teams have followed very similar paths since the beginning of the 2013 campaign. Last season after opening 0-3, SDSU became just the sixth team in the last 33 seasons to advance to and win a bowl game. In 2013, UNC opened 1-5, only to close the campaign 6-1 including a victory over Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl.
  • Since Sept. 28, 2013, San Diego State owns a 9-2 record, tied for the seventh-best record in the nation during that span (UNC is 7-4 during that range, 47th nationally).
  • Through games of Aug. 30, San Diego State was the only team in the country to do the following in its opening game of the season: commit one turnover or less, have five penalties or less, pass for 200 yards, rush for 150 yards, hold its opponent to seven points or less and score a defensive or special team touchdown.
  • San Diego State won its season-opener for the first time since 2011 and is looking for just its third 2-0 start to a campaign in the last 20 seasons (SDSU opened with consecutive wins in both 2010 and 2011).
  • The Aztecs are 5-1 in their last six road or neutral games dating back to last season. Included in that stretch are victories in three different time zones (Mountain, Pacific and Hawaii).
  • This marks just the 13th visit by an Aztec football team to the Eastern time zone in the Division I Era (since 1969). The Aztecs are 2-10 out East, with the lone victories coming at Kent State on Sept. 30, 1972 (14-10) and at Army on Sept. 10, 2011 (23-20).
  • San Diego State owns an 8-64 all-time record against teams ranked in either of the major polls at game time, including a 7-61 mark against teams in the AP Top 25 at game time.
  • San Diego State and North Carolina own two of the best combined football and men’s basketball records of the decade. In fact, since the beginning of the 2010 football season, the Aztecs rank third nationally at 76.8 percent (149-45), while the Tar Heels are ninth at 71.6 percent (141-56).
  • San Diego State has advanced to a school-record four consecutive bowl games and is one of only 29 schools nationally to advance to bowl games following the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Mountain West campaigns. From the state of California, only SDSU and Stanford have played in four consecutive bowl games.
  • Rocky Long, the all-time Mountain West leader in coaching victories, enters his fourth season as head coach of the Aztecs and his sixth season in the program. The two-time conference coach of the year has 25 wins in his first three seasons on the Mesa, matching Claude Gilbert for the most coaching wins through the first game of their fourth season.
  • Last week, San Diego State had 11 players make their first start (three on offense, eight on defense). The eight first-time starters on defense are the most by either side of the ball by any school in the country.