The San Diego State Aztecs are champions of the Mountain West Conference. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
Counting his time at New Mexico, Rocky Long has more wins in Mountain West Conference history than anybody else. But, he'd never won a conference title. Neither had San Diego State.
Call it killing two birds with one stone. They both got their trophies on Saturday. The Aztecs beat Wyoming in Laramie 42-28, finishing the season 9-3 and earning a share of their first (and last, as next season they're heading to the Big East) MWC Championship.
Sophomore running back Adam Muema ran for a career-high 255 yards and four touchdowns, the last one coming from 82 yards away. The Aztecs rushed for 400 yards as a team, giving them 2,750 for the season. That breaks the program record, set in 1991, Marshall Faulk's freshman year.
The Aztecs defense really came up big when it counted. After getting torched by Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith in the first half, SDSU pitched a second half shutout. They sacked Smith six times in the game, three of them coming in the 4th quarter.
It's the 19th conference championship in Aztecs history, but the first since 1998, their final year in the Western Athletic Conference.
Up next, very likely a spot in the Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium against their old rivals from BYU.