Last Saturday there were many rare events that happened at the San Diego State football game that might take 100 years or more for them all to happen in the same game again.
The headline was that the Aztecs defeated a non-conference ranked opponent, # 19 Stanford 20-17, with a late 4th quarter drive.
The most interesting storyline was that the Holder brothers, who are identical twins, played against each other for the first time in their lives. Mikah of San Diego State is the leading receiver for the Aztecs while Alijah is a starting cornerback for # 19 Stanford.
The two former Oceanside Pirates will likely never face each other again in a game.
Mikah did get a catch when covered by his identical twin and the Aztecs won the game but Elijah was very gracious about his brother’s victorious night in the postgame interview.
The most surprising event was that half of the stadium lights went dark with 3:58 left in the game as the Aztecs were driving down the field for the winning touchdown.
Everyone waited over 20 minutes before the lights eventually were fully operational and the game resumed.
The reason why the lights turned off is because city employees were working on the lights on Saturday and the employees left the lights on an automatic mode and the lights started turning off automatically when the timeframe had expired.
Another rare event was that the student section rushed the field after SDSU upset Stanford.
According to Tom Ables, who has been to every game at the stadium, the students have never rushed the Mission Valley stadium. Ables has been a fan since 1946 and has attended 786 Aztec games home and away while rarely missing a game.
The last time students rushed the field was in 1966 at Balboa Stadium when SDSU upset # 1 North Dakota State.
One of the more obvious rare events was that the stadium was without a title sponsor.
The stadium formerly known as Qualcomm Stadium was stripped of any sponsor when the 20-year Qualcomm agreement lapsed on June 14.
No new entity was named as the new sponsor primarily because the Los Angeles Chargers left the city this year.
San Diego County Credit Union will be the new sponsor for the stadium during the last couple of years that the Aztecs are contractually obligated to play in the stadium which will be until December 31, 2018.
The sponsorship deal does not begin until after the Stanford game so the official name of the stadium on Saturday night was San Diego Stadium; or Jack Murphy Field at San Diego Stadium.
The credit union submitted the winning sponsorship bid of $ 500,000. Fox Sports Properties will get $ 175,000 of that half a million dollars as a broker fee because they contracted with the city to negotiate the deal.
The City Council needs to approve the sponsorship deal today but that should be a formality.
And the final rare occurrence was that the Aztecs outdrew the Chargers in attendance on the same weekend with 43,040 at the NCAA game in Mission Valley while 25,381 attended the NFL game in Carson.
Although the Aztecs may out draw the Chargers now on a regular basis because the stadium in Carson only seats about 35,000.