Aztecs defeat Boston University Terriers at the Pasadena Bowl in 1969

In 1969, the San Diego State Aztecs football team accomplished one of the most rare feats in NCAA football: An undefeated season.

Under the unshakable guidance of Head Coach Don Coryell, the Aztecs had a perfect record of 11-0. The Aztecs outscored their opponents 492-194 with an average of 44.7 points per game that season.

The numbers get even more astounding: of the 54 players on the team, nine went on to stellar careers in the NFL, including Pro-Bowler Brian Sipe, Dennis Shaw, and Carl Weathers. Three of the six Aztec coaches also went on to the NFL, most notably the San Diego Chargers legendary Head Coach Don Coryell. Coryell's aggressive form of offense, which would become famously known as 'Air Coryell', undeniably helped shape professional football as we know it today. 

Five players and three coaches from that glorious year have since been enshrined in San Diego State Aztec Athletics Hall of Fame. One of the players from the team, Linebacker Carl Weathers (#50) went on to a very successful acting career. He starred with Sylvester Stallone in the original 'Rocky' movie, playing Rocky's adversary Apollo Creed.

The excellent season culminated with a victory over the Boston University Terriers in the Pasadena Bowl on December 6th, 1969. The final score was 28-7, a score indicative of how the Aztecs had smashed their way to the top all season long.

For more coverage of the game, visit our Digital Collections database.

This blog post was written by Digital Collections student assistant, Neil Kavanagh. Both Neil and alumnus B. J. Nystrom have provided us with immeasurable assistance identifying and describing our large collection of unlabeled sports photographs, and came across this wonderful group of photos from the 1969 Pasadena Bowl. Stay tuned for more historic Aztec athletics finds!

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  • Aztecs defeat Boston University Terriers at the Pasadena Bowl in 1969
  • Aztecs defeat Boston University Terriers at the Pasadena Bowl in 1969
  • Aztecs defeat Boston University Terriers at the Pasadena Bowl in 1969
  • Coach Coryell and Dennis Shaw
  • Carl Weathers
  • Coach Coryell shakes hands with coach Larry Naviaux