San Diego State hit the bull’s eye in Saturday’s comeback win over San Jose State, thanks in large part to quarterback Jalen Mayden.
Head coach Brady Hoke said he’s “really proud of what (the team) has accomplished,” but also gave special attention to Mayden, who was named Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the first Aztec quarterback to receive that honor in more than a decade has been granted.
“His composure helps him be as good as he is,” Hoke said of the senior, who took over QB last month.
The Aztecs’ next game, Friday at 6:45 p.m. in New Mexico (2-8, 0-6 MW), offers Mayden a chance to help the team solidify their reputation for a potential bowl bid. SDSU (6-4, 4-2 MW) has won eight consecutive games in the series.
Mayden threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns and completed 17 of 22 passes as SDSU rallied to beat their Mountain West rival 43-27 last week. SDSU had 268 passing yards, 157 rushing yards, 425 total yards, and a 206.14 passing efficiency rating under Mayden.
He’s 91-138 for the season for 1,253 yards and eight touchdowns. Mayden, who also has 171 yards on three touchdowns, ranks second in the MW for total offensive yards per game (7.74, 20th in FBS) despite playing his first five games to safety and on special teams .
Another highlight for the Aztecs? Jordan Byrd, who last week became the first FBS player with at least a rushing touchdown and had a touchdown, kick return touchdown and punt return touchdown in the same season since Temple’s Isaiah Wright in 2018.
He is the second Aztec to have accomplished this feat in the last 25 years. (Rashaad Penny in 2017). No other Mountain West player has done that.