Abraham Jewett, Daily Aztec Assistant Sports Editor
12:31 AM, Oct 8, 2017
7:58 AM, Oct 8, 2017
LAS VEGAS (The Daily Aztec) - No. 19 San Diego State football improved to 6-0 on the season, defeating the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 41-10.
Both teams wore red ribbon emblems on their helmets during the game, during a night which began with a pregame ceremony at Sam Boyd Stadium, paying tribute to the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. Following a moment of silence, 58 white balloons, each representing one person who lost their life in the tragedy, were released into the sky.
SDSU senior running back Rashaad Penny, who wrote “Vegas Strong” on his eye black, spoke to ESPN2 after the game about what it meant to play in Las Vegas so soon after the tragedy.
“I felt the emotions every play,” Penny said. “We’re so sorry for what happened, and we just send our blessings out to them.”
The Aztecs’ win keeps their undefeated season alive and moves them to 2-0 in Mountain West Conference play.
The victory also increased the Aztecs win streak to eight games dating back to last season.
The Aztecs never trailed in the game, and benefited from senior contributions by wide receiver Mikah Holder, who finished with season highs in both receptions (nine) and yards (144), and Penny, who rushed for 170 yards on 27 attempts to go with two touchdowns.
“I really don’t matter about the stats,” Penny said to ESPN2. “Only thing that matters is about getting this big team win, and that’s something we came out here to do.”