Aztec Stat of the Week: Interceptions

Derek Largent chases Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr. He played a different role vs. Colorado State, grabbing two interceptions in the game (Ernie Anderson/SDSU Media Relations)

In case you missed Saturday’s game, sophomore sensation Derek Largent was all over the field vs. Colorado State. Although he typically provides pressure in the backfield and harasses the passer, he found himself making plays in coverage for a change.

Largent had two interceptions in the game, the first two of his career, and nearly had three after he was close to grabbing another just before the half.

So what is the San Diego State football record for most interceptions in a game and in a season?

To find these stats, you have to dig deep into the SDSU archives, so deep that pictures are nowhere to be found.

Most interceptions in a game

In 1949, defensive back Dick Adair snagged four interceptions in a game against New Mexico State. This 63-year old record is one shy of the all-time NCAA record of five interceptions in a game (achieved by five different players).

Most interceptions in a season

In the 1951 season, defensive back Ed Ricketts intercepted 12 passes, setting a record that no other Aztec has come close to. The next highest total is eight by Tom Deckert in 1969, and the closest in recent years occurred in the 2011 season when cornerback Larry Parker picked off seven passes.


Did you miss last week’s “Stat of the Week” post about the single-season rushing record by a quarterback? Check it out here!


by Hunter Hewitt



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