Occupation: Public relations and marketing executive
Claim to Fame: Ables, a 1950 San Diego State grad, has missed only two Aztecs games in the last 58 seasons. San Diego State's 34-0 win at Texas-El Paso on Saturday was the 612th game he has attended during that span.
The Games He Missed: In 1950 he couldn't afford to fly to Hawaii, and in 1964 his doctor told him he was too ill to attend a game against Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. "I know I was too poor for the first one," he says, "but I'm still not convinced I was too sick for the second."
Most Memorable Road Trip: He once ducked out of a business seminar in Phoenix on Saturday morning, flew to the Bay Area to watch the Aztecs play San Jose State, then flew back in time for the evening portion of the program.
Why He Keeps Going: "We almost pulled off a huge upset at Ohio State [on Sept. 6]—outplayed them in every department. If I had missed it, I'd still be kicking myself."
Call Louisiana Tech coach Jack Bicknell the king of late-game miracles. He was the center for Boston College in 1984 when Doug Flutie threw the famous Hail Mary pass to beat Miami, and he now has three last-minute wins in his five seasons as Bulldogs coach. In '99 Louisiana Tech defeated Alabama on a 28-yard touchdown pass with :02 remaining; last season the Bulldogs beat Oklahoma State with a 23-yard TD pass with 1:00 left; and on Saturday they overcame a 12-point deficit in the final 1:09 to knock off Michigan State 20-19 on an 11-yard touchdown pass with two seconds to go. Afterward Spartans senior guard Paul Harker said, "We didn't just shoot ourselves in the foot. We took a bazooka and blew it off."