Against New Mexico, Scovil took what the Lobos gave him. A milestone of sorts was reached early in the third quarter when he ordered the Aztecs to run on three straight plays, the only time all year that such a pedestrian thing had happened. (Not surprisingly, Scovil is a tennis player. In golf, you see, the ball rolls on the ground too much.)
When the coach went to BYU the Cougars were coming off a 6-5 record, but with Scovil they were 9-3 and WAC co-champions. They haven't surrendered the title since. At San Diego State, Scovil finds himself in a similar situation. The Aztecs for years were a passing powerhouse—producing quarterbacks like Brian Sipe, Dennis Shaw and Don Horn, as well as wide receivers Isaac Curtis and Haven Moses. Last year, however, the club disintegrated, losing eight of its first nine games. The team had its lowest offensive output in 20 years, and attendance dropped by 15,000 a game.
Now P.R. types are blaring the theme: "The Pass Is Back in the Aztec Attack." And this week, to celebrate the club's first home game with powerful Iowa State, there will be a postgame fireworks display. Scovil and pyrotechnics seem to go together.
Early in the game against New Mexico it looked as if San Diego would be exploding again as Kofler hit on four of his first five passes. Then the Lobos started swarming all over him. In fact, in the third quarter they chased him right out of the end zone for a safety.
Afterward Scovil was thankful for small favors, and he was feeling a bit awkward about his team's total offense of 117 yards. Said he, "It looks as if we're going to have to go back to the drawing board." Make that bomb bay.