Freshman running back Wayne Pittman started three games in place of Marshall Faulk, and in those games he rushed for 149, 153 and 147 yards.
Faulk returned Saturday during SDSU’s 42-32 victory over Colorado State and, suddenly, Pittman became the invisible man. He carried six times for 15 yards.
“It was real disappointing,” Pittman said. “I read a lot of papers that said I didn’t do well, but you’ve got to understand that I only carried six times. I was just warming up.”
Still, Pittman said, he isn’t discourged.
“Right now, I’m just to the point where I want to win,” he said. “It doesn’t matter by how many points, or who plays. I just want to win.
“Everybody’s fired up about this game. This is one game we’ve been waiting for all year.”
The SDSU-Brigham Young rivalry even gets to freshmen, apparently.
“Coming into school, I knew BYU was a big rival,” Pittman said. “And as the season went along, it’s been BYU this and BYU that (from other players). It rubbed off on all of us.
“I can’t wait.”
Artists at Work: About half a dozen Look Team members taped their helmets white before practice Tuesday, then used blue magic markers to design the helmets to look like BYU’s.
“We’re trying to get (the regulars) to hate that helmet so that come Saturday, they do something about it,” offensive lineman Duke Uperesa said.
Although Uperesa’s helmet wasn’t taped, he said he planned to do it Tuesday night.
More art news: The SDSU athletic marketing people have gotten enough black paint donated to paint the San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium end zones Saturday night. But the problem is, the Chargers and stadium officials do not want the end zones painted black because the Chargers have a game Sunday. SDSU people are convinced that the end zones can be re-painted blue in time for Sunday’s New Orleans-Charger game.
Besides, there is something else that makes SDSU people desparate to get the end zone painted: They currently are blue and white--BYU colors.
SDSU Coach Al Luginbill was driving to work Tuesday morning when he heard a radio interview with BYU Coach LaVell Edwards, who was talking about WAC meetings over the summer in Hawaii.
“He said he had a premonition (the WAC race) would come down to (Saturday’s game), but he didn’t know at that time about Marshall Faulk,” Luginbill said. “I was thinking to myself, ‘Neither did I.’ ”