Sanchez has sack in Aztecs’ Potato Bowl win

Jon Sanchez had a sack in San Diego State University’s 49-24 victory over the University of Buffalo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl which was played Dec. 21, 2013 in Boise.

“That was pretty nice. I think I played pretty well in that game, but it was nice to get that sack,” Sanchez said.

Buffalo reached the SDSU 16-yard-line during the fourth quarter. An incomplete pass created second down with ten yards needed for a first down. Sanchez then sacked quarterback Joe Licata for a seven-yard loss.

An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which is an automatic first down if committed by the defense, was called against the Aztecs on the next play to give Buffalo the ball at the 12. The Bulls scored the game’s final touchdown four plays later.

The seven-yard sack was Sanchez’s only tackle of the game.  

“I think I did pretty well,” he said.

Jordan Thomas was the Aztecs’ starting left defensive end, although Sanchez saw significant playing time.  

“It was really cold, but it was a good experience,” Sanchez said.

In 2012 Sanchez played in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego. He saw more playing time in his 2013 bowl game.  

“It was nice,” he said.

During the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl Sanchez had one solo tackle and one assisted tackle, both in the first quarter. Brigham Young University defeated San Diego State by a 23-6 score.  

“It’s definitely better to end the season on a good note,” he said of the Aztecs winning their 2013 bowl.

Sanchez’s family watched the game on television from their Murrieta home.  December 21 was also his mother’s birthday.  

“I asked her what she wanted and she said a win in the bowl game, so I got to give her that,” the son of Priscilla Sanchez said.

Sanchez played in all 13 of the Aztecs’ 2013 games. He made 22 tackles, 11 solo and 11 assisted, during the season. Four of those tackles, including two sacks, caused the opposing offense to lose yards.

The 6’2”, 265-pound Sanchez graduated from Vista Murrieta High School in 2011. As a true freshman during the 2011 college football season, Sanchez was on the Aztecs’ scout team which emulates the opposing teams’ formations during practices. He played in all 13 SDSU games during 2012 and had 21 tackles, including two for losses, while breaking up one pass.

Thomas was a senior during the 2013 football season, which gives Sanchez the opportunity to become the first-string defensive end in 2014.  

“I’m hoping to start next year,” he said.

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