The Cougars now face winless San Diego State, who is coming of a 31-21 loss to UNLV last week. The Aztecs' quarterback Adam Hall has struggled throughout the year, completing only 41% of his passes. The bright spot for SDSU is Lynell Hamilton, the standout true freshman running back from Edison, California. Hamilton was a 5-star recruit and ranked the No. 7 running back prospect in the country, according to one national recruiting network.
In his first game against No. 21 Utah, Hamilton carried the ball 22 times and racked up 121 yards and one rushing touchdown. He also caught a 21-yard reception for a touchdown in a 4th quarter 21-24 loss.
In his second game against UNLV, he ran for 117-yards, but did not score. The Aztecs lost the game 31-17.
Meanwhile, BYU is riding bareback on their revitalized #10-ranked defense under new defensive coordinator Bronco Mendenhall. With BYU's improving offense, the Cougars are heavily favored.
BYU wins the coin-toss and elects to kick off. BYU's kick is downed in the end zone by Frederick Collins.
SDSU picks up 3-yards on the first play using a sweep play with Hamilton. The next play is a first down with a 13-yard Hall completion to Clint Bingham. On the next play, Colby Bockwoldt, after missing most of the early season because of injury, sacks Hall for a 5-yard loss.
The next play is a 3-yard run by Hamilton and the Aztecs are faced with a third and 12 situation. Coming out in a three wide receiver set, Hall sends tight end Raleigh Fletcher in motion and catches the Cougar defense off guard with a 17-yard dump off to Fletcher, who runs for 21-yards until he is finally brought down by Jernaro Gilford.
SDSU is now at the BYU 21 and looking even better as Hall avoids the heavy blitz of BYU and finds Clint Bingham for a 21-yard touchdown strike.
BYU takes the field after James Allen returns the kick off to the 26-yard line. A Marcus Whalen screen pass goes for six yards on the first play. On the second play, BYU quarterback Matt Berry is sacked and fumbles the ball, which is recovered by San Deigo State at the BYU 28.
The Aztecs add field goal to the score and take a 10-0 lead. BYU takes the ball on the next possession and goes to the 48-yard line of SDSU before punting it away.
The Aztecs run seven plays for 20 yards, but are forced to punt as the first quarter comes to a close.
1st Quarter - BYU 0 - SDSU 10
Aided by a SDSU botched punt which wobbles out of bounds at the BYU 47, Berry takes the field fired up. Connecting on five straight passes for 3, 8, 1, 20 and 12 yards respectively, the Cougars line up in a prime position to score.
On second and two, Whalen finds his way into the end zone as offensive lineman Scott Jackson bullies the defender on his back creating a clear path for the running back and the Cougars are on the scoreboard.
On the next drive, San Diego State moves the ball down to the BYU 37 until they are intercepted by Chad Barney. Barney returns it to the SDSU 41 and the Cougars again take the field.
Running up the middle with Whalen, BYU picks up 13-yards on the ground. Followed by a play action pass, Berry hits receiver Bristol Olomua in the end zone and ends the 34-second, two-play drive.
SDSU goes three and out and is forced to punt on their next series. After a punt of 58 yards, Stancil fields the punt at the BYU 21. Running to his right side to the 30, Stancil does a dead leg juke move and throws off the first defender. The BYU blocking is excellent, allowing Stancil to sprint out to the SDSU 49. Stancil pulls another juke and runs to the left side of the field as the last defender is knocked down and Stancil takes it to the barn. Touchdown BYU.
San Deigo State runs the remaining time out and heads to the locker room in a daze wondering what hit them in the second quarter.
Halftime - BYU 21 - SDSU 10
Starting off the second half with a bang, Berry connects with tight end Daniel Coats for a 50-yard gain. After a 21-yard Whalen run, BYU finishes off the drive with a 5-yard Stancil run for a touchdown.
San Deigo State responds with a 70-yard drive which results in a touchdown highlighted by a 47-yard Hamilton run.
The two teams exchange punts throughout the rest of the quarter.
3rd Quarter - BYU 28 - SDSU 17
Another frustrating drive for the Aztecs ends when Hall is sacked by Manaia Brown on a 4th and 2 attempt at the BYU 15 and the Cougars take over at the 14.
BYU runs a 4-minute drive and punts at the SDSU 40. SDSU hits receiver Jeffery Webb for an 8-yard gain, when Gilford strips the ball which is recovered by Aaron Francisco at the 50-yard line.
BYU works its way to the SDSU 25-yard line and kicks a field goal, but not before running off another three minutes off the clock.
SDSU's comeback attempts fall short and BYU wins another valuable conference game.
Final Score - BYU 31 - SDSU 17
In the media polls that follow, BYU moves up to #14 in both the media and coaches polls. The Cougar now sport a 6-1 overall record and an undefeated 3-0 conference record. They next face pre-seaon conference favorite Colorado State in Provo.
Stats: BYU ~ SDSU 1st Downs 21 17 Total Off. 331 220 Rushes - Yds. 26-147 32-134 Comp-Att-TD 19-31-3 15-25-1 Pass Yds. 184 84 Sacked 2 3 Turnovers 2 2 Penalties-Yds 1-10 4-45 T.O.P 28:37 31:23
Berry 19-31 115 ~ 0 Td ~ 63% ~ 3 sack ~ 1 Int. Whalen 10/95 yards ~ 1 TD Manaia Brown 1 Sack ~ 3 TFL Chad Barney 1 Int. ~ 1 fumble recovery
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