SAN DIEGO (AP) -- San Diego St. quarterback Kevin O'Connell
completed his first 12 passes and ran for a touchdown to lead the
Aztecs to a 31-10 win Saturday night over Brigham Young University.
San Diego St. (2-3, 1-1) never trailed and won their first
Mountain West Conference game of the season in front of 41,680 at
Qualcomm Stadium. The win ended a four game losing streak to BYU
After a scoreless first quarter, San Diego State went ahead 7-0
with 8:57 left in the second. A 26-yard run by Lynell Hamilton set
up O'Connell, who scored on a keeper on third and goal from the
Garrett Palmer kicked a 30 yard field goal to put the Aztecs up
10-0 with 5:54 left in the half.
After BYU's Bryan Kehl recovered a fumbled punt return on the
Aztecs' 40, Jared McLaughlin hit a 34 yard field goal to get the
Cougars back within seven.
The Aztecs answered on their next possession as Hamilton capped
a 15-play, 76-yard drive with a one yard touchdown run for a 17-3
San Diego St. extended the lead on their second possession of
the second half, scoring in the red zone for the fourth time in
four tries. On first and goal from the four, Brandon Bornes plunged
into the end zone for a 24-3 Aztec lead.
BYU opened the fourth quarter with Naufahu Tahi scoring on a one
yard touchdown run, but the Aztecs extended the lead to 31-10 two
minutes later with a 90-yard drive capped by Hamilton's 6-yard TD
With 9:42 remaining, the Aztecs' defense held BYU on fourth and
three from the Aztec six yard line.
SDSU ran 3:49 off the clock, before BYU gained possession with
5:53 remaining. BYU was intercepted with 3:40 left, which sealed
the game for the Aztecs.
SDSU wide receiver Jeff Webb caught a career high 13 passes for
BYU quarterback John Beck finished 25 of 49 for 261 yards and