San Diego State 28

(3-4, 1-3 away)

Utah 19

(3-4, 3-1 home)

Coverage: ABC

7:00 PM ET, October 15, 2005

Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT

1 2 3 4 T
SDSU 14 7 0 728
UTAH 0 13 6 019

Top Performers

Passing: B. Johnson (UTAH) - 417 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: Q. Ganther (UTAH) - 22 CAR, 93 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Webb (SDSU) - 9 REC, 142 YDS, 2 TD

San Diego State 28, Utah 19

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Facing two-time defending conference champion Utah, San Diego State quarterback Kevin O'Connell and his receivers held a closed-door meeting before the game.

Whatever they said worked.

"We just said we need to step it up. The O-line was by themselves the whole week. They didn't really talk to anybody but we all knew what we needed to do," said Jeff Webb, who had nine catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns in the Aztecs' 28-19 victory Saturday.

San Diego State (3-4, 2-2 Mountain West) extended Utah's losing streak to three straight and ended a 10-game home winning streak for the Utes (3-4, 1-3).

"We felt like there were opportunities against Utah's defense and we attacked right away. We needed Jeff to make some plays for us," San Diego State coach Tom Craft said.

O'Connell completed 17 of 23 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 88 yards to spoil Utah's homecoming and give San Diego State its first win at Utah in 10 years.

Brian Johnson had 483 yards of offense for Utah, completing 31 of 47 passes for 417 yards and ran for a score. But Johnson also had an interception and the Utes couldn't overcome the tandem of O'Connell and Webb.

"Any loss is difficult. Just have to find a way to put it in the end zone. Just have to find a way to get seven points," Johnson said. "If we could win the fourth quarter, it's an entirely different season."

The Utes, who have been outscored 60-16 in the final period this year.

But what happened at the beginning Saturday may have been more important. The Aztecs got off to a quick start and had 144 yards of offense in the first quarter, more than the 140 yards they gained in a 13-10 loss to UNLV the week before.

"We believed from the beginning. I wasn't going to let our offense go a whole game without a touchdown again," O'Connell said.

On the fifth play from scrimmage, Webb caught a 60-yard touchdown pass. After an apparent touchdown was overturned after a replay, O'Connell lunged across the goal line and SDSU led 14-0 early in the first quarter.

San Diego State took a 21-3 lead on a 5-yard pass to Robert Ortiz from O'Connell, who set up the play with a 61-yard run.

The Aztecs, who were outgained 592 yards to 385, made the big plays to turn back the Utes.

O'Connell hit Webb on a 10-yard pass for a touchdown to put the Aztecs up 28-19 with 12:18 to play. The drive was kept alive on a 38-yard pass from O'Connell to Webb.

"Jeff accelerated and showed another gear to make that catch and keep our drive going," Craft said.

Utah drove down the field but Reggie Grigsby caused Quinton Ganther to fumble the ball into the end zone and Marcus Demps recovered for a touchback.

"We all took a linebacker mentality at the goal line and we hit him with everything we had," said Grigsby, who also had an interception.

The Aztecs came up with another big defensive play on the next Utah drive when Terrell Maze stopped Ganther on fourth down to seal the victory.

"My team called on me again and I let them down," said Ganther, who had 93 yards rushing.

In the third quarter, Ganther ran for a 3-yard touchdown but Johnson was stopped by Freddy Keiho on the two-point conversion attempt.

Johnson had a 3-yard touchdown run and Dan Beardall kicked two field goals in the second quarter, including a career-long 47-yarder just before halftime to draw Utah within 21-13.

Utah's Brian Hernandez had seven catches for 148 yards, his second straight 100-yard receiving game.

"We have to find a solution. They were more prepared than us and we struggled, and that is a sign of coaching," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said.