San Diego State loses a close one in Provo, 18-17.
Turnovers were a big issue for the Aztecs all game, ending with 4 in total. It proved to be a huge factor in the outcome as BYU only had 1 turnover. San Diego State had a 7-6 lead after the 1st quarter, and would stay like that at the half. BYU would add a FG in the 3rd, while SDSU would put up another TD to go up 14-9.
BYU would get their first trip to the end zone early in the 4th on a 13 yard pass to Ashworth, but would fail of their 2-pt try and only lead by 1, 15-14. San Diego State would drive down the field but would have to settle for a FG attempt. SDSU's Kicker Abel Perez had already missed a FG from about the same distance early in the game, but he would drive this one in to take a 17-15 lead with under 2 minutes to go. BYU would put together a great drive getting them into field goal range. They would avoid a near disaster when Riley Nelson nearly threw an Int on a 3rd and 10 play, but the SDSU defender was not able to hold on to the ball. BYU would attempt a 37 Yard FG and convert it. Mitch Payne was 4 for 4 in FG kicking for the Cougars and would be the player of the game after kicking the winning FG and help BYU win 18-17.
The Aztecs would fall to 3-2(0-1) in the season, and will host 2-4(0-3) Air Force next week.
NCAA Scoreboard - San Diego State (3-1) at BYU (3-2)
October 2, 2010
San Diego State
San Diego State - Stats
Ryan Lindley - 22/30 248 yards 1 TD
Vincent Brown - 6 catches 63 yards 1 TD
BYU - Stats
Mitch Payne - 4/4 FG long of 43
Luke Ashworth - 6 catches 58 yards 1 TD
Team Stats Comparison
3rd Down Efficiency
4th Down Efficiency
Time of Possession
FG BYU: M. Payne, 38 Yd FG
TD SDSU: V. Brown, 4 Yd pass from R. Lindley (A. PErez Kick)
FG BYU: M. Payne, 42 Yd FG
FG BYU: 38 Yd FG
TD SDSU: D. Brown, 19 Yd run (A. Perez kick)
TD BYU: L. Ashworth, 13 Yd pass from R. Nelson (2-pt. failed)