Scores

Final

(21) BYU 48

(10-2)

San Diego State 27

(4-8, 3-5 MW)

6:36 PM ET, December 1, 2007

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA

1 2 3 4 T
#21BYU 13 7 14 1448
SDSU 7 6 7 727

Top Performers

Passing: M. Hall (BYU) - 227 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: H. Unga (BYU) - 23 CAR, 161 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: B. Swain (SDSU) - 10 REC, 98 YDS

BYU stomps SDSU, finishes undefeated in Mountain West

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Brigham Young showed the effects of having already clinched the Mountain West Conference title in the first half against San Diego State.

Then the Cougars demonstrated why they are the class of the league by rebounding with a strong second half.

Freshman Harvey Unga ran for 161 yards and scored four touchdowns and Brigham Young (No. 19 BCS, No. 21 AP) routed San Diego State 48-27 on Saturday night.

Unga led a balanced offense that gained 538 yards, including 311 yards rushing. Unga scored on runs of 1, 7 and 3 yards, and caught an 8-yard TD pass from Max Hall as the Cougars (10-2, 8-0 Mountain West) completed the regular season with their ninth straight win.

BYU, a heavy favorite, led just 20-13 at halftime.

"A lot of people say that all the emotion from last week was going to take over and we were going to let up," said Unga about the Cougars' 17-10 win over Utah that clinched the outright title. Unga scored the game-winning touchdown against the Utes on an 11-yard run with 38 seconds left.

"We had a unique challenge this week in terms of focus," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "We handled it fantastically."

Winners of 16 consecutive conference games, the Cougars await their bowl fate. It appears likely that they will play in the Las Vegas Bowl, which can select any Mountain West team.

Unga and Fui Vakapuna (97 yards) carried the rushing load for BYU, which pounded the ball in the second half. The Cougars gained 324 total yards in the half, including 194 yards on the ground.

"It felt good handing off the ball, knowing they were going to get six, seven, eight yards every time they touched it," Hall said. "All the running opened up stuff through the air."

Hall completed 19 of 26 passes for 227 yards with one interception. Besides his scoring pass to Unga, Hall also threw touchdown passes of 17 yards to Austin Collie and 13 yards to Dennis Pitta.

"For a young player like Unga to play with the poise and confidence that he plays with, I'm so impressed," Mendenhall said.

San Diego State (4-8, 3-5) allowed a combined 148 points and 1,902 total yards in its last three games, all losses.

"These last three games have been a little bit rough," acknowledged San Diego State coach Chuck Long, whose school has not had a winning season since 1998.

"[BYU] is very balanced and very physical," San Diego State linebacker Russell Allen said. "They have a system in place and they execute it."

San Diego State kept the game close, trailing just 20-13 at the break. But Unga scored on a 7-yard run on BYU's first possession of the second half.

Kevin O'Connell hit Lynell Hamilton with a 3-yard touchdown pass just past the midway point of the third quarter to pull the Aztecs to 27-20, but the Cougars responded with Unga's 3-yard TD run just before the end of the quarter.

Vakapuna scored from 2 yards out less than three minutes into the fourth quarter to give BYU a 41-20 lead.

O'Connell completed 33 of 55 passes for 288 yards and one interception. He also scored on runs of 7 and 2 yards.

The game was rescheduled from Oct. 27 due to wildfires in San Diego.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BYU
SDSU
1st Downs3322
Total Yards538356
Passing227288
Rushing31168
Penalties7-717-64
3rd Down Conversions6-913-21
4th Down Conversions2-22-3
Turnovers11
Possession34:2025:40

Passing Leaders

BYUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hall19/262278.731
San Diego StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
O'Connell33/552885.211

Rushing Leaders

BYUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Unga231617.0319
Vakapuna14976.9118
San Diego StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
O'Connell17613.6219
Bornes263.006

Receiving Leaders

BYURECYDSAVGTDLG
Allen35117.0018
Pitta44711.8117
San Diego StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Schilens810613.3033
Swain10989.8033

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBYUSDSU
TD09:55Harvey Unga 8 Yd Pass From Max Hall (Mitch Payne Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 60 yds, 3:38
70
TD04:55Kevin O'Connell 7 Yd Run (Garrett Palmer Kick)
Drive: 16 plays, 65 yds, 5:00
77
TD00:02Harvey Unga 1 Yd Run (Pat Failed)
Drive: 12 plays, 67 yds, 4:46
137
SECOND QUARTERBYUSDSU
FG05:39Garrett Palmer 41 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 1 yds, 2:05
1310
TD01:11Austin Collie 17 Yd Pass From Max Hall (Mitch Payne Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 71 yds, 4:28
2010
FG00:00Garrett Palmer 41 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 43 yds, 1:04
2013
THIRD QUARTERBYUSDSU
TD12:32Harvey Unga 7 Yd Run (Mitch Payne Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 54 yds, 2:22
2713
TD06:49Lynell Hamilton 3 Yd Pass From Kevin O'Connell (Garrett Palmer Kick)
Drive: 14 plays, 68 yds, 5:37
2720
TD00:52Harvey Unga 3 Yd Run (Mitch Payne Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 72 yds, 5:53
3420
FOURTH QUARTERBYUSDSU
TD12:17Fui Vakapuna 2 Yd Run (Mitch Payne Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 68 yds, 2:36
4120
TD09:37Kevin O'Connell 2 Yd Run (Garrett Palmer Kick)
Drive: 14 plays, 81 yds, 2:40
4127
TD04:20Dennis Pitta 13 Yd Pass From Max Hall (Mitch Payne Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 78 yds, 5:12
4827