NCAAF Game Recap - Brigham Young at San Diego State
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:00 PM EST

TxAM
7
LSU
50
F
OHSt
56
Mich
27
F
Clem
38
SCar
3
F
UGA
52
GATec
7
F
Ala
45
Aub
48
F
Colo
15
Utah
45
F
Okla
34
OkSt
16
F
FlaSt
17
Fla
40
F
Wisc
38
Minn
17
F
Bayl
61
Kans
6
F
Rut
6
PSU
27
F
OreSt
10
Oreg
24
F
ND
45
Stan
24
F
Cin
24
Mem
34
F
Iowa
27
Neb
24
F
Boise
31
ColSt
24
F
App
48
Troy
13
F
VaTec
30
UVA
39
F
Navy
56
Hou
41
F
Ohio
52
Akr
3
F
WestMI
14
NIU
17
F
Miss
20
MisSt
21
F
Kent
34
E Mi
26
F
Toled
7
C Mi
49
F
BGSU
7
Buff
49
F
MiaOH
27
Ball
41
F
TxTch
24
Tex
49
F
Mizzu
24
Ark
14
F
WaSt
13
Wash
31
F
WVU
20
TCU
17
F
ArkSt
30
SoAl
34
F
SoFL
7
UCF
34
F
TxSt
21
CoCar
24
F
Tuls
49
ECU
24
F
NW
29
Ill
10
F
Ind
44
Purd
41
F(1OT)
FLInt
27
Marsh
30
F OT
Lou
13
KY
45
F
Wake
30
Syr
39
F OT
Wyo
6
AF
20
F
MidTN
26
W Ky
31
F
Char
38
OD
22
F
NMSt
28
Lib
49
F
UNLV
33
Nev
30
F OT
Rice
30
UTEP
16
F
UConn
17
Temp
49
F
UTSA
27
LaTec
41
F
BC
26
Pitt
19
F
MD
16
MSU
19
F
SMiss
17
FlAtl
34
F
MiaFL
17
Duke
27
F
Tul
20
SMU
37
F
UtSt
38
NM
25
F
UAB
26
NorTx
21
F
Vand
10
Tenn
28
F
GASt
10
GaSo
38
F
IASt
17
K St
27
F
UNC
41
NCSt
10
F
ULMon
30
ULLaf
31
F
BYU
3
SDSU
13
F
Ariz
14
AzSt
24
F
Cal
28
UCLA
18
F
Fres
16
SJSU
17
F
Army
31
Hawaii
52
F

Nov 30, 2019, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Brigham Young (7-5)

3

0

0

0

3

San Diego State (9-3)

0

7

3

3

13

Baker, Thompson lead SDSU to 13-3 win vs BYU
Sun Dec 1, 2019 1:27 AM

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego State’s stingy defense took all the pressure off redshirt freshman Carson Baker, who was taking his first college snaps against former conference rival BYU.

Tariq Thompson had a strip-sack fumble recovery and an interception, and Baker threw for the go-ahead score to lead SDSU to a 13-3 victory against the Cougars on Saturday night.

“We just want the ball more,” said Thompson, a junior who played at San Diego’s St. Augustine High. “We came out wanting to shut them out and we gave up three, but we said we're not going to give them a touchdown.���

SDSU (9-3) rebounded from a loss at Hawaii that cost it the Mountain West Conference West Division title and a spot in the league’s championship game.

The teams didn’t come close to recreating their wild, high-scoring matchups in the wacky Western Athletic Conference. Ty Detmer famously rallied BYU from a 28-point third-quarter deficit for a 52-52 tie in 1991 at San Diego, throwing for 599 yards and six touchdowns.

Baker, who played at Helix High in nearby La Mesa, had never taken a college snap before getting the start in place of senior Ryan Agnew, who’s out with an injured left calf. Baker completed 19 of 24 passes for 172 yards and a 25-yard scoring pass to tight end Daniel Bellinger.

“It felt good,” Baker said. “I think the coaches did a really good job of keeping my nerves down, keeping me in the game and focused. It was really fun. The defense played terrific tonight. Seniors on the defense played really well. Ultimate goal was to get a win for them, so it felt really good.”

The defensive players were impressed with Baker.

“That’s my guy,” Thompson said.

“He stepped up big for us,” middle linebacker Kyahva Tezino said. “He played great. I'm pretty sure his future is bright from here.”

BYU (7-5) had its five-game winning streak snapped and lost to SDSU for the first time since 2005. The Cougars had beaten the Aztecs six straight times, including in their final regular-season matchup, in 2010 before leaving the MWC and going independent. BYU beat SDSU 23-6 in their most recent encounter, in the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego.

BYU’s Zach Wilson threw for 316 yards, completing 31 of 53, but overall had a tough night against SDSU stingy defense. He was intercepted twice and lost one fumble.

SDSU’s defense has played well all season, overshadowing the Aztecs��� anemic offense.

“I think our defense played as well as any defense I've ever been around,” coach Rocky Long said. “In the 10 years I've been here that's by far the best defensive performance when you count from the first game to the last game. The players have to be commended for playing that well.”

After looking lethargic for most of the first half, Baker led the Aztecs on a two-minute drill capped by his 25-yard touchdown pass to Bellinger for a 7-3 lead with 13 seconds left before halftime. The Aztecs had punted on five of their previous six possessions and were stuffed on fourth-and-1 at the BYU 10.

The Cougars had the ball at the SDSU 40 late in the third quarter and tried a flea flicker, but Thompson hit Zach Wilson for the strip-sack and recovered the fumble.

Thompson intercepted Wilson with 4:43 to play.

“Tough loss. We didn’t anticipate that,” BYU coach Kalani Sitake said. ��We weren’t able to put points on the board on offense. They made their kicks and we didn’t make ours, and they caused turnovers and we didn’t.

“It was a defensive battle and you’re not going to win a lot of games scoring three points. I’ve got to do a better job getting our guys to score more points.”

SDSU’s Matt Araiza kicked field goals of 44 and 27 yards in the second half. Baker had completions of 33 and 32 yards to Jesse Matthews to set up Araiza’s second field goal.

Wilson moved the Cougars down the field early in the fourth quarter before the drive stalled and Skyler Southam shanked a 26-yard field goal attempt off the left upright. Southam missed again with 12 seconds left.

Southam kicked a 24-yard field goal in the first quarter.

BIG PICTURE

BYU: The Cougars came in having won five straight, starting with a 28-25 win against MWC Mountain Division champion Boise State and ending with blowout victories against Idaho State and UMass. BYU still leads the series against SDSU, 28-8-1.

SDSU: Baker came from the same high school that produced Alex Smith and Reggie Bush. “I thought it was OK,” Long said of Baker’s performance. “I didn't know what to expect. I thought he handled himself confidently. He didn't look like he got frustrated. He stayed in the game. He did what he could. He made a couple really good throws. For the first time out and never playing in a college football game, he probably played really, really well.

UP NEXT

BYU has accepted a berth in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24.

SDSU is bowl eligible for the school-record 10th straight season and will learn its destination on Dec. 8.

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Passing

BYU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
Z. Wilson 53 31 58.5 0 316 35 2 59.9
A. Hifo 1 1 100.0 0 22 22 0 118.8
SDSU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Baker 24 19 79.2 1 172 33 0 110.4

Rushing

BYU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
Z. Wilson 8 29 3.6 17 0
L. Katoa 10 22 2.2 6 0
SDSU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Jasmin 7 44 6.3 17 0
J. Washington 10 26 2.6 8 0

Receiving

BYU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Shumway 6 83 13.8 21 0
M. Bushman 6 59 9.8 22 0
SDSU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Matthews 4 78 19.5 33 0
D. Bellinger 1 25 25.0 25 1

Fumbles

BYU F FL
Z. Wilson 1 1

Returning

BYU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Hifo 0 - 0 0 2 9.0 0 19
M. Wake 1 0.0 0 0 0 - 0 0
SDSU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Byrd 1 18.0 0 18 0 - 0 0

Punting

BYU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Jones 2 64 32.0 33
J. Oldroyd 2 64 32.0 34
SDSU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Heicklen 7 323 46.1 51

Takeaways

SDSU Int Yds InTD
T. Thompson 1 5 0
D. Johnson Jr. 1 20 0

Team Stats Comparison

BYU SDSU
Points For 3 13
Total Yards 416 269
Rushing Yards 78 97
Passing Yards 338 172
Passing Completions / Attempts 32/54 19/25
Turnovers 3 0
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 0/0
First Downs 23 12
Penalties - Yards 4/20 4/30
Time Of Possession 39:39 21:21
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/17 4/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/3 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 4/32 7/46

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter BYU SDSU
BYU 11:21 FG Skyler Southam 24 yd FG 3 0
2nd Quarter BYU SDSU
SDSU 14:47 TD Daniel Bellinger 25 yd pass from Carson Baker (Matt Araiza kick) 3 7
3rd Quarter BYU SDSU
SDSU 9:37 FG Matt Araiza 44 yd FG 3 10
4th Quarter BYU SDSU
SDSU 9:20 FG Matt Araiza 27 yd FG 3 13

Game Information

Stadium: SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, California
Attendance: 28,180
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