(Saturday, October 17th)
Final Score: (18) BYU 38, San Diego State 28
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Max Hall completed 27-of-39 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns, as 18th-ranked BYU hung on to defeat San Diego State, 38-28, in a battle between these two Mountain West Conference foes at Qualcomm Stadium.
Hall also added a rushing touchdown while Andrew George caught four passes for 75 yards and a TD for the Cougars (6-1, 3-0 MWC), who have ripped off four straight wins. Dennis Pitta hauled in six passes for 72 yards and a score. Harvey Unga rushed for 81 yards and a TD on 26 carries.
"Max is a competitor," BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "He has played extremely well the last two games in leading our team to two conference road victories."
Ryan Lindley connected on 21-of-33 passes for 298 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception for the Aztecs (2-4, 0-2), who were coming off a 34-17 win over New Mexico State on October 3. Vincent Brown caught eight passes for 147 yards. DeMarc Sampson hauled in five balls for 77 yards and two scores in defeat.
"You've got to give them credit," San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke said. "I think everybody thought (Hall) was going to spike the ball and instead he takes it around the left end, and that?s what a veteran and a seasoned quarterback will do."
Down 35-21, San Diego State was faced with a 4th-and-2 at the BYU six-yard- line. Lindley dropped back and faked a handoff before finding Alston Umuolo in the middle of the end zone to make it 35-28 with 8:17 to play.
The Aztecs defense then did their job, forcing BYU to punt the ball away. San Diego State took over on its own 12 with 5:27 remaining. The Aztecs went three-and-out and were forced to punt.
Mitch Payne's 44-yard field goal with 2:21 left sealed the victory for the Cougars.
The Cougars ended their first drive of the game with a one-yard Unga TD run for a 7-0 lead. The Aztecs responded with a TD of their own to tie the contest. Sampson's seven-yard touchdown catch with about 4 1/2 minutes left in the first capped a six-play, 81-yard march.
San Diego State bridged a scoring drive over the first and second quarters to take the lead. Brandon Sullivan ended the 69-yard drive with a one-yard rushing TD for a 14-7 margin.
BYU responded with a touchdown to deadlock the tilt with 9:06 left until half. Bryan Kariya's three-yard TD reception capped off a 12-play, 68-yard drive that last over five minutes.
The Cougars ended the half with an even more impressive drive. Hall's one- yard TD run was the 14th play of a 80-yard march that lasted over six minutes in length. It gave BYU a 21-14 lead heading into the locker room.
BYU got the ball to begin the third and went right down the field. The Cougars decided to go for it on 4th-and-1 at the San Diego State 23. However, J.J. Di Luigi got stuffed on a rushing attempt.
The Aztecs' offense used the momentum their defense created by scoring a touchdown to tie the contest again. Sampson topped off the 77-yard drive with a 36-yard TD catch with 8:23 left in the third.
The back-and-forth battle continued, as the Cougars scored a TD on their ensuing possession. A 25-yard Di Luigi reception helped lead to a 19-yard George TD catch for a 28-21 lead with 3:38 remaining.
BYU put together a key scoring drive that bridged the third and fourth periods. Pitta's nine-yard TD catch with 14:49 to play made it 35-21. Di Luigi's 22-yard catch highlighted the seven-play, 77-yard drive.
The Cougars outgained the Aztecs, 512-342...SDSU had just 20 total rushing yards...BYU won 41-12 against San Diego State last year and leads the all-time series, 26-7-1...The Cougars host TCU next Saturday, while the Aztecs travel to Colorado State...Today's victory over San Diego State marked the 500th all- time win for the BYU football program. The Cougars have a 500-373-26 all-time record with a .571 winning percentage dating back to 1922.
10/18 00:01:34 ET