BYU cashes in on turnovers to clob­ber San Diego State

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS -

SAN DIEGO — Line­backer Kyle Van Noy forced a fum­ble in the end zone and re­cov­ered it for a touch­down, and scored on a 17-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn, both in the fourth quar­ter, to lead BYU to a 23-6 vic­tory over San Diego State in the Poin­set­tia Bowl on Thurs­day night.

The big plays swung the mo­men­tum for the Cougars (8-5) in what had been a te­dious de­fen­sive strug­gle. San Diego State (9-4), play­ing in the home­town bowl for the sec­ond time in three years, missed the chance for its first 10-win sea­son since 1977 and had its seven-game win­ning streak snapped.

Van Noy scored the game’s first TD when he came free and hit Adam Ding­well in the end zone, forc­ing and re­cov­er­ing a fum­ble for a 10-6 lead.

Ding­well fum­bled the snap on SDSU’s next play from scrim­mage and it was re­cov­ered by Jor­dan John­son at the 14. Ja­maal Wil­liams scored on a run up the mid­dle on the next play, BYU’s sec­ond TD in 17 sec­onds.

Auburn: The Tigers hired J.B. Grimes to coach the of­fen­sive line. Grimes has more than 30 years of col­lege ex­pe­ri­ence and worked for new Auburn coach Gus Malzahn last sea­son at Arkansas State.

Florida State: The Semi­noles hired Alabama sec­ondary coach Jeremy Pruitt as their new de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, re­plac­ing Mark Stoops, who took the Ken­tucky job.

Louisiana State: Stand­out punter Brad Wing was sus­pended for the Tigers’ game against Clem­son in the Chick-filA Bowl for an un­spec­i­fied vi­o­la­tion of team rules.

The an­nounce­ment of Wing’s sus­pen­sion Thurs­day by coach Les Miles means the sopho­more from Aus­tralia will be re­placed in the lineup by fresh­man Jamie Keehn, who is also Aus­tralian.

Utah State: The Ag­gies pro­moted of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Matt Wells to head coach, re­plac­ing Gary An­der­sen.

Wis­con­sin: Gary An­der­sen was of­fi­cially hired as the school’s new coach and will be for­mally in­tro­duced at a news con­fer­ence to­day. He re­places Bret Bielema, who left for Arkansas.


San Diego State run­ning back Chase Price breaks a tackle by BYU’s Bran­don Ogle­tree af­ter catch­ing a pass dur­ing the first half of the Poin­set­tia Bowl. The Cougars scored on a fum­ble and in­ter­cep­tion to win 23-6.

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