SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Robert Ortiz caught an 18-yard pass from Kevin
O'Connell for a go-ahead touchdown and the San Diego State defense
intercepted two Wyoming passes as the Aztecs rolled up 20
fourth-quarter points and came from behind to defeat Wyoming 34-21
San Diego State (5-6, 4-4 Mountain West) won its second straight
game and temporarily eased the pressure on coach Tom Craft, who has
been on the hot seat lately as his Aztecs played below
expectations. The Aztecs end the season Dec. 3 with a nonconference
game against Hawaii.
Wyoming (4-7, 2-6) finished the season with a six-game losing
Wyoming quarterback Corey Bramlet, who completed 37 of 54 passes
for 346 yards, scored on a 6-yard run with 14:55 remaining in the
fourth quarter to give Wyoming a 21-14 lead, but San Diego State
took control after that.
After Ortiz's touchdown put the Aztecs ahead for good Marcus
Demps padded the lead with a 20-yard interception return on the
Cowboys' next possession.
A 27-yard field goal from Garrett Palmer with 2 minutes, 47
seconds left concluded the scoring and ended Wyoming's comeback
Lynell Hamilton had 154 rushing yards and a touchdown on 27
carries and Jeff Webb had seven receptions for 115 yards to pace
the San Diego State offense.
Cowboys receiver Jovon Bouknight had 14 catches for 143 yards,
giving him 3,626 career receiving yards, a Mountain West record.
The previous mark of 3,572 was held by San Diego State's J. R.
Wyoming had a 14-7 halftime lead courtesy of two second-quarter
touchdowns from redshirt freshman running back Wynel Seldon.
The first came from four yards out with 13:21 remaining in the
second quarter, completing a four-play, 47-yard drive that tied the
score at 7-7. The second came on a 1-yard run with 1:14 left in the
first half that concluded a three-play, 26-yard drive that was set
up with a fumble by O'Connell.
Wyoming safety John Wendling forced the fumble, which was
recovered by Dorsey Golston. O'Connell was shaken up on that play
and sat out the rest of the first half.
The Aztecs went 80 yards in six plays and scored on a 1-yard run
by Hamilton in the third quarter to tie the game 14-14.