Scores

Final

San Diego State 17

(0-5, 0-2 MW)

BYU 47

(4-2)

2:00 PM ET, October 7, 2006

LaVell Edwards Stadium, PROVO, UT

1 2 3 4 T
SDSU 3 0 14 017
BYU 20 20 7 047

Top Performers

Passing: J. Beck (BYU) - 267 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: A. Henderson (SDSU) - 21 CAR, 93 YDS

Receiving: Z. Collie (BYU) - 3 REC, 79 YDS, 1 TD

Brigham Young 47, San Diego State 17

PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Brigham Young needed to go just 43 yards on the opening drive to take a 7-0 lead against San Diego State.

The next two drives were farther, but seemed to go just as quickly as BYU scored on its first three possessions and beat winless San Diego State 47-17 Saturday.

"We're just on a roll right now. We're getting it churning and I don't think we can be stopped," said Curtis Brown, who ran for one touchdown and caught one of John Beck's four touchdown passes.

The Cougars (4-2) are 2-0 in the Mountain West Conference for the first time since 2001, which was the last time they won the league title.

Beck completed 16 of 21 passes for 267 yards and missed tying his career high for touchdown passes in a game by one. If he had played the whole game, he may have had a shot at it, but Beck rested his ailing ankles with BYU comfortably ahead.

BYU has next weekend off, so Beck and the Cougars have plenty of time to recover and savor a win over the Aztecs, who beat BYU 31-10 last season.

"Coming into this week, there was a lot of motivation to kind of show them this is what we can do. This is what we should have done last year," Beck said. "This game today was just a reflection of how we practice."

San Diego State (0-5, 0-2) has matched the worst start in school history. The Aztecs also started 0-5 in 2002, former coach Tom Craft's first season. Craft was fired in December and replaced by Chuck Long, who hasn't fared any better.

Kevin Craft, the former coach's son, played well in his first career start, going 20-for-32 for 216 yards.

"I just really liked the way he handled himself in a tough environment," Long said.

Craft is the third quarterback to start for the Aztecs this season after the first two were knocked out with injuries.

His only glaring mistake was forcing a pass that BYU's Dustin Gabriel caught in front of the Aztecs' sideline and returned for a touchdown that put BYU ahead 33-3 in the second quarter.

Atiyya Henderson had 21 carries for 93 yards. Brandon Bornes and Tyler Campbell each scored on 1-yard runs in the third quarter as the Aztecs played much better in the second half.

"Our guys are starting to develop an attitude, which I really like," Long said. "It's not happening right now, but it will pay off down the road."

The Aztecs surprised BYU with an on-side kick to start the game and recovered the ball, but were called from interference and the Cougars opened the first drive at the Aztecs' 43. It was that kind of day for the visitors, who were called for 10 penalties in the game.

BYU led 40-3 by halftime on Beck's third touchdown pass, a 4-yard toss to Brown with 3:03 left in the second quarter. Beck had kept the drive going by converting a third-and-7 with a 43-yard pass to Zac Collie, who caught the ball in stride after the quarterback was leveled while throwing it.

"To score 40 points in one half tells you how precise our offense is," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "John's accuracy and efficiency were really good. He was calm, confident, poised and accurate."

Beck also had an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jonny Harline, putting BYU ahead 26-6, and a 29-yard scoring pass earlier to Collie, who caught it at the 11, stopped and curled back around untouched into the end zone.

BYU's Fui Vakapuna left the game with an ankle injury shortly after scoring on a 14-yard run to put the Cougars up 7-0. Vakapuna still led BYU in rushing with 56 yards on four carries.

"It's easy out there. We want it to be easy," Brown said. "We have a bunch of playmakers on our team. We have a bunch of guys who want to get out there and win."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SDSU
BYU
1st Downs2123
Total Yards357419
Passing216267
Rushing141152
Penalties10-1105-17
3rd Down Conversions5-136-9
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers21
Possession38:5521:05

Passing Leaders

San Diego StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Craft20/322166.801-
Brigham YoungC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Beck16/2126712.740-

Rushing Leaders

San Diego StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Henderson21934.4023
Bornes9313.416
Brigham YoungCARYDSAVGTDLG
Vakapuna45614.0117
Brown11464.2115

Receiving Leaders

San Diego StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Porter8708.8020
Schilens47719.3041
Brigham YoungRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown4338.3113
Collie37926.3143

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSDSUBYU
TD13:19FUI VAKAPUNA 14 YD RUN (JARED MCLAUGHLIN KICK)07
FG10:12GARRETT PALMER 48 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 41 yards.
37
TD6:47ZAC COLLIE 29 YD PASS FROM JOHN BECK (JARED MCLAUGHLIN KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 81 yards.
314
TD2:38CURTIS BROWN 4 YD RUN (BLOCKED XP)
Drive info: 6 plays, 55 yards.
320
SECOND QUARTERSDSUBYU
TD10:06JONNY HARLINE 8 YD PASS FROM JOHN BECK (MISSED KICK)
Drive info: 2 plays, 46 yards.
326
TD8:13DUSTIN GABRIEL 38 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (JARED MCLAUGHLIN KICK)333
TD3:03CURTIS BROWN 4 YD PASS FROM JOHN BECK (JARED MCLAUGHLIN KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
340
THIRD QUARTERSDSUBYU
TD12:20BRANDON BORNES 1 YD RUN (GARRETT PALMER KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yards.
1040
TD9:41MANASE TONGA 18 YD PASS FROM JOHN BECK (JARED MCLAUGHLIN KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 63 yards.
1047
TD4:35TYLER CAMPBELL 1 YD RUN (GARRETT PALMER KICK)
Drive info: 12 plays, 74 yards.
1747