Scores

Final

San Jose State 16

(2-4, 1-3 away)

BYU 29

(4-2, 3-1 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

10:15 PM ET, October 8, 2011

LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT

1 2 3 4 T
SJSU 3 3 7 316
BYU 9 14 3 329

Top Performers

Passing: R. Nelson (BYU) - 219 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: M. Alisa (BYU) - 16 CAR, 91 YDS

Receiving: R. Otten (SJSU) - 9 REC, 108 YDS

BYU 29, San Jose St. 16

Associated Press

PROVO, Utah -- Riley Nelson threw for 218 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 65 yards on nine carries to lift BYU to a 29-16 victory over San Jose State on Saturday night.

Nelson made his first start of the season after replacing Jake Heaps in the second half of a 27-24 victory over Utah State on Sept. 30.

Michael Alisa rushed for 92 yards on 16 carries for BYU (4-2), which won its third straight game. The Spartans (2-4) had a two-game winning streak snapped.

San Jose State's defense could not contain Nelson during the first half. He guided the Cougars to touchdowns on three straight possessions as BYU seized a 23-3 lead in the second quarter.

San Jose State made a game of it in the second half, twice pulling within 10 points. After Bene Benwikere intercepted Nelson, Jason Simpson capped a 12-play, 96-yard drive with a 1-yard TD run to make it 23-13 with 6:09 left in the third quarter.

The teams traded field goals in the fourth quarter. San Jose State's last chance to cut into the BYU lead was thwarted when Travis Uale picked off Faulkner at the Cougars' 23 with 5:10 remaining.

The only thing stopping BYU early was turnovers. However, one of the mistakes worked to the team's advantage.

A fumble by Nelson at the San Jose State 3-yard line ended BYU's opening drive. But the Cougars scored moments later when a bad snap sailed out of the end zone for a safety.

BYU went up 9-0 when Richard Wilson took a short pass from Nelson and raced 21 yards to the end zone.

After Jens Alvernik kicked a 24-yard field goal for the Spartans, Nelson found Brian Kariya on a 1-yard pass to make it 16-3.

Kyle Van Noy set up BYU's next touchdown when he picked off a pass from Matt Faulkner and returned it 30 yards. Nelson needed just one play, a 40 yard bomb to McKay Jacobsen, to make the score 23-3.

By halftime, Nelson had thrown for 170 yards and three touchdowns on 10 of 14 passing. He had 42 yards on six carries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SJSU
BYU
1st Downs1825
Total Yards325443
Passing255219
Rushing70224
Penalties0-04-29
3rd Down Conversions5-108-11
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers23
Possession28:1331:47

Passing Leaders

San Josť StC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Faulkner25/352557.302
BYUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nelson14/242199.132

Rushing Leaders

San Josť StCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ervin9404.4019
Simpson10393.9115
BYUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Alisa16915.7014
Nelson9657.2012

Receiving Leaders

San Josť StRECYDSAVGTDLG
Otten910812.0033
Grigsby11888.0020
BYURECYDSAVGTDLG
Wilson36622.0135
Jacobson26331.5140

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSJSUBYU
SF09:09Ball Through End Zone 02
TD07:04Richard Wilson 21 Yd Pass From Riley Nelson (Justin Sorensen Kick) 09
FG00:17Jens Alvernik 24 Yd 39
SECOND QUARTERSJSUBYU
TD10:58Bryan Kariya 1 Yd Pass From Riley Nelson (Justin Sorensen Kick) 316
TD08:49McKay Jacobson 40 Yd Pass From Riley Nelson (Justin Sorensen Kick) 323
FG00:03Jens Alvernik 40 Yd 623
THIRD QUARTERSJSUBYU
TD06:09Jason Simpson 1 Yd Run (Jens Alvernik Kick) 1323
FG00:32Justin Sorensen 42 Yd 1326
FOURTH QUARTERSJSUBYU
FG10:41Jens Alvernik 43 Yd 1626
FG07:23Justin Sorensen 45 Yd 1629