PROVO, Utah (AP) -After two narrow wins, BYU got a much-welcomed rout.
The 17th-ranked Cougars closed out their third straight unbeaten season at home with a 41-12 win over San Diego State on Saturday,
setting a school record with 18 home victories in a row and staying in the Mountain West Conference title race.
threw for three touchdowns, including two to
as he had his eighth straight 100-yard receiving game.
The Cougars (9-1, 5-1) had allowed 87 points in their past two games. They won both, but by a total of just 10 points and
were ready for a blowout.
''It was nice to have an all-around team effort,'' said Hall, who was 25-for-30 fore 317 yards. ''Our defense played well
and I think that boosted their confidence. But our offense has got to keep on rolling.''
BYU scored the first 27 points, then after two field goals by San Diego State, Hall found Collie for two more touchdowns early
in the fourth quarter against the injury-plagued Aztecs (1-9, 0-6).
San Diego State had four turnovers, including a fumble on the second-half kickoff that set up a quick score to put BYU up
27-0 early in the third quarter.
''We knew coming out today we were going to hit hard and get after them,'' said
, who had an interception and 14 tackles in his final home game. ''Fortunately enough they turned the ball over and we were
able to capitalize on it.''
Collie had nine catches for 127 yards and seniors
ran for touchdowns in their final game at LaVell Edwards Stadium, where BYU hasn't lost since 2005.
BYU needs to close the season with wins at Air Force and No. 10 Utah for at least a share of a third straight conference title.
Utah's 13-10 win over No. 11 TCU on Thursday ended the
' hopes of an outright MWC championship. TCU is the only team to beat BYU this season.
''Now it's back in our hands, depending on what we do. We hold our own destiny and we realize that,'' Nixon said. ''We don't
have to depend on anybody else to do anything.''
kicked two field goals in the third quarter for San Diego State, which added a touchdown in the final minute on a 9-yard pass
San Diego State has been hurt by injuries this season. Only seven Aztecs have started every game and 40 players have had at
least one start for coach Chuck Long.
''You have to get through these times to get better. You just have to,'' Long said.
Collie had 48 yards receiving at the end of the third, then took a short pass from Hall and ran it in for a 61-yard touchdown
early in the fourth to break 100 for the eighth straight game and put BYU up 34-6. Hall found Collie again for a 9-yard TD
to make it 41-6 with 10:07 left to go.
Hall has thrown 32 touchdown passes this season and Collie has 13 TD receptions.
''I think they would compete no matter what they were playing. They don't like to lose,'' BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said.
''They think they can make every play at any time to help our team win.''
The Aztecs gambled a couple of times in the first quarter while trying to keep the ball out of the Cougars' hands. San Diego
State converted on a fourth-and-1 and later a fake punt. If either play had failed, BYU would have taken over around midfield
and had only a short distance to go.
San Diego State's first play was telling. Lindley lined up in the shotgun and wasn't ready for the snap, which hit him in
the facemask and BYU recovered at the 49-yard line. The Cougars took seven plays to reach the end zone on Vakapuna's 7-yard
run with 9:42 left in the first quarter.
The Aztecs' beleaguered defense held BYU to 10 points, then finally broke in the second quarter. Hall threw a 56-yard pass
, then a 6-yard touchdown pass to
to put BYU up 17-0 with 5:19 left in the half.
, also playing in his final home game, got the Cougars the ball back with an interception at the 32 and BYU added a field
to take a 20-0 lead at halftime.
San Diego State entered the game ranked 119th in the Bowl Subdivision, allowing 292.78 yards, but held BYU to 104 yards on
''We grew defensively today,''
said. ''If you told me before the game we'd hold them to 104 yards rushing, I would have thought we had a chance to win the