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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Flashback: Brigham Young Cougars 45, San Diego State Aztecs 44 (1993)

After starting the 1993 season 4-0, the Brigham Young Cougars dropped the next four. The fourth being a tough loss in Logan to Utah State. Game nine was against San Diego State. BYU and San Diego State had a pretty good rivalry going during the Marshall Faulk years in the early 90s. The games were high scoring shootouts with the game always in question until the final minute. This one was no exception.

John Walsh was coming off his two best games as a BYU quarterback. He had just set a school record 619 yards passing in the Utah State game. He threw for over 400 yards against Fresno State the week before, even though he didn’t enter the game until the final drive of the first half. Walsh had another big game throwing for 417 yards and five touchdowns. He even ripped off a 19-yard run that allowed BYU to kick a field goal with three seconds left in the first half to pull within one, 17-16.

Tyler Anderson dropped the kickoff to start the second half, but he was able to recover it and then raced 48 yards to the San Diego State 37-yard line. A touchdown and two-point conversion put BYU ahead 24-17. Late in the third quarter, with the game tied at 31, San Diego State was threatening to score. Then, Jack Damuni intercepted a pass at the goal line. A 63-yard touchdown pass from Walsh to Steve Christensen at the end of the third quarter and a 40-yard Walsh to Christensen connection with 13:03 to go in the fourth quarter put BYU up 45-31.

Kalin Hall ran the ball deep into San Diego State territory the next time BYU had the ball, highlighted by a 50-yard jaunt, as the Cougars tried to milk time off the clock. That drive ended with BYU’s second missed field goal of the night. When San Diego State took over with about 4:30 to play, the Aztecs scored a touchdown in 59 seconds.

On the ensuing drive, John Walsh made his only error of the night: an interception deep in BYU territory. San Diego State pulled to within one on an 8-yard touchdown pass with 1:02 to play. The Aztecs tried a two point conversion to win the game. Quarterback Tim Gutierrez was stripped in the pocket, preserving a one point lead. Travis Hall recovered the onsides kick and BYU ran out the clock.

Not only did the win snap the four game losing streak, but it kept BYU in the running for the conference championship and a trip to the Holiday Bowl.

More flashbacks can be found on the Flashbacks page.

You can watch the full game here.

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