On this date, October 12, twenty-six years ago, the Brigham Young Cougars shutout the San Diego State Aztecs. The shutout didn’t come easy.
BYU built a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but a Robbie Bosco interception in the second quarter gave San Diego State the ball in scoring territory. Linebacker Leon White didn’t allow San Diego State to sieze any more momentum. On the very next play, he tipped an Aztec pass before he intercepted it.
White wasn’t the only star on defense. Jason Buck harassed the Aztec quarterback all day. Buck registered a sack and three quarterback hurries on his way to becoming the WAC Defensive Player of the Week.
The entire defense made one final goal-line stand in the fourth quarter to preserve the shutout. San Diego State had a first and goal. For five straight plays, BYU kept San Diego State out of the end zone.
For the game, BYU held San Diego State to just 59 yards rushing.
On the offensive side, the passing game was slowed as Mark Bellini went down with a separated shoulder. Bosco still passed for 257 yards and 2 touchdowns. A strong running game complimented Bosco’s throwing. Led by Tom Tuipulotu (13 carries, 120 yards, 1 TD) and his 45-yard third quarter touchdown run, BYU rolled up 203 yards on the ground.
The win moved BYU into the top 10 in the national rankings. For San Diego State, the loss went a long way to former BYU offensive coordinator Doug Scovil being dismissed as the Aztecs’ head coach at the end of the year.
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