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              === BYU downs San Diego State in Poinsettia Bowl ===
 
 San  Diego,  CA (Sports Network)  - Kyle  Van Noy had  a fumble recovery for a
 touchdown  and added a  score on an interception in the fourth quarter to lead
 BYU to a 23-6 win over San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl.
 
 Jamaal  Williams  scored a  touchdown on  the ground while  James Lark was 23-
 for-42  with  244 yards and  two interceptions for  the Cougars (8-5), who won
 four of their final five games and are winners in their past four bowl games.
 
 "He's  a  fantastic football player," BYU  coach Bronco Mendenhall said of Van
 Noy. "He changed the game for us and was the reason we won."
 
 Adam  Dingwell  was picked  off three  times and  fumbled twice, finishing the
 game  12-for-29  with 144  yards  for  the Aztecs  (9-4),  who  had won  their
 final  seven games  of the  regular  season. Adam  Muema carried  the ball  26
 times for  103 yards in the loss.
 
 On  the first  possession of the fourth  quarter, BYU started with the ball at
 the  50 and  was trailing by three  points. A 30-yard catch by Cody Hoffman on
 the  first  play got the team  into scoring position. Facing a 3rd-and-goal at
 the  4-yard line,  Lark's pass wasn't held  by Hoffman and King Holder came up
 with the interception to give SDSU the ball back at its own 3-yard line.
 
 However,  the Cougars  got a turnover of  their own on the next play. Dingwell
 dropped  back  into the end  zone and had  his arm hit  by Van Noy, losing the
 ball.  Van  Noy then recovered it  in the end zone  to give the Cougars a 10-6
 lead with 12:32 to play.
 
 "Turnovers  were  huge for us," Van  Noy said. "I  think that when we got that
 first turnover, I think that changed the momentum of the game."
 
 Things  went from bad to worse on the Aztecs' next play as Dingwell mishandled
 the  snap and BYU  recovered at the 14. Williams followed that with a run into
 the  end zone  and, after the extra point  was missed, it was a 16-6 game with
 12:15 to play.
 
 After  an  exchange of punts, Van  Noy again made a  big play as he picked off
 Dingwell  and took it into the end zone from 17 yards out for a 23-6 lead with
 6:09 to play to seal the win.
 
 "We  had  a good season, it  didn't end the  right way," San Diego State coach
 Rocky  Long  lamented. "Couple of things  happened that might have changed the
 momentum  the other way,  they didn't. We turned the ball over way too much in
 the second half. It's a simple game."
 
 BYU  grabbed a turnover on the first possession of the game as a Dingwell pass
 was tipped by his receiver into the hands of Ezekiel Ansah, who held on to the
 ball to give the Cougars the ball at their own 36.
 
 BYU  was unable to take advantage of the gift and had to punt, with the Aztecs
 getting  the ball back  at their own 38 after Riley Stephenson's boot went out
 of bounds after just 29 yards.
 
 Facing a 3rd-and-9, SDSU converted with a 15-yard catch by Dominique Sandifer.
 The  next  play saw a 34-yard  catch-and-run by Muema  down to the BYU 12. The
 drive  stalled and a 27-yard field goal from Chance Marden gave the team a 3-0
 lead with 8:31 to play in the first.
 
 The Aztecs ended the first quarter with the ball and a 15-yard run by Muema on
 the final play of the quarter moved the ball into Cougars territory. A 24-yard
 catch  by  Gavin Escobar moved  the ball to the  BYU 25. Facing 4th-and-3, the
 team  went for it and got an 8-yard catch by Chad Young. That led to a 23-yard
 field goal from Marden for a 6-0 lead with 10:46 left in the half.
 
 Following  an  exchange of punts, SDSU  nearly had a touchdown as Eric Pinkins
 picked  off the ball on a deflection and took it into the end zone. An illegal
 block, though, brought it back to the BYU 29.
 
 The  Aztecs wound  up losing seven yards  in the series and had to punt, which
 saw the ball go for a touchback.
 
 On  3rd-and-10  from the SDSU  44, Devin Mahina caught  a 38-yard pass and BYU
 called timeout with nine seconds to play. After one shot at the end zone which
 fell  incomplete, Justin  Sorensen kicked a 23-yard field goal to end the half
 at 6-3.
 
 Brigham Young began the second half with the ball and got across midfield, but
 on  a 2nd-and-10 Lark heaved the ball downfield and Rene Siluano picked it off
 to give it to SDSU at its own 20.
 
 The  team didn't  get a  first down,  though, and  Seamus McMorrow's  punt was
 partially  blocked, giving BYU the ball back at its own 35. The team failed to
 get a first down, though, and punted the ball back.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 BYU  improved to  13-17-1 in bowl contests  ... San Diego State fell to 5-6 in
 bowl  action ...  BYU holds  a 28-7-1  in the  series, including  wins in  six
 straight ... Hoffman led all receivers with 10 catches for 114 yards.
 
 12/21 01:16:33 ET