BYU Wins Defensive Tussle, 23-6
SAN DIEGO (AP)- BYU is this year's Poinsettia Bowl champion -- and the Cougars did it with defense.
Linebacker Kyle Van Noy forced a fumble in the end zone and recovered it for a touchdown, and scored on a 17-yard interception return, both in the fourth quarter, to lead BYU to a 23-6 victory over San Diego State.
Van Noy scored the game's first TD when he hit Adam Dingwell in the end zone, forcing and recovering a fumble for a 10-6 lead.
BYU finished 8-5 with four of the Cougars' losses coming by a total of 16 points. San Diego State, playing in its hometown bowl for the second time in three years, finished 9-4.