December 21, 2012
BYU outscored San Diego State 20-0 in the fourth quarter of the Poinsettia Bowl and the Cougars pocketed their fourth consecutive bowl win, 23-6.
The Aztecs took a 6-3 lead into the final period until the BYU defense registered the game's first touchdown when Kyle Van Noy knocked the ball out of Adam Dingwell's hand as he tried to pass from his own end zone and recovered the ruled fumble for a 10-6 advantage with 12:32 to play.
San Diego State had thwarted a BYU scoring opportunity on the previous play by picking off a James Lark pass.
After the BYU score, Dingwell fumbled the first snap and Jamaal Williams scored on a 14-yard run on the very next play to give BYU its second touchdown in 17 seconds.
Victory was sealed when Van Noy scored on a 17-yard interception return with just over 6 minutes left in the game. For good measure, Dingwell was picked off again to end the Aztecs' next drive.
The loss ended a 7-game winning streak for San Diego State which was hoping to cement its first 10-win season since 1977. The Aztecs fell to 2-6 all-time in bowl games.
BYU is 13-17-1 overall in bowl games, but has won 6 of its last 7. The Cougars are 6-2 in bowl games under head coach Bronco Mendenhall.
The Congrove Computer Rankings had projected BYU as a 7.67-point winner.