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Poinsettia Bowl: BYU (7-5) vs. San Diego State (9-3)

BYU and San Diego State with on Thursday, play for the 2012 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Trophy at Qualcomm Stadium.

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Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012
5 p.m. PT
Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, Calif.

Tonight’s meeting will be the 36th between the teams, with the Cougars dominating the series, 27-7-1, over the Aztecs. The clash between the two former conference rivals went to BYU, who edged San Diego 24-21.

On Thursday night, San Diego State may not be starting as title favourites, but the hosts will be comfortable playing in front of its very own fans.

“When we got to the point that we were bowl eligible, we were hoping we were going to get to stay here at home for a lot of reasons,” coach Rocky Long, who was named Mountain West coach of the year said.

“We wanted to stay home and play in front of and give our fans a chance to see us in a bowl game.”

Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Radio, KSL Radio 1160 AM, 102.7 FM and The trophy presentation will be aired live on


BYU is playing in its eighth consecutive bowl game, the longest streak since a string of 17 straight from 1978-94. The Cougars have the opportunity to extend their bowl win streak to four, building on their current school record of three. BYU has won five of its last six bowl games and this will mark its 31st bowl appearance. San Diego State is heading to a program-best third consecutive bowl game and eighth overall.

San Diego State features the No. 16 rushing offense, pitted against BYU’s No. 2 rushing defense. The Aztecs average 229.2 yards per game while the Cougars allow just 84.3 yards per game. SDSU ranks No. 28 in scoring offense at 35.1 points per game while BYU yields just 14.7 points, No. 5 nationally.