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2012 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
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Date December 20, 2012
Season 2012
Stadium Qualcomm Stadium
Location San Diego, California
MVP Offense: Cody Hoffman BYU Wide Receiver
Defense: Kyle Van Noy BYU Linebacker
Favorite BYU by 2[1]
Referee Tony Cannella (MAC) [2]
Attendance 35,442
Payout US$500,000 per team
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN[3]
Announcers: Carter Blackburn (Play-by-play)
Rod Gilmore (Analyst)
Jemele Hill (Sidelines)
Poinsettia Bowl
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The 2012 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl is a post-season American college football bowl game held on December 20, 2012 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California in the United States. The eighth edition of the Poinsettia Bowl began at 5:00 p.m. PST and aired on ESPN. It featured the Mountain West Conference co-champion San Diego State Aztecs (whose regular home stadium is Qualcomm) against the BYU Cougars (which had been in the MW until 2011 before playing as an FBS independent), and was be the final game of the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season for both teams. The Cougars accepted their invitation after earning a 6–4 record in their first ten games of the season (and would finish 7-5), while the Aztecs accepted their invitation after finishing with a 9-3 record in their season


In 2009, the Poinsettia Bowl announced that it had extended its agreement to continue to feature the Mountain West's second bowl-eligible team until at least 2013.[4] In addition, BYU has a three-year deal to play in the Poinsettia Bowl should they not qualify for a Bowl Championship Series game.[5]

This was the thirty-sixth meeting between these two teams. BYU leads the all-time record 28-7-1. The last time they played was in 2010.


The Cougars' season followed a specific pattern for the first ten games, winning their first two games, losing their next two, winning their next two, losing their next two, and again winning their next two. After defeating the Idaho Vandals to bring their season record to 6–4, the Cougars accepted the second invitation of the 2012–13 NCAA Bowl season to the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl.[5] BYU finished the regular season with a 7–5 record.

San Diego State

The Aztecs are on a seven game winning streak, with their last loss coming from a game against Fresno State on September 29. After defeating the Wyoming Cowboys, the Aztecs accepted an invitation to the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl.[6] San Diego State finished the regular season with a 9–3 record.

This will be the Aztecs' second Poinsettia Bowl, following the 2010 game where they defeated the Navy Midshipmen by a score of 35-14. It will also be the Aztecs' final game as a member of the Mountain West before they move to the Big East Conference in 2013.

Game summary

Scoring summary

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring Information Score
Plays Yards TOP Brigham Young San Diego St.
1 8:31 8 52 3:13 San Diego State 27-yard field goal by Chance Marden 0 3
2 10:46 10 61 5:14 San Diego State 23-yard field goal by Chance Marden 0 6
2 0:00 12 74 2:07 Brigham Young 23-yard field goal by Justin Sorensen 3 6
4 12:32 Brigham Young Fumble recovery returned 3 yards for touchdown by Kyle Van Noy, Justin Sorensen kick good 10 6
4 12:15 1 14 :05 Brigham Young Jamaal Williams 14-yard touchdown run, Justin Sorensen kick no good 16 6
4 6:09 Brigham Young Interception returned 17 yards for touchdown by Kyle Van Noy, Justin Sorensen kick good 23 6
"TOP" = Time of Possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 23 6


Statistics BYU SDSU
First Downs 17 13
Total offense, plays - yards 74-296 68-263
Rushes-yards (net) 30-52 39-119
Passing yards (net) 244 144
Passes, Comp-Att-Int 23-44 -3 12-29 - 3
Time of Possession 29:04 30:56



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