San Diego State, down early Saturday, bounced back quickly in the team’s first win of the season, 38-7 over Idaho State.
The Aztecs, playing their second game in their new home, Snapdragon Stadium before 27,865 fans, pushed back after trailing 7-0, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter and adding a third before the half.
Running back Jordan Byrd had a big game, including a 66-yard punt return that tied the game at 7-7, and a 53-yard second-quarter run that put SDSU up 21-7.
Braxton Burmeister completed 15 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown, to Tyrell Shavers in the fourth quarter. The quarterback also gained 80 yards in eight carries, including a 47-yard touchdown run that put San Diego State up for good.
Jack Browning kicked a 24-yard field goal in the third quarter and Cam Davis ran three yards for the Aztecs’ final touchdown in the fourth quarter.
With the win, SDSU evened their record at 1-1 and Idaho State fell to 0-2.
San Diego State had 488 total yards, but the imbalance was clear on the rushing side. SDSU ran for 380 yards, while Idaho State only had 80.
Safety Devaughn Celestine – a walk on who earned a start Saturday – had nine tackles to lead the team. Patrick McMorris, C.J. Baskerville and Caden McDonald followed with eight each.
“He played a really good football game,” head coach Brady Hoke said of Celestine. “He made some individual tackles that we maybe didn’t make last week.”
The Aztecs travel to Salt Lake City to face Utah – No. 13, in the Associated Press Top 25 – at 7 p.m. Saturday.