SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jordan Byrd ran for two touchdowns and San Diego State scored 24 points in the third quarter to pull away from Towson 48-21.
Chris Ferguson threw a 19-yard scoring pass to Jerry Howard Jr. to give the feisty Tigers a 7-0 lead with 5:36 left in the first quarter.
The Aztecs regrouped to shut the door on Towson by scoring two touchdowns within the first five minutes after the break.
Trenton Thompson returned a blocked punt 11 yards 58 seconds in and Byrd’s 55-yard jaunt ended Towson’s upset hopes.
Chris Ferguson finished with three TD passes for Towson.