Linebacker Kyle Van Noy forced a fumble in the end zone and recovered it for a touchdown, and scored on a 17-yard interception return, both in the fourth quarter, to lead BYU to a 23-6 victory over San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl Thursday night in San Diego.
The big plays swung the momentum for the Cougars (8-5) in what had been a tedious defensive struggle. San Diego State (9-4), playing in the hometown bowl for the second time in three years, missed the chance for its first 10-win season since 1977 and had its seven-game winning streak snapped.
Van Noy scored the game’s first TD when he came free and hit Adam Dingwell’s arm as he started to pass in the end zone, forcing and recovering a fumble for a 10-6 lead. Dingwell fumbled the snap on SDSU’s next play from scrimmage and it was recovered by Jordan Johnson at the 14. Jamaal Williams scored on a run up the middle on the next play, BYU’s second TD in 17 seconds.
With 6:09 left, Van Noy intercepted Dingwell’s pass and weaved through traffic and into the end zone. Van Noy was selected the game’s defensive MVP.
Dingwell had five turnovers for the Aztecs, including three interceptions. Four of his turnovers came in the fourth quarter.
Duke 76, Elon 54 — Mason Plumlee had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and the No. 1 Blue Devils (11-0), playing for the second consecutive day, rolled to their 100th straight nonconference win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
One night after beating Cornell by 41 in Durham, Duke just shot 43 percent from the field. But it forced 17 turnovers and turned them into 19 points while holding the Phoenix (6-5) to five offensive rebounds. The Blue Devils had 15 offensive boards that led to 19 second-chance points.
Michigan 93, Eastern Michigan 54 — At Ann Arbor, Tim Hardaway Jr. had 17 points and a career-high seven assists to power the second-ranked Wolverines (12-0), who are off to their best start since the 1985-86 season.
BC 80, Vermont 43 — Kristen Doherty led the way for the host Eagles (6-5) with 19 points, 12 boards, 6 assists, and 4 steals. Nicole Boudreau added 13 points and Katie Zenevitch had 12. The Catamounts (3-9) were outscored, 50-17, in the second half.
Marquette 70, Dartmouth 52 — The Big Green fell to 1-9 overall (and 0-2 against the Big East) as the Golden Eagles (6-5) rolled at home. Abbey Schmitt and Faziah Steen each had 11 points for Dartmouth, which shot just 2 of 13 from 3-point range.
Marist 62, Yale 50 — The Bulldogs (3-7) couldn’t keep up with the visiting Red Foxes (5-5), who had four double-digit scorers. Sarah Halejian paced Yale with 11 points.
Sacred Heart 73, Lehigh 63 — Kiley Evans poured in 29 points and Ericka Norman had 14 assists for the Pioneers (7-4) in Bethlehem, Pa. The Mountain Hawks are 4-5.
Notre Dame 87, Kansas State 57 — Skylar Diggins scored 17 of her 22 points in the first half to lead the No. 5 Fighting Irish (8-1) past the Wildcats (7-3) in the second round of the World Vision Classic in Las Vegas.
Maryland 69, Delaware 53 — The No. 9 Terrapins (8-2) hounded All-American Elena Delle Donne (19 points) in her return from an illness and Tianna Hawkins had 16 points and 16 rebounds in the road win over the Blue Hens (5-3).
Vermont 4, Providence 4 — H.T. Lenz and Chris McCarthy scored in the third period, allowing the the Catamounts (4-8-4, 3-5-4) to tie the Friars (7-6-3, 5-4-2) in a Hockey East matchup at Schneider Arena.