DespiteSanDiegoStatehavingthebetterrecordthisseason,BYUisfavoritetowintheSanDiegoCountyCreditUnionPoinsettiatobeplayedthisThursdayat8PMET。

BrighamYoungisfavoriteby3pointsinthecollegefootballoddsbecausetheyleadtheseriesagainstSanDiegoState26-6-1。

ItwasourhopethatSanDiegoStatewouldbetheopponentbecauseofthelong-timehistorybetweenthetwoschools,BruceBinkowski,executivedirectoroftheSanDiegoBowlGameAssociationsaid。

ButwewerentgoingtotakeSanDiegoStateat6-6。

Weprobablyhavetakenthemat7-5,butitwasntaslamdunkthattheAztecswouldbeavailable。

Sowhentheyfinished9-3andgotpassedupbytheLasVegasBowlandwegetthesecondpickoutoftheconferencewegrabbedthem。

Itjustworkedoutperfectlyforus。

Wecouldntbehappier,foralotofreasons。

AlotofwhatIvelearnedcoaching-wise,especiallythedefensiveside,hascomefromhim,saidBYUcoachBroncoMendenhallsaidofRockyLong。

Itsauniquechancetoplayagainstamentorandafriend。

TheAztecsare3-7ATSinitslast10gameswhenplayingtheCougars,andthetotalhasgoneOVERin4ofSanDiegoStateslast5gameswhenplayingathomeagainstBYU。