Pumphrey, SDSU rout Utah State, remain unbeaten in Mountain West

San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey rushes for 181 yards and two touchdowns against the Utah State defense Friday in San Diego.

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SAN DIEGO — Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns, and San Diego State scored on six straight drives in the first half to cruise to a 48-14 victory over Utah State on Friday night.


Pumphrey had rushing touchdowns of 4 and 62 yards in the second quarter to help San Diego State build a 34-7 lead at halftime.

Chase Price added 97 yards on the ground and one touchdown for San Diego State (5-3, 4-0 Mountain West). The Aztecs have started league play with four straight wins for the first time since 1998.

San Diego State opened the scoring on Maxwell Smith’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Mikah Holder. Two plays later, Alex Barrett forced a fumble by Kent Myers and Smith finished a short drive with a 1-yard sneak.

Myers had 93 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception for Utah State (4-3, 3-1). The Aggies turned it over four times.