BOISE, Idaho — Adam Muema ran for 230 yards and three touchdowns and Quinn Kaehler threw two scoring passes in San Diego State’s 49-24 victory over Buffalo on Saturday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
The Aztecs took control at the midway point, putting up 21 straight points during a five-minute span in the second and third quarters. The scoring frenzy was fueled by two Buffalo turnovers, the first when safety Marcus Anderson picked off an errant pass by Joe Licata to set up Kaehler’s first touchdown toss to put the Aztecs up 28-10 at the half.
Buffalo coughed up the ball on the opening kick in the third quarter, setting up the Aztecs at the Bulls’ 26. Five plays later, Kaehler fired an 11-yard pass to tight end Adam Roberts in the back of the end zone to stretch the lead to 35-10.
The Aztecs (8-5, 6-2 Mountain West) won eight of their last 10 games. The victory is their first in the postseason since 2010 when they beat Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl and the first postseason victory outside San Diego city limits since 1969.
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Kaehler was 15 of 28 passing for 211 yards. His 29-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was his first rushing score of the season.
After getting off to a slow start, Muema picked things up in the second quarter, breaking off several long runs to keep Aztec drives alive. He finished with 230 yards on 28 carries, his fourth career game with more than 200 yards rushing. The Aztecs rolled up 460 total yards on offense.
For Buffalo (8-5, 6-2 Mid-American Conference), playing in its second bowl game in the team’s 100-year history, not much went right.
The Bulls managed just 309 yards total offense. Running back Branden Oliver rushed for 114 yards on 28 carries.
NEW ORLEANS — Corey Trim returned an interception 82 yards for a touchdown, Hunter Stover hit a go-ahead 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, and Louisiana-Lafayette held off Tulane 24-21 for its third straight New Orleans Bowl victory.
Tulane set up for a 48-yard field-goal try in the final seconds, but Cairo Santos, the 2012 Lou Groza award winner as the nation’s best kicker, missed just left.
Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had touchdowns runs for the Ragin’ Cajuns (9-4), who led 21-0 on Trim’s interception of Nick Montana. But Tulane rallied to tie it at 21 on three TD runs by Orleans Darkwa.
Devin Powell replaced Montana, the onetime Husky quarterback, in the first half and passed for 223 yards for Tulane (7-6).