SAN JOSE, Calif. -- While tonight's game isn't a marquee name on BYU's schedule, the Cougars' road battle with San Jose State pits a pair of teams with postseason aspirations.
The Cougars and Spartans meet at 8:30 p.m.
Following the Cougars 52-13 victory over Idaho on Saturday, BYU (6-4) accepted an invitation to play in the 2012 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 20.
The Spartans, meanwhile, used big plays on both sides of the ball in the first half for a 47-7 win over New Mexico State in a Western Athletic Conference game.
Three touchdown plays of 50 or more yards and a 37-yard fumble return by defensive back Bene Benwikere propelled the Spartans to a 37-0 halftime lead.
The Spartans (8-2, 4-1 WAC) picked up their fourth win in a row and matched their win total of the last three seasons combined.
The defense did its part in the win coming up with the Benwikere score, three other Aggie turnovers and stopping New Mexico State on the San Jose State 1-yard line on fourth down at the end of the second quarter. The Aggies were limited to 220 yards offensively compared to San Jose State's 505 yards.
Last week, senior Riley Nelson threw for 236 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cougars to a 52-13 win over Idaho on senior night at Edwards Stadium.
Seniors Robbie Buckner, Simote Vea and Russell Tialavea had a part in three of the five turnovers that the Cougars caused in the game.
Cody Hoffman led the Cougars with 108 yards receiving on nine receptions and three touchdowns. Freshman running back Jamaal Williams had his second consecutive game of rushing for more than 100 yards, finishing with 104 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.