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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Brigham Young Cougars warm up prior to the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.

SAN DIEGO — The BYU Cougars finally got on the board just before halftime as they trail San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl, 6-3.

After a lackluster early performance, quarterback James Lark led the Cougars on a 12-play, 74-yard drive that ended in a Justin Sorenson field goal as the second quarter expired.

Lark was inconsistent through most of the first half, completing 13 of 23 passes for 116 yards. Previous starter Riley Nelson was inserted for one offensive series, but after a first-down scramble, a Nelson pass intended for Ross Apo was tipped and intercepted by San Diego State.

The Aztecs found success running the ball, with running back Adam Muema leading the way. He had 72 yards on 17 carries in the first half. But BYU's defense recovered and held the Aztecs to two field goals.

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