San Diego State senior quarterback Todd Santos found the Utah defense almost too easy.
"I had all the time I needed," he said. "We kept throwing into the middle, and it was wide open. I kept waiting for them to change their coverage, but they didn't until it was too late."
Not that Santos was complaining.
"I love games like that," he said. "I love offense."
By the time the Utes adjusted Saturday night, the Aztecs had a 45-21 halftime lead on their way to a 52-34 Western Athletic Conference victory, and Santos was more than halfway to a record-setting game.
Not only did Santos set personal highs for passing yardage (462) and completions (35) in a game, but he broke the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. record for completion percentage in a game with 35 completions or more. Santos was 35 of 42 for 83.3%. That broke the record of 81.1% set by Rick Campbell of California. Campbell completed 43 of 53 passes against Florida in 1980.