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COLLEGE FOOTBALL : Far West Roundup : Aztecs Routed at Wyoming

October 04, 1987|From Times Wire Services

Craig Burnett tied a school record by throwing four touchdown passes Saturday as Wyoming erupted for 35 points in the second half en route to a 52-10 rout of defending Western Athletic Conference champion San Diego State at Laramie, Wyo.

Burnett, who completed 18 of 31 passes for 257 yards, played just three quarters for Wyoming, 3-2 overall and 2-0 in conference, against an Aztec team that dropped to 1-4 overall and 1-2 in the WAC.

San Diego State's Todd Santos was 16 of 35 for 150 yards but completed only one pass in the second half.

Santos also was sacked three times and two passes intercepted, with one interception returned for a touchdown.

Wyoming, which turned the ball over 18 times in its first 4 games, gave the ball away once Saturday on a late fourth-quarter fumble while coming up with 5 turnovers against San Diego State.

"We'll spread the blame around to everyone," Aztec Coach Denny Stolz said afterward. "We're not going to start benching guys or anything . . . We'll just go back to work and put things back together."

Air Force 48, Utah 27--At Colorado Springs, Colo., quarterback Dee Dowis rushed for a school-record 241 yards and scored 2 touchdowns to lead the Falcons to a Western Athletic Conference victory over the Utes.

Dowis carried 19 times to break a 17-year-old Air Force single-game rushing record of 207 yards, set in 1970 by Brian Bream against Navy.

Dowis' two touchdown runs, of 20 and 25 yards, brought the Falcons back from a 7-0 deficit in the first quarter and put the conference's top running team on the path to a school-record 637 yards in total offense.

Utah's passing attack, No. 1 in the WAC, amassed 440 yards but did not get on track until the game was out of reach.

The Utes' seven fumbles, three of them resulting in turnovers, kept Utah, 3-2 and 1-2, out of the Air Force end zone until late in the game. The victory boosted Air Force's record to 4-1 and 3-1.

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