Oct. 7, 2000
By ROBERT W. BLACK
Associated Press Writer
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Lon Sheriff threw his first two career touchdown passesand Larry Ned had two scoring runs as San Diego State beat Wyoming 34-0 onSaturday.
San Diego State (1-4, 1-0 Mountain West) avoided its first 0-5 start in 78years of football. Only once did Wyoming (1-5, 0-2) penetrate the Aztecs' 48,after a third-quarter fumble recovery, but muffed its only field-goal attempt.
Sheriff, who completed 19 of 27 passes for 317 yards, threw a 40-yarder toDerrick Lewis to put the Aztecs up 31-0 with 10 minutes left in the thirdquarter.
His first career TD pass, a 9-yarder to Sean Pierce, boosted the lead to24-0 with 3:09 left in the first half.
San Diego State kept Wyoming's offense bottled up throughout. The Cowboysdid not pick up a first down rushing until the third quarter, and the Aztecsoutgained the Cowboys 434-184.
San Diego State's J.R. Tolver had seven catches for 129 yards, both careerbests.
Ned, who led all rushers with 59 yards, dived in from a yard out to make it17-0 midway through the second quarter.
Two first-quarter Wyoming turnovers helped San Diego State to a 10-0 lead.
Donte Gamble's interception and Will Demp's recovery of Nate Scott's fumbleled to Nate Tandberg's 46-yard field goal and Ned's 2-yard TD run.
Early in the third quarter, the Cowboys had their best chance to score afterTyler Gottschalk and Lamar James stripped the ball from Ned, and Gottschalkrecovered at the Aztecs' 18.
A field goal try, however, was thwarted by a bad snap.
San Diego State entered the game 112th nationally in scoring offense, 6.5points per game, and 107th in total offense, 248 yards per game, but compiled117 on the ground and 317 through the air.
The Cowboys had not been shut out at home since 1984, a 21-0 loss to SanDiego State.
Tandberg, who had field goals of 46 and 29 yards, moved ahead of ArtPreston, Paul Hewitt and George Jones into fourth on San Diego State's scoringchart with 209 points.
Jay Stoner, who completed 19-of-29 passes for 147 yards and was interceptedonce, became Wyoming's No. 2 total offense leader with 6,826 yards. He movedahead of Josh Wallwork, who had 6,753 from 1995 to 1996 and needs 816 to catchTom Corontzos, who had 7,642 yards from 1988 to 1991.
San Diego State had only six sacks entering the game but finished with fourmore.
Amon Arnold led the Aztecs' defense with two forced fumbles and a sack.