PROVO, Utah — Riley Nelson threw for 218 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 65 yards on nine carries to lead Brigham Young to a 29-16 victory over San Jose State on Saturday night.
Nelson made his first start of the season after replacing Jake Heaps in the second half of a 27-24 victory over Utah State on Sept. 30.
Michael Alisa rushed for 92 yards on 16 carries for BYU (4-2), which won its third straight game. The Spartans (2-4) had a two-game winning streak snapped.
San Jose State’s defense could not contain Nelson during the first half. He guided the Cougars to touchdowns on three straight possessions as BYU seized a 23-3 lead in the second quarter.
By halftime, Nelson had thrown for 170 yards and three touchdowns on 10-for-14 passing.
San Jose State tried to make a game of it in the second half, twice pulling within 10 points, but the Spartans could get no closer.