The play came in the fourth quarter, when senior tight end Moroni Laulu-Pututau ran a route against Liberty, secured the football with two hands, and scampered into the end zone to give the Cougars a 31-17 lead against the Flames.
By the time SUU coach Todd Simon had made it back to Cedar City from Lincoln, Nebraska, he had already cut, digested and examined several scouting videos of the Thunderbirds’ next opponent for the program’s first trip to BYU (7 p.m. MST Wednesday).
The Aztecs (1-0) suit up 15 players between 6-foot-1 inch and 6-foot-10 inches on their roster, including four at the high end. But where San Diego State really stands out is the length in the backcourt.
Alex Barcello had a career-high 17 points to go along with two assists in his BYU debut, and the Cougars canned 11 3-pointers to shoot their way to a season-opening 76-58 win over Cal State Fullerton in the Marriott Center.