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San Diego State 49, Buffalo 24

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BOISE, ID -- San Diego State junior running back Adam Muema, playing what is likely to be his last college game, rushed for 229 yards and three touchdowns as the Aztecs rolled past the Buffalo Bulls 49-24 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday.

Muema was named game MVP after gaining the third-most rushing yards in the Potato Bowl's 17-game history. He scored on touchdowns runs of 3, 8 and 30 yards among his 28 carries for San Diego State (8-5).

Junior quarterback Quinn Kaehler, a walk on who helped rescue San Diego State's season after a dismal 0-3 start, threw two touchdowns and rushed for one, his first rushing score of the season.

Kaehler's 29-yard run around the right end opened the scoring in the first quarter. Muema pushed it to 14-0 with a 3-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. Buffalo cut the deficit to 14-10 in the second quarter, but San Diego State scored three touchdowns in 2:43 at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second to extend its lead to 42-10.

Buffalo (8-5) turned the ball over twice in that span -- an interception by quarterback Joe Licata and a fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half by Boise Ross.

Buffalo turned the ball over three times in the game. All three led to San Diego State touchdowns. The Bulls entered the game with just 12 turnovers on the season, the fifth-best mark in the nation.

Turnovers had been a negative for San Diego State, which ranked 113th nationally in turnover margin at minus-12.

Buffalo forced a fumble on San Diego State's second possession with All-America linebacker Khalil Mack recovering. But the Bulls offense, as was the case for most of the game, did little. Buffalo didn't achieve its first first-down until the second quarter.

Licata completed 13-of-30 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns and one interception. Branden Oliver, Buffalo's all-time leading rusher, had 114 yards on 28 carries.

NOTES: The game attracted 21,951 fans to Bronco Stadium, the third-smallest crowd in the history of Boise's bowl. ... San Diego State was making its fourth consecutive bowl appearance, a school record. ... Buffalo was just its second bowl appearance in school history. ... San Diego State junior RB Muema tweeted earlier in the week that he was headed to the NFL draft, but quickly deleted it. ... Buffalo LB Khalil Mack, the NCAA's all-time leader in forced fumbles (16) and tied for the NCAA mark in tackles for loss (75.0), was largely a non-factor. An expected first-round NFL draft pick, Mack had six tackles, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery.
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