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Quarterback Ryan Agnew hands off to Chase Jazmin for a San Diego State touchdown. The 2-yard run capped a 75-yard drive. Photo credit: Screenshot, @SDSUFootball, via Twitter.

Ryan Agnew passed for a career-high 293 yards and Matt Araiza kicked three field goals as San Diego State defeated UCLA at the Rose Bowl 23-14.

Saturday’s victory marked the Aztecs’ first win over the Bruins.

The Aztecs were 0-21-1 against UCLA coming into the game.

Agnew completed 23 of 31 passes while Kobe Smith had seven receptions for 131 yards.

“We wanted to make history and be the first team to beat UCLA,” the quarterback said. “We came out prepared, we were excited, we were happy. We got to play in a monumental stadium in the Rose Bowl. Offense, defense and special teams brought it. It was a good team win.”

San Diego State (2-0) took a 10-7 lead during the final minute in the first quarter as Araiza hit a career-best 43-yard field goal.

The Aztecs took a 10-point lead with 12:50 remaining in the third quarter when Agnew connected with Smith for a 36-yard touchdown. Smith caught the ball at the Bruins 6 and dragged defensive back Jay Shaw into the end zone.

Ariaza later added a pair of field goals.

“San Diego State beating UCLA, if it had been two or three times, I would say it wouldn’t be unusual. But since it was the 23rd meeting and finally winning one that kind of makes it a special day,” coach Rocky Long said.

UCLA falls to 0-2. Saturday’s game drew 36,951, the smallest crowd to attend a UCLA game in 22 years.

“The fact we haven’t lost to them before means absolutely nothing … we lost to them now and it hurts,” UCLA coach Chip Kelly said.

San Diego State travels to New Mexico State next Saturday. The Aztecs have won seven straight against the Aggies.

– Staff reports