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San Diego State running back Kaegun Williams. Photo credit:

San Diego State (6-1) enjoyed a full-team effort Saturday and never trailed in defeating San Jose State for the seventh straight time, 27-17, at CEFCU Stadium.

Sophomore Kaegun Williams opened the game with a 95-yard kick return for touchdown. The play marked the 11th time San Diego State has returned a kickoff for a score since 2015, leading the nation.

The defense held the Spartans (3-4) well below their season averages of 29.3 points and 415.8 yards of total offense. San Jose State mustered only 17 points on 272 yards of total offense.

Senior linebacker Kyahva Tezino led the way with 10 tackles for the Aztecs.

The Aztecs flexed their muscles in the running game, rushing for 260 yards and a pair of scores. Senior running back Juwan Washington led the way with 78 yards on 16 carries. He scored a touchdown for the third consecutive game.

San Diego State’s blueprint for success held true. The team, which entered the game ranked second nationally in turnover margin and third in time of possession, led the Spartans in both categories. The Aztecs were +1 in turnover margin and owned a 20:34 advantage in time of possession.

“Turnovers usually make the difference between winning and losing, and I would guess that would happen this week,” head coach Rocky Long said earlier this week.

Added Luq Barcoo, “Every game that we go into, it’s my goal to create turnovers and give our offense a chance to score. That’s definitely my goal going into the game, and our goal as a defense.”

The Aztecs won for the third straight game, improving to 43-2 the last 45 times they have rushed for at least 200 yards.

SDSU, 6-1 after seven games for the fourth straight season, will hit the road next Saturday, to play at UNLV.

– Staff reports