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Engemann establishes himself as BYU starter
Associated Press


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Owen Pochman's 27-yard field goal in overtime capped a furious Brigham Young rally as Bret Engemann threw for 416 yards to lead the Cougars to a 38-35 victory.

Arlen Harris
Virginia running back Arlen Harris (23) holds off Brigham Young safety Elan Edwards (25).
The Cavaliers led 21-0 at halftime but the Cougars scored five second-half touchdowns, including three TD runs by Brian McDonald.

Virginia failed to score on its overtime chance when Tyson Smith picked off Dan Ellis' pass.

Brigham Young tied it at 35 with 50 seconds left on a 6-yard pass from Bret Engemann to Margin Hooks. That play capped a 49-yard drive that began when Virginia failed to convert a fourth-and-one play.

The Cavaliers then drove to the Cougars' 31, but David Greene's 48-yard field-goal attempt with five seconds left missed wide left.

Virginia's trio of Arlen Harris, Antwoine Womack and Tyree Foreman filled in nicely for the departed Thomas Jones, each scoring a touchdown and combining for 159 yards on 21 first-half carries.

Just like last year's game in Provo, Utah, Virginia took a 21-0 first-half lead. Unlike last year, when the Cavaliers held on for a 45-40 victory, the Cougars finished the comeback.

Engemann threw for 215 yards in the third-quarter alone.

The Cavaliers opened the game with an eight-play, 80-yard drive capped by Harris' 27-yard TD run. A 26-yard pass from Ellis to Billy McMullen on third-and-8 kept the drive alive.

Virginia made it 14-0 on a 95-yard, second-quarter drive that included a 42-yard bomb from Ellis to Demetrius Dotson. Womack finished the drive with a 4-yard TD run.

Foreman became the third Virginia running back to score on a 5-yard dash with 7:44 remaining in the second quarter.

Brigham Young moved the ball into Virginia territory several times in the first half, but mistakes stopped the Cougars each time. Receiver Mike Rigell fumbled at the 16 after being hit by safety Jerton Evans, and four sacks in the first half knocked the Cougars out of field-goal range on two drives.

The Cougars didn't score until their opening drive of the second half. They then scored touchdowns on their first two drives of the second half - both 80-yard drives, both ending on TD runs by Brian McDonald.

Engemann twice threw interceptions in his own territory, and the Cavaliers followed both picks with touchdowns.

Engemann struck back immediately after his second interception, connecting with Jonathan Pittman on a 70-yard pass on the final play of the third quarter.

Before the game, Virginia dedicated its newly renovated Scott Stadium, which added 16,500 seats to increase capacity to 61,500. Attendance was 60,435, the largest crowd ever to watch a college game in Virginia.