LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Curtis Brown rushed for 217 yards and three
touchdowns as BYU rallied from a 27-point halftime deficit to beat
Utah State 35-34 Friday night.
Bret Engemann threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Gabriel Reid
with 6:46 left in the fourth quarter to cap the comeback. Matt
Payne's extra point put the Cougars (3-2) ahead for the first time
in the game.
Utah State (1-5) seemed in complete control when cornerback
Jerome Dennis returned an interception 75 yards on the last play of
the second quarter to give the Aggies a 34-7 lead.
Engemann's pass intended for David Christensen hung up in the
air, and Dennis stripped the ball from him the wide receiver and
zigzagged across the field for a touchdown.
But the Cougars held Utah State scoreless the entire second
half, and Brown began the comeback with a 1-yard touchdown run on
the opening drive of the third quarter.
Four minutes later, Brown ran 32 yards for another score.
Engemann completed 26 of 43 passes for 294 yards and a
touchdown. On the winning drive, he hit Toby Christensen with a
27-yard pass on 3rd-and-15 to put the Cougars at the Utah State
Aggies running back James Samuel scored a 73-yard touchdown in
the second quarter, the school's longest run since 1985 -- when Glen
Crawford went 78 yards against New Mexico State.
The loss came as independent Utah State hosted officials from
the Sun Belt Conference. School officials hope to find a conference
home for the Aggies since the Big West disbanded as a football
league two years ago.
Utah State's only win this year came against Division I-AA Idaho
State on Sept. 14.