6:00 PM ET, November 12, 2005
War Memorial Stadium, LITTLE ROCK, AR
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- Usually Brigham Young prefers to throw the ball, but the Cougars had no trouble racking up rushing yards against Wyoming.
BYU had 267 yards on the ground Saturday -- nearly double its season average -- in a 35-21 victory over the Cowboys that gives BYU its first winning regular season since 2001.
Curtis Brown had 153 of those yards, plus two touchdowns, to lead BYU (6-4, 5-2 Mountain West Conference) to its third straight victory.
"They are coached well, they are patient and they have the talent to make big plays," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "Flat out, our offense is difficult to stop."
The Cougars averaged 143 yards through their first eight games. Quarterback John Beck, who had previously averaged 320 yards a game passing, had just 179 yards passing against the Cowboys (4-6, 2-5), who lost their fifth in a row.
But Beck connected with 11 different receivers. Leading them was Jonny Harline, who had four receptions for 28 yards and two touchdowns. "We are not led by just one player," Beck said. "We are a team. And that's why it is so hard to stop us."
Wyoming was plagued by turnovers: three fumbles and two interceptions. "They all were just devastating to me," coach Joe Glenn said. "It's just demoralizing.
"I'm just wiped out about fumbles and interceptions. Can't do it. Can't win games."
As with the Cowboys' other five conference losses this season, the loss came down not only to an abundance of turnovers, but to their timing.
All three fumbles were recovered by Justin Luettgerodt, who also effectively ended the game by intercepting Corey Bramlet late in the fourth quarter.
"We were able to get to Bramlet and made him rush some throws," BYU linebacker Cameron Jensen said. "That's why we got the turnovers that we did."
Bramlet was also intercepted by Corby Hodgkiss late in the first half.
And perhaps most painfully for the Cowboys, they had an opportunity to tie the game; a 2-yard touchdown run by Wynel Seldon in the third quarter brought Wyoming within 28-21, and the Cowboys drove inside the BYU 10-yard line, but a fumble shut them down on BYU's 7.
The Cougars' next possession included runs of 45 and 24 yards by Beck and Brown, helping put BYU in range for Harline to score on a 12-yard pass, the last score of the game.
The Cougars led 28-14 at halftime.
With the score tied 14-14 in the second quarter, Brown put BYU ahead on a 6-yard run. The Cowboys fumbled on their next possession and Naufahu Tahi ran in from 3 yards seven plays later.
Wyoming got on the board 7-0 on a 21-yard reception by Bouknight. Brown ran in a 6-yard touchdown and Harline caught a 14-yard pass to put BYU ahead 14-7.
Seldon tied the game on a 69-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. He finished with 110 yards.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||11-16||7-9|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-1|
|TD||13:32||JOVON BOUKNIGHT 21 YD PASS FROM COREY BRAMLET (DERIC YAUSSI KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||8:50||CURTIS BROWN 6 YD RUN (JARED MCLAUGHLIN KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 84 yards.
|TD||2:16||JONNY HARLINE 14 YD PASS FROM JOHN BECK (JARED MCLAUGHLIN KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 34 yards.
|TD||1:11||WYNELL SELDON 69 YD RUN (DERIC YAUSSI KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||7:50||CURTIS BROWN 6 YD RUN (JARED MCLAUGHLIN KICK)|
Drive info: 17 plays, 89 yards.
|TD||4:21||NAUFAHU TAHI 1 YD RUN (JARED MCLAUGHLIN KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 33 yards.
|TD||10:12||WYNELL SELDON 2 YD RUN (DERIC YAUSSI KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 43 yards.
|TD||0:46||JONNY HARLINE 6 YD PASS FROM JOHN BECK (JARED MCLAUGHLIN KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 94 yards.