5-7, 2-5 Conf
5-6, 3-4 Conf

Utes send BYU to first losing record in 29 years


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah running back Brandon Warfield may
have been exhausted, but his coach really needed him.

"I'm tired, Coach,'' he told Utah coach Ron McBride on the
sideline in the fourth quarter.

"It's no time to be tired. You've got to finish this game for
me,'' McBride said.

Warfield finished the game, and finished big with 194 yards --
the most ever for a Utah rusher against BYU. And he scored the
game's only touchdown as the Utes defeated the Cougars 13-6,
ensuring BYU's first losing season in 29 years.

Warfield carried the ball 40 times, the second-most in Utah
history, in an effort to save his coach's job.

"We were playing for coach. We finished the game strong and we
finished the season strong,'' Warfield said as the Utes won their
third straight game.

McBride, in his 13th season, has coached Utah to six bowl games
since 1992 but came under fire when Utah -- the preseason Mountain
West Conference favorites -- were mired in a six-game midseason
losing streak.

"This is the only place I want to coach. If they get rid of me
now, this was a great way to go out,'' he said.

Utah (5-6, 3-4 Mountain West) controlled the ball throughout the
game, but a missed field goal with 2:09 left gave the Cougars (5-7,
2-5) a final chance.

Quarterback Bret Engemann, the former starter who was forced
back into action after Matt Berry and Lance Pendleton were injured,
moved the Cougars into Utah territory before Josh Savage sacked
Engemann on fourth down to seal the victory.

"Every year is different. We just didn't make the plays we made
last year,'' BYU coach Gary Crowton said.

BYU hasn't had a losing season since 1973, when it went 5-6 in
coach LaVell Edwards' second season.

Warfield's 194 yards rushing were the most ever by a player in
the series. BYU finished with minus-2 yards on the ground.

"I told them we needed to take the game over physically,''
McBride said, recounting his halftime speech when Utah trailed 6-0.
"Then we started dominating the line of scrimmage in the second

Utah stopped two BYU drives in the fourth quarter with
turnovers. Brooks Bahr recovered a missed handoff from Berry, who
was hurt in the scramble for the loose ball, at the Utah 10.

On the Cougars' next drive, Sheldon Deckart intercepted backup
Pendleton, leading to Bryan Borreson's 22-yard field goal and a
13-6 advantage with 7:09 left.

"We never let up on defense today. We stayed in their faces the
whole game,'' Deckart said.

BYU got two field goals by Matt Payne but lost a fumble at the
Utah goal line with 1:22 left before halftime.

With the victory, Utah won the Beehive Boot, which is awarded to
the Utah team with the best record in in-state games.

It was the 79th meeting between the rivals since 1922. Utah
leads the series 46-28-4, though BYU had won three straight in Salt
Lake City.

"I don't have words to describe how I am feeling right now. We
gave Coach Mac extra effort and we controlled the game,'' Utah
safety Antwoine Sanders said.

McBride, who is 6-7 against BYU, has helped make the rivalry
competitive again after the Cougars had won 10 of 11 against Utah.

Utah fans stormed the field, tore down the goal posts, and
carried McBride around the field, chanting, "Keep Coach Mac!''

"It's been tough throughout the season, but this is awesome. It
doesn't get better than this right here,'' McBride said.

"We got a lot of support from my ex-players. My players, now
and then, are my family,'' he said. "They shouldn't break this
family up.''


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