PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Wyoming coach Joe Glenn never expected the
BYU football team to run the ball the way they did Saturday night.
The Cougars rushed for 237 yards on 44 carries and beat Wyoming
23-14 at Lavell Edwards Stadium.
"They took it to us in an area I didn't think they could,"
Glenn said. "They trucked us and ran over us. We knew they had
good backs. We just didn't think they could run on us like that. We
have to learn how to run the ball better and we have to learn how
to stop the run. Until we do, we're going to end up in this
position a lot."
BYU sophomore running back led the ground attack with 159 yards
rushing on 24 carries and 1 touchdown. He also threw a 40-yard
touchdown pass in the first quarter to freshman receiver Austin
Collie in the first half.
Fahu Tahi added another 70 yards rushing and a touchdown in the
"Early in the game we did some good things and we kept running
it," BYU coach Gary Crowton said. "Curtis did a good job and so
did Fahu coming in. We tried to keep them rotating to keep them
The win ups the Cougars record to 3-4 and 2-1 in the Mountain
West Conference. Wyoming dropped to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in
conference play. The Cowboys have yet to win on the road this
season and haven't won in Provo since 1987.
"It feels good to win," Crowton said. "The number one thing
tonight was that the defense played strong. They've been playing
strong all year."
The Cougar defense picked off Wyoming quarterback Corey Bramlet
four times, three coming in the first half.
The Cougar offense wasn't very consistent in the first half
either. BYU turned the ball over three times. Brown and Bryce
Mahuika each fumbled and John Beck threw a first quarter
interception. Beck completed 10 of 24 passes for 139 yards.
Despite the turnovers, BYU still led 10-6 at halftime. On BYU's
first possession of the game, Brown connected with a wide open
Collie on a 40-yard left-handed halfback pass with 10:46 left in
the first quarter.
"We've been practicing that for the last three weeks," Crowton
said. "I've been waiting for the right time to call it. We felt
like this was the right time."
In the first quarter, Brown accounted for 95 of the teams 96
yards. Cowboy kicker Deric Yaussi connected on field goals of 45
and 40 and BYU kicker Matt Payne added a 46-yard field goal right
Wyoming took a 13-10 lead with 2:26 left in the third quarter
when Bramlet connected with Jovon Bouknight on a 35-yard touchdown
reception. Bramlet finished the game with 219 yards passing on
"We gave a real good effort," Glenn said. "It just wasn't
enough. I thought BYU played a very spirited game."
Following the Cowboy touchdown, BYU regained the lead at 17-13
when Brown scored the go ahead touchdown on a 10-yard run with
13:37 left in the game. Tahi added a 15-yard touchdown run with
2:06 remaining to up the lead to 24-13.
"We tried to keep their covers and safeties out of the box,"
Crowton said. "When we did that we just tried to pound it out in
the second half. We got Wyoming all lathered up looking for the
pass and then we were able to run the ball."