10:00 PM ET, October 16, 2004
LaVell Edwards Stadium, PROVO, UT
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 win.
"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 fresh."
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 before halftime.
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 23-of-40 attempts.
"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."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-17||3-13|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||0-0|
|TD||10:46||AUSTIN COLLIE 40 YD PASS FROM CURTIS BROWN (MATT PAYNE KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 74 yards.
|FG||12:01||DERIC YAUSSI 45 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 16 yards.
|FG||4:18||MATT PAYNE 46 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 67 yards.
|FG||1:11||DERIC YAUSSI 40 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 52 yards.
|TD||2:26||JOVON BOUKNIGHT 35 YD PASS FROM COREY BRAMLET (DERIC YAUSSI KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 39 yards.
|TD||13:37||CURTIS BROWN 9 YD RUN (MATT PAYNE KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||2:06||NAUFAHU TAHI 15 YD RUN (MATT PAYNE KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 83 yards.