PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A long layoff wasn't a problem for Brigham
The Cougars quickly answered any questions about how they would
return after a week off by scoring three touchdowns in the first
quarter and gaining 574 yards of offense in a 52-7 win over UNLV on
John Beck passed for four touchdowns and ran for a score and
Curtis Brown rushed for 148 yards to move into second on BYU's
career rushing list in another offensive outburst for the Cougars
(5-2, 3-0 Mountain West).
But the defense also stood out Saturday, forcing six turnovers
and allowing the Rebels (1-6, 0-3) just one touchdown.
"They create a lot of momentum," Beck said. "Right now I
think our defense is playing great."
Beck was 18-for-23 for 250 yards and had his second straight
game with four touchdown passes.
Brown went from fourth to second on BYU's rushing list with 20
carries for 148 yards, giving him 2,717 yards in his career. He
needs 253 yards to match Jamal Willis' school record of 2,970
"It's a lot of fun, but I'm more excited that we got the win
today. I've never been on a team that's just won -- just dominated
as well as we have," Brown said.
Mike Hague added an 87-yard run late in the fourth quarter for
his first career touchdown and finished with 123 yards, giving the
Cougars two 100-yard rushers in a game for the first time in five
UNLV lost its sixth in a row, the school's longest streak since
the Rebels lost the last five games of 1997 and went 0-11 in 1998.
"It was just a bad, bad game," UNLV coach Mike Sanford said.
"Give credit to BYU. They're a good team. But we made them look
better than they were or are."
Rocky Hinds completed 16 of 32 passes for 205 yards and a
touchdown, but also had three of UNLV's four interceptions. The
Rebels also lost two fumbles, giving them 10 turnovers in the past
Hinds' 3-yard touchdown pass to Casey Flair with 7:48 left in
the second quarter was UNLV's only score.
Even after the Cougars pulled their starters for the fourth
quarter, BYU still gained 127 yards and scored 10 points in the
"I told our team if I was a professor and I was grading this
class, I'd give us an 'F'," Sanford said.
UNLV lost backup quarterback Shane Steichen was carted off the
field with his right leg in an aircast. Steichen broke and
dislocated his ankle when he was tackled during a 17-yard run in
the third quarter. Running back Erick Jackson was on crutches after
the game with a broken bone in his leg.
Brigham Young remained unbeaten in the Mountain West and visits
Air Force next week. About all that went wrong for the Cougars two
weeks after beating San Diego State 47-17 was 12 penalties for 114
"It's just something now that I think I need to go back and
focus on a bit more as we did not at all in the bye week," coach
Bronco Mendenhall said. "I thought we had that addressed."
Other than the penalties, Mendenhall didn't have much to
Beck and Brown got to sit out the fourth quarter after the
Cougars took a 42-7 lead on a 20-yard pass to Jacobson, who also
caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Beck in the second quarter.
BYU scored touchdowns on its first three possessions, needing
just six plays to take the opening kickoff 81 yards for a score and
following that with two more scores off of two turnovers.
After Justin Robinson's interception gave the Cougars the ball
at their own 14, Beck completed the 86-yard drive on a 1-yard
touchdown run with 5:32 left in the first quarter. UNLV fumbled a
handoff on first down and the Cougars recovered at the 19.
Nathan Meikle made a diving, over-the-shoulder catch to put the
ball at the 1, then Brown added another 1-yard touchdown to put the
Cougars up 21-0 with 3:50 left in the first quarter.
The first time BYU had the ball but failed to scored was in the
second quarter, when the Cougars had first-and-goal from the 8 and
John Guice intercepted Beck's pass in the end zone.
Beck put BYU ahead 7-0 on short pass to Harline, who easily
broke a feeble tackle attempt and ran it for a 48-yard touchdown.