6:30 PM ET, November 4, 2006
Hughes Stadium, FORT COLLINS, CO
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- John Beck tried hard to show disgust as he glanced over his passing statistics. There was something missing from the quarterback's ledger after the latest BYU victory.
"There are no touchdown passes. I would have liked to have thrown a touchdown pass," he said before breaking into a grin. "But I didn't have to throw one.
Beck was 22-for-30 passing for 290 yards, an interception and no touchdown passes as BYU turned to its ground game in a 24-3 victory over Colorado State on Saturday night.
"I really don't mind because our running game was so good," said Beck, who had thrown 20 TD passes and brought the nation's sixth-best quarterback rating (172.3) into the game. "We have a more diverse offense and it takes pressure off of me."
Beck came close to throwing his 21st touchdown pass of the season late in the second quarter but instead threw his fourth interception of the year when Colorado State's Darryl Williams stepped in front of the intended receiver in the end zone.
The ground attack of BYU (7-2, 5-0 Mountain West) more than made up for Beck's one mistake
"We ran the ball very well," said BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall, who was suffering from flu-like symptoms. "I don't care how we move the ball as well as we move it.
Curtis Brown had 81 yards on 16 carries and Vakapuna ran for 38 yards in BYU's sixth straight win.
"This is the beginning of an era," Vakapuna said. "This is a new kind of offense with a new kind of mentality that features smash-mouth football."
The new look ball control offense was aided by strong defensive outing that limited Colorado State (4-5, 1-4) to 151 yards of total offense and 26 yards rushing. It was the lowest total offensive output for a CSU team since TCU held the Rams to 139 yards in the 2002 Liberty Bowl.
"That is the best team in the league," CSU Sonny Lubick said. "They harassed our quarterback, they came at us with blitzes and that gets you out of rhythm."
BYU sacked quarterback Caleb Hanie five times and knocked him down several other times. Hanie was 13-for-23 for 125 yards passing and fumbled twice as the Rams fell for the fourth consecutive time.
"We started the first drive at the 3, the next one at the 10," Lubick said. "We're having to drive 90 yards while they are driving 50."
BYU drove 50 yards on its second possession of the game to take a 7-0 lead. Zac Collie caught a 21-yard pass from Beck to get the Cougars to the 11 and two plays later Tonga scored from the 3.
Williams' third interception of the season ended BYU's next possession and briefly ignited the Rams' offense.
Colorado State managed its initial first down of the game on a 13-yard run by Nnamdi Ohaeri with 1:06 left in the first quarter and got as far as the Cougars 46. Facing a third-and-inches, Hanie fumbled the snap through his legs for a 6-yard loss before CSU had to punt the ball away.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||8-13||2-12|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-1|
|TD||6:43||MANASE TONGA 3 YD RUN (JARED MCLAUGHLIN KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 50 yards.
|FG||8:18||JASON SMITH 28 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 33 yards.
|TD||0:55||FUI VAKAPUNA 5 YD RUN (JARED MCLAUGHLIN KICK)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 76 yards.
|TD||0:22||FUI VAKAPUNA 3 YD RUN (JARED MCLAUGHLIN KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 57 yards.
|FG||7:35||JARED MCLAUGHLIN 25 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 79 yards.