Not only was the score impressive, it was the way that BYU achieved that score which dropped the jaw of onlookers. BYU held the 10th best running team in the nation to -2 yards.
Ah yes, maybe this is a team worth watching. Cougar fans were still doubtful about the defensive output of their team until this game – and rightfully so. BYU's average margin of victory prior to this game has not been too impressive. With a 17 point loss to USC; a three point win vs. New Mexico; five point win vs. Stanford; and a last-minute comeback vs. Air Force; fans couldn't be satisfied, but would never complain about a 6-1 record.
Until this game, BYU's high pressure defense struggled in the early going giving up most of its points in the first two quarters. One Most concerning was the amount of big plays the Cougar D gave up. Sure, BYU is ranked in the top 10 nationally for turnovers, but the fact still remains BYU was getting killed on big plays.
BYU comes into Laramie full of energy and confidence facing a Wyoming team whose only victory came on opening weekend vs. Montana State, blowing them out 48-20.
BYU takes the field first and gets down to business immediately striking gold with Marcus Whalen on the first play of the game on a draw play for a 70 yard touchdown BYU. The next series would feature a Walt Williams 65-yard interception return for a touchdown a 3-and-out and a Matt Payne field goal.
1st quarter - BYU 17 Wyoming 0
Using relentless defensive pressure, Wyoming quarterback Casey Bramlett would throw two more interceptions in the second quarter and failed on 5 of 6 third down conversions. More interceptions and more turnovers would literally hand BYU 21 points in the quarter with another interception return by Jernaro Gilford for a touchdown plus another TD scamper by Marcus Whalen. Most of the Wyoming crowd has left the stadium by halftime.
Halftime - BYU 38 Wyoming 0
Heading into the third quarter, BYU forces a three and out, followed by a sizzling punt return by Thomas Stancil to the Wyoming 45. The next play featured a 45 yard bomb into the end zone from Matt Berry to Bristol Olomua. Crowton called off the dogs early after this one and let QB reserve Todd Mortensen get some action.
3rd Quarter - BYU 45 Wyoming 0
Towards the end of the 4th quarter, Mortensen connects with Jason Kukahiko five yards out which turns into a 75-yard breakaway touchdown. Wyoming's Bramlett would finally catch a break when he burns reserve cornerback Oneil Howell for a 75-yard touchdown strike with just 10 seconds left in the game.
Final Score - BYU 52 Wyoming 7
BYU now looks forward to UNLV (6-1) in Las Vegas in front of a game regionally televised by ABC.
Stats: BYU ~ WYO 1st Downs 21 5 Total Off. 567 134 Rushes - Yds. 45 - 167 32 - 22 Comp-Att-TD 15 - 26 - 5 19 36 - 0 Pass Yds. 378 204 Sacked 1 6 Turnovers 1 6 T.O.P 25:05 35:55
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