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Both teams were 3-3 coming in, but that's where the similarities ended. Colorado State was sharp; BYU out of sync. The Rams played tough on defense; BYU was soft in coverage and through the line. CSU was aggressive and opportunistic; the Cougars were tentative. The Rams appeared confident and well-prepared; BYU diffident and uncertain. CSU quarterback <b>Bradlee Van Pelt</b> ran wild; BYU's <b>John Beck</b> ran for his life.

BYU vs. Colorado State last Thursday on national television has become an ESPN tradition, but the network might reconsider after the Rams took a 41-13 lead and in the process cost ESPN a good part of its national audience.

What was billed as a conference showdown turned into a laugher before halftime. So boring was the second half that play-by-play man Gary Bender and color man Craig James resorted to debating what present day Kansas school was formerly known as Kansas Teachers College. Even the BYU faithful seemed to be losing hope, as more than 5,000 seats at LaVell Edwards Stadium remained unfilled.

A week after putting up 44 points and stirring echoes of old, BYU could manage only one touchdown, coming after a muffed punt return by CSU gave the Cougars the ball on the Ram nine-yard line. Matt Payne added two field goals. Freshman, John Beck, in what may be his last start this year pending Matt Berry's recovery, was 10-23 for 136 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Purely from a statistical standpoint, it wasn't the worst loss in BYU history, but CSU isn't Florida State, or even Texas A&M. Now comes the real test: will the Cougars give up or rebound? We won't have to wait long to find out. BYU visits Laramie for Wyoming's homecoming this Saturday October 18, for a 4 p.m. kickoff. Sportswest has the TV coverage.

For CSU, league-leading Air Force visits Fort Collins on Thursday (ESPN 2).

Air Force 24, UNLV 7.

Air Force rebounds from last week's loss at Navy to remain unbeaten in conference play. The Falcons capitalized on Rebel errors, including a muffed punt recovered in the end zone for a touchdown, and three fourth down conversions, including a fourth and three from the Rebel 33 that picked up 27 yards and clinched the game.

Next up for AFA: at CSU October 16 (Thursday). For UNLV, home against Utah October 18.

Utah 27, SDSU 6. Utah held the Aztecs to two field goals in the first half, but failed to score itself and trailed 0-6 at intermission. Thirteen third quarter points gave the Utes breathing room and the game was salted away when Alex Smith hit Paris Warren for a 17-yard score with over 11 minutes left in the final period, followed by a 23-yarder to Stephen Savoy seven minutes later.

Utah and Air Force are now the only unbeaten teams in conference. Their November 1 date in Colorado Springs may decide the conference title.

Next up for Utah is an away game at UNLV. For SDSU, the New Mexico Lobos come to town.

Wyoming 48 at Utah State 21.

The Cowboys had little trouble with Utah State, even in Logan. Wyoming dominated every statistical category, include 13 more minutes of possession than the woeful Aggies.

Next up, its homecoming for the Cowboys as BYU visits Laramie Saturday.

New Mexico did not play.

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