BYU Bowl Games
1996 COTTON BOWL
01.01.96 Dallas, Texas (71,928)

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NO. 5 BYU
NO. 14 KANSAS STATE

1996 Cotton Bowl
1996 Cotton Bowl

BYU assumed the nation’s longest winning streak with a come-from-behind 19-15 victory in the 61st annual Cotton Bowl. It was the first New Year’s Day appearance for both 14th-ranked Kansas State and fifth-ranked BYU. More than 40,000-purple clad Kansas State supporters out-numbered the 15,000 Cougar patrons as 71,928 fans filled the Cotton Bowl. BYU got on the board first with a safety, then turned the ensuing punt into a field goal to lead 5-0 in the first quarter. The safety came when linebacker Shay Muirbrook, the game’s defensive MVP, collected one of his six sacks. Kansas State took a half-time lead with a 41-yard Hail Mary pass and a successful two-point conversion with no time left on the clock. The Wildcats increased the lead to 15-5 in the third quarter when offensive co-MVP Kevin Lockett caught a 72-yard TD. Fueled by consecutive controversial interference no-calls, quarterback Steve Sarkisian engineered two fourth-quarter drives capped by touchdown passes of 32-yards to James Dye and 28-yards to K.O. Kealaluhi. Sarkisian, an offensive co-MVP, completed 21 passes to tie a Cotton Bowl record held by Roger Staubach of Navy. KSU drove the length of the field before Cougar cornerback Omarr Morgan juggled an interception from a Wildcat slant pattern at the 12 yard line to secure the game.

TEAM STATS BYU KSU
Rushes-Yards 36-59 32-41
Passing Yards 291 233
Passes 21-36-1 14-28-2

SCORING SUMMARY
TEAM PLAY
BYU Muirbrook safety
BYU Pochman 39-yard field goal
KSU Anderson 41-yard pass from Kavanagh (Lawrence run)
KSU Lockett 72-yard pass from Kavanagh (Rheem kick)
BYU Dye 32-yard pass from Sarkisian (Pochman kick)
BYU Kealaluhi 28-yard pass from Sarkisian (Pochman kick)

SCORING BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 Final
No. 5 BYU 5 0 0 14 19
No. 14 Kansas State 0 8 7 0 15

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