Balanced Attack Smothers Eastern Illinois
COUGAR TOWN -- After a 17-point loss last week against nationally ranked Boston College, BYU came rolling back on Saturday to post a 35-point victory over Eastern Illinois. The Cougars dashed to a 31-0 halftime lead before finishing off the Panthers, 45-10, to give BYU's Bronco Mendenhall his first victory as a head coach.
The 35-point win was the Cougars' most lopsided victory since posting a 59-21 win over San Diego State on Oct. 27, 2001.
"I'm proud of the team," BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "I appreciate the way they worked this week. From the moment the game was over last week, I felt like they had a resolve and determination to play better.
"Even though the score was lopsided today, there's plenty of things we can improve on as a program. There are still things to fix and correct, but I like our football team and I like the way they're responding."
The Cougars wasted little time to show their resolve and determination, scoring on the first drive of the game. Running back Curtis Brown ran for a one-yard score, capping an eight-play, 67-yard drive.
After the Panthers fumbled a snap deep in their own territory, BYU scored another touchdown just two plays later. John Beck called his own number, picking up the one-yard touchdown to give the Cougars a 14-0 lead with 8:55 left in the first quarter.
"We lost to a superior football team," Eastern Illinois head coach Bob Spoo said. "There's no question about that. The thing that we couldn't afford to do, we did. We gave them 17 points off turnovers. Those are things you have to eliminate against a team that is superior to you."
After Dustin Gabriel picked off EIU quarterback, Mike Donato, the Cougars drove 52 yards on 10 plays, scoring again on a 20-yard Jared McLaughlin field goal with 2:47 left in the first quarter.
After the first-quarter clock expired, BYU held a commanding 17-0 lead, marking the largest first-quarter scoring output since racking up 21 points in the opening quarter against nationally ranked Colorado State in 1999.
Senior receiver Todd Watkins got into the act during the second quarter by scoring a pair of touchdowns, including a 31-yard reception from Beck and an acrobatic 6-yard reception.
Watkins finished the day with a season high seven receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns.
In the second half, it was Eastern Illinois that took advantage of a couple BYU miscues. Taking advantage of a Curtis Brown fumble, the Panthers scored on a 23-yard, Zach Yates field goal with 9:48 remaining in the third quarter. Then, after Terrance Sanders picked off Beck early in the fourth quarter, Eastern Illinois drove 61 yards on six plays to score on a Vincent Webb two-yard run.
"I didn't like the way we played at all in the third quarter, "Mendenhall said. "As with a new football team under new leadership, we need to learn how to handle success as well. It took us a while to get that."
After sputtering in the third quarter, the Cougars scored two more touchdowns in the final quarter. Beck hooked up with Fahu Tahi on a 7-yard pass with 6:01 left, and Tahi later capped a six-play, 47-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown run.
The Cougars rushing game was much improved from last week, gaining 188 yards on 32 carries. Curtin Brown led the way with 18 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown. Tahi added 59 yards on nine carries and a touchdown.
After being held to just two receptions against Boston College, Watkins pulled in seven catches for 93 yards. All totaled the Cougars used nine different receivers.
Beck finished the day completing 26-of-40 attempts for 255 yards and three touchdowns.
The Cougars will use this week's scheduled bye to prepare for Mountain West newcomer TCU on Sept. 24.
Box Score (Final)
Eastern Illinois vs Brigham Young (Sep 10, 2005 at Cougar Town Utah)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
----------------- -- -- -- -- -----
Eastern Illinois.... 0 0 3 7 - 10 Record: (1-1)
Brigham Young....... 17 14 0 14 - 45 Record: (1-1)
1st 11:34 BYU - BROWN, Curtis 1 yd run (MCLAUGHLIN, Jar kick), 8-67 3:26,
EIU 0 - BYU 7
08:55 BYU - BECK, John 1 yd run (MCLAUGHLIN, Jar kick), 2-2 0:52,
EIU 0 - BYU 14
02:47 BYU - MCLAUGHLIN, Jar 20 yd field goal, 10-52 3:23,
EIU 0 - BYU 17
2nd 12:31 BYU - WATKINS, Todd 31 yd pass from BECK, John (MCLAUGHLIN, Jar
kick), 3-29 0:50, EIU 0 - BYU 24
03:46 BYU - WATKINS, Todd 6 yd pass from BECK, John (MCLAUGHLIN, Jar
kick), 3-41 0:57, EIU 0 - BYU 31
3rd 09:48 EIU - YATES, Zach 23 yd field goal, 5-17 2:01, EIU 3 - BYU 31
4th 12:22 EIU - WEBB, Vincent 2 yd run (YATES, Zach kick), 6-61 2:31,
EIU 10 - BYU 31
06:01 BYU - TAHI, Naufahu 7 yd pass from BECK, John (MCLAUGHLIN, Jar
kick), 14-79 6:13, EIU 10 - BYU 38
00:41 BYU - TAHI, Naufahu 6 yd run (MCLAUGHLIN, Jar kick), 6-47 2:40,
EIU 10 - BYU 45
FIRST DOWNS................... 9 21
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 30-70 32-176
PASSING YDS (NET)............. 126 255
Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 29-14-1 41-26-2
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 59-196 73-431
Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards............ 1-1 5-29
Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 4-58 3-39
Interception Returns-Yards.... 2-0 1-13
Punts (Number-Avg)............ 10-36.2 3-29.0
Fumbles-Lost.................. 3-2 2-2
Penalties-Yards............... 8-78 7-42
Possession Time............... 26:20 33:40
Third-Down Conversions........ 2 of 14 6 of 14
Fourth-Down Conversions....... 0 of 0 0 of 0
Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 2-2 6-6
Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 1-8 2-12
RUSHING: Eastern Illinois-BESS, Travorus 8-27; WEBB, Vincent 10-24;
OWENS, Charles 1-8; DONATO, Mike 5-8; SMITH, Norris 3-4; CAMPIONE, Dave
1-3; KNISS, Kyle 1-3; TEAM 1-minus 7. Brigham Young-BROWN, Curtis 18-110;
TAHI, Naufahu 9-59; MEIKLE, Nathan 1-11; BECK, John 4-minus 4.
PASSING: Eastern Illinois-DONATO, Mike 14-29-1-126. Brigham Young-BECK,
John 26-40-2-255; BERRY, Matt 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING: Eastern Illinois-VOSS, Ryan 3-33; DUHAI, Justin 2-15; BESS,
Travorus 2-13; OWENS, Charles 2-11; NOZINOR, Alicus 1-32; KESLER, Adam
1-9; MOBLEY,Jermaine 1-6; WEBB, Vincent 1-4; MORRIS, Mike 1-3. Brigham
Young-WATKINS, Todd 7-93; COATS, Dan 4-30; BROWN, Curtis 4-14; ALLEN,
Matt 2-48; COLLIE, Zac 2-20; MEIKLE, Nathan 2-17; GRIFFIN, Joe 2-14;
TAHI, Naufahu 2-10; REED, Michael 1-9.
INTERCEPTIONS: Eastern Illinois-BURGE, Tristan 1-0; SANDERS,Terranc 1-0.
Brigham Young-GABRIEL, Dustin 1-12; JENSEN, Cameron 0-1.
FUMBLES: Eastern Illinois-TEAM 1-1; OWENS, Charles 1-1; DONATO, Mike 1-0.
Brigham Young-BROWN, Curtis 1-1; MAHUIKA, Bryce 1-1.
Stadium: Edward's Stadium Attendance: 52630
Kickoff time: 13:00 End of Game: 16:15 Total elapsed time: 3:15
Officials: Referee: Pete Gautreau; Umpire: Kevin Matthews; Linesman:
Edwin Walker; Line judge: Terry Wlson; Back judge: Nelson; Field judge:
Randy Smith; Side judge: Craig Faulkner;
Temperature: 67 F Wind: NW 7 Weather: PCloudy
SACKS (UA-A): Eastern Illinois-SELLERS, Clint 1-0. Brigham
Young-WALKENHORST, Pa 1-0; LUETTGERODT, Ju 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Eastern Illinois-SELLERS, Clint 9-7; BURGE, Tristan 6-4;
BROWN, B.J. 6-2; SEYMOUR, Lucius 2-4; CLEVELAND, Chad 1-4; THOMAS, Donald
1-3; WANZECK, Travis 2-1; TORRES, Michael 0-3; TURNER, Sinque 1-1; BROWN,
Ben 0-2; KELLY, Tim 0-2; MEYERS, R.J. 0-2; MORRISON,Anthny 1-0; KOSINSKI,
Jack 1-0; PARSILL, Adam 1-0; PONIUS, Quinten 1-0; VOSS, Ryan 1-0;
SANDERS, Terranc 1-0; RUETER, Jon 1-0; LOTHE, Kory 0-1; WALTERS, Pierre
0-1; DONATO, Mike 0-1; ADAMS, Mike 0-1; WASHINGTON, S. 0-1; LOVE, George
0-1; SAMS, Ke'Andre 0-1. Brigham Young-SOELBERG, Natha 4-3; JENSEN,
Cameron 2-4; BROWN, Manaia 2-2; LUETTGERODT, Ju 2-2; ROBINSON, Justi 2-2;
BATES, Dan 1-3; GABRIEL, Dustin 3-0; WHITE, Spencer 2-1; WAGNER, Aaron
1-2; WALKENHORST, Pa 1-2; TAFUNA, David 2-0; GOOCH, Quinn 2-0; BILLS,
K.C. 2-0; STAFFIERI, Mark 1-1; MARQUARDT, Dani 1-1; PAONGO, Hala 0-2;
KEHL, Bryan 1-0; MCLAUGHLIN, Jar 1-0; STACEY, Andrew 0-1; LUEKENGA, Kyle
0-1; LOVELY, Gary 0-1.
Game Notes: BYU vs. Eastern Illinois
EASTERN ILLINIOS UP NEXT FOR COUGARS
After last week's loss to No. 22 Boston College, the Cougars will play Eastern Illinois, Saturday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. (MT) in LaVell Edwards Stadium. Last weekend, BYU lost to the Eagles, 20-3, while the Panthers picked up a 24-13 win over Indiana State. The Cougars are 0-1 while the Panthers are 1-0. This will be the first meeting between BYU and Eastern Illinois.
A LOOK AT THE PANTHERS
Eastern Illinois opened its season with a 24-13 win against Indiana State. The Panthers got a big game from quarterback Mike Donato, who was making his first collegiate start. Donato completed 12-of-20 pass attempts for 158 yards and two touchdowns while running twice for 67 yards. His 44-yard scamper set up the Panther's second score, a 19-yard field goal. Donato's touchdown passes went for 17 and 40 yards to Charles Owens. The Eastern Illinois defense was credited with three interceptions, including Tristan Burge's pick that he returned 76-yards for a touchdown. Eastern Illinois, which returns nine offensive starters and eight defensive starters, has been to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs nine times, including three-straight appearances from 2000-2002. The Panthers have posted eight winning seasons in the last 11 years. Eastern Illinois has played 25 games against I-A opponents since the 1982 season. Over that span, the Panthers have registered six wins, including victories over Akron (three times), Western Michigan and Northern Illinois. Last season, EIU edged Eastern Michigan, 31-28, to record its sixth all-time victory over a I-A opponent.
COMPLETE BROADCAST PLANS
Television: SportsWest will broadcast BYU's game against Eastern Illinois. The game can be seen in Utah on KSL-TV, Ch. 5. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. (MT). The Church Satellite System will also broadcast the game.
Radio: Fans can also catch the game by tuning into KSL Radio, 1160 AM and 102.7 FM, and follow the game live as Greg Wrubell calls the action, Marc Lyons offers expert analysis and James Dye reports from the sideline.
Internet: A live webcast of the game, which includes play-by-play and up-to-the minute statistics, can be viewed by logging on to: http://www.byucougars.com/football. In addition to the webcast, a live audio stream will be available on the following URLs: http://ksl.com and http://www.byuradio.org
BYU AGAINST DIVSION I-AA
The last time BYU played against an NCAA Division I-AA opponent was September 29, 1998 at LaVell Edwards Stadium against Murray State of Murray, Kentucky. The Cougars dominated the Racers, winning 43-9. Drew Miller and Kevin Feterik split time at quarterback that day. Feterik started and completed 8-of-13 pass attempts for 141 yards and one touchdown, while Miller came on in relief to complete 12-of-19 for 172 yards and one touchdown. The Cougars, while limited on total running yards, had four rushing touchdowns, including two by Ronney Jenkins and one each by Feterik and Reno Mahe.
PLAYING AGAINST DIVISION I-AA
Under NCAA provisions, I-A member institutions are permitted to play I-AA teams once every four seasons without affecting a team's bowl eligibility. With 11 games on the 2005 schedule, including eight league games, the Cougars will need to win at least six games in order to become eligible for a post-season bowl invitation. Over the past two seasons, five of the eight current Mountain West Conference teams have played a combined 10 games against NCAA Division I-AA opponents, posting a perfect 10-0 record.
COUGARS ON TELEVISION
Three of BYU's games are already scheduled for regional or national broadcast. The season opener was on ABC and broadcast to a regional audience. The San Diego State game, slated for Oct. 1, will be broadcast nationally on ESPN Classic. It will be a sequel of sorts as the 1991 game between the teams ended in an epic 52-52 draw, and is often replayed on the station. The second nationally televised game is against Notre Dame, scheduled for Oct. 22 in South Bend, Ind. NBC will broadcast the game from Notre Dame Stadium. This Saturday's game (Sept. 10), will be broadcast by SportsWest at 1 p.m. (MT) and will be shown on KSL Channel 5.
HOME OPENER ATTENDANCE
Saturday's Labor Day-weekend game at LaVell Edwards against No. 22 Boston College drew a crowd of 58,108. It was the highest attended home game for the Cougars since they played Wyoming, Oct. 16, 2004, when 58,737 were in attendance. The attendances of the following two home games were 53,435 and 53,618 against San Diego State and New Mexico.
Fans coming to home games this season will notice the Cougars' helmet decal has been painted in the center of the field.
"It's a symbol that represents tradition," BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "To add incresed value to what we're returning to, the symbol will be in the middle of the field."
Before the 2005 season, the start of the 2001 season--the BCA Classic vs. Tulane--was the last time a design had been painted on the center of the field.
With the Cougars losing in Mendenhall's debut Saturday against No. 22 Boston College, BYU head football coaches are 7-7 in their premiers. Eddie Kimball, who had two tenures at the reigns, was 2-0 in his first games.
HOW'D THE YOUNGINS DO?
Three of the five youngest head coaches in the nation had their debuts as head coaches this past weekend, including BYU boss Bronco Mendenhall. Mendenhall lost to No. 22 Boston College, 20-3, in his debut. Montgomery at Miami Ohio fell 34-14 against No. 6 Ohio State while Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State, the youngest coach, defeated Montana State, 15-10.
FIRST CATCH AS A COUGAR
Several Cougars made the first catch of their BYU career against No. 22 Boston College. Juniors Nathan Meikle and Jonny Harline, both starters, caught their first passes during the Cougars' first drive. Other BYU players making their first catch included Michael Reed and Zac Collie.
The BYU coaching staff leads the Mountain West Conference with five members of its coaching staff who have played football in the National Football League or the old USFL. Associate Head Coach and running backs coach Lance Reynolds was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1978 and also played for Philadelphia. Offensive coordinator Robert Anae was drafted in the third round by the New Jersey Generals of the USFL. Quarterbacks coach Brandon Doman was drafted by the San Francisco 49'ers in 2002 and also played with the Washington Redskins. Cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons where he played for three seasons. He also played for the Dallas Cowboys.
300 YARD EFFORT
John Beck completed 41-of-60 passes for 330 yards against No. 22 Boston College in the season opener, his fifth-career 300 yard game. He is now tied with Gary Sheide and Sean Covey for the 10th most career 300-yard games.
CAREER HIGH COMPLETIONS
Beck's 41 completions against the Eagles were a career high for the junior quarterback. He completed 34-of-67 against UNLV at home in 2004, setting an MWC record for most pass attempts in a game.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Davey O'Brien Award candidate Beck used all of his weapons Saturday against no. 22 Boston College. In the first half, he completed 24-of-33 passes for 184 yards to nine different receivers, seven of which had multiple receptions. For the game, Beck was 41-of-60 for 330 yards, throwing to nine different receivers.
Jonny Harline made his presence known early against No. 22 Boston College, recording three catches for 42 yards in the fist quarter. He finished the game with 4 receptions and 44 yards.
REPLAY PUT TO THE TEST
No. 22 Boston College used the new instant replay option on its first possession with 9:40 left in the game. Eagle quarterback Quinton Porter threw to Larry Lester on third down but Vince Feula broke up the pass. The ball popped out and Feula picked it up and ran, fumbled and the ball was picked up by BYU. The Eagles challenged the play and it was ruled that the pass actually hit the ground. Boston College punted on the ensuing play. The Eagles challenged later in the quarter when they thought the Cougars had fumbled. The challenge was denied and Boston College lost a timeout.
When the No. 22 Boston College Eagles scored with 29 seconds left on Porters' 14-yard pass to Chris Miller, it was only the third time in 12 games an opponent scored before BYU. In 2004, the Cougars scored first in 9-of-11 games.
The Cougars failed to score in the first half against No. 22 Boston College. It was the first time BYU was shutout in the first half since losing to Utah, 3-0, November 22, 2003. The Cougars had scored in the first half in 11-straight games.
At the end of the first half against No. 22 Boston College, sophomore kicker Jared McLaughlin attempted the first field goal of his career, a 48-yarder that was blocked by Boston College's Karim El Nokali. It was the first time a BYU field goal had been blocked since 1999 against Utah. After the Eagles failed on third down on their third drive of the second half, Johnny Ayers' punt was blocked by BYU sophomore linebacker Bryan Kehl. It was the first punt BYU had blocked since 2004 against Air Force.
GET BACK ON THE WINNING SIDE
The Cougars endured three-consecutive losing seasons from 2002-04 for the first time since BYU had six-straight losing seasons from 1959-64. The Cougars last had two-consecutive losing seasons in 1970-71. An interesting parallel is that legendary coach LaVell Edwards joined the staff in 1962 as a defensive coach when the team was struggling but took over in 1972 and took the team to 22 bowl games. Mendenhall joined the team in 2003, BYU's second-consecutive losing season as the defensive coordinator.
NOT GONNA GET THESE GUYS OFF THE FIELD
Several Cougars have been mainstays in the lineup for the last few years. Outland Trophy and Lombardi award candidate Jake Kuresa has started every game since 2003, a total of 24. John Mackey Award candidate Daniel Coats is not far behind, having started every game except two since 2003 for a total of 22 starts. Brian Sanders, Lance Reynolds and Cameron Jensen started all 11 games in 2004, while John Beck, a Davey O'Brien Award candidate, and Todd Watkins, a Biletnikoff candidate, each started 10-of-11 games in 2004. Each of those players start in the season opener against No. 22 Boston College. Senior linebacker Paul Walkenhorst leads the team with 30 career starts and 36 career games played.
AWAY FROM HOME
Eastern Illinois' trip to Provo measures 1,472 miles. While the Panthers will make a trip to Florida that will measure over 900 miles, this is Eastern Illinois' longest trip to play a game this season. BYU's longest road trip will be a hair longer. The Cougars will travel 1,497 miles when they go to South Bend to play Notre Dame. The Cougars won't play their first road game until Oct. 1, 2005 at San Diego State.
ON THE AIR
The exclusive radio home of BYU Football and flagship of the Cougar Sports Network is KSL NEWSRADIO (1160 AM and 102.7 FM) in Salt Lake City. The "Voice of the Cougars" is Greg Wrubell, now in his 5th season as play-by-play commentator. A BYU alum, Wrubell joined the broadcast crew in 1992 as the sideline/lockerroom reporter. He began calling BYU basketball games in 1996.
Joining Wrubell is game analyst and former BYU quarterback Marc Lyons. Lyons is a 24-year veteran of Cougar football broadcasts and co-host of the midweek "Bronco Mendenhall Show." A pair of BYU greats join the KSL Broadcast team this season, with two-time all-conference kick returner James Dye reporting from the sidelines and lockerroom, and three-time NFL Pro-Bowl selection Chad Lewis joining Lyons and Dye on the pregame "Cougar Countdown Show." The gameday studio host is KSL's Scott Haws, a former BYU student-athlete and all-conference pitcher for the baseball Cougars.
Chief Engineer John Dehnel returns for his 21st season, while veteran statistician Ralph Sokolowsky and spotter Doug Martin complete the lineup in the booth.
KSL's game day coverage begins two hours prior to kickoff with the "Cougar Countdown Show." The "Cougar Pregame Scoreboard Show" starts the broadcast's second hour, with the "Cougar Pregame Coach's Show" 35 minutes prior to kickoff, followed by the "Cougar Kickoff Show."
After the game, KSL presents the "Cougar Postgame Scoreboard Show," followed by the "Cougar Locker Room Show," "Cougar Postgame Coach's Show," "Cougar Call-In Show" and "IFA Country Store Replay."
In-week programming includes, "Coach's Corner with Bronco Mendenhall and Greg Wrubell," Mondays and Thursdays at 8:45 am and "Cougar Matchup," Thursdays and Fridays at 8:15 am and 4:15pm. The "Bronco Mendenhall Show" airs Wednesdays at 7:00pm, while the "Coordinators' Corner" with coaches Barry Lamb and Robert Anae hits the air Thursdays at 7:00pm. KSL's Tom Kirkland co-hosts the "Bronco Mendenhall Show" on Wednesdays, while Rod Zundel host the "Coordinators' Corner" on Thursdays.
KSL also airs Cougar Sports programming exclusively online at ksl.com, including "CougarRadio," Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:00pm. The weekly "Bronco Mendenhall Press Conference," live from Legends Grille, is heard live online Wednesdays at noon. In addition, Greg Wrubell will provide a weekly look inside Cougar Football on "Cougar Tracks." All online programs are archived, download-able and formatted for podcasting.
Stations on KSL's Cougar Sports Network include:
KSL-AM - Salt Lake City, UT
KSL-FM - Salt Lake City, UT
KDXU-AM - St. George, UT
KMGR- FM - Delta, UT
KSLJ-AM - Idaho Falls, Blackfoot & Pocatello , ID
KSSL-AM-Idaho Falls, Blackfoot & Pocatello, ID
Games can also be heard on ksl.com, byuradio.org and on BYU Radio on channel 980 of Dish Network.
BROTHERS DON'T SIT, BROTHERS GOTTA PLAY
BYU has a long tradition of several members from the same family suiting up to hit the gridiron. Brothers Lance, Jr. and Dallas Reynolds started on the offensive line against No. 22 Boston College for the Cougars. Lance, a senior, is on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the top center in the nation. Dallas, a freshman, was heavily recruited out of high school and joined the Cougars this season after serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington.
IN GOOD COMPANY
Through his freshman and sophomore years, John Beck compiled 3,427 yards passing. Only two BYU quarterbacks passed for more yards in their first two years of college football. Heisman trophy winner Ty Detmer recorded 5,812 yards in 1988-89, including 4,560 in 1989 as a sophomore. John Walsh had 4,678 yards from 1991-93, including 3,727 as a sophomore in 1993. He threw for 857 in 1992 before going down with a shoulder injury and being granted a medical redshirt.
WHERE'S THE BEEF?
The BYU offensive line doesn't order salads when it goes out to eat. Each starter weighs over 300 pounds for an average of 325 and a total of 1,625. They will be going up against an Eastern Illinois defensive line that weighs an average of 260 pounds. The Panthers' offensive line weighs on average of 289.8 pounds while BYU's defensive line weighs an average of 317.3.
CAREER 300-YARD GAMES
BYU has traditionally focused on the pass, leading to 19 different Cougars throwing for 300 yards in at least one game for a combined 174 games. Junior John Beck has made a contribution of five games to that list. He entered the 2005 season with four but threw for 330 yards against No. 22 Boston College, giving him five. Beck is currently tied with Gary Sheide and Sean Covey for 10th most. Ty Detmer tops the list with an astronomical 34. Cougars with 300-yard passing games:
Player 100-yard Games
Ty Detmer 34
Jim McMahon 17
John Walsh 16
Robbie Bosco 15
Marc Wilson 14
Steve Young 13
Steve Sarkisian 12
Kevin Feterik 11
Gifford Nielson 9
Sean Covey 5
Gary Sheide 5
John Beck 5
Ryan Hancock 4
Bob Jensen 3
Steve Lindsey 3
Charlie Peterson 2
Bret Engemann 2
Matt Berry 1
SURPASSING THE CENTURY MARK
With five 100-yard rushing games, junior Curtis Brown is already tied for eighth in Cougars history for the most career 100-yard rushing games. In 2002, Brown had 217 against Utah State, the most by a BYU player since 1998 when Ronney Jenkins had 259 versus San Jose State. Cougars with 100-yard rushing games:
Player 100-yard Games
Luke Staley 10
Lakei Heimuli 10
Brian McKenzie 8
Jeff Blanc 7
Ronney Jenkins 6
Pete Van Valkenburg 6
Kalin Hall 5
Casey Tiumalu 5
Steve Young 5
Curtis Brown 5
Marcus Whalen 4
Tom Tuipulatu 2
Robert Parker 2
Stacey Corley 2
Eric Lance 2
Curtis Brown isn't the only one threatening to move up the rankings. Senior receiver Todd Watkins, who has five career games with over 100 yards receiving is tied for 11th most. His 211 yards against Boise State were the most receiving yards registered by a Cougar since Ben Cahoon had 219 against Arizona State in 1997. Cougars with 100-yard receiving games:
Player 100-yard Games
Eric Drage 12
Chris Smith 11
Margin Hooks 10
Andy Boyce 9
Mike Chronister 9
Matt Bellini 8
Gordon Hudson 8
Mark Bellini 7
Lloyd Jones 6
John Van Der Wouden 6
Reno Mahe 5
Glen Kozlowski 5
Dan Plater 5
Todd Watkins 5
Brent Nyberg 4
Chuck Cutler 4
David Mills 4
Mike Johnston 3
Micah Matsuzaki 3
Neil Balhom 3
Clay Brown 3
Scott Phillips 3
Jay Miller 3
Jonathan Pittman 2
Dustin Johnson 2
K.O. Kealaluhi 2
Itula Mili 2
Chad Lewis 2
Otis Sterling 2
Jeff Frandsen 2
Darren Handley 2
Vai Sikahema 2
Trevor Molini 2
Kirk Pendleton 2
Steve Harper 2
Scott Collie 2
Horner Jones 2
Tod Thompson 2
Todd Christensen 2
THE RANKED TEAMS
With BYU's loss to No. 22 Boston College, the Cougars are now 0-11 against ranked teams since defeating No. 23 Colorado State, 34-13, on Sept. 16, 1999. During that streak BYU is 0-3 at LaVell Edwards Stadium. BYU has not defeated a ranked opponent on the road since beating Arizona State, 13-10, on Sept. 20, 1997.