Sep 272004
 
Authors: Preston Cagle

Brigham Young(1-3) kicked off the Mountain West Conference week

with a bang on Friday night. They traveled to the famous blue field

at Bronco Stadium to take on No. 21 Boise State(4-0), who held the

nations longest win streak at 14 coming into the game.

Boise State came out firing taking a 16-0 lead in the first, but

BYU came back behind the arm of sophomore quarterback John Beck to

make it 21-16 at the end of the first half. Beck ended the game

going 20 of 35, for 390 yards and two touchdowns, but it was not

enough as BSU’s sophomore quarterback, Jared Zabransky, led them to

the 28-27 victory.

Zabransky threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns on 20

completions, and also had an interception. Boise State was able to

get the edge rushing the ball to put them over the top. Lee Marks

rushed 13 times for 63 yards, as BYU running backs combined for

only 25 total yards on the ground.

Next week the Cougars come to Fort Collins to take on

CSU(1-3).

Wyoming(2-1) welcomed Ole Miss(1-3) to War Memorial Stadium on

Saturday. The Cowboys managed their first win over an Southeastern

Conference team ever, behind four interceptions by the defense and

two huge plays from junior receiver Josh Barge.

Barge returned a punt 87 yards and also caught a 69-yard pass

from receiver Jovon Bouknight, while the defense forced five

turnovers, including intercepting quarterback Ethan Flatt four

times. Wyoming quarterback Corey Bramlet passed for 170 yards and

one touchdown on the day and running back Joseph Harris ran for 121

yards on 23 attempts.

Wyoming hosts Louisiana Monroe (0-3) next week. Monroe lost to

Arkansas State (28-21 last week.

Utah (4-0) and Air Force (2-2) squared off in a MWC battle in

Salt Lake City on Saturday. Quarterback Alex Smith continued to

shine for the No. 14 Utes, in a battle of talented quarterbacks, as

he they outscored the Academy 49-35.

Smith passed for 260 yards and two touchdowns on 13 completions,

and also led the team rushing, gaining 84 yards and another

touchdown on 13 attempts. Smith had help in the running game as

Marty Johnson rushed 21 times for 72 yards and four touchdowns to

get the Utes the win.

Shaun Carney led the Falcons once again. He passed for 158 yards

and one touchdown on nine completions, and rushed for another 95

yards and three touchdowns on the day. Utah continues MWC play

traveling to New Mexico next week. Air Force goes home for a battle

against Navy (4-0) who beat Vanderbilt last week 29-26.

San Diego State followed up a heartbreaking loss to No. 17

Michigan last week with a good win against Nevada (2-2) 27-10 in

Sand Diego. Matt Dlugolecki led the Aztecs to victory throwing for

262 yards and two touchdowns to go along with two

interceptions.

Jeff Rowe was the leading man for the Wolfpack going 19-of-40

for 204 yards, but had no touchdowns and two interceptions. San

Diego State also got help from the run game as running back Michael

Franklin picked up 100 yards on 23 carries. Next week the Aztecs

travel to UCLA (2-1).

New Mexico easily handled the Aggies of New Mexico State 38-3

Saturday in Las Cruces, New Mexico. D.D. Cox led the Lobos running

for 110 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns.

The Aggies were stifled by the New Mexico defense only gaining

124 total yards and coming up with two turnovers. The Lobos take on

Utah next week in MWC action in Albuquerque.

UNLV continued to struggle this year ending Saturday with an 0-4

record and a 31-21 loss to the Utah State Aggies. Turnovers killed

the Rebels who were a -5 on the day, giving the ball away on four

interceptions by quarterback Kurt Nantkes.

Nantkes finished with 283 yards passing and one touchdown on 20

completions, but it was not enough to overcome the turnovers. The

Rebels also wasted 189 yards and one touchdown by Dominique Dorsey

on 18 carries. Next week the Rebels take on the Nevada Wolfpack

(2-2) who lost to San Diego State this week.

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