The Mountain West Conference battle finally hits Fort Collins on
Saturday, as the Brigham Young Cougars visit Sonny Lubick Field at
The Cougars come into the game at 1-3 with losses at Stanford,
at No. 21 Boise State and versus top-ranked Southern California.
Their lone win came against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a
John Beck has been the leader of the BYU offense, completing
50-of-85 passes for 736 yards, three touchdowns and three
interceptions. He did not play in the Stanford and USC games after
going down with a shoulder injury in the first half of the Notre
Dame game. Last week he came back against BSU to throw for 390
yards and two touchdowns even though the Cougars lost 28-27 to
“It’s going to be tough; our conference is going to be tough,”
said junior quarterback Justin Holland Saturday after a victory
over Montana State. “BYU beat Notre Dame and played a hell of a
Beck’s main target this year has been junior receiver Todd
Watkins. This year Watkins has caught 24 passes for 509 yards and
two touchdowns. Watkins pulled down nine passes for 211 yards and
one touchdown last week on the famous blue Bronco Field.
“They (BYU) moved the ball well against Boise State,” said
junior wide receiver David Anderson. “So we have our hands full. We
have to have a good week of practice.”
The Rams should have an edge rushing the ball this week. Last
week Cougar running backs combined for only 25 yards versus Boise
State. CSU running back Uldis Jaunarajs carried the ball 17 times
for 79 yards and one touchdown last week versus Montana State.
“BYU is no slack – they almost beat Boise State,” Jaunarajs
said. “We performed all right, but not to the level we need to be
The Rams moved the ball well against the Bobcats, behind
Holland’s 311 passing yards and two touchdowns. Holland’s arm has
been the feature in a Rams offense that is still looking to get the
running game fully on track. He has thrown 94 passes for 1,245
yards and five touchdowns but has been plagued by inconsistency and
untimely turnovers with nine interceptions on the year.
“We just need to work on getting one score, and then just
putting the dagger in,” said sophomore wide receiver Dustin Osborn.
“(We need to) score right after on two consecutive, and three
This season, the Rams will look to win their fourth MWC title,
but it will be tough. For BYU, it is the Cougars’ first test on the
road, and their record is misleading until looking at their
opponents. They are looking for their third MWC title. The game
starts at 8 p.m. Saturday night at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes