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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Flashback: Curtis Brown Runs Wild In Wild BYU Comeback (2002)

Brigham Young Cougars true freshman running back Curtis Brown ran for 217 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries in the biggest comeback win in BYU football history. In 2002, all of Cougar nation was stunned to see BYU trailing Utah State 34-7 at halftime in a Friday night game played in Logan, Utah. Curtis Brown had played well in the first half rushing for 100 yards and scoring BYU's lone touchdown. He also had a 45-yard reception that got BYU into scoring position on another drive.

The tide turned in the second half when the BYU defense shutout Utah State, and the offense started finishing drives. Curtis Brown ran for two more touchdowns in the third quarter to make it a game again. BYU used some trickery to score its fourth touchdown on a pass from wide receiver Toby Christensen to Jason Kukahiko. With 6:46 to play, BYU completed the comeback with an 18-yard scoring pass from Bret Engemann to Gabriel Reid. In just over 23 minutes, BYU scored 28 unanswered points to take a one point lead, 35-34. The defense stopped Utah State's final two drives to preserve the win.

Curtis Brown only ran for 82 more yards on 39 carries the rest of 2002. On this night, however, he carried the BYU offense. He played well when the others did not, and he provided a spark that set the whole team on fire.

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