On this date, 20 years ago, the Brigham Young Cougars earned their first win of the year by 0beating the undefeated Air Force Falcons.
The Air Force option had been a juggernaut in the team’s first four games averaging 330 yards. The Cougar D held the Falcons to just 209 yards rushing, and 280 yards of total offense.
BYU nearly doubled Air Force’s offensive production with 340 yards passing and 189 yards rushing (529 total). Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer had his best game of the season, up to that point. He completed 2/3 of his passes and averaged 11.3 yards per attempt.
Tyler Anderson was a huge boost in his first game of the year. The track star had 113 yards receiving on just three receptions. Coaches had planned on redshirting Anderson, but plans changed when Bryce Doman was injured the week before.
Another surprise receiving star was Otis Sterling. The little used receiver caught two touchdown passes in the second quarter to put BYU up 21-0 at halftime.
Peter Tuipulotu had a great all-around game. He rushed for 72 yards with a 5.6 yards per carry average. He also scored BYU’s first touchdown. Tuipulotu caught four passes for 90 yards, giving him 162 yards of total offense for the game.
The defense pitched a shutout for over 56 minutes. Air Force did not score until 3:34 remained in the game.
It was a quality win for the Cougs as Air Force would go on to finish the year 10-3, including a blowout win against Mississippi State in the Liberty Bowl, and ranked number 25.
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