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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Flashback: Brigham Young Cougars 26, Temple Owls 24 (1985)

On this date, twenty-six years ago, the Brigham Young Cougars escaped Philadelphia with a win over the Temple Owls. It was the first time the two schools had ever met.

BYU jumped out to an early lead with a first quarter touchdown pass by Robbie Bosco. Bosco threw a second touchdown pass in the second quarter, too. BYU would have taken a 13-0 lead into the locker room at halftime, but BYU suffered two breakdowns that allowed two Temple touchdowns. A breakdown in kickoff coverage gave Temple an 82-yard kickoff return TD, and a breakdown in pass coverage gave Temple a 52-yard TD. Temple led 14-13 at the half.

These two occasions weren’t the only times BYU broke down in this game. BYU committed 12 penalties for 104 yards. One of these penalties cost BYU a touchdown.

The Cougar run defense wasn’t very good, either. Temple averaged over 5 yards per carry on 49 rushing attempts.

The Owls took a 17-13 lead into the fourth quarter. Temple added another touchdown in the final period. Had they not missed three field goals during the game, Temple could have put the game away. Instead, Temple let BYU hang around. It proved costly.

Bosco kept BYU in the game with a third touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. For the game, Bosco was 24-36, 321 yards, 4 TD, 1 Int.

Although the Cougar defense hadn’t played its best game, it delivered when the game was on the line. Linebacker Ladd Akeo intercepted a pass that gave BYU the ball at the Temple 28-yard line. Bosco turned that interception into the winning points by hooking up with Mark Bellini for a touchdown.

Bellini had a big game making 9 receptions for 179 yards and scored three touchdowns.

While BYU won on the scoreboard, they lost star wide receiver Glen Kozlowski for several games to a knee injury. Bosco also suffered an injury to his shoulder. He didn’t miss any game time, but it impacted his play much of the year.

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