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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Flashback: Brigham Young Cougars 55, Tulsa Golden Hurricanes 30 (1996)

Exactly 15 years ago, October 19, 1996, the Brigham Young Cougars extended their win streak to five games with a 25-point road win over the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes.

BYU jumped out to a huge lead early in the game. A first quarter Tulsa field goal was sandwiched by two 10-point BYU scoring runs. It was 20-3 after one. A 31-yard touchdown pass from Steve Sarkisian to K.O. Kealaluhi with 7:43 to play in the second quarter gave BYU what appeared to be an insurmountable 27-3 lead.

That is when the Hurricanes made landfall. Tulsa scored 17 straight points before halftime to trail by only seven, 27-20.

Tulsa continued to outscore BYU in the first 10 minutes of the third quarter, 10-7. BYU’s 24-point lead had been trimmed down to four.

BYU, however, knew how to make the Golden Hurricanes die. Special agent 006 James Dye came in for a rare offensive play. Sarkisian connected with Dye for a 38-yard touchdown to push the lead back to 11. The Cougars never looked back from there. They added two more touchdowns for the final 25-point margin of victory, 55-30.

Several Cougars made big plays and turned in great overall performances.
  • Linebacker Shay Muirbrook returned an interception 38 yards.
  • Ethan Pochman kicked a 51-yard field goal.
  • Alan Boardman averaged 46.2 yards on 6 punts, including one for 65 yards.
  • Brian McKenzie led all rushers with 132 yards on 13 carries.
  • Ronney Jenkins had 173 all-purpose yards, including a 48-yard pass reception and a 44-yard kickoff return. He had 53 yards rushing and two touchdowns on just 7 carries.
  • Sarkisian played very well completing 21 of 32 passes for 329 yards and 5 touchdowns to 1 interception. Nine different Cougars caught passes. The five touchdowns went to five different players.
More flashbacks can be found on the Flashbacks page.

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