Flashback: Brigham Young Cougars 28, #4 Air Force Falcons 21 (1985)

Exactly 26 years ago today, November 16, 1985, the Brigham Young Cougars continued to control the series with the Air Force Falcons. This Air Force squad was a perfect 10-0 and ranked number 4 in the country, but in the end they suffered their seventh loss in eight games, all-time, against BYU. However, it didn’t look like the game would end that way early on.

BYU quarterback Robbie Bosco, wearing jersey number 7 in honor of the injured Glen Kozlowski, completed only 2 of his first 9 passes. Air Force capitalized on two interceptions in the first three minutes to take a 14-0 lead. In the second quarter, the Falcons scored a touchdown off an interception for the second time, and they took a 21-7 lead into the locker room.

Superb play by the Cougar defense kept this game from getting out of reach. For the entire game, they held Air Force’s option rushing attack to just 136 yards, and 237 yards total offense.

The turning point in the game came in the third quarter. Vai Sikahema fielded a Falcon punt at the 28-yard line and proceeded to returned the punt 72-yards for a touchdown. BYU now trailed by seven. Later in the third, Bosco found Mark Bellini for a touchdown to tie the game. It was Bellini’s second touchdown of the game. He would end the day with nine receptions for 143 yards.

With the game tied going into the fourth quarter the intensity increased. The game became a defensive battle. Neither defense wanted to be the one that surrendered the winning points.

Sikahema proved to be the wild card; the weapon that a defense couldn’t contain. The shifty running back made a move and got open behind the Air Force secondary. Bosco threw a perfect pass, and Sikahema outran the defense for a 69-yard go ahead touchdown.

After the rough start, Bosco was on fire in the second half. He hit 12 of 15 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns. He finished the day 29 of 49 for 343 yards and 3 touchdowns with 4 interceptions. He was also sacked seven times.

The Cougars were now ahead on the scoreboard, but the game wasn’t over. Air Force staged one final threat. An interception was nullified by a roughing the passer penalty, and Air Force moved the ball inside the BYU 10-yard line. Safety Rob Ledenko sealed the win with an interception in the end zone.

The win moved BYU from number 16 to 11 in the Associated Press poll.

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