Exactly 53 years ago, the Brigham Young Cougars took on the Colorado State Rams in the season finale.
was 6-3 and second place in the Skyline Conference. BYU was having a disappointing season. After back-to-back winning seasons in 1957 and 1958, BYU was just 2-7 in head coach Tally Stevens’ first season. Colorado State
A conference championship wasn’t on the line for
, but BYU needed to win to avoid finishing last in the conference. Colorado State
BYU dominated the Rams statistically. The Cougars more than doubled the number of first downs that
had (19 to 8). More impressively, BYU dominated on the ground. The Cougars racked up 337 yards on the ground, which was 120 more than the 217 that Colorado State had. BYU had just 20 yards passing to Colorado State ’s 52 yards. Colorado State
Distancing themselves from the Rams on the scoreboard was a different story.
BYU fumbled five times, and lost three of them. The Cougars also had seven penalties for 55 yards.
had just two fumbles (lost both) and only 30 penalty yards. The turnovers and penalties prevented BYU from scoring more points. Colorado State
That turned this game into a nail biter.
BYU held just a 1-point lead.
could have won the game with a field goal in the fourth quarter. The Cougar defense rose to the occasion and kept the Rams corralled. Colorado State
BYU won 14-13 to finish a disappointing 1959 season on a positive note.
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