Flashback: Brigham Young Cougars 40, Colorado State Rams 17 (1991)

This weekend is a bye for the Brigham Young Cougars. It is also Halloween. This week’s flashback is one of my happy memories from Halloween 1991.

BYU went to Fort Collins for an ESPN Thursday Night special. Ty Detmer didn’t dress up as anything fancy for the game. He came as himself—Heisman Trophy winner. Detmer played the part well as BYU took control of this game early jumping out to a 13-3 first quarter lead. After allowing Colorado State a field goal on the Rams’ opening drive, the defense held Colorado State scoreless until the fourth quarter when the game was already decided.

Detmer didn’t come to the party alone. He brought a new friend: Eric Drage. The sophomore wide out came dressed as BYU’s new number one receiver, filling the vacancy left by Andy Boyce’s graduations. Drage caught three touchdown passes in the first half. His final score of the half concluded a three play, 47-yard scoring drive that started with just 28 seconds left in the half.

Derwin Gray returned a Colorado State fumble 62 yards in the third quarter to highlight BYU’s second half scoring. By the end of three periods, BYU held a 40-3 advantage.

When he sat down, Detmer had completed 23 of 28 passes (82%) for 337 yards and 3 touchdowns. His pass efficiency rating was 216.

BYU only punted one time in the game.

The win was BYU’s fifth consecutive win over Colorado State, and sixth consecutive win in 1991.

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