Flashback: Brigham Young Cougars 40, UTEP Miners 18 (1996)

When JD Falslev returned a third quarter TCU punt 67-yards for a touchdown, the 2011 BYU Cougars became the first BYU football team to return both a punt and kickoff for a touchdown since the 1996 team did it.

In a game against the UTEP Miners, exactly 15 years ago today (November 2, 1996), James Dye returned the second half kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. Four games earlier, against Utah State, Dye had retuned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown. (One week later, Nov. 9 vs. Rice, Dye returned another punt for a touchdown.)

Dye’s kickoff return jump started a 21-point third quarter for BYU, in which the Cougars broke open what was a 12-3 game at halftime. Half of BYU’s 12 points came on a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown by strong safety Chris Ellison.

The Cougars’ potent offense was having an off week. Quarterback Steve Sarkisian completed 22 of 30 passes, but for only 235 yards and he threw 2 interceptions. On 33 passes and 33 rushes, BYU totaled 396 yards of offense. However, a pair of Brian McKenzie touchdown runs and a pair of Sarkisian touchdown passes enabled BYU to reach the 40 point total for the fifth game in a row.

The Cougar defense allowed 318 yards to the Miners, but only 11 points (the other seven came on a pick-6). Tim McTyer also had an interception.

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