Flashback: BYU never lets up while blowing out San Jose State

Since the BYU Cougars are on a losing streak the likes of which the program hasn't seen since the 1960's, it seems appropriate to go back to that decade for this week's flashback. In 1967, BYU ended the season with a trip to San Jose, California to play the San Jose State Spartans.

The Cougars limped into the final contest of the season as injuries had taken a serious toll on both the offense and the defense. For this game, the injuries didn't matter. BYU completely overwhelmed the Spartans from start to finish. Offense, defense, and special teams scored touchdowns in the greatest route by either school in this series.

BYU came out a little slow getting just a 49-yard field goal on its first scoring drive. The Cougar defense sent a message that they were in control when David Allphin returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown, and a 10-0 lead.

BYU intercepted three passes during the game, and dominated in every facet on that side of the ball. San Jose State completed less than 42 percent of its passes. BYU sacked the Spartan quarterbacks 11 times, and made numerous other tackles for loss. That resulted in San Jose State netting just eight yards rushing on 46 carries.

Following the pick-6, the BYU offense ignited. Ken Call scored on a two-yard run before the end of the first quarter to make the score 17-0. The Cougars scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter. The first was a Ron Wakley 43-yard run. The second touchdown went 11 yards through the air from Terry Sanford to Lloyd Jacobsen.

The extra point was missed after Wakley's run, so the halftime score was 30-0.

Coming out of the break, San Jose State's defense played a little better. BYU was limited to just 10 points in the third quarter. Sanford ran the ball in from one yard out. It was the Cougars' final rushing touchdown of the game.

BYU had a very productive day on the ground. With an average of more than six yards per carry, BYU amassed 309 yards rushing on 50 carries. Both Call and Wakley finished with over 100 yards.

A 32-yard Dennis Patera field goal pushed the lead to 40-0 after three quarters.

At this point, most teams would be tempted to coast through the fourth quarter, but not this Cougar squad. Head coach Tommy Hudspeth had recruited former Marines for years. In the fourth quarter, one such Marine put an exclamation point on his record breaking career.

Phil Odle caught three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The first was a 22-yard pitch and catch from Sanford. The other two were from 40 and seven yards out, and were thrown by Marc Lyons.

BYU WR Phil Odle (BYU Photo)

Odle finished the game with 10 receptions for 111 yards. For his career, he finished with the second most receptions (183) and third most receiving yards (2,548) in NCAA history.

The extra point was missed on Odle's final touchdown catch. That left the score 60-0.

After that, the Cougar defense had its only lapse in the game. San Jose State got on the board with a 71-yard touchdown pass. The Spartans added a two-point conversion, as well.

To make sure the day that was dominated by BYU ended on a positive note, Jack Sanders returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown.

Final Score: BYU 67 San Jose State 8.

The 67 points tied the BYU record for most points in a game (Western State, 67-7, 1951). The scoring outburst allowed the 1967 Cougars to set a new school record for most points scored in a season (278) with nine more points than the 1966 season.

PLAY OF THE GAME: David Allphin 22-yard interception return for a touchdown

Ken Call 17 carries, 102 yards (6.0 yards per carry), 1 TD
Ron Wakley 14 carries, 109 yards (7.8 yards per carry), 1 TD

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