Just another WAC-ky late, late show In wee hours, BYU rallies for 52-52 tie

November 18, 1991

Fans who didn't stay up for the end of Saturday night's Brigham Young-San Diego State game are probably sorry.

The game, which was played in San Diego and ended around 3 a.m. EST yesterday, was a 52-52 tie that gave Brigham Young (7-3-1, 6-0-1) at least a share of its 14th Western Athletic Conference title in the past 20 years.

But there was more. So much more.

* The Cougars trailed by 45-17 with five minutes to play in the third quarter. They scored their final touchdown on a 5-yard run by Jamal Willis with 30 seconds to play. Brigham Young kicked the extra point, rather than going for the win, because it believed it needed only a tie to clinch a berth in the Holiday Bowl. Actually, if BYU loses to Utah and Air Force loses to Hawaii, BYU would tie San Diego State for the WAC title and the Aztecs would go on the tie-breaker. The WAC's runner-up goes to the Freedom Bowl.

* Brigham Young quarterback Ty Detmer (31-for-54, 599 yards) and the Aztecs' David Lowery (26-for-39, 568) combined to pass for 1,167 yards and 11 touchdowns. There were three touchdown passes longer than 70 yards. Detmer's yards were a school record.

"There've been a lot of great quarterbacks here who had a lot of big games," Detmer said. "If you throw it that many times, you're going to do something good."

* San Diego State freshman phenom Marshall Faulk rushed for 118 yards and caught passes for 116. He scored four touchdowns. Faulk, who has missed three of his team's 11 games because of an injury, has 23 touchdowns, one more than national leader Desmond Howard of Michigan has in 10 games. Faulk's 23 touchdowns and 140 points surpass previous freshman records of 20 and 120 by Reggie Cobb of Tennessee in 1987. Faulk holds 13 national records.

* Aztecs receiver Darnay Scott caught eight passes for 243 yards, including touchdowns of 75 and 79 yards.

* FROSTBURG STATE: Despite three losses, the Bobcats qualified for the ECAC Division III Southeast championship game. Frostburg State (7-3), which blew a 19-0 lead in a 21-19 loss to Charleston Southern on Saturday, will face William Paterson (8-1-1) at noon on Saturday in Wayne, N.J.

The Bobcats lost, 20-14, to Ramapo in last year's ECAC South championship game.

* COLORADO: A blizzard? No problem. Quarterback Darian Hagan out of the game with an ankle injury in the first quarter? No problem. Less than two minutes on the clock and 80 yards of frozen turf between No. 15 Colorado and an embarrassing loss to Kansas in Boulder, Colo.?

No problem.

Backup quarterback Vance Joseph rose to the occasion, driving the Buffaloes (7-2-1, 5-0-1) for a last-minute score for a 30-24 Big Eight victory over the Jayhawks (5-5, 2-4).

"You have to say there's something about these kids," Colorado coach Bill McCartney said. "It's never over with us. Most of the day we struggled, but we seem to have a resiliency about us.

"Kansas outplayed us. But when the situation calls for us to fight, we rise to the occasion. Sometimes it isn't pretty. But we're staying alive and doing the things to win games."

* STATS: Top-ranked Miami has won eight consecutive games against teams ranked No. 1 in the nation. . . . No. 4 Michigan has outscored its past four opponents by a combined score of 173-20.

AP top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Saturday, total points (based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote) and last week's ranking:

No. School.. .. .. Record.. .. .. Pts. Pre.

1. Miami (46).. .. 9-0-0.. .. .. 1,486... 2

2. Wash. (14).. ..10-0-0.. .. .. 1,446... 3

3. Fla. State.. ..10-1-0.. .. .. 1,371... 1

4. Michigan.. .. ..9-1-0.. .. .. 1,313... 4

5. Florida.. .. .. 9-1-0.. .. .. 1,270... 5

6. California.. .. 9-1-0.. .. .. 1,178... 6

7. Penn State.. .. 9-2-0.. .. .. 1,111... 8

8. Alabama.. .. .. 9-1-0.. .. .. 1,047... 7

9. Iowa.. .. .. .. 9-1-0.. .. .. 1,036... 9

10. Tennessee.. .. 7-2-0.. .. ... 929... 10

11. Nebraska.. .. 8-1-1.. .. ... 899... 11

12. Texas A&M.. .. 8-1-0.. .. ... 896... 13

13. East Carolina..9-1-0.. .. ... 731... 14

14. Clemson.. .. ..7-1-1.. .. ... 719... 15

15. Colorado.. ... 7-2-1.. .. ... 622... 16 l lTC 16. Syracuse.. ... 8-2-0.. .. ... 561... 17

17. Notre Dame.. ..8-3-0.. .. ... 523... 12

18. Ohio State.. ..8-2-0.. .. ... 490... 19

19. Oklahoma.. ... 8-2-0.. .. ... 476... 18

20. Virginia.. ... 7-2-1.. .. ... 383... 21

21. Stanford.. ... 7-3-0.. .. ... 304... 22

22. N.C. State.. ..8-2-0.. .. ... 169... 24

23. Tulsa.. .. ... 7-2-0.. .. ... 121... --

24. Georgia.. .. ..7-3-0.. .. ... 90.. ..--

25. UCLA.. .. .. ..7-3-0.. .. ... 87.. ..--

Others receiving votes: Brigham Young 83 1/2 , Baylor 59, San Diego State 26 1/2 , Georgia Tech 18, Bowling Green 16, Air Force 13, Fresno State 12, Mississippi State 8, Illinois 6.

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