Friday, October 25, 2002

Colorado St. 37, BYU 10

By John Mossman
The Associated Press

BYU safety Chad Barney, left, reachcs around to break up a pass intended for Colorado State wide receiver Chris Pittman.
(AP photo)
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FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Cecil Sapp ran for 164 yards and two touchdowns, and Colorado State converted two turnovers into 14 points to beat Brigham Young 37-10 Thursday night.

With the victory, Colorado State (7-2, 3-0 Mountain West) became eligible for one of the conference's four bowl berths.

BYU (3-5, 0-3), the defending conference champion, dropped its third straight game, during which the usually prolific Cougars have scored a total of only 22 points.

In the fourth straight meeting between the teams on a Thursday night, the Rams atoned for last year's 56-34 loss, during which BYU generated 694 total yards.

Colorado State outgained BYU 493-213 this time, and the Rams had 342 yards rushing.

BYU trailed 27-10 entering the fourth quarter, and whatever hopes the Cougars had of rallying ended with an incomplete pass on fourth down, followed by freshman Ben Stratton's interception of a pass thrown by redshirt freshman Matt Berry. Berry was making his second straight start for BYU.

Sapp ran 7 yards for his second touchdown with 7:16 remaining, and Jeff Babcock kicked his third field goal with 3:19 left.

Colorado State fashioned a 24-10 lead at halftime as Sapp carried 12 times for 132 yards. The Rams also converted two fumbles into back-to-back TDs.

Despite a temperature of 33 degrees at kickoff, Colorado State warmed up quickly, taking a 17-0 first-quarter lead.

On the Rams' first play from scrimmage, Bradlee Van Pelt passed 29 yards to Chris Pittman to help set up Babcock's 31-yard field goal.

Two plays later, Berry was sacked by defensive end Peter Hogan and fumbled, and Colorado State's Patrick Goodpaster recovered at the BYU 19. Sapp scored on a 7-yard run a minute later, marking the 13th straight game he has scored a touchdown.

Three plays later, Berry fumbled a snap, and the Rams' Bryan Save recovered at the 32. Van Pelt's 3-yard run made it 17-0.

BYU, which had only 4 total yards on its first three series, launched an 84-yard scoring drive on Curtis Whalen's 39-yard run late in the first period. Berry passed 17 yards to Andrew Ord on third down, and Berry plunged the final yard.

Colorado State had another scoring opportunity when Whalen fumbled a pitchout at the BYU 30, but CSU's pass on a fake field-goal try fell incomplete.

After Matt Payne cut the deficit to 17-10 with a 25-yard field goal, Sapp broke free on a 64-yard run to the BYU 12, where he fumbled when hit from behind by Aaron Francisco.

Colorado State got the ball back after a punt, and Rahsaan Sanders capped a 56-yard drive with a 21-yard run with 46 seconds left in the half.

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