Wyoming's Late Charge Keeps MWC Title Hopes Alive

Nov. 6, 1999

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AP Sports Writer

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Linebacker Patrick Chukwurah led a defensive chargethat helped Wyoming produce 23 fourth-quarter points as the Cowboys beat Utah43-29 in a mistake-prone game Saturday night.

Freshman Cliff Brye had fourth-quarter touchdown runs of 16 and 21 yards asthe Cowboys (5-3, 2-2 Mountain West) avoided a loss that would have eliminatedany hope of contending for the league title.

Jay Stoner was 21-of-38 for 349 yards for Wyoming.

The Utes (6-3, 3-2) lost their second straight game but their concernsafterward were focused on quarterback Darnell Arceneaux, taken from the stadiumin an ambulance after Chukwurah and Jared Jernigan sacked him in the end zone.

Arceneaux fumbled and Cortney Barnes recovered to give Wyoming a 35-17 leadwith 8:54 to play. Briefly unconscious, Arceneaux was diagnosed with what teamofficials called "a massive concussion."

Utah, inspired by the sight of their quarterback seriously injured, seemedready to challenge after Arceneaux went down.

Reserve quarterback T.D. Croshaw threw an 80-yard TD strike to Cliff Russellon the Utes' next play from scrimmage, pulling Utah within 36-23. The Utahdefense forced a punt, but Croshaw was intercepted by Al Rich.

The Cowboys needed only four plays before Brye scored on a 21-yard run,weaving through dejected Utah defenders. The Utes added a final TD on Croshaw's4-yard pass to Boo Bendinger with 34 seconds left.

Until the fourth quarter, it was a sloppy game, with lots of penalties,dropped passes and incompletions. Each team lost three fumbles. The Cowboys hadone interception and Utah threw three.

Protecting a 20-17 lead after three quarters, the Cowboys stretched it to22-17 with 11:35 remaining when Chukwurah blitzed to sack Arceneaux in the endzone. Brye's 16-yard TD came on the ensuing possession.

The Utes started the next possession deep in their own end. Arceneaux threwincomplete and was sacked for a 2-yard loss before Chukwurah and Jernigancollapsed on him to set up Barnes' TD.

Cowboys coach Dana Dimel, dissatisfied with his team's play in a 24-13 lossto Colorado State on Oct. 23, directed the Cowboys from the press box. He wasthe third Division I coach this season to watch from above.

Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez, recovering from a knee replacement, and GeorgiaTech's George O'Leary, serving a one-game penalty for an infraction of NCAArules, also coached from upstairs.