Wyoming Defeated By BYU, 35-21

Nov. 12, 2005

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By MEAD GRUVER

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Curtis Brown ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns to lead BYU to a 35-21 victory over Wyoming on Saturday.

Jonny Harline added two touchdown catches for BYU (6-4, 5-2 Mountain West), including the game's last touchdown late in the third quarter.

Wyoming (4-6, 2-5) was plagued by turnovers: three fumbles and two interceptions. All three fumbles were recovered by Justin Luettgerodt, who also intercepted Corey Bramlet once.

The Cowboys came within 28-21 on a 2-yard touchdown run by Wynel Seldon early in the second half and drove inside the BYU 10-yard line their next possession. But Devin Moore's fumble - Wyoming's third fumble and fourth turnover - on the 7-yard line shut the Cowboys down.

Brown and quarterback John Beck both had long runs on BYU's next possession, setting up Harline's second touchdown catch, a 12-yard pass, for the final score.

The Cougars became bowl-eligible with the win, while Wyoming's fifth-consecutive loss eliminated any hope that the Cowboys would play in a bowl game.

Wyoming led 7-0 after a 21-yard reception by Jovon Bouknight, but the Cougars tied the game on Brown's 6-yard touchdown run, then went ahead 14-7 on Harline's 14-yard touchdown catch later in the first quarter. Seldon, who finished with 110 rushing yards, had a 69-yard touchdown run late in the first for a 14-14 tie.

Brown's second touchdown, another 6-yard run, put BYU ahead for good, and Nauhafu Tahi's touchdown gave the Cougars a 28-14 lead at halftime.