Nov. 13, 1999
By ROBERT W. BLACK
Associated Press Writer
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Jay Stoner passed for 297 yards and three touchdowns tolead Wyoming to a 31-17 upset of No. 15 BYU on Saturday.
The loss was the first in the Mountain West Conference for BYU (8-2, 5-1MWC) and prevented the Cougars from clinching the outright title. Wyoming (6-3,3-2) led nearly the entire game and kept alive hopes for a share of thechampionship and a trip to the Liberty Bowl.
BYU can wrap up the title against Utah next Saturday.
Stoner's 22-yard touchdown pass to Kofi Shuck with 12 seconds left in thethird quarter broke the game open and Tim Beasley added a 14-yard scoring runwith 9:12 remaining to boost the lead to 31-10.
Stoner completed 21 of 31 passes without an interception. Beasley, whorushed for 81 yards on 16 carries, set the tone by taking a screen pass 44yards on the Cowboys' first play.
BYU's Kevin Feterik was 30-of-46 for 364 yards and moved ahead of SteveSarkisian, Marc Wilson and Steve Young into fifth place on the school's careerpassing list with 7,758 yards. He threw for one touchdown but had a passintercepted and was sacked four times, twice by Brian Van Emmerik.
Owen Pochman's BYU-record 14th straight field goal, a 32-yarder in the thirdquarter, drew the Cougars to within 17-10.
Stoner then led the Cowboys 80 yards, a march that included a 22-yard divingsideline catch by Tommy Nash and Shuck's streaking reception in the corner ofthe end zone.
The extra point after a 1-yard TD run by Feterik with 4:47 remaining movedPochman into second place on BYU's career scoring chart with 241 points.
Stoner passed for 204 yards in the first half and found Wendell Montgomeryfor scoring strikes of 14 and 20 yards to stake the Cowboys to a 14-7 lead atintermission.
Less than three minutes into the game, Stoner's 14-yard TD pass toMontgomery put the Cowboys up 7-0.
A 20-yard TD pass from Feterik to Margin Hooks with 1:53 left in the secondquarter tied it, but Montgomery's second TD with 10 seconds left in the halfcapped an 80-yard, 10-play drive that gave Wyoming the lead for good.
Each team had two turnovers in the first half but both of BYU's came insidethe Wyoming 3.