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BYU 30, Colorado State 7

November 3 (Fort Collins, 25612)

BYU (#11)


Colorado State came out through the stands just 12 seconds before kickoff, continuing their custom this season of not coming out for pregame warmups.

Colorado State wanted to fly in their mascot by helicopter but experienced technical problems.

Through three quarters, CSU's defense held BYU in check: 16 points, 272 yards (only three more than the Rams) and Marc Wilson had only 180 yards passing.

In the fourth, Wilson completed four passes as he drove the Cougars 79 yards in eight plays to set up Eric Lane's one-yard touchdown run. On the next series, Wilson hit Lloyd Jones for a 72-yard touchdown.

Wilson finished 24 of 40 for 358 yards and three scoes, his seventh consecutive 300-yard passing game. It was also Wilson's fifth straight game of 300 yards of total offense, breaking Don Strock's NCAA record and moving him past Danny White (6,453) on the all-time WAC list. Wilson had now broken or tied seven NCAA records in his career.

Colorado State coach Sark Arslanian: "...I've never seen a team that can throw 40 times and not pick up one holding penalty."

BYU had "just" 498 yds of total offense as Colorado State sacked Wilson twice and hurried several throws.

The Cougars had trouble stopping TB Alvin Lewis and QB Keith Lee, who ran for 108 yards despite a shoulder injury that forced him out of the game on several occasions, early in the game but Lee completed only three passes and eventually BYU shut down the run.

BYU scored first on a 34-yard field goal on their first possession following a controversial roughing the punter penalty. They scored again on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Matt Braga. That score was set up by a 57-yard pass to Dan Plater, who caught six passes for 115 yards.

Colorado State had one drive end at BYU 37 when the Rams fumbled on fourth-and-one. A 52-yard scoring run by Lee was called backed on a clipping penalty.

The Rams drove 64 yards to a touchdown in the second quarter to cut the lead to 10-7 and forced BYU to punt on the ensuing series. On first down, Glen Redd intercepted Lee and BYU capitalized with a 14-yard scoring pass to Bill Davis.

Colorado State held BYU scoreless in the third but gained only five yards of total offense in the fourth.


1st Quarter

BYU: Johnson 46 yard field goal

BYU: Braga 10 yard pass from Wilson (Johnson kick)

2nd Quarter

CSU: Lee 2 yard run (Barilla kick)

BYU: Davis 14 yard pass from Wilson (kick failed)

3rd Quarter

No Scoring

4th Quarter

BYU: Lane 1 yard run (Johnson kick)

BYU: L. Jones 72 yard pass from Wilson (Johnson kick)...midway through qt


  • "Same old story: Wilson passes, Cougars win." Doug Robinson. Deseret News. 5 Nov 1979.
  • "Wilson sets league record as BYU tops Colorado State." Palm Beach Post. 4 Nov 1979.