MELBOURNE, Australia — Quarterback Sean Covey threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third score Saturday to lead Brigham Young University to a 30-26 victory over Colorado State before a disappointing crowd of 7,652.
Promoters of the game, billed as the Melbourne Bowl, had hoped to attract about 20,000 spectators to 32,000-seat Princes Park stadium.
Covey threw both touchdown passes to running back Matt Bellini as the Cougars finished the Western Athletic Conference season with a 7-1 record and raised their overall mark to 9-3, with an All-America Bowl appearance against Virginia Dec. 22 still to come.
Covey connected with Bellini from 12 yards out with 1:40 remaining in the first quarter and again from 19 yards away with 9:59 remaining in the first half. Covey also scored a touchdown from 5 yards out with 9:13 left in the game.
Colorado State, which finished 1-7 in the WAC and 1-11 overall, stayed close on three touchdowns by Scott Whitehouse. He scored on runs of 1 and 11 yards and caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from from quarterback Scooter Molander.