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Brigham Young Is a 38-35 Winner

September 03, 2000|From Associated Press

Owen Pochman's 27-yard field goal in overtime capped a Brigham Young rally, and Bret Engemann completed 34 of 41 passes for 447 yards to lead the Cougars to a 38-35 victory over Virginia on Saturday at Charlottesville, Va.

Virginia, in its season opener and first game in renovated Scott Stadium, led, 21-0, at halftime but Brigham Young--a 29-3 loser to Florida State last Saturday--scored five second-half touchdowns, three on runs by Brian McDonald.

Virginia failed to score in overtime, with Tyson Smith intercepting Dan Ellis' pass.

Brigham Young tied the game at 35 with 50 seconds left in regulation on a six-yard pass play from Engemann to Margin Hooks. That play capped a 49-yard drive that began when Virginia failed to convert a fourth-and-one play.

"I probably shouldn't have done it," Virginia Coach George Welsh said. "But if we make it, we probably win the game."

Virginia managed to drive to the Brigham Young 31 as time was running out, but David Greene's 48-yard field-goal attempt with five seconds left was wide left.

Virginia's running back trio of Arlen Harris, Antwoine Womack and Tyree Foreman filled in nicely for the departed Thomas Jones--the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading rusher last season and No. 1 draft choice of the Arizona Cardinals. They each scored a touchdown and combined for 262 yards in 37 carries.

Virginia, just as it did in last year's 45-40 victory over Brigham Young at Provo, Utah, took a 21-0 first-half lead. Engemann, however, threw for 215 yards in the third quarter and had two second-half touchdown passes to lead Brigham Young's comeback.


In other games involving Atlantic Coast Conference schools:

Woodrow Dantzler completed 16 of 17 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 17-ranked Clemson to a 38-0 victory over The Citadel at Clemson, S.C. Clemson scored on five of its first six possessions and recorded its first shutout since Oct. 10, 1998, when it beat Maryland 23-0. . . . Ray Robinson rushed for 139 yards and scored a touchdown in the second overtime to lift North Carolina State to a 38-31 victory over Arkansas State at Raleigh, N.C. The Wolfpack sealed the victory when linebacker Edrick Smith recovered a fumble by running back Jacqis Walker on third down. It was the first game for North Carolina State Coach Chuck Amato, who had been an assistant for 18 years at Florida State, and 6-foot-5 quarterback Philip Rivers, who completed 29 of 57 passes for 397 yards and three touchdowns. . . . Quarterback Ronald Curry had 261 total yards in his first game since rupturing an Achilles' tendon as North Carolina rolled past Tulsa, 30-9, at Chapel Hill, N.C. Curry, who was injured in the fifth game last season, completed 12 of 22 passes for 192 yards and rushed for 69 more as the Tar Heels spoiled the debut of Tulsa Coach Keith Burns, a former Arkansas assistant. . . . Kelly Hardy returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown on the game's third play and East Carolina recorded only its second shutout since 1982 in a 38-0 victory over Duke at Durham, N.C.--the season opener for both schools. East Carolina quarterback David Garrard warmed up for his showdown Thursday night with No. 11 Virginia Tech and Michael Vick, going 22 for 29 for 264 yards and a touchdown. . . . George Godsey had two touchdowns passes in the final 3:48 to lift Georgia Tech to a 21-17 victory over Central Florida at Atlanta in the season opener for both schools. Georgia Tech had its scheduled opener with Virginia Tech last Sunday canceled because of a thunderstorm.


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