Cal Visits BYU In First-Ever Meeting Between Schools
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  10/06/1999

Oct. 6, 1999

BERKELEY, Calif. - No. 24 BYU nearly blew an 11-point, fourth-quarter lead last Saturday. This week, it looks to blow away a team coming off a 24-point loss.

The Cougars (3-1), coming off a 34-31 overtime win over Utah State, face California (2-2), which lost 31-7 at Washington State, this Saturday in Provo, Utah.

BYU led 31-20 in the final quarter before the Aggies rallied to tie the contest, sending it to overtime.

In the extra frame, Utah State kicker Brad Bohn had a chance to be the hero, but missed a 42-yard field goal. Moments later, Owen Pochman hit the game-winning 34-yarder for the Cougars.

The dramatic win landed BYU back in the Top 25. Now, it looks to climb the rankings with an impressive performance against a smaller, non-conference opponent.

Coach LaVell Edwards' team is paced by quarterback Kevin Feterick, who ranks second nationally with 347 yards of total offense per game. The senior signal-caller also is 13th in passing with a 148.3 efficiency rating. Feterick has moved into eight place on Brigham Young's all-time passing list, one that includes the likes of Ty Detmer, Jim McMahon and Steve Young.

Feterick is joined on offense by freshman running back Luke Staley, who is fourth in the nation in scoring with 14 points per contest.

The Bears have only played in the state of Utah once, beating Utah in 1963. Although his team has never faced BYU, coach Tom Holmoe sees it as familiar ground. He played under Edwards at the school from 1979-82.

"Coach Edwards is a good friend of mine," Holmoe said. "He's probably the main reason I went to BYU. We've become peers now, I guess you could say, as head coaches in college football."

Holmoe's squad is led by a group of talented freshmen, including starting quarterback Kyle Boller and running back Joe Igber.

Boller has completed just 40 of 90 passes for 439 yards, three TDs and three interceptions. Igber has 127 yards on 22 carries, but on the ground, the team is led by Marcus Fields' 246 rushing yards.