Ryan Yarborough caught 10 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns, breaking the NCAA record for career receiving yards and lifting Wyoming to a 43-38 victory over San Diego State Saturday night at San Diego.
San Diego State had first and goal on the Wyoming five with 20 seconds left, but four consecutive plays failed, including a fourth-down pass that Darnay Scott caught out of bounds in the back of the end zone.
Wyoming, 8-3 overall and 6-2 in the Western Athletic Conference, shares the WAC championship with Fresno State and Brigham Young. By virtue of tiebreakers, BYU earned its 11th Holiday Bowl berth and will play either Ohio State or Wisconsin in San Diego on Dec. 30.
Wyoming appears headed for the Freedom Bowl on Dec. 30 in Anaheim, where it would face USC. And Fresno State appears headed to the Aloha Bowl at Honolulu on Christmas Day. A probable opponent would be Oklahoma.
Marshall Faulk gained 150 yards in 30 carries and scored three touchdowns for San Diego State (6-6, 4-4), which lost its fourth game in a row and blew a probable spot in the Aloha Bowl. The Aztecs have only five victories against Division I-A opponents, one short of the NCAA requirement for bowl consideration. Their other win was against Division I-AA Cal State Northridge in their season opener.
Yarborough finished his career with 4,357 receiving yards. He broke the old record of 4,345 yards, set by Aaron Turner of Pacific (1989-92).
Brigham Young 47, Texas El Paso 16--Kalin Hall, hampered by an ankle injury earlier in the season, ran for 108 yards and four touchdowns to led Holiday Bowl-bound BYU (6-5, 6-2) over UTEP (1-11, 0-8) in a WAC game at Provo, Utah. Hall scored on runs of nine, six, two and one yards.
BYU ends up sharing the WAC championship with Wyoming and Fresno State, but by virtue of tiebreakers is going to the Holiday Bowl.
BYU quarterback John Walsh finished with 19 completions in 29 attempts for 246 yards against UTEP. He scored one touchdown on a five-yard run and threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Eric Drage.
Drage, BYU's career reception leader, finished with four catches for 28 yards and 3,066 for his career. He missed one game and most of another after suffering five broken ribs against Utah State on Oct. 30.