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1981 HOLIDAY BOWL
 
 
Three games in one was more than the 52,000-plus fans at San Diego's Jack Murphy Stadium paid for, but three games is what they saw as the Brigham Young Cougars held on to defeat the Washington State Cougars 38-36. The BYU squad won the first game, a 31-minute affair that generated a 31-7 lead for the team from Provo. The next 25 minutes just as convincingly belonged to WSU 29-7. In the end, however, the game belonged to BYU as much for defense as anything. They stopped the Pullman team with just over three minutes to play by forcing a punt, then ran out the clock to preserve the win. Jim McMahon, in his last collegiate game, completed 27 of 43 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns. More importantly, he did not throw an interception. The WSU Cougars used the running of Don LaBomme and quarterback Ricky Turner to baffle the BYU team, especially in the second half. Turner gained 92 yards in 12 carries and scored twice, while LaBomme added 79 yards in 14 carries and scored once. Robert Williams and Mike Martin also scored for the Cougars. WSU's failure on a two-point conversion late in the third quarter, an interception BYU's Ron Holmoe returned 35 yards for a touchdown on the third play of the third quarter, and a key sack of Casper on WSU's last possession loomed big in a game that had numerous turning points.
 
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TEAMQTRTIMESCORING PLAY
BYU19:46Plater 35 pass from McMahon (Gunther kick)
BYU213:58Hudson 7 pass from McMahon (Gunther kick)
WSU29:20Turner 2 run (Leland kick)
BYU26:15Gunther 20 field goal
BYU21:06Hamilton 1 run (Gunther kick)
BYU314:00Holmoe 35 interception return (Gunther kick)
WSU310:43LaBomme 18 run (Beech pass from Casper)
WSU35:16R. Williams 5 run (pass failed)
WSU30:59Turner 13 run (Leland kick)
BYU414:55Pettis 11 pass from McMahon (Gunther kick)
WSU45:12Martin 1 run (Turner run)

ATTENDANCE - 52,419

TOTAL OFFENSE-WSU 78/351/4.5. BYU 76/437/5.8.
RUSHING-WSU 53/245: LaBomme 14/79, Turner 12/92, Williams 11/48, Harris 4/16, Bowens 1/1, Mitchell 1/-1, Martin 6/14, Casper 3/-4, Keller 1/0. BYU 32/69: Hamilton 9/52, Pettis 7/28, Sikahema 3/12, McMahon 12/-23, Mees 1/0.
PASSING-WSU 25/8/2/106/0/33: Casper 16/6/2/69/0/24, Turner 9/2/0/27/0/33. BYU 44/28/0/368/3/45: McMahon 43/27/0/342/3/45, Young 1/1/0/26/0/26.
RECEIVING-WSU: Keller 4/40, Jones 2/9, Beach 2/57. BYU: Collie 2/17, Pettis 8/73, Hudson 7/126, Plater 1/35, Hamilton 3/21, Balholm 2/31, Kozlowski 2/44, Sikahema 2/2, Hansen 1/7, Stroh 0/12.
INTERCEPTIONS-WSU: None. BYU: O'Neil 1/18, Holmoe 1/35td.
PUNTING-WSU: Davey 2/71/35.5/39, LaBomme 2/101/50.5, 53, Morris 4/155/38.8/44. BYU: Mees 7/295/42.1/51.
PUNT RETURNS-WSU: Gribble 6/39. BYU: Sikahema 3/16.
KICKOFF RETURNS-WSU: LaBomme 4/106. BYU: Sikahema 2/5, Hansen 2/21.
SCORING-WSU: Turner 14, LaBomme 6, Williams 6, Martin 6, Beech 2, Leland 2. BYU: Gunther 8, Platter 6, Hudson 6, Hamilton 6, Holmoe 6, Pettis 6.
FIRST DOWNS-WSU 23/17/3/3. BYU 22/6/15/1.
FUMBLES/LOST-WSU 0/0. BYU 5/0.
PENALTIES/YARDS-WSU 5/45. BYU 9/86.
POSSESSION TIME-WSU 32:91. BYU 27:59.
THIRD/FOURTH-DOWN CONVERSIONS-WSU 10/19. BYU 9/18.
WSU TACKLERS-Taylor 11/6/5, Blakeney 8/3/5, Retherford 6/4/2, White 5/3/2, Files 5/4/1, Collins 4/4/0, Walker 4/1/3, Elisara 4/2/2, Bradley 4/3/1, Sorensen 4/2/2, Emmil 3/1/2, West 3/3/0, Tupuola 2/2/0, P. Lynch 1/0/1, E. Williams 1/1/0, Tipton 1/0/1, Carrillo 1/0/1, Elkinton 1/0/1, Beach 1/1/0, Martin 1/1/0.
WSU SACKS-Elisara 2/-20, Collins 1/-4.
WSU TFL-Collins 1/2, Emmil 1/4, Taylor 1/-8.

ROSTER
89 Pat Beach, te
97 Mike Beasley, olb
36 Cleve Bigelow, fs
96 Lee Blakeney, slb
26 Roger Bolden, rb
20 Al Bowens, rb
30 Nate Bradley, cb
25 Brian Brooks, cb
91 Ben Carrillo, slb
9 Clete Casper, qb
95 Ken Collins, dt
38 Cleofus Cullors, cb
16 Tim Davey, p
8 Nathan Davis, se
31 Don Denman, rb
1 Jimmy DeWitt, wr
53 Rob Dezellum, og
38 Jimmie Doss, db
73 Matt Elisara, ng
37 Sonny Elkinton, olb
11 Bob Elliott, pk
34 Ken Emmil, olb
59 Peter Emsky, ot
83 Leif Erickson, te
87 Paul Escalera, fl
41 Jeff Files, cb
60 Charlie Flager, ot
6 Bill Gribble, cb
94 Brad Harrington, olb
43 Tim Harris, rb
52 Dave Harrison, og
29 Steve Haub, cb
79 Milford Hodge, ng
64 Ted Jacobsen, dt
85 J.J. Jones, se
88 Jeff Keller, fl
45 Wade Killian, wlb
21 Don LaBomme, rb
61 Curt Ladines, slb
4 Ward Leland, pk
58 Dan Lynch, og
65 Pat Lynch, ng
23 Mike Martin, rb
32 James Matthews, fb
67 Dallas Maynard, dt
55 Mark McKay, og
93 Keith Millard, dt
2 Cameron Mitchell, se
10 Kevin Morris, pk
99 Jim Olesen, te
50 Mike Palumbo, og
63 Gary Patrick, og
18 Mark Pleis, olb
81 Jeff Poppe, se
66 David Pritchard, c
19 Rod Retherford, cb
70 Gary Richards, dt
49 Kirk Russell, olb
17 Mark Rypien, qb
69 Kirk Samuelson, og
78 Mike Schuster, ot
75 Pat Scribbick, ot
51 Steve Sebahar, c
48 Peter Shaw, ss
72 Kevin Sloan, ot
82 Steve Smalls, wr
28 Paul Sorensen, fs
80 Tom Spencer, te
24 Darren Talley, fl
3 Joe Taylor, ss
22 Lawrence Tylor, wr
5 Gary Teague, fs
98 Rico Tipton, slb
40 Rob Treece, db
54 Junior Tupuola, olb
12 Ricky Turner, qb
90 Pili Tutuvanu, c
62 Mike Walker, dt
33 Dickie Walsh, fb
46 Bob Walsh, olb
27 Jerald Waters, fs
44 John West, ss
57 Brent White, wlb
84 Jamie White, te
42 Robert Williams, fb
56 Bill Williams, c
76 Eric Williams, dt
74 John Winslow, ot

1981 RESULTS
33-21 # Montana State
14-10 @ Colorado
24-21 Arizona State
31-0 Pacific
23-0 @ Oregon State
17-17 UCLA
34-19 @ Arizona
17-41 @ USC
39-7 Oregon
19-0 # California
10-23 @ Washington
36-38 Brigham Young (Holiday Bowl)
# = Game played in Spokane

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