Gifford Nielsen completed 30 of 40 passes for 321 yards and six touchdowns. Head coachLaVell Edwards pulled Nielsen with about three minutes left in the first half and again at 3:46 in the third quarter while three more potential touchdown passes were dropped otherwise Nielsen's stats would have been even greater. The BYU players were actually cheered by the Utah State fans as they left field.
Safety, intentional grounding by Wilson in end one
Liapls 12-yard run (pass failed)
VanDerWouden 14-yard pass from Wilson (Duke kick)
Thompson 26-yard pass from Wilson (Duke kick)
VanDerWouden 8-yard pass from Wilson (Duke kick)
BYU's Marc Wilson threw for 571 yards, breaking the single-game NCAA record set by Utah State's Tony Adams in 1972. Wilson was pulled with two minutes left but put back in and completed three passes, including a touchdown to John VanDerWouden, to set the record, which drew the ire of Utah head coach Wayne Howard.