BY DESERET NEWS COUGAR BLOG GUEST BLOGGER KEN DRIGGS
It was the fall of 1958, a beautiful time of year in Provo. I came to BYU freshman orientation on the BYU campus with palpable excitement. Not only was I looking forward to college life and classes, but also to finding good-looking Mormon coeds. To top it off, football season was already underway, and the Cougars had handily defeated my home town Fresno State Bulldogs, with the Utah game in Salt Lake City only a few days away.
Student body excitement was at a fever pitch, and we felt the Cougars had a chance to break a long winless streak against Utah and to defeat them for only the second time in history.
The bonfire rally the night before the game, with a cameo appearance from legendary yell leader Dick Moody, only added to the exuberance and optimism. We topped it off on game night with a slow-moving caravan of cars from Provo to Salt Lake City and the stadium, and still arrived well before the kickoff.
Our hopes for a win suffered a setback when the Cougars fumbled the kickoff and the Utes scored on the next play. Little did we know that it would be the last score in the game by Utah. With the score tied 7-7 late in the fourth quarter, BYU end R.K. Brown took a pass from quarterback Wayne Startin and raced down the left sideline for a touchdown. The Cougars shut down the Utes and their All-American quarterback Lee Grosscup, and we streamed onto the field.
I got a piece of the wooden goal post and kept it as a treasure along with my brother’s piece of the goal post from the only other win against Utah in 1942. I am sorry to say that those mementos were lost in a family move. What was not lost was the indelible memory of the Startin to Brown pass and a great night in BYU football history.
Ken Driggs of Mesa, Ariz., is a BYU graduate and served as Cosmo in the ’60s. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.