1974 Fiesta Bowl

Oklahoma State 16, Brigham Young 6

1974 fiesta bowl
December 28, 1974

Attendance: 50,879

Offensive Player of the Game: Kenny Walker, Oklahoma State

Defensive Player of the Game: Philip Dokes, Oklahoma State

Head Coaches: Jim Stanley, Oklahoma State - LaVell Edwards, BYU

Weather: Cloudy, light rain

Television: CBS

Payout Per Team: $201,898.61

The Fiesta Bowl had been known as an offensive battle until Oklahoma State and BYU showed up in 1974. Despite the fierce defensive struggle, the Cowboys scored 16 unanswered points to pull away with a 16-6 victory in the 1974 Fiesta Bowl, before 50,879 restless fans.

Much of the reason for the defensive battle was due to the early departure of BYU passing wizard Gary Sheide. After completing four of five passes for 43 yards and leading the Cougars to two field goals in the first quarter, Sheide was knocked out of the game late in the first quarter.

On an outside scramble, Sheide was nailed from behind by defensive player of the game Philip Dokes. The senior signal-caller left the game with a severely strained ligament in his left shoulder and never returned.

Oklahoma State quickly took advantage, as Tony Buck returned an interception of BYU backup Mark Giles to the Cougar 26-yard line. Three plays later, Kenny Walker took a pitch and raced around the left end for a 12-yard touchdown run.

Oklahoma State scored again in the third quarter on a 42-yard field goal by Abby Daigle to take a 10-6 lead.

The third and fourth quarters were a display of excellent defense by both teams. With under 10 minutes left in the game, Brigham Young began a long drive from their own two. Giles marched his club all the way to the OSU 28 on short passes and runs, but the drive stalled there when a fourth-and-three pass fell incomplete.

The Cowboys then took control of the ball and clock and scored with 1:14 remaining on a 40-yard halfback pass play from Leonard Thompson to Gerald Bain. Walker, who scored the game’s first touchdown and finished with 35 yards rushing, was named the offensive player of the game.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
Oklahoma State
0
7
3
6
16
BYU
6
0
0
0
6

Yardstick

OSU
BYU
14
First Downs
17
55-147
Rushes-Yards
36-120
77
Passing Yards
181
7-18-0
Passes
15-31-3
64
Return Yards
3
7-41.9
Punts
6-41.8
6-0
Fumbles-Lost
3-1
12-84
Penalties - Yards
9-66

How They Scored

OSU
BYU
0
3
Mark Uselman 30 yard field goal
0
6
Uselman 43 yard field goal
7
6
Kenny Walker 12 yard run (Abby Daigle kick)
10
6
Daigle 42 yard field goal
16
6
Gerald Bain 40 yard pass from Leonard Thompson (kick failed)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
OSU
Kenny Walker 7-35, Alfred Nelms 6-32, Robert Turner 9-27, Leonard Thompson 9-22, Skip Taylor 5-19, Jimmy Derrick 3-10, Charlie Weatherbie 9-8, Scott Burk 4-6, Terry Miller 1-(-1), Gerald Bain 1-(-8).
BYU
Jeff Blanc 19-55, Mark Giles 10-33, Tim Mahoney 6-31, Todd Christensen 1-1.
Passing
OSU
Charlie Weatherbie 4-13-0-21, Scott Burk 2-4-0-16, Leonard Thompson 1-1-0-40.
BYU
Mark Giles 11-26-3-138, Gary Sheide 4-5-0-43.
Receiving
OSU
Gerald Bain 2-48, Ron Boyer 2-12, Sam Lisle 1-10, Kenny Walker 1-6, Thompson 1-1.
BYU
Jeff Blanc 4-36, Sam LaBue 3-50, Tom Toolson 3-36, John Betham 2-28, Todd Christensen 2-24, Tim Mahoney 1-7.