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20 years ago: BYU football snaps tailspin

Published: Saturday, Sept. 24 2011 6:28 p.m. MDT

BYU's football team, which was winless thus far this season and had lost five straight games dating back to the tail end of the 1990 campaign, snapped its losing spell with a 21-7 Western Athletic Conference victory over the Air Force Academy.

After three straight non-league losses to Top 25 members Florida State, UCLA and Penn State, the Cougars got 340 yards passing and two touchdown tosses from reigning Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer to help knock off the previously unbeaten Falcons.

"I told the players last night that this could be one of the most important games in a long time," BYU coach LaVell Edwards said following his team's much-needed victory at Cougar Stadium. "It was a big one for us."

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