Sept. 1

Pitt Stadium, Pittsburgh

BYU 20, No. 3 Pitt 14

Recap: The Cougars rally to score 11 points in the final quarter, including a 50-yard touchdown pass from Robbie Bosco to Adam Haysbert with 1:37 remaining, to register a huge upset on the East Coast in the season-opener.

Sept. 8

Cougar Stadium, Provo

No. 13 BYU 47, Baylor 13

Recap: Showing no signs of a letdown after knocking off Pitt, the Cougars cruise to an easy victory over the Bears, scoring 21 points in the first quarter.

Sept. 15

Cougar Stadium, Provo

No. 8 BYU 38, Tulsa 15

Recap: On the same day BYU's Sharlene Wells was crowned Miss America, the Cougars blow out the Golden Hurricane.

Sept. 22

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu

No. 6 BYU 18, Hawaii 13

Recap: Thanks to a key fourth-quarter defensive play by Kyle Morrell at the goal line, and a touchdown pass from Bosco to Glen Kozlowski in the closing minutes, the Cougars preserve their undefeated season with a narrow victory at Hawaii.

Oct. 6

Hughes Stadium, Fort Collins, Colo.

No. 7 BYU 52, Colorado State 9

Recap: Though the Cougars dropped in the polls after escaping Honolulu with a win, they come back strong, crushing the Rams as halfback Kelly Smith scores three touchdowns.

Oct. 13

Cougar Stadium, Provo

No. 5 BYU 41, Wyoming 38

Recap: In a wild, back-and-forth affair, the Cougars rally in the fourth quarter and outscore the Cowboys. Late in the contest, Bosco finds tight end David Mills for a 14-yard touchdown pass with four minutes remaining, then scores a two-point conversion to seal the win.

Oct. 20

Falcon Stadium, Colo. Springs, Colo.

No. 7 BYU 30, Air Force 25

Recap: For the second week in a row, the Cougars get a scare but pull out the victory. Mills hauls in 10 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown on a cold, snowy day on the Front Range.

Oct. 25

University Stadium, Albuquerque, N.M.

No. 5 BYU 48, New Mexico 0

Recap: In a Thursday night ESPN special, the Cougars blank the Lobos as the punishing BYU defense forces seven UNM fumbles and recovers five of them.

Nov. 3

Cougar Stadium, Provo

No. 4 BYU 42, UTEP 9

Recap: With rumors swirling about BYU getting out of its Holiday Bowl contract in favor of a more prestigious bowl, the Cougars take care of business against the Miners with an easy win.

Nov. 10

Cougar Stadium, Provo

No. 4 BYU 34, San Diego State 3

Recap: The Cougar defense smothers the Aztecs, surrendering only 165 yards of total offense and a field goal.

Nov. 17

Rice Stadium, Salt Lake City

No. 3 BYU 24, Utah 14

Recap: On the same day the Cougars edged the Utes, the two teams ahead of BYU in the polls — No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 South Carolina — both fall. Two days later, the Cougars ascend to the top spot in the rankings for the first time ever.

Nov. 24

Cougar Stadium, Provo

No. 1 BYU 38, Utah State 13

Recap: The Cougars whip the Aggies in their home finale and their first-ever game as a No. 1-ranked team.

Dec. 21

Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, Calif.

No. 1 BYU 24, Michigan 17

Recap: In keeping with Holiday Bowl tradition, the Cougars and Wolverines stage a dramatic game that comes down to the final minutes. BYU completes its perfect season as an injured Bosco engineers a pair of touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. A couple of weeks later, the Cougars are crowned national champions in both the AP and UPI polls.

Final record: 13-0

Final ranking: No. 1