LOGAN, Utah (Ticker) -- Freshman Curtis Brown rushed for a season-high 217 yards and three touchdowns as Brigham Young scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to rally for a 35-34 victory over Utah State.
Utah State (1-5) built a 34-7 lead at halftime. Brigham Young quarterback Bret Engemann was intercepted by safety Jerome Dennis as time expired and Dennis ran it back for a score to give the Aggies their large halftime cushion.
Brown scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter as BYU (3-2) cut its deficit to 34-21. The Cougars pulled within six points on a trick play when wide receiver Toby Christensen threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jason Kukahiko with just under 10 minutes remaining.
Engemann, who was reinstated as the starter after being benched in the last two games, engineered a seven-play, 82-yard drive that he capped with a 18-yard touchdown to tight end Gabriel Reid with 6:46 left to play. Matt Payne's extra point gave BYU its first lead.
Brown carried 33 times in his first start in place of Marcus Whalen, who was injured in the Cougar's last game at Georgia Tech on September 21. Engemann was 26-of-43 for 294 yards.
Aggies quarterback Jose Fuentes completed 24-of-53 passes for 331 yards but was intercepted twice.
The Cougars have won 20 of the last 22 meetings but the state rivals are not set to meet again until the 2005 season.