Beck eager to add big wins to lofty stats

Even as he surveyed a browbeaten locker room at a stadium eight miles east of the Las Vegas Strip, Bronco Mendenhall knew that BYU's fortunes had finally changed.

The Cougars' appearance in the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl ended a four-year postseason drought, the longest since the school accepted its first invitation in 1974. And, with a few breaks, they would have beaten Cal, a Top 25 team that boasted the Pac-10's best scoring defense.