Defense proved their mettle as well, forcing Texas to go 3-and-out on their first three drives of the game. Unfortunately, the BYU offense stalled as well during that time, moving the ball a little on their second drive, then going 3-and-out on the next two.
On their fourth drive, Texas had good field position starting at their own 37-yard line. After a 6 yard run by quarterback David Ash, they reeled off a big play. Ash connected with receiver Mike Davis for a 57-yard TD. That gave the Longhorns a 7-3 lead, but BYU would strike back with a big play of its own.
After a couple of plays set up a 3rd and 2, quarterback Taysom Hill swept around to the left side to get the 1st down himself. But once he got the 1st down, he found a lot of green in front of him. Slipping through two defenders, Hill was off to the races for a 68-yard touchdown run, and the BYU Cougars took back the lead.
The first quarter would end with BYU up 10-7.
Texas put together a sustained, 9 play, 76 yard drive to retake the lead early in the second quarter. Once again, however, BYU stuck right back, with it’s own 10 play, 75 yard drive, capped off with another TD run byHill, this time from 20 yards out. The BYU defense once again helped Texas to the 3-and-out, and the Cougar offense put together another solid drive. This drive covered 59 yards on 9 plays, with running back Paul Lasike scoring on a 10-yard run.
BYU was now up 24-14, and it would never be closer than a two-score game the rest of the way.
The Cougar defense held again, and BYU was able to tack on another field goal before halftime. Six straight runs by Jamaal Williams moved the ball 62 yards, including his first run for 37-yards. That used up nearly all of the 2:56 left in the first half when the drive began.
The Cougars went into the half up 13 on the 15th-ranked Longhorns, 27-14.
Taysom Hill and the BYU offense picked up right where they left off. The Cougars drove 79 yards on 8 plays, and Hill took it to the house, again, running right up the middle on 3rd and long and going all the way for a 26 yard TD. Hill completed just four passes in the first half, but nearly doubled that number on this drive as he completed three passes for 44 yards, including an acrobatic 31-yard grab by Cody Hoffman on 3rd and 3.
The Longhorns would answer one more time to again make it a two score game. It would, however, be the last time they scored. BYU would add two more field goals before the end of the 3rd quarter.
The 4th quarter was scoreless, for the final score of 40-21. The Cougar D came up big in the final period with two fourth down stops.
Overall, Hill, Lasike, and Williams ran all over the Texas defense. Hill finished with 259 yards on just 17 carries (an average of 15.2 yards per carry) and 3 TDs, while Williams added 182 yards on 30 carries (6.1 ypc), and Lasike had 87 yards on 15 carries (5.8 ypc) and a TD. All three were career-highs. For Lasike, this was a bit of a break out game, as he has been involved in the offense for some time now, but never had a major role. All together, the Cougars ran for a school-record 550 yards, shattering a record which had stood for 55 years. Not only was this the most rushing yards in BYU history, it was also the most rushing yards givenup by the defense in Longhorns’ history.
Despite only having two receptions, Hoffman had 63 yards receiving in his first game of the season coming off an injury the previous week. The passing game is where some obvious improvement still needs to made, as Hill went 9 of 26 for 129 yards. With an All-American wide receiver in Hoffman, it would be a shame if BYU can’t find ways to get the ball into his hands more the rest of this season.
Texas tailback Daje Johnson was injured in the first series of the game and did not return. Longhorn Quarter David Ash also left the game early in the 4th quarter due to injury.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Taysom Hill takes it to the house from 68 yards out on a 3rd down to retake both the lead and momentum in the 1st quarter.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Taysom Hill – 9/26, 129 yards, 1 int.; 17 carries, 259 yards, 3 TDs.
DATE: September 21
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