The game began with BYU marching down the field and taking a 3-0 lead on the first series of the game. After that the BYU defense forced three straight punts without giving up a single first down. Although BYU was not as big or fast or talented as Texas, at least in the eyes of the experts, the Cougars were going toe-to-toe with the Longhorns early on.
Then a Texas wide receiver used his speed to get behind the BYU defense and score a 57-yard touchdown with 3:21 to play in the first quarter and take a 7-3 lead. It appeared that "order was being restored," and Texas would have the upper hand against an over matched BYU team. Besides the Longhorn offense coming to life, the Texas defense had not allowed a first down on BYU's last two possessions.
Following the Texas touchdown, BYU faced a third down on the third play of the drive. If the Texas defense made another stop, they would be in control. That is when Hill scampered around the left end and down the seam of the Texas defense for the score.
BYU was up, again, on the scoreboard, and showed they belonged on the field with Texas. If Texas was going to win, they would have to earn it with four full quarters of play.
Play 2: Roughing the Kicker on Texas, approximately 9:00 2nd Quarter
The Taysom Hill TD run stopped any onslaught of Texas domination, but the game was far from over. Texas punted on its next drive, and BYU threw an interception. The Longhorns turned that interception into seven points and retook the lead, 14-10, with 10:29 to play in the second quarter.
Texas forced BYU to punt on the Cougars' ensuing drive. That put the Longhorns in prime position to clearly take the upper hand. They had scored touchdowns on two of their last three drives, and forced a turnover and a punt by the BYU offense.
With approximately nine minutes left in the first half, there was time for two more scores. Texas could build a two touchdown (24-10) or even a commanding 28-10 lead by the break, thanks to this stop by the defense.
The Longhorns special teams ruined all that. They roughed the BYU punter, and gave the Cougars a fresh set of downs. Four plays later, Hill scored his second touchdown. That gave BYU a 17-14 lead.
The BYU defense forced another 3-and-out. BYU now had the chance to take a two score lead into the halftime break. BYU added 10 more points before halftime with a touchdown on this drive, and a field goal in the final seconds. Texas went from having the ball with a four-point lead to trailing 27-14 at halftime.
A 13-point halftime deficit isn't the end of the world, especially for a team like Texas. (The Longhorns scored 42 second half points the week before.) To win the game, however, Texas would need to set the tone early in the second half.
Texas received the second half kickoff, and the offense quickly moved the ball to the 50-yard line. Texas faced a 3rd and 8 for the second time on this drive. Throwing the ball had worked the last time, so Texas tried it again.
BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy made sure it would not work this time. The BYU pass rush flushed Texas QB David Ash out to the right. That is when Van Noy switched to turbo drive and chased him down for a 9-yard loss.
That forced Texas to punt. BYU quickly scored a touchdown to push the lead to 20, 34-14. That sent the message that nothing was going to change in this half, so while Texas answered with a touchdown to close the gap to 34-21, it did little to deter BYU from staying comfortably ahead of the Longhorns until the final gun.
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