Folks, I am thrilled to be wrong tonight. BYU defeated the 15th ranked Texas Longhorns, 40-21, led by Quarterback Taysom Hill who ran for 259 yards. First time BYU has defeated a ranked opponent since 2009 when the Cougars beat Utah in Provo.
From start to finish the BYU dominated this game. BYU always had an answer for any attempt by Texas to get back in the game.
Here’s some quick thoughts on the game:
The Cougars are still running
BYU ran for a school record 550 yards tonight. That isn’t a typo, 550 yards! I’m speechless writing that. This was the most rushing yards a Texas Longhorn squad had given up in their storied history. Pretty impressive.
259 for Taysom Hill, 182 for Jamaal Williams, and 87 for Paul Lasike.
Tip of the hat goes to the offensive line who were shuffling around in new spots, but they came to play tonight. They simply dominated the Longhorn front seven. Still some issues with center exchanges, but all in all when you get 550 yards on the ground on a ranked opponent, that’s a phenomenal night.
Running the football is BYU’s strength going forward.
Well hello Cody Hoffman.
BYU only had 129 yards through the air and nearly half of those yards went to WR Cody Hoffman who had two catches for 63 yards in his first game of the season.
KVN and Alani Fua are one of the best OLB tandems in College Football
BYU’s entire defense was terrific tonight. The guys who stood out? Outside Linebackers, Kyle Van Noy and Alani Fua. Both these guys were causing havoc in the Texas offensive backfield. You won’t find many OLB tandems in College Football that are better than these two. Some of the best pass rushers in College Football.
BYU needed a win against a nationally recognized opponent like Texas to get this program back on track. There was a belief that BYU couldn’t win the big games anymore. This was a perfect storm (no pun intended) for BYU tonight to make a statement on a national stage to get this season back on track. There is now confidence in the program and a belief that what Robert Anae wants to install can actually work.
Prior to tonight’s game, BYU was 0-5 all-time when having 90+ plays in a game. Tonight they had 99 plays and got a statement victory over the Longhorns who are now reeling.
We will have more breakdown on this monumental win for the Cougars here on the site.
Up next for the Cougars is the Utah Utes on September 21st. You can purchase BYU tickets to the game against Utah here.