Brigham Young University
Sep 07 | 05:00 PM
40 - 21
University of Texas at Austin
LaVell Edwards Stadium

1700 North Canyon Road Provo UT 84604

JHoughton | Posted: 7 Sep 2013 | Updated: 4 Aug 2023

BYU rushing topples No. 15 Texas

PROVO, Utah – Taysom Hill rushed for 259 yards and three touchdowns to lead BYU to a 40-21 victory over No. 15 Texas at LaVell Edwards Stadium Saturday night. The Cougars rushed for a school-record 550 yards in the win.
The win is the first over a ranked opponent since BYU (1-1) defeated Oregon State 44-20 in the Las Vegas Bowl in 2009 and the first over a team ranked in the top 15 since the Cougars opened up the 2009 season with a win over No. 3 Oklahoma. BYU's last home win over a ranked team was also in 2009 when the Cougars downed No. 21 Utah.
Hill’s 259 yards are a career high and are the most rushing yards by a quarterback in the nation since 2005 when Vince Young ran for 265 yards for Texas against Oklahoma State. That mark is the highest by a BYU player since 1962 when Eldon Fortie ran for 272 yards.
Cody Hoffman had two catches for 63 yards to move him into third place at BYU for career receptions with 205.
Jamaal Williams finished the game with 30 rushes for a career-high 182 yards, and Paul Lasike ran for 87 yards on 15 carries. This marks the second time that Hill and Williams have both rushed for over 100 yards in the same game.
Senior Skye PoVey finished the game with a team-high and career-high nine tackles, and Kyle Van Noy finished with eight tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss. Alani Fua led the team with two sacks and two tackles for loss.
The Cougars received the opening kickoff and engineered an 11 play, 60-yard drive that culminated in a 34-yard field goal by Justin Sorensen to take an early 3-0 lead with just over 12 minutes left in the first quarter.
After being held to a three-and-out in their first three drives of the game, the Longhorns (1-1) took a 7-3 lead on a 57-yard pass from David Ash to Mike Davis.
Hill and the Cougars responded with a big play of their own to jump back ahead 10-7 with just over 2 minutes left in the first quarter. On the read-option, Hill kept the ball, ran off the left tackle and out-sprinted the Texas defense for a 68-yard touchdown. The 68-yard run ties the school record for the longest run by a quarterback that he set last year against Hawai’i.
On the ensuing Longhorn possession, Texas drove 76 yards on nine plays before Joe Bergeron ran it in from two yards out to take a 14-10 lead.
BYU responded with three consecutive scoring drives to take a 27-14 lead into halftime.
The drive following the Texas score for the 14-10 lead, Hill scored on a 20-yard rushing touchdown to put BYU up 17-14 with just under eight minutes left in the second quarter. The Cougars’ drive was kept alive thanks to a roughing the kicker penalty on Texas. On the drive, Hill finished with three rushes for 43 yards.
Following a Longhorn punt, the Cougars put together a nine-play, 59-yard drive that culminated with a 10-yard Paul Lasike touchdown run. On the drive, Lasike carried the ball six times for a total of 45 yards.
For the last drive in the half, BYU drove 77 yards on nine plays before Sorensen nailed a 32-yard field goal with four seconds left in the half.
Hill scored his third rushing touchdown in the game on the Cougars’ first drive of the second half from 26 yards out to put BYU up 34-14 with 10 minutes left in the third quarter. The drive took 1:51 off the clock and covered 79 yards in eight plays.
Texas quarterback Ash hit Davis for a 23-yard touchdown to bring the score to 34-21 with a little more than eight minutes left in the third quarter.
Sorensen added two late field goals after the touchdown in the third quarter to end the scoring at 40-21. He nailed a 36 yarder with just under six minutes left in the quarter and a 24 yarder with a minute and a half left in the quarter.
BYU finished the game with 679 yards of total offense and Texas had 445 yards of total offense.
BYU has a bye next week before its next game against in-state rival Utah on Sept. 21 in the Deseret First Duel at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The time of the game will be announced at a later date.
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rachelhawks | Posted: 2 Sep 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

BYU vs. Texas - Game 2


After a loss at Virginia Aug. 31, BYU football returns to Provo to host No. 15 Texas Saturday at 5 p.m. MDT at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and the Longhorn Network, as well as the Cougar IMG Sports Network 1160 AM, 102.7 FM and Fans in Texas can listen in on KVET 1300 AM.

The Countdown to Kickoff pregame show will begin at 4 p.m. MDT on BYUtv and Fans can also tune in to BYUtv and for the live postgame show at the conclusion of the game. Radio coverage will begin at 4 p.m. MDT on the Cougar IMG Sports Network 1160 AM/102.7 FM and BYU Radio (SiriusXM channel 143).

No. 15 Texas (1-0) at BYU (0-1)
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at 5 p.m. MDT
LaVell Edwards Stadium
Provo, Utah

Complete BYU vs. Texas Game Notes

BYU and Texas last met in the second week of the 2011 season, when the Cougars fell 17-16 despite leading 16-10 going into the fourth quarter.  BYU leads the all-time series with Texas 2-1.

Five returning players had career-high tackles vs. Virginia--Uani ‘Unga had 10, Eathyn Manumaleuna had 10 with six solo tackles, Alani Fua had eight, Remington Peck had five and Skye PoVey had three. The tackles helped BYU to 223 total defensive yards, which ranked No. 15 in the country for the weekend.

The Cougars are 15-19 against Big 12 foes, with the last victory coming against No. 3 Oklahoma at Cowboys Stadium in 2009. BYU defeated the Sooners 14-13 in the season opener.

Eleven Cougars were named to preseason watch lists, highlighted by Preseason All-Americans Kyle Van Noy and Cody Hoffman. The 11 players were named to 14 different major award watch lists.

BYU has not been shut out for 114 consecutive games. The last time the Cougars failed to score was in 2003 in a 3-0 loss to Utah. That loss was the only other time BYU has not produced points since 1975. The Cougars have scored in the last 476 of 477 games since 1975.

Cody Hoffman has an opportunity to end his Cougar career as one of the best receivers in BYU history. He enters 2013 needing just 19 receptions, 538 yards and three touchdowns to take the top spot among the all-time leaders. As of now, Hoffman has amassed 203 receptions, 2,718 yards and 28 receiving touchdowns in his career, good for fourth, fifth and third, respectively, at BYU. Hoffman holds the record for receiving touchdowns in a game (5) and needs four 100-yard receiving games to have the most in program history. 

BYU finished the 2012 season ranked No. 3 in total defense. The unit returns five starters to a defense that arguably was the best in team history. BYU finished the season No. 3 in the nation in total defense, ranking behind only Alabama and Florida State. The Cougars held opponents to an average of 266.1 yards per game, the lowest since 1974 when the Cougars held offenses to an average of 261 yards. The powerhouse held seven top-10 defensive rankings, including six top-5 rankings highlighted by the No. 1-ranked 3rd down defense and the No. 2 red zone defense.

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