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Brett Pyne | Posted: 5 Sep 2009 | Updated: 28 Jul 2023
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No. 20 BYU Upsets No. 3 Oklahoma in Dallas Cowboys Stadium


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ARLINGTON -- Led by a strong defensive effort and quarterback Max Hall’s 329 yards passing, No. 20 BYU defeated No. 3 Oklahoma 14-13 Saturday in the first college game played in the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

A sellout crowd of 75,437 filled Cowboys Stadium and enjoyed not only the spectacle of the massive state-of-the-art stadium but also the excitement of two top-20 programs battling to the final minute on college football’s opening weekend. In the end, a strong overall team effort helped BYU come out on top as the Cougars earned their first victory over a top-3 ranked team since defeating No. 1 Miami on Sept. 8, 1990.

"I thought our defense was outstanding," BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said of facing an Oklahoma attack that averaged more than 50 points last year. "Our defense made the critical plays at the critical times."

On offense, Hall completed 26-of-38 passes to total his 329 yards through the air while connecting on touchdowns to tight end Andrew George and wide receiver McKay Jacobson. A local product from Southlake, Texas, Jacobson had more than 100 family and friends watch him catch the final touchdown in the back of the end zone with just 3:03 remaining. The BYU defense stepped up as they had many times during the game to hold off the Sooners and force a failed 54-yard field goal attempt with 1:23 left on the clock.

The Cougars got solid performances from a variety of players during the hard-fought victory. With starting running back and back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher Harvey Unga held out of the game nursing a hamstring injury, sophomore back Brian Kariya stepped up to gain 42 yards on the ground and 76 through the air to help fill the backfield void.

All-American tight end Dennis Pitta hauled in a game-high 90 receiving yards on seven catches while Jacobson added 69 yards on four grabs and O’Neill Chambers contributed 48 yards on four receptions. Seven different Cougars connected with Hall during the game.

Overall, BYU totaled 357 yards of total offense compared to 265 by the Sooners. BYU played without its star running back (Unga) and lost its leading tackler from a year ago, linebacker Matt Bauman, early in the first quarter due to a mild concussion. Oklahoma also had to adjust as starting tight end Jermaine Gresham also missed the game due to injury and Heisman Trophy quarterback Sam Bradford went down as well at the end of the half and didn’t play the final 30 minutes.

Perhaps indicative of the opening game for both teams, the first half was filled with turnovers as BYU gave the ball to Oklahoma three times and the Sooners returned the favor on two occasions. For the game, BYU had two fumbles lost and two interceptions while Oklahoma lost the ball on the ground twice.

The Sooners took advantage of a BYU miscue to get on the scoreboard first. After the Cougar defense forced the Oklahoma offense to its second straight three-and-out to start the game, Jacobsen mishandled the ensuing punt and the Sooners recovered at the BYU 35-yard line. Six plays later, Oklahoma scored on an 8-yard pass from Bradford to Ryan Broyles to complete the short-field drive and take a 7-0 lead with 4:56 left in the first quarter.

BYU kept battling, led by a strong defensive effort. The Cougar defense held Oklahoma without a first down on four of the Sooners’ first six possessions of the game. Freshman punter Riley Stephenson did his part as well, killing a 45-yard punt on the 1-yard line to help the special teams unit pin Oklahoma near its goal line.

After the defense forced an Oklahoma punt from deep in Sooner territory, BYU got an offensive spark on the next possession. Hall went long to Jacobson for a 49-yard connection that put the Cougars at the 10-yard line. Unfortunately for BYU, the drive ended when Chambers was hit from behind at the 3 and fumbled into the end zone where Oklahoma recovered.

With a missed field goal on the opening drive and a fruitless blue zone possession, BYU remained scoreless despite some opportunities. That was about to change after hard-hitting safety Andrew Rich forced his second fumble of the first half to give BYU the ball again.

Hall soon struck again, teaming with Kariya on a 49-yard pass play to give BYU a first-and-goal at the 5-yard line. This time the Cougars got in the end zone with the ball in their possession as Hall found George for the 5-yard score. With the Mitch Payne point-after conversion, the score was tied at 7-7 with 2:47 to go before the half.

The momentum short-lived, Bradford and the Sooners marched 52 yards in six plays to go up 10-7 on a 35-yard field goal with just 2 seconds before the half. Despite the score, the drive proved costly to Oklahoma as Bradford got pressure from linebacker Coleby Clawson on the two plays just before the field goal. The hit on the second hurry sprained the Heisman winner’s AC-joint in his shoulder and he did not return.

BYU went into the locker room with 245 yards of total offense compared to 164 by the Sooners. Hall was 14-of-19 in the half for 249 yards and one touchdown while Bradford was 10-of-14 for 96 yards and one score.

Neither team scored in the third quarter but just before the start of the fourth the Sooners intercepted Hall at the BYU 27-yard line to set up a score. That score, however, was limited to a field goal as the BYU defense came up strong. With OU enjoying a first-and-goal at the 2-yard line, linebacker Jordan Pendleton broke up a pass on first down and nose tackle Romney Fuga and defensive end Brett Denney led back-to-back stuffs on two ensuing rushes to force the field goal.

Building on the momentum of the strong defensive display, the Cougar offense chewed up nearly nine minutes while going 78 yards for the game-winning drive. After Hall used a nice touch to loft a pass to Jacobson alone in the back on end zone, Payne converted the PAT to secure the winning margin with 3:03 to go.

Oklahoma started its final drive on the 40 after the kickoff went out of bounds, but the defense again rose to the occasion, forcing a long field goal try by the Sooners on fourth-and-14.

With the win, BYU improves to 2-0 all-time against Oklahoma. BYU plays next at Tulane in New Orleans on Saturday. The game kicks at 2:30 CT (1:30 MT) and will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Box Score (Final)


Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score

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BY.................. 0 7 0 7 - 14 Record: (1-0)

Oklahoma............ 7 3 0 3 - 13 Record: (0-1)

Scoring Summary:

1st 04:56 OU - Broyles, Ryan 8 yd pass from Bradford, Sam (Stevens, Jimmy kick), 6-35 2:18, BY 0 - OU 7

2nd 01:25 BY - GEORGE, Andrew 5 yd pass from HALL, Max (PAYNE, Mitch kick), 5-63 2:47, BY 7 - OU 7

00:02 OU - Stevens, Jimmy 35 yd field goal, 6-52 1:18, BY 7 - OU 10

4th 11:47 OU - Stevens, Jimmy 22 yd field goal, 9-22 3:43, BY 7 - OU 13

03:03 BY - JACOBSON, McKay 7 yd pass from HALL, Max (PAYNE, Mitch kick), 16-78 8:38, BY 14 - OU 13


FIRST DOWNS................... 17 15

RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 33-28 31-118

PASSING YDS (NET)............. 329 147

Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 38-26-2 26-16-0

TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 71-357 57-265

Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0

Punt Returns-Yards............ 2-3 2-6

Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 4-61 2-27

Interception Returns-Yards.... 0-0 2-19

Punts (Number-Avg)............ 5-39.6 7-44.4

Fumbles-Lost.................. 3-2 3-2

Penalties-Yards............... 10-87 12-93

Possession Time............... 37:02 22:58

Third-Down Conversions........ 8 of 17 2 of 11

Fourth-Down Conversions....... 1 of 1 0 of 0

Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 2-3 3-4

Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 1-1 4-19

RUSHING: BY-KARIYA, Bryan 17-42; DI LUIGI, JJ 1-4; TONGA, Manase 6-3;

HALL, Max 6-minus 8; TEAM 3-minus 13. Oklahoma-Brown, Chris 14-59; Murray,

DeMarco 10-58; Broyles, Ryan 1-5; Calhoun, Jermie 1-3; Clapp, Matt 1-1; Madu,

Mossis 1-minus 2; Jones, Landry 3-minus 6.

PASSING: BY-HALL, Max 26-38-2-329. Oklahoma-Bradford, Sam 10-14-0-96;

Jones, Landry 6-12-0-51.

RECEIVING: BY-PITTA, Dennis 7-90; KARIYA, Bryan 4-76; JACOBSON, McKay

4-69; CHAMBERS, O'Nei 4-48; GEORGE, Andrew 3-26; DI LUIGI, JJ 3-18; TONGA,

Manase 1-2. Oklahoma-Caleb, Brandon 4-57; Broyles, Ryan 4-26; Tennell, Adron

2-20; Miller, Dejuan 2-14; Murray, DeMarco 2-10; Ratterree, T. 1-12; Brown,

Chris 1-8.

INTERCEPTIONS: BY-None. Oklahoma-Reynolds, Ryan 1-22; Clayton, Keenan

1-minus 3.

FUMBLES: BY-TEAM 1-1; CHAMBERS, O'Nei 1-1; KARIYA, Bryan 1-0.

Oklahoma-Broyles, Ryan 1-1; Jones, Landry 1-0; Murray, DeMarco 1-1.

SACKS (UA-A): BY-HOOKS, Terrance 1-0. Oklahoma-English, Auston 1-0;

Taylor, Adrian 1-0; Nelson, Jonatha 1-0; Reynolds, Ryan 1-0.


Terrance 4-1; RICH, Andrew 4-1; LOGAN, Brian 4-0; DENNEY, Brett 3-1; PENDLETON,

Jord 2-2; DOMAN, Shawn 1-4; JOHNSON, Scott 2-1; BAUMAN, Matt 2-0; MORGAN, Blake

2-0; SO'OTO, Vic 1-1; TIALAVEA, Russe 1-1; BILLS, Craig 1-0; REYNOLDS, Matt 1-0;

FUGA, Romney 1-0; PITTA, Dennis 1-0; CLAWSON, Coleby 1-0; BELL, Jeff 0-1;

OGLETREE, Brand 0-1. Oklahoma-Lewis, Travis 9-4; Carter, Quinton 6-4; Reynolds,

Ryan 5-5; McCoy, Gerald 5-0; Clayton, Keenan 3-1; Proctor, Sam 3-1; Franks,

Dominqu 3-0; Jackson, Brian 2-1; Hurst, Demontre 2-0; Beal, Jeremy 2-0; Nelson,

Jonatha 2-0; English, Auston 1-2; Taylor, Adrian 1-0; Alexander, Fran 1-0;

Fleming, Jamell 1-0.


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Anonymous | Posted: 1 Sep 2009 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Game Notes: Season Opens Against No. 3 Oklahoma



Coming off a third consecutive 10-win season, the Cougars are ready to kick off the 2009 season against No. 3 Oklahoma in only the second meeting between the two teams. BYU is coming off a visit to the Las Vegas Bowl, its fourth bowl game in as many years. Saturday marks the first collegiate football game played in the new Cowboys Stadium and will be part of the second-annual ESPN Kickoff Week.

Oklahoma (0-0) enters Saturday’s game with a good percentage of its Big 12 Championship and BCS title game team still intact, including a Heisman Tropy winner, three All-Americans and four All-Big 12 players.


Saturday’s game will be broadcast live to a national television audience on ESPN. Brad Nessler will provide play-by-play coverage, with Todd Blackledge giving analysis. Heather Cox will report from the sidelines. The game will mark the first of 12 BYU games available nationally during the 2009 season.


The Cougars have a 14-22 overall record against Big 12 opponents. BYU has faced every team in the conference except Nebraska, and has a winning record against Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M.

The last Big 12 vs. BYU matchup was on Jan. 1, 1997 when the Cougars defeated Kansas State, 19-15, at the Cotton Bowl.

The Cougars’ first game against a current Big 12 opponent was the University of Colorado, which handed BYU a 41-0 loss on Oct. 20, 1923.


The Cougars will be looking to open with a win for the third consecutive season as BYU edged Arizona, 20-7, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in 2007 and Northern Iowa also at home, 41-17, in 2008. Since 1922, the Cougars have posted a 48-35-2 record in season-opening games. The last time BYU opened the season with a road win was back in 1994 when it defeated Hawaii, 13-12, in Honolulu. From 1978 to 1995, BYU opened the season on the road in 16-of-18 seasons.


- A win on Saturday would give BYU its first win over a ranked non-conference opponent since it defeated No. 14 Arizona State, 26-6, on Sept. 12, 1998. Since that day, BYU has lost 12 consecutive games to ranked non-conference opponents.

- The last time BYU beat a ranked non-conference opponent on a neutral field was the Cotton Bowl game of Jan. 1, 1997, when BYU beat No. 14 Kansas State, 19-15.

- Since the inception of the MWC in 1999, BYU is 2-15 versus teams ranked in the Top 25 by the USA Today/Coaches, and 2-13 versus teams ranked in the AP Top 25 poll.

- The last time BYU beat a non-conference team ranked in the Top 10 was its 28-21 win over No. 1 Miami in 1990.

- Under Bronco Mendenhall, BYU is 1-6 vs. ranked foes, with its only win a 31-17 win over No. 15 TCU on Sept. 28, 2006. The Cougars recorded losses to No. 22 Boston College, No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 14 UCLA, No. 24 TCU, and No. 7 Utah.


The Cougars and Sooners have only met once before, when BYU recorded a 31-6 win at the 1994 Copper Bowl.

LAST TIME: BYU 31, OKLAHOMA 6 (DEC. 31, 1994)

BYU fans celebrated the New Year early as the Cougars dominated Oklahoma and ended its five-year winning drought in bowl games. Quarterback John Walsh and the offense clicked on all cylinders and the Cougars’ defense was dominating throughout the ESPN telecast.

Walsh threw a seven-yard TD pass to Bryce Doman in the first quarter and had a 25-yard pass to Mike Johnston in the second quarter. A four-yard scoring pass to Johnston in the third quarter and a 28-yard touchdown pass to Doman in the fourth quarter vaulted Walsh’s stats to 454 yards and four touchdowns on 31-of-45 passes with no interceptions against the Sooner defense which had held national champion Nebraska to 13 points. BYU’s defense was dominating as it held Oklahoma to just 72 yards rushing and 163 yards passing—most of those in the last quarter. The Sooners did not cross midfield until their ninth possession on the second-to-last play of the third quarter.

Jamal Willis caught seven passes for 103 yards and was chosen Offensive Player of the Game. Walsh was named MVP in what would be his final game at BYU. BYU finished 10th in the CNN/USA Today poll and 18th in the Associated Press poll.


MIAMI -- Tim Tebow and his Florida Gators recorded a 24-14 win over No. 2 Oklahoma in the 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game.

It was the third straight national title for a team from the Southeastern Conference, and marked the Sooners’ fifth straight loss in a BCS game. Despite the loss, Oklahoma (12-2) set a modern record for scoring with 702 points during the season and put up at least 60 points in its five games before the BCS title game.

Bradford, who beat out Tebow for the Heisman, was 26-for-41 with two interceptions on the night.


- BYU’s Brandon Ogletree and OU’s Marcus Trice both played high school football at Mesquite HS in Mesquite, Texas.

- BYU defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna is currently serving an LDS mission to Oklahoma City, Okla. He is scheduled to return home January 2010.


LAS -- BYU totaled 444 yards of total offense compared to Arizona’s 416, but the No. 16 Cougars fell short of their third-straight bowl victory, falling 31-21 to the Arizona Wildcats in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Despite the loss, the Cougars boasted two 100-yard receivers for only the third time on the season with wideouts Austin Collie and Michael Reed recording 119 and 117 yards, respectively. The game also marked Reed’s only 100-yard receiving game of his senior season.

With his performance, Collie continued to set BYU records in career receptions (215) and single-season receptions (106). The All-American receiver also tied an NCAA single-season record held with Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree with his 11th consecutive 100-yard receiving game.

BYU quarterback Max Hall completed 30-of-46 passes for 328 yards and one touchdown pass. He also scrambled into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown with 3:38 remaining in the game. Sophomore running back Harvey Unga recorded a rushing touchdown for the Cougars and ended the night with 71 yards on 17 carries.


All 12 of BYU’s games this season will be broadcasted to a national audience on ESPN, ESPN2, The Mtn., VERSUS and CBS College Sports Network. The season opener against Oklahoma will be shown on ESPN. ESPN2 will cover the Tulane game the following week. The Cougars will have seven games televised on The Mtn., including a simulcast of the season ender against the University of Utah with CBS-C. Direct TV launched The Mtn. nationally on Aug. 27, 2008, giving fans from across the country ultimate access to Mountain West Conference sports. VERSUS will carry the Florida State and TCU games, and CBS-C will televise the Air Force and Utah games.


Despite their loss to Arizona in the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl, the Cougars are 148-44 when nationally ranked in the Top 25. With the loss, a ranked BYU team has won 17 of its last 20 games, dating back to 2006.


In the Bronco Mendenhall era, BYU is 33-4 when leading at halftime and 32-1 when taking a lead into the fourth quarter.


The Oklahoma game marks the first of five night games for the Cougars, with later starts (after 5 p.m.) also against Florida State, Utah State, UNLV and TCU.


BYU’s starting five offensive linemen weigh in at an average 317.4 pounds and average 6-feet-4. The front five will be going up against an Oklahoma defensive front that measures an average 6-feet-4, 275 pounds. Defensively, the Cougars’ front three average 6-feet-3, 261.7 pounds, while the Oklahoma offensive line tips the scales at an average 6-feet-4, 305 pounds per man.


All-American tight end Dennis Pitta has caught a pass in 30 consecutive games dating back to Oct. 23, 2004 (at Air Force), prior to his mission.


In 2008 BYU was the first team to score in eight of 13 games, marking 31 times in the last 38 games. The Cougars are 29-2 in those 31 games.


The 2008 bowl game against Arizona marked senior defensive lineman Jan Jorgensen’s 39th straight career start. During that streak, Jorgensen has started every game of his collegiate career and set a new MWC all-time career sack record at 22.5. His first career start came against Arizona on Sept. 2, 2006.