BYU made No. 15 Texas feel decidedly unwelcome in Provo, dispatching the visiting Longhorns 40-21 Saturday night. Texas led 14-10 early in the second quarter, but BYU scored 24 straight and held on for the big win.
The Cougars set multiple records in the game with an historic performance on the ground. BYU ran for 550 yards, the most all-time by a Cougars team and the most-ever given up by a Texas defense. The previous record for rushing yards by a BYU squad was 465, against Montana in 1958. The most rushing yards the Longhorns had given up in their history before Saturday was 452.
Taysom Hill ran for a 68-yard touchdown in the first quarter, the longest-ever run by a BYU quarterback. The record was previously held by Jim McMahon, with a 56-yard run.
Hill ran for 259 yards on the night, the second-most by an FBS quarterback in the past ten years. Who had the most, you ask? None other than Texas's own Vince Young, when he ran for 267 yards in 2005.
Hill fell just short of the all-time BYU mark for rushing yards by a quarterback. That record is held by Eldon Fortie, who ran for 272 yards against George Washington in 1969.
It was the first non-conference road loss for Texas since falling to Stanford in Sept. 2000.
Box Score Hero: Taysom Hill. The quarterback completed just nine of 26 passes for 129 yards, but ran 17 times for 259 yards and three scores.
Rankings Ramifications: Texas may fall completely out of the rankings due to the blowout nature of the loss, while the Cougars may find themselves on some ballots.
But Did They Cover? BYU was a 7.5-point underdog, so yes.
Next Week's Schedule: BYU has a well-deserved week off, while Texas returns home to take on Ole Miss.