- Did you know that in his nine years as BYU’s coach, Bronco Mendenhall has guided the Cougars to a bowl game every season, with four consecutive wins from 2009-12?
- Did you know that the only Texas starting quarterback to beat BYU was Garrett Gilbert, back in 2011?
- Did you know that last year’s 550 rushing yards BYU racked up on Texas were the most ever allowed in a game by the Longhorns?
We’re spending these next 10 days examining Texas’ 2014 schedule. We’ve already done Texas-North Texas.
Game 2: Sept. 6
TEXAS VS. BYU
6:30 p.m., DKR, Fox Sports 1
This is a big early test for Charlie Strong’s Longhorns, as the embarrassment from last year’s loss still lingers to this day. Players are tired of answering questions about that loss, so expect the Longhorns to be feisty when game time comes around. Practice during the week should key on tackling quarterback Taysom Hill, who bludgeoned the Longhorns for 259 rushing yards and three touchdowns last year in Provo.
That 2013 loss left an indelible mark on Texas’ season. Quarterback David Ash suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter that forced him to miss the following week’s loss to Ole Miss and, one week after that, forced him to miss the rest of the season. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was fired after BYU rolled up 679 total yards, and confidence plummeted in embattled coach Mack Brown, who resigned at the end of the season.
Last year, BYU ripped off five wins in a row in the middle of the season, climbing to 6-2. Then came double-digit losses to Wisconsin and Notre Dame, and a 31-16 loss to Washington in the Fight Hunger Bowl.
Texas vs. BYU: FYI
Storylines: (1) This was Texas’ lowlight game of 2013, the one that resulted in Diaz’s firing, Greg Robinson’s promotion, Ash’s season-ending injury and, the case could be made, Brown’s eventual resignation. (2) Just how much better of a tackling team is 2014 Texas vs. 2013 Texas? Check Hill’s rushing numbers in the boxscore. (3) Revenge.
All-time series: BYU, 3-1
Last time: BYU, 40-21 (2013)
Last year: Texas was 8-5, 1-2 in non-conference, and 4-2 at home (wins over New Mexico State, Kansas State, Kansas and Texas Tech; losses to Ole Miss and Oklahoma State). BYU was 8-5 as an independent, including 3-3 on the road (wins at Utah State, Houston and Nevada; losses at Virginia, Wisconsin and Notre Dame).
Numbers game: Hill’s 259 rushing yards against Texas last year was the second-best rushing performance by a college quarterback in the past 10 years, behind only Vince Young’s 267-yard night for the Longhorns against Oklahoma State in 2005.
Texas vs. BYU, in Austin: 1-1
Texas vs. BYU, in Provo: 0-2
Kirk Bohls says: Texas wins (2-0 so far)
Cedric Golden says: Texas wins (2-0 so far)
Vegas says: Texas by 6
Tomorrow’s game breakdown: UCLA
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