BYU 41, Texas 7: Horns fall at home

Posted September 6th, 2014



BYU has beaten Texas, 41-7.

The Longhorns fall to 1-1. The Cougars improve to 2-0.


Up next: Texas vs. UCLA, 7 p.m. next Saturday, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.


There’s 8:05 left.

It’s BYU 41, Texas 7.

Adam Hine‘s 8-yard touchdown run has padded BYU’s lead.

The Cougars’ drive was nine plays, went 45 yards and took 3:35 off the clock.

The drive was set up by another Texas turnover.

Texas, trailing 34-7 with 13 minutes left, moved down to the 26 before Tyrone Swoopes‘ short pass in the flat was picked off by Daniel Robertson, who returned it back to Texas’ 45.

The Longhorns’ drive was set up by a nice play from the Texas defense. BYU quarterback Taysom Hill fumbled after getting hit by Malcom Brown, and Desmond Jackson recovered it, setting the Longhorns’ offense up at the Cougars’ 42.

Malcolm Brown rambled 16 yards on first down to the 26, then was stopped for a short gain on the next play. Two plays later, Swoopes was picked off.

Earlier updates …


There’s 29 seconds left.

It’s BYU 34, Texas 7.

And there goes the shutout.

Tyrone Swoopes‘ 13-yard pass to John Harris, which ended with Harris breaking through three BYU tacklers and diving into the endzone, has put Texas on the scoreboard, eliminating any chance that the Longhorns would be bageled for the first time at home since 1976.

Texas’ scoring drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, and it took 4:04 off the clock.

Earlier updates …


There’s 4:20 left.

It’s BYU 34, Texas 0.

Remember when this was a 6-0 game at halftime?

BYU has opened this game up, scoring its third and fourth touchdowns of the second half — a 2-yard run by Taysom Hill and a 1-yard run by Hill.

The last two drives have been aided by a big punt return and a Marcus Johnson fumbled kickoff return.

The last time Texas has been shut out at home? You have to go back to the Darrell Royal era, and a 30-0 loss to Houston on Nov. 6, 1976.

Earlier updates …


There’s 9:22 left.

It’s BYU 20, Texas 0.

Adam Hine‘s 16-yard up the middle has Texas sitting in a three-touchdown hole.

BYU’s latest scoring drive was only five plays, went 55 yards and took 1:09 off the clock. The big play was a 27-yard pass from Taysom Hill to Jordan Leslie. Hill launched it under a heavy rush and Leslie came up with it while surrounded by two Texas defenders.

Earlier updates …


There’s 12:06 left.

It’s BYU 13, Texas 0.

The Cougars have scored the first offensive touchdown of the season against Texas, an impressive 30-yard scamper from Taysom Hill, who took off up the middle after getting flushed from the pocket, outran the linebackers and literally hurdled safety Dylan Haines at the 5.

It was the first drive of the second half. BYU’s scoring drive was nine plays, went 75 yards and took 2:54 off the clock.

And just think: If it hadn’t been for Quandre Diggs‘ interception in the endzone, this might be a 20-0 deficit …

Earlier updates …


BYU leads Texas, 6-0.

We’re halfway through this game.

The good, for Texas:

As hoped, the defense is playing well. Taysom Hill has broken free for one or two sizable gains, but nothing back-breaking like in 2013. And he’s already been sacked four times — once by Malcom Brown, once by Shiro Davis, once by Caleb Bluiett and half-sacks by Jordan Hicks and Steve Edmond.

Tyrone Swoopes hasn’t made any mistakes. No turnovers. He’s playing it safe for the most part in the passing game — 11 of 15 for 100 yards.

Quandre Diggs saved Texas’ bacon with a brilliant interception in the endzone on BYU’s next-to-last drive of the half, reading the pass all the way and coming down with a great catch. It was his first pick of the season. Without it, this would be a 13-0 game.

Marcus Johnson is doing some nice things, particularly returning kicks. He’s averaging 26.6 yards a return, and ran one out for 33 yards.

The bad, for Texas:

The offense doesn’t look very interested in scoring points. The running game is not off to a good start — Johnathan Gray has 26 yards on 6 carries, and has lost a fumble. Malcolm Brown has only 8 yards on 7 carries.

The Longhorns have two turnovers. Both fumbles, one by Gray, one by John Harris. Texas has forced one (Diggs’ pick).

Nick Rose missed a field goal attempt for the second straight week, this one from 43 yards. He missed his first shot against North Texas, too.

Texas’ reconfigured offensive line, which is playing without its starting center, left tackle and right tackle, looks very much like a group that has only five combined career starts between them. BYU’s controlling the line of scrimmage, which is affecting the running game, and Swoopes has been sacked once.

The ugly, for Texas:

Five penalties, for 53 yards. That includes a holding call, a defensive holding penalty in the endzone and an unsportsmanlike conduct call off a fight after the opening kickoff.

Some first-half stats:

First downs: BYU 12, Texas 7

Rushing: BYU 26-97, Texas 16-36

Passing: BYU 100, Texas 100

Texas rushing: Johnathan Gray 6-26, Malcolm Brown 7-8, Tyrone Swoopes 3-2. BYU rushing: Taysom Hill 14-46, Jamaal Williams 7-31, Algernon Brown 4-18, Adam Hine 1-2.

Texas passing: Tyrone Swoopes 11-15-100, 0/0. BYU passing: Taysom Hill 11-16-100 0/1.

Texas receiving: John Harris 6-59, Marcus Johnson 2-20, Jaxon Shipley 2-12, Geoff Swaim 1-9. BYU receiving: Algernon Brown 3-30, Jordan Leslie 3-29, Terenn Houk 1-14, Jamaal Williams 1-12.

BYU will get the ball to start the second half. We’re five minutes away.

Earlier updates …


There’s 6:34 left.

It’s BYU 6, Texas 0.

A Texas turnover has led to more points — a 29-yard field goal by BYU’s Trevor Samson.

The Cougars started at Texas’ own 23, thanks to a costly fumble from Johnathan Gray. After a nice 12-yard pass lofted by Taysom Hill on the left sideline, Texas’ defense stiffened inside the 10. Jamaal Williams was stopped for a 1-yard loss, then Jordan Hicks wrapped up Hill after a short gain on second down.

On third-and-goal from the 7, Shiro Davis broke through for a big sack. That led to the field goal.

Texas’ defense also had its way with BYU’s offensive line in the Cougars’ third drive, which went backward thanks to a pair of sacks from Caleb Bluiett.

Earlier updates …


There’s 3:30 left.

It’s BYU 3, Texas 0.

BYU’s Trevor Samson has kicked a 21-yard field goal.

BYU’s Taysom Hill scampered up the middle for a 66-yard touchdown run, but it was called back for a holding call.

No matter. Two plays later, Jamaal Williams ran 31 yards down to Texas’ 16.

On first down, Hill lofted a pass to the corner of the endzone. Texas’ Mykkele Thompson was called for defensive holding as he locked up with Mitch Matthews in the endzone. That moved it to the 10.

Williams fumbled on first-and-goal, but recovered it. Hill’s second down pass was out of bounds. And Steve Edmond stopped him at the 3-yard line on third down.

BYU’s scoring drive: 8 plays, 71 yards, with 2:54 taken off the clock.

Earlier updates …


There’s 6:24 left.

Texas swung and failed on its first offensive series.

Then used a big play and a penalty to force a turnover on downs on defense.

But, midway through the opening quarter, the Longhorns mounted what could have been a scoring drive — but fell short.

Tyrone Swoopes has shown an early connection with Marcus Johnson, John Harris and Jaxon Shipley, all of whom caught balls on the drive.

On second-and-10 from BYU’s 20, Swoopes kept it around the right for 7 yards. His third down pass to Ty Templin was incomplete, but a personal foul call on center Jake Raulerson for a chop block moved it back 15 yards.

On third-and-18, Swoopes was swallowed up after a 2-yard gain.

That set up a 43-yard field goal attempt for Nick Rose, who was wide right. That’s his second missed field goal attempt of the season; he missed his first try last week against North Texas.

BYU will start its second drive from its own 26.

On Texas’ first series, the Longhorns went three-and-out. After the punt, BYU moved the ball inside Texas territory, but a fourth-and-1 play went bad — BYU’s true freshman center, Tejan Koroma of Allen, Texas — snapped the ball high over quarterback Taysom Hill‘s head. Hill recovered in time to throw it away, but an illegal formation penalty gave the ball back to Texas.

Texas’ first chance at stopping Hill and the zone read was a fail. Hill broke free around the left side for an 18-yard gain. But Steve Edmond sacked him on the next play.

The fireworks began early. Marcus Johnson took the opening kick and returned it to the 32, but freshman safety Jason Hall was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

BYU won the toss, and chose to receive to start the second half.

Earlier updates …


Texas-BYU storylines:

ASH OUT, SWOOPES IN: Texas quarterback David Ash will miss this game — and maybe more — after suffering a concussion during the Longhorns’ 38-7 opening win over North Texas. Backup Tyrone Swoopes makes his first career start.

WHAT NOW?: With Ash out, Texas’ game plan likely will revolve on placing even more emphasis on the running game and on defense. That means more pressure is on the offensive line (which has its roster challenges), on running backs Malcolm Brown and Jhonathan Gray (neither of whom topped 100 yards in the opener) and the defensive line (which certainly looked great against the North Texas Mean Green).

OFFENSIVE LINE SHAKEUP: Another week, another reconfiguration of the offensive line. First, veteran center Dominic Espinosa, who has started every game of his Texas career (40 games) at the position, is out for the year. Starting left tackle Kennedy Estelle and starting right tackle Desmond Harrison are out as well; they were suspended for tonight’s game on Wednesday for breaking team rules.

Texas’ expected starters up front, from left to right: LT xx, LG Sedrick Flowers, C Jake Raulerson, RG Taylor Doyle, RT Kent Perkins.

Flowers and Raulerson had their issues last week. They both were beaten by UNT linemen and allowed Ash to be sacked. Raulerson also had a fumbled snap exchange.

THINGS TO WATCH FOR: (1) How well will Texas tackle? The Longhorns looked good last week against UNT, but there’s a history with BYU. Texas missed more than 20 in Provo. (2) How will will Swoopes play? He has limited game experience, looked shaky in the Alamo Bowl and looked shaky in the spring game, at least in the first half. He looked better in the second, against Texas’ No. 2s and No. 3s. (3) Can the reconfigured O-line clear running lanes. (4) Is the Texas defense, which looked quite strong against UNT, for real? BYU’s a much stronger test, just as UCLA next week will be a bigger test too. (5) What will the Longhorns’ energy be like? It was on high last week. Throw in the backs-against-the-wall factor, the loss of their quarterback, the memories of 2013 Texas-BYU and the offensive line suspensions, will Texas play with its ears pinned back … or low and flat? (6) How does the rushing game look against a better defense? It had a few moments, but wasn’t much of a factor. But it’ll need to be, moving forward.

REVENGE GAME: There are lots of reasons on the vengance scale today, all stemming out of last year’s costly loss in Provo.

“It was like BYU drank a lot of Gatorade and we didn’t,” defensive end Cedric Reed told us this summer.

Let’s revisit the lowlights:

  • BYU rushed for 550 yards, the most ever allowed by a Texas defense.
  • BYU QB Taysom Hill averaged 15.2 yards per carry and scored three rushing TDs. His 259 rushing yards was the second-best rushing performance by a college quarterback in the past 10 years, behind only Vince Young‘s 267-yard night against Oklahoma State in 2005. And it was the most against Texas since Colorado’s Rashaan Salaam had 317 yards against the Longhorns in 1994.
  • Ash suffered his first concussion of 2013 in the fourth quarter. Case McCoy finished the game. Ash would miss the next week’s game (a loss at DKR to Ole Miss) but start the week after that against Kansas State. But he didn’t come back after halftime, and missed the rest of the season.
  • Texas gave up the 550 rushing yards, but also allowed 679 total yards.
  • BYU scored 24 unanswered points.
  • The next day, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was fired. He was replaced on the spot by Greg Robinson. A year later, Diaz is the defensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech, while Robinson runs the defense of San Jose State.

Earlier updates …


It’s another beautiful day here at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Both teams have warmed up and have gone back to their locker rooms.

It’s Game 2: Texas (1-0) vs. BYU (1-0).

Revenge is on many minds, nearly one year to the day since Texas’ season-changing (and, you can make the case, program-changing) 40-21 loss at BYU last year. Or, as our own Cedric Golden called it this week, the Provo No Show.

Tonight’s Texas-BYU line: The Cougars are favored by 2.

Texas is 1-3 all-time against BYU. They’ve split their two games in Austin. Past games: BYU 22, Texas 17 (1987); BYU 47, Texas 6 (1988); Texas 17, BYU 16 (2011); BYU 40, Texas 21 (2013).

We’ve already launched our live game chat. We’ll be live from the DKR press box — columnists Kirk Bohls and Golden, and beat writers Brian Davis and Ryan Autullo. Rick Cantu will be your moderator.

We’ll also be updating this game thread throughout the night.

News on Bevo Beat is free and unlimited. Access to the rest of is included with an Austin American-Statesman subscription in addition to and the ePaper edition. Subscribe today at