BYU 40, Texas 21: Horns fall to Cougars

Posted September 7th, 2013



BYU has beaten Texas, 40-21.

Taysom Hill was the story of the night. The BYU quarterback rushed for 259 yards — the second-best rushing performance by a college quarterback in the past 10 years, second only to Vince Young’s 267-yard game from 2005.


Texas allowed a school record for rushing yards.

BYU set a school record for yards.

Hill added three touchdown runs.

The Longhorns got their scores from a pair of David Ash to Mike Davis touchdown passes, one from 57 yards, the other from 23, and a Joe Bergeron 2-yard run.

Daje Johnson hurt his ankle on Texas’ opening drive. He was seen in a walking boot after the game, and with crutches. And Ash left the game in the fourth quarter after a hard hit on a scramble. Early reports were a head injury.

Texas drops to 1-1. The Longhorns host Mississippi on Saturday ngiht, at 7.



There’s 1:31 left.

It’s BYU 40, Texas 21.

Justin Soresnen has kicked his fourth field goal of the night — this one from 23 yards — and BYU has extended its lead to 19 points.



There’s 5:43 left.

It’s BYU 37, Texas 21.

The Cougars have added a 36-yard field goal by Justin Sorensen, whose kick bounced off the left goal post, but bounced in.

BYU quarterback Taysom Hill, by the way, has topped the 200-yard rushing mark. He has 215 on the night. David Ash has 8 yards.



There’s 8:24 left.

It’s BYU 34, Texas 21.

The Longhorns have stopped the bleeding.

Texas now trails by 13 again, thanks to a 23-yard touchdown pass from David Ash to Mike Davis, their second scoring connection of the game.

That scoring pass was set up, however, by the run. On a second-and-7, Johnathan Gray ran for 37 yards, setting Texas up at BYU’s 23.

Ash and Davis hooked up on the very next play.

Texas made quick work of its scoring drive: five plays, 83 yards and it took only 1:38 to do it.



There’s 10:02 left.

It’s BYU 34, Texas 14.

Taysom Hill has scored. Again. And things are looking grave for Texas.

BYU’s quarterback scored his third rushing touchdown of the night, this time from 26 yards. And yes, there were more missed tackles on the play. The most grave came from Adrian Phillips, but Hill weaved his way right through the heart of the defense to get to Phillips in the first place.

The Longhorns got the ball to start the second half, but punted when their drive stalled near midfield.



It’s BYU 27, Texas 14.

Justin Sorensen kicked a 32-yard field goal right before the half to give the Cougars the 13-point lead.

Storylines of the night?

Texas is struggling offensively.

Texas is struggling defensively, too.

Missed tackles, which were such a problem in 2012, are back. And they have cost the Longhorns dearly so far.

Daje Johnson is out for the game. He hurt his ankle on the first drive.

BYU is running all over Texas. The Cougars have rushed for 349 yards in two quarters. Texas has rushed for 59.

Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill, who has rushed for more than 160 yards and scored on two long touchdown runs, has been the star of the game.

Texas will get the ball to start the second half.



There’s 5:00 left.

It’s BYU 24, Texas 14.

The Cougars’ running game is going — and it’s not Jamaal Williams doing the damage.

Quarterback Taysom Hill has rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns, and Paul Lasike has just scored from 10 yards out.

There were two more missed Texas tackles along the way.

BYU has gained 349 yards. Texas, coming off a school-record 715-yard game against New Mexico State, has produced 179.



There’s 7:48 left.

It’s BYU 17, Texas 14.

The Cougars have retaken the lead on quarterback Taysom Hill’s second touchdown run of the game. This one was from 20 yards out, and there were four missed tackles or missed tackle opportunities along the way.

BYU’s scoring drive: 10 plays, 75 yards. It took 2:41 off the clock.

Hill has rushed for 151 yards.



There’s 10:29 left.

It’s Texas 14, BYU 10.

Joe Bergeron has given the Longhorns the lead on a short third-down run, a key play as BYU threatened to hold on a goal-line stand.

Texas’ drive was nine plays long, went 76 yards and took 3:17 off the clock.

John Harris has made a nice play for the second straight week, a 30-yard play action pass over the middle down to the BYU 13.

Before that, Johnathan Gray burst off the left side for a 12-yard gain, Geoff Swaim springing him on a block.

Jaxon Shipley had a nice first down catch on the drive. Mike Davis dropped a pass. — a first down catch over the middle, a short bubble screen and a catch that converted Texas’ first third down of the night.

The drive was set up by a turnover — Duke Thomas’ first career interception. It was a low, shoestring tackle that Thomas dived for, similar to Adrian Phillips’ last week. And just like last week, this one was reviewed by officials and upheld.

It was the first turnover of the game.



There’s 2:17 left.

It’s BYU 10, Texas 7.

Momentum had swung Texas’ way via a big play, but BYU has claimed it right back.

Quarterback Raysom Hill streaked around the left side on a third down play, going untouched 68 yards for a touchdown.

Linebacker Steve Edmond misplayed it, allowing Hill the room to get free, and Adrian Phillips missed a tackle opportunity at the line of scrimmage.

That gave the lead back to BYU. Texas had gone up 7-3 on a big play of its own.

David Ash, on a second-and-3, hit Mike Davis down the left sideline for a 57-yard touchdown pass. It was a perfectly thrown pass that hit Davis in stride.

Texas’ first three possessions were three-and-outs.

BYU has punted on its last two possessions.

Ash is 4 of 4 for 73 yards and a touchdown, so far.

Daje Johnson is in the locker room. He hurt his ankle on the first drive.


There’s 12:11 left.

It’s BYU 3, Texas 0.

The good news: There’s finally football being played in Provo.

The better news: The Longhorns won the toss and decided to kick off.

The bad news: On BYU’s first drive, the Longhorns are having problems stopping the run. The Cougars marched mostly with Michael Elisa, not Jamaal Williams.

Justin Sorensen has put the Cougars up early, 3-0, on a 34-yard field goal.

Texas answered with a three-and-out, and the Cougars have the ball back.


Special teams players from both sides have taken the field in Provo, and the announcement has been made that Texas and BYU will kick off at 7:50 p.m., Austin time.

About 15 minutes ago, there were worries that there may have been another lightning strike, which would’ve delayed things by another hour. But there wasn’t.

Both the Longhorns and Cougars will take the next 45-50 minutes going through warmups and pre-game drills.


Texas-BYU is in a rain delay.

Heavy rains in Provo have soaked LaVell Edwards Stadium, and lightning in the area has resulted in the delay.

Last week’s BYU-Virginia opener, played at Virginia, was delayed for more than two hours because of rains. The Cavaliers won that game, 19-16, in a game played under sloppy conditions.

Once the weather clears, it will take about 55 minutes for the game to kick off.

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