There is no debate for BYU’s best season, 1984 reigns supreme. A 13-0 record, a WAC Championship, a Holiday Bowl Championship and most importantly, a National Championship were won by a dominant Cougars team led by LaVell Edwards and Robbie Boscoe. The Cougars finished the season with the college football’s second best scoring offense and 11th best score limiting defense, earning the crown and topping the rest.
Here’s a look at the top BYU football season of all-time:
Biggest moment: Boscoe’s game winning touchdown pass to Kelly Smith with less than two minutes remaining in the Holiday Bowl against Michigan, despite playing most of the game injured. Boscoe capped off a comeback and threw for 343 yards and two touchdowns during the game.
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Lowest point: After beating a ranked Pittsburgh team and blowing out Tulsa and Baylor, the Cougars faced a scare against WAC opponent Hawaii in week four. BYU squeaked by with an 18-13 victory and never looked back, scoring at least 24 points in each game. The Cougars also suffered a close one against Wyoming two weeks later at home, but prevailed 41-38.
Season MVP: Boscoe was a leader and an offensive juggernaut all season, throwing 33 touchdowns to 11 interceptions with 3,875 yards and a 61.8 completion percentage. He played tough in the Holiday Bowl and lead the team on a comeback victory when the pressure was on. Runningback Kelly Smith was also a dual threat monster for the Cougars, racking up 12 total touchdowns and 945 yards from scrimmage.
Legacy: This Cougars team is the standard bearer and example to which all other success at BYU and Utah college football is measured. The height of the Edwards era in 1994 was preceded and succeeded by the greatest stretch in BYU history under the coach. This team also trumped the idea that BYU was too small to win the highest trophy in college football, raising the program to a relevance it hadn’t seen before.