BYU delivers a Texas-sized butt-kicking, wallops No. 15 Longhorns, 40-21
Jamaal Williams, that spunky 18-year-old BYU running back, apparently knew what he was talking about.
It was Williams, remember, who suggested the Cougars would impose their will on the Texas Longhorns in Saturday's showdown between reeling BYU and the so-called 15th-ranked powerhouse from the Big 12.
Well, putting a school-record 550 rushing yards on a team certainly qualifies.
The Cougars (1-1), who looked awful offensively for most of the game in last week's 19-16 loss to Virginia, finished with 679 yards. They ran 99 plays out of Robert Anae's "go fast, go hard" offense.<
"Tonight showed who we are, our identity," said linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who helped hold the Longhorns to 445 yards and just 21 points. "That is the heart that we have. Our team showed it tonight."
Said BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall: "I thought our offensive plan was exceptional and I thought that our week of practice leading up to this game was one of the best I've seen since I've been the coach here."
Certainly, Taysom Hill was exceptional.
He rushed for 259 yardds, the most yards by a quarterback in the nation in a single game so far this season. It was the most rushing yards by an FBS quarterback in the past 10 years, just behind former Texas QB Vince Young's 267 in 2005.
It was the second-greatest rushing performance in school history, behind only the 272 yards Eldon "the phantom" Fortie put up in 1962.
"We expected to be able to run on them," Hill said. "We didn't expect to set the school record. But, hey, it was working, and we were able to move the ball really efficiently on the ground, and there was no need to go away from it, so we didn't."
Hill's 68-yard TD run in the second quarter ties the school record for longest run by a BYU quarterback, the record he set last year against Hawaii.
With 550 rushing yards, the Cougars broke the previous record of 465 set against Montana in 1958.