A first half which put BYU quarterback Taysom Hill on pace to throw for 200 yards and rush for nearly 100, plus a defense that has limited the Texas rushing attack to 36 yards on 16 carries and a 2-0 turnover edge, should have equated to a sizable halftime lead for the Cougars.
BYU leads at the break in Austin, but only 6-0.
The Cougars rushed for nearly 100 yards in the first quarter, but put together only one sustained drive and watched it sputter at the three-yard line, forcing Trevor Sampson to settle for a 21-yard field goal. In the second quarter, BYU forced two turnovers in Texas territory and pushed another drive deep into scoring position, but again scored only three points in the frame. The first turnover came on a fumble by Texas receiver John Harris near midfield, but BYU was forced to punt. Longhorns running back Johnathan Gray fumbled inside his own red zone on the ensuing possession, but an active Texas front harassed BYU into a 29-yard field goal. Finally, BYU marched 68 yards until a Hill pass was intercepted by cornerback Quandre Diggs inside his own end zone.
Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes has avoided disaster but also has not flashed any big play ability, completing his first eight and 11-of-15 passes but for only 100 yards. He hasn’t gotten much help elsewhere, with Gray and Malcolm Brown combining for 34 yards on 13 carries behind a shuffled offensive line.
Hill has posted 100 yards on 11-of-16 passing and added 46 rushing yards on 14 attempts. He has been sacked four times for a loss of 16 yards.
BYU gets the ball to open the second half.