If Taysom Hill could play Texas every single week, he’d leave Provo with a Heisman under each arm. After ripping the ‘Horns for 259 rushing yards in a 40-21 win a year ago, a game that signaled that proved to be the beginning of the end of the Mack Brown era at Texas, Hill and the Cougars traveled to Austin and again blew out Texas. In fact, the scoreboard says this one was worse: BYU 41, Texas 7.
This time around, all Hill did was complete 18-of-27 passes for 181 yards with an interception and rush 24 times for 99 yards and three touchdowns. When subtracting sack yardage from his totals, Hill rushed 18 times for 134 yards and those three touchdowns. Hill’s first touchdown, a 30-yarder, was one of the most spectacular plays of the night as he escaped pressure and then hurdled safety Dylan Haines and glided untouched into the end zone.
Each of Hill’s three scores came in a devastating third quarter in which BYU unleashed hell on the Longhorns, scoring touchdowns on four consecutive drives to turn the game from a 6-0 pitcher’s duel into a 34-0 blowout. At one point of the third quarter, BYU had outgained Texas 183-to-minus-1 in the frame. Bronco Mendenhall and company threatened to blank Texas in Austin for the first time in 208 games, but Tyrone Swoopes notched a 13-yard touchdown pass to John Harris with 29 seconds remaining in the third quarter to bring the score to 34-7.
Swoopes performed capably for a true sophomore with 13 career passes to his credit making his first start, completing 20-of-31 passes for 176 yards with the aforementioned touchdown against one interception. Texas’ highly-touted running back tandem of Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown were not able to get anything going behind a green offensive line, combining for 28 carries for 75 yards.
The game plan for Charlie Strong did not involve getting outrushed 248-82 while also losing the turnover battle, 4-2.
But enough about Texas. This night belonged to BYU. The Cougars are now 2-0; both wins have come on the road by combined scores of 76-17. BYU now returns home for three straight against Houston, Virginia and Utah State, three tough but ultimately winnable games. There is not a ranked team left on BYU’s schedule, and the Cougars should probably be favored in all of them.
The sky is the limit for this BYU team. Well, that and a series of contracts that does not promise BYU a spot in a College Football Playoff bowl even with a 12-0 record. But that’s a worry for another day.
The only thing BYU should be worried about right now? How to get Texas on the schedule again.