Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 68 Days

George Frey

Taysom Hill's 68-yard touchdown run was just one of his three rushing touchdowns in a surprise beat down of Texas last season.

BYU surprised Texas last year when they beat the Longhorns 40-21. The Cougars played a stout defensive game, but it was the offense that was the reason for surprise. Sophomore QB Taysom Hill only completed 9 of his 26 passes, a 35% completion rate, but played a phenomenal game on the ground. Hill led the Cougars in rushing with 259 yards rushing, including touchdowns of 68, 20, and 26 yards. Hills 259 yards were the most D1 QB rushing yards in a game since Texas QB Vince Young ran for 267 yards nine years ago. It was also just shy of former BYU QB Eldon Fortie's school record of 272 yards rushing in a game, set in 1962. Running backs Jamaal Williams and Paul Lasike added 182 and 87 yards rushing, respectively, for a total 550 yards rushing. That was good enough to beat a 55-year old school record for BYU and a record for most rushing yards Texas has given up. Fans who attended the game at LaVell Edwards Stadium will remember the rainstorm that delayed the game, but for Manny Diaz, Mac Brown, and the rest of the Texas Longhorns, that torrential downpour was merely the calm before the storm.

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