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BYU vs Texas Final: Cougars Throttle the Longhorns 41-7

Cougars overcome a sloppy first half to dominate the Longhorns.

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One week after having 15 penalties for 150 yards, BYU couldn't seem to get out of their own way to start the game in Austin. Miscues abounded in the first half against Texas. On the Cougars first drive, three bad snaps led to the Cougars turning it over on downs after moving the ball on the Longhorn defense.

A holding penalty negating a 66-yard touchdown run from Taysom Hill and a Jamaal Williams fumble on the next drive, which Jamaal recovered, led to a field goal instead of the touchdown.

On the last drive of the first half, a Taysom Hill interception in the endzone took away another scoring opportunity.

The Cougars overcame their own miscues by playing stiff defense and getting stops when they needed. After the Hill interception, a potential momentum changer, a holding penalty on an Alani Fua rush, then a Fua sack forced a Texas punt.

BYU responded by coming out in the second half by marching 75 yards down the field, capitalizing on a 30-yard touchdown run by Hill, who finished it by hurdling over a Texas defender.

On the ensuing Texas drive, the defense held the Longhorns to a three and out and took over with good field position, which lead to an Adam Hine 16-yard touchdown run. After a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, recovered by Harvey Jackson, Hill punched in another touchdown from two yards out.

The third quarter featured another Hill rushing touchdown and Tyrone Swoopes' first career touchdown pass. In the fourth quarter, Adam Hine added a second touchdown and the defense played tough, with Michael Alisa killing a Texas drive with an interception.

This was a great showing in all phases of the game for the Cougars. BYU showed that this team really has a shot to have a special season going forward. Taysom Hill is also showing that he truly is a special player and if he continues this type of production, could lead to some national attention.