Texas Longhorns vs. BYU Cougars: Complete Game Preview

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Texas Longhorns vs. BYU Cougars: Complete Game Preview
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Week 2 will not be a breeze for the Texas Longhorns as they head to Provo, Utah, to take on the BYU Cougars.

Texas looked like an improved team in its season opener against New Mexico State, but a lot of questions remain unanswered. The Longhorns' offense produced 256 yards and 14 points in the first half, but 123 of those yards came in the final two minutes.

The light switched on for the Texas offense in the second half and led to a 56-7 win. A slow start in Provo may not be as easy to overcome against BYU's defense, which ranked third nationally in scoring defense and total defense in 2012.

BYU did not start the season the way the Cougars wanted, losing 19-16 on the road at Virginia. Quarterback Taysom Hill was 13-of-40 passing and threw an interception in the fourth quarter that led to a game-winning Virginia touchdown. 

But Week 1 may not have accurately displayed what BYU is capable of doing. The Cougars endured a two-hour weather delay and played the majority of the second half in a heavy downpour. 

Both BYU and Texas have switched to up-tempo offenses, and both offenses had rocky season debuts. The Longhorns and the Cougars will be looking for improvement Saturday when they face off in Provo.


When: Saturday, September 7, 7 p.m. ET

Where: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah


Radio: Local KSL 1160 AM/102.7; National BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143

Spread: Texas (-7), per VegasInsider.com

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