Texas vs. BYU: Cougars Crush Longhorns with Record-Setting Rushing Performance

Alan BlackAnalyst IIISeptember 8, 2013

Sep 7, 2013; Provo, UT, USA; Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (4) slips through the arms of Texas Longhorns defensive end Reggie Wilson (92) during the second quarter at Lavell Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
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BYU has a long and storied tradition of great quarterbacks.  Players like Virgil Carter, Marc Wilson, Gifford Nielson, Jim McMahon, Steve Young, Robbie Bosco, Ty Detmer and Steve Sarkisian helped to earn the school the nickname "Quarterback U."

Saturday night, the Cougars once again turned to their QB in order to notch a 40-21 upset over No. 15 Texas. What surprised was that QB Taysom Hill's legs, rather than his arms, led BYU to victory.

Although he went only 9-26 for 129 yards, no touchdowns and one interception through the air, Hill put on one of the most dominant rushing performances by a QB in the modern era of college football.

He rushed only 17 times, but accumulated a whopping 259 yards and three touchdowns on those carries. That's the second-highest rushing total by a QB in the last decade, only 8 yards behind Longhorn phenom Vince Young's 267-yard output against Oklahoma State in 2005.

It was also the second-highest individual rushing total in BYU history, behind only Eldon Fortie's 272 yards against George Washington University in 1962. That's not bad company for Hill to be in, considering Fortie was the first BYU player to have his number retired.

It wasn't just Taysom Hill who shredded the Texas defense on the ground, though.

As impressive as Hill's 259 rushing yards were, they actually accounted for less than half of BYU's school-record 550 rushing yards against Texas.

Yes, you read that correctly.  BYU put up 550 rushing yards against a Texas defense stacked with elite recruits. That is far and away the most rushing yards ever allowed by Texas.

Hill may have been the one with the flashy numbers, but 18-year-old workhorse running back Jamaal Williams carried much of the load for the Cougars, rushing 30 times for 182 yards. BYU Rugby phenom/football team running back Paul Lasike was also potent on the ground, gaining 87 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

Texas actually did well against one of the best defenses in the country, racking up 445 yards against Kyle Van Noy and company.

In the end though, rushing 72 times for 550 yards and an average of 7.6 yards per carry proved to be a wildly successful strategy for BYU, giving them a well-earned win over one of the biggest programs in college football.