The Cougars Will Beat You Up: BYU Shocks the College Football World

Evan NesbittContributor ISeptember 5, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05:  Quarterback Max Hall #15 of the Brigham Young Cougars drops back to pass against the Oklahoma Sooners at Cowboys Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

First upset of the year. First superstar down. First BCS shake up.

BYU 14, Oklahoma 13. 

Mountain West, one; Big 12, zero.

This is what BYU wanted, what they hoped for, what they needed. 

For the past several years the Mountain West Conference has been looking for respect and for legitimacy.  Now they have it. 

It started with a Utah win over Pittsburgh in the 2004 Fiesta Bowl.  Then came a TCU win over Oklahoma in '05.  Last season Utah did its part again routing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

And now Oklahoma has fallen for a second time to a MWC team.

It should be mentioned that last year's Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford left the game with a sprained shoulder near the end of the first half and would not return, leaving redshirt freshman Landry Jones to fill in. 

That wouldn't matter as the Cougars drove down the field to win the game on a touchdown pass from senior QB Max Hall to sophomore receiver McKay Jacobson.

The game started off slowly as both offenses had trouble scoring. 

Bradford threw a TD to WR Ryan Broyles five minutes game.  

Scoring seized up until senior TE Andrew George hauled in a touchdown pass from Max Hall. 

As mentioned previously, Sam Bradford was hurt on the final drive of the first half that ended in a 35 yard FG by kicker Jimmy Stevens.  Bradford went out with 10 for 14 with 1 TD and 96 yards passing.

In the second half, backup QB Landry Jones took over for the Sooners.  Jones would go 6 for 12 for 51 yards and no score. 

With the absence of Bradford, Oklahoma relied much more heavily on the running tandem of Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray who rushed for a combined 117 yards on 24 carries.  

Though Oklahoma didn't score a TD in the second half, Jimmy Stevens did kick a 22 yard FG.    

On the BYU side of the ball, Max Hall played the game of a lifetime and finally proved he could play in a "Big Game."

Hall led the Cougars offense down the field on a 16 play, 76 yard drive that resulted in the winning TD.  Hall finished the game throwing for 328 yards, two TDs and two INTs on 26 of 38 passing.

Sam Bradford's injury has officially been ruled an AC joint sprain.  The timetable for Bradford's return in unknown at the moment, but Sooner fans can only hope that its sooner than later. 

Oklahoma faces Idaho State next week, while BYU will play Tulane.

Another year, another week one upset. 

Last year it was East Carolina beating the then No. 17 Virginia Tech. 

This year it was just a little bit bigger as No. 20 BYU beat No. 3 Oklahoma. 

What comes next can only be described as college football; what comes next can only be described as the BCS.