|BYU QB Taysom Hill breaks a Texas tackle. Hill would rush|
for a school record 259 yards against the Longhorns in Provo Saturday night.
BYU Cougar fans fondly remember beating Oklahoma at the brand new Cowboy's Stadium. And the honest Cougar fans remember the shock they felt as the clock ran out that fateful day. Those with great memories even remember the camera zooming in on Max Hall as, with surprise on his face, he lipped the words, "We're gonna win!"
Tonight, for different reasons, Cougar fans are feeling a similar shock as BYU handled the Longhorns in Provo. In 2009, BYU fans were not aware just how great Bronco Mendenhall's defense could be, and learning that fact added to the shock of that night. Tonight, Cougar fans were stunned as they watched an offense which has been inconsistent at best and often incompetent for the past several seasons put up 40 points against the Texas defense and set records as they did it.
The shock of tonight's win is magnified by last week's stinging loss against Virginia, when at times BYU's offense could not even get a first down, let alone 40 points. After the loss, fans sensed another long season of disappointment, but tonight's win against Texas may breathe new life into a fanbase without a conference championship to strive for. Suddenly games against Wisconsin, Notre Dame, and, of course, Utah seem winnable. That hope should do wonders for BYU fans weary of offensive ineptitude.
Now BYU fans hope that they won't get the same shock they got in 2009, when Florida State clobbered the Cougars just two weeks after the Cougars beat the Sooners.