BYU Trounces Texas, 41-7

After being dismantled in 2013 by BYU, the Texas Longhorns set out for revenge. Head coach Charlie Strong has preached toughness since taking over for Mack Brown but that was transparent in Austin on Saturday night.

Instead of making a statement and gaining vengeance, BYU picked apart Texas in front of 93, 463 people at Darrel K. Royal Stadium in Austin, 41-7.

Strong sensed his team was not ready before the game even began.

“I knew during warmup we weren’t ready to play. I called the team up [before the game] and told them we weren’t ready to play. Our focus isn’t here and we were getting ready to play a really good football team. We were going to get embarrassed if we don’t watch out. And that’s what ended up happening tonight. ”

After BYU quarterback Taysom Hill torched the Longhorns defense last year, Texas keyed on stopping him or relapses of last season were bound to happen.

After doing a good job in the first half, the implosion began in the third quarter.

Hill used his legs to his advantage for the second straight season against Texas, rushing for three touchdowns in the third quarter alone as the rout began. He finished the game with 280 total yards (181 passing, 99 rushing) and three touchdowns, all on the ground.

Everyone knew heading into the game that Texas’ offense would go through some growing pains. Quarterback  Tyrone Swoopes was making his first career start for the injured David Ash and the offensive line had five career starts combined.

The offense sputtered, amounting to only 258 yards and could not capitalize when the defense was making stops in the first half.  The rushing attack, which was supposed to be the backbone of the offense, mustered only 82 yards. The Longhorns could not get anything going downfield and Swoopes relied on short and intermediate throws.

Their stagnant offense, combined with a fatigued defense in the second half, doomed the Longhorns on Saturday.

“It is an embarrassment,” Strong stated. “It is an embarrassment to this program and an embarrassment to the university.”

BYU moves to 2-0 on the season and have dominated both contests.

“It’s a great statement for us,” BYU quarterback Taysom Hill said. “It shows we can compete with anybody.”

The Longhorns will not have much time to regroup. They face the No. 12 ranked UCLA Bruins at home this Saturday 8 p.m. ET. BYU will look to go 3-0 as they take on Houston this Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.


*Photo credits to Chris Nicoll, USA Today Sports







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