The University of Texas is in damage control, after getting defeated by the Brigham Young Cougars 40-21 and surrendering 550 rushing yards. The Longhorns came into the game ranked No. 15 in nation. BYU quarterback Taysom Hill rushed for 259 yards and three touchdowns.
The game was marred by a 2 hour delay because of lighting in the Provo, UT area. The Longhorns came out and took the early advantage of 14-10, but the Cougars scored 24 unanswered points – behind a pair of touchdown runs from Hill.
Texas quarterback David Ash went 19-of-33 for 251 yards and running back Jonathan Gray had 90 yards on 13 carries. Joe Bergeron's 2-yard rushing touchdown early in the second quarter gave Texas a 14-10 lead, but BYU answered less than three minutes later to take a lead it wouldn't surrender. On the ensuing drive after Texas' go-ahead score, the Cougars had their drive prolonged by a roughing the kicker penalty and scored four plays later on a 20-yard run by Hill.
Ash hooked up with Mike Davis for a touchdown for the second time in the game on a 23-yard pass midway through the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 34-21, but Texas would get no closer.
After the game Texas’ coach Mack Brown was asked if his defensive coordinator Manny Diaz would be back to coach next week Brown said, “"I hadn't even gotten out of the game, so…I'd like to watch the video”.
The Longhorns will return home on Saturday September 14 to face the Ole Miss Rebels 2-0. The two teams met last year in Oxford, MS and the Longhorns destroyed the Rebels 66-31 and amassed 660 yards in total offense. The Longhorns will need a repeat performance if they have any desire to play in BCS game this season. Kickoff for the game will be 7 pm CST and can be seen on the Longhorn Network.