The first quarter was highlighted by a 68-yard rush from quarterback Taysom Hill to give BYU a 10-7 lead to end the first quarter. The rush tied his previous school record (Hawai’i, 2012) for the longest run by a BYU quarterback.
The Cougars got off to a quick start on their first possession of the game, marching 60 yards on 11 plays capped off by a 34-yard field goal from Justin Sorensen. BYU was led by Paul Lasike’s three rushes for 27 yards and Jamaal Williams’ three rushes for 20 yards on the drive.
The BYU defense held Texas to three consecutive three and outs to begin the game. Alani Fua recorded a sack and a tackle for loss during the stretch. On its fourth drive receiver Mike Davis got loose for Texas on a 57-yard pass from quarterback David Ash for its lone score of the quarter.
The Cougars outgained the Longhorns 180-103 on offense. Hill lead all rushers with 91 yards.