BYU Bowl Games
1979 HOLIDAY BOWL
12.21.79 San Diego, Calif. (52,200)

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38

NO. 9 BYU
INDIANA

1979 Holiday Bowl
1979 Holiday Bowl

The 1979 season ended with BYU leading the nation in scoring, passing and total offense. At 11-0, the Cougars were one of the few undefeated, untied teams in the nation. Those kinds of credentials, along with its No. 9 national ranking in the UPI and AP polls made BYU the favorite over the at-large entry, Indiana. The opportunistic Hoosiers played the Cougars tough, holding a 21-17 lead at the half. BYU jumped ahead in the third quarter, 24-21, on a 13-yard pass from All-American Marc Wilson to Homer Jones. The Cougars fell behind, 31-24, but regained the lead at 34-31 on a 15-yard pass to Eric Lane. With 12:14 left to play, BYU padded the lead on the third field goal of the game by Brent Johnson. But midway through the fourth quarter, Indiana’s Tim Wilbur returned a punt 62 yards to push the Hoosiers ahead 38-37. With 2:06 remaining, the Cougars moved the ball 69 yards to the Indiana 10. Then, with 11 seconds left, Johnson missed a 27-yard field goal that would have won the game. Wilson was voted the MVP on offense (28 of 43 for 380 yards) and Indiana’s Wilbur won the honor for defense. Clay Brown caught nine passes for 142 yards. Lane grabbed nine passes for 79 yards and also scored a rushing touchdown. Jones scored a touchdown and had 126 yards on seven kickoff returns.

TEAM STATS BYU IND
Rushes-Yards 30-140 59-183
Passing Yards 380 171
Passes 28-43-3 11-30-1

SCORING SUMMARY
TEAM PLAY
BYU Lane 1-yard run (Johnson kick)
IND Stephenson 38-yard pass from Clifford (Kellog kick)
IND Clifford 1-yard run (Kellog kick)
BYU Wilson 3-yard run (Johnson kick)
BYU Johnson 40-yard field goal
IND Clifford 1-yard run (Kellog kick)
BYU Jones 13-yard pass from Wilson (Johnson kick)
IND Harkrader 1-yard run (Kellog kick)
IND Kellog 26-yard field goal
BYU Johnson 29-yard field goal
BYU Lane 15-yard pass from Wilson (Johnson kick)
BYU Johnson 28-yard field goal
IND Wilbur 62-yard punt return (Kellog kick)

SCORING BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 Final
No. 9 BYU 14 3 17 3 37
Indiana 14 7 10 7 38

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