Senior linebacker Spencer Hadley caught his second career interception on the first play from scrimmage. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
In a 47-46 victory, BYU ran 115 offensive plays, the most in a game in school history, and tying for the most in FBS history. The Cougars also converted a school-best 41 first downs.
The combined score of 93 is the most since 2007 when BYU fell to Tulsa, 55-47 (102). Houston’s 46 points are the most given up by BYU this season and the most since 2011.
With seven catches for 156 yards, senior Cody Hoffman passed Dennis Pitta as the all-time receptions leader at BYU with 228. Hoffman’s fourth quarter TD grab ties him with Austin Collie for the school record 30 receiving touchdowns. His 53-yard TD catch was his longest reception of the season.
Quarterback Taysom Hill threw for 417 yards on 29 completions and four touchdowns, all personal bests. His 545 total yards of offense rank No. 9 all-time at BYU, just three yards short of Max Hall’s mark against Tulsa in 2007. The last time a BYU QB threw for 400 yards or more was Max Hall (486) in 2008 against Northern Iowa.
Hill also ran for 128 yards to become the third leading QB rusher at BYU, passing Steve Young (1,084) with 1,108. He trails just Virgil Carter (1,225) and Eldon Fortie (1,624).
Ross Apo’s two touchdowns are the first two of the season for the junior receiver.
Skyler Ridley’s late score was his first of 2013 and second of his career. His 90 receiving yards on seven catches are both career highs.
Seniors Spencer Hadley (second career INT, first of the game) and Daniel Sorensen (second career INT) and junior Alani Fua (third career INT) each intercepted the Houston QB. Hadley’s came on the first play from scrimmage and ended a 91-pass streak without an INT by Houston.
Both Mike Hague and Robertson Daniel got their first career sacks against Houston.
The flag bearers were Austen Jorgensen, Adam Hine and Michael Reed (former receiver from 2005-08).
Tonight marked the 50th time BYU has competed in an NFL stadium.
Postgame quotes from BYU and Houston are attached below.
BYU vs. Houston game recap