(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
After a loss at Virginia Aug. 31, BYU football returns to Provo to host No. 15 Texas Saturday at 5 p.m. MDT at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and the Longhorn Network, as well as the Cougar IMG Sports Network 1160 AM, 102.7 FM and BYUcougars.com. Fans in Texas can listen in on KVET 1300 AM.
The Countdown to Kickoff pregame show will begin at 4 p.m. MDT on BYUtv and BYUtvsports.com. Fans can also tune in to BYUtv and BYUtvsports.com for the live postgame show at the conclusion of the game. Radio coverage will begin at 4 p.m. MDT on the Cougar IMG Sports Network 1160 AM/102.7 FM and BYU Radio (SiriusXM channel 143).
No. 15 Texas (1-0) at BYU (0-1)
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at 5 p.m. MDT
LaVell Edwards Stadium
Complete BYU vs. Texas Game Notes
BYU and Texas last met in the second week of the 2011 season, when the Cougars fell 17-16 despite leading 16-10 going into the fourth quarter. BYU leads the all-time series with Texas 2-1.
Five returning players had career-high tackles vs. Virginia--Uani ‘Unga had 10, Eathyn Manumaleuna had 10 with six solo tackles, Alani Fua had eight, Remington Peck had five and Skye PoVey had three. The tackles helped BYU to 223 total defensive yards, which ranked No. 15 in the country for the weekend.
BIG 12 FOES
The Cougars are 15-19 against Big 12 foes, with the last victory coming against No. 3 Oklahoma at Cowboys Stadium in 2009. BYU defeated the Sooners 14-13 in the season opener.
Eleven Cougars were named to preseason watch lists, highlighted by Preseason All-Americans Kyle Van Noy and Cody Hoffman. The 11 players were named to 14 different major award watch lists.
BYU has not been shut out for 114 consecutive games. The last time the Cougars failed to score was in 2003 in a 3-0 loss to Utah. That loss was the only other time BYU has not produced points since 1975. The Cougars have scored in the last 476 of 477 games since 1975.
THE HOFF SHOW
Cody Hoffman has an opportunity to end his Cougar career as one of the best receivers in BYU history. He enters 2013 needing just 19 receptions, 538 yards and three touchdowns to take the top spot among the all-time leaders. As of now, Hoffman has amassed 203 receptions, 2,718 yards and 28 receiving touchdowns in his career, good for fourth, fifth and third, respectively, at BYU. Hoffman holds the record for receiving touchdowns in a game (5) and needs four 100-yard receiving games to have the most in program history.
NO. 3 TOTAL DEFENSE
BYU finished the 2012 season ranked No. 3 in total defense. The unit returns five starters to a defense that arguably was the best in team history. BYU finished the season No. 3 in the nation in total defense, ranking behind only Alabama and Florida State. The Cougars held opponents to an average of 266.1 yards per game, the lowest since 1974 when the Cougars held offenses to an average of 261 yards. The powerhouse held seven top-10 defensive rankings, including six top-5 rankings highlighted by the No. 1-ranked 3rd down defense and the No. 2 red zone defense.