Post-game Notes: BYU vs. UCLA

With a 59-0 victory over UCLA, the Cougars recorded their first shutout since beating Utah State 38-0 during the 2006 season. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

SHUTOUT WIN OVER UCLA

The Cougar’s 59-0 win marked the Cougars’ first shutout since a 38-0 win over Utah State on Sept. 23, 2006. The game ranks third in the program’s list of largest shutouts, behind a 65-0 win over New Mexico on Oct. 29, 1988 and a 63-0 win at UTEP on Dec. 1, 1973,

HALL SETS BYU RECORD

Quarterback Max Hall’s six touchdown passes in the first half broke BYU’s previous record of five, held by Marc Wilson (CSU 1977), Robbie Bosco (Baylor 1984) and Gary Sheide (UNM 1973). Halls seven touchdown passes on the day, matched a program record of seven, shared by Wilson and Jim McMahon (CSU 1981).

VERSUS THE PAC-10

BYU is now 5-1 in the last six meetings with Pac-10 opponents, including back-to-back wins against Washington and UCLA. The Cougars are currently tied with league-leading USC with a 2-0 record versus Pac-10 teams.

PAYNE TIES SOPHOMORE MWC RECORD

Kicker Mitch Payne connected on a perfect 8-of-8 PAT attempts, tying the number of extra points made by a sophomore in a single game.

UNGA FINDS SUCCESS THIS TIME AROUND

With just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter, running back Harvey Unga’s surpassed his rushing mark against the Bruins in the Las Vegas Bowl with a two-yard pickup. Unga ran for just 16 yards on 17 carries in the bowl game, but finished today with 72 yards on the same 17 carries.

SCORING HALL PASSES

Quarterback Max Hall’s touchdown pass to senior Michael Reed marked the fifth consecutive game Hall has recorded a touchdown pass, dating back to Dec. 1, 2007 at San Diego State. In fact, Hall has thrown a touchdown pass in 15-of-16 career games.

SCORING IN NO TIME...

BYU’s 2nd-quarter scoring drive of six seconds marked the shortest Cougar scoring drive since a three-yard touchdown run by Harvey Unga against TCU on Nov. 8, 2007 knocked four seconds off the clock.

LARGEST LEAD OVER PAC-10

The 59-0 final score marked a new BYU record-high lead over a Pac-10 opponent. The Cougars’ largest lead prior to today was 31-0 against Oregon in the fourth quarter of the 2006 Las Vegas Bowl.

ANOTHER BLOCKED KICK

With Russell Tialavea’s block on Kai Forbath’s field goal attempt in the second quarter, the Cougars have recorded a block on a kicking attempt in three of the past four games, including a blocked PAT against Washington last week, and Forbath’s game-ending field goal attempt at the 2007 Las Vegas Bowl.

COLLIE HITS CENTURY MARK

Junior Austin Collie surpassed the 100-yard receiving mark with 10 catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns. This marks the first time Collie has caught over 100 yards since facing the Bruins in the 2007 Las Vegas Bowl.

EDWARDS’ STADIUM STREAK NOW SPANS THREE SEASONS

With BYU’s 59-0 win, the Cougars have not lost in Edwards Stadium since November 19, 2005. BYU has won 14 straight home games, dating back to September 9, 2006. The last time the Cougars won 14 consecutive home games was 16 seasons ago when the team won 17 in a row from Oct. 7, 1989 to Nov. 23, 1991.

ACTIVE WINNING STREAKS

BYU currently owns the longest active winning streak among FBS (Division I-A) teams, having won 13 consecutive games. The Cougars have put together their longest win streak since winning 13 straight games during the 2000-01 seasons.

COIN TOSS

For the third week in a row, BYU won the opening coin toss. For the second time this season, the Cougars elected to defer. BYU is 3-0 when winning the opening coin toss.

COUGARS CONTINUE TO WIN

With their 59-0 win, the Cougars’ extended their nation-leading winning streak to 13 games. BYU has won 25 of its last 29 games, dating back to the 2006 season. During that season, the Cougars finished 11-2, followed by another 11-2 season in 2007, and they are off to a 3-0 start this season. BYU’s 3-0 record this season marks its best start since the 2001 season.

HE WHO SCORES FIRST...

Junior tight end Dennis Pitta’s 15-yard touchdown reception with 8:09 remaining in the first quarter gave BYU the early 7-0 lead. The play marked the 25th time in the last 28 games BYU has scored first. The Cougars are 23-2 in those 25 games.

ANOTHER SELLOUT

The 64,153 fans in attendance marked the eighth consecutive sell-out at Edwards Stadium. The current streak marks the longest streak of consecutive sellouts since the 1991-92 seasons.

HOMELAND SECURITY

The Cougars’ victory increased BYU’s consecutive home winning streak to 14 games, dating back to the 2006 season. Over that span, the Cougars have beaten their opponents by an average of 28.5 points per game and have allowed just 10.8 points per game. The Cougars have allowed seven points or less in seven of the last 14 home games.

HALL OF MAX

Heisman Trophy candidate Max Hall turned in another standout performance in the Cougars’ 59-0 victory over UCLA. Hall completed 27-of-35 attempts for 271 yards and seven touchdowns. During the opening drive of the game, Hall led the Cougars on an 11-play drive, for 75 yards. During the drive he was 6-for-6 for 51 yards, including a 10-yard pass to Dennis Pitta for the early 7-0 lead. Hall came out of the game with 6:28 remaining in the third quarter.

FLAG BEARER

BYU has a tradition of selecting a player before each game to run the team flag onto the field. In 2008, the team implemented a new tradition—an alumni flag. The team selects a former Cougar to carry out the alumni flag, along with the chosen current player who runs out with the current team flag. Both flags are white with a blue “Y” logo. The flag is signed by current team members, while the alumni flag is signed by former BYU players. Their signatures reflect their commitment to uphold the tradition, spirit and honor of the BYU football program and to be a flag bearer of the University. Vai Sikahema was chosen as the alumni flag bearer against UCLA, with Kellen Fowler carrying the team flag.

CONSECUTIVE STARTS

Today’s game against UCLA marked senior offensive lineman, Dallas Reynolds’ 41st straight career start. During that streak, Reynolds has started at every position on the offensive line, including tackle, guard and center. Reynolds’ younger brother Matt started at left tackle in the 2008 season opener. His father, Lance, is the associate head coach for the Cougars. Reynolds is currently tied at second for the most consecutive starts by an active Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I-A) player. Reynolds has started in every game of his BYU career, beginning with the Cougars’ 20-3 loss to Boston College on Sep. 3, 2005.

DON’T LOOK BACK

In the Bronco Mendenhall era, BYU is 29-4 when leading at halftime and 28-1 when taking a lead into the fourth quarter.

FIRST HALF DOMINANCE

The Cougars held a 42-0 lead at halftime against UCLA, marking the 13th time in the past 14 games BYU has held the lead at intermission. The Cougars have held their opponent to seven or fewer points in the opening half nine times in 14 games. During those 14 games BYU is 13-1.

MOVING THE CHAINS

BYU continued its ability to convert on third down, going 13-of-17 on third-down conversions, including 8-of-9 in the first half. The Cougars are now 32 of 41 (.781) on third-down conversions on the year.

FIRST-HALF POINTS

BYU’s 42 points in the first half are the most scored by the Cougars since a 42-13 score against Air Force on Oct. 20, 2001. Earlier that same year, on Aug. 25, the Cougars recorded a BYU stadium-record 49 points in the first half against Tulane.

HALL BREAKS MWC TOUCHDOWN RECORD

With his seven touchdown passes on the day, junior quarterback Max Hall set a new Mountain West Conference record. His six touchdown passes in the first half alone broke the previous record of five. The previous record has been tied several times over the past nine years—most recently by TCU’s Jeff Ballard in 2006 and SDSU’s Kevin O’Connell in 2007. BYU’s John Beck also reached the five touchdown passes mark as a junior in 2005.

SECOND QUARTER BREAKS BYU SCORING RECORD

The Cougars’ set a new program record of points scored in the second quarter with 35. BYU’s 35 points also rank as the second highest point total ever in any quarter, behind the 36 points scored against Washington State on Sept. 15, 1990 in the fourth quarter.

SCORELESS FIRST HALF

BYU’s 42-0 performance in the first half marked the most recent first half shutout since hosting Utah on Nov. 24, 2007.