The Longhorns’ loss at Brigham Young snapped their non-conference winning streak on the road at 13 games.
Their last road defeat outside the Big 12 came at Stanford in 2000, by 27-24.
That 2000 Stanford team beat the Longhorns in a much different manner than did BYU on Saturday. The Cardinal passed for 255 yards and rushed for just 60.
Major Applewhite, the Longhorns’ co-offensive coordinator, was the quarterback in that 2000 game. He completed 18 of 40 for 274 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Applewhite rallied the Longhorns with two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, but Stanford scored with 1:12 left to pull out the victory.
Oops: The Longhorns’ best hitting in the first half came on ill-advised hits. They escaped a roughing the kicker penalty when two Longhorns ran into the BYU punter. But the Longhorns didn’t learn much from the reprieve. Redshirt freshman Bryson Echols was called for roughing later in the half. For an encore, Echols was called for interference after tackling the a punt return man after the ball had sailed past him.
Last week, it was Echols who made a big special teams play, downing Anthony Fera’s punt at the New Mexico State 1-yard line.
Johnson lost for game: Longhorns slot receiver and tailback Daje Johnson, who scored two touchdowns against New Mexico State, left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury. Johnson ran twice for a total of four yards on the first possession and did not carry again. He was wearing a walking boot after the game.
A rugged bunch: About an hour before the scheduled kickoff, heavy wind and a hard rain blew through LaVell Edwards Stadium. Both teams found cover, but an estimated 5,000 fans remained in their seats, cheering and waving white towels. Many declined to leave even after lightning and thunder reached the area. Kickoff was delayed by more than 1 hour, 50 minutes.
Indi label: As an independent school with no conference affiliation, BYU’s schedule takes the football team all over the country this season with games at Virginia, Houston, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Nevada. The Cougars’ other road game is closer to home at Utah State. Among BYU’s home games in addition to Texas: Utah, Georgia Tech and Boise State.
Games like those are a big reason BYU left the Mountain West Conference a few years ago to become an independent.
Gasping: Ross Apo, BYU’s junior wide receiver, said adjusting to the 4,549-foot elevation in Provo was difficult when he first arrived as a freshman from Arlington. “I was dying,” Apo told the Salt Lake Tribune. “I was on the ground trying to get air. It’s a big difference.”