1972 BYU Cougars football team

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1972 BYU Cougars football
Conference Western Athletic Conference
1972 record 7–4 (5–2 WAC)
Head coach LaVell Edwards
Offensive coordinator Dave Kragthorpe
Home stadium Cougar Stadium
Seasons
« 1971 1973 »
1972 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#13 Arizona State 5 1 0     10 2 0
BYU 5 2 0     7 4 0
Utah 5 2 0     6 5 0
Arizona 4 3 0     4 7 0
Wyoming 3 4 0     4 7 0
New Mexico 2 4 0     3 8 0
Colorado State 1 4 0     1 10 0
UTEP 1 6 0     2 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1972 BYU Cougars football team represented Brigham Young University (BYU) for the 1972 college football season. It was their first year under head coach LaVell Edwards and the Cougars finished over .500 for the first time since 1969.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 16 Kansas State* Cougar StadiumProvo, UT W 32–9   31,752
September 23 Utah State* Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT (Old Wagon Wheel) L 42–19   35,239
September 30 at Oregon State* Parker StadiumCorvallis, OR L 29–3   20,065
October 7 8:00 at Long Beach State* Anaheim StadiumAnaheim, CA W 38–27   11,500
October 14 UTEPdagger Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT W 21–14   31,176
October 21 #19 Arizona State Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT L 49–17   23,561
October 28 at Colorado State Hughes StadiumFort Collins, CO W 44–8   18,972
November 4 Wyoming Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT W 33–14   22,373
November 11 at Arizona Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ L 21–7   26,500
November 18 1:30 Utah Rice StadiumSalt Lake City, UT (Holy War) W 16–7   24,917
November 25 at New Mexico University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM W 21–7   9,490
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in local to gamesite.

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Preseason[edit]

Defensive coordinator LaVell Edwards was promoted to head coach in January to take over for the departed Tommy Hudspeth,[2] who ended up as the head coach at UTEP by season's end.

BYU was returning 28 players from the previous year but Golden Richards would not be one of them. Richards claimed it was because the Cougars were still a run-oriented offense while BYU and Edwards said it was because Richards had trouble keeping with his academics.[3]

Roster[edit]

BYU Cougars 1972 roster
Quarterbacks
  • 7 Bill August
  • Brian Gunderson
  • 16 Mark Montgomery
  • 14 Terry McEwen
  • 13 Dave Terry

Tailbacks

  • 30 Paul Devine
  • Gil Gillenwater
  • 20 Bryce Johnson
  • 43 Dan Taylor
  • 28 Pete Van Valkenburg

Fullbacks

  • 34 Charlie Ah You
  • 36 Wayne Bower
  • 22 Dean Conway
  • 35 Steve Stratton

Wide Receivers

  • 9 Dave Affleck
  • 41 John Betham
  • 42 Dave Clark
  • 25 Logan Hunter
  • 90 Rick Powell
  • 22 Lynn Zwahlen

Tight Ends

  • 80 Dennis Doman
  • 89 Mike Pistorius
Offensive Linemen
  • 61 Joe Bailey C
  • 79 Dave Brooks T
  • 64 Bill Critchfield T
  • 62 Craig Denny T
  • 68 Harold Farnsworth G
  • 56 Paul Gustavson C
  • 78 Paul Howard G
  • 76 Val Miller G
  • 71 John Monahan G
  • 70 Paul Muklewicz T
  • 66 Doug Maughan
  • 53 Ken Peterson T
  • 65 Steve Price T
  • 59 Sid Smith C

Defensive Lineman

  • 85 Joel Adams DE
  • 72 Wayne Baker DT
  • 58 Conrad Cole DE
  • 86 Lloyd Fairbanks DE
  • 87 Bob Larsen DE
  • 74 Paul Linford DT
  • 60 Wally Molifua DT
  • 46 Roy Robbins DE
  • 88 Ed Rozeski DE
  • 63 Julian Smilowitz DT
  • 73 Stan Varner DE
  • 77 Grant Wells DT
Linebackers
  • 45 Doug Adams
  • 69 Jerry Burke
  • 67 Larry Carr
  • 54 Steve Draeger
  • 84 Greg Dunn
  • 52 Kahlili Hunt
  • 57 Larry Nelson
  • 83 Orrin Olsen
  • 37 Karl Rogoff
  • 51 Scott Stapley
  • 32 Ron Tree

Defensive Backs

  • 8 Dave Atkinson LCB
  • 18 Stan Call LCB
  • 44 Craig Crompton SS
  • 17 Fred EchoHawk SS
  • 24 Tom EchoHawk WS
  • 12 Mike Epperson
  • 33 George Gourley SS
  • 31 Reed Gempler RCB
  • 11 Dan Hansen WS
  • 26 Paul Karaica LCB
  • 5 Bennie Smith RCB
  • 23 Von Wells SS

Special Teams

  • 14 Doug Coon P
  • 19 Dennis Olsen K

Starters[edit]

Offense[edit]

POS Name Name
QB Dave Terry
TB Pete Van Valkenburg
FB Steve Stratton Wayne Bower
WR Logan Hunter
WR John Betham
TE Dennis Doman Mike Pistorius
T Craig Denny
G Paul Howard
C Joe Bailey
G John Monahan
T Steve Price Dave Brooks

Defense[edit]

POS Name Name
DL Ed Rozeski
DL Paul Linford
DL Grant Wells Wayne Baker
DL Orrin Olsen Bob Larsen
LB Ron Tree
LB Larry Carr Kahili Hunt
LB Phil Jensen Mike Preston
DB George Gourley Bennie Smith
DB Dave Atkinson
DB Craig Compton
DB Dan Hansen

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Coaching staff[edit]

BYU Cougars 1972 staff

Head Coach: LaVell Edwards

Offensive Coaches

Defensive Coaches

JV Coordinator: Mel Olsen

Assistant:Jim Criner

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Results[edit]

Long Beach State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
BYU 0 10 14 14 38
Long Beach State 14 6 0 7 27

at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, CA

  • Date: October 7
  • Game time: 8:00 p.m. PDT
  • Game attendance: 11,500
  • Box Score

Statistics[edit]

Passing[edit]

Player Comp Att Yards TD INT
Bill August 69 144 891 5 5
Dave Terry 62 122 742 2 10
Pete Van Valkenburg 2 5 32 1
John Betham 0 1

Rushing[edit]

Player Att Yards TD
Pete Van Valkenburg 232 1,386 12
Steve Stratton 78 328 3
Wayne Bower 43 271 1
Dan Taylor 46 161 1
Dave Terry 61 120 2
Gil Gillenwater 3 56
Bill August 50 22
Bryce Johnson 1 0
John Betham 4 -15

Receiving[edit]

Player Rec Yards TD
Logan Hunter 49 555 2
John Betham 19 345 2
Mike Pistorius 16 314 2
Pete Van Valkenburg 10 98 1
Lynn Zwahlen 5 95 1
Jay Miller 6 30
Dennis Doman 7 59
Steve Stratton 8 55
Dan Taylor 4 45
Wayne Bower 4 36
Dave Affleck 3 15
Dave Terry 1 10
Bryce Johnson 1 8

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Awards[edit]

All-WAC: Dave Atkinson, Dan Hansen, Paul Howard, Paul Linford, Ron Tree, Pete Van Valkenburg [2]

WAC Coach of the Year: LaVell Edwards [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 1972 Football season - CougarStats
  2. ^ a b 2010 BYU football media guide
  3. ^ Sports Illustrated, 11 Sept 1972
  4. ^ Broyles, Bob and Paul Guido. 50 Years of College Football: A Modern History of America's Most Colorful Sport.
  5. ^ The Deseret News. 20 November 2010