1977 BYU Cougars football team

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1977 BYU Cougars football
WAC Co-Champions
Conference Western Athletic Conference
Ranking
Coaches #16
AP #20
1977 record 9–2 (6–1 WAC)
Head coach LaVell Edwards
Offensive coordinator Doug Scovil
Defensive coordinator Dick Felt
Home stadium Cougar Stadium
Seasons
« 1976 1978 »

The 1977 BYU Cougars football team represented Brigham Young University (BYU) for the 1977 college football season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 10 Kansas State* Cougar StadiumProvo, UT W 39–0   35,196
September 24 at Utah State* #20 Romney StadiumLogan, UT (Old Wagon Wheel) W 65–6   20,103
September 30 New Mexico #15 Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT W 54–19   33,352
October 8 at Oregon State* #13 Parker StadiumCorvallis, OR L 24–19   33,965
October 15 Colorado State Hughes StadiumFort Collins, CO W 63–17   29,110
October 22 at Wyoming #17 War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY W 10–7   25,398
October 29 Arizonadagger #17 Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT W 34–14   33,621
November 5 Utah #14 Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT (Holy War) W 38–8   34,208
November 12 at #17 Arizona State #13 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ L 24–13   58,295
November 19 Long Beach State* #17 Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT W 30–27   21,322
November 26 at UTEP #18 Sun BowlEl Paso, TX W 68–19   7,800
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Roster[edit]

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Staff[edit]

Head Coach: LaVell Edwards

Assistants: Norm Chow (WR), Dick Felt (DC/DB), Garth Hall (RB), Dave Kragthorpe (Ast HC/OL), Mel Olsen (JV Coordinator), Tom Ramage (DL), Doug Scovil (OC/QB), Fred Whittingham (LB)

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Game notes[edit]

Utah State[edit]

Gifford Nielsen completed 30 of 40 passes for 321 yards and six touchdowns. Head coach LaVell Edwards pulled Nielsen with about three minutes left in the first half and again at 3:46 in the third quarter while three more potential touchdown passes were dropped otherwise Nielsen's stats would have been even greater. The BYU players were actually cheered by the Utah State fans as they left field.[2]


Utah[edit]

Utah at #13 BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
Utah 0 2 6 0 8
BYU 17 0 0 21 38

BYU's Marc Wilson threw for 571 yards, breaking the single-game NCAA record set by Utah State's Tony Adams in 1972. Wilson was pulled with two minutes left but put back in and completed three passes, including a touchdown to John VanDerWouden, to set the record, which drew the ire of Utah head coach Wayne Howard.


Statistics[edit]

Passing[edit]

Player Comp Att Yards TD INT
Marc Wilson 164 277 2,418 24 18
Gifford Nielsen 98 156 1,167 16 3
Jim McMahon 10 16 103 1 1
Terry McEwen 3 3 32 0 0
Scott Phillips 1 2 29 0 1
Dan Hartwig 1 2 9 0 0
John VanDerWouden 0 1 0 0 0

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Awards[edit]

  • WAC Offensive Player of the Year: QB Marc Wilson
  • All-WAC: LB Mark Berntsen, RB Todd Christensen, WR Mike Chronister, OL Jason Coloma, DL Mekeli Ieremia, OL Lance Reynolds

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e 1977 football season - CougarStats
  2. ^ "Cougars' Air Attack Keeps Ags Grounded." Miller, Hack. Deseret News. 1977 Sept 26.