1978 BYU Cougars football team

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1978 BYU Cougars football
WAC Champions
Holiday Bowl vs. Navy, L 16–23
Conference Western Athletic Conference
1978 record 9–4 (5–1 WAC)
Head coach LaVell Edwards
Home stadium Cougar Stadium
Seasons
« 1977 1979 »
1978 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
BYU 5 1 0     9 4 0
Utah 4 2 0     8 3 0
Wyoming 4 2 0     5 7 0
New Mexico 3 3 0     7 5 0
Colorado State 2 4 0     5 6 0
San Diego State 2 4 0     4 7 0
UTEP 1 5 0     1 11 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978 BYU Cougars football team represented the Brigham Young University (BYU) in the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The team was led by head coach LaVell Edwards, in his seventh year, and played their home games at Cougar Stadium in Provo, Utah. They finished the season with a record of nine wins and four losses (9–4, 5–1 WAC), as WAC Champions and with a loss against Navy in the Holiday Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 9 at Oregon State* Parker StadiumCorvallis, OR W 10–6   19,651
September 16 at Arizona State* Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ L 17–24   70,311
September 23 Colorado State Cougar StadiumProvo, UT W 32–6   31,052
September 30 at New Mexico University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM W 27–23   24,892
October 7 Utah State* Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT (The Old Wagon Wheel) L 7–24   32,668
October 14 at Oregon* Autzen StadiumEugene, OR W 17–16   24,500
October 21 UTEP Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT W 44–0   23,335
November 4 Wyoming Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT W 48–14   30,415
November 11 San Diego State Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT W 21–3   22,682
November 18 at Utah Rice StadiumSalt Lake City, UT (Holy War) L 22–23   29,326
November 25 at Hawaii* Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI W 31–13   35,678
December 2 vs. UNLV* Yokohama StadiumYokohama, Japan (Yokohama Bowl) W 28–24   27,500
December 22 vs. Navy* San Diego StadiumSan Diego, CA (Holiday Bowl) L 16–23   52,500
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.
  • Reference:[1]

Game notes[edit]

Oregon State[edit]

Brigham Young at Oregon State
1 2 3 4 Total
BYU 7 3 0 0 10
Oregon St 0 0 6 0 6


Colorado State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado State 0 0 6 0 6
BYU 7 6 19 0 32
  • Date: September 23
  • Location: Cougar Stadium, Provo, UT
  • Game start: 10:50 a.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 31,052
  • Game weather: Clear, 70°F
  • Television network: ABC (regional)

Jim McMahon, the backup quarterback and normally handles the punting duties, came off the bench to pass for one score and run for another when Marc Wilson was injured early in the second quarter with a bruised hamstring. "It's nice to have quarterbacks like those two, isn't it," head coach LaVell Edwards said after the game. [2] [3]


Oregon[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
BYU 0 3 0 14 17
Oregon 10 0 6 0 16

[4]


Wyoming[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wyoming 7 7 0 0 14
BYU 10 10 7 21 48

[5]


References[edit]

  1. ^ BYU Office of Sports Information. "1978 Results" (PDF). 1979 BYU Football Media Guide. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "BYU unveils another QB in rout of Rams." Eugene Register-Guard. 1978 Sept 24.
  3. ^ CougarStats.com. 1978 season - Colorado State.
  4. ^ "Ducks stunned at the gun - again, 17-16." Eugene Register-Guard. Withers, Bud. 1978 Oct 15
  5. ^ "BYU Rips Wyoming." Palm Beach Post. 1978 Nov 5.