1979 BYU Cougars football team

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1979 BYU Cougars football
WAC Champions
Holiday Bowl, L 37–38 vs. Indiana
Conference Western Athletic Conference
Ranking
Coaches #12
AP #13
1979 record 11–1 (7–0 WAC)
Head coach LaVell Edwards
Home stadium Cougar Stadium
Seasons
« 1978 1980 »
1979 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#13 BYU 7 0 0     11 1 0
Utah 5 2 0     6 6 0
San Diego State 4 2 0     8 3 0
Hawaii 3 3 0     6 5 0
New Mexico 3 4 0     6 6 0
Colorado State 3 4 0     4 7 1
Wyoming 2 5 0     4 8 0
UTEP 0 7 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 BYU Cougars football team represented Brigham Young University (BYU) for the 1979 college football season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8 at #14 Texas A&M* Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 18–17   40,000
September 15 Weber State* Cougar StadiumProvo, UT W 48–3   33,161
September 29 UTEP Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT W 31–7   34,724
October 5 Hawaii #20 Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT W 38–15   34,741
October 13 at Utah State* #16 Romney StadiumLogan, UT W 48–24   28,094
October 20 at Wyoming #13 War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY W 54–14   14,723
October 27 New Mexico #11 Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT W 59–7   33,921
November 3 at Colorado State #11 Hughes StadiumFort Collins, CO W 30–7   25,612
November 9 at Long Beach State* #11 Memorial StadiumLong Beach, CA W 31–17   20,051
November 17 Utah #10 Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT W 27–0   40,236
November 24 at San Diego State #10 San Diego StadiumSan Diego, CA W 63–14   46,121
December 21 vs. Indiana* #9 San Diego Stadium • San Diego, CA (Holiday Bowl) L 37–38   52,500
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Game summaries[edit]

Game 1: Texas A&M[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
BYU 0 3 7 8 18
Texas A&M 7 0 7 3 17

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The game was played at Rice Stadium because Kyle Field was being renovated.

QB Marc Wilson had undergone an emergency appendectomy and had lost weight during the week of the game.

The defense carried the offense that was still finding its rhythm with a blocked punt and a goal line stand. The ailing Wilson drove BYU down the field to score with 52 seconds left to pull within 17-16. Coach Edwards let the team decide whether to go for the tie or the win and they chose the latter. The attempt was converted and BYU put itself in the national spotlight with a major upset.

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Utah[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Utah 0 0 0 0 0
BYU 17 3 7 0 27

Marc Wilson threw for 374 yards as BYU clinched at least a share of the WAC title and set up a showdown with San Diego State for the following week. Wilson set an NCAA record for the most passing yards against a single opponent in two games and tied Rice's Tommy Kramer 1976 record for 300-yard passing games in a season with seven.

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Game 12: Holiday Bowl (vs. Indiana)[edit]

Marc Wilson 28/43, 380 yards, 2 TD, TD rushing [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1979 Football season - CougarStats [1]
  2. ^ "Late Pass Enables BYU to Upset A&M." Palm Beach Post. 1979 Sept 9.
  3. ^ BYU Football Talk [2]
  4. ^ "BYU stays unbeaten, Wilson breaks records." Eugene Register-Guard. 1979 Nov 18.
  5. ^ "1979". Holidaybowl.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07.