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The Cougars are making a habit of messing with Texas. Taysom Hill ran for three touchdowns, including a highlight-reel 30-yarder in the third quarter, and BYU dominated the Longhorns at DKR-Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. The Cougars broke it open with four third-quarter touchdowns after leading 6-0 at halftime. Hill ran for three TDs in the quarter and Adam Hine added a 16-yard TD run as BYU took a 34-0 lead. Texas scored just before the third quarter ended on a 13-yard pass from Tyrone Swoopes to John Harris to avoid its first home shutout since 1976, to Houston. That cut BYU's lead to 34-7.
The Longhorns were threatening again after a Hill fumble, but converted linebacker Michael Alisa picked off Tyrone Swoopes and returned the ball 30 yards to end the threat.
Adam Hine then ran 8 yards for a touchdown with 8:05 remaining to give BYU a 41-7 lead, the second-straight year BYU has scored 40 points or more against the Longhorns.
BYU 34, Texas 0 The rout is on at DKR Memorial Stadium, as Taysom Hill is delivering another quarterbacking clinic in front of 100,000 burnt-orange clad fans. BYU scored on its first three possessions of the third quarter after not scoring in the third frame last week at UConn and leads the Longhorns 34-0. Many fans are heading for the exits. Hill now has three touchdowns runs, and 114 yards on 22 carries. The Cougars have rushed for 219 yards and Texas has rushed for 33 with 4:20 remaining in the third quarter.
Hill's big run: BYU 13, Texas 0 Taysom Hill continues to bedevil the Texas Longhorns. The home team bottled up BYU's quarterback in the first half, but the Cougars took the second-half kickoff and drove 75 yards for a TD. And a spectacular TD is was. Hill scrambled from the Texas 30, broke into open field and then jumped over DB Dylan Haines at the 10-yard line for the score. It was a highlight-reel run, sure to show up on SportsCenter tonight.
Halftime: BYU 6, Texas 0 The story for the Cougars in the second quarter was blown opportunities, as they got just three points out of two fumble recoveries in Texas territory. After Jherremy Leuta-Douyere caused a fumble and BYU took over at the 22, the Cougars moved the ball to the Texas 6. But on third and goal, Hill was sacked. Trevor Samson's chip-shot field goal made it 6-0. BYU took over at its 7 with 4:31 left in the first half, and moved the ball to the Texas 24. But on first-and-10, Hill's home run throw to Terenn Houk was picked off by Quandre Diggs in the end zone. Prior to that, Texas' front four had been getting pressure on Hill, but he was picking apart the Longhorns' secondary. BYU's defense has been stout, despite losing linebacker Bronson Kaufusi to a lower leg injury. Texas gained just 136 yards in the first half, and missed a field goal after reaching the BYU 14. The Cougars had 197 yards. All in all, an OK half for BYU, but not great. If Texas comes back to win this game, the Cougars will lament the failure to cash on several scoring opportunities in that first half.
BYU leads 6-0 after a second field goal in the second quarter.
BYU started a freshman center, Tejan Koroma, and his nerves got to him early. After several high snaps that Hill corralled, a snap on 4th and a yard sailed over Hill's head and he had to throw the ball away on BYU's first possession.
The Cougars appeared to have taken a 7-0 lead on their second possession, but Hill's 66-yard TD run was nullified by a penalty.
The Cougars still drove to the Texas 3, but had to settle for Trevor Samson's 21-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead.
Texas missed a 43-yard FG try on its second possession.
Kickoff 90 minutes away
Three-hundred and sixty-four days later, Texas gets its chance for revenge today. And conditions probably couldn't be more favorable at DKR Texas Memorial Stadium for the Longhorns as they face BYU in steamy Austin.
It was 95 degrees some 90 minutes before kickoff, with 50 percent humidity.
The Cougars arrived via bus from the hotel in Round Rock, Texas, exactly two hours before kickoff, and were on the field stretching and throwing the ball around 15 minutes later.
Bevo's here, too. Texas' longhorn steer mascot is in the southwest corner of the 100,000-seat stadium, taking everything in and trying to find some shade like everybody else.
Of course, all eyes will be on BYU QB Taysom Hill tonight as he tries to duplicate his outstanding performance in BYU's 40-21 win last year. Hill ran for 259 yards in that one; Tonight, expect Texas to dare the junior to beat him with his arm. He completed just 9 of 26 passes last year in Provo on Sept. 7.
Steamy in Austin
After all the analyzing, predicting and talk about how the revenge factor will play out in today's BYU-Texas game, there was only one certainty before kickoff.
It is going to be hot.
It was 93 degrees and rising some three hours before kickoff, which is at 6:30 p.m. local time here in Austin.
Will it be a sellout?
More than 5,000 tickets remained unsold in the 100,000-plus seat Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday morning.
It was similar weather three years ago when the Cougars were last here, and they wilted in the second half after taking a 13-0 lead behind then-sophomore QB Jake Heaps.