Texas went into halftime against the BYU Cougars with a most dubious record set through two quarters. The 348 yards BYU gained via the rush mark the most a Longhorn defense has given up in one half over the last decade.
BYU quarterback Taysom Hill in particular has gashed the Longhorn defense, going for 166 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns. Hill’s two touchdown rushes came from 20 and 68 yards out.
The Cougars nearly double their entire rushing output from a Week 1 loss at Virginia, when BYU averaged just 3.5 yards per carry for 187 total. BYU averaged 8.3 yards per attempt in the first half vs. Texas.
Run stoppage was a concern for Texas entering the 2013 season, despite six starters from its front seven. In 2012, the Longhorns allowed over 191 yards per game and 4.6 per carry. However, no opponent approached the 348 yards BYU produced on Saturday.