Quarterback David Ash and the No. 15 Texas Longhorns make their first road trip of the season to face Brigham Young on Saturday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
After their monstrous 56-7 victory over New Mexico State last week, the Longhorns look poised to stay in the national spotlight for at least the first half of the season. Ash totaled five touchdowns with 343 yards passing and 91 rushing yards against the Aggies, and Jalen Overstreet had nine carries for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Junior running back Malcolm Brown led Texas with three receptions for 109 yards and a score.
Despite looking shaky at first with a fumble by Mike Davis, and two picks by Ash, the Longhorns outscored New Mexico State 42-0 in the second half and junior defensive end Cedric Reed had 10 total tackles and one sack.
The Cougars had far more drama in their season opener, which included a 2-hour weather delay, and a turnover and touchdown in the final three minutes from Virginia that cinched a 19-16 BYU loss.
Up 16-12, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill’s pass was intercepted and eventually led to a Cavaliers touchdown by running back Kevin Parks. Hill went 13-for-40 for 175 yards and one score and the pick, but the loss really put a damper on running back Jamaal Williams and his 144 yards rushing. Hill also rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown.
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Hill hit six different receivers, including JD Falsley for three catches and 32 yards and a touchdown, and Ross Apo for two receptions and 59 yards.
Senior defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna led the Cougars with eight total tackles, and linebacker Uani’ Unga added 6.5 tackles.
Unga suffered a chest contusion but is listed as probable for Saturday’s game, and receiver Cody Hoffman is also probable despite a hamstring injury. However defensive back Mike Hague wont’ be able to play through his hamstring strain, and is listed as doubtful.
For Texas, wide receiver Bryant Jackson missed last week against the Aggies with an ankle injury, and he’s questionable against BYU. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior had eight catches for 140 yards last season.
The game kicks-off at 7 p.m. ET time and a live online stream is available at Watch ESPN here.
ESPN 2 will have the game live.
Betting Odds: Texas is favored by 7 points.
Over/Under: 57.5 points
Prediction: Texas 49, BYU 10