Spanish philosopher George Santayana once opined, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
If there is one thing the Texas Longhorns remember from its disappointing 2013 season, it was a 40–21 drubbing at the hands of BYU last September.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
— George Santayana
First year Texas head coach Charlie Strong reportedly gets furious when he watches the game tape, and his Texas team has been preparing all summer to seek revenge against the Cougars.
One man’s fury, however, is another man’s joy. Just like Texas players and fans shouldn’t forget the night Taysom Hill exploded onto the national radar by rushing for 259 yards and three touchdowns, Cougar fans should take the time to reminisce as well. Below are a few of the key plays that lifted BYU over Texas in last year’s game.
Run, Taysom, Run!
In the first quarter with the Cougars trailing 7–3, Taysom turns the corner quickly and explodes down the field with the speed of a cheetah as he scampers 68 yards for BYU’s first touchdown of the day.
Defenders parted like the Red Sea
In the second quarter, Hill dropped back to pass, but saw an opening in the defense and exploited it. It was almost as if Hill was playing the part of Moses and the Texas defenders were the Red Sea.
Houdini on the Gridiron
The previous plays exhibited Hill’s raw speed and power, but in this clip he shows off his elusiveness, making two Texas defenders miss en route to scoring his third touchdown of the day.
Thunder & Lightning
Hill wasn’t just a one-man show that night. The Cougars amassed 550 total rushing yards on the night. Just like Ron Burgandy has Jack Johnson and Tom O’Leary when he gets in a throw down, BYU had the one-two punch Jamaal Williams (30 rushes, 182 yards) and Paul Lasike (15 rushes, 87 yards, 1 TD). In the second quarter, Lasike rumbled through the Texas defense like he’s done many times on the rugby pitch, scoring on a 10-yard run.
While Williams didn’t find pay dirt against Texas he did yeoman’s work, extending drives with his speed and power.
Will History Repeat Itself?
After last year’s embarrassing performance, Texas will be focused on exacting revenge. And the Longhorn defense looked impressive in a week-one victory, shutting out the North Texas offense and holding them to 94 yards total offense.
But the Cougar offense looked equally impressive in its first game of the season against UConn as Hill had his best game as a collegian, passing for 308 yards and 3 touchdowns and rushing for 97 yards and 2 scores.
This might be considered a cop out, but at this point Saturday’s game at Darryl K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium is just too close to call.