ICYMI Notebook: BYU notches eighth straight winning season

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Eight straight winning seasons

BYU is guaranteed to finish with a winning record after defeating Idaho State. The Cougars have achieved a winning record every season since 2006, coach Bronco Mendenhall’s second season at the helm.

When defense scores, BYU always wins
The Cougars have never lost when scoring a defensive touchdown under Mendenhall. BYU is now 16-0 when scoring a defensive touchdown since 2005, after defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi returned an interception 12 yards to the endzone in the second quarter. The defense has scored in four games this season.

Jamaal Williams breaks free from the Idaho State defense to run in for a 70 yard touchdown. Williams play brought the Cougars to 14-3 over the Bengals. Photo by Natalie Stoker.
Jamaal Williams breaks free from the Idaho State defense to run in for a 70 yard touchdown. Williams’ play brought the Cougars to a 14-3 lead over the Bengals. Photo by Natalie Stoker.

Cougars ran on Texas even more than Division II foe Idaho State
BYU rushed for 421 yards and five touchdowns against Idaho State. But BYU put even greater numbers than that against Big 12 power Texas, when they ran for 550 yards and a school record.

Offensive domination in second quarter

BYU had not scored 59 points since crushing UNLV 59-21 in 2009. The Cougars also notched 35 points in the second quarter, only the third time in school history the team has scored at least that much in a quarter, and the first time since 1990.

Defense allows lowest total points of season

BYU allowed its fewest amount of points this season, giving up just 13. The Cougars also tackled the Bengals for a loss 13 times, the most in a game for the past five years. Still, the BYU defense was even more dominant in 2012, when the team allowed 13 or fewer points seven times.

A first for Hoffman

Cody Hoffman, the all-time receiving leader in every major category for BYU, had never returned a punt in his college career until the Cougars’ contest against the Bengals. He finished the contest with five punt returns for 49 yards.

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