Flashback: LaVell Edwards' 50th Win

Brigham Young Cougars Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall notched his 50th career victory last Saturday against the Washington Huskies. This week, we are flashing back to LaVell's 50th win, November 11, 1978: BYU 21, San Diego State 3.

Weather conditions (snow) made it difficult for the BYU offense. BYU gained only 180 yards on offense (eight sacks by San Diego State also brought this number down). However, BYU's two quarterback system was effective enough for 21 points. The defense made sure those 21 points were enough for the win. They limited San Diego State to three points by forcing six fumbles and recovering three of them. While getting win number 50 was huge for Coach Edwards and BYU (he was the first coach in BYU history to reach this milestone) this win was significant for other reasons. It gave BYU their third consecutive WAC championship and gave BYU the right to play in the inaugural Holiday Bowl.

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  1. Would've been nice to write who the two quarterbacks were and why they were doing it. I suppose it was Wilson and McMahon, but I remember because I'm in my 40s.

  2. You are right-Wilson and McMahon.

    Besides the fact that they were both future NFL first round draft picks, BYU used the 2 QBs because Doug Scovil left as Offensive Coordinator after the 77 season (Wilson started the last 7 games) and Wally English took a liking to McMahon.


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