The Brigham Young Cougars were replacing Ty Detmer, the winningest quarterback in BYU history, in 1992. The season started out well with a win in the first game against UTEP. Week 2, BYU lost to a conference foe--San Diego State. The third game was against a nationally recognize program (UCLA), and it was a tough loss for the Cougars. Starting quarterback John Walsh injured his shoulder and was out for the year. Going into game four, BYU was 1-2, and by game's end it was another close loss, but Cougar fans had hope. Ryan Hancock, a baseball player with a 90+ mile per hour fast ball, brought BYU back from a 29-10 fourth quarter deficit to take a 32-29 lead. A BYU turnover cost the Cougars the game, but Ryan Hancock was all the rage. He finished the game 20-33, 383 yards, and 2 TDs.
Hancock went on to finish 1992 with a 7-1 record as a starter, highlighted by a 30-17 win over nationally ranked Penn State on Halloween. He led BYU to a 35-0 win the following week, BYU's first shutout since 1988. He guided BYU to a 31-0 lead going into the fourth quarter against Utah. BYU finished the year as co-champions of the WAC.