The Brigham Young Cougars started the 1983 season in Waco, Texas against the Baylor Bears. It was quarterback Steve Young's senior year. He established himself as the leader of the team as a junior in 1982. To start 1983, he showed he was ready to take BYU to new heights.
Against Baylor, Young had one of the all-time best individual performances by a BYU player. Long known as a dual threat, Young had his first career 100 yard rushing game. On 13 carries, he amassed 113 yards (8.7 yards per carry). His longest run was 49 yards. In the passing department, Young completed 61 percent of his throws (23 of 38) for 351 yards. His longest pass was 42 yards. He threw for one touchdown and ran for two others. Twice he completed passes for two-point conversions.
Young really did it all for BYU that day. His 464 yards of total offense was 94% of BYU's offensive output. Young's explosiveness, play-making ability, and being a dual-threat made the 1983 BYU offense the most productive offense in school history.
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