Thursday, September 15, 2011

Remembering the Rivalry: Brigham Young Cougars 35, Utah Utes 21 (1986)

November 15, 1986—The Brigham Young Cougars used a different offensive approach in the 1986 rivalry game. BYU quarterbacks had passed for at least 249 yards against Utah every year since 1975. You have to go back to 1972 for the last game that BYU didn’t throw a touchdown pass. Steve Lindsley ended both these streaks. He completed 80 percent of his passes (12 of 15), but netted only 119 yards. While the passing streaks ended, a more important streak was extended. BYU won its eighth straight against the Utes.

All five of BYU’s touchdowns came via the ground (Lakei Heimuli and Robert Parker scored twice, and Bruce Hansen scored once). The Cougars set a new school record by running the ball a mind boggling 77 times. Three running backs rushed for more than 100 yards (Heimuli-171, Hansen-149, and Parker-121). In total, the team rushed for 454 yards, 11 yards shy of the school record (465 vs. Montana, 1958).

In addition to being the team’s leading rusher, Heimuli was the leading receiver with 4 receptions for 44 yards.

The lopsided run to pass ratio resulted in a lopsided time of possession for BYU—42:18 to Utah's 17:42.

Both teams scored seven points in the second quarter and 14 points in the third. The score differential came from BYU scoring a touchdown in the first and fourth quarters as well.

Remembering the Rivalry is a special feature on BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL that is done annually during the week of the BYU vs. Utah football game. Each day, BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL will highlight one of the classic games in this rivalry. For additional installments of this feature, please visit the Special Features page. 

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