BYU Football: Did you know? (Combined Passing—BYU and Washington State)

The Brigham Young Cougars will open the 2012 season against the Washington State Cougars. With Mike Leach at the helm for Washington State, you know plenty of passes are going to be thrown. That will just be par for the course in a BYU-Washington State game.

Did you know that in the three previous meetings between BYU and Washington State the two teams have combined to attempt 244 passes and to pass for 2,134 yards?
That is an average of 81.3 pass attempts and 711.3 yards per game, which makes an average of 40.67 pass attempts and 355.67 yards per team.

These numbers are more impressive when you consider that in the first contest (1981 Holiday Bowl) Washington State ran an option offense and had just 106 passing yards.

The most pass attempts in one game was the 1990 game with 95 passes thrown (BYU-50, WSU-45). The 1989 game had the most passing yards, 854 (BYU-537, WSU-317).

Here is a game-by-game breakdown of each team.

1981: 44 attempts, 368 yards
1989: 53 attempts, 537 yards
1990: 50 attempts, 448 yards
Totals: 147 attempts, 1353 yards

Washington State
1981: 25 attempts, 106 yards
1989: 27 attempts, 317 yards
1990: 45 attempts, 358 yards
Totals: 97 attempts, 781 yards

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