Flashback: BYU Abuses A Hapless UTEP Team

On this date, 31 years ago, the Brigham Young Cougars went to the edge of the Mountain Time Zone to play a team dressed in blue and orange.

The UTEP Miners were no match for BYU. For the fourth consecutive season, BYU held UTEP to single digit points. The Cougars also topped the 60 point mark against UTEP for the fourth time in the LaVell Edwards era.

BYU didn’t waste anytime scoring in the 20th meeting between the two schools. Things were so out of hand, starting quarterback Jim McMahon left the game during the second quarter. He made a brief appearance again in the third quarter. After that he was done and two other quarterbacks split the rest of the snaps.

Vai Sikahema had a good first half, as well. He ended the game with 87 yards on just 8 carries.

The game was 48-0 at halftime. BYU led 58-0 in the fourth quarter before UTEP scored their only points of the game. The game ended 65-8 in BYU’s favor. It was the most points BYU would score in a single game that season. BYU had won 15 games in a row, and were closing in on a top 10 ranking in both major polls (11th AP, 13th UPI).

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