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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Taysom Hill Misses Out on NCAA Record

The Brigham Young Cougars quarterbacks are well known for setting NCAA passing records. True freshman Taysom Hill should have been the most recent to add his name to the record books. A change in the NCAA record book just this year will keep him out.  

Hill’s college career was barely a quarter old, when he got his first chance to play. Facing a 4th down and 1 at the Washington State 18-yard line, offensive coordinator Brandon Doman sent the signal to insert the true freshman into the lineup. Hill replaced starting quarterback Riley Nelson behind center and took the direct snap.

Hill took the snap and scrambled around looking for a place to run. When he spotted Kaneakua Friel wide open, Hill pulled up and threw him the ball. Friel caught it and crossed the goal line for a touchdown with 13:26 to play in the second quarter.

A touchdown on the first pass attempt of his career.

In the 2011 edition of the NCAA record book for Football Bowl Subdivision Records on page 8 is the record “TOUCHDOWN PASS THROWN ON FIRST PASS OF CAREER” followed by 10 players who have done that.

The most recent, 2012, edition of the NCAA record book for Football Bowl Subdivision Records has removed the record for throwing a touchdown pass on the first pass of a player’s career (compare 2011 page 8 with 2012 page 6).

With just one play, Hill was ready to join the long list of other BYU quarterbacks who had their names in the NCAA record book. Alas, it was not to be. However, if Hill can throw touchdowns on his next two passes he can enter the record book for “CONSECUTIVE TOUCHDOWN PASSES THROWN TO START A CAREER AS A QB” (Oklahoma quarterback Steve Owens had 3 in 1968).

Unless the NCAA decides to remove that record from the books next year.

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