Best and worst of the BYU, Utah and USU college football regular seasons (33 items)
The book has been closed on another regular season of college football action.
For the three FBS teams in the state of Utah, it was a year full of bumps and bruises, yet there have been moments of brilliance for BYU, Utah and Utah State.
Those moments of hope can serve as a catalyst to drive for greater success in the future, whether in the upcoming bowl season or in the 2014 season.
Here's a look at the best and the worst moments for the Cougars, Utes and Aggies in 2013.
1 of 33. BYU
Here are 10 of the best and worst moments of the season.
2 of 33. BYU's Best - 1. Taysom Hill runs wild over then-No. 15 Texas
Things looked grim for BYU after its disheartening 19-16 loss to Virginia, and many fans felt pessimistic about the Cougars’ chances against the No. 15 Longhorns.
They were pleasantly surprised.
Quarterback Taysom Hill had a breakout game against Texas as he racked up 259 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Running back Jamaal Williams had a solid day of his own with 182 yards rushing. The Longhorn defense didn’t know what hit it as Texas lost 40-21.
This rout was so convincing, Texas head coach Mack Brown fired defense coordinator Manny Diaz as a result.
This was the high point of BYU’s regular season. BYU would have plenty of opportunities to beat ranked opponents, but Texas was the only one the Cougars could beat in 2013.
3 of 33. BYU's Best - 2. The Cougars beat Houston in an old-fashioned barn burner
For much of the past few years, many wondered if the BYU offense would ever look like it did in the days of LaVell Edwards or even in more recent days of Max Hall. It seemed that BYU wouldn’t be able to win with its offense.
That is, until the Cougars traveled to Houston.
The BYU offense exploded for 681 yards of offense. While far from a flawless game, the Cougars in blue were able to finally win a high-scoring contest, beating the Cougars in scarlet 47-46.
It reminded many longtime BYU fans of the old wild WAC days, and that was a good thing.
4 of 33. BYU's Best - 3. Cody Hoffman's record-breaking performances
It was great to see Cody Hoffman break his way into the BYU record books.
Hoffman passed Dennis Pitta’s career reception record against Houston, Austin Collie’s career touchdown record against Boise State and Collie’s career receiving yards record against Wisconsin. He now has the bowl game to add to his career 248 receptions for 3,445 yards and 33 touchdowns.
It’s particularly remarkable when you think about how many amazing receivers have come to BYU. Furthermore, Hoffman had several quarterbacks throwing to him instead of one big star for all four years. Hoffman caught passes from Jake Heaps, Riley Nelson and even James Lark for two games. He now has Taysom Hill.
Imagine what he might have done if he had Ty Detmer throwing to him.
5 of 33. BYU's Best - 4. Taysom Hill’s passing game emerges as BYU rolls over Utah State
Up until this game, BYU fans had serious questions about Taysom Hill’s passing game. He went the entire month of September without a passing touchdown.
All of that came to an end when BYU traveled to Logan.
Hill threw three touchdown passes against the solid Aggie secondary. No, it wasn’t performance worthy of a Steve Young or Ty Detmer, but it was the first time that Hill showed that he can beat teams with his arm and not just his legs.
Plus, BYU had one of its most solid games of the season against a team with a winning record against Utah State, starting with Kyle Van Noy’s pick-six on USU’s first play from scrimmage.