Nov. 17/Provo, UT (40236, largest crowd in state history)
BYU (#10 AP) Mat Mendenhall, Jim Jamarillo
Utah Del Rodgers
WAC title/Holiday Bowl berth on the line
BYU: 496 yds TO (384 pass)
UTAH: 167 rush yds on 59 att, four completions on twelve attempts for 59 yards, shut out for first time since 1974
On the first play, BYU tried a double reverse to WR Matt Braga that gained three yards. QB Marc Wilson completed passes of eight and 23 yards to Eric Lane and Lloyd Jones to move to the Utah 14 on next two plays. Braga then took the ball on a reverse and scored untouched.
On their next possession, BYU drove 89 yards in four plays aided by two 15-yard penalties on Utah CB Jeff Griffin. First, he was penalized for slapping Jones in the helmet due to being angered by a block Jones threw and the referees ejected him. Griffin threw his helmet down in disgust, which drew another penalty. Two plays later, Wilson completed a 57-yard pass to Jones, now matched against an inexperienced freshman, and followed that up with a five-yard scoring pass to Jones.
Wilson continued to attack the Ute defense with short passes to Jones, who finished with six catches for 134 yards, to position Brent Johnson for a 39-yard field goal and a 17-0 lead after one quarter.
BYU managed just a field goal in the second quarter for a 20-0 halftime lead.
Utah made its deepest penetration of the game to the BYU 32 but Lewis Walker fumbled at the 25 and BYU's Bob Prested recovered. The Cougars took the ball 75 yards in four plays as Wilson connected with Braga for a 18-yard touchdown.
Wilson 23/37, 374 yards, 2 TD (first WAC player to total 7,000 yds of TO)
Utah QB Floyd Hodge left with a knee injury in the first half.
BYU: Braga 14 yard run (Johnson kick)
BYU: H. Jones 5 yard run (Johnson kick)
BYU: Johnson 39 yard field goal
BYU: Johnson 44 yard field goal
BYU: Braga 18 yard pass from Wilson (Johnson kick)
- "Cougars breeze in Revenge Bowl." Doug Robinson. Deseret News. 19 Nov 1979.
- 50 Years of College Football. Bob Broyles and Paul Guido.
- Eugene Register-Guard. 18 Nov 1979.