1984 BYU Cougars football team

The 1984 BYU Cougars football team represented Brigham Young University (BYU) in the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Cougars were led by 13th-year head coach LaVell Edwards and played their home games at Cougar Stadium in Provo, Utah. The team competed as a member of the Western Athletic Conference, winning the conference for the ninth consecutive year. The Cougars finished the regular season as the only undefeated team in Division I-A, and secured their first ever national title by defeating Michigan in the 1984 Holiday Bowl.

1984 BYU Cougars football
Consensus national champion
WAC champion
Holiday Bowl champion
Holiday Bowl, W 24–17 vs. Michigan
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
Record13–0 (8–0 WAC)
Head coach
Home stadiumCougar Stadium
Seasons
← 1983
1985 →
1984 Western Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 BYU $ 8 0 0 13 0 0
Hawaii 5 2 0 7 4 0
Air Force 4 3 0 8 4 0
Utah 4 3 1 6 5 1
San Diego State 4 3 1 4 7 1
Wyoming 4 4 0 6 6 0
Colorado State 3 5 0 3 8 0
New Mexico 1 7 0 4 8 0
UTEP 1 7 0 2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

A number of pollsters and coaches were reluctant to name the Cougars as national champion, partly because they believed BYU's schedule was too weak. Only two of BYU's opponents won at least seven games. They had played only one ranked opponent all season, preseason #3 Pittsburgh, a team that would finish 3–7–1 and unranked. No other team in the WAC was even close to being their equal; the Cougars were the only team in the league with fewer than four overall losses. In the end, BYU was ranked number one in both major final polls, the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll.[1] The team was named national champion by NCAA-designated major selectors of AP, Billingsley, Football Research, FW, National Football Foundation, Poling, UPI, and USA/CNN, while named co-champion by both National Championship Foundation and Sagarin (ELO-Chess).[2]

To date, the 1984 Cougars are the last team from outside a "power conference" to win a national title. It is widely believed that the various systems devised over the years with a view toward deciding the national championship on the field, with their emphasis on strength of schedule, make it extremely difficult for a team outside the power conferences to be considered for championship contention.[1]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 1at No. 3 Pittsburgh*ESPNW 20–1440,263
September 8Baylor*No. 13W 47–1363,705
September 15Tulsa*No. 8
  • Cougar Stadium
  • Provo, Utah
W 38–1564,237
September 22at HawaiiNo. 6W 18–1350,000
October 6at Colorado StateNo. 7W 52–928,671
October 13Wyoming No. 5
  • Cougar Stadium
  • Provo, Utah
W 41–3864,839
October 20at Air ForceNo. 7ABCW 30–2530,469
October 25at New MexicoNo. 5ESPNW 48–019,227
November 3UTEPNo. 4
  • Cougar Stadium
  • Provo, Utah
W 42–962,530
November 10San Diego StateNo. 4
  • Cougar Stadium
  • Provo, Utah
W 34–364,050
November 17at UtahNo. 3KUTVW 24–1436,110
November 24Utah State*No. 1
W 38–1365,580
December 21vs. Michigan*No. 1ESPNW 24–1761,243
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP

PersonnelEdit

1984 BYU Cougars football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
G, C 57 Robert Anae   Sr
WR 11 Mark Bellini So
OL 71 John Borgia Fr
QB 6 Robbie Bosco   Jr
RB 28 Paul Crawford
WR 18 Jim Edwards
QB 16 Blaine Fowler
OL 75 David Futrell
OL 59 Craig Garrick
WR 1 Adam Haysbert
RB 35 Lakei Heimuli
OL 68 John Hunter
OL 66 David King
WR 7 Glen Kozlowski   Jr
TE 90 Lance Lindley
QB 8 Steve Lindsley
OL 73 Chris Matau
C 50 Trevor Matich   Sr
OL 67 Keith McCullough
WR 26 David Miles
TE 12 David Mills
TE 94 Trevor Molini
WR 85 Scott Norberg
OL 75 Sam Oramas
WR 19 Richard Orr
HB 43 Robert Parker
OL 61 Doug Rawlinson Fr
OL 63 Randy Rawlinson
OL 69 Scott Robinson
OL 55 Brian Rondoni Fr
FB 33 Thor Salanoa So
OL 56 Jay Shumway
HB 23 Vai Sikahema Jr
HB 21 Kelly Smith
OL 60 David Tidwell
HB 46 Tom Tuipulotu
TE 89 Brett Varoz
RB 33 Fred Whittingham
OL 70 Louis Wong
OL 78 David Wright
QB 12 Mike Young
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 51 Ladd Akeo So
DB 22 Mark Allen Sr
LB 49 Marv Allen Sr
LB 31 John Bechtold So
LB 37 Alema Fitisemanu
LB 34 Kurt Gouveia Jr
DL 78 Larry Hamilton
DB 42 Steve Haymond
DB 2 Brian Hazelgren
DE 92 Jim Herrmann Sr
LB 57 Richard Hobbs
DL 96 Jay Huckaby
DL 77 Shawn Knight
DL 76 Tim Knight
DB 9 Rob Ledenko
DL 80 Ty Mattingly
LB 44 Jim McDade
LB 96 Jay McDonald
DB 5 Kyle Morrell Sr
LB 55 David Neff
DB 27 Kory Rasmussen So
LB 59 Steve Sanders
DB 5 Marc Sherman
DB 24 Shane Shumway
DL 76 Brad Smith
DL 65 Ken Smith
DB 25 Jeff Sprowls
DB 3 Rodney Thomas
LB 9 JC VonCollin
LB 41 Leon White Jr
LB 53 Cary Whittingham Jr
DB 14 Jeff Wilcox
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P, PK 10 Lee Johnson Sr
PK 3 Pete Rossi
PK 15 Gary Webster
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster
Last update: 2017-Jan-01

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
— = Not ranked. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
PollPre1234567891011121314Final
AP138 (1)687575 (3)4 (4)43 (11)1 (40)1 (34)1 (33)1 (38)
Coaches126 (1)48655 (1)4 (1)3 (5)4 (4)3 (12)1 (30)1 (21)1 (24)1 (28)

ResultsEdit

at No. 3 PittsburghEdit

1 234Total
Cougars 0 3611 20
No. 3 Panthers 0 0140 14
   

[3]

BaylorEdit

1 234Total
Bears 7 006 13
No. 13 Cougars 21 1376 47
     

TulsaEdit

1 234Total
Golden Hurricane 0 636 15
No. 8 Cougars 14 7314 38
      

at HawaiiEdit

1 234Total
No. 6 Cougars 3 906 18
Rainbows 0 1003 13
  • Date: September 22
  • Location: Aloha Stadium
  • Game weather: Clear; 78 °F (26 °C)

[4]

at Colorado StateEdit

1 234Total
No. 7 Cougars 21 1777 52
Rams 3 006 9
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Hughes Stadium
  • Game attendance: 28,671
  • Game weather: Sunny; 64 °F (18 °C)
      

WyomingEdit

1 234Total
Cowboys 7 13180 38
No. 5 Cougars 14 7128 41
        
  • Robbie Bosco 29-44, 384 yards, 5 TD
  • David Mills 7 receptions, 136 yards, 3 TD

at Air ForceEdit

1 234Total
No. 7 Cougars 7 7133 30
Falcons 7 2106 25
  • Date: October 20
  • Location: Falcon Stadium
  • Game attendance: 30,469
  • Game weather: Overcast, periods of snow; 36 °F (2 °C)
  • Television network: ABC
      
  • Robbie Bosco 28-41, 484 yards, 4 TD, INT

at New MexicoEdit

1 234Total
No. 5 Cougars 7 17240 48
Lobos 0 000 0
  • Date: October 25
  • Location: University Stadium
  • Game attendance: 19,277
  • Game weather: Mostly cloudy; 50 °F (10 °C)
  • Television network: ESPN
     

UTEPEdit

1 234Total
Miners 0 306 9
No. 4 Cougars 14 7210 42
    

San Diego StateEdit

1 234Total
Aztecs 3 000 3
No. 4 Cougars 14 1037 34
   

at UtahEdit

BYU at Utah
1 234Total
No. 3 Cougars 7 377 24
Utes 7 070 14

[5]

Utah StateEdit

1 234Total
Aggies 0 760 13
No. 1 Cougars 10 7714 38
     

[6][7]

vs. Michigan (Holiday Bowl)Edit

1 234Total
Wolverines 0 773 17
No. 1 Cougars 0 10014 24
  • Date: December 21
  • Location: Jack Murphy Stadium
  • Game attendance: 61,243
  • Game weather: Clear; 51 °F (11 °C)
  • Television network: ESPN
    

[8][9]

Draft picksEdit

The following were selected in the 1985 NFL Draft.[10]

Player Position Round Overall NFL Team
Trevor Matich Center 1 28 New England Patriots
Kyle Morrell Cornerback 4 106 Minnesota Vikings
Louis Wong Guard 5 131 St. Louis Cardinals
Lee Johnson Punter 5 138 Houston Oilers
Jim Herrmann Defensive End 7 184 Dallas Cowboys

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Mandel, Stewart (2009-08-06). "BYU pulled off a miracle 25 years ago; will it ever happen again?". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  2. ^ 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2018. pp. 114, 120. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "Brigham Young 20, No. 3 Pittsburgh 14". UPI Archives. September 1, 1984. Retrieved August 20, 2022.
  4. ^ CougarStats.com. Retrieved 2016-Dec-18.
  5. ^ 1984 BYU vs. Utah – CougarStats CougarStats: BYU Football: BYU vs. Utah 1984 Archived 2010-08-21 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "B.Y.U. Extends Streak to 23". The New York Times. November 25, 1984. Retrieved August 21, 2022.
  7. ^ "Who's Number One? BYU Gets the Nod, but Others Shake Their Heads". The Washington Post. November 25, 1984. Retrieved August 21, 2022.
  8. ^ "Hobbling Bosco Lifts No. 1 BYU to 13-0 Season". The Washington Post. December 22, 1984. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "BOSCO PASSES LIFT B.Y.U." The New York Times. December 22, 1984. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  10. ^ "1985 NFL Draft Listing - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-21.
  11. ^ "Awards". www.touchdownclubofcolumbus.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17.