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The 2009 BYU Cougars football team represented Brigham Young University in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cougars were led by head coach Bronco Mendenhall and played their home games at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

2009 BYU Cougars football
BYU Cougars logo.svg
Maaco Bowl Las Vegas champion
ConferenceMountain West Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12
APNo. 12
2009 record11–2 (7–1 MW)
Head coachBronco Mendenhall
Offensive coordinatorRobert Anae
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorJaime Hill
Base defense3-4
CaptainMatt Bauman
Max Hall
Scott Johnson
Jan Jorgensen
Dennis Pitta
Home stadiumLaVell Edwards Stadium
(Capacity: 64,045)
Uniform
MWC-Uniform-BYU-2009.png
Seasons
← 2008
2010 →
2009 Mountain West football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 6 TCU $   8 0         12 1  
No. 12 BYU   7 1         11 2  
No. 18 Utah   6 2         10 3  
Air Force   5 3         8 5  
Wyoming   4 4         7 6  
UNLV   3 5         5 7  
San Diego State   2 6         4 8  
New Mexico   1 7         1 11  
Colorado State   0 8         3 9  
  • $ – Conference champion and BCS representative as top non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
Rankings from AP Poll

The Cougars finished the season with a record of 11–2, 7–1 in Mountain West play and won the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas 44–20 over Oregon State.

Contents

ScheduleEdit

[1]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 56:00 PMvs. No. 3 Oklahoma*No. 20ESPNW 14–1375,437[2]
September 122:30 PMat Tulane*No. 9ESPN2W 54–326,224[3]
September 195:00 PMFlorida State*No. 7VersusL 28–5464,209[4]
September 264:00 PMColorado StateNo. 19
  • LaVell Edwards Stadium
  • Provo, UT
mtn.W 42–2364,091[5]
October 27:00 PMUtah State*No. 20
  • LaVell Edwards Stadium
  • Provo, UT
mtn.W 35–1764,103[6]
October 107:00 PMat UNLVNo. 18
  • Sam Boyd Stadium
  • Las Vegas, NV
mtn.W 59–2125,597[7]
October 173:00 PMat San Diego StateNo. 18mtn.W 38–2830,258[8]
October 245:30 PMNo. 10 TCU No. 16
  • LaVell Edwards Stadium
  • Provo, UT
VersusL 7–3864,641[9]
November 712:00 PMat WyomingNo. 25mtn.W 52–019,201[10]
November 1412:00 PMat New MexicoNo. 22mtn.W 24–1924,344[11]
November 211:30 PMAir ForceNo. 19
  • LaVell Edwards Stadium
  • Provo, UT
CBS CSW 38–2164,071[12]
November 283:00 PMNo. 22 UtahNo. 18
  • LaVell Edwards Stadium
  • Provo, UT (Holy War)
mtn./CBSCSW 26–23 OT64,301[13]
December 225:00 PMvs. No. 16 Oregon State*No. 15ESPNW 44–2040,018[14]

Game summariesEdit

OklahomaEdit

BYU would enter the 2009 Cowboy Classic with a 14-22 record against the Big XII. However BYU was 1-0 against the Sooners. The only previously meeting was the 1994 Copper Bowl, where BYU won 31-6.[15]

2009 Cowboys Classic: #20 BYU vs. #3 Oklahoma
1 234Total
Cougars 0 707 14
Sooners 7 303 13

TulaneEdit

BYU headed back down South for their second game of the season. The Green Wave would be their featured opponent. BYU and Tulane came into the contest with a 1-1 record against each other. The last meeting between the two was back in 2001, when BYU defeated the Green Wave 70-35 in Provo.[16]

#9 BYU at Tulane
1 234Total
Cougars 3 171420 54
Green Wave 0 300 3

Florida StateEdit

[17]

Florida State at #7 BYU
1 234Total
Seminoles 7 231410 54
Cougars 0 1477 28

Colorado StateEdit

BYU would try and bounce back after the loss to FSU. The loss to FSU ended a winning streak the Cougs had had at home since 2004. With a 37-27-3 record against the Rams, things looked good for BYU.[18]

Colorado State at #19 BYU
1 234Total
Rams 0 779 23
Cougars 21 0714 42
  • Date: September 26
  • Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
  • Game start: 4:06 pm MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:14
  • Game attendance: 64,091
  • Game weather: 80 °F (27 °C), Sunny, winds W 7 mph
  • Referee: Dan Romeo
  • TV announcers (Mtn.): James Bates, Todd Christensen, & Sammy Linebaugh

Utah StateEdit

The 2009 Beehive Boot began with the Battle for the Old Wagon Wheel as Utah State visited the Cougars. With a 42-23-3 record in one of the longest rivalries in the nation, BYU looked to try to continue to show the FSU game was a fluke.[19]

Utah State at #20 BYU
1 234Total
Aggies 7 037 17
Cougars 7 14014 35
  • Date: October 2
  • Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
  • Game start: 7:06 pm MST
  • Elapsed time: 2:59
  • Game attendance: 64,103
  • Game weather: 54 °F (12 °C), Clear, winds 0 mph
  • Referee: Steve Barth
  • TV announcers (Mtn.): Bill Doleman, Blaine Fowler, & Toby Christensen

UNLVEdit

After the Conference Weekend showdown, the Cougs headed on the road for their second road game of the year against a team they have thoroughly dominated, UNLV. Going into the 2009 season, the Cougars found themselves 13-3 against the Rebels lifetime.[20]

#18 BYU at UNLV
1 234Total
Cougars 10 142114 59
Rebels 7 14014 35

San Diego StateEdit

Back-to-back road games would be the norm most of the season, as was this case with Vegas and then San Diego. BYU would challenge the Aztecs with a 25–7–1 record against them intact.[21]

#18 BYU at San Diego State
1 234Total
Cougars 7 14710 38
Aztecs 7 777 28
  • Date: October 17
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game start: 4:06 pm MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:16
  • Game attendance: 30,258
  • Game weather: 80 °F (27 °C), sunny and clear, winds WSW 7 mph
  • Referee: Terry Leyden
  • TV announcers (Mtn.): Ari Wolfe, Blaine Fowler, and Jenny Cavner

TCUEdit

Heading into Homecoming BYU looked to get back on the winning track against TCU. The Cougars had won 5 of the first 7 meetings against TCU, but the Horned Frogs took the win in 2008 to get their 3rd win against the Cougars.[22]

#8 TCU at #16 BYU
1 234Total
Horned Frogs 14 7107 38
Cougars 0 700 7
  • Date: October 24
  • Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
  • Game start: 5:36 pm MST
  • Elapsed time: 2:47
  • Game attendance: 64,641
  • Game weather: 54 °F (12 °C), Cloudy with showers, winds S 6 mph
  • Referee: T. Adrian Hill
  • TV announcers (Versus): Joe Beninati, Glenn Parker, & Tim Neverett

WyomingEdit

BYU hit the road for the final back-to-back road trip of the year. Their first stop would be in Laramie. The Cougars came into the game with a 42-30-3 record against the Cowboys.[23]

#25 BYU at Wyoming
1 234Total
Cougars 14 7107 38
Cowboys 0 000 0
  • Date: November 7
  • Location: War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, WY
  • Game start: 12:05 pm MST
  • Elapsed time: 2:45
  • Game attendance: 19,201
  • Game weather: 54 °F (12 °C), Partly Cloudy, winds S 13 mph
  • Referee: Randy Smith
  • TV announcers (Mtn.): James Bates, Todd Christensen, & Andrea Lloyd

New MexicoEdit

The final road game on the back-to-back road trip took the Cougars to Albuquerque for their regular showdown with the Lobos. The Cougars came into the game with a 43-13-3 record against the Lobos.[24]

#22 BYU at New Mexico
1 234Total
Cougars 7 1070 24
Lobos 7 066 19
  • Date: November 14
  • Location: University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
  • Game start: 12:06 pm MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:06
  • Game attendance: 24,344
  • Game weather: 47 °F (8 °C), Cloudy, winds ESE 7 mph
  • Referee: David Epperley
  • TV announcers (Mtn.): Ari Wolfe, Blaine Fowler, & Keenan McCardell

Air ForceEdit

The final home stretch began with an old match-up against everybodies favorite run-and-gun squad, the Air Force Falcons. The Cougars came into the game with a 23-6 record against the Falcons.[25]

Air Force at #22 BYU
1 234Total
Falcons 0 7014 21
Cougars 3 2177 38
  • Date: November 21
  • Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
  • Game start: 1:34 pm MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:12
  • Game attendance: 64,071
  • Game weather: 46 °F (8 °C), Cloudy & Snow possible, winds NW 14 mph
  • Referee: Land Clark
  • TV announcers (CBS CS): Tom Hart & Aaron Taylor

UtahEdit

The regular season ended with the third edition of the Deseret First Duel. The winner would take a 2-1 lead in head-to-head football since the Holy War became sponsored by Deseret First Credit Union. The Cougars came into the game with a 30-50-4 against the Utes. [26] With both teams at 6-1 in conference play, and with TCU likely headed to a BCS game, BYU and Utah came in knowing the winner would be getting a berth in the Las Vegas Bowl.

 
Fans storming the field at LaVell Edwards Stadium after #19 BYU beat #21 Utah 26-23 in overtime
#21 Utah at #19 BYU
1 234OTTotal
Utes 6 00143 23
Cougars 0 13706 26
  • Date: November 28
  • Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
  • Game start: 3:06 pm MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:54
  • Game attendance: 64,301
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7 °C), Partly Cloudy & Hazy, winds NNW 9 mph
  • Referee: Randy Christal
  • TV announcers (Mtn. & CBS CS): James Bates, Todd Christensen, Toby Christensen, & Sammy Linebaugh

Las Vegas BowlEdit

The fifth consecutive trip to the Las Vegas Bowl awaited BYU after their win over the Utes. Their opponent would be Bronco Mendenhall's alumni school- Oregon State, his first meeting against them with BYU. It was the first ever top 25 showdown in Vegas Bowl history. It also would feature a match of runner-up's as Oregon State was one of three teams tied for second in the Pac-10. BYU would go into the game with a 3-5 record lifetime against the Beavers.[27] After going 19-for-30 for 192 yards with 3 touchdowns, Max Hall would win the MVP honor. Hall would leave as the most winning quarterback in BYU history at 43-9. His running back, Harvey Unga, would leave the school as the all-time leading rusher.

2009 Las Vegas Bowl: #18 Oregon State vs. #14 BYU
1 234Total
Beavers 7 0013 20
Cougars 14 9714 44
  • Date: December 22
  • Location: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
  • Game start: 6:01 pm MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:37
  • Game attendance: 40,018
  • Game weather: 51 °F (11 °C), Cloudy, winds N 37-44 mph
  • Referee: Randy Christal
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Rece Davis, Lou Holtz, Mark May, & Todd Harris

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2009 BYU Cougars football schedule". Retrieved 2009-03-26.
  2. ^ "Brigham Young Cougars vs. Oklahoma Sooners Box Score". ESPN. Retrieved October 12, 2009.
  3. ^ "Brigham Young Cougars vs. Tulane Green Wave Box Score". ESPN. Retrieved October 12, 2009.
  4. ^ "Florida State Seminoles vs. Brigham Young Cougars Box Score". ESPN. Retrieved September 19, 2009.
  5. ^ "Colorado State Rams vs. Brigham Young Cougars Box Score". ESPN. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  6. ^ "Utah State Aggies vs. Brigham Young Cougars Box Score". ESPN. Archived from the original on October 7, 2009. Retrieved October 3, 2009.
  7. ^ "Brigham Young Cougars vs. UNLV Rebels Box Score". Archived from the original on 16 October 2009. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  8. ^ "Brigham Young Cougars vs. San Diego Aztecs Box Score". ESPN. Archived from the original on October 20, 2009. Retrieved October 18, 2009.
  9. ^ "TCU Horned Frogs vs. Brigham Young Cougars Box Score". ESPN. Retrieved October 24, 2009.
  10. ^ "Brigham Young Cougars vs. Wyoming Cowboys Box Score". ESPN. Retrieved November 7, 2009.
  11. ^ "Brigham Young Cougars vs. New Mexico Lobos Box Score". ESPN. Retrieved November 15, 2009.
  12. ^ "Air Force Falcons vs. Brigham Young Cougars Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on November 25, 2009. Retrieved November 21, 2009.
  13. ^ "Utah Utes vs. Brigham Young Cougars Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on December 1, 2009. Retrieved November 28, 2009.
  14. ^ "Oregon State Beavers vs. Brigham Young Cougars Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on December 26, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
  15. ^ "BYU Cougars vs Oklahoma Sooners Game Notes" (PDF). BYUCougars.com. Retrieved September 1, 2009.
  16. ^ "BYU Cougars vs Tulane Green Wave Game Notes" (PDF). BYUCougars.com. Retrieved September 8, 2009.
  17. ^ "BYU Cougars vs Florida State Seminoles Game Notes" (PDF). BYUCougars.com. Retrieved September 15, 2009.
  18. ^ "BYU Cougars vs Colorado State Rams Game Notes" (PDF). BYUCougars.com. Retrieved September 22, 2009.
  19. ^ "BYU Cougars vs Utah State Aggies Game Notes" (PDF). BYUCougars.com. Retrieved September 29, 2009.
  20. ^ "BYU Cougars vs UNLV Rebels Game Notes" (PDF). BYUCougars.com. Retrieved October 5, 2009.
  21. ^ "BYU Cougars vs San Diego State Aztecs Game Notes" (PDF). BYUCougars.com. Retrieved October 12, 2009.
  22. ^ "BYU Cougars vs TCU Horned Frogs Game Notes" (PDF). BYUCougars.com. Retrieved October 19, 2009.
  23. ^ "BYU Cougars vs Wyoming Cowboys Game Notes" (PDF). BYUCougars.com. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  24. ^ "BYU Cougars vs New Mexico Lobos Game Notes" (PDF). BYUCougars.com. Retrieved November 8, 2009.
  25. ^ "BYU Cougars vs Air Force Game Notes" (PDF). BYUCougars.com. Retrieved November 15, 2009.
  26. ^ "BYU Cougars vs Utah Utes Game Notes" (PDF). BYUCougars.com. Retrieved November 22, 2009.
  27. ^ "BYU Cougars vs Oregon State Beavers Game Notes" (PDF). BYUCougars.com. Retrieved December 8, 2009.