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Top performers: BYU vs. (21) Texas

Top performers: BYU vs. (21) Texas

By Clint Durfey, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Sep. 10, 2011 at 10:29 p.m.



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AUSTIN, TEXAS -- BYU came up short as they took on No. 21 Texas in this week's game. It was a change of roles from first half to second half as the Longhorns took control and the lead in the second half.

Here is a look at the games top performers:

  1. Justin Sorenson was BYU's top scorer with ten points. He was a perfect 3 for 3 in field goal attempts and was 1 for 1 in extra point attempts. His longest field goal was made from 32-yards.
  2. Texas' Defense won the game for the Longhorns. Texas stopped BYU on third down in the red zone three separate times, holding the Cougars to field goals on each of those stops. In the second half the Longhorn only allowed BYU to score three points. The Cougars had only five drives in the second half and were held to three-and-out, four of the five drives.
  3. D.J. Monroe came up with a 26-yard run after BYU was held to three-and-out in the first Texas drive of the second half. This was the first sign of life from the Texas offense. That drive led Texas to their first touchdown and allowed the Longhorns to expand their playbook the rest of the game. Monroe changes the momentum of the game. Monroe finished the game with 40 yards on just three carries. He also caught a pass for 26 more yards.
  4. BYU's Defense played well, the second half had some disappointing moments, but the defense still allowed the offense an opportunity to win the game. The Cougars had a huge fourth down stop early in the fourth quarter turning the ball over to the offense on its own 14-yard line, however the offense lost the field possession battle and gave the ball right back to Texas. The first half was filled with BYU defensive dominance and multiple three- and-outs, but in the end it was not enough to achieve a win.
  5. Mack Brown seemed to inspire his players though out the game. Texas was in trouble as they went into the locker room at halftime. Brown got his players to come out and play with confidence. He could be seen on the sideline encouraging and inspiring his players with a smile; he seemed to be having fun while motivating his players. Because of Brown's glass-half-full attitude helped his Longhorns slowly turn the momentum to their side and eventually outlast the Cougars while improving to 2-0 on the year. Email: onlinesports@ksl.com

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