Taking it to the Max....

Taking it to the Max....



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BYU's history of riding senior quarterbacks to conference championships is well documented. But in case a refresher is required, here it is:

In the last 35 years, every BYU senior QB who has been the team's clear-cut starter for the entire season has led the Cougars to a conference championship.

The list is as follows, with the team's season record and in parentheses. The QB's individual passing stats for the season are also included:

Gary Sheide, 1974 (7-4-1); 60%, 2174 yds, 23 td/19 int

Marc Wilson, 1979 (11-1); 59%, 3720 yds, 29 td/15 int

Jim McMahon, 1981 (11-2); 64%, 3555 yds, 30 td/7 int

Steve Young, 1983 (11-1); 71%, 3902 yds, 33 td/10 int

Robbie Bosco, 1985 (11-3); 66%, 4273 yds, 30 td/24 int

Ty Detmer, 1991 (8-3-2); 64%, 4031 yds, 35 td/12 int

Steve Sarkisian, 1996 (14-1); 69%, 4027 yds, 33 td/12 int

Kevin Feterik, 1999 (8-4); 61%, 3554 yds, 25 td/15 int

Brandon Doman, 2001 (12-2); 64%, 3542 yds, 33 td/8 int

John Beck, 2006 (11-2); 69%, 3885 yds, 32 td/8 int

Max Hall, 2009 (??); ???

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Note: Steve Lindsley was a senior starter in 1986 (8-5, 2nd WAC), but he was replaced in the third-to-last game of the season and did not start the final two games.

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Since 1974, that's ten senior BYU quarterbacks, and ten conference championships, with an average of 10.4 team wins in those senior seasons.

Individually, those ten senior quarterbacks have completed 65% of their passes for an average of 3666 yds, 30.3 tds and 13.0 ints.

It can't be stated any more clearly: if a healthy Max Hall doesn't have a huge season and lead BYU to a conference championship, it will literally be the first time in 35 years that a quarterback in his position hasn't come through with a title and a ton of yards. It's one of the reasons I picked BYU to win the MWC in 2009--I'm just playing the odds.

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Now to "Camp Cougar Countdown Trivia" for the day...

Yesterday's question asked "In how many games did BYU trail at the half during the 1984 season?"

The answer: zero.

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Today's Question:

In how many games did BYU trail in the 4th quarter during the 1984 season?

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The answer, and question #6, tomorrow.

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This week's Ben Cahoon update:

Cahoon had a team high 7 receptions for 79 yards, but his Montreal Alouettes suffered their first loss of the CFL season last night, falling 33-19 at Edmonton. The Als are now 4-1 on the year.

For the season, Cahoon leads the CFL in catches with 30, while his 372 receiving yards are third most in the league.

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