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 (??); ???
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.
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.
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.
In how many games did BYU trail in the 4th quarter during the 1984 season?
The answer, and question #6, tomorrow.
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.