SportsBeat Remembers 1984: BYU vs. Baylor

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SALT LAKE CITY -- BYU opened the 1983 season with a heartbreaking 40-36 loss against the Baylor Bears. It was the only loss in a season that saw the Cougars finish 11-1 and seventh in the final AP poll.

In 1984, the Cougars would get a chance for revenge in week two, and they took full advantage. A sell-out crowd filled the stadium for the home opener as they watched Robbie Bosco pick apart the Baylor secondary.

Bosco threw six touchdown passes to three different receivers--Kelly Smith, Glen Kozlowski, and David Mills. He also completed passes to 12 different receivers. He completed 28 of 43 passes for 363 yards and no interceptions. The BYU offense racked up a total of 524 yards on offense.

On defense, the Cougars intercepted four passes and held the Golden Hurricane to just 90 yards rushing.

The win gave BYU its highest ranking ever as they moved up to sixth in the AP Poll and eighth in the Coaches' Poll. They also assumed the nation's longest winning streak with their 13th straight win.

Later that week, legendary KSL broadcaster Paul James asked BYU Head Coach LaVell Edwards about the highest ranking in school history.

"We'll it's a little overwhelming right now, Paul, because two weeks ago we weren't even ranked," Edwards said. "And in two weeks, you're up in the top 10--the highest we've ever been. It's very nice, but it's also a little bit scary."

Paul James followed by saying,"You even got one vote for No. 1 in the nation. Did you have any qualms about voting yourself No. 1?"

"It was probably John Cooper from Tulsa," Edwards responded. "We play them this week."

"You have no idea who voted you No. 1?" James asked.

"I have no idea, no," said Edwards.


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