1966 BYU Cougars Football Team
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1966 BYU Cougars Football Team
1966 BYU Cougars football
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
1966 record8-2 (3-2 WAC)
Head coachTommy Hudspeth (3rd season)
Home stadiumBYU Stadium
Seasons
← 1965
1967 →
1966 Western Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wyoming $ 5 0 0     10 1 0
BYU 3 2 0     8 2 0
Arizona State 3 2 0     5 5 0
Utah 3 2 0     5 5 0
Arizona 1 4 0     3 7 0
New Mexico 0 5 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1966 BYU Cougars football team was an American football team that represented Brigham Young University in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) during the 1966 NCAA University Division football season. In their third season under head coach Tommy Hudspeth, the Cougars compiled an 8-2 record (3-2 against WAC opponents), tied for second in the WAC, and outscored opponents by a total of 269 to 163.[1][2]

Quarterback Virgil Carter led the country with 2,545 yards of total offense;[3] he also led the team with 2,182 passing yards and 56 points scored.[4][5] On November 5, 1966, he set new NCAA single-game records with 513 passing yards and 599 yards of total offense against Texas Western.[6][7] Carter's totals of 513 passing yards and 599 yards of total offense stood as BYU school records until broken by Ty Detmer in 1991.[8]

The team's other statistical leaders included John Ogden with 906 rushing yards and Phil Odle with 920 receiving yards.[4][5]

Six BYU players were selected to the all-conference team: wide receiver Phil Odle; guard Grant Wilson; quarterback Virgil Carter; fullback John Ogden; linebacker Curg Belcher; and safety Bobby Roberts.[9]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 24at San Jose State*W 19-917,000[10]
September 30Colorado State*W 27-2425,023[11]
October 8Utah State*
W 27-729,335[12]
October 14Arizona State
  • BYU Stadium
  • Provo, UT
L 7-1020,119[13]
October 22at New MexicoW 33-618,524[14]
October 29at ArizonaW 16-14[15]
November 5Texas Western*
  • BYU Stadium
  • Provo, UT
W 53-3330,284[6]
November 12at UtahW 35-1328,776[16]
November 19Wyoming
  • BYU Stadium
  • Provo, UT
L 14-4738,333[17]
November 26Pacific (CA)*
  • BYU Stadium
  • Provo, UT
W 38-014,845[18]
  • *Non-conference game

References

  1. ^ "1966 BYU Cougars Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "BYU Football 2015 Almanac" (PDF). Brigham Young University. 2015. p. 169. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ BYU Football 2015 Almanac, pp. 118, 120.
  4. ^ a b "1966 Brigham Young Cougars Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ a b BYU Football 2015 Almanac, pp. 162-164.
  6. ^ a b Ray Schwartz (November 6, 1966). "Carter Leads BYU in Romp of TWC 53-33: Sets New NCAA Pass Record". The Sunday Herald (Provo, Utah). p. 15 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ BYU Football 2015 Almanac, p. 118.
  8. ^ BYU Football 2015 Almanac, p. 120.
  9. ^ BYU Football 2015 Almanac, p. 128.
  10. ^ Nelson Cullenward (September 25, 1966). "BYU Storms Sparta, 19-9". San Francisco Examiner. p. III-7 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Cougars Win, 27-24, On Late Touchdown". The Ogden Standard-Examiner. October 1, 1966. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ Ray Schwartz (October 9, 1966). "Cats Use Air Assault to Rip Aggies 27-7: Carter Fires Four T.D. Passes in BYU Win". The Sunday Herald. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ "Cougars Fall To ASU, 10-7: Sun Devils Halt Carter's Aerial Game on BYU Field". The Ogden Standard-Examiner. October 15, 1966. p. 8 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ LeRoy Bearman (October 19, 1966). "Camera-Shy Lobos Lose to BYU, 33-6". Albuquerque Journal. p. 37 – via Newspapers.com.
  15. ^ Abe Chanin (October 30, 1966). "Reed Outpasses Carter, But Cats Lose, 16-14". The Arizona Daily Star. pp. 1A, 1E – via Newspapers.com.
  16. ^ "Carter Leads 35-13 Rout of Utah Redskins: History-Making Game Uses Varied Attack". The Sunday Herald. November 13, 1966. p. 15 – via Newspapers.com.
  17. ^ "'Pokes Rip BYU 47-14, Gain Grid Crown: Cowboys Ride to Victory Over Cats On Egloff's Arm, DePoyster's Foot". The Sunday Herald. November 20, 1966. p. 17 – via Newspapers.com.
  18. ^ "More Records Fall as Cats Rip UOP 38-0: Three Cougar Players Rack Up New Marks". The Sunday Herald. November 27, 1966. p. 15 – via Newspapers.com.



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