1984 BYU Cougars Football Team
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1984 BYU Cougars Football Team
1984 BYU Cougars football
Consensus national champion
WAC champion
Holiday Bowl champion
Holiday Bowl, W 24-17 vs. Michigan
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1984 record13-0 (8-0 WAC)
Head coachLaVell Edwards (13th season)
Home stadiumCougar Stadium
Seasons
← 1983
1985 →
1984 Western Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 BYU $ 8 0 0     13 0 0
Hawaii 5 2 0     7 4 0
Air Force 4 3 0     8 4 0
Utah 4 3 1     6 5 1
San Diego State 4 3 1     4 7 1
Wyoming 4 4 0     6 6 0
Colorado State 3 5 0     3 8 0
New Mexico 1 7 0     4 8 0
UTEP 1 7 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1984 BYU Cougars football team represented Brigham Young University (BYU) in the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Cougars were led by 13th-year head coach Lavell Edwards and played their home games at Cougar Stadium in Provo, Utah. The team competed as a member of the Western Athletic Conference, winning the conference for the ninth consecutive year. The Cougars finished the regular season as the only undefeated team in Division I-A, and secured their first ever national title by defeating Michigan in the 1984 Holiday Bowl.

A number of pollsters and coaches were reluctant to name the Cougars as national champion, partly because they believed BYU's schedule was too weak. Only two of BYU's opponents won at least seven games. They had played only one ranked opponent all season, preseason #3 Pittsburgh. No other team in the WAC was even close to being their equal; the Cougars were the only team in the league with fewer than four overall losses. In the end, BYU was ranked number one in both major final polls, the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll.[1] The team was named national champion by NCAA-designated major selectors of AP, Billingsley, Football Research, FW, National Football Foundation, Poling, UPI, and USA/CNN, while named co-champion by both National Championship Foundation and Sagarin (ELO-Chess).[2]

To date, the 1984 Cougars are the last team from outside a "power conference" to win a national title. It is widely believed that the various systems devised over the years with a view toward deciding the national championship on the field, with their emphasis on strength of schedule, make it extremely difficult for a team outside the power conferences to be considered for championship contention.[1]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 1at No. 3 Pittsburgh*ESPNW 20-1440,263
September 8Baylor*No. 13W 47-1363,705
September 15Tulsa*No. 8
  • Cougar Stadium
  • Provo, Utah
W 38-1564,237
September 22at HawaiiNo. 6W 18-1350,000
October 6at Colorado StateNo. 8W 52-928,671
October 13WyomingdaggerNo. 7
  • Cougar Stadium
  • Provo, Utah
W 41-3864,839
October 20at Air ForceNo. 7W 30-2530,469
October 25at New MexicoNo. 5W 48-019,227
November 3UTEPNo. 4
  • Cougar Stadium
  • Provo, Utah
W 42-962,530
November 10San Diego StateNo. 4
  • Cougar Stadium
  • Provo, Utah
W 34-364,050
November 17at UtahNo. 3KUTVW 24-1436,110
November 24Utah State*No. 1
W 38-1365,580
December 21vs. Michigan*No. 1ESPNW 24-1761,243
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP

Personnel

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final
AP NR 13 8 (1) 6 8 7 5 7 5 (3) 4 (4) 4 3 (11) 1 (40) 1 (34) 1 (33) 1 (38)
Coaches NR 12 6 (1) 4 8 6 5 5 (1) 4 (1) 3 (5) 4 (4) 3 (12) 1 (30) 1 (21) 1 (24) 1 (28)

Results

at Pittsburgh

1 234Total
Cougars 0 3611 20
No. 3 Panthers 0 0140 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Baylor

1 234Total
Bears 7 006 13
No. 13 Cougars 21 1376 47
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-1 1983 L 36-40

at Hawaii

1 234Total
No. 6 Cougars 3 906 18
Rainbows 0 1003 13
  • Date: September 22
  • Location: Aloha Stadium
  • Game weather: Clear; 78 °F (26 °C)
Overall record Last meeting Result
6-4 1982 W 39-25

[3]

at Utah

BYU at Utah
1 234Total
No. 3 Cougars 7 377 24
Utes 7 070 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
16-39-4 1982 W 55-7

[4]

vs. Michigan (Holiday Bowl)

1 234Total
Wolverines 0 773 17
No. 1 Cougars 0 10014 24
  • Date: December 21
  • Location: Jack Murphy Stadium
  • Game attendance: 61,243
  • Game weather: Clear; 51 °F (11 °C)
  • Television network: ESPN
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

[5][6]

Draft picks

The following were selected in the 1985 NFL Draft.[7]

Player Position Round Overall NFL Team
Trevor Matich Center 1 28 New England Patriots
Kyle Morrell Cornerback 4 106 Minnesota Vikings
Louis Wong Guard 5 131 St. Louis Cardinals
Lee Johnson Punter 5 138 Houston Oilers
Jim Herrmann Defensive End 7 184 Dallas Cowboys

Awards and honors

References

  1. ^ a b Mandel, Stewart (2009-08-06). "BYU pulled off a miracle 25 years ago; will it ever happen again?". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2018. pp. 114, 120. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ CougarStats.com. Retrieved 2016-Dec-18.
  4. ^ 1984 BYU vs. Utah - CougarStats CougarStats: BYU Football: BYU vs. Utah 1984 Archived 2010-08-21 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Hobbling Bosco Lifts No. 1 BYU to 13-0 Season". The Washington Post. December 22, 1984. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "BOSCO PASSES LIFT B.Y.U." The New York Times. December 22, 1984. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1985.htm
  8. ^ http://www.touchdownclubofcolumbus.com/Awards.htm#SAMMY Archived 2011-05-25 at WebCite



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