BYU played a fantastic game on Saturday night to beat the University of Texas Longhorns by a score of 40-21 behind the legs of sophomore starting quarterback, Taysom Hill. A few years ago, Cougar fans anticipated that BYU Would win games like this because of a great quarterback performance. The only difference is that the number nine would have been the one under center, making all the big plays.
No college football fan in the state of Utah could ever forget the press conference that was held at Iggy’s more than four years ago. That day, the Cougars landed three huge commits, led by quarterback, Jake heaps. Heaps was seen as the next great signal caller for a University known for its quarterback play. As we all know, things didn’t turn out as planned. Heaps didn’t earn the job outright as a freshman and had to split time with a hard working leader in Riley Nelson. Heaps took over the job after Nelson had a season ending injury and was unbelievable the last part of his freshman campaign. Hopes were high and much was expected out of Heaps for years to come.
Before his sophomore season started the Cougars made a change at offensive coordinator and that’s where things took an unexpected turn. BYU struggled early and often to start the 2011 season thanks impart to Heaps and his inconsistent play. He was benched midway through the fifth game of the season against the Utah State Aggies and only regained his starting job after Nelson got hurt again. Heaps played very well in wins over New Mexico State and Idaho but was relegated to bench right when Nelson was cleared to play. After the close of the 2011 season, Heaps decided it was time for a change.
Fast forward 21 months and Heaps is again a starting quarterback. Heaps made his first start as a member of the Charlie Weis led Kansas Jayhawks against FCS foe, South Dakota. Heaps showed some rust early with his first five passes being incompletions. Heaps took a couple of early sacks as the Jayhawks fell behind the South Dakota Coyotes late in the first quarter. Heaps and the Jayhawks found their form soon after and didn’t look back. Heaps completed two passes of more than 20 yards as the Jayhawks marched 75 yards to score their first touchdown of the season on a one yard run by James Sims. Heaps threw the first touchdown of his Jayhawks career three drives later, completing a five yard Laser to wide receiver, Justin McCay. That score gave the Jayhawks a 14 to 7 lead going into halftime. Heaps wasn’t asked to throw much in the second half as the Kansas rushing attack took over. The Jayhawks cruised to a 31-14 victory in their season opener, with Heaps completed 10 of 20 passes for 110 yards and one touchdown. Though his stats don’t blow you away, Heaps played well and looked under control as the Jayhawks were able to match their win total from a season ago after just one game.