With their season-opening rout of New Mexico State behind
them, the Longhorns hit the road for the first time this year, taking on BYU in
Provo on Saturday. Texas will be looking to continue its winning ways on the
road, a trend started when Mack Brown arrived in 1998.
The Longhorns are 74-28 (.725) away from home under Brown
and have won 51 of their 59 last true road games. Texas is a seven-point
favorite against a BYU team that fell to Virginia, 19-16, this past weekend. The
Longhorns have won 13 straight road games against non-conference opponents.
“When I think about road games, I just think about going
into someone’s house and getting a W,” said senior safety Adrian Phillips, who
had six tackles and an interception in Texas’ 56-7 win over New Mexico State
last Saturday. “Seeing the look on their fans’ faces when you walk into their
home and take them out. Since I’ve been here, of course in my freshman year,
other teams had the same looks on their faces when they came in our house. When
you talk about playing at home, you talk about wanting to protect your house
and BYU is going to try to do that.”Texas was nearly perfect on the road last season, beating Ole Miss at Oxford and Oklahoma State at Stillwater in back-to-back weeks before eventually taking down Kansas and Texas Tech on the road. The Longhorns fell in Manhattan to Kansas State in their regular season finale.
The Cougars fell in Charlottesville this past weekend but
have been very good at home recently. They are 38-5 (.884) in the last seven
seasons at home and will face a Texas team that owns the nation’s best record
away from home since 1999 at 71-25.
“I’ve been looking forward to going there for a while,”
junior defensive back Quandre Diggs said. “I love going on the road. It’s
something different each and every week when you go to different teams’
stadiums. I think it’ll be a great atmosphere at BYU."
Texas has only faced BYU in Provo once before, falling to
the Cougars, 47-6, in 1988. It was the first of seven losses that season. The
Longhorns defeated BYU, 17-16, in 2011.