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BYU Sports Information
Robbie Bosco sets to strike again. BYU is first in the nation in total passing
yardage and total offense. The Cougars average 36 points per game.
By DOUGLAS B. LEVY
If you're looking for the scapegoat,
blame it all on one Jim McMahon. Had
McMahon been a failure, sanity may
have prevailed in Provo, but the man
had to be the greatest there ever was.
In 1980, McMahon was a junior quar-
terback at Brigham Young. That
season he led the Cougars to an 11-1
record while completing 284 of 445
passes for a mere 4,571 yards and 47
touchdowns! ! !
THAT WAS the point of no return.
Had McMahon been a dud, maybe
coach Lavelle Edwards would have
mellowed on the passing attack. But
no, and the tradition is growing...
Robbie Bosco has blossomed into
perhaps college football's finest signal-
caller in just his first year at the helm.
1984 was expected to be a rebuilding
year for the Cougar offense. Only four
starters returned from the '83 unit
which was piloted by superstar Steve
Young, McMahon's successor.
But from day one of the Bosco era, it
was clear that BYU was not only built,
it was overloaded.
"THERE'S JUST something about
Brigham Young. Quarterbacks come
here and they know how to read
coverages and pick apart defenses
from day one," said BYU All-WAC
defensive end Jim Herrmann who has
also played with Young and McMahon.
Last season, afterncompleting an
NCAA-record 71 percent of his aerials
for 3,902 yards and 33 touchdowns,
Young signed the still mythical $40
million contract with the USFL's Los
Angeles Express. And it was thought
that there was just no way that the
Cougars would be able to find a
replacement to equal Young's extraor-
Edwards introduced Bosco, a 6-3, 188-
pound junior from Roseville, Calif.
Bosco doesn't have the running ability
that Young possessed, but his passing
has equalled if not surpassed that of his
"HE'S ON STEVE'S level right now
and could be even better. Robbie has
the potential to be the best ever next
year," said BYU's All-WAC split end
Glen Kozlowski. Kozlowski was on the
receiving end of 59 Bosco passes. Last
year he caught 29 passes from Young,
and as a freshman in 1981 caught 29
tosses from McMahon.
Bosco's stat sheet indicates that the
Cougars are in the possession of their
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Starting all 12 games, Bosco com-
pleted 283 of 458 passes for 3,875 yards,
a completion percentage of 61.8. Only
11 of his aerials were picked off, while
33 went for scores.
BEFORE BOSTON College's final
game against Holy Cross, Bosco was
second in the nation behind Heisman
Trophy winner Doug Flutie in total of-
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the BC ace. In an even closer statistical
battle, Flutie edged Bosco in passing ef-
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But Brigham Young does lead the
nation in total offense per game as a
team, rolling up 486.5 yards per contest.
Bosco credits his success to his
ability to read defenses and hit the
secondary receiver. "The key to being
a good quarterback is making the right
reads. My greatest asset is being able
to pick up my secondary receivers,"
PICKING UP secondary receivers
shouldn't have been very difficult for
the public relations major, because on
75-percent of all Cougar offensive
downs, five would-be receivers are sent
Tight end David Mills led the team
with 60 receptions for a whopping 1,023
yards and seven touchdowns. And Mills
doesn't believe that any defense is
capable of stopping the BYU ; stampede.
"If I ever had to play BYU, I would go
out and get Lester Hayes and Mike
Haynes (two All-Pro NFL defensive
backs on the L.A. Raiders) to be the
cornerbacks," said Mills. Mills ex-
plained that when teams were forced to
double-team himself or Kozlowski,
someone else always got open.
IT WOULD BE natural to assume
that the running game might get lost in
such an emphasized passing attack,
and to a certain degree it has. ' But in
Lakei Heimuli and Kelly Smith, the
Cougars extract every possible rushing
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