Copper Bowl
BYU fans celebrated the New Year early as the Cougars dominated Oklahoma and ended its five-year winning drought in bowl games. Quarterback John Walsh and the offense clicked on all cylinders and the Cougars’ defense was dominating throughout the ESPN telecast. Walsh threw a seven-yard TD pass to Bryce Doman in the first quarter and had a 25-yard pass to Mike Johnston in the second quarter. A four-yard scoring pass to Johnston in the third quarter and a 28-yard touchdown pass to Doman in the fourth quarter vaulted Walsh’s stats to 454 yards and four touchdowns on 31 of 45 passes with no interceptions against the Sooner defense which had held national champion Nebraska to 13 points. BYU’s defense was dominating as it held Oklahoma to just 72 yards rushing and 163 yards passing—most of those in the last quarter. The Sooners did not cross midfield until their ninth possession on the second-to-last play of the third quarter. Jamal Willis caught seven passes for 103 yards and was chosen Offensive Player of the Game. Walsh was named MVP in what would be his final game at BYU. BYU finished 10th in the CNN/USA Today poll and 18th in the Associated Press poll