Under the direction of first-year coach Bronco Mendenhall, the Cougars were 6-5 overall in the regular season and finished tied for second in the Mountain West Conference at 5-3. BYU earned an invitation to the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl and played California. The Cougars fell to California, 35-28. Mendenhall revamped the coaching staff prior to the season, adding Robert Anae (offensive coordinator), Brandon Doman (quarterbacks coach) and Patrick Higgins (wide receivers coach). BYU also switched back to the traditional uniforms, while maintaining the navy blue, worn by all of the great BYU teams with the traditional Y logo on the helmets. John Beck, Johnny Harline and Curtis Brown led an offensive attack that was BYU’s most potent since 2001, averaging 33.0 points per game (second in the MWC and 24th in the nation) and 462.4 yards of total offense per game. Beck led the conference and was fifth in the nation in passing yards (309.1 per game) and led the conference in touchdown passes (27). Brown also added six 100-yard rushing games to give him 11 for his career, the most in BYU history. Harline led the team and ranked among the top tight ends in the nation with 63 receptions for 853 yards and five touchdowns. Beck, Brown and Harline were all named to the All-MWC First Team. Cameron Jensen led the team in tackles for the second-consecutive year by recording 84.
See main page: 2005 Schedule
See main page: 2005 Roster