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BYU football: Top 10 games against Big 12 opponents

Published: Saturday, Sept. 5 2015 12:14 a.m. MDT

BYU quarterback Max Hall (15) makes a pass as offensive lineman Matt Reynolds (70) protects against pressure in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, in Arlington, Texas.  (Associated Press) BYU quarterback Max Hall (15) makes a pass as offensive lineman Matt Reynolds (70) protects against pressure in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, in Arlington, Texas. (Associated Press)

With watercooler talk reaching epic levels regarding the Big 12 and whether or not BYU will join that league moving forward, we thought it would interesting to note some of the more memorable games BYU has played against Big 12 schools.

Due to Texas A&M joining the SEC, we scratched BYU's thrilling victory over it in 1996 along with the Cougars' shocking loss to the Aggies in their 1992 bowl game.

10. 1977: BYU 39, Kansas State 0

BYU got up early on the Wildcats and cruised to a big win, avenging its loss to Kansas State the year before. Gifford Nielsen led a Cougar offense that gained 492 yards that day.

9. 1983: Baylor 40, BYU 36

The Bears were able to score a touchdown with just minutes remaining in the game, sending the Cougars home with a loss. Quarterback Steve Young was able to account for 464 total yards and three touchdowns, but it wasn't enough.

Wide receiver Ross Apo #11 of the BYU Cougars celebrates a second quarter touchdown pass against the Texas Longhorns with teammate J. D. Falslev #12 on September 10, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Getty Images) Wide receiver Ross Apo #11 of the BYU Cougars celebrates a second quarter touchdown pass against the Texas Longhorns with teammate J. D. Falslev #12 on September 10, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Getty Images)

8. 2011: Texas 17, BYU 16

BYU's most recent game against a Big 12 opponent was one of the more memorable. BYU looked to be in full control of the game, going into the halftime locker room up 13-3 before the Longhorns came storming back to win the game, 17-16.

7. 1992: Kansas 23, BYU 20

Matching up against the Jayhawks in the Aloha Bowl, Hema Heimuli got the Cougars off to a great start, returning the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. The Cougars took a 20-12 lead into the fourth quarter before giving up 11 straight points in what was a disappointing loss.

6. 1988: BYU 47, Texas 6

BYU got off to a very fast, exciting start with Sean Covey throwing an 80-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Doman early in the first quarter. BYU rolled to an unlikely blowout win against the Big 12 powerhouse, amassing more than 500 yards of total offense and picking off passes en route to victory.

Brigham Young University quarterback Steve Young holds up the ball as he scores the winning touchdown with 23 seconds left in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, December 23, 1983. The Cougars defeated the University of Missouri 21-17. (Associated Press) Brigham Young University quarterback Steve Young holds up the ball as he scores the winning touchdown with 23 seconds left in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, December 23, 1983. The Cougars defeated the University of Missouri 21-17. (Associated Press)

5. 1994: BYU 31, Oklahoma 6

The Cougars jumped all over the Sooners in the Copper Bowl in a game that was never close. Quarterback Jon Walsh had a monster game, going 31-for-45 for 454 yards and four touchdowns.

4. 1987: BYU 22, Texas 17

BYU traveled to Austin, Texas, for the first time in its history and was able to go back to Provo with a win. Quarterback Bob Jensen helped the Cougars grind out a victory, which included eight Longhorn turnovers.

3. 1983: BYU 21, Missouri 17

In BYU's only matchup against Missouri to date, Steve Young led them team to a come-from-behind victory in the Holiday Bowl. Eddie Stinnett threw a pass back to Young for the game-winning score with only seconds remaining on the clock.

Steve Sarkisian reacts after winning the 1997 Cotton Bowl over Kansas State. (Gary McKellar, Deseret News) Steve Sarkisian reacts after winning the 1997 Cotton Bowl over Kansas State. (Gary McKellar, Deseret News)

2. 1997: BYU 19, Kansas State 15

Capping off a very successful 1996 season, BYU faced off against Kansas State on New Year's day in the Cotton Bowl. BYU came back from a 15-5 deficit entering the fourth quarter with Steve Sarkisian hitting KO Kealaluhi in the end zone for the game-winning score.

1. 2009: BYU 14, Oklahoma 13

Oklahoma was ranked No. 3 nationally entering the game and was considered to be a frontrunner for the national championship. BYU dashed those hopes, however, limiting the Sooner offense to just 265 yards in its improbable victory.

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