The final tally is in, and after three seasons BYU quarterback Ty Detmer has broken 42 NCAA passing and total offense records and tied five others.
The victims of Detmer's record-smashing efforts? The biggest is former BYU quarterback Jim McMahon. Before this season, McMahon's name appeared in the NCAA record book 33 times in the passing and total offense sections. By the time the NCAA updates the book, it will appear 29 fewer times.Detmer also broke four records formerly held by BYU's Robbie Bosco, three that belonged to BYU's Steve Young, two each previously held by Houston's Andre Ware and Utah's Scott Mitchell, and one owned by Miami's Bernie Kosar.
And he has one more season to play.
HAWAII LEFTOVERS: To hear the Aloha Stadium crowd boo BYU receiver Micah Matsuzaki every time he touched the ball, one would think that Matsuzaki would have to find another place to live when he finishes his career as a Cougar. Matsuzaki was a high school football hero in Honolulu, playing for perennial champion St. Louis High. And prep football is big in Hawaii, with advance stories for the state championship game getting better play in newspapers there than did similar stories for the BYU-Hawaii game. Of course, if BYU keeps being so kind to the Rainbows, maybe they'll let him return . . .
The broadcasters who do Cougar games said they were hard-pressed to come up with a BYU player of the game, and in the wake of Saturday's debacle that's not surprising. A review of the stats, however, offers a few candidates: Receiver Andy Boyce had what has become a typically efficient game, with 106 yards on seven receptions; linebacker Alema Fitisemanu had nine unassisted tackles; and safety Derwin Gray had seven tackles and broke up two passes.
And that's about it.
SHORT GAINS: BYU tight end Chris Smith will return to Honolulu to play in the Hula Bowl all-star game for seniors . . . A scout for the New England Patriots at the Hawaii game had his eye on Rich Kaufusi, Alema Fitisemanu, Pete Harston and Brian Mitchell.
HOOP STUFF: BYU center Shawn Bradley probably won't set dozens of NCAA records by his junior year, but he's well within reach of one this season. Through five games he has 27 blocked shots, an average of 5.4 per game, and that's despite many minutes on the bench in foul trouble. The NCAA Div. I record for blocked shots in a season is 207, set by David Robinson, then of Navy and now of the San Antonio Spurs. Robinson played 35 games that year, averaging 5.9 blocks per game, another NCAA record.
The career record for blocked shots is 399, set by Rodney Blake of St. Joseph's (Pa.) from 1985-88. If Bradley plays 30 games a year for four years and averages just four blocks per game, he will obliterate that mark.