Robert Anae presided over the BYU offense during a historic time in Cougar football history, mentoring Max Hall, a quarterback with more wins than any other, and Harvey Unga, a phenomenal power running back.
After a two-year stint at the University of Arizona, Anae was rehired to the BYU offensive coordinator position, supplanting former BYU quarterback Brandon Doman at the helm.
The move was met with mixed reaction by the media and the fans, and Cougar nation sounded off on Twitter with thoughts and opinons. Those who advocated Anae's return generally commented on his success coaching Max Hall, Harvey Unga and the offensive line. Those who complained about Anae's return generally complained about the predictability of his play calling.
Anae's return gives us the opportunity to take a look back at the biggest successes of his previous tenure as BYU's offensive coordinator, both in terms of defeating notable opponents and in terms of impressive offensive production.
Among Anae's most remarkable offensive games are four wins against ranked teams, three wins against what was then the PAC-10, and one win against arch-rival Utah.
Also on the list are two wins against FCS teams and a game that demonstrated the potential of former BYU quarterback Jake Heaps.
Final Score: 45-10
Editors note: This game was Anae's first win as BYU's offensive coordinator, but it definitely wasn't his last. BYU won three of their last five games that season to give Bronco Mendenhall a 6-6 record in his first season as BYU's head coach.
For BYU wide receiver Todd Watkins, first came the catches, then the contributions and finally the comments.
A week after a frustrating 20-3 loss to Boston College in which the standout senior managed only two receptions for a paltry 19 yards, Watkins joined the BYU offense to break out in the Cougars' 45-10 victory Saturday over Eastern Illinois.
Against the I-AA Panthers, Watkins hauled in seven throws — nearly a third of quarterback John Beck's 26 completions — and snagged a pair of passes in makeshift plays for Cougar touchdowns.
Read more about the Cougars' win over Eastern Illinois..
Up next: A win against a top-20 team
Final Score: 31-17
Editor's note: BYU was dogged by TCU during their final three years in the MWC. Maybe the reason for that was because of this gutsy road win.
Jeff Ballard and TCU couldn't pull off another comeback against BYU.
John Beck threw for 321 yards and three second-half touchdowns to lead BYU to a 31-17 victory Thursday night that ended No. 17 TCU's winning streak at 13 games. The streak was the longest in NCAA Division I-A.
BYU (3-2, 1-0 Mountain West) beat a Top 25 team for the first time since 1999, a stretch of 12 games since a victory over Colorado State. The Cougars went to double overtime at then-No. 23 Boston College earlier this month before losing 23-20.
Continue reading about BYU's win against No. 15 TCU.
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Final Score: 38-8
Editor's note: It's difficult to say what caused more joy to Cougar nation: Beating a PAC-10 foe, or watching then-coach Mike Bellotti eat crow.
Asked in the days leading up to Thursday's Las Vegas Bowl to compare the BYU football team to his Pac-10 Conference peers, Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti opined that BYU was a far cry from the Pac-10 elite.
By the time Thursday's postgame media session rolled around, the comparison — after BYU's 38-8 rout of the Ducks — again came front and center, with Bellotti asked if he thought the Mountain West Conference champion Cougars might now qualify in his mind as a mid-level Pac-10 team.
"We didn't play like a mid-level Pac-10 team, but no, my opinion of them hasn't changed."
Read more about the 2006 Las Vegas Bowl.
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Final Score: 42-7
Editor's note: While certainly not the most significant win in BYU's history, this was one of the best performances Robert Anae's offense turned in during the 2007 campaign.
Harvey Unga rushed for 145 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Brigham Young over Eastern Washington 42-7 Saturday.
The Cougars (5-2) gained 377 yards of total offense despite heavy snow that blanketed the field by the end of the game.
Corby Hodgkiss returned an interception 39 yards in the first quarter for BYU and Max Hall completed 15 of 30 passes for 156 yards, including four passes to Unga for 57 yards and a touchdown.
Read More about BYU's 2007 win over EWU.
Up next: The Y trounces a more bearish PAC-10 foe in Provo.
Final Score: 59-0
Editor's note: BYU had beaten the Bruins in the Rose Bowl the previous year, but in 2008, it was complete and total domination on both sides of the ball.
BYU's Max Hall had to think for a minute when he was asked to remember each of his touchdown passes against UCLA.
He couldn't quite do it, which was understandable.
Hall tied a school record with seven touchdown passes and the 18th-ranked Cougars handed UCLA its worst loss in nearly 80 years, overwhelming the Bruins 59-0 Saturday.
Read more about the 2008 win over UCLA.
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Final Score: 44-0
Editor's note: BYU had a tremendous winning streak going at the time. Wyoming was just one of the victims on the hit list for Max Hall and co.
Max Hall threw three touchdown passes and No. 14 BYU extended the nation's longest winning streak with a second straight shutout, beating Wyoming 44-0 Saturday.
The Cougars (4-0, 1-0 Mountain West) have won 14 straight, matching their longest winning streak of the decade and got back-to-back shutouts for the first time in 23 years. BYU last held two straight opponents scoreless in 1985, beating Wyoming 59-0 and Utah State 44-0 — identical scores to the 2008 shutouts.
BYU was coming off a 59-0 win over UCLA last week and forced the Cowboys (2-2, 0-2) into six turnovers, returning two of them for scores. Scott Johnson ran a fumble back 64 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and David Nixon had a 19-yard interception return for a TD in the third.
Read more on BYU's 2008 win over Wyoming.
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Final Score: 14-13
Editor's note: This was easily the biggest win of Anae's BYU career, despite a low point total. Max Hall's assertion that BYU would win as he ran into the halftime locker room proved to be prophetic.
Five minutes before game time Saturday night, backup fullback Bryan Kariya was informed that starting fullback Harvey Unga would not play against Oklahoma because of lingering soreness in his left hamstring.
And once Kariya got the call Saturday night at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, the sophomore from Davis High School filled in quite nicely. In BYU's 14-13 upset, he finished the game leading the Cougars with 118 all-purpose yards. He carried the ball 17 times as the main workhorse out of the backfield for 52 yards — with a long run of 15 yards — and caught four passes for another 76 yards.
"The guy is a warrior, man," BYU quarterback Max Hall said of Unga's fill-in. "He just had a break-through night for us.".
Read more on BYU's victory against No. 3 Oklahoma.
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Final Score: 26-23 OT
Editor's note: One of two games during the 2009 season in which BYU went with the old-school royal blues, this was also the last time BYU beat Utah.
Up until he threw the dramatic game-winning 25-yard touchdown pass to Andrew George, the Utes had done an outstanding job containing BYU quarterback Max Hall.
It was hardly any consolation to the Utes that they continued to mostly have Hall's number for the third straight year in a 26-23 overtime loss to the Cougars on Saturday. That last pass Hall threaded to George in double coverage will sting Utah for a long time.
"I told you it was going to be a spectacular-type of ending," said Utes linebacker Stevenson Sylvester. "It's tough."
Read more about BYU's win vs. Utah in 2009.
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Final Score: 44-20
Editor's note: This was Max Hall's final game as a BYU Cougar, and it was also one of his best. This game stands apart not just because of the margin, but also because of the wind. During this game, 40+ mph winds whipped in and around Sam Boyd stadium and really hurt the Beavers.
As BYU senior quarterback Max Hall was writing the final chapter of his career Tuesday at the Las Vegas Bowl — a 44-20 triumph over No. 16 Oregon State that capped another 11-2 campaign — fans and observers were left to wonder about his place in Cougar football history.
In his three years as a starter, Hall won more games (32) than any other Cougar QB. He's only the second quarterback, along with Jim McMahon, to lead BYU to two bowl victories.
Yet some may point out that he won just one Mountain West Conference championship and failed to lead the Cougars to a Bowl Championship Series berth.
Read more about BYU's victory over Oregon State in the 2009 Las Vegas Bowl.
Up next: Heaps shows a glimpse of his unfulfilled potential.
Final Score: 52-24
Editor's note: It's difficult to say if Jake Heaps or Cody Hoffman was more impressive in this game. Then again, Hoffman has a way of making his QB look very good indeed.
BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman capped his freshman season in style Saturday, catching eight passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns — all career highs — Saturday in the Cougars' 52-24 drubbing of UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl.
Hoffman set bowl records for most yardage and most TD receptions and he tied the record for most receptions. He snagged a 29-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone in the first half and later he hauled in an acrobatic 31-yard catch by leaping over a Miner defender. His three-yard TD catch in the second quarter gave BYU a 31-3 lead.
"Cody's a great player. He's got so much potential. I'm just really proud of him today," said quarterback Jake Heaps. "I saw it in his eyes that he was ready to go today. I expect that from him in every single game."
Read more on the 2010 New Mexico Bowl.
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