Had he been able to put up a line of 226 receiving yards and two touchdowns against Houston last week, Hoffman would have set all three marks on the same day.
But don't let that discount his achievements at all. His 156-yard, one-touchdown performance in BYU's 47-46 victory over Houston proved instrumental in a key win for the team from Provo.
Hoffman's fourth-quarter touchdown against Houston tied him with Austin Collie for 30 career receiving touchdowns, and he passed Dennis Pitta for career receptions.
All that is left is passing Collie for career receiving yards, and breaking the touchdown tie. Hoffman needs just 71 receiving yards and another score to do so.
In addition to Hoffman's record-setting achievements, there have been plenty of individual and team efforts among the state's three FBS football teams that have been unforgettable.
Whether it's been making a national run, piling up statistics at a record-setting pace or playing at their peak against in-state rivals, here's a look at 25 records, streaks and top performances in BYU, Utah and Utah State history:
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For 13 years, former BYU quarterback Ty Detmer sat alone atop the NCAA career passing yards list, with 15,031 yards, until Hawaii's Timmy Chang broke the record in 2004.
While his national mark has been bested, it could be a long time before anyone at a school known for its strong quarterback play approaches Detmer's career passing mark, let alone his 121 career touchdown passes.
During his Cougar career, Detmer threw for 400 or more yards 14 times, including a high of 599 against San Diego State in 1991. In the 1990 season, he topped that mark eight times and averaged 432.3 yards per game, amassing 5,188 passing yards and 41 touchdowns his junior year.
That makes it easy to see how he brought home the state's lone Heisman Trophy.
Not only did Ben Lomond High alum Emmett White set the NCAA FBS single-game record for all-purpose yards for Utah State in 2000, he shattered the old record — by 143 yards.
Against New Mexico State on Nov. 4, 2000, the running back totaled 578 all-purpose yards: 322 rushing yards — also a school record — a career-high 134 receiving yards and 122 yards on returns. He accounted for four touchdowns and had 12 runs of 10-plus yards, and four of 20-plus. White also talled six receptions of 10-plus yards and two of 20-plus.
"I am running out of adjectives to describe this kid. He does the type of things that amaze you and leave you with your mouth open. He has a great attitude and it carries onto the team," then-Utah State head coach Mick Dennehy said about White's performance.
Dynamic returner Reggie Dunn has nearly half of the Utes' 100-yard kickoff returns in school history, with five of 11. Four of them came during the 2012 season, the other in 2010.
In 2012, Dunn had just 10 kickoff returns. But he made the most out of his chances, returning four of them for touchdowns while averaging 51.3 yards per return. Had he had enough returns to qualify for the NCAA leaders list — Dunn needed to average 1.2 returns per game — he would have easily topped the charts; Dri Archer of Kent State led the country with a 34.76-yard average on 17 returns.
The penultimate moment came during the Utes' 49-27 victory over California in 2012. In that game, Dunn started off the Utes' scoring with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He struck again during the fourth quarter, taking a second kickoff to the house, becoming the first Utah player to return two kickoffs for scores in one game.
"It sparked the team and the whole crowd," Dunn told the Deseret News. "It was fun, especially in the blackout game at home. It doesn't get any better than that. A lot of credit goes to the special teams coordinator and the guys on the kick return team."
By the end of his Utah career, the first-team All-American Dunn had more 100-yard kickoff return TDs by an NCAA player in a game (two), season (four) and career (five).
In the early 1900s, it was more common to see college football teams score 100 points or more. In 1904 and ’05, the Utes pulled back-to-back 100-plus point games against the same opponent, Fort Douglas.
In 1904, Utah beat Fort Douglas 107-0 in a season where the Utes went 7-1 and held the opposing team scoreless in all seven victories.
The next year, the Utes topped their previous effort, blanking Fort Douglas 129-0 in the highest scoring game in school history.
The Idaho State football program isn't synonomous with success. It was against the Bengals that Utah State set the record for most points in a single game by an FBS Utah school.
Last year, the Bengals gave up an average of 53.8 points per game. Utah State scored more than double that against the Bengals in 1919. That year, the Aggies opened up the season with a 136-0 victory over Idaho State.
Utah State held four of its opponents scoreless that season.
Unlike their two in-state rivals, the Cougars have never topped 100 points in a game, as BYU struggled the first few decades its football program existed.
In the modern era of college football, however, the Cougars own the top-scoring game among FBS Utah schools. In 1980, BYU topped WAC foe UTEP 83-7.
That day, Jim McMahon threw for 451 yards and six touchdowns before being pulled in the third quarter. His backup, Royce Bybee, threw another touchdown pass, and the Cougars scored 12 touchdowns, including five TD runs and a defensive score from Rob Wilson. BYU scored 20 or more points in the final three quarters.
According to its records, Utah has 54 victories over the Cougars. In 1988, though, the Utes scored one of the biggest upsets in the storied rivalry as Utah upset No. 19 BYU 57-28.
It was a record-setting day for Utah quarterback Scott Mitchell as well in the Utes' highest-scoring output against its rival.
Mitchell, the Utes' career passing leader, threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns against BYU. Mitchell's 4,332 passing yards that year set the school single-season passing record.
Utah piled up 584 total offensive yards that day, more than it had against BYU in either the Utes' 52-21 win in 2004 that helped launch Utah into a BCS bowl and Utah's 2011 victory, 54-10 at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Back before there were the unfortunately named Beef O'Brady St. Petersburg, GoDaddy.com or Poulan Weed-Eater Independence bowls, the Cougars went on a streak unprecedented in state history, competing in bowl games for 17 straight seasons.
BYU's record during that stretch may not be stellar at 6-10-1, but it includes several memorable Cougar contests. They include the 1980 Holiday Bowl — dubbed the "Miracle Bowl" for the Jim McMahon-led comeback from a 20-point deficit in the final four minutes that led to a 46-45 bowl victory — the 1984 Holiday Bowl win over Michigan that wrapped up a national championship season and the 1994 Copper Bowl victory over Oklahoma that secured a 10-win year.
Back then, it was tougher to earn a bowl invite. Back in 1994, when the streak ended, there were 19 bowl games. The streak started in the 1978 season, when just 15 bowls existed. This season, there are 35 bowl games.
The Gary Crowton era at BYU was overall a disappointment, but it gave Cougar fans the memorable 2001 season and the greatest comeback victory in school history.
In 2002 against Utah State, the Cougars found themselves down 34-7 at halftime to the Aggies. That included an Aggie interception for a score on the final play of the half.
But in the second half, BYU steadily worked back into the game, fueled by the running of freshman Curtis Brown. Brown, who rushed for 217 yards while making his first career start, scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to close the gap to 34-21.
In the fourth quarter, BYU used a trick play — a 17-yard touchdown pass from Toby Christensen to Jason Kukahiko — to get within one score. Then a Bret Engemann 18-yard score to tight end Gabe Reid with 6:46 left completed the comeback, and the Cougar defense sealed the win with an interception in the final minute.
While there have been many exciting rivalry games in the Beehive State, none of them can touch the 1993 BYU-Utah State contest for sheer offensive output.
Utah State prevailed 58-56 in a game in which there were a combined 1,318 total offensive yards. The Aggies' 654 yards is a school record. Eighty points were scored in the second half, after Utah State led 20-14 at halftime.
The offensive show was led by both teams' quarterbacks. Utah State's Anthony Calvillo threw for 472 yards and five touchdowns, and he accounted for a school-record 537 offensive yards. BYU's John Walsh threw for a Cougar single-game record 619 yards and five touchdowns.
BYU's 56 points tied an NCAA record, at the time, for points scored in a losing effort. Utah State, meanwhile, used the momentum of that game to win its first bowl game in school history, beating Ball State 42-33 in the Las Vegas Bowl.
From late 2003 to early 2005, the Utes never lost for 18 straight games. That winning streak — the team's longest in school history — led to a major college breakthrough.
The highlight of the streak came in Utah's 35-7 victory over Pittsburgh in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl as Utah became the first non-BCS team to play in a BCS bowl game.
Alex Smith threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns as the Utes easily dispatched the Panthers in the penultimate moment of Utah's run. Paris Warren also set a Fiesta Bowl record with 15 catches against Pittsburgh.
Utah's winning streak started on Nov. 1, 2003, as the Utes outlasted Air Force 45-43 in triple overtime. That started a four-game win streak to end the season and set the door for the BCS run the next season. During the 18-game stretch, the Utes won by an average of 21.6 points per game.
Quarterback U. became enamored with a running back during the 2001 season, as Luke Staley rushed his way into the record books.
That season, Staley averaged 8.1 yards per carry on his way to winning the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the country's top running back. He accounted for a school-record 28 touchdowns, including 24 rushing scores, also a program record. Staley's 1,596 rushing yards also set the single-season program record.
Staley rushed for more than 100 yards in nine games that season, including a seven-game streak. That streak was highlighted by a 196-yard, five-touchdown effort against Colorado State, which helped him tie a school record for most points scored in a single game.
For a decade, nobody could beat Utah in a bowl game. It's the best postseason football run in the state of Utah.
From the 1999 Las Vegas Bowl to the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl, the Utes won nine straight bowl games, missing the postseason only twice, in 2000 and 2002. During that stretch, the Utes won six times by double digits and won by an average of 13 points per game.
Of course, that streak included two of the biggest games in Utah history as the Utes made two BCS runs in that time. In addition to Utah's 35-7 victory over Pittsburgh in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl, the Utes defeated No. 4 Alabama 31-17 in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.
Against the Crimson Tide, the Utes stormed out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and held off an Alabama rally. The victory vaulted the Utes to a No. 2 finish in the polls.
Bruising back Robert Turbin enjoyed a successful career in Logan before heading to the NFL, where he is playing for the Seattle Seahawks now.
During his Aggie career, Turbin scored 308 points, a school record, and accounted for a program-best 51 touchdowns, 10 better than second place Abu Wilson. His 3,315 rushing yards total is fifth best in Utah State history.
Turbin's time in Aggie blue included several highlight plays, as he owns three of the longest rushing plays in school history. He set the record with a 96-yard touchdown against Utah in 2009, and in 2011, Turbin had 80-yard touchdown runs against both BYU and Idaho.
Since Cody Hoffman sparked this list, it's only appropriate that he shows up on it as well. During the 2012 regular-season finale, Hoffman set a BYU single-game record with five touchdown catches against New Mexico State.
Hoffman finished the day with 12 catches for a career-high 182 receiving yards, surpassing 1,000 yards receiving for the season during the Cougars' win.
Hoffman scored a pair of short touchdowns in the second quarter. He added three more in the second half, highlighted by a 34-yard touchdown where Hoffman hurdled a defender before running the final 15 yards for the score.
Following a Fiesta Bowl victory and 16 straight wins to end his Utah career, Alex Smith set the standard for local college football players when he was taken first overall in the 2005 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
During his time with the Utes, he set school records in career passing efficiency at 164.42 — including setting the single-season record in 2004 at 176.62 — and single-season touchdown passes, with 32 during the undefeated 2004 season. His 21 victories as the Utah quarterback — against only one loss — was the school's best, until Brian Johnson passed him, finishing with 26.
Nowadays, Smith is leading the lone NFL unbeaten team in the 2013 season, the Kansas City Chiefs, after being traded by the 49ers during the offseason.
How devastating was Chuckie Keeton's season-ending injury this year? The quarterback put his name all over the Utah State record book in 2012 … as a sophomore.
Keeton threw for an Aggie single-season record 27 touchdown passes last year. Other single-season records he broke in 2012 included completion percentage (67.6), passing completions (275), passing yards (3,373) and total offensive yards (3,992).
His name is all over the completion percentage portion of the USU record book as he has set the single-game record (88 percent vs. Southern Utah in 2012), the single-season mark and leads the career mark, at 65.6 percent.
Most defenders could be content with having six sacks in a season. Former BYU linebacker Shay Muirbrook did that in one game, and on a big stage.
During the 1997 Cotton Bowl, the first time the Cougars played in a Jan. 1 bowl game, Muirbrook led the defensive effort that kept Kansas State under wraps in a 19-15 BYU victory. The Wildcats gained just 41 rushing yards on 32 carries, and BYU's eight sacks — with Muirbrook accounting for three-fourths of them — were a big reason why Kansas State couldn't get its rushing game going.
The biggest of Muirbrook's sacks came in the first quarter. With the game scoreless, Muirbrook corraled Kansas State quarterback Brian Kavanagh in the end zone, giving the Cougars the 2-0 lead. Those points proved crucial, as they forced the Wildcats to go for a touchdown on a late drive, one that ended with a BYU interception.
Ogden-born Jack Hill was a dual threat at Utah State, playing both running back and kicker. Against Drake in 1956, that dual option allowed Hill to record a unique record for the Aggies.
That day, Hill scored five rushing touchdowns against Drake. He also finished the game with three PATs, accounting for a single-game Aggie-best 33 points, a record that still stands to this day.
Hill had 14 rushing touchdowns that year, tied for the sixth-best single-season mark in school history. His 10.5 points per contest in 1956 is also the Aggies' single-season record.
Former Utah kicker Chris Yergensen's 55-yard field goal that won the 1993 rivalry game against BYU isn't the longest in Ute history — it's tied for second — but it is the longest in the storied rivalry.
Yergensen's kick gave the Utes a 34-31 victory and helped him overcome what had been a tough day. Though he also hit a 41-yarder earlier in the contest, Yergensen had missed two other field goals, as well as an extra point.
His vindicating kick sparked a renewed intensity in the rivalry, as the Utes won the next three games in the series. This came after BYU had been victorious in 13 of the previous 14 games against Utah.
After strong-armed Gifford Nielsen went down for the season with an injury the week before against Oregon State, BYU quarterback Marc Wilson earned the first start of his career against Colorado State on Oct. 15, 1977.
What he did that day was simply astounding, as the sophomore threw for a school-record seven touchdowns. While two other Cougar quarterbacks have since matched that single-game mark — Jim McMahon in 1981 and Max Hall in 2008 — Wilson set the bar.
Wilson used that strong start to finish the year with 24 touchdown passes, and he ended his Cougar career with 61 scores through the air.
In 2010, Utah State all-purpose back Kerwynn Williams electrified the Aggie attack as a kick returner.
That year, he led the nation with 1,444 kickoff return yards, and his 53 returns were also the most in the country. He averaged 4.4 returns per game and scored once, against Nevada.
Williams' average of 120.3 kickoff return yards per game also led the nation, and this season helped him finish first in Utah State career all-purpose yardage with 6,928 yards.
Opponents playing the Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium from Sept. 15, 2007, to Oct. 23, 2010, went home empty-handed. During that stretch, Utah went on a 21-game home winning streak, second-best in school history but tops in the modern era. It's also 10 wins more than the next-best home winning streak.
The Utes enjoyed two straight seasons without a loss at home, in 2008 and ’09, winning six each season at Rice-Eccles.
The top victory during that stretch was a 13-10 win over No. 11 TCU in 2008. With the Utes trailing 10-6 late, quarterback Brian Johnson led an 80-yard drive that culminated in a 9-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Brown with 48 seconds left. The victory helped propel Utah to its berth in the 2009 Sugar Bowl, which the Utes won 31-17 over Alabama.
This record hasn't been on the shelf very long, but it is impressive nonetheless.
During the Cougars' 40-21 victory over No. 15 Texas, Taysom Hill made the Longhorns' defense look completely defenseless in running for three touchdowns and 259 yards, the second-most rushing yards ever by a Cougar in a single game.
All totaled, BYU ran for a school-record 550 yards against Texas, on 72 carries. Jamaal Williams also topped 100 rushing yards for the Cougars, finishing the night with 182.
During the Aggies' contest at Hawaii on Nov. 5, 2011, Utah State found itself down 28-7 at the half. What happened from there was the Aggies' biggest rally against an FBS opponent since 1990.
After freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton was carted off the field with an inury, junior Adam Kennedy sparked the comeback. Two Utah State touchdowns sandwiched a Hawaii field goal in the third quarter, and Kennedy's 71-yard touchdown pass to Stanley Morrison brought the Aggies to 31-28 with 12:39 remaining.
Robert Turbin completed the rally, scoring from a yard out with 14 seconds remaining to cap a 12-yard, 59-yard drive that took 4:42 off the clock.
The victory was the catalyst behind Utah State winning its final five regular-season games of the 2011 season and helped jump-start the Aggies' most successful season in school history as the team went 11-2 in 2012 and finished that year ranked 16th in the Associated Press poll.