The Brigham Young Cougars earned a major 37-20 win over the Boise State Broncos last night. It is time to revisit the five story lines that BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL provided before the game.
1. The Cody Vaz Complex.
quarterback Grant Hedrick did not receive a warm welcome like Cody Vaz
did a year ago. Hedrick was 25 of 42 passing for 232 yards--100 less
than Vaz had a year ago. His 109 pass efficiency rating is not going to
be good enough to get many wins for Boise State.
complete his first pass on a third down for a first down, but after that
the BYU defense batted down his next three 3rd down passes. That set
the tone for the rest of the night.
2. Primed for a letdown?
BYU offense was close to 600 yards of total offense (568). BYU amassed
over 300 passing yards and 200 rushing yards. At halftime, BYU had 376
yards of offense, which screams, "NO LETDOWN HERE." In fact, the Cougar
offense even had a new wrinkle--the tight end. Devin Mahina and Kaneakua
Friel combined for 7 receptions for 93 yards.
Cougars were very strong in the first half. Boise State averaged 2.8
yards per rush for quarters one and two. The stellar play on D helped
BYU hand Boise State its biggest halftime deficit in the Chris Petersen
3. The one that got away.
felt really good getting Boise State off that list of opponents that BYU
is yet to beat. The Broncos are no longer a win that got away. It was
also really nice to do it in dominating fashion. Hopefully, as time goes
on, this will not be just a blip on the radar, but a new trend that
leads to BYU being respected as the best college football program in the
There were several turnovers in
the game, and they went a long way in determining the outcome (more on
that in the Game Changing Plays story). Yes, BYU was on the positive
side, in fact, the Cougars had zero turnovers. Zero! If you watched the
game, it was easy to see just how hard it is to win a game, or even make
a comeback attempt if one team keeps turning the ball over.
5. Enter Cougar lore, or join the wall of shame?
Hill was an obvious standout. He will be remembered as one Cougar who
got win number one against Boist State. Hill's hot streak continued. He
topped 300 yards passing for the second straight game, and had a pass
efficiency rating over 150 for the fourth straight game. Hill completed
over 65 percent of his passes for the fourth time in the last five
games. He is the key to the Cougars' success on offense.
Williams topped 100 yards rushing. Uani Unga (15), Alani Fua (13), and
Spencer Hadley (12) all had double digit tackles to lead the Cougar D.
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