BYU QB Jake Heaps Goes Retro

Saturday against the Idaho Vandals, Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Jake Heaps finally played the way everyone expected him to play in 2011. Heaps’ play also had a retro look to it.

One year before (November 6, 2010), Heaps led BYU to a big win over UNLV (55-7). In the win over the Vandals, Heaps led BYU to a victory that followed the same course as this win over the Rebels.

When Heaps entered the Idaho game, he led BYU to touchdowns on five of his six drives. Against UNLV, Heaps led BYU to touchdowns on five of his first six drives.

Heaps threw a beautiful, deep fade for a touchdown to Cody Hoffman to give BYU a 28-0 lead against Idaho in the second quarter. Against UNLV, Hoffman caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Heaps on a beautiful, deep fade to give BYU a 28-0 second quarter lead.

That touchdown pass to Hoffman last week came with just 13 seconds left in the first half. The momentum of squeezing in that one final score effectively ended the game. There was no way Idaho was going to come back in the second half. Against UNLV, Heaps led BYU to a last-second, first half field goal that assured the Cougars would win.

In the second half of each game, Heaps guided BYU to two third quarter touchdowns (one rush, one pass in each game) to put the nail in the coffin. Then, Heaps sat early and gave way to James Lark.

Some key game stats were also similar for Heaps. He threw two touchdown passes in each game. His average yards per attempt against Idaho was 9.3 and 9.5 versus UNLV.

Heaps had a real nice game against Idaho, just as he did a year ago against UNLV. With Riley Nelson sidelined for an unknown amount of time, hopefully, Heaps will keep this retro look going and finish 2011 strong like he did 2010.

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