Boise State 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.
Hedrick did 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?
The 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.
Defensively, the 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 era, 24-3.
3. The one that got away.
It 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 Rockies.
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?
Taysom 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.
Jamaal 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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