BYU Football GameDay: BYU 35, UConn 10 (Final)

2014-08-29T20:25:00Z 2014-09-11T08:22:04Z BYU Football GameDay: BYU 35, UConn 10 (Final)Jared Lloyd Daily Herald Daily Herald
August 29, 2014 8:25 pm  • 

Note: BYU football beat writer and sports editor Jared Lloyd is in Hartford for all of the excitement leading up to the football season-opener between the Cougars and UConn. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @JaredrLloyd for all the updates.

BYU football finished things off with a final fourth-quarter touchdown run by Taysom Hill, his fifth total TD on the night, and the Cougars cruised to the easy win over the Huskies.

Still a lot to work on for BYU but it took care of business.

End of third quarter

The third quarter has to be considered a bit of a letdown for BYU as they drove deep but missed a 33-yard field goal, then had another drive snuffed out by a fumble.

The Cougars did make a stop on a fake field goal attempt by the Huskies but with how the offense is rolling, the lack of scoring in the third is slightly disappointing.

Half

This has been a big showing for BYU junior Taysom Hill, who has 54 yards on the ground and a TD, is 17-of-20 passing for 195 yards with three passing TDs.

Not a bad way to start the season on ESPN.

If not for penalties and a Cougar fumble by Mitch Mathews, the lead would probably be even bigger.

BYU needs a good start to the third quarter but appears to be firmly in control in this one. I don't think UConn has the weapons to rally.

End of first quarter

The BYU football team couldn't have asked for a much better start as the Cougars took the opening kickoff and went 75 yards in 15 plays to score on a 7-yard TD run by Taysom Hill.

On UConn's first offensive play, Jherremya Leuta-Douyere forced a fumble and Bronson Kaufusi recovered. That was followed by Hill hitting Mitch Mathews for a 26-yard TD to complete the scoring.

BYU also got a Craig Bills interception on an overthrow to halt a Husky drive.

The Cougar lead could be bigger but too many penalties have stopped drives. BYU offensive lineman Brock Stringham has been called for at least three of the seven Cougar penalties.

Pre-Game

BYU announced just before the game that De'Ondre Wesley (RT), Brock Stringham (RG) and Tejan Koroma (C) will be the starters on the offensive line.

On defense, Michael Davis and Jordan Preator will start at cornerback while Jherremya Leuta-Douyere will be the Mike linebacker.

It's a gorgeous night in East Hartford with temperatures in the low 70s heading toward kickoff. There is a light breeze and some humidity, but it shouldn't impact the game.

And oh yeah ... no thunderstorms anywhere to be seen.

GameDay

The BYU football team started talking about building the depth early in 2014.

On signing day, Cougar head coach Bronco Mendenhall talked about getting guys who could contribute immediately. He's also said that BYU wasn't going to look to redshirt athletes as much, preferring to use them on the field.

I believe that all of the work to build the depth of the team will be on display at UConn Friday evening (5 p.m. MDT, ESPN).

The Cougars better hope they did enough.

Without the services of two top cornerbacks in Jordan Johnson and Rob Daniel who didn't make the trip, without its leading running back in Jamaal Williams, without a couple of contributors at receiver in Devon Blackmon and Nick Kurtz, there are certainly question marks.

But when I look at each position, I see guys who BYU players and coaches have talked up as being valuable performers:

Mike Davis, Jordan Preator, Adam Hine, Paul Lasike, Jordan Leslie, Keanu Nelson, etc.

This is your time, boys.

You've got a shot to show what you can do, so you better make the most of it.

And to be honest, while I think the Huskies and new head coach Bob Diaco have some nice pieces, I think UConn is a work in progress.

That, to me, means that BYU should still have enough talent and experience to win this football game.

If they don't, then all the talk about building depth has to be viewed from a long-term perspective -- a goal that still has a ways to go to be achieved.

Daily Herald sports editor ​Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or jlloyd@heraldextra.com. Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

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