Here's how the BYU team graded out in the 17-16 loss at Texas:
Jake Heaps had moments where he looked pretty good but he struggled to find any consistency late in the game. The final numbers, 22-of-38 for 192 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, aren't terrible but when the contest was in doubt he couldn't move the ball.
Granted, the BYU running backs were going up against a very good Texas defense but only managing 43 yards on 23 carries isn't going to win very many games. The 1.9 yard average was underwhelming and the unit didn't add a lot to the passing game either with six catches for 37 yards. They did decently on blitz pickup but even that could've been better.
In general, the line gave Heaps the time he needed to make plays but the running game was abysmal. There were a few lapses that allowed the Longhorns to break through but sometimes those were coverage related. This unit wasn't terrible but a group with this experience is expected to do more.
Austin Holt, Marcus Mathews and Ross Apo all made their presence felt but they struggled to get free in the second half. It wasn't a case of the receivers making mistakes but more of a situation where they didn't get a lot of chances to get big plays.
The front line of the BYU defense was solid for much of the contest but appear to get tired as they were on the field for so long in the second half. Texas did run the ball for 166 yards, but much of that success came on the perimeter since the BYU front seven did a good job clogging the line of scrimmage.
Again the Cougar linebackers were the strength of the defense and although they couldn't come up with the big play for the second straight week, they played a solid game. Spencer Hadley, in his first game starting in place of injured Brandon Ogletree, led the defense with 12 tackles.
The defensive backfield was expected to be tested in the air, but ended up spending most of the contest in run support. They ended up with two interceptions and Daniel Sorensen was tremendous with his tackling. They only gave up 123 yards through the air, but a few of those came on big third downs.
The Cougars started the game prepared and playing well but as Texas made adjustments, BYU didn't seem to adjust very well. The defense had a tough time bearing down on the zone-read plays, while the offense only had one solid drive in the entire second half. The Cougar coaches have to take responsibility for not being able to make the necessary changes.