Daily Herald BYU football beat writer and sports editor Jared Lloyd evaluates the performance of every position group and the coaches after BYU's 35-10 win at UConn Friday night.
Taysom Hill came out and showed what a year of experience can do, throwing the ball with confidence and frequently making UConn pay with his rushing. His 308 yards passing (28-of-36) and 97 yards rushing, not to mentions five touchdowns, decided the game.
Paul Lasike, Adam Hine and Algernon Brown ran hard and combined for 99 yards. Brown had a fumble that turned into a field goal for the Huskies. They also made a few catches out of the backfield for some decent gains.
The Cougar front held firm and generally gave Hill plenty of time to throw. BYU also picked up quite a few yards on the ground, although the line would’ve liked to move the pile a little better. Penalties are the only reason the grade is this low.
Mitch Mathews and Terenn Houk both made nice plays for long gains and touchdowns. Jordan Leslie also caught his first passes as a Cougar. Mathews had a costly fumble, but BYU didn’t drop many catchable throws.
The Cougars did a nice job holding their ground against the Huskies, but weren't particularly spectacular. It was a solid performance across the board.
The BYU linebackers were a mixed bag, making a spectacular play on one sequence, then getting slammed with a costly penalty on the next. The Cougars got a good showing, but guys like Alani Fua have to know better than to cost their team with lack of discipline.
With a couple of cornerbacks unavailable, there were a lot of question marks on the edges for the Cougars, but Mike Davis and Jordan Preator made some nice plays. The Huskies did complete a lot of passing plays, but Craig Bills had an interception and BYU didn’t give up many big plays.
The kickoffs were short and surrendered long gains, the only field goal attempt was wide and there was a muff on a punt, plus penalties on kickoffs and returns. The PATs were all good and Mitch Juergans had a nice return on a punt, but this area still has a long ways to go.
The first half was a very good performance with a lot of well-executed calls on both sides. The grade dropped with the lackluster performance in the second half. The coaches have to do better at making sure BYU puts the game away when it has the chance.