"It's basically option football and the ability to throw it," Mendenhall said. "Anytime you play Air Force or Navy, teams that are exceptional at running the football, with option principles, they usually can't throw the ball effectively in addition to that. Nor do they have a quarterback that can do both. It's option football and the ability to throw the football by a quarterback that can do both. That's what makes it so difficult."
While Nevada is scoring 50 points per game, BYU's defense is ranked No. 98 in total yards allowed and No. 119 against the run.
"As we continue to improve our assignments, improve our fundamentals and continue to play with more of a consistent effort, I think we'll improve," Mendenhall said. "I'm not saying that will be this week nor am I saying that we'll stop or even slow down the pistol (offense). That's our hope. My main focus is just committing to improve our team."
This season's statistics: Passing Rushing
Date Team Cmp. Att. Yds. TDs Int. Yds. TDs
Sept. 2 E. Wash. 26 37 306 2 0 60 2
Sept. 11 Colo. St. 21 29 241 2 0 161 2
Sept. 17 California 10 15 181 2 0 148 3p>
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