While the Cougar defense limited the Longhorns to less than 20 points, BYU's offense sputtered for the second consecutive week. In two games this season, the Cougars have scored only two offensive touchdowns, both on TD passes from Heaps to freshman Ross Apo.
The disparity between BYU's offense and its defense is evident by the numbers. While the Cougars are No. 22 in the country in total defense and No. 29 in scoring defense, they are a dismal No. 108 in total offense, and No. 107 in scoring offense.
That is not what was expected from a squad returning 10 starters on offense from a year ago. But Mendenhall is confident that the offense will improve..
"It'll come," he said. "Another significant test coming up, which will be a great thing to help us move past (Saturday's loss) because there's no time to do anything other than recommit and examine the things you can do better and move forward."
Mendenhall said that first-year offensive coordinator Brandon Doman is "right on track and doing a really nice job," adding that he saw improvement from week one to week two, but that he would like to see more consistency.
For BYU, consistency on offense couldn't come a moment too soon. There is a sense of urgency. As far as the Cougars are concerned, breaking out offensively this week against their arch-rivals would be ideal timing indeed.
Cougars and Utes
Utah (1-1) at BYU (1-1)
Saturday, 7:15 p.m.
LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo
Radio: 1160 AM, 102.7 FM, 700 AM
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