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BYU football: Cougar offense, marred by injuries, needs to score more

Published: Thursday, Oct. 11 2012 11:25 a.m. MDT

BYU's quarterback Taysom Hill, left, tries to run away from USU's Bojay Filimoeatu as BYU and Utah State play Oct. 5 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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As good as BYU's defense has been this season, the offense needs to finish drives and put some points on the board, head coach Bronco Mendenhall told Cougar Tracks.

BYU's offense had scoreless drives of 11, 12 and 13 plays against Utah State on Friday. But the offense took some steps in the right direction against the Aggies, Mendenhall told Cougar Tracks. Many of BYU's offensive struggles can be attributed to injuries, including some players being lost for the rest of the season.

"(On offense) from the start of this year, we've lost five players in the two deep, that's through six games," Mendenhall told Cougar Tracks. "I've never been a part of anything like that."

One of the most frustrating injuries for Cougar fans is the one quarterback Taysom Hill suffered against Utah State, according to the article. Hill started the season as the third quarterback on the depth-chart but got the starting job due to Riley Nelson's back injury. Mendenhall addressed the bizarre quarterback keeper play that ended Hill's freshman season.

"Through really poor communication … an offensive signal caller going 'the clock is running' when we want it to run, to Taysom thinking that means run the next play," Mendenhall told Cougar Tracks. Once Mendenhall realized what was happening, he tried to call timeout but it was too late.

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