BYU football: Mendenhall says defense was overconfident against OSU

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 16 2012 11:00 a.m. MDT

Oregon State's Malcolm Agnew (35) runs against BYU's Tyler Beck (45) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Corvallis, Ore., on Oct. 15, 2011.

Greg Wahl-Stephens, Associated Press

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Heading into Saturday's 42-24 loss against the now No. 8 Oregon State Beavers, BYU's defense was ranked in the top five in the nation in a plethora of categories, according to Cougar Tracks.

"Maybe a little overconfidence, defensively, from all the accolades — I think there was a little edge that was missing," BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall, told Cougar Tracks. "The plays were defendable."

Oregon State's passing attack was led by Cody Vaz, a quarterback making his first FBS start, who threw for 332 yards and 3 TDs at BYU. The Beavers scored 42 points and racked up 450 yards of total offense, according to the article, the first team to gain more than 300 yards against BYU in 13 games.

"They executed their (plays) at a higher level, but we were not sharp in the secondary," Mendenhall told Cougar Tracks. "We dropped eight the majority of the time, so there was plenty of help — they just didn't do their job correctly."

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