Dick Harmon: Robert Anae takes blame for Taysom Hill pick that gave Virginia win over BYU
It took away from a dramatic 11-play, 92-yard fourth-quarter drive led by Hill and workhorse back Williams (33 carries, 148 yards) in which the Cougar offense provided a 13-12 lead and looked like it really did wear down Virginia’s defense.
In short, Anae's bad call stung and pierced the hearts of this Cougar football team, teetering on trying to get an early road win in a season of independence where wins count like gold because there is no conference trophy.
That is how big that play was.
“This is a launching point for us,” said Anae, “and I’m looking forward to the future.”
Anae’s short assessment is that BYU’s new offense has a lot to learn from this launch pad.
While he sees that Hill has made progress, Anae said there were 10 other guys who need much more work to get the unit where it needs to be.
“Taysom’s uniform was the dirtiest on the team and that has to change. It should be the cleanest.”
BYU’s offense, the one he returned to build, seeks an identity and he’s bent on finding it while preparing for Texas this coming Saturday.
Too bad that one play, plus a million punts, currently defines BYU after one six-hour game.
Dick Harmon, Deseret News sports columnist, can be found on Twitter as Harmonwrites and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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