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BYU football report card: BYU Cougars score high against Hawaii

Published: Friday, Sept. 28 2012 10:22 p.m. MDT

Hawaii Warriors warm up in Provo Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Hawaii Warriors warm up in Provo Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

PROVO — BYU rebounded from two disappointing defeats in a big way — thrashing Hawaii for a 47-0 victory on Friday. Every position group was humming on all cylinders, leading to high grades across the board.

Offense: The Cougar offense was ready from the get-go, showing vast improvement from its previous two outings. Sure, the Warriors didn't present much of a test, but the offense gets credit for performing as it should've.

True freshmen Taysom Hill and Jamaal Williams stepped up big for injured starters Riley Nelson and Michael Alisa. Nelson has an injured back and Alisa injured his forearm during the game's first series.

Hill finished with 15 rushes for 143 yards and a touchdown and 12-21 passing for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Williams had 15 rushes for 155 yards and two touchdowns.

Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Uona Kaveinga (4) and other defenders tackle Hawaii Warriors running back Will Gregory (4) in Provo Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Uona Kaveinga (4) and other defenders tackle Hawaii Warriors running back Will Gregory (4) in Provo Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

The offense, as a whole, finished with 540 yards and gained 6.9 yards per play. The team did have to punt four times and did turn the ball over once, but those were largely the only blackmarks on an otherwise exceptional performance. Grade: A-

Defense: The defense held Hawaii scoreless, giving the BYU D two straight games without yielding a single point. Overall Hawaii gained just 149 yards of total offense and also accounted for three turnovers.

Winning the turnover battle is something the team has struggled mightily with, but after a greater focus on creating turnovers during the past week of practice, the defense seems primed for more takeaways. Grade: A

Special Teams: BYU's kick coverage was again stellar, as was Riley Stephenson's punting. Stephenson averaged 44.8 yards per punt with Hawaii proving unable to account for a single yard in a punt return.

Cougars take the field against Hawaii in Provo Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Cougars take the field against Hawaii in Provo Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

The only black marks on special teams were two inexcusable missed PATs. Grade: B

Overall: BYU rebounded in a big way and handled Hawaii like you'd expect the Cougars to. It's hard to criticize any area of the team's performance from start to finish. It was a necessary confidence-builder for a squad slated to take on four straight tough opponents in the coming month. Grade: A-

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