BYU football: BYU's victory over Texas offers some important sub-headlines

Published: Sunday, Sept. 8 2013 4:24 a.m. MDT

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Lost in the “go fast, go hard” ballyhoo is the fact that when a team is pushing the century mark in plays each game, a lot of guys get valuable game experience.

That certainly manifest itself for the Cougars Saturday across the offense as a stable of linemen got playing time while the Cougar backfield was a veritable carousel of able-bodied rushers.

Jamaal Williams was stellar shouldering the majority of the running back carries out of the backfield, but Paul Lasike, Michael Alisa and Adam Hine also saw meaningful time in the game rushing and blocking.

Meanwhile, seven different players caught passes from Taysom Hill.
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BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

BYU punter Scott Arellano has GOT to speed up his approach when punting. Texas was loading up for bear early in the game and very nearly blocked one. As long as he continues going as slow as molasses in January teams all year long will be gunning for him.

BlueHusky
Mission Viejo, CA

I agree with most comments on this list. The glaring issue is passing. I'm hopeful that Hill will be able to bring that around, but frankly, he's been terrible at hitting his receivers. I watched the game with a more analytical eye and saw a three or four balls too low, a couple behind the receiver, and a couple overthrown.

He got a lot better in the 2nd half, but clearly this needs to be a focus.

The big difference between Hill and Oregon's Mariotta is passing. Mariotta is a much better passer. But to be fair, Hill is still a Sophomore. He's a sophomore. I have to keep telling myself that.

BiggerUtefan
Bountiful, UT

Good point about Hill's passing. There are actually 3 options with BYU's read option attack. The first is the FB dive, 2nd is the QB keeper based off what the QB reads from the DL. The 3rd option is when he keeps and is running and he sees the DB committing to the run he can step back and throw over the top.

Hill has only been using the first 2 options and so far the only times he's passed the ball are with designed passing plays. Knowing how the utes tend to over pursue in an effort to take something away, this 3rd option if used can pop some big plays in the passing game when the utes aren't planning for it.

With BYU having 2 weeks to prepare I'm hoping to see us use this 3rd option often and take advantage of them cheating or over-committing and burn them deep. I'm hoping these next 2 weeks we'll see a big improvement in Taysom's passing.

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