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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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The BYU defense certainly showed some vulnerability in this game, particularly in the secondary where there’s been well-documented concern.

But aside from two big plays on scoring drives, the Cougar D did a solid job of keeping the Texas offense in front of it and getting stops when necessary.

Credit that tremendous front seven — which might be the best in the country — for consistently stacking up Longhorn running backs and putting the Texas passing game in uncomfortable positions all night long.

For the record, though, even the most myopic BYU homers will agree the Cougars were the beneficiaries of some fortuitous dropped Texas passes and a couple no-calls that could easily have been flagged for pass-interference.
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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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