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BYU report card: Cougars respond with resolute win over Middle Tennessee

Published: Saturday, Sept. 28 2013 12:39 a.m. MDT

A week after losing again to rival Utah, BYU (2-2) responded in a resolute manner against Middle Tennessee (3-2). The Cougars scored 30 unanswered points to win 37-10. The Cougars were mediocre during the first quarter but picked things up the rest of the way, winning big in advance of their showdown next Friday at Utah State.

Rhett Wilkinson is a project manager for UtahPolicy.com and hails the true-blooded Aggies from Utah. The co-founder of magazine Aggie BluePrint.com, he's been an intern for the Deseret News and other publications. rhett.wilkinson@usu.edu | @wilklogan

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wahului
Stockton, CA

The special award for perseverance needs to go to Adam Hine for continuing his kickoff return run for 90 years!!

Pipes
Salt Lake City, UT

The fact that it was Middle Tennessee State should take each grade down at least 1/2.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

It's getting difficult to tell the BYU fans from the Utah fans in these comments to BYU articles. Such easy flowing negativity. The grade such fans deserve is D- at best.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

I don't know how a team that registered five turnovers can get a B+ grade. I give them a C. Now that being said, I think we did see some improvement in key areas this game. Hill not only completed 14 passes, but he spread the field and didn't have nearly as many horrible throws. He could have had another 300 yard rushing night if he wanted. Hine amazingly looks NFL ready to me. I'd love to see what he could do as a running back instead of simply a kick return specialist. Alisa continues to disappoint and Lasike does what he's asked to (bruise). We won't know how good the receivers are until they get a few more throws but we're making progress there. The D, as always, looks solid. This was a good stepping stone victory.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

I did wondered why QB Olsen didn't get inserted at all. Come coaches you can do better to let other guys 2nd/3rd strings to get the expierance.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

Hine will definitely be an asset. Brown was a pleasant surprise and will also help. I would keep Williams and Hine out against USU. Olsen should have come in sooner and had a chance to throw. He needs the work and may have to replace Hill at any time. He won't be ready. This was one chance to allow him a whole quarter. I think USU may have the edge next week, but BYU obviously has a chance.

GJ
Greenwood, IN

DEW,Why insert second stringers, when your first string offense is still trying to carve out an identity for itself?

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