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

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

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For the second straight week, a BYU running back suffered a concussion, lying motionless on the field before being carried off. Jamaal Williams is still recovering from suffering an injury against Utah, and one of his backups, Adam Hine, will probably miss time after suffering an injury against Middle Tennessee.

Cougar signal-caller Taysom Hill had an awful 74.3 quarterback rating entering the game, but Friday, he registered a 144.4 mark after throwing 14 of 19 for 177 yards. BYU tallied 486 total yards as Hill and freshman Algernon Brown had 165 and 68 yards on the ground, respectively.

In BYU’s first three games, Hill completed just 35.1 percent of his passes — dead last in the nation. Hill also scored on a 50-yard run in the second quarter. It wasn’t his longest touchdown rush of the season — he had one for 68 yards in his big performance against Texas — but set momentum that carried his team the rest of the way.

BYU did lose two fumbles inside the Middle Tennessee 5-yard line. Cougar coach Bronco Mendenhall said that the game wouldn't have been that close had his team held onto the ball.

The Cougars performed as fans might hope against a defense that came into the game ranked just 81st in the nation in points allowed, 94th in total defense and 104th in pass defense.

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Stockton, CA

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

Salt Lake City, UT

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

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.

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.

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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