BYU, USU football: Breaking down the Aggie offense vs. the Cougar defense

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2 2013 3:30 p.m. MDT

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By Gurney

The Cougar defensive front allows just 119.2 yards rushing per game on a 3.1 yard per rush average. BYU operates out of a 3-4 base that is headed by senior nose tackle Eathyn Manumaleuna, who is third on the team in tackles with 25. Manumaleuna is a four-year starter who possesses remarkable agility and quickness for someone of his size and stature. He's flanked by sophomores Bronson Kaufusi and Remington Peck at the two end positions.

Linebacker is the strength of the Cougar defense. The group is led by senior outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy, but is strong at all four positions despite the loss of senior inside linebacker Spencer Hadley, who is serving out a five-game suspension.
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Gorum The Old
Madison, AL

The auther seems to have a serious misconception of BYU's ability to deal with running QBs. Let me put down some numbers to enlighten him:

Against Teams not named BYU, David Ash is averaging 7.9 ypc. Against BYU he averaged 2.1.
Against Teams not named BYU, Travis Wilson is averaging 10.2 ypc. Against BYU he averaged 0.9.

Keaton will doubtless have at least some success moving the ball through the air, but he isn't going to get much on the ground against these Cougars.

Woods Cross, UT

It will be a tight game with both sides really battling for every yard. BYU's defense will play Keeton nearly as tough as USC's defense did. But Keeton and company will see the end zone several times. They are good. The bottom line is this: IF BYU is able to move the ball effectively and not stall or fumble in the "blue zone," and put 28 points on the board, they will win this one. If they don't score effectively, this one could easily go to the Aggies.

Either way, it is fun to have an in-state rivalry game without the bitterness and hate that the "Holy War" entails. Enjoy this one!

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