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

It's again all about Keeton and taking away his strengths. The standout quarterback is very good at pre-snap reads and beating defenses with quick slants and hitches on first down. The Cougars were able to force many first-down incompletions last season, which led to long-yardage situations on second and third downs.

The Cougars have yet to face a quarterback as good as Keeton, and need to guard effectively against the big plays that burned them two weeks ago against Utah. The Aggies like to max-protect when attempting to beat a defense deep, which makes an effective pass rush key. The Cougars will need to provide a better pass rush than they have while containing Keeton on the edge.
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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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