PROVO — BYU's 59-13 win over Idaho State Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium went largely as expected. The Cougars dominated their vastly inferior foe from start to finish in a game that was never in question.
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It's hard to knock the performance of an offense that produced 437 yards of total offense at the half, but the execution was far from perfect. Quarterback Taysom Hill threw three interceptions, and the offense seemed a bit lackadaisical in spots.
BYU's starters were pulled for much of the second half, the play-calling went vanilla, and the production went down drastically. Overall the team finished with 578 yards and 59 points.
Like the offense, the defense played largely as expected against a downright bad Bengal offense. The unit limited Idaho State to just 88 yards of total offense in the first half, but did give up a field goal early in the first quarter.
The second half saw the starters pulled with Idaho State seeing better success as a result. The BYU backups yielded just short of 200 yards and 10 points, but showed well enough in spots to stall drives and force turnovers.
Punter Scott Arrellano had one of his best days, averaging 47.8 yards per punt and a 47.2 net. He also pinned the Bengals inside the 20-yard line on two occasions.
Kicker Justin Sorensen had five of his kickoffs go for touchbacks, but didn't attempt a field goal. The return and coverage units were typically solid, but didn't produce many big plays.
It's hard to call a bad play, much less formulate an ineffective game plan, against a team like Idaho State. The team seemed uninspired, and sloppy, in stretches, but it's difficult to blame the coaches, and any lack of preparation.
The outcome, and course of the game, went generally as expected with few mistakes. BYU should completely overwhelm a team like Idaho State and did just that.