BYU football report card: Cougars recover from lackluster start to beat Nevada

Published: Saturday, Nov. 30 2013 7:29 p.m. MST

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The Cougars couldn't have started much worse on offense, but found their groove in the second half to the tune of 28 points and 311 total yards.

The first half produced a goose egg and just 150 yards against a porous Wolf Pack defense that gave up 35 points and a little more than 500 yards per game prior to Saturday's contest.

BYU's offensive line was perhaps the biggest culprit for the team's completely uninspired first-half performance, but improved drastically in the second half. Running back Jamaal Williams was the biggest beneficiary of the offensive front's second-half resurgence. For the game, he finished with 219 yards on just 15 carries.

Quarterback Taysom Hill added 154 yards on 26 carries, but did almost nothing threw the air to beat Nevada's suspect pass defense. He ultimately finished with 14-18 passing for just 98 yards. All-time leading receiver Cody Hoffman played no factor with just two receptions for 14 yards.

Grade: C+
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Cinci Man

Incredibly generous on every point. It's very rare to see a BYU team so play so badly. They did not deserve the win, since the quality of play mirrored what they did against Virginia and Utah. There was a lot more to play for than the team seemed to realize. I'm sure that every broadcaster or fair-minded follower of football nodded their heads and said something like, "BYU is not a top 50 team this year. They show signs of brilliance in some games, but cannot get up for every game." In my opinion, the good teams are up for more games than the Cougars were up for this year. I hope Hill works very hard on his game (more than his running plays) and I hope very large shoes of the seniors can be filled next year. Let's hope that BYU can get up for their Hunger Bowl Game. There's a lot at stake when they play an average PAC-12 team. Anae and Mendenhall did not coach well at all this game.

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