BYU's 26-6 victory over 14th-ranked Arizona State Saturday caught many by surprise, especially the way the Cougars dominated the Sun Devils on both sides of the ball.
"We just came out and gave it to them," BYU running back Ronney Jenkins said. "And right from the start."Jenkins paced an offensive attack that racked up 380 yards of total offense and 21 first downs. The sophomore tailback led the Cougars with a career-best 171 yards rushing on 30 carries. He also finished with a team-high three receptions for 43 yards.
Jenkins' performance easily overshadowed that of ASU's Heisman Trophy candidate, J.R. Redmond.
"I really wasn't thinking about J.R. Redmond," said Jenkins, who managed just 11 yards rushing in BYU's season-opener at Alabama because of muscle cramps in the heat and humidity. "My main concern here was just to come in and contribute. The offensive line did a great job. You can't ask for much more."
BYU, however, had more - much more.
A 74-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Feterik to Ben Horton and four field goals from Owen Pochman added to the offense, while the defense as a whole proved too much for the Sun Devils to overcome.
"You have to give credit to BYU," ASU coach Bruce Snyder said. "They are physical and they can hit."
A week after allowing Alabama to score 38 points, the Cougars put the clamps on Arizona State. The Sun Devils didn't score until the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach. Quarterback Ryan Kealy completed less than half of his 34 passes and Redmond was limited to 28 yards rushing on 16 carries.
Middle linebacker Rob Morris had 13 tackles to lead a defensive unit that recovered two fumbles, intercepted a pass and blocked a PAT.
All in all, quite a night for BYU.
"It was a good game plan. We executed it well and it was good to have Ronney Jenkins back at full speed. I thought the offensive line did a fine job and the defense played exceptionally well," Edwards said. "I think we are going to have a very good football team, but we are not there yet."
At least not with ninth-ranked Washington next up on the schedule.
EXTRA POINTS: Feterik completed just 6 of 20 passes against Arizona State. However, he wound up with 166 yards and a touchdown . . . Jenkins was the only BYU player with more than one reception . . . Freshman Junior Mahe turned seven carries into 56 yards rushing . . . ASU missed both of its field goal attempts. Sophomore Mike Gauthier was wide on distances of 44 and 30 yards . . . Morris topped BYU's defensive points chart with 20 1/2, but safety Jason Walker and lineman Byron Frisch finished close behind with 19 each.
Score: BYU 26, Arizona State 6
Record: 1-1 overall, 0-0 WAC
- Offense: The Cougars rack up 380 yards of total offense. Ronney Jenkins leads the way with 171 yards rushing. BYU is just 7-of-21 passing, however. Grade: B+
- Defense: BYU holds ASU's Heisman Trophy candidate J.R. Redmond to just 28 yards rushing on 16 carries. Grade: A
- Special teams: Owen Pochman makes all four of his field-goal attempts. The kicks range from 33 to 41 yards. Grade: A
Next up: at Washington Saturday