After yielding 1,022 yards in losses the past two seasons, BYU's defensive front is well aware of Washington's sizable offensive line.
The protection provided has allowed the Huskies to outscore the Cougars 71-35. The numbers get even worse if Washington's 52-21 win over BYU in 1986 is thrown into the mix.No need to post "Beware of Dogs" signs here. You couldn't miss these guys from the parking lot. Washington's starting offensive line players (center, tackles and guards) stand an average of 6-foot-5 and weigh 307 pounds - a noteworthy obstacle for BYU to overcome entering Saturday's game at Husky Stadium.
"This year we finally got the power that we can knock them off the ball," said BYU lineman Daren Yancey. "I think they're going to see much more pressure than they've seen in past years from our front line."
Yancey (6-6, 305) is part of an experienced foursome that includes Ed Kehl (6-5, 295), Issiah Magalei (6-3, 280) and Byron Frisch (6-5, 270).
"I'll give you a little prediction," Yancey said. "If we come out, fire off the ball and win the first quarter, we'll win the game."
BYU's starting left tackle said it's important BYU establish immediate defensive control. If not, Yancey added, the Cougars will have a hard time defeating the Huskies.
A no-brainer considering the ability of Washington quarterback Brock Huard. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound junior All-America candidate completed 27-of-47 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns in the Huskies' 42-38 season-opening victory over Arizona State. Facing a similar threat in ASU's Ryan Kealy last week, BYU applied adequate pressure with three sacks and three hurries.
"We got to Kealy and I think we rattled him," BYU coach LaVell Edwards said. "One of our keys (against Washington) is our ability to get to Huard. He's so much bigger and may be more difficult to rattle, but we hope to be able to do it."
The outcome may depend on it.
GAME NOTES: Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast regionally by ABC (KTVX, Ch. 4) . . . Washington leads the all-time series 3-1 . . . The Huskies have won their past 12 home openers . . . BYU back-up quarterback Drew Miller has a kidney stone but hopes to be ready to play.