If I’m needed, then I’ll be ready to go and give it everything I’ve got. —Beau Hoge
FRESNO, Calif. — In the first half at Utah State on Sept. 29, BYU was leading the Aggies 21-7 and it appeared the Cougars, with sophomore quarterback Beau Hoge at the controls of the offense, were poised to end their losing streak and turn their season around.
Hoge, making his second career start in place of Tanner Mangum, threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter.
Then Hoge threw a pass that took a crazy bounce and resulted in a pick-six. On the next series, Hoge suffered a head injury and left the game. BYU ended up losing, 40-24.
Who knows what might have happened had Hoge not gotten hurt?
Hoge hasn't played since, though he was cleared to play last week. “I feel really good,” he said Wednesday. “I feel fully healthy.”
Hoge said he is eager to take the field again if called upon.
“If I’m needed, then I’ll be ready to go and give it everything I’ve got,” he said.
In his first career start, against top-10 ranked Wisconsin, Hoge struggled. But he played much better against the Aggies.
“Coming off the Wisconsin game, it was the first start of my career and it was a shaky one. I definitely felt more confident and calm in that second game. It was a familiar feeling. It was more of it being a comfortable feeling,” Hoge said. “We were rolling. Things were going well. Obviously, the pick six was one of my last plays. I felt like we were going to score again. I remember things were going our way except for that interception. I felt good about everything going forward."
Hoge said injuries are just part of the game.
"The injury was a bummer but you can’t do anything about them. I’m all about this team. Tanner was going to be back for the Boise State game (the following week) anyway," he said. "Utah State was probably going to be my last run for a little while. Everything works out how it’s supposed to. Everything has its purpose. I’ll figure it all out eventually.”
Hoge said BYU’s offense is confident in Mangum and happy for his success last Saturday in a 41-20 victory over San Jose State.
“Tanner’s looked really good,” Hoge said. “We’re excited about him going forward.”