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BYU quarterback Beau Hoge tries to avoid Fresno State's Jeffrey Allison, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)

PROVO — It's a lot more fun for everyone when it all comes together. The BYU offensive and defensive units have rarely shown a good level of balance throughout the 2017, with the offense receiving the brunt of the criticism, and for good reason.

A lot of that was forgotten during BYU's 31-21 win over UNLV, when the Cougar offense was largely able to string together long drives and produce points. It left BYU defensive tackle Kesni Tausinga and his defensive teammates relatively refreshed toward the end of the game, having played what felt like half the snaps he's used to.

“It’s super encouraging and I love it,’ Tausinga said of the offensive production. “I know those guys have been busting their butts, so it’s awesome to see them finally get some success.”

Another big change was the defense not playing from behind, as it's done during just about every game this season.

“You’re playing less snaps as a defense and wearing teams down,” noted BYU defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki. “Playing from ahead has probably been the biggest difference. It’s been a while since we’ve been able to play from ahead, which is huge.”

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