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Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver Jonah Trinnaman (7) can't come up with the catch against Massachusetts Minutemen linebacker Jarell Addo (26) in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017.

BYU lost its ninth game in a season for the first time since the 1950s as it dropped 16-10 to UMass on Senior Day. And, lest you've forgotten, BYU defeated the Minutemen 51-9 last year.

What else needs to be said?

Here are BYU's grades after its loss to UMass:


Any progress the BYU offense made at UNLV has been erased.

Joe Critchlow didn't look like a fourth-string walk-on QB last week, but he certainly did this Saturday as he threw four interceptions. While Critchlow did get a touchdown in the final minute of the game, it was too little way too late. Critchlow was also sacked seven times and lost 46 yards in the process.

BYU scored 51 points on the Minutemen last season and only 10 this year. If that's not an indication of how far this team has fallen, what is?

The running game wasn't any better. While the official stat sheet says BYU gained only 42 yards on the ground, that's due to the 46 lost yards on sacks. But to gain only 88 yards without the lost sack yardage to a team that gives up an average of 195.4 is simply inexcusable, and a lot of that falls on the shoulders of what should have been a solid offensive line led by seniors.

If there was a grade worse than an F, this team has earned it.

Grade: F


The defense didn't have a terrible game as it held the Minutemen to just 269 yards on the day and had some great stops, but 16 points turned out to be too many for this awful offense. If the Cougars could have taken one play off the board, and that being a 40-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Ford to Andy Isabella, BYU just might have won this game.

Still, there were some costly lapses on defense in this game, including giving up a touchdown on the first drive of the second half. Plus, the defense couldn't come up with any turnovers to help turn the tide.

Grade: C

Special teams

One thing that has been consistently lacking on special teams was the return game. That all changed Saturday as Michael Shelton had a big day that included a 39-yard punt return.

Rhett Almond hit a 40-yard field goal and Jonny Linehan had another solid day punting the ball. Yeah, the Cougars weren't able to recover the onside kick, but it was a good day on special teams while everything else on the field was a mess.

Grade: B+


BYU had some momentum going into this game after beating UNLV last week. Instead of building on it, the Cougars regressed to where they've been for most of this awful season.

There's no excuse for the Cougars coming out so flat. Two key places to evaluate the coaching of a team is right after kickoff and at the start of the second half. BYU's offense went three-and-out on its first offensive series and gave up an easy touchdown on the first drive of the third quarter.

Unfortunately, it appears changes will need to be made. BYU cannot afford to continue losing games like this without doing major damage to the brand.

Grade: F


BYU continues to find new lows this season, and Saturday's include the first losing season in home games since 1971 and its first nine-loss season since 1955. Yes, there were some big-time opponents on the schedule, but beating the likes of UMass shouldn't be too much to ask.

Thankfully, this miserable season ends next week.

Grade: F

Lafe Peavler is a sports strategist for the Deseret News and KSL.com. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler.