Last year hurt. No cougar fan can deny it. A 31-16 thumping by their in state rival (not the guys up north), but the guys farther up north humbled the cougars into a turning point of last season.
This season could use something of the same, only for the other squad this year.
BYU is still looking for an offense to show its face. Their defense has provided them plenty of opportunities only to see young quarterback Jake Heaps falter in his moments to shine. Overthrows to wide open receivers, quick reads and check downs, and complete disarray are only a few of the issues present in the young signal caller.
I dont see a problem arising with BYU's defense. Yes, Utah State can run with the best of them. In fact, 316 ypg on the ground is good for 5th best in the country. The cougar defense's strength is against the run. But tomorrow, it is going to have to be for a whole half. The exact opposite of the Texas game, and a good replica of the UCF game is what needs to be put together.
The Aggies defense shouldn't be one a super pestering one. Texas was more athletic. Ole Miss was more Athletic, UCF was a national power. Utah, well the utah game we can just forget. As should these cougars.
When it all comes down, USU has some play makers on both sides of the ball. The thing is though, so does BYU. Heaps has just got to find them, and deliver strikes like we know he is capable. If he does that, I really can say I think this will be another turning point in this season.
Heaps hits a stirde early with quick screens and quick reads. Builds his confidence against a relatively weak USU secondary. He amasses his second career 300 yard game, and the ground game provides another adequate performance with 135 yards on the ground (JJ Di Luigi w/ 73 yards and a score through the air).
BYU proves its offense can finally score and takes home the 'W': 34-17