29 points. Really? 29 points is all the cougars could put up again San Jose State? No offense to San Jose State, but that game should have been over at half time.
But what happen? How did a 23 point first half, turn into a slow, non eventful pickup game?
The worst thing that could have happened to BYU, happened. BYU won the game, and Nelson had flashes of greatness. I repeat "flashes." Throwing 3 first half touchdowns, and bringing BYU out to a commanding 23-6 lead. Only to see that come to a halt in the second half with only 2 field goals, and 3 turnovers, 2 of which were in the second half. Riley had 3 turnovers in the blue zone. That is 3 too many. Nelson did not finish off his game, bringing back the lingering question of whether he is fit for the starting quarterback job, or if Heaps should get it back.
Nelson has grit. No one can deny him that. He has heart, he shows it every play. However, one thing he lacks, is the ability to throw the ball consistently.
Now, Heaps has not shown this ability yet so far this season either, but look at the teams Nelson has played compared to Heaps.
Riley Nelson has played against: San Jose State, Utah State
Jake Heaps has played against (all starts): Ole Miss, Texas, Utah, UCF, Utah State.
I'm sorry. You look at those two comparisons, and it is not even a contest on who has played the harder teams, and still managed to come out with a winning record (albeit one of the wins should be credited to Heaps). Heaps has played SEC, Big XII, Pac-12 speed and schemes, over WAC opponents. Heaps has got to be given his dues for what he accomplished. Not to mention, Riley Nelson set a personal record for passing yards on Saturday... with 219. WHAT? When did a BYU QB have a "record" with 219 yards passing.
This is a team that should be airing it out to their big wide receivers, and versatile backs. However, they continue to try and be something they are not.
I love Nelson's heart, and the guy is a tough football player. But that is all he is, is a football player. Let the quarterback, Jake Heaps, start and continue to grow and play in the easy part of their schedule and I promise dividends will pay off. Maybe not this year, but they will come.