Last week it was a tale of two offenses. This week it was a tale of two halves. That’s the same tale that we had been learning to swallow in the first four games. No wonder BYU is ranked lower than they ever have been in nearly all of the key team statistics since before the Lavell Edwards era.

Offense Grade, First Half: B+

Offense Grade, Second Half: F

The Cougars’ piled up most of their stats in the first half on the way to 443 total yards in a very balanced attack (224 yards rushing, 219 passing). Riley Nelson pulled off a disappearing act in the second half that was won by San Jose State, 10-6. He ended up with 3 touchdown passes but two picks, 65 yards rushing, but coughed up a fumble on the Spartan’s 3-yard line.

Aside from Nelson’s abysmal second half performance, Michael Alisa looked decent with 91 yards on 16 carries (5.7 avg). So did Josh Quezada (9 attempts, 47 yards, 5.2 avg).

Richard Wilson (3 catches, 66 yards, 1 TD) and McKay Jacobson (2 grabs, 63 yards, 1 TD) helped Nelson out.

Defense Grade: B

Holding the Spartan offense to 16 points is not a huge feat, considering that their star running back and his pulling guard were both out of the lineup in Provo. Nevertheless, the defense thwarted San Jose State when they had to with two picks and a 50 percent average in third down conversion attempts. Kyle Van Noy continues to play the mad beast on the field for BYU.

Special Teams Grade: B+

Justin Sorenson was perfect banging in two field goals and 3 extra points. Cody Hoffman maintained a 24.3 kickoff return average. J.D. Falslev still inspires one to hold their breath when he’s returning punts or kicks. Riley Stephenson didn’t have to punt all night.

Team Grade: C+

This is a game that BYU should have won by at least a three-touchdown margin. Riley Nelson and the offense looked pathetic in the second half.