They did exactly what was expected of them. Nothing more, nothing less. And that’s okay. Now that they’re getting used to the WACky portion of their schedule, the Cougars need to make sure they are thumping all of these third-rung opponents like Boise State did when it ruled the roost. Keep in mind the scorecard reflects the quality of the opponent.

Offense Grade: B+

Props to Riley Nelson who looked pretty good the short time he was on the field (4-7, 56 yards, 1 TD) and to Jake Heaps for coming in and keeping the offense chugging without a hitch (15-20, 185 yards, 2 TDs, 1 Int – and a big improvement with 9.3 ypa). Michael Alisa cranked out 9.9 yards per carry and a score on ten touches to lead the running backs. Bryan Kariya notched two scores on six carries (35 yards, 5.8 avg). Cody Hoffman is still proving himself to be the go-to guy through the air. He had 6 receptions for 114 yards and 2 TDs. His season stats are: 43 grabs, 672 yards, 6 TDs. The Offense had a nice blend of rushing attack (243 yards) and passing (262 yards) and dominated in time of possession, 34:02 – 25:58.

Defense Grade: B+

LB Kyle Van Noy (9 solo tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 2 TFLs) continues to demonstrate why he’ll be on every pre-season All-American list next year. It was nice to see Jordan Johnson and Alani Fua getting some more experience on the field – both played well. Johnson and Spencer Hadley each a pick, and Hadley returned his 48 yards. For all intents and purposes, the Defense hurled a shutout; Idaho got their points on the board in the last 4 minutes of the game when they were down by six scores. The Defense held Idaho to 10 first downs and 241 total yards.

Special Teams Grade: B

Justin Sorensen was perfect on six extra point attempts but missed on two field goal attempts of 35 and 47 yards. Riley Stephenson handled two punts for a 42-yard average with one kick inside the Vandals 20.  Hoffman had a 38-yard kickoff return, and Falslev fielded three punts for seven total yards.

Coaching Grade: B+

The coaching staff kept the team from growing complacent during their two-week break. And they were smart enough to make sure James Lark got some field action. It will be important to get him some more playing time next week against New Mexico State, too, because at this point, he’s one injury away from being the starting QB for Brigham Young.

Overall Team Grade: B+