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Offense Grade with Jake Heaps (8 possessions, 2 FGs, 1 TD): C-
Offense Grade with Riley Nelson (4 possessions, 2 TDs, 1 missed FG, 1 fumble): A-
Talk about a tale of two offenses. Riley Nelson energized the entire team near the end of the third quarter and the offense promptly doubled the total yardage and points they had scored with Heaps at the helm. If not for DiLuigi’s fumble at the Utah State 28-yard line on the third drive under Nelson, the Cougars could’ve had another score.
Nelson’s line compared to Heaps:
Nelson: 10 of 14 (71.4%), 144 yards (10.3 yds per att), 2 TDs and 205.0 QB Rating.
Heaps: 11 of 26 (42.3%) 108 yards (4.2 yds per att), 77.2 QB Rating.
Nelson also ended up as BYU’s leading rusher with 62 yards on 11 carries (5.6 yd avg). DiLuigi gained 50 yards on 11 carries (4.5 yd avg) and he had a costly fumble at the Aggie 28-yard line with 4 minutes remaining that almost cost the Cougars the game. Bryan Kariya pounded out 42 yards on 11 rushs (3.8 avg) and Josh Quezada had 10 carries good for 40 yards and a 4.0 avg.
Several of Jake Heaps passes were dropped. It literally seemed like the receiver corps improved with Nelson at the helm. Cody Hoffman had a brilliant TD catch and finished with 4 grabs for 68 yards. McKay Jacobson had 3 receptions for 49 yards including a 40-yard gainer that kept the game-winning drive alive, and Marcus Mathews had 6 grabs for 46 yards and the winning TD.
Defense Grade: B-
You could literally call it a tale of two defenses, as well. The defense gave up 21 points to USU while Jake Heaps was in the game. After Nelson entered, they surrendered one FG. It didn’t hurt that the offense ate up over 10 minutes of clock under Nelson’s command. The defense was energized by an offense that could move the ball and they responded with some huge stops to keep the game within striking distance. Daniel Sorenson made a huge pass breakup on the Aggie’s 4th down fake punt attempt.
The Aggies gashed the defense for 283 yards on the ground, but only gave up 122 yards through the air. Aggie quarterback Chuckie Keeton was held to 52 percent completions and only 22 yards on 6 carries, effectively limiting his big play capability. 80 yards were consumed on USU’s first possession and first play of the game from scrimmage with Robert Turbin’s touchdown scamper.
Special Teams Grade: B
Definitely not the shining star like last week. Justin Sorenson hit 2 out of 3 field goal attempts … his one miss could have been a killer in the end. J.D. Falslev misplayed a crucial punt at the 3-minute mark in the final quarter and the ball rolled to the BYU 4-yard line. He could have fielded the punt and kept the ball out around the 30 to help the cause. It was a huge mental mistake.
Riley Stephenson had a 44.8-yard punting average on 4 punts and Cody Hoffman returned 4 kicks for 90 yards. Kickoff and punt coverage was quite solid. Ezekial Ansah had a really sweet tackle on one Aggie kickoff return.
Coaching Grade: B
Quite frankly, this grade is inflated only because the tough but necessary decision to yank Heaps in favor of Nelson was made before it was too late to salvage the game.
Without the warrior mentality that Nelson brought to the field (which seemed to be contagious almost immediately), the team was incredibly lethargic on both sides of the ball. It was like watching a train wreck in slow motion.
It will be very interesting to see how the team responds from here on with Nelson in the signal caller driver’s seat. How will Doman deal with the emotional fallout young Heaps is certain to experience?
Overall Team Grade: B-
If the team had been better prepared and played with more passion from the start, they would have won this game more decisively.
The Cougars finally displayed the offense everyone expected to see at the beginning of the season and their ability to move the ball at will against Oregon State isn’t reflected in the 10-point margin. The Beavers may be a lower echelon Pac-12 team, but they were coming off an impressive win last weekend over Nick Foles and Arizona and they had home field advantage.
Offense grade: B+
It is now indisputable that BYU’s offense is a totally different animal with Riley Nelson taking the snaps. The entire team seems faster and appears to play harder. Nelson’s release has gotten quicker, too. He still lacks zip on a lot of his passes, but he is developing quickly. He’s got a motor that doesn’t want to stop and his field vision and rapid acceleration help buy time for his receivers to get open.
His stat line was an impressive 17-27, 217 yards, 3 TDs, 1 int., and 87 yards on 12 carries. To be sure, Nelson has gaps to address. He had Ross Apo wide open in the end zone with 6:40 remaining in the third quarter and he was five yards short with his pass.
Cody Hoffman had a stellar performance with 9 receptions, 162 yards, and a score. He made a phenomenal 46-yard grab from two defenders at the 9:21 mark of the third period that you have to see to believe. He doesn’t get separation very often but he’s got the height, the hops, the hands and the fight to come down with the ball most of the time. He’s the most reliable receiver on the team.
The ground game was virtually unstoppable and the backs are finally running north and south with a lot of punch into the line. In addition to Nelson’s yardage, Michael Alisa picked up 84 yards on 20 carries, J.J. DiLuigi had 74 yards on 8 attempts, and Josh Quezada ran three times for 26 yards.
A fumble by Alisa and a Nelson pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown lowered the final grade.
Defense grade: B+
The fact that the defense was able to hold the Beavers to 59 yards rushing after losing Hebron Fangupo and Romney Fuga early in the game is a testament to BYU’s depth and the heart that the squad is playing with right now. Matt Putnam couldn’t have returned to the team at a better time. The linebacking corps turns in a highlight reel of their own every game with Van Noy, Kaveinga, Ogletree, and Pendleton stuffing gaps, patrolling the flats, and in general, creating chaos in the opposing team’s backfield.
On one play in the late in the first half, Pendleton blitzed from the right side but failed to bring down Oregon State QB Sean Mannion. He wiped out 5-7 yards beyond the action but he popped back up and gave chase, dragging Mannion down for a 3-yard loss. Van Noy had a tackle for an 11-yard loss on an end reverse and he also picked off another pass and returned it 42 yards to set up the Cougars’ second score. Ogletree was a beast in his own right, registering two forced fumbles and an interception on three straight Beaver possessions.
Corby Eason made a few nice plays and got burned a few times, most notably on a 59-yard bomb from Sean Mannion to true freshman Brendan Cooks with 2:10 left in the third quarter.
Special teams grade: B-
Justin Sorenson booted a 33-yard field goal and had a 49-yard attempt blocked and returned 60 yards by the Beavers. The Cougars also yielded a 57-yard kickoff return by OSU’s Jordan Poyer. He averaged 19 yards on his other six returns. Cody Hoffman returned two kickoffs for a 20-yard average. Riley Stephenson placed his one punt inside the Beavers’ 20.
Team Grade: B+
This was a good road win for BYU, especially when you consider the Cougars had to overcome two turnovers, 79 yards in penalties, and a blocked field goal. The team is playing with grit and gaining momentum at a good time but their true nature will be revealed on October 28 against TCU.
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+