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And this should come as a warning to BYU quarterback Taysom Hill. There's a fine line between using his talented legs as a weapon for converting third downs, escaping trouble and extending plays and the actual exposure to injury.
In our fictional game, BYU's Taysom Hill led the way for the Cougars with 22 carries for 111 yards and three touchdowns. He also completed 14-of-21 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown.
American Fork a On a football field with barely visible markings and no scoreboard, Brandon Doman stood silently with his arms folded as the final seconds ticked off a clock that could be viewed only by the referee. He'd shouted instructions to his Pleasant Grove fourth-graders prior to every play Saturday morning, and now Doman collected his thoughts for the postgame talk.
While BYU leaped four spots to No. 21 in the Associated Press rankings Sunday after defeating Houston last Thursday, its next opponent, Virginia, received votes in the AP poll for the first time in a few years.
BYU's 8-point victory over Houston on Thursday night may have been ugly, but it was good enough to get the Cougars into the Amway Coaches Poll for the first time this season and to jump them up a few spots in this week's AP Poll. BYU premiered in the Coaches Poll at the 23rd spot and moved up four spots in the AP Poll to 21st.
After finding their offense in a loss to LSU on Thursday, the Cougars came back and beat the 23rd ranked 49ers by a score of 2-0 and improved to 2-3-2 on the season. . BYU controlled the game from start to finish as they almost doubled up Long Beach State in shots and in shots on goal.
Time for a few notes and quotes from No. 25 BYU's 33-25 win over Houston on Thursday night in front of 57,630 at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
BYU jumped out to a 23-0 lead in the second quarter, but penalties and miscues led to BYU having to hold on for the 33-25 victory over Houston in BYU's home opener. After its defense provided the first two points of the game on a safety, BYU's offense scored the game's next three touchdowns.
BYU entered last March's WCC tournament title game against Gonzaga with hopes of leaving no doubt in the eyes of the NCAA tournament selection committee by winning the automatic bid. Of course Gonzaga raced out of the gates, taking a 17-point lead into the intermission and winning the game by the final score of 75-64.
Houston quarterback John O'Korn, left, watches as Jherremya Leuta-Douyere , Craig Bills and Graham Rowley of Brigham Young celebrate a safety in the first quarter. BYU beat Houston, 33-25.
Following blowout road wins at UConn and Texas to open the season, No. 25 BYU makes its home debut at LaVell Edwards Stadium Thursday at 7 p.m. with the University of Houston with confidence in the possibility of an undefeated season.
In week three, BYU plays host to a Houston team that gave them a run for the money last season. We caught up with Hannah Exley of CoogFans.com to find out more about the other team of Cougars.
Tosh and Keith hurdle over the Texas game on their way to discussing the Houston Cougars personnel, Robertson Daniel's improvement, offense vs. defense matchup breakdowns, a researched reason to hate the Houston Cougars, leak the title of Bronco's fireside talk, and give their game predictions. What will every BYU opponent do against the BYU offense for as long as Taysom Hill is the starting QB? Game is at 7:00 MST on ESPN.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 07:16 am
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