Game day report: BYU 56, ISU 3

Behind the arm and legs of quarterback Riley Nelson, the Cougar offense rolled over the Bengals of Idaho State. The Cougar offense marched down the field using a balanced attack, while the defense kept Idaho State out of the end zone. The Cougar offense racked up its highest total offensive output on the season with 572 yards of offense.

Quarterbacks: A

Riley Nelson was virtually unstoppable, finishing the game with 11-of-17 passing for 215 yards and four touchdowns. He added an additional 71 yards on seven carries as well. Nelson's 229.18 passing efficiency is the 12th best in school history. After throwing an interception, Jake Heaps also added one score on a very good offensive drive.

Running backs: A-

BYU's running backs got it done once again on the ground for the Cougar offense. Michael Alisa averaged 8.3 yards per carry and racked up 66 yards on the ground, and coupled with Joshua Quezada's 59 yards on 11 carries, that set the tone for the ground game. BYU rushed for 290 yards on 44 carries.

Wide receivers: A

Cody Hoffman and Ross Apo both came away with a very good game against the Bengal defense. Both had five catches for 71 yards, averaging 14.2 yards per catch. The two combined for three touchdowns in what was a very productive day from the wide receiver position.

Tight ends: B-

There wasn't much output from the tight ends in the passing game, but it was another solid performance by the tight ends nevertheless. Austin Holt and Kaneakua Friel hauled in a catch apiece, while blocking primarily for a ground-and-pound run game that had nearly 300 yards on the day.

Offensive line: B

While the offensive line did open holes up for the running backs, a more physical game was expected against a lesser opponent.

Offensive MVP goes to: Riley Nelson

The game ball could have gone to Cody Hoffman, who scored two touchdowns, but in the end it goes to Riley Nelson, who didn't play the entire game but used the most of his reps to quickly put away the Bengals.

Defensive line: A-

With Hebron Fangupo and Romney Fuga out for the game, the defensive line played very well nevertheless, opening up gaps for blitzing linebackers and putting pressure on ISU quarterbacks Kevin Yost and Justin Arias. Graham Rowley had an outstanding game and gave the ISU offensive line fits all game long.

Linebackers: A

The Cougar linebackers played very well against the spread offense of ISU. Jordan Pendleton led the defense in tackles, despite not playing every down, and Kyle Van Noy was a monster on the field in just about every facet of the game. The two combined for 10 total tackles, five tackles for a loss, four sacks and three quarterback hurries.

Safeties: A

The safeties accounted for two interceptions, one of which was returned by Daniel Sorenson for a touchdown. Against a pass-heavy offense, the safeties played very well, keeping the spread offense in check deep and over the middle.

Cornerbacks: B

ISU threw the ball 60 times and completed 34 of them for an average of 3.9 yards per attempt. The Cougars held the Bengal offense well below its season average of 309 yards per game.

Defensive MVP goes to: Kyle Van Noy

In almost every game this year – if not every game – Kyle Van Noy has made an outstanding defensive play. He continues to shine as one of the premiere players on the Cougar defense and gets the defensive MVP of the game for his play and after-game sportsmanship. Van Noy approached ISU's head coach after the game and apologized to him for his unsportsmanlike conduct.

Special teams: B

Justin Sorenson was perfect on the night, going 8-for-8 on extra points. The kick coverage didn't produce, and that combined with short kicks against this FCS team dropped the overall grade for the special teams.


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