Cougar Curve: BYU vs. Colorado State

The offense did not have to do too much in this 24-3 victory thanks to the BYU defense's second consecutive dominating performance. Colorado State could not get anything going against the Cougars. As it turned out, BYU's first score of the game—a Manase Tonga touchdown run—was all the Cougars would need to prevail over the Rams. The next four scores were just window dressing.

Quarterbacks: B+

John Beck was 22 for 30 for 294 yards for almost an average of almost 10 yards per pass attempt which is phenomenal. Beck had no touchdown passes and one interception. He was off on just a couple of throws, but again dominated on third downs, converting well over 50%.

Running Backs: B+

The running backs had a similar outing to their performance against Air Force last week. It was not a dominating performance by any of the Curtis Brown/Fui Vakapuna/Manase Tonga trio, but they did account for all three touchdowns and made plays when they had to.

Wide Receivers: B

BYU receivers ran at least three bad routes that led to incomplete passes. McKay Jacobson was outstanding and clearly had the best game of all the Cougar wideouts as he accounted for over 100 yards receiving through the air.

Tight Ends: A-

Daniel Coats had another great blocking game. Jonny Harline was on the receiving end of many third down conversions. The tight ends stepped up big today in keeping drives alive.

Offensive Line: B

CSU was able to pressure Beck more than any other opponent in conference play. To the big uglies' credit, the Rams posed the most formidable defensive front the Cougars have faced since TCU.

Defensive Line: A

Tonight marked the best all-around performance by the defensive line this season. They dominated the line of scrimmage, got consistent pressure on the quarterback, and held the Rams to a mere 151 yards of total offense. Jan Jorgenson, Hala Paongo, Russell Tialavea, Matangi Tonga, Romney Fuga, Judd Anderton and the rest were simply dominant.

Linebackers: A

I'm having a hard time remembering the last time I gave this unit any grade less than an "A." What is there about a unit that just will not let anything past them into the secondary? The Cougar linebackers again deserve the credit for being the catalysts of another dominant defensive performance.

Secondary: A

Once again, not much made it through to BYU's defensive backs. They bottled up CSU's potent duo of wide receivers all day and allowed only one medium to long range pass.

Special Teams: B+

Two shanked punts and a long CSU kickoff return kept this group from an "A" grade. Coverages were mostly outstanding as was Jared McLaughlin's hang-time and depth on all of his kickoffs. Nathan Miekle again did a very good job returning punts.

Offensive MVP: McKay Jacobson. "Virge" was the go-to guy on the outside for Beck during today's game

Defensive MVP: Cameron Jensen. Two sacks, 9 tackles, sounds like just another day in the office for General Jensen. You could make a strong argument for Jensen being named the defensive MVP in every game this season thus far.


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