Cougar Curve: BYU 42, Eastern Washington 7

Grades are in for BYU's whitewashing of the Eastern Washington Eagles at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday. While the score was what many thought it would be, the offensive production - particularly the passing attack - wasn't up to snuff, leading to some low grades on the offensive side of the ball.

Quarterback: C

Max Hall went 15-30 for 156 yards with a touchdown and interception. Eastern Washington played a soft zone by keeping their DBs far off the line of scrimmage, which limited Hall's ability to go downfield. Regardless of that, Hall was out of sync on too many of his pass attempts and surprisingly did not look comfortable with too many of his reads.

This was a game where you'd expect Hall to put up a high completion percentage while not necessarily throwing for a lot of yards. This did not happen, as BYU's passing attack looked out of sync for the better part of the game.

Running Backs: A-

Harvey Unga again carried the Cougar offense, accounting for just over 200 yards on the ground and through the air. Unga was the only offensive weapon that saw consistent success during Saturday's game. Manase Tonga was serviceable, as was Fui Vakapuna, who returned to the Cougar lineup for the first time since breaking his hand.

Wide Receivers: C-

Where have they gone during the past two games? The only plays made by the Cougar wideouts came via quick-hitting passes to the flatm as Eastern Washington's DBs played way off in their coverages. Austin Collie had another ineffective outing, dropping two passes on throws that would have gone for big gains and one of which would have been a touchdown. The Cougar wideouts were not a factor during the game.

Tight Ends: D+

I really didn't think I'd be passing out any grade lower than a B for this group, but numerous dropped balls led to such a low grade. Dennis Pitta had his worst outing of the year by far, looking completely out of sync as he dropped at least three passes by my count. Vic So'oto threw in a dropped pass of his own, while Andrew George was the position group's saving grace by catching the two passes thrown to him for 25 yards.

Offensive Line: B

The offensive line did a decent job protecting Hall and mounted a productive running attack. While it would have been nice to see a bigger push up front, a push was there consistently throughout the game, aiding Unga and the rest of the Cougar RBs to the tune of 221 combined rushing yards.

Defensive Line: B

A solid game was put together by the Cougar defensive front. A couple of sacks to go along with only 42 yards allowed on the ground made for a good grade by the defensive line. Coach Kaufusi used Judd Anderton, Rick Wolfley and Brett Denney a lot more in this game than he has in the other games so far this year, and the drop off in production was apparent in most occasions when they subbed in for Ian Dulan, Eathyn Manumaleuna and Jan Jorgensen.

Linebackers: A-

Bryan Kehl had another incredible game, making play after play. He intercepted passes, threw RBs back for losses, and showed amazing pursuit speed on the edges. Kehl whiffing on what should have been an easy sack led to Eastern Washington's only score, but other than that, Kehl had a great game.

Chris Bolden came through to have the best game of his career, recording a couple of sacks and playing very well as he subbed in occasionally for David Nixon at the other outside linebacker position. The Cougar linebackers were very good as a whole, as they have been in most games this year.

Safeties: A-

Corby Hodgkiss got the Cougars off to a great start by returning an interception for a touchdown on the first series of the game. He followed that up with a great play when he stayed at home in coverage on an attempted fake field goal. Quinn Gooch added an interception of his own, and both were effective in coverage and in providing run support throughout the game.

Cornerbacks: B+

The Cougar corners did a good job in coverage, limiting what Eastern Washington was able to do downfield. While Ben Criddle started, Andre Saulsberry saw a lot of playing time at boundary CB and responded well.

Special Teams: B

Special teams were solid. Bryce Mahuika had a very good game returning kicks, but the kick coverage and kickoffs weren't all that good, as Eastern Washington was able to start in pretty good field position following Cougar kickoffs on most occasions.

Offensive MVP: Harvey Unga

Defensive MVP: Bryan Kehl/Chris Bolden


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