Cougar Curve: BYU 35, Colorado State 16

The Cougars took the field again after what seemed like an eternity of off-time for a good number of fans. The Cougars took care of business on their home turf, defeating the Colorado State Rams 35-16. Grades are in for every position group.

Quarterback: B+

Max Hall had a very efficient game, completing 22 of 30 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns. He threw no interceptions, but again had the ball jarred loose when getting hit from the blindside. One of his two fumbles went for a turnover. It's hard to blame a quarterback for letting go of the football when hit from the blindside, but it would be nice if Hall were to hold on to most of them.

Other than the fumbles, Hall was almost flawless. He hit all his targets for the most part and got the receivers involved again in the offense. He was accurate and made good reads throughout the game. Brenden Gaskins got into the game and was able to throw his first collegiate pass, which unfortunately was a pick-six for Colorado State.

Running Back: B

It was not the game most expected from the Cougar running backs, as they were held to just above 100 yards collectively. Harvey Unga was effective in his 11 carries, gaining 51 yards and a touchdown. He did his best work catching the ball out of the backfield, going for 110 yards on just three receptions.

Manase Tonga and Fui Vakapuna, on the other hand, were never able to get it going on the ground. Tonga had just four yards on five carries, while Vakapuna ran for 29 yards on 10 carries. Vakapuna showed some burst, but is still too impatient in waiting for blocks to develop, and still suffers from an all-or-nothing mentality when running the football.

Wide Receiver: B

They were open and effective for the most part, and got more involved after taking the last couple of games off. Austin Collie had a very productive game, catching eight passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. Michael Reed was a factor early on, hauling in a beautifully executed fade pass from Hall for BYU's first touchdown. Matt Allen was not a factor.

Tight End: A-

Andrew George had a solid game, catching two passes for 28 yards, while Dennis Pitta caught four for 70 yards, thus rebounding from an off-game against Eastern Washington. Pitta put his speed on full display during his final catch, where a stumble kept him just short of the end zone.

Offensive Line: B

Protection issues came primarily from the interior of the line, as an inside blitz led to Hall's aforementioned turnover. The offensive line did a nice job down the stretch, as they adjusted to CSU's constant barrage of blitzes.

The run-blocking was mediocre, as they weren't able to mount the type of ground attack most anticipated going in. The offensive line was good and solid, but not great throughout the course of the game.

Defensive Line: B+

Jan Jorgensen had probably his best game of the year, accounting for multiple sacks and tackles. He was also the primary factor in thwarting Colorado State's fake field goal attempt. The line collectively was able to mount a good and consistent pass rush, but gave up more yards on the ground that one would like to see. It was an all-around solid effort from the Cougar DL.

Linebackers: B

It was a quiet game from the Cougar linebackers. They certainly weren't bad, but weren't the playmakers they are in most games. Bryan Kehl in particular had a relatively quiet game after two stellar outings.

Secondary: A-

The play from the cornerbacks and safeties was outstanding throughout the game. Other than a couple of hiccups, they closed down CSU's opportunities down the field. Brandon Howard subbed in for a dinged-up Kayle Buchanan and got the job done in his stead. Ben Criddle had an outstanding outing, as he now has a full grip on the starting boundary cornerback position.

Special Teams: B+

The opening kickoff was forgetful, as Colorado State was able to return the ball past midfield. Other than that, the special teams were solid. C.J. Santiago had an average day punting, but showed very good awareness when he converted a dropped snap into a first down. Bryce Mahuika was again effective while returning the football on punts and kickoffs.

Offensive MVP: Max Hall

Defensive MVP: Jan Jorgensen


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