Cougar Curve: BYU 35, Wyoming 10

Grades are in for every position group following Saturday's BYU victory over the Wyoming Cowboys at War Memorial Stadium. BYU dominated the play on both sides of the ball throughout the course of the game, leading to a comfortable win that was never really in question.

Quarterback: A-

Max Hall had another stellar outing, going 26 of 37 for 331 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He was also again very productive on third down, leading the offense to a conversion rate of well over 50 percent.

Hall was able to burn Wyoming when they blitzed on just about every occasion. He showed good pocket presence and was able to move out of the pocket effectively and buy himself time when the need arose. It would be very hard to criticize much, if anything at all, that Hall did during the game.

Running Back: B

It was once again the Harvey Unga show, as his 23 rushes for 110 yards and two touchdowns and three receptions for 61 yards have become all but commonplace with most games this season.

Once again Unga proved to be BYU's only effective weapon running the football, however. Both Fui Vakapuna and Manase Tonga managed only 22 yards between them, struggling to get more than two yards per carry. Unga remains the only real running threat in the Cougar backfield as the team starts to prepare for Utah this coming week.

Wide Recevier: A-

It was a solid game all-around for BYU's three rotation receivers. The trio of Austin Collie, Michael Reed and Matt Allen all had their moments, catching 17 passes between them for 190 yards and two touchdowns.

Tight End: A-

The same that was said for the wideouts could be said for BYU's tight ends. All three of the tight ends had catches, with Dennis Pitta creating matchup problems that Hall was able to exploit throughout the game.

While watching the game, the confidence that Hall has in Pitta to get any ball thrown his direction was very apparent. Time and again Hall would throw it up to Pitta in tight coverage, knowing that Pitta could make a play just about every time. Hall and Pitta are well on their way to developing the sort of synergy between them that John Beck and Jonny Harline enjoyed while they were here.

Offensive Line: B+

Yes, Hall took more hits than most fans would like, forcing him to leave the game to get his shoulder evaluated. However, the fact is that the Cougar OL gave up no sacks under a constant barrage of blitzes thrown at them. They were also effective in run-blocking, leading to well-over 100 yards gained on the ground.

Right tackle has been a problem-area all year long in pass protection, but both David Oswald and R.J. Willing stepped up well on Saturday, protecting Hall well from the right edge. Most of the pressure on Hall came up the middle, which is a bit unusual. Overall, it was a very solid outing by the Cougar OL.

Defensive line: A-

The defensive line stymied the Wyoming rushing attack, as the Cowboys only mounted 10 total yards on the ground during the game. The pass rush was very good in the first half, but somewhat lacking during the second half, which kept this unit from receiving an A grade.

Brett Denney stepped up in a big way for Ian Dulan, recording sacks and tackles-for-a-loss throughout the game. Jan Jorgensen was solid and effective as always, and the nose tackle position held true as well.

Linebacker: B

Kelly Poppinga again had a very good game, and Matt Bauman stepped up well, getting the bulk of the playing time opposite Poppinga at inside linebacker. The linebackers deserve as much credit as the DL in allowing Wyoming nothing on the ground.

Bryan Kehl and David Nixon were both solid on the outside, but weren't involved in enough plays as one would like and had quiet games collectively. Kehl was again used almost exclusively in coverage on passing downs, limiting his defensive numbers.

Safety: B+

I didn't notice Corby Hodgkiss and Kellen Fowler much, which is a good thing. Collectively they helped limit Wyoming's effectiveness deep and gave good run support when they had to. Ben Criddle also did well while subbing in for Fowler at safety on occasion.

Cornerback: B

The coverage downfield was very solid, although you'd like to see them make better plays on the ball downfield. Ben Criddle was flagged twice for some very questionable pass interference penalties, but was right there in his coverages when Wyoming quarterback Karsten Sween attempted to go deep.

Special Teams: C+

The special teams didn't play a big part in Saturday's game, but the two blocked field goal attempts couldn't have made head coach Bronco Mendenhall very happy. C.J. Santiago had a couple of decent - but not great - punts. One of the kickoffs went out of bounds. Kick coverages and returns were solid, which put all together leads to a C+ grade.

Offensive MVP: Max Hall

Defensive MVP: Brett Denney

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