Cougar Curve: BYU 38, Air Force 21

The Cougars romped over the Falcons Saturday in a game that probably wasn't quite as close as the score would indicate. Every unit on both sides of the football put forth some of their better efforts of the season, resulting in grades that are very high across the board.

Quarterback: B+

Hall was on fire throughout the game, doing most of his good work during the first half. He finished the game going 33-of-45 for 377 yards and five touchdowns. His performance was a bit marred by two interceptions that stopped a couple of drives short of the end zone.

Hall now stands as the all-time leader in wins from the quarterback position in BYU's illustrious history, which is a tremendous accomplishment. Hall played with fire and emotion throughout the game while leading his team to a victory.

Running Backs: A-

Harvey Unga played and played very well considering how gimpy he was with his sprained ankle entering the game. Unga made some spectacular runs in the first half before taking some reps off during the second half. He finished with 11 carries for 67 yards.

Manase Tonga had a very good day in all aspects of the game, finishing the game with five carries and five receptions for a combined 85 yards. J.J. Di Lugi and Bryan Kariya were both very efficient as well while subbing in for Unga.

Wide Receivers: B+

The wideouts were efficient, although they were a bit more quiet than the rest of the position groups on offense. McKay Jacobson led the way with three receptions for 73 yards, while both O'Neill Chambers and Luke Ashworth caught a touchdown.

Tight Ends: A

Dennis Pitta dominated the play throughout the game and showed what he's capable of when not being double-teamed throughout a matchup. Pitta showed early and often, managing to haul in nine passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns despite missing most of the third quarter with a minor injury.

Andrew George was effective as well, catching five passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in one of his better outings of the year. Tight ends have traditionally been very good against Air Force and Saturday was no different, as both Pitta and George shined.

Offensive Line: B+

The offensive line quietly went about its business, controlling the point of attack throughout the game. Air Force threw every sort of blitz one could imagine at the offensive line, yet they picked up most of them without trouble. Some of the run blocking was spotty at times, but for the most part they dominated the course of play.

Braden Brown got his second start in a row at the right tackle position and was remarkably good in both his pass blocking and run blocking. All in all it was a very solid performance by the offensive line as a whole.

Defensive Line: A-

The ends did a very good job, which isn't a surprise considering how much Jan Jorgensen and Brett Denney have gone against Air Force in their careers. Jorgensen surpassed Chase Ortiz as the all-time tackle-for-loss leader in the Mountain West Conference, which is an incredible accomplishment.

The Cougars slanted and stunted very well Saturday and did great in keeping the Falcon blocking assignments in some doubt. A big key in defending Air Force's attack is making sure that the fullback dive play never goes for more than three yards. Romney Fuga and company at the nose tackle position did a very good job in making sure the Falcons rarely fell forward for many yards when they did attempt to dive the fullback up the gut of the defense.

Linebackers: B+

The inside linebackers had one of their best outings of the year. Air Force was hard-pressed to get past the first wave of tacklers, which is a credit to the play of Matt Bauman and company. Colby Clawson was the standout of the linebackers, playing textbook defense against the triple option.

Cornerbacks: A-

Brian Logan was outstanding once again, providing great coverage down the field of play when Air Force tried play action. Brandon Bradley was very good in run support, while Lee Aguirre saw a lot of time subbing in for Bradley and providing little if any drop-off with his play at the boundary corner position.

Safeties: A

Andrew Rich and Scott Johnson were simply outstanding in all facets of Saturday's game. They accounted for receivers down the field on play action while providing very good run support. The safeties were arguably the best unit on the field of play during Saturday's game.

Special Teams: B-

The kick coverage was not very good, as Air Force was able to get some big runs on kickoffs. Mitch Payne booted through a 49-yard field goal, and in so doing boosted the special teams' grade tremendously.

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