BYU started Riley Nelson for the first time this year and for most of the first half it looked like a genius move. Then Riley started throwing interceptions and the offense stagnated in the second half. In the end it was good enough to get a 29-16 win over a below average San Jose State team.
Some thoughts on the game:
- Riley did not pull away from Heaps in the QB competition. He looked like he would and then he started fumbling and throwing knucklehead interceptions.
- Doman needs to only play QB’s he is willing to let pass. After Riley’s second interception Doman stopped calling pass plays and the offense stopped moving the ball. BYU needs pass yards to be effective.
- The offense looked good in the first half but scored only six points in the second half against a weak team. That is really disappointing.
- BYU has a new #1 running back. Mike Alisa emerged out of nowhere to be the best option at tailback after playing a little fullback up until now. He looked great gashing big runs up the middle. Looks like fewer carries for Kariya and Quezada going forward (although DiLuigi will still be the outside runner).
- The defense looked ok but Bronco said he was going with a bend don’t break scheme so there were more yards given up than BYU fans would have liked.
- Special teams were ok. Two made FGs were good. Kickoffs didn’t go out of the end zone though. And believe it or not there were zero BYU punts this game.
- Kyle Van Noy and Jordan Pendleton are fantastic outside linebackers. That position is the best on the team this year.
- Too many drops by receivers today. Jacobson dropped a sure TD in the endzone. Hoffman dropped a hard catch in traffic. And Matthews dropped an easy and sure first down catch late in the game.
Overall there were some nice things today but not enough to make me think “yeah, BYU finally has things figured out”.
Regarding the BYU and Big12 thing:
- The odds of BYU joining the Big12 took a major hit this week with The Big12 inviting TCU ahead of BYU
- Rumors circulating are that there are snags of some kind — presumably with TV rights — that are keeping the Big12 from inviting BYU
- It is still possible that BYU and the Big12 will work things out but I think the odds are much more slim this week than they looked last week.
Sound off in the comments BYU fans.