Sometimes coaches, like players, need to hold their peace rather than give the opposing team some locker room ammunition. Idaho head coach Robb Akey stated back in July that BYU was “not on the same level” as their other big-name opponents (Texas A&M and Virginia). The Cougars must have not taken kindly to those words, as the 42-7 drubbing they put on the Vandals was the worst they’d suffered this year. (A&M beat them 37-7, and Virginia needed OT to beat the Vandals 21-20).
Riley Nelson was knocked out of the game early, as he was hit hard after throwing a touchdown pass. This wasn’t enough to stop the Cougar offense, however, as they rolled up 505 total yards, with 262 passing and 243 rushing. Jake Heaps looked good against the Vandals, going 15/20 for 185 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT.
Special Teams. Apparently the punting squad got the practice they needed, as there were no long-snap issues today, and the punt unit had two successful punts for a total of 84 yards
What we know about Idaho (2-8, 1-4 WAC)
Idaho is well outside the realm of bowl contention at this point, with just two games remaining. Next up for them is Utah State, who can win just two of its last three to become bowl eligible. With two of those being Idaho and New Mexico State, the Aggies will be quite motivated. The last game for Idaho will be WAC-leading Nevada.
What we know about BYU (7-3)
The Cougars have to hope for a speedy recovery for Riley. I have no problem with the Cougars’ chances against New Mexico State; but Hawaii is a different story. The Warriors are somewhat bi-polar this season, and you don’t know which team you’ll face. One things for sure, playing @ Hawaii is not a cakewalk. I’d like to know Riley can make the flight, but if he can’t, the game will be a good measuring stick of Jake’s progress, so long as the right Hawaii team shows up.