Chinese Communists Proven Wrong in Oxford: BYU defeats Ole Miss in a defensive battle 14-13

Mao Zedong, leader of the Chinese communist revolution, back in the 1940s famously said, "The only real defense is active defense", meaning counter-attacking and going on the offensive. And thus spawning, with that quote, one of the most beloved phrases in the sportscaster lexicon, "The best defense is a good offense." Well, BYU proved that phrase wrong yesterday, winning on the back of their defense. In what can only be described as "frustrating," the Jake Heaps-led offense moved the ball with ease but was unable to capitalize for most of the game.

We break it down, after the jump.

The Offense


Passing

Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
Jake Heaps 1 60.0 24 38 63.2 225 225 5.9 1 1 2 -18 -18 -9 0 - -

Rushing

Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg TD
J.J. DiLuigi 1 12 56 56 4.7 0 5 32 32 6.4 0
Jake Heaps 1 2 -18 -18 -9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bryan Kariya 1 11 35 35 3.2 0 2 13 13 6.5 0
Riley Nelson 1 1 6 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joshua Quezada 1 4 14 14 3.5 0 1 7 7 7 0

Receiving

Receiving
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG TD
Michael Alisa 1 3 28 28 9.3 0
Ross Apo 1 4 46 46 11.5 1
J.J. DiLuigi 1 5 32 32 6.4 0
J.D. Falslev 1 2 21 21 10.5 0
Cody Hoffman 1 1 9 9 9 0
Austin Holt 1 2 26 26 13 0
McKay Jacobson 1 2 25 25 12.5 0
Bryan Kariya 1 2 13 13 6.5 0
Joshua Quezada 1 1 7 7 7 0
Richard Wilson 1 2 18 18 9 0

Kicking

Field Goals PAT
G 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGM FGA PCT XPM XPA PCT pts
Justin Sorensen 1 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 1 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 1 0 2 2 100.0%
Justin Sorensen 1 - - - - - 0 1 0 2 2 100.0% 2


The Offense had some trouble with timely blitzes from Houston Nutt's Ole Miss defense. That, along with what seemed to be some first half jitters caused many drives to stall, resulting in punts and a missed Justin Sorensen field goal. Especially damaging was the pick 6, 96 yards no less, that Jake threw to Ole Miss's Charles Sawyer that stopped a would-be BYU touchdown and created a 14 point swing in Ole Miss's favor. Time and time again, the Offense was bailed out by a tenacious defense that had one responsibility, STOP. THE. RUN. and stop the run they did.

The Defense (Ole Miss offensive stats)


Passing

Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
Barry Brunetti 1 70.0 2 3 66.7 4 4 1.3 0 0 3 13 13 4.3 0 - -
Zack Stoudt 1 50.0 13 25 52 140 140 5.6 0 0 1 -18 -18 -18 0 - -

Rushing

Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg TD
Brandon Bolden 1 4 21 21 5.3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nickolas Brassell 1 2 -1 -1 -0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barry Brunetti 1 3 13 13 4.3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Enrique Davis 1 12 28 28 2.3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Philander Moore 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jeff Scott 1 5 17 17 3.4 0 2 25 25 12.5 0
Zack Stoudt 1 1 -18 -18 -18 0 0 0 0 0 0
Devin Thomas 1 1 3 3 3 0 1 5 5 5 0

Receiving

Receiving
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG TD
Ferbia Allen 1 1 13 13 13 0
Derrick Herman 1 1 12 12 12 0
Ja-Mes Logan 1 4 52 52 13 0
Donte Moncrief 1 3 16 16 5.3 0
Jamal Mosley 1 2 21 21 10.5 0
Jeff Scott 1 2 25 25 12.5 0
Devin Thomas 1 1 5 5 5 0

Kicking

Field Goals PAT
G 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGM FGA PCT XPM XPA PCT pts
Bryson Rose 1 0 - 0 2 - 2 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 2 2 100.0% 1 1 100.0%
Bryson Rose 1 - - - - - 2 2 100.0% 1 1 100.0% 7


Bronco Mendenhall's defense held Ole Miss to just 64 yards rushing. When pinned against great field position, the defense held strong and allowed just two field goals. The linebackers are so obviously the strength of this defense and were all over the place on Saturday making tackles.

MVP of the game: Kyle Van Noy (LB)

He, along with Jordan Pendelton, created so much havoc for the Ole Miss RB's and QB's coming off the edge in Bronco's 3-4 defense. Ultimately, his forced fumble and recovery of said fumble in the end zone for a TD, won the game for the Cougars.

Overall Reaction: This was not offense Cougar Nation was expecting. With all the weapons we have, let's hope this one can be chalked up to "first game syndrome", that Brandon Doman will let go of his inner Robert Anae, that Jake Heaps will embrace his inner Ty Detmer (that is mutually-exclusive from Jordan Wynn's inner Ty Detmer, which is just Jordan Wynn) and the offense can get rolling in the Lonestar State next weekend. Whatever happens, this defense will keep BYU in EVERY SINGLE GAME this year if it plays the way it did on Saturday. 


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