It was supposed to be a special night, a night to honor Kyle Van Noy and Cody Hoffman. Unfortunately that dream turned in to a nightmare as BYU was manhandled by Washington. The Huskies opened the game with a touchdown drive capped by a Bishop Sankey 11 yard touchdown run. After a BYU touchdown drive leveled the game at 7, Washington kick returner John Ross sprinted through a hole for a touchdown and put the Huskies up to stay.
Taysom Hill put up a valiant fight as he accounted for 426 yards of offense. BYU was unable to protect Hill against a relentless Husky pass rush. The Huskies sacked Hill 5 times and pressured him all night long. When they didn't get to him they drew holding calls on BYU's offensive line. The Washington defense was physical and not intimidated by BYU's "go hard, go fast" offense.
BYU dominated the 2nd quarter of play as they generated massive offensive numbers and found the red zone four times in the quarter. Unfortunately, offensive miscues again plagued the Cougars and forced them to kick three field goals in the four possessions. Coming out in the second half BYU never really threatened and Washington did a great job of controlling Taysom Hill and neutralizing his effectiveness.
Cougar fans can now look forward to an August 27th trip to Connecticut to meet another set of Huskies to open the 2014 season. It will be a season of transition as Cody Hoffman and Kyle Van Noy graduate to the NFL, but with Taysom Hill at the helm there is a lot for Cougar fans to be excited about.
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