An anemic offensive showing doomed BYU once again, as the Cougars fell to Boise State, 24-7. After converting a turnover into a touchdown on their first offensive possession, BYU failed to score the rest of the game. BYU put up 238 yards of total offense, with 172 yards through the air and 66 on the ground.
Lots of blame is sure to go around for the Cougars’ 1-5 start. The team is lacking talent in many areas, and many of the best players are freshmen; e.g., Ula Tolutau, Matt Bushman, Khyris Tonga.
Playing calling has been questionable at times, and execution has been lacking when players have been open. Sitake mentioned some of Tanner’s shortcomings in his postgame comments:
Sitake: "I thought we had some open guys downfield and he threw it to the wrong guy. Just bad reads. I'm not really going to sugarcoat it."— Jay Drew (@drewjay) October 7, 2017
Things aren’t going to get any easier next week, as BYU heads to Starkville to take on SEC foe Mississippi State. The Bulldogs already have a 37-7 win over LSU under their belt and a dangerous quarterback in Nick Fitzgerald, so the outlook is not pretty, to say the least.
BYU’s schedule eases up considerably afterwards, but games on the road at ECU, Fresno State, UNLV and Hawaii won’t be gimmes by any stretch. If BYU does fall to the Bulldogs, they would need to win their final 6 games to finish 7-6 and secure bowl eligibility.
BYU’s game versus Mississippi State is next Saturday at 10:00 am MDT on SEC Network.