Ugly. Embarrassing. Disappointing. All those words describe Friday night’s debacle.
Tanner Mangum threw an early pick 6 and the Utah State Aggies never looked back in a 45-20 beatdown of BYU at Lavell Edwards Stadium.
BYU looked outcoached, outworked, and out-executed in every facet of the game. The Cougars lost the turnover battle 3-0, and the Aggie offense ran and passed all over the BYU defense into the end zone.
BYU’s ground game was shut down once again, as they finished with a dismal 39 rushing yards (26 of those were on a scramble by Zach Wilson on the final drive). Tanner Mangum finished with 270 yards for 2 TDs and a pick, but many of those yards came when the game was well out of reach. Freshman Zach Wilson came in late and threw a TD pass to fellow freshman Gunner Romney.
The defense didn’t fare any better, as Utah State controlled the line of scrimmage and did whatever they wanted all night.
BYU now stands at 3-3 at the halfway point of the season with a lot of questions to answer and some soul searching moving forward.
BYU awaits the 5-1 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors next Saturday in LES.