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Top Performers for BYU vs. Texas Tech

BYU defeated Texas Tech 27-14 on Saturday. Which Cougars stood out?

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BYU got their second conference win, and first against an original member, when they beat Texas Tech. The Red Raiders were generous, with five turnovers. BYU took advantage and kept them at arm’s length the entire game.

Let’s take a look at some of the top performers for BYU in the win.

Tyler Batty, DE

Once again, Batty makes the list in what is turning into his finest season as a Cougar. While he didn’t get the gaudy pass rushing numbers this weekend, he still made a big impact. He was credited with seven tackles, with one QB hit, and a key forced fumble on punt coverage.

He played like a man with his hair on fire. Or, like a man who just was spit upon in the face.

Eddie Heckard, CB

Sometimes good defense is just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Heckard notched a defensive touchdown in the first half after jumping on a fumble in the endzone. Multiple Cougars attempted to corral it before Heckard finally did for the defensive score.

He later intercepted a tipped pass from Texas Tech QB Jake Strong and returned it 38 yards. He made plays all over the field. He is second on the team with three interceptions.

Darius Lassiter, WR

Another week, another BYU receiver making a jaw-dropping catch. He also had a team-high 47 receiving yards and his fourth receiving touchdown, which is tied for the team lead.

LJ Martin, RB

The Cougars put together their best rushing game of the season. Martin continues to be the top man out of the backfield, despite his youth. With 10 carries, he ran for 93 yards, which is the most by any BYU rusher in a game this season.

9.3 yards per carry is extremely impressive.

Ethan Slade, S

After not being in the mix to be a starter in the preseason, Slade has established himself as a solid presence in the secondary. Slade earned the top Pro Football Focus grade of any BYU Cougar on Saturday, with an 82.7.

That was aided by six tackles and an interception, the first of his college career. He also did not allow a single reception in coverage.

Crew Wakely, S

The safety opposite Slade also had a stellar day. While he didn’t get an interception like his safety compatriot, he broke up two passes, collected nine tackles, and allowed just 16 passing yards on four targets.

He was instrumental in getting Heckard his interception, as he read the quarterback’s eyes and jumped in the passing lane for the tip.

Bonus Top Performer: Cosmo

Are you serious, Cosmo? This is a new level. The Big 12 isn’t ready for a Cosmo upgrade.