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SLTrib: Backup backs shred Green Wave

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"Harvey Unga came back, and his backups were even better. It all added up to a very productive day for BYU's running game in a 54-3 win over Tulane. Having missed last weekend's upset of Oklahoma with a hamstring injury, Unga was cleared to play just before kickoff Saturday and carried the ball on BYU's first offensive play. He ran the ball twice more and caught one pass, while looking as powerful as ever on an 8-yard run during the touchdown drive that gave BYU a 20-3 halftime lead. Unga shut himself down for the day after that, citing tightening of the muscle. BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall was glad to reintroduce Unga to the offense, saying he "made progress," while applauding Kariya and DiLuigi." - Kurt Kragthorpe, Salt Lake Tribune

BYU: Postgame Notes - Career Firsts

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"Saturday marked the first career start for junior linebacker Grant Nelson, who picked up the first two sacks of his career on Tulane’s first drive of the day. Sophomore running back JJ Di Luigi scampered into the endzone for a three-yard touchdown with 6:24 remaining in the third quarter, marking his first career score. True freshman Anthony Heimuli’s five-yard reception with just over 13 minutes to play in the game marked the first of his career. The play was followed by a one-yard touchdown run by Di Luigi. Jordan Pendleton’s fumble recovery and subsequent touchdown in the fourth quarter are both career firsts. Freshman Brett Thompson caught his first career pass for six yards with 4:40 remaining in the game." - Carey Hoki, BYU Athletic Communications

MWC Connection: BYU Explodes for 54 Against Tulane

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"From midway from the first quarter it was all BYU and they just moved down the field and spread the ball to everyone. Backup QB Riley Nelson got in the game and scored a rushing touchdown late in the game. The only complaints about this game would be that BYU started off slow. That is something that can not happen against Florida State next week. A few downsides that RB Harvey Unga tweaked his hamstring again which is a huge concern especialy with Florida State coming up next week. He should not have played at all in this game and just rest that injury. Also, the kicking game was a mess by kicking the ball out of bounds and missing an extra point. These finite things are what need to be fixed since BYU is a top 10 team and need to be perfect when they play better opponents. However it is hard to complain with a 54-3 win."

SLTrib: Riding the Wave

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General Recap from Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune...

DN: Cougars start slow, gain momentum for win

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General Recap from Jeff Call of the Deseret News

Fox Sports: Heisman Watch Includes Hall

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QB Max Hall, Sr. BYU This week: at Tulane. Last week: 26-38, 329 yards, two TDs, two INTs in win over Oklahoma. He put together a Heisman-caliber drive to lead his Cougars to an improbable win over Oklahoma, but there's still a lot of work to be done. What he does in the Mountain West is important, and while he has to lead the team to a title and a BCS slot, the upcoming Florida State game will be what defines his Heisman candidacy. After seeing what Miami's Jacory Harris did to the 'Noles, Hall has to be licking his chops. - Pete Fiutak, FoxSports.com

Times-Picayune: Tulane eager to show improvement

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Tulane receiver Casey Robottom didn't hang on every spectacular play in Brigham Young's upset of then-No. 3 Oklahoma last Saturday. He didn't even watch the entire game. "I really didn't want to watch the game that much," Robottom said. "I just wanted to focus on what I do." Tulane is approaching its latest challenge -- No. 9 BYU -- in baby-step style. Instead of being overwhelmed with the Cougars' well-rounded strengths, the Green Wave has emphasized correcting its mistakes from the Tulsa game, a 37-13 opening defeat. "Everybody was upset at themselves because a lot of people made mistakes early," Green Wave running back Andre Anderson said. "It was my worst first quarter ever. I made false starts, I missed blocks, I missed assignments -- that's not who I am. That's the thing, everyone has pride in themselves. Everyone had people they were playing for and we felt like we let those people down." Before the Tulsa game, each player was asked to think of the people they represent, love, care about. The coaching staff told the players to play for those people. Not performing up to snuff left the team disappointed and angry. - Tammy Nunez, The Times-Picayune

BYU Cougars @ Tulane Green Wave

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The Greenwave might be more pumped since BYU is a top 10 team and bring the extra effort, but they were manhandled by Tulsa who is not ranked in the top 25. Tulane will need to try to bring pressure on Max Hall, because the Cougar line is still inexperienced and getting pressure is possibly a way for Tulane to stay in the game. Offensively for Tulane they need quarterback GJ Kinne to improve off of his 15-20 and 211 yard performance against BYU. He had zero picks, but the problem was that drives were stalling and unable to get points. BYU does however need to stop Tulane's top receiver's: Jeremy Williams who had five catches for 139 yards and Casey Robottom who had six for 82. BYU's corners will be tested by these two wide outs and will need to keep these to receviers in front of the coverage and not get beat. The rushing game was non-existant for Tulane and that can be a problem if they are passing most of the game then they will become one-dimensional. Also, by not being able to rush the ball Tulane will not be able to hold onto possessions longer and keeping the ball away from BYU's potent offense. Tulane's best chance to keep this game low scoring -- which is also their best chance to win-- is to rush the ball with consistency and to have extended drives. There will be no let down and expect BYU to win this game by a couple of touchdowns. - MWC Connection

BYU gets some nice press in the hard-copy issue of Sports Illustrated this week. The highlight is a...

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BYU gets some nice press in the hard-copy issue of Sports Illustrated this week. The highlight is a page-and-a-quarter photo of the Cougar defense's push on its fourth quarter goal-line stand versus the Sooners."

Greg Wrubell, KSL