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Mid-week Minutiae

Mid-week Minutiae

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As noted here and elsewhere, BYU is currently averaging 15 points per game through four games.

The lowest season scoring averages for BYU (since 1972):

16.3 ppg (2003) note: leading passer (Matt Berry, Soph); 1,445 yds, 63%, 7 td, 14 int

22.2 ppg (1975) note: leading passer (Gifford Nielsen, Soph); 1,471 yds, 61%, 10 td, 7 int

22.7 ppg (1997) note: leading passer (Kevin Feterik, Soph); 1,767 yds, 60%, 11 td, 5 int

22.7 ppg (2002) note: leading passer (Bret Engemann, Jr); 1,334 yds, 55%, 6 td, 8 int

23.3 ppg (2000) note: leading passer (Charlie Peterson, Jr); 1,617 yds, 57%, 6 td, 5 int

24.3 ppg (2004) note: leading passer (John Beck, Soph); 2,563 yds, 56%, 15 td, 8 int

25.0 ppg (1986) note: leading passer (Steve Lindsley, Sr); 2,247 yds, 63%, 12 td, 18 int


Not surprisingly, there exists a substantial correlation between a subpar passing game (and/or inexperienced QB), and the struggle to produce points.

In the seven lowest scoring seasons since 1972, BYU's leading QBs combined for 67 tds and 65 interceptions, while averaging only 1,778 passing yards per season.

In the Bronco Mendenhall era, BYU's leading passer has thrown for at least 3,560 yards in every season. In the Mendenhall era, the lowest season scoring average was 30.1 ppg in 2007.


In all of the above seasons, multiple quarterbacks started games for BYU.

In only one of the above seasons (1997) did BYU have a 1,000-yard rusher (Brian McKenzie, 1,004 yds in 2004).


BYU is 13-0 v. Utah State on Friday nights. BYU is 19-3 all-time on Friday nights.


The last time BYU lost four consecutive games in the same season was in 1993 (the fourth straight loss was at Utah State). BYU ended up finishing the regular season 6-5 and playing in the Holiday Bowl, having tied for first in the WAC at 6-2. BYU lost to Ohio State in the Holiday Bowl, 28-21.


Utah State has enjoyed two winning seasons since 1980. BYU has enjoyed 24 winning seasons (and 27 non-losing seasons) in that time.


BYU leads the nation in kickoff return coverage (allowing only 10.25 yds/return on eight returns). BYU is also ranked highly (27th) in punt return yardage allowed (4.5 yds/return on only four returns).


Mitch Payne is one PAT away from tying Kurt Gunther's BYU career PAT record of 162.


BYU has yet to record a scoring drive of 80 yards or longer. Last season, BYU had 18 such drives.


BYU has one passing play of 30 yards or longer. Last season, BYU had 21 such completions.


Since throwing an interception in his final play at Air Force, Jake Heaps has thrown 76 consecutive passes without a pick.


BYU has zero turnovers in the second half this season.


The loss to Nevada snapped a streak of 16 consecutive wins in games where BYU did not turn the ball over. In the Bronco Mendenhall era, BYU is now 16-2 in "zero turnover" games, and 37-5 when "even" or "plus" in the TO margin.


Third-down trends:

BYU has converted 10/16 (63%) rushing third down attempts.

BYU has converted 10/45 (22%) passing third down attempts.


BYU has converted 16/33 (49%) third down attempts of 3rd and 5 or shorter.

BYU has converted 4/28 (14%) third down attempts of 3rd and 6 or longer.


BYU has converted 9/12 (75%) third down runs on 3rd and 4 or shorter, including 4/5 on 3rd and 4. In all of 2009, BYU ran on 3rd and 4 only three times (2/3).


Third-down passing, by conversions/targets:

DiLuigi (4 conversions/6 targets)

Hoffman (3 conversions/10 targets)

Ashworth (1 conversion/9 targets)

Jacobson (1 conversion/4 targets)

Quezada (1 conversion/2 targets)

Kariya (0 conversions/5 targets)

Chambers (0 conversions/2 targets)

Muehlmann (0 conversions/1 target)

Wilson (0 conversions/1 target)

Hafoka (0 conversions/1 target)

4 sacks (3 Heaps, 1 Nelson)

Totals: 10 conversions/41 targets + 4 sacks = 10/45 on passing third down attempts


Don's miss tonight's LaVell Edwards Stadium broadcast of "BYU Football with Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall," from 7:00-8:00pm on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

Marc Lyons and I will be joined by Bronco, OL Coach Mark Weber, OL Jason Speredon and former Cougar Rob "Freight Train" Morris. Coach Weber will handle the second half of the show and take care of "BYU Q and A" tonight. If you have a question for Coach Weber, submit your query at this link.


Hoops note: the BYU Basketball coaching staff will be in Boston to attend Celtics training camp Thursday through Saturday. Celtics President of Basketball Operations and former Cougar Danny Ainge invited the staff out to Boston, where BYU assistant coach Tim LaComb served his LDS mission. As such, LaComb is the de facto tour guide this week.


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