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GAME BLOG: BYU 52, UTEP 24

GAME BLOG: BYU 52, UTEP 24

Posted - Dec. 18, 2010 at 4:38 p.m.



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FINAL Fourth Quarter
BYU 52, UTEP 24

This was a great way to end the season for BYU. After the 1-4 start, the Cougars looked finished, but BYU planted the seeds of success in the win over San Diego State and went on to win 6 of its last 8 games to finish 7-6. What to make of Jake Heaps? He's a keeper. His touchdown to interception ratio is 15-9 on the year. After a gutty performance against a great Utah defense, he exploded for 264 yds, 4 TD 1 INT on 25 of 34 passing against the Miners. Next year, he will return with a lot of weapons. Cody Hoffman (8 rec. 137 yds 3 TD vs UTEP) will be a sophomore next year. McKay Jacobson returns. Ross Apo comes off a redshirt. At running back, J.J. Di Luigi will be a junior. Bryan Kariya will be a senior. Josh Quezada will be a sophomore and he is probably the best true running back of the bunch. The big question will be whether Matt Reynolds goes early to the NFL Draft, or returns for his senior season. It will be interesting to see whether a potential NFL lockout plays into his decision. Defensively, BYU will have lots of talent in the front seven returning. Defensive tackle will be loaded. Romney Fuga returns from injury. Jordan Richardson is back. Eathyn Manumaleuna is back to play DT or end. Plus, it appears BYU is picking up a beefy DT transfer from USC in Hebron Fangupo (6'2" 310 lbs). BYU's linebackers should be very good. Kyle Van Noy is a tremendous athlete. The lineup will be bolstered by USC transfer Uona Kaveinga. There are bodies in the secondary, but losing Andrew Rich, Brian Logan, Brandon Bradley will have an impact. Next season begins @Ole Miss, @Texas, Utah, UCF. That's arguably a more difficult opening than this season, but BYU should be much more prepared to answer the call. Only 9 1/2 months away! - Andrew Adams

10:05 Fourth Quarter
BYU 52, UTEP 24

This has been a complete game for BYU in all facets. Special teams have been solid, the defense has created turnovers and Heaps to Hoffman is something BYU fans better get used to. 8-137 yards and 3 TD's for Cody Hoffman. UTEP has showed a few flashes, but have not been nearly as consistent as the Cougars.

12:00 Fourth Quarter
BYU 52, UTEP 17

0:14 Third Quarter
BYU 45, UTEP 17

4:55 Third Quarter
BYU 38, UTEP 17

8:18 Third Quarter
BYU 38, UTEP 10

The first drive out of the second half is a long sustained one for BYU....A solid running attack mixed in with a few passes and BYU adds points to their 31-10 lead, with a touchdown and now a 38-10 lead. Diluigi 1 Yard TD run. 6:42 off the clock on that drive.

HALFTIME Second Quarter
BYU 31, UTEP 10

8:38 Second Quarter
BYU 31, UTEP 10

14:42 Second Quarter
BYU 24, UTEP 7

The Cougars are rolling on both offense and defense. Turnovers and special teams have been a big factor so far. BYU capitalizing on the Interception and a 32 yard Heaps to Hoffman TD pass. 24-3 Cougars.

2:42 First Quarter
BYU 14, UTEP 3

3:37 First Quarter
BYU 14, UTEP 0

Jake Heaps hits Luke Ashworth from 9 yards out for the second Cougar score of the first quarter. The Cougars are moving the ball with ease on the ground and through the air.

4:37 First Quarter
BYU 14, UTEP 0

10:29 First Quarter
BYU 7, UTEP 0

Great run back by Falslev of 42 yards after BYU stops UTEP on it's first drive....The Cougars strike first after the turnover. BYU 7-0, Kariya with a 4 Yard TD run.

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