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PROVO -- BYU rolled Idaho State this week in Provo as the Cougars grabbed another needed win beating the Bengals' 56-3. BYU was expected to easily win the game but the Cougars were anxious to sharpen some skills in the process. Here are some impressions of the game.
BYU Offense: As expected BYU dominated Idaho State, The offensive was explosive. On the first BYU offensive touch of the game Riley Nelson connected with Ross Apo for the first touchdown of the game. The touchdowns kept coming as BYU scored seven offensive touchdowns and never had to settle for field goals. Nelson left the game in the third quarter with 215 yards passing and was 11-17 with three touchdowns.
Brandon Doman: Brandon Doman seems to be improving as a playcaller. You have to take the success with a grain of salt because the Bengals are an FSC team and really were not expected to compete at the same level as BYU. However it was nice to see proper plays being called at the proper time. The Bengal defense was not able to favor the rushing game or the passing game because it seemed to be well-balanced play calling on Doman’s part with success being found in both areas.
BYU Defense: The BYU secondary was indeed put to the test. Idaho State passes more than any other opponet BYU has faced this season. It was great to see BYU blitzing with regularity once again. BYU came up with 6 sacks in the game. Kyle Van Noy once again proved how special of a player he is as he came up with great tackles, two sacks and a huge blocked punt that led to BYU's first touchdown.
Jake Heaps: When Heaps entered the Game BYU was leading 42-3. Because of the dominating lead the Cougars’ ran a lot more than they passed while Heaps was at the reins. Heaps did get a number of throwing opportunities. Heaps by no means made bounding changes while sitting on the bench over the last few weeks. He did seemed to make good reads and find open receivers when he was given the green light to throw. Heaps threw one interception as he attempted a pass to Marcus Mathews and the Bengals' Ryan Coleman made a great play on the ball. Heaps was 8-10 for 67 yards with one intcerpetion.
Skills Sharpened: BYU looked to make improvement and gained some confidence in the win over the Bengals. That confidence and skill set needs to carry over to next week as the Cougars travel to Dallas Cowboy Stadium to take on the TCU Horn Frogs who routed New Mexico 69-0 while the Cougars were taking care of Idaho State.