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PROVO — BYU rolled past FCS Idaho State, 56-3, Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium, and here is a look at several keys to the Cougars' win.
Kyle Van Noy
BYU's Kyle Van Noy made a huge play early in the game when he blocked an ISU punt, recovered the loose ball, and advanced it down field, setting up the offense for an easy touchdown.
Van Noy also had a huge sack on third down forcing the Bengals to punt. At another point in the game he had a late hit on the Bengals' punter. He later demonstrated great sportsmanship by apologizing to the Idaho State head coach following the game.
Nelson looked great in the win over the Bengals. He distributed the ball to many receivers throughout the game. He made great reads and kept plays alive with his feet.
Nelson seemed to look to throw first instead of just running after making his first read. He seems to make some improvements against while facing this FCS team. Nelson was 11-for-17 for 215 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
Cody Hoffman once again was Nelson's go to receiver. When Nelson needed someone to bail him out he looked for Hoffman down field. Hoffman, at 6-foot-4, was a big mismatch against everyone of the Bengals’ defensive backs. If Nelson threw the ball high, Hoffman went up and grabbed it. Hoffman finished the day with five catches for 71 yards and two touchdowns.
The offensive line
The BYU offensive line came up with another great game in keeping the Bengals’ pass rush at bay. It also allowed Nelson and back-up Jake Heaps all the time they needed to find open receivers down field. The offensive line also allowed the running game to get huge yards. BYU finished the game with 290 rushing yards on 20 carries.
BYU coaching staff
The coaching staff seemed to make good decisions on both sides of the ball. However, it may be easy to look great when dominating nearly every match up. It was great to see BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall's defense blitzing with regularity.
The defense recorded five sacks, and it would be nice to see that trend continue against superior opponents. BYU offensive coordinator Brandon Doman seemed to keep the Bengal defense honest by maintaining a balanced, dominate offense.