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Shep Talk: The Cougars are feeling good again

Shep Talk: The Cougars are feeling good again



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After two straight disappointing losses, the BYU Cougars worked out their frustrations on Hawaii, beating the Warriors 47-0 at Lavell Edwards Stadium.

The question leading up to the game was who would play quarterback. We found out about an hour before kick-off that the freshman, Taysom Hill would get his first collegiate start in place of the inured Riley Nelson. That decision turned out to be a good one for Bronco Mendenhall.

All Hill did in his first start as a Cougar, was throw for two touchdowns and rush for another. Taysom only played two and a half quarters before taking a seat due to a hefty BYU lead. Hill ended the evening with 112 yards passing and 143 yards rushing.

Shep Talk: The Cougars are feeling good again

The other shining star on offense for BYU was freshman running back Jamaal Williams. Williams rushed for a team leading 153 yards and scored two touchdowns. That gives Jamaal three touchdowns on the season. Starting running back Michael Alisa suffered a fractured forearm in the first quarter, which means that Williams may be "the guy" moving forward for BYU at the running back spot.

While Friday night's victory came against a sub-par Hawaii program, it was a positive step forward for a team that was struggling offensively. BYU needed confidence; and they got it against the Warriors. They know they didn't play a perfect game, but they were able to work out some kinks and start replacing those negative memories of the past two weeks with positive ones.

The Cougar defense didn't need to work anything out. They've been playing great all season long. Not only did the BYU defense hold Hawaii scoreless, they held the Warrior offense to just 149 total yards. I have never seen a BYU defense play with this much confidence. They are dominating the opposition. I'm excited to see what htey can do next week against Chuckie Keeton and the Aggie offense.

I know that BYU fans are riding high after Taysom Hill's performance as the team's quarterback, but Bronco said before the game that he hopes Riley Nelson's absence is just a one week thing. After the game, Mendenhall reiterated that Riley is the team's starter and if he's healthy, he will play next Friday against Utah State. Fans won't like that, but Bronco has made no apologies when saying Nelson is his starter. I think it's hard to go away from Hill after his performance against Hawaii. I'm glad that's not my decision to make.

Next Friday's game against Utah State will kick-off at 8:15pm MT. Pregame coverage will begin at 6:00pm MT on KSL Newsradio (102.7 FM/1160 AM)

Jason Shepherd

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