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The BYU Cougars lost at Notre Dame this afternoon, 17-14. Here are my initial thoughts to today's game...
-The game ended like most people thought it would; with a Notre Dame victory. BYU had their chances; but at the end of the day, the Cougars didn't make plays when they had to. This was a very winnable game for BYU, which makes this one tough to take.
-The BYU offense played well in the first half, but their inability to put points on the board in the second half turned out to be too much to overcome. Even though they were leading by seven at halftime, the third quarter was not kind to the Cougars. BYU couldn't muster-up enough offense to put some distance between themselves and the Irish.
-Riley Nelson had plays to make today, but didn't. There were numerous occasions, including a wide open Cody Hoffman in the fourth quarter that would have been a touchdown, where Nelson either under-threw or threw behind a receiver.
-The Cougar defense rebounded after their performance last week at home against Oregon State. The problem was the second half, when Notre Dame found their running game and BYU's offense couldn't answer the Irish's scores.
-BYU's offensive line had issues keeping Notre Dame's defensive front at bay. The Irish were able to get pressure on Nelson most of the day. There were a few times that BYU could have made a play offensively if Nelson had been given more time.
-Jamaal Williams was impressive once again. The true freshman rushed for 64 yards on 14 carries. Unfortunately he wasn't a factor in the second half.
-While most didn't expect BYU to win anyway, this is another example of not being able to win the "big game."