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Max Hall's touchdown-to-interception ratio isn't what he expected it to be at this stage of the season, but some of BYU's best senior QBs have struggled with that ratio early in their final seasons.
Through four games, Hall has eight TDs and eight INTs; Marc Wilson had the same ratio (8:8) through four games of his senior season in 1979. Robbie Bosco had nine TDs and nine INTs four games into his senior season of 1985.
Wilson finished the year with 29 scores and 15 picks; Bosco ended up with 30 TD passes and 24 interceptions. More importantly, the 1979 Cougars (Wilson) finished 11-1 with a conference championship, while the 1985 Cougars (Bosco) ended 11-3 with a conference crown--and wins over Utah in both instances.
You might recall that one of the knocks on Hall earlier in his career was his penchant for fumbling the football. In 2007, Hall had 12 fumbles and lost seven; in 2008, he had 11 fumbles and lost nine.
Clearly, Hall has been more mindful of that aspect of ball security: last Saturday's fumbled snap versus Colorado State was his first fumble of the season--a fumble he recovered.
Did you know?...
The first team ranked in the preseason Top 20 to lose two games this season is...Florida State.
Since a win in Provo in 1974, the Aggies are 3-26 against the Cougars; 1-15 at BYU, with 14 consecutive losses at Lavell Edwards Stadium. The average score of those 14 games: 40-16 in favor of BYU.
BYU has never lost to Utah State on a Friday night, going 12-0.
The Aggies have faced BYU 11 times when the Cougars have been ranked in the AP Top 20/25. USU is 0-11 in those games, and 1-49 alltime against teams ranked in the AP poll (0-39 on the road).
Congratulations to Nate and Keshia Meikle, who welcomed their first child into the world yesterday afternoon! Kyla Jean Meikle weighed in at 6 lbs., 11 ounces. Nate will be happily occupied this week, but does plan to interrupt his paternal schedule to walk the sidelines on Friday night.