4. BYU 28, Arizona 23
What was that?!
This looks like a far different BYU team from last year’s version – there’s a wee bit of an offense now – but Arizona totally screwed this up.
Kevin Sumlin and his coaching staff have to go back to the drawing board and try this again.
Khalil Tate is one of the nation’s most dynamic stars, and yet he only ran eight times for 14 yards with a short score. It wasn’t just that he was throwing and throwing and throwing some more, it was that there were way too many unnecessary deep shots.
It was as if the Wildcats were playing like they had to press all game long, when the offense worked at its best when it was simply lining up and tearing off runs.
JJ Taylor found his groove late – finishing with 85 yards and a score – but Tate just never got his chance to take off.
Worst of all, Arizona got pounded on. BYU only ran for 183 yards, but Squally Canada powered for three short scores, and when the offense needed a big first down, it almost always got it.
There’s time to turn this around fast with Houston, Southern Utah and Oregon State up next before dealing with USC, but again, the coaching staff has to scrap whatever it is that that was.