The first time BYU faced an ACC team this season, there were many questions with this team. After tonight’s win over Georgia Tech from the ACC, BYU is starting to play their best football of the season with room to grow.
At the midway point of the season, BYU moves to 4-2 with a 38-20 rout of the Yellow Jackets.
BYU quarterback Taysom Hill had another great game. He threw for 244 yards on 19-of-26 passing. 226 of those 244 came in the first half where the offense looked to be clicking on all cylinders, moving up and down on the Yellow Jacket defense.
The defense had their struggles in the game with missing tackles. Georgia Tech QB Vad Lee accounted for 213 total yards with 80 of those on the ground.
Georgia Tech was keeping the game close in the second half as BYU couldn’t deliver the knock out punch to the Jackets who lost their third straight game to BYU, and third straight game on the season. The knockout punch was delivered with 11:01 remaining in the game after a 51 yard pick six from linebacker Alani Fua. After that point, the Cougars pulled away and tacked on a rushing touchdown from Algie Brown who scored his first career TD.
Some highlights from the game.
- Kyle Van Noy had two sacks and one tackle for loss. The Yellow Jackets had one of the better game plans for stopping Van Noy that I have seen since KVN joined BYU in 2010. Despite the Jackets strong efforts, KVN still created havoc and made big plans on the defensive side of the ball.
- The tight ends had another nice game. Two catches from Devin Mahina and one catch from Brett Thompson.
- 209 rushing yards led by Jamaal Williams who had 89 yards on 17 carries and also got his first touchdown of the season.
- Spencer Hadley saw his first action from a suspension that was cut early. He had four tackles.
- Cody Hoffman scored his first touchdown of the year and it was a SportsCenter Top 10 highlight. That TD came early in the 1st quarter. Hoffman is now one catch away from being the all-time leading receptions leader in BYU Football history.
BYU will head to Houston next week in a battle of the Cougars. Houston is 5-0 on the season. The game will be aired on ESPNews. Slated for a 1:30 p.m. (MT) kick.