There were a lot of numbers to go around last night after the win in East Hartford. Here are a few that stood out.
1 - Interceptions by Craig Bills. Fumbles lost by UConn. The very first drive of the first play for UConn was a forced fumble which allowed the Cougars to put points on the board and get up early on the Huskies. TDs allowed by the BYU defense. Missed field goals by Trevor Samson, who was 0/1.
2 - Fumbles by BYU. Mitch Mathews and Algie Brown both had costly fumbles where they were careless with their ball security. Didn’t keep BYU from rolling, but can’t happen next week against Texas. Also a pair of rushing TDs for Taysom Hill.
3 - Passing TDs by Taysom Hill. The offseason training appears to have paid off for Hill, as he looked ike a new player with his increased passing ability and decision making. This could be a monster year for the junior QB.
4 - Receptions by Algie Brown. He put up 44 yards with on those four grabs, mostly coming from option routes that seem to be a bigger part of the offense this year.
6 - Carries from Adam Hine and Algie Brown, respectively. Hine picked up only 15 yards on his attempts, while Brown tallied 35 yards before being yanked from the game after his fumble. He will have to work hard to regain that trust from Coach Anae.
9 - BYU players with a reception. Four had over 40 yards receiving, with Mitch Mathews leading all receivers with 62 yards.
10 - Points scored by UConn.
11 - Carries by Taysom Hill. This resulted in 97 yards and 2 TDs.
15 - Penalties. This was unacceptable for any college team but especially BYU, many coming from stupid mistakes that take mental discipline to avoid. 150 yards worth cost the Cougars multiple touchdowns.
28 - Completions by Taysom Hill on 36 attempts. That’s a cool 78% if you’re wondering.
35 - Points scored by BYU. Most ever put up by a Bronco Mendenhall team against an FBS team in a season opener.
54 - Average kickoff distance from Trevor Samson. Which was awful. Not one made it to the end zone. It’s still up in the air if we see Adam Mikkelsen next week. Mikkelsen was the top kicker coming out of fall camp.
71 - Yards rushing by UConn. For a team that wanted to the pound the ball on the ground, they didn’t have a lot of success.
78 - Completion percentage by Taysom Hill. Just to reiterate, that is really good.
308 - Passing yards from Taysom. On the road. In a season opener with a lot of penalties.
513 - Total yards of offense. Yes, it is now okay to be very optimistic about this season.
Now the Cougars turn their focus to the Texas Longhorns next week. Great way to start the season for the boys in blue.