No. 3 Defensive Pressure
Tuiaki’s bend don’t break defense is great if you know the offense is going to score. But the continuous six to eight minute drives are killing the Cougars. First off, it makes the quarterbacks, receivers, and linemen get out of a rhythm. Honestly, there have been times when with timeouts, injuries and incompletions the offense has been on the sidelines for longer than twenty five minutes. How can you expect an offense to keep any momentum when they haven’t been on the field that long, even if the defense doesn’t give up a score.
Secondly, it limits drives. BYU doesn’t seem to want to run an offense that shortens the game, so why do they want to do that on defense? The fact that the total points in a game has only gone over 50 points once says a lot about the pace of game.
While the defense is preventing big plays and easy scores, one has to ask, would it be better to have four short drives that end in seven points, or two long drives where three points are scored? The clear answer is the first because that also gives the offense the ball.