BYU football: Cougs' ground game dominant vs. ISU
Provo • It was Jamaal Williams in the first half, bursting through Idaho State's defense, pulling away in the secondary and gaining 131 yards with two touchdowns before halftime.
Adam Hine did his work after intermission, finishing with 141 yards and an electrifying touchdown, all while averaging 14 yards per carry. Taysom Hill and Algernon Brown filled in the gaps, supplying the Cougars with a running game that couldn't be stopped.
The final was 59-13, as BYU dominated the matchup on Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium from the opening kickoff. Nowhere was that domination more apparent than on the ground, as the Cougars ran right at ISU, daring the Bengals to stop the onslaught. They couldn't.
"We're deep there, we have a lot of guys that can come in and produce," Williams said. "We had it in the game plan that we wanted to come out and run the football. It's the best thing you can do. I feel like we're always going to have a good game on the ground."
The numbers were lopsided by the end of the game. The Cougars as a team ran for 421 yards and averaged almost 10 yards per carry in doing so. Perhaps the biggest play of the game was Williams taking a fourth down handoff deep in his own territory and racing almost untouched 70 yards for BYU's second score.
In all, the Cougars scored four times on the ground. Hine took BYU's first play of the second half and went 64 yards for the touchdown that made the score 56-3.
"We had planned early in the week to come out and run hard," Hine said. "When you do that and you can run the ball, good things happen for your football team. It's great to see so many guys out there contributing. It was a good team win today."
Hill rushed for 62 yards on six carries and Brown went for 61 yards on eight carries and scored a touchdown. Because of the running game, Hill's workload and exposure to hits was limited. BYU's quarterback didn't play in the second half. Aside from three interceptions, Hill played well in running the Cougar offense.
Always on the run
• BYU rushes for 421 yards and four total touchdowns.
• The Cougars have two runners go over 100 yards.
• Jamaal Williams runs for 99 yards in the first quarter.