BYU dropped its season opener at Virginia last week and the schedule doesn’t do the Cougars any favors as they run into a Texas team this week that demolished New Mexico State 56-7. Here’s a position-by-position look at this week’s matchup and which team will have the edge heading into Saturday’s game:
Texas junior David Ash versus BYU sophomore Taysom Hill
Ash started off the season slowly, throwing two picks as Texas trailed New Mexico State 7-0, but woke up in the second quarter. Ash threw four touchdown passes and scrambled for another on the ground, accounting for 35 of the team’s 56 points and leading Texas to a school-record 715 yards of total offense.
Hill got his first chance at leading the new BYU up tempo offense against Virginia, but struggled to complete only 13 of 40 passes and finished the game with one touchdown and one interception. There will be growing pains until Hill is better acclimated to Robert Anae’s offensive approach, but the pressure will be on the quarterback to keep up with Ash on Saturday.
Texas found just as much success on the ground as in the air against New Mexico State, rolling up 359 yards and four touchdowns. Jalen Overstreet, who converted from quarterback to running back this season, proved his coaches made a good decision by rushing for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Ash added 91 yards of his own, while two other Texas backs ran for over 60 yards each.
There’s no doubt as to who the Cougars are leaning on to be the workhorse back this season. Sophomore Jamaal Williams had 33 touches and rushed for a respectable 144 yards, but couldn’t find the end zone. Hill added 57 yards and a touchdown of his own, but no other BYU back had more than three carries.
Texas spread the ball around against New Mexico State, completing at least three receptions to four different receivers. Daje Johnson and Malcolm Brown led the team with a combined 176 yards receiving and both found the endzone.
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