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Analysis: BYU-Houston Position Breakdown

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Sophomore Deontay Greenberry has been the target of most of O’Korn’s passing success, racking up 606 yards and three touchdowns along with an average of 121 yards per game. BYU has yet to have a single receiver average more than 90 yards receiving per game. Greenberry has been dominant the last three weeks with 371 yards receiving and two touchdowns, showing that he’s picking up steam as the season has gone along. Junior Daniel Spencer has been a solid target as well, catching 18 passes for 240 yards and four touchdowns.

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Edge: Even

Offensive line

BYU’s offensive line continues to struggle and has yet to find its rhythm, giving up 14 sacks this season. Hill was sacked three times against Georgia Tech, an alarming number for a middle of the pack ACC defense. After he was sacked three times against Utah State, almost half of the quarterback takedowns surrendered by BYU have come in the last two weeks.

Houston’s offensive line has held up well, surrendering only five sacks this season. Although BYU has faced superior competition week in and week out, it’s still noteable that Houston has been able to keep O’Korn upright for the most part. The freshman quarterback has been sacked only twice in the last three weeks.

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Edge: Houston

Defensive line and linebackers

BYU’s defensive front had a field day against Georgia Tech, rolling for four sacks and holding every Georgia Tech rusher under 100 yards for the day. Kyle Van Noy continues to show why his name is mentioned among the best defensive players in the country and has amassed 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, an interception, 10 quarterback hits and 39 tackles. Alani Fua, Remington Peck and Eathyn Manumaleuna continue to impress with a combined 9.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. Total, the BYU defense has 34 tackles for loss and nine sacks in 2013.

Houston has plenty of defensive talent as well. The team has combined for eight sacks and 23 tackles for loss, with nine players with at least one tackle for loss and six with at least one sack. The defensive front is also holding opposing offenses to only 126 yards rushing per game. Junior Trevor Harris has been the leader of the defense with 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks, but freshman phenomenon Tyus Bowser is worth noting too. Bowser has 3.5 tackles for loss and leads the team with three sacks.

Edge: BYU

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