That was one of the more bizarre football games I’ve ever seen.
UW had minus-18 yards on 17 plays at halftime. Three of its first four plays went for negative yards.
Why BYU threw the ball was beyond me. The Cougars rolled up 217 yards rushing with two players getting more than 80 and a third with 59 yards.
Nice to see senior linebacker Keith Lewis get a pick-six. That 55-yard return in the second quarter was the play of the game for the Cowboys. If he doesn’t do that, BYU blows this game open.
And then UW’s offense comes alive in the second half. See my column Sunday in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle www.wyomingnews.com and Laramie Boomerang www.laramieboomerang.com for more on that. BYU may not have rushed a lot of guys, but maybe we saw a spark of what the offense can do.
But this still was a loss and the frustration among the team is mounting. Sophomore safety Shamiel Gary looked like he wanted to vent or go off on his frustration, but he didn’t. Sophomore quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels didn’t like the rotation between him and senior backup Dax Crum that went early into the third quarter. But it was just that, a rotation, as UW tried to find any spark.
After seeing a replay, it also looked like senior receiver David Leonard was interfered on a third-down play on UW’s final offensive possession. No flag was called. And, have you ever been to a game where the officials throw a flag for a chop block, then go back and talk abou it and say no chop block? Can’t say I’ve seen that.
No official word on injuries until Monday, but Gary left the game in the first half but returned. Sophomore Ghaali Muhammad was hurt on kickoff return and didn’t come back. Junior offensive lineman John Hutchins and sophomore defensive tackle Ben Durbin also were seen on UW’s sidelines with injuries.
Probably my last time here at BYU for football for a long time. Can’t say I will lose sleep if I don’t come back, but if this was the last game I see here it was memorable.