Notre Dame Football Opponent Preview: BYU Cougar Offense

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Oct 4, 2013; Logan, UT, USA; Brigham Young Cougars running back Jamaal Williams (21) runs against the Utah State Aggies defensive during the fourth quarter at Romney Stadium. BYU won 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Rushing  (265.4ypg – 12th in the nation)

The improvement of BYU’s passing game has made the Cougars a dangerous two dimensional opponent, but the running game continues to anchor their production.  Led by Hill, who has rushed for an impressive 956 yards and 8 touchdowns on 165 carries, the Cougars have developed a high octane offense that attacks a defense from the sideline to the interior.  On the season Hill is averaging 104ypg including a 259 yard explosion against Texas where he appeared unstoppable.

Hill, justifiably so, garners most of the attention, but he has a capable stable of running backs behind him.  Jamal Williams, the Cougars second leading rusher behind Hill, has accumulated 940 yards and 6 touchdowns.  Both Hill and Williams are averaging over 5.5ypc.   After Williams, BYU has three talented runners, including standout Adam Hine, who have each rushed for 200 or more yards this season.

The Cougar’s offensive line was described best by Desert News columnist, Dick Harmon: “It’s a work in progress.”  With the exception of the center position which is anchored by Terrance Alletto, the Cougars have started three different players at each offensive line position.  Even with all the injuries BYU’s offense had not missed beat until they faced Wisconsin. The Badgers bullied the Cougars up front and routinely collapsed the pocket while beating pulling linemen to the edges.  The line rebounded against Idaho State, but they can expect another physical matchup with Louis Nix, Stephon Tuitt and Sheldon Day playing together for only the second time this season.

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