BYU is now 5-1 against Power Five teams after a 66-49 shootout victory over Virginia. The No.25 ranked Cougars are now 1-0 against the ACC and still hold a 4-0 record against the Pac-12. It wasn’t easy. BYU was quick out of the gates, notching a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. However, things looked grim when Virginia took a 35-31 lead. The BYU coaching staff made necessary adjustments and that included feeding the beast: Tyler Allgeier. The sophomore running back set a career high for rushing yards with a 266. He also scored five touchdowns. Below are three thoughts from the BYU victory.
1. If BYU goes up by 21 in the first quarter, it’s going to be a game
I can’t imagine how annoyed BYU fans must be to see their favorite team shoot off to a 21-point lead out of the gates only to blow it. The same thing nearly happened against South Florida, which BYU won 35-27. Unlike in the game against South Florida, Sitake and his coordinators were able to make adjustments throughout this game. I’m not even a BYU fan, and I’m annoyed at the blown 21-0 first quarter leads. I can’t imagine how Cougars fans felt when Virginia took the lead.
2. If BYU was undefeated, Allgeier would be in the Heisman conversation
As I mentioned in my preview, BYU wins when Tyler Allgeier racks up at least 100 yards. Typically, he racks up a lot more than 100 in those victories. Against Virginia, Allgeier set a career high with 266 yards on 29 attempts. He scored five rushing touchdowns. If it weren’t for the losses, in which he only amounted 106 yards combined, he’d be in the Heisman conversation. Against Baylor, he only managed 33 yards. It is my firm belief that if Allgeier hits the 100-yard mark in these two games, BYU wins those games. He is a major reason why BYU is now 7-2.
3. The “1-2 Punch” is making it sexy to block again
Tyler Allgeier scored a 49-yard rushing touchdown two minutes into the second half. During this run, he ran in between two of his wideouts holding their blocks. Allgeier was not touched by either one of the defenders who were being blocked. Keanu Hill wears No.1 on the offense. Neil Pau’u wears No.2 on the offense. These are the two wideouts who held onto their blocks. I am calling them the “1-2 Punch”. The blocks Hill and Pau’u executed on the defenders was beautiful, allowing Allgeier to punch six points onto the scoreboard. Take note young wideouts. Your teammates and coaches want quality blocks from you. Your 100-yard receiving games mean absolutely nothing to your teammates if you are lazy on your blocking. It could be the difference between a touchdown and a tackle for a loss. Wideout blocking is that important. Hill and Pau’u get it. I have to give them some love!