Overall Team Grades
My Player of the Game
BYU fought hard in their game against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. With a chance to make the college football playoffs on the line, BYU's coaches created an excellent game plan to keep their offense in this game. As a result, playmakers like Dax Milne, Tyler Allgeier, and Zach Wilson all balled out and came just two yards short of victory. Unfortunately for the Cougars, they could not stop the Chanticleer's rushing attack, which ended up killing their chances in the end.
Advanced Team Grades
Passing Offense (Overall)
Game Notes on Offense
Despite the loss, BYU's offense played well. RB Tyler Allgeier and QB Zach Wilson ran for a combined 160 yards. Allgeier himself accounted for 106 of those yards, scored a touchdown, and posted an impressive 8.2 YPC. While many of Wilson's big-time throws were dropped in this game, he made some incredible throws on the run to wideout Dax Milne. As a result of this productivity, BYU moved the chains with ease, executed well (besides the bad drops), and stayed in this game.
QB Zach Wilson was a smart passer who refrained from making bad throws. Many of his big-time throws were dropped, but he made some incredible throws on the run. He still has a bad time sensing pressure from the right side. RB Tyler Allgeier ran TOUGH throughout this game. He had a bad fumble but posted an impressive 8.2 yards per carry and 46 yards after contact. He also forced three missed tackles, 106 total yards, and a TD.
BYU's offensive line was the one Achilles heel for the Cougars offense. This OL allowed 13 pressures and struggled to open holes in the run game for Tyler Allgeier. Fortunately for BYU, wideouts Neil Pau'u and Dax Milne provided a tremendous spark against Coastal Carolina's secondary. They combined for 182 yards and a touchdown.
Controlling the Line of Scrimmage
Game Notes on Defense
BYU failed to stop Coastal Carolina's productive rushing attack. The Cougars surrendered 281 yards on the ground and allowed three rushing TDs. The Cougars didn't allow a home run score, but their multiple lapses in the rushing game allowed CCU RB C.J. Marable to run rampant for 132 yards and two scores. On the bright side, the Cougars limited CCU QB, Grayson McCall, to 85 passing yards and no touchdowns. However, this was due to the fact that CCU is a triple-option offense that doesn't throw much.
Despite BYU's collective failure to stop the run, their defensive line excelled. Nose tackle Khyris Tonga forced five pressures against Grayson McCall and had eight tackles, including five run-stops. Likewise, Bracken El-Bakri and Zac Dawe combined for five pressures, eight tackles, and seven run-stops. Unfortunately for BYU, LBs got beat up in the run game, especially Isaiah Kaufusi and Pepe Tanuvasa. Their defensive backs had solid outings, but that was mostly since Coastal Carolina didn't throw much.
Play of the Game
Zach Wilson 41-yard TD to Dax Milne.
Comments on Coaching
Even though BYU lost, their coaches did an excellent job. Their offensive play-calling and game plan allowed their QB, Zach Wilson, to make big plays on the run while preventing him from making costly turnovers. Furthermore, BYU's game management kept their competitive in this game despite Coastal Carolina's long drives to slow momentum. Many will question their decision to go for it on fourth down in the second quarter, but when it's 4th and one, they needed to be aggressive since Coastal Carolina was extending long drives. Besides a few drops, this team executed well on both sides of the ball.