BYU report card: BYU wins a wild one in Houston, 47-46 (5 items)
HOUSTON — BYU struggled mightily against Houston but did just enough down the stretch to escape with a hard-fought victory. In the end, quarterback Taysom Hill found Skyler Ridley in the near corner of the end zone to secure it for his team.
Here's a look at how BYU graded out against Houston on Saturday.
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1 of 5. Offense
Hill finished with 29 of 44, passing for 417 yards and four touchdowns — including his game-winning strike to Ridley with 1:10 remaining. He also ran the ball 34 times for 128 yards.
Several receivers stepped up big, including Cody Hoffman, who had seven receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown and Ross Apo, who scored two early touchdowns. The Cougar ground game was hampered considerably when Jamaal Williams left the game early in the second half with a hip injury.
Overall the offense receives high marks for 681 total yards gained and 47 points scored. It gets docked points for bogging down for much of the second half and for three turnovers.
2 of 5. Defense
Big plays did the Cougars in for the better part of the game. Blown coverages and a surprising amount of missed open-field tackles both contributed heavily to Houston's overall success.
Regardless of its struggles, the BYU defense managed to perform when it mattered most. It held Houston scoreless during a critical red zone situation late and provided a three-and-out to ensure the offense would have ample time to produce its game-winning drive.
3 of 5. Special teams
Punter Scott Arrellano did pin Houston deep on a couple of occasions late, which played big in determining the final outcome.
4 of 5. Coaching
Coach Bronco Mendenhall made a gutty cornerback blitz call late that paid off big-time with Mike Hague dropping O'Korn to a big loss that led to a miss on a 40-yard field goal.
5 of 5. Overall