BYU Dynasty Report: Cougars take on the Huskies in NCAA '09

DJ AndreasenContributor IAugust 12, 2008

Going into this week, the Cougars had two things that could turn into problems.

1. Austin Collie is injured with a broken finger and...
2. The Huskies have Jake Locker who is a pretty good QB, especially at scrambling.

At the game preview page, looking at the injury report, apparently Jake Locker is out for 11 weeks.

So getting down to business, I started the game.  The first quarter was a tight one, with neither team scoring until there were 55 seconds left in the quarter, at which point Max Hall connected with Jake Murphy on a short touchdown pass. 

In the second quarter, Max Hall ran a QB sneak at the goal line and made it in to make it a 14-0 lead for the Cougs.  As time ran out in the half, Hall hit TE Dennis Pitta for nine yards and a touchdown to make it 21-0 going into the locker rooms. 

The momentum was all the way to the Cougars, especially since Washington's kicker missed two easy first half field goals.

The third quarter was a quiet one as there was only one score for both teams.  The Cougars received the second half kick and on the first set of downs Harvey Unga ran it 64 yards for a touchdown.

The Huskies were finally able to put some points on the board in the fourth quarter, when they threw a 6 yard pass for a touchdown. On the following kick off, the Huskies returned the onside kick, and there was a ray of hope for an amazing comeback. 

Yet they weren't able to convert for a first down on a fourth-and-two play in BYU territory and that ended all hope for the comeback.  In the final minute of the game, Max Hall ran in his second touchdown, this time from seven yards to make it a final score of BYU 35 Washington 7.

Although the BYU passing game was on fire today, the defense was the real star, only giving up 212 yards of offense.

Key Stats

Max Hall: 32-44 for 330 yards and two TD; two rushing TD's; MWC POTW
Harvey Unga: 13 carries for 89 yards, one TD
Dennis Pitta: seven catches for 121 yards, one TD
Micheal Reed: six catches for 80 yards
Jake Murphy: six catches for 48 yards, one TD

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