PROVO — In the season-opener at Arizona, BYU dominated the third quarter and scored 21 unanswered points to take control of the game and beat the Wildcats.
In the home-opener last Saturday, a similar thing happened, but this time it was the Cougars who collapsed for much of the second half in a 21-18 setback to California.
“It felt like they took our game plan and beat us with it,” coach Kalani Sitake said of the Golden Bears.
Now BYU will limp into Madison, Wisconsin, next Saturday (1:30 p.m. MDT, ABC) to take on No. 6 Wisconsin, which dropped one spot in the Associated Press poll despite clobbering New Mexico 45-14 at Camp Randall Stadium last Saturday.
“It felt like they took our game plan and beat us with it.”
BYU coach Kalani Sitake
Against the Lobos, running back Jonathan Taylor, a Heisman Trophy candidate, rushed for 253 yards and three touchdowns.
The Badgers pulled away, outscoring UNM 28-7 in the second half as they turned two turnovers into touchdowns in the third quarter.
By the way, Wisconsin has won 41 consecutive non-conference home games, the longest active streak in the FBS.
Yes, the Cougars will be big underdogs next week. The Badgers blitzed BYU last season in Provo, 40-6.
“We’ll get it fixed. It’s a hard task to go into Madison and play a really good team that’s physical,” Sitake said. “That was a good reminder last year how physical they play. It will be a good measurement to see how much we’ve improved from last year to this year. It’s a challenge. We’ll see how we face adversity and overcome it.”
Like last season, the Cougars showed an inability to establish an offensive identity and score points in the red zone.
Against Cal, BYU had 11 yards of total offense and zero offensive points in the third quarter after exploding …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News