PROVO, Utah – BYU faced a myriad of obstacles taking on Middle Tennessee State on Friday night.
They were missing starting linebacker Spencer Hadley as part of his five game suspension.
Star receiver Cody Hoffman was out, serving a one game suspension for violating team rules. And for the second week in a row, they lost a running back after scary moments with a player motionless on the turf.
In the end, none of that (or the Blue Raiders’ defense) could overcome Taysom Hill’s ability to run the football. The Cougar quarterback ran for 165 yards and two scores on just 18 carries, and Michael Alisa added two more touchdowns as BYU beat MTST 37-10.
Hill also threw the ball much better, completing 14 of 19 passes for 177 yards. He did throw an interception and did not pass for a touchdown, but the drastic improvement in completion percentage is a huge step forward for the BYU offense as they turn their attention to another Friday game, next weekend in Logan.