Three thoughts on the BYU Cougars embarrassing 20-14 loss to the San Jose State Spartans:
1. Coaching issues. BYU offensive coordinator Brandon Doman had Riley Nelson throw the ball 51 times. Nelson ran the ball 14 times. Meanwhile, the number one offensive weapon Jamaal Williams had just 15 carries. Does that make sense? After Tom Holmoe’s critical remarks about the offense Doman joked that he may have to find another job. He probably shouldn’t joke anymore because after that game plan that actually may become a reality.
2. Offensive issues. Riley Nelson Nelson fumbles. Riley Nelson telegraph’s a ball for an interception at the goal line. Riley Nelson overthrows, underthrows, throws behind his receivers. Riley Nelson fumbles again. Really there is nothing more to say.
3. Defensive issues. In the first half BYU’s defense seemed unprepared to defend the pass. They were unable to apply pressure against an offensive line that yielded 13 sacks earlier this season to Utah State. And the secondary was absolutely awful especially Jordan Johnson who was picked on like Zac Stout and Joe Sampson did to those people at that table at Rancheritos. While the defense clamped down and played well in the second half the first half performance put BYU in a hole that their anemic offense was unable to climb out of.