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DICKSON: A rough finish in Hawaii Bowl for BYU football will cause an extended off-season Two lousy yards.

DICKSON: A rough finish in Hawaii Bowl for BYU football will cause an extended off-season Two lousy yards.

BYU quarterback Zach Wilson gets tackled during the 38-34 Cougar loss to Hawaii in the 2019 SoFi Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019.

Two yards is all the stood between BYU winning the Sofi Hawaii Bowl to offer Cougar Nation a cheerful narrative over subsequent eight months. But those two yards might also are the two,994 miles between Provo to Honolulu for a way BYU treated the most important moment of its postseason. Maybe I’m overstating how important it's for the Cougar fan base to possess positive talking points to banter between themselves and their neighbors during the off-season. But I don’t think i'm. Remember last year?

 Zach Wilson went 18 for 18 passing within the Idaho Potato Bowl, BYU blasted Western Michigan 49-18 and every one the talk turned to the potential of Wilson and the way the program was progressing forward. 

I’m pretty sure the players and coaches can’t tangibly take momentum from winning a bowl game into subsequent season. When January of 2020 rolls around and off-season training begins, the seniors have moved on and therefore the younger players are all learning new roles, from leadership to moving up the depth chart.

 they're much too busy and focused to stress about the 2019 season. But fans? Fans don't have anything better to try to to during the off-season but mention what happened the last time they saw their beloved team take the sector. Let’s review. 

BYU fell behind 14-0 within the half-moon on the Hawaii Bowl and therefore the defense was shredded by Warriors quarterback Cole McDonald for quite 300 passing yards within the half. 

If the aim of the drop eight defense is to make less space for a quarterback to throw then why were McDonald’s receivers running free and unchallenged so often? Whatever adjustments BYU made at halftime worked sort of a charm within the third quarter and most of the fourth. Suddenly, Hawaii couldn’t even get a primary down and therefore the Cougars had all the momentum. Some big calls went against the Cougars as they tried take over the sport, probably costing them ten points or more.

 But you can’t control what the officials plan to call, or if ESPN decided to travel cheap and not install line cameras that might have shown Wilson crossing the line before he fumbled. As the players wish to say and as they're taught by mental strength coach Dr. Craig Manning, “Don’t worry about the items you can’t control. Control the items you'll.

” As the game came to a conclusion, BYU had several opportunities to regulate what they might control and win the sport. The Cougars could have gained two yards on third and two with Hawaii out of your time outs. they might have stopped the soldiers final drive. 

After getting the ball backtrack by four, BYU could have driven the sector for the game-winning touchdown within the final minute. As for Wilson, the Hawaii Bowl was important for him.

 He needed to possess an enormous game to point out the trust the coaches have put into him because the starter was justified, despite his struggles since returning from a broken thumb. Wilson had some nice moments but threw two interceptions and had more red zone issues.

 Now, the post-season narrative goes to be about how Baylor Romney and Jaren Hall played better than Wilson and will tend the chance to start out. For all his physical gifts, Wilson has had problems in pressure situations, still locks in on his receivers way too often and should not have the gamesmanship to effectively play quarterback at the school level. 

which will be a harsh assessment, but fans have had 18 games of evidence that results in those conclusions. Is it an overstatement to mention that it matters what fans are talking about during the off-season? Again, I don’t think so. One of the narratives we’ll hear is about the performance of BYU’s coordinators.

 On defense, Ilaisa Tuiaki has been a hot topic all season long because the Cougars struggled to urge pressure on quarterbacks. The Cougars actually had five sacks against Hawaii, but no turnovers and surrendered 31 points within the half. Now, about those previously mentioned two yards. I realize how easy it's to second-guess one play call during a game.

 If the play didn’t work, there's obviously a far better one that might have worked. But during this situation – leading 34-31 with two minutes remaining, Hawaii out of your time outs, after having run 250 yards already within the game – the selection by Jeff Grimes and therefore the offensive coaching staff just defies logic. 

The Cougars ran what seemed like a fast screen to Micah Simon – behind the road of scrimmage – but Hawaii blew past whatever blocking had been found out. Wilson inexplicably threw the ball into the bottom rather than taking a sack, which might have kept the clock moving and given Hawaii less time to travel on a game-winning drive. How a few speed option by Wilson?

 How about giving the ball to 220-pound back Tyler Allgeier, who was averaging nine yards per carry? How about trusting your offensive line to urge enough of a push to realize two yards? It was a complete failure from the highest to rock bottom and nobody can really argue the purpose. 

I feel bad for the seniors on the team, guys like safety Austin Lee – who couldn’t play the ultimate game of his career due to a hamstring injury – defense end J.J Nwigwe – who had two sacks in his final performance during a Cougar uniform – and end “Captain” Moroni Laula-Pututau, who also couldn’t play thanks to injury. Sending off your seniors with a win may be a big goal during a bowl game and BYU couldn’t do this. 

As for the program, Kalani Sitake received a four-year contract extension after beating Idaho State on Nov. 16 but lost the ultimate two games of the season to fall to 27-25 in his four years as head coach. The Cougars have gone 7-6 two seasons during a row and to any reasonable fan, that doesn’t appear as if progress of any kind. All BYU fans know is that until the Cougars take the sector September 5 at Rice-Eccles Stadium, there isn’t much good to speak about for subsequent eight months.

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