Week one is officially in the books. BYU, Utah and USU all put together impressive wins, and there were a lot of key performers from these games. So I decided to put together a list of the top offensive and defensive performances from each team.
Utah State completely dismantled the under-matched Wildcats of Weber State. The final score was 42-6 USU. The Aggies focused their game plan around Devante Mays and the running game, and ran the ball 42 times against Weber State.
Offensive Player of the Game: Devante Mays (RB) 18 attempts, 208 yards, 11.6 average, 3 tds.
Mays put on a clinic against the Wildcats. He was unstoppable, and ran the ball with ease. With numbers like that, expect the Aggies to continue to hand the ball off to Mays as they will look to rely on him to score and move the ball.
Defensive Player of the Game: Dallin Leavitt (S) 4 tackles, 1 INT.
The Junior Safety had a good game in the secondary for the Aggies. He was able to make a nice interception and was swarming to the ball as he racked up 4 solo tackles.
Next on the list is Utah. They faced off against the Thunder Birds of SUU. The Utes won the game 24-0, and it was our first time watching a few key players for the Utes. The Utes overall were very impressive and completely shut down the T-Birds.
Offensive Player of the Game: Troy Williams (QB) 20/35, 272 yards, 2 TD’s, 70.9 QBR.
Williams looked very efficient and smart in his first start for the Utes. His throws were on target and he took great care of the ball committing zero turnovers. It was a breath of fresh air being able to see the passing game succeed for the Utes.
Defensive Player of the Game: Marcus Williams (DB) 2 tackles, 1 INT, 1 Fumble Recovered.
Williams is one of the team captains this year, and probably one of the best players on the team. He proved why on Thursday against the T-Birds. Williams has great hands and instincts, and he put that on display for Ute nation as he was able to get an INT and recover a fumble for the Utes.
Last on the list is BYU. The Cougars faced off against Arizona on Saturday, they won with a last-minute field goal to give them the edge over the Wildcats 18-16. There were a lot of guys that really stepped up big for the Cougars against Arizona, but there were two that really stood out to me.
Offensive Player of the Game: Jamaal Williams (RB) 29 attempts, 162 yards, 5.6 average.
Williams put on a show for Cougar nation against Arizona! This guy was unstoppable at times. His two biggest runs were called back on penalties, so he would have rushed for over 200 yards if those penalties wouldn’t have been called. Williams proved to everyone that he is back, and ready to have a great Senior year.
Defensive Player of the Game: Francis Bernard (LB) 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 int.
I can’t imagine that moving from RB to LB is an easy transition, but Bernard made it look easy against Arizona on Saturday. He was all over the field disrupting plays as he was able to pick off Arizona’s QB Anu, and sack him once. Bernard is looking like a true LB and it looks like he is settling into his new position just fine.
– Jesse Thayne