And on the large stage Saturday, two time zones away, BYU couldn’t maintain off No. 14 Coastal Carolina on the street with 50 hours notice.
The Chanticleers looked sharper and were extremely motivated to play within the greatest recreation in class historical past with ESPN’s “Faculty GameDay” in town. It was an incredible stage for each team. The verdict? Coastal Carolina 22, BYU 17.
The Cougars manned up in theory. Lost in actuality. They got here up 1-yard brief when the clock read 0:00 and now stand 9-1, an ideal season lost within the rearview mirror.
“We have been excited to play this recreation and have this chance, but we didn’t make sufficient performs and ran out of time,” said BYU coach Kalani Sitake. “I’ve to do a greater job making ready our team to make performs wanted to win.
“It’s a must to credit score, Coastal Carolina. They’d the same period of time to prepare as we did and so they put themselves in a greater place to win this recreation. We didn’t.”
You could credit score the Chanticleers. The smaller however faster Solar Belt team dominated time of possession (37:51 to 22:09), actually holding BYU’s Zach Wilson and the Cougars offense on the sidelines. When the Chanticleer protection wasn’t chasing Wilson out of the pocket, pushing him out of bounds, they have been utilizing MMA strikes on him without penalty simply before the half to attack, attack, attack.
The end result was an exhilarating upset for the Chants and a disappointing, considerably humiliating loss for Sitake’s team, which bit off greater than it may chew this late within the season on the street towards a classy triple-option assault that was working on all cylinders.
The Cougars regarded as an unprepared team. There have been dropped balls, a fumble, and an enormous third-quarter sack. There was additionally a receiver who misplaced 16 yards by reversing course at midfield, killing a drive on second down.
Proper before the potential game-winning drive, BYU burned a crucial timeout, avoiding a penalty for 12 males on the sector on CC’s punt do-over. BYU’s defense was neutralized on the level of attack by a smaller Coastal Carolina offensive line and couldn’t get off the sector
In short, this was BYU’s worst nightmare in its only lack of the season. The crash is difficult and the airplane trip residence had to belong.
Coastal came at Wilson with a disruptive rush when he was on the field. Unlike this entire season, he was off-balance many of the game, particularly on crucial third- and fourth-down alternatives. That BYU faced an excellent team and mishandled it would make many query their veracity as a top-10 entity.