BYU football: Tough opponents have stifled No. 19 Cougars’ run game

Brigham Young Cougars running back Chris Brooks runs against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium in Eugene on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. The Cougars’ run game averaged only 2.5 yards per carry in games against Baylor and Oregon.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

What is wrong with the BYU rushing attack?

You know, the one that looked unstoppable at times last season with future NFL running back Tyler Allgeier powering past opponents, with occasional help from scatback Lopini Katoa? 

And what’s going on with the Cougars’ much-hyped offensive line, the one that was supposed to be the best in the Kalani Sitake era, and one of the best all-time? 

Three weeks through No. 19 BYU’s season, those questions are popping up right and left as the 2-1 Cougars prepare to face 3-1 Wyoming on Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. MDT; ESPN2 will have the broadcast.

“We pride ourselves at running the ball at BYU. We want to get better. We want to improve on that. We will get better this week at the run game. … Our O line is tough. They are great. They are experienced. We will get this thing back on track.” — BYU tight end Isaac Rex

With Cal transfer Chris Brooks having replaced current Atlanta Falcon Allgeier as RB1 and Katoa back for a sixth season, BYU rushed for 314 yards in the 50-21 blowout of South Florida. Puka Nacua’s game-opening 75-yard touchdown run off a fly sweep contributed to that total.

“We are only three games in, and it is just a weird sample size, because the first game we could do anything we wanted, and we rushed for 300 yards and we didn’t have to play everybody in a normal rotation like we had planned,” offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick said.

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However, in Week 2 against Baylor the Cougars put up just 83 rushing yards, on 33 attempts, for a meager 2.5 yards per carry. It got worse in Week 3, as they fell behind Oregon early, had to throw the ball more in a game of catchup, and finished with just 61 rushing yards on 24 carries.

Brooks went from 135 yards against USF to 31 against Baylor and 28 against Oregon.

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