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Injuries and Inability to Move The Ball Result in a Blowout Loss For The Byu Cougars

Photo Credit: Matt Staples

BYU suffered another blowout loss at the hands of West Virginia on Saturday 37 - 7. BYU came into the game with key injuries to multiple starters. Kedon Slovis didn't play due to "multiple injuries to his throwing arm." Kalani Sitake said in a pregame interview with BYU's play-by-play announcer, Greg Wrubell. Darius Lassiter, second on the team in receiving yards got banged up last week against Texas. Keanu Hill as well. Hill has missed multiple games this season with nagging injuries. On the defensive side of the ball, rotational players on the D line, Caden Haws, and John Henry Daley were also out for the WVU game. RB LJ Martin did make the trip and was said he was going to play but didn't see any playing time.

BYU has been outscored 79 - 16 in the last two and a half games, starting in the second half of the Texas Tech game. Along with injuries, BYU really struggled in the trenches on both sides of the ball. BYU gave up three sacks, eight tackles for loss, and many more hits on backup QB Retzlaff, who also rushed ten times for 26 yards to avoid a few more sacks. On the defensive side of the ball, BYU was unable to put much pressure on Greene or to stop the running game of WVU. WVU ran for over 300 yards and had two 100-yard performances by Jahiem White and CJ Donaldson.

BYU has many concerns they need to address along with injuries before their matchup with Iowa State next week in Provo if they hope to get bowl-eligible this season. Iowa State will be their best chance in their remaining 3 games. After Iowa State, they have Oklahoma in Provo as well before wrapping up the regular season against Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Let's hope the BYU coaching staff can help address these concerns this week and that the home crowd of LES helps BYU next week become bowl-eligible for their inaugural season in the BIG 12.

As always, Go Cougs!


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