The first half was nothing too memorable for BYU’s offense but the Cougars somehow reached halftime with a lead on Middle Tennessee State. BYU has turned the football over three times in the first half but a strong running game and a complimentary defensive effort has allowed for BYU to get past the sloppy play. BYU got on track to take a 23-10 lead at halftime.
Quarterback Taysom Hill has once again done plenty of damage on the ground, rushing for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Hill also lost a fumble for one of BYU’s three first-half turnovers. Hill has had to carry the bulk of the offense tonight with receiver Cody Hoffman suspended for the game against the Blue Raiders.
Middle Tennessee took a 10-7 lead in the first quarter when Logan Kilgore connected on a touchdown pass to Marcus Henry in the red zone. Early in the second quarter BYU started to fight back by picking up a safety by bringing down Middle Tennessee running back Jordan Parker just inside the goal line. Hill later rushed 50 yards for a touchdown for the play of the half, giving BYU a 16-10 lead and Michael Alisa added a late half touchdown to pad the lead before the break.
One of the most consistent pieces of Wisconsin’s passing attack, such as it is, will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future.
A UW official confirmed to madison.com that Austin Traylor sustained a right-arm injury in Saturday’s loss to Iowa. As a result, the tight end will be sidelined for the rather broad period of 4-8 weeks.
At best, Traylor could return for the Nov. 7 game against Maryland after missing contests with Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois and Rutgers. At worst, he’d miss the remainder of the regular season, but could return for a bowl game, and perhaps the Big Ten championship game if the Badgers were to earn another berth.
Because he’s already played in five games this season, Traylor would not be eligible for a medical hardship waiver if he were to miss the remainder of the year.
Traylor is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with three while his 15.6 yards per reception is tops on the team. He’s third in receiving yards with 156 and tied for fourth with 10 receptions.
With each passing day, it appears Miami won’t be able to avoid one of the most talented and productive running backs in the country.
Thursday, Dalvin Cook returned to practice for the first time this week. Cook suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, and had spent the previous two days of practice riding a bicycle while the rest of his teammates prepped for the in-state and conference rivalry game against The U this Saturday.
The Palm Beach Post wrote that Cook showed “no signs” of the hamstring injury that had some worried about his availability in Week 6.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher, who said Wednesday he doesn’t “ever count Dalvin out” because of his healing ability, will meet with reporters later this evening and could address Cook’s status for the weekend then. Or, he could play to keep the Hurricanes guessing, even as most assume the All-ACC back will be on the field.
Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th.