BYU COUGARS

Instant Takeaways From BYU’s Regular Season Finale Win Over Stanford

Nov 27, 2022, 12:37 AM

Isaac-Rex-BYU-Cougars-Stanford-Cardinal...

BYU tight end Isaac Rex (Courtesy of BYU Photo)

(Courtesy of BYU Photo)

STANFORD, Calif. – The BYU Cougars ended their 2022 regular season with three consecutive victories, capped by a road win over the Stanford Cardinal.

The Cardinal hosted the Cougars at Stanford Stadium on Saturday, November 26.

BYU beat Stanford, 35-26.

It was the Cougars’ last regular season contest as an FBS Independent. BYU will enter the Big 12 Conference ahead of next season.

BYU ran for 358 yards on its way to victory.

With the win, the Cougars improved their record to 7-5.

BYU will await to find out its bowl destination.

The first half was BYU’s best offensive performance since USF

BYU put up 288 total yards in the first half against the Cardinal. What’s even more impressive about that effort is that it was primarily on the ground. Out of that 288 first half offensive yards, 208 of those were rushing with Brooks leading the way with 82 yards.

It was the most impressive half of football from BYU’s offense since week one against USF. That first half against the Bulls feels like a lifetime ago.

What gives with short-yard playcalling for BYU? 

BYU’s woes in short-yardage situations reared their ugly face again on Saturday night on The Farm. The struggles dealt Jaren Hall a right ankle injury.

During the first half, BYU dialed up a wildcat play call with Puka Nacua that they haven’t called the entire season. Nacua jumped in midair when the snap came his way and the ball hit the turf on a 3rd and goal from the one-yard line. Luckily for BYU, Stanford had a player in the neutral zone, so BYU had another shot. They capitalized with a touchdown pass to Isaac Rex in the back of the endzone.

Then in the second half, BYU was stuffed on a 3rd & 1 in Stanford territory. They called a timeout and on 4th & 1, Jaren Hall kept the ball and was short. He got injured on that run call.

It’s been a problem for BYU in numerous games this season. Proved to be costly in the regular season finale.

Does this injury bring to an end Jaren Hall’s career at BYU?

With Jaren Hall being a fifth-year quarterback who will earn his diploma soon, the belief has always been that Hall will move on to the NFL after this year.

Hall has one year of eligibility remaining and he’s never announced his intentions for the 2023 season. What does this injury do? Depending on the severity of the injury, does it make him consider a return to BYU? Or does it motivate him to bolt as soon as possible to begin preparations for the NFL?

That will be a decision for him and his family.

If it was the end for Hall, it’s been an impressive tenure.

Chris Brooks was excellent

What we saw on Saturday night from Chris Brooks is what many –including myself– believed Brooks would be throughout the entire season. Coming into Saturday’s game, he didn’t have one game where he had more than 14 carries. He put together a season-high in carries reaching the 20 carry threshold against Stanford.

The former Cal Bear ran violently against the Cardinal and had the best game of his BYU career.

Tanner McKee was as good as advertised

When Tanner McKee is given time, he is one of the most efficient quarterbacks in college football. He was on fire against a BYU secondary that had no answer for the slant passes.

McKee put together a 300-yard night and had BYU fans hoping the LDS signal-caller would one day want to transfer to BYU.

He’s a perfect fit on the Farm, or he might be off to the NFL.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch’s BYU/Stanford coverage from The Farm on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

BYU Basketball, Fousseyni Traore, TCU...

Mitch Harper

Takeaways From BYU’s Comeback Victory Over TCU

BYU's Fousseyni Traore and Richie Saunders shined in the comeback win over the Horned Frogs.

3 hours ago

BYU/TCU, Game Recap, Richie Saunders...

Mitch Harper

BYU Avoids Letdown, Comes Back From 17-Point Deficit To Take Down TCU

Cougars roar back from season-high halftime deficit to defeat TCU.

5 hours ago

Kedon-Slovis-BYU-Cougars-NFL-Scouting-Combine...

Kyle Ireland

Local Players Shine At 2024 NFL Scouting Combine

The 2024 NFL Scouting Combine featured multiple players with ties to the Beehive State who tested and performed at the pre-draft event.

6 hours ago

BYU Football, Quarterback Battle, Jake Retzlaff, Gerry Bohanon...

Mitch Harper

BYU QB Battle: Gerry Bohanon, Jake Retzlaff Split First-Team Spring Ball Reps

It's a two-man race for the starting QB job at BYU.

1 day ago

BYU Basketball, Bracketology, Richie Saunders...

Mitch Harper

Bracketology Forecasts Have BYU Trending Up Entering March

The Bracketologists are looking kindly on BYU basketball after the win over Kansas.

1 day ago

BYU Basketball, TCU Preview, Jaxson Robinson, Dallin Hall...

Mitch Harper

BYU Basketball Renews Old MWC Rivalry With TCU In Big 12 Play

BYU returns home for a tilt against a familiar foe.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

ksl-sports-newsletter...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

...

KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Jordan-Clarkson-Utah-Jazz...

KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Instant Takeaways From BYU’s Regular Season Finale Win Over Stanford