What a game last night from Boise State and BYU. I knew it was going to be good, but wow. Only a missed field goal in the final minute for BYU allowed BSU's streaks to continue. Apparently, QB John Beck had a separated shoulder which took away the Cougars' deep threats and led to the losses to Stanford and USC (that, and USC is in a class above everybody along with Oklahoma), so that was the real BYU offense last night. The Broncos gave up way too many long completions to be considered a true BCS contender right now. They must find a way to fix that before Fresno State comes to town. Fortunately for Boise, they can tune up by pasting SMU and Tulsa, and they even get a week off in between. Additionally, the secondary can get plenty of practice playing against their own offense as QB Jared Zabransky is as capable as Beck and Fresno State QB Paul Pinegar of throwing down the field.
As for the Gators, it was about as frustrating as wins get, but it still goes in the same column as 49-10 over Eastern Michigan. The defense was strong, but it appeared the only player on the UF offense who came ready to play was Ciatrick Fason. It was about time for him to get more carries, and he delivered with 210 rushing yards. He also caught 5 passes for 43 yards, giving him 253 yards of total offense, or 48.37% of the Gators' total offensive output of 523 yards. He also accounted for the only two touchdowns of the game, one rushing and the other receiving. Chris Leak might have played himself out of Heisman contention with 3 INTs (one of which was tipped and not his fault), but Fason probably, and should have, played himself into it. Mysteriously, DeShawn Wynn did not get a single carry in the game. He lined up in the backfield a few times and even at wide receiver once or twice too. It will be interesting to hear Ron Zook's explanation for this.
The Gator defense really deserves credit for this win. They only allowed 207 total yards to Kentucky, or just 6 more yards than they allowed in passing alone to Eastern Michigan. After key lapses against Tennessee and a highly underwhelming performance against EMU, this was the kind of game it needed. Kentucky racked up 554 yards and 51 points against Indiana last week, so the Wildcats' offense can be a very potent one. Granted, it was against Indiana, but that's still more yards and points than the Gators have managed against anyone this year. Speaking of Indiana, the Gators did not reach 33 like I wanted them to, but 20-3 is a solid win, considering the circumstances (early start time, threat of hurricane hanging over everyone's heads, Chris Leak momentarily forgetting to stop throwing to people dressed in all white like the Gators were last week in Knoxville, etc). It sure is better than trying to come back from losing 21-3 in the fourth quarter.