For 27 years Norm Chow was an assistant coach under Lavell Edwards. Friday night Chow returned to Provo, Utah as the head coach of Hawaii and his Warrior team was pummeled by the Cougars 47-0.
“We couldn’t get it going defensively.” Chow said. “We couldn’t move the ball on offense, very disappointing.”
And that in a nutshell describes Hawaii’s performance against BYU.
Here’s Chow addressing the media. (Thanks Hawaii Athletics)
BYU freshman quarterback Taysom Hill started the game and rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown. Hill also threw for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall decided to start Hill as incumbent starter Riley Nelson rests and injured back.
“If Riley is capable and ready to play, then he will be our starter.” Mendenhall said after the game. “He was hurt this week. He has been the whole week, so we made the decision to sit him out. If Riley plays like he has been playing, he won’t get better, but he will improve with rest, so that’s what we’re planning on. Taysom is doing his part, but there isn’t as much history between he and I like there is between Riley and I. The biggest decision is going to be how Riley is feeling.”
Do we have a quarterback controversy stirring up in Provo? It appears Nelson will remain the starter but it’s hard to ignore the dynamics Taysom Hill brings under center. Hill doesn’t appear to be caught up in the hype.
“I’m not sure about starting.” Hill said. “ That is not my decision, and I won’t get caught up in that right now. Riley has been through this and has been a big help. He knows the team and what I was going into. He has been giving me pointers all week and was a set of eyes for me from the sideline all night.”
Here’s the highlights from last night. (Thanks BYU Productions)