PLAYER OF THE GAME Alex Hornibrook’s 12th start at UW was nearly a perfect 10. The redshirt sophomore quarterback, who completed 16 of 28 passes for 201 yards one week earlier, attempted 19 passes Saturday against BYU. One fell incomplete. And that ball initially nestled into the hands of freshman wide receiver Danny Davis before hitting the ground. Hornibrook finished 18 of 19 (94.7%) for 256 yards and four touchdowns. He did not throw an interception and, afforded excellent protection, was sacked just once. That came late, with UW comfortably ahead, when Hornibrook held onto the ball a bit too long. The completion rate broke the program record of 94.4% (17 of 18), set by Darrell Bevell against Northwestern in 1993. Hornibrook completed 8 of 8 attempts for 114 yards and three touchdowns on third down. That brought his season totals on third down to 18 of 23 (78.3%) for 241 yards and five touchdowns. “He was locked in all week,” left guard Micah Kapoi said. “We saw it all week in his prep. It showed big time. He had a great game. "Some weeks some things click and some things don’t. This week it really clicked for him. Everything really came together and he had a great game.”
OFFENSIVE PLAY OF THE GAME
Hornibrook was 2 of 2 for 10 yards when UW took over at its 25 in a 3-3 tie with 2 minutes, 47 seconds left in the second quarter. UW went for a big hit and Hornibrook and Davis delivered. Hornibrook executed a play-action fake and lofted the ball downfield. The ball was slightly underthrown but Davis went up over a defender and came down with the ball for a 50-yard gain to the BYU 25. Freshman tailback Jonathan Taylor capped the drive five plays later with a 1-yard run and UW was off to the easy victory. “I think that was huge to flip the field,” Hornibrook said. “Obviously, it took only one play to get 50 yards. Sometimes it takes a good amount of plays and a good amount of time. “Danny made a great play for us and that just brought the energy with us for the rest of that drive.”
DEFENSIVE PLAY OF THE GAME
UW’s defense had been victimized by turnovers in each of the first two games, with Utah State and Florida Atlantic each turning a short field into a touchdown. Inside linebacker T.J. Edwards helped UW turn the tables early on BYU’s first possession Saturday, although the offense had to settle for a field goal. First-time starter Beau Hoge dropped back to attempt his second pass of the season and looked for freshman tight end Matt Bushman, who entered the day with a team-best 13 receptions. Edwards, anticipating Hoge would look for Bushman, dropped into coverage and made an easy interception. “They love eighty-nine,” Edwards said of Bushman. “They were trying to go to him early. I just kind of locked onto him and got lucky with the throw and was able to make a play on it.”
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAY OF THE GAME
UW won the coin flip and deferred its decision to the second half. BYU naturally chose to receive. UW’s Zach Hintze, again filling in for P.J. Rosowski (strained quadriceps), drilled the ball at least 5 yards deep into the end zone. BYU return man Jonah Trinnaman, perhaps trying to spark his team and the crowd, decided to return the kick rather than settle for a touchback. Bad decision. Trinnaman made it to the 14 before he was drilled by Dontye Carriere-Williams and Mike Maskalunas. UW players said afterward they anticipated a physical game and the Badgers’ special teams set the tone for the afternoon.
INSIDE THE HUDDLE
■ BYU rode the legs of Hoge and tailback Ula Tolutau during a 67-yard field-goal drive in the opening quarter. The Cougars on their next possession chose to line up former UW quarterback Austin Kafentzis in the Wildcat formation on first down. He gained 7 yards on first down but nothing on second down and linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel and defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk combined to drop Tolutau after a 1-yard gain on third down.
■ Carriere-Williams, a talented redshirt freshman who is UW’s nickel back, is getting plenty of attention as foes avoid attacking Derrick Tindal and Nick Nelson. Carriere-Williams gave up several short throws Saturday but did come back to record his first interception.
“Our goal this week was to be the tougher team, be the team that was going to impose our will. I think we took steps in doing that.” — Micah Kapoi, UW guard
BY THE NUMBERS
3 UW touchdowns on its first four drives. 8 Players with at least one catch for UW. 67% UW’s third-down conversion rate (8 of 12). 20:18 UW’s edge in time of possession. 438 Rushing yards through three games for freshman Jonathan Taylor.
UW (3-0) has a bye. The Badgers return to action on Sept. 30 against visiting Northwestern. Kickoff time is to be determined.
Dontye Carriere-Williams (right) is congratulated by his UW teammates after his second-half interception.
UW teammates Alex Hornibrook (left) and David Edwards are all smiles after a convincing win over BYU on Saturday in Provo, Utah.