With a short week to prepare after getting banged up in a fast-paced shootout against Houston last week, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill had every reason to come out of the gates slow. Just 6 days before, he had run an FBS-record 115 plays and was sacked 8 times.
And yet, against Boise State under the Friday night lights, Hill looked sharper than ever. The true sophomore (let that sink in–he’s a sophomore) accounted for 408 yards of offense, completed 27 of 41 (65%) attempts through the air, and chalked up 4 touchdowns, including one on the ground.
Hill’s turnaround this season has been nothing short of remarkable. In his first three starts this year, Hill completed only a third of a his passes and threw only one touchdown. Many of his incompletions were so poorly thrown they looked like intentional grounding. But since the agonizing loss to Utah, Hill has completed 65% of his passes (106/162) and thrown 11 touchdowns.
But even with all this improvement, Hill had been turnover-prone coming into Friday night’s game against the Broncos, throwing at least one interception in every game except against Georgia Tech and coughing up a handful of fumbles. This came to a head against Houston last week when Hill threw three interceptions, which kept Houston in the game after BYU jumped out to a 10-0 lead and the Blue Cougars seemed poised to route the Red Cougars.
It seems Hill isn’t done improving. Against Boise State Friday night, Hill did not commit a single turnover. That’s a goose egg Cougar fans like seeing on the box score.