Cougars Scrimmage in Preparation for Season Opener

PROVO -- The BYU offense began to come together as a unit and showed some signs of big play potential in today's scrimmage. The offense moved the ball pretty well throughout the scrimmage, despite a few miscues.

"If we hadn't turned the ball over a couple of times we would have had a pretty good offensive day," BYU head coach Gary Crowton said. "I think we're in pretty good shape and I'm excited to get into game week."

Brandon Doman led the way for the Cougar offense, completing 9-of-11 pass attempts for a total of 171 yards passing. Two of Doman's nine completions went for touchdowns and he also ran one in from the one on a quarterback sneak.

"I'm really grateful to the offensive line for setting the tone. When they play well it makes things easy for me because all I have to worry about is my mechanics and delivery," Doman said. "I need to work on getting the offense up to the line quickly and focus on reading the defense rather than worrying about the playthat was called."

The biggest play of the scrimmage came when Doman threw a deep toss to Rod Wilkerson who scampered in after the catch for a 55-yard touchdown. Doman's other touchdown pass was a 9-yard completion to Toby Christensen in the back of the end zone.

The other quarterback to receive a significant amount of reps under center was Charlie Peterson, who went 8-for-15 for 62 yards. The leading pass catcher on the day was Soren Halladay with four receptions for forty-seven yards.

The defense played well despite injuries to some key players. Defensively the squad limited the offense to a total of 273 yards passing and only 127 yards rushing. The defense also caused three turnovers on the day and consistently put pressure on the quarterbacks.