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Ryan Roundy scored four tries and BYU came within a missed conversion of reaching triple figures as the Cougars took Colorado State apart 99-0 Saturday in Provo, Utah.
|Above, Ryan Roundy rampages. Below top to bottom, scrum time, Mike Su'a, Joseph Nicholls touching down. Paul Meyers photos.|
The game was televised on BYU TV, and BYU fans got to see plenty of scoring, as the Cougars ran roughshod over the Rams, leading 61-0 at halftime.
Jarod Whippy provided one of the highlights with a long-range, sidestepping run that spun the compasses of the CSU defense. Roundy was thunderous in running in support of his teammates.
"It's a team thing not individual effort that got those tries," Roundy said later. "I was just doing what the team needs me to do and I got lucky."
BYU's defense was outstanding, and they hit hard, forcing plenty of turnovers, and Colorado State just couldn't get going. In the second half, CSU had several periods when they looked close to getting a try, but desperate BYU defense (and one or two penalties that got them in trouble) kept the Rams out.
"I'll take the shutout [over scoring 100]," said Roundy, who scored his four tries in 43 minutes before being subbed out.
CSU Head Coach Blake Stevens said he knew the game was going to be tough, but he had hoped for a better performance in the first half. In the second period, he said, the CSU players knuckled down and showed some flashes.
Injuries have hurt CSU badly in the midfield - they have four centers injured at present. Their backline was pieced together in the last two days and had not played as a unit.
"We'll got back and work on our new back combinations and get better," said Stevens.
As for BYU, they have been virtually untouchable in the last three games, scoring over 90 each time and limiting opponents to 13 points. They ran hard and passed with confidence - even big, lumbering prop Mike Su'a intercepted a pass and ran 30 meters before cooler thinking prevailed and he offloaded to flyhalf Dyland Lubbe for the try.
Perhaps the question now is, how high will BYU get? Their next opponents, Wyoming, are working their way through a challenging season and are not favored. April 9 against Arizona and April 30 against Arizona State in Provo might be closer, but the Cougars, who already beat the team most expected to challenge them, Utah, look too strong in the West.
Shaun Davies scored two tries and 12 conversions for 34 points, just 4 points behind his current College Premier record for a single game of 38, set last week against Air Force. He leads the CPD with 97 points, and Roundy leads the league with 12 tries.
Tries: Roundy 4, Lubbe 3, Whippy 3, Davies 2, Bonham, Harrison, Nicholls
Convs: Davies 12
Colorado State 0