BYU fans growing restless with Cougars offense

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PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – As BYU struggled on offense drive after drive Saturday night against UCLA, you could hear the fans displeasure.

Loud boos rained down from the stands at LaVell Edwards Stadium, as the Cougars managed just one touchdown until the final seconds of the game. Fans not only booed, but also chanted for Tanner Mangum to replace Taysom Hill at quarterback.

“My job isn’t t tell fans what to do,” said head coach Kalani Sitake, who will stick with Hill at quarterback for now. “That’s why they’re called fans. They can voice their opinions however they want. That’s OK, that’s their right. Like I said, we’ve got to give them more to cheer about. If there’s boos, let’s turn them into cheers.”
 
As upset as some fans may be, the Cougars have lost both their games to Utah and UCLA by just four points combined. 
 
“It’s sad and encouraging at the same time,” Sitake said. “We’ve lost two games by a total of four points, and we haven’t played even close to our potential.”
 
“Ultimately, we need to get back to the basics,” said Hill, who has yet to lead the BYU offense past the 20-point mark this season. “We need to execute and make sure that everyone understands their assignment. We made some second half adjustments, and we came out and executed those. 
 
While fans may be clamoring for a quarterback change, it’s the running game that needs improvement. BYU is ranked 107th in rushing this season as they try to get Jamaal Williams on track. It is just hard to tell what exactly is the Cougars strength on offense.
 
“We just need to have stuff and find our identity, and be able to have something to hang your hat on,” Sitake said. “Right now, offensively, we don’t have that right now. It’s way too late going into game four.”
 
BYU next takes on West Virginia Saturday in Landover, Maryland.

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