Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson
PROVO, Utah -- The key to BYU’s success so far this season has been taking an even approach to every game, including today’s home opener against Florida State.
Last season, the team fell victim to looking ahead and wondering about the ramifications of each win. This year, the Cougars are enjoying the moment and are better equipped to handle adversity as it occurs throughout a game.
“The attitude has been team-first and work hard,” offensive coordinator Robert Anae said. “I’m hoping that, you know at some point you’re not going to be your best, we show up. And when we’re not our best, the guys are able to regroup, hopefully within a course of a game. You just keep moving along best you can and that’s been our approach, coaches and players alike.”
The Cougars have moved along just fine through the first two games of this season. There was little hangover after the season opening win over No. 3 Oklahoma and the Cougars handled Tulane with relative ease. During that game, BYU quarterback Max Hall found 12 different receivers, which is a far cry from the two or three he keyed on at times last year.
BYU comes into today’s game against Florida State riding an 18-game home winning streak and a chance to continue to add to their case for not only a BCS bowl berth, but perhaps, national championship consideration.
However, this will be one of the toughest tests to date for the Cougars’ offense. The Florida State defense is one of the most athletic teams the Cougars will see all season and Hall’s confidence and accuracy will be tested early. In the past, Hall has faltered in big games.
But the Cougars are happy with the way their offense has performed so far. And Anae would be the first to tell you that it isn’t about coaching, but rather the player’s execution.
“Well, I contend this all along; offenses that work is a sign of really good execution not a sign of playcalling,” Anae said. “Offenses that don’t work, usually the same reason. And we’ve been able to design plays that for the most part put the guys in things that the guys can do. I compliment our staff more than myself. Our staff has been able to identify what our guys can do and arrange them in such a way to be productive.”