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When Broncos have stumbled this season, they've stayed down

SAN DIEGO The final game of BYU's 2016 season will be played in a
pretty familiar location San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. The Cougars have
spent many postseasons (13 as of Wednesday) in the building previously
known as Jack Murphy Stadium. Kalani Sitake will be looking for his
first bowl win as a head coach, and BYU will hope to earn its sixth bowl
win at the Southern California venue.

The Cougars will face wholesale jerseys
off with a familiar foe as well as they take on the Wyoming Cowboys for
the 78th meeting between the two schools this week. Here are seven
important numbers for the Cougars' third game in an NFL stadium this
season, this time at the home of the San Diego Chargers:

The passing portion of BYU's cheap jerseys
offense has performed well enough to get the job done this season, but
has been slightly disappointing for stretches as well. As Cougar sage
Greg Wrubell points out, BYU is currently on track for its lowest output
by a leading receiver since 1980. Through 12 games, Nick Kurtz is the
leading receiver with 482 yards. If Kurtz doesn't catch passes totaling
46 yards or more, he won't pass Cody Hoffman's 2010 stat line of 527
yards. This could also mark the first season since 2013 where BYU
doesn't finish the year with two or more receivers cheap jerseys who finish the season with at least 500 yards receiving.

The
Cowboys haven't struggled in the passing game as much as the Cougars
have, but these two schools are both led by above average rushing
attacks combining for 5,109 total yards rushing on the season. One
running back for each school has shouldered the majority of the load on
offense. Wyoming junior Brian Hill has rushed 323 times for 1,767 yards
and 21 touchdowns (an astonishing 65 percent of the Cowboys' rush yards
and 70 percent of the Cowboys' rushing touchdowns). BYU senior Jamaal
Williams has accounted for 1,165 yards on 208 attempts and 11 touchdowns
(48 percent, and 42 percent of touchdowns). Hill is averaging 135.92
yards per game on the ground, which is good enough for No. 4 in the
country. Williams is averaging 129.45 yards (35th).

After
beginning the season really well against the run the Wyoming defense
allowed more than 150 yards on the ground only twice in the Cowboys'
first nine games the last four games have been a struggle for the
Cowboys. Since Nov. 12, the Cowboys have given up 1,389 yards on the
ground and 15 rushing touchdowns. The Cowboys only won once during that
stretch and were giving up an average of 347.25 rushing yards/game,
which dropped them to 88th in the FBS in rush defense. Meanwhile, the
Cougars' rush defense has given up less than 100 yards per game in their
last four wins, and they are giving up only 108.42 yards/game (ranked
ninth) on the season. The Cougar defense has only give up 150 yards or
more rushing three times this season.

Another area that has hurt
Wyoming this season has been third down conversions. On offense, the
Cowboys have converted 80 of 184 a 43 percent conversion rate (No. 40 of
128 FBS teams in that category). The brown and gold defense though has
given up 82 third down conversions on 190 attempts for a conversion rate
of 43 percent (98th in third down conversion defense). Conversely, BYU
has been very good at converting on third downs and extending drives,
having gone 89 of 185 (48 percent, ranked 13). The Cougars' third down
conversion defense has also been a big storyline this season, only
allowing 58 conversions on 159 third downs (36.5 percent).

BYU has
been one of the best teams in the country at forcing turnovers all
season. Going into the bowl game, the Cougar defense has registered 29
takeaways (10 fumble recoveries and 19 interceptions). Wyoming has also
been good at taking away the ball (11 fumbles, 14 interceptions) for 25
total takeaways. The difference in the turnover category is on the
offensive side of the ball. BYU's offense has lost six fumbles and 11
interceptions for a +12 turnover margin (ranked fifth). Wyoming's
offense has given up 22 turnovers (nine fumbles, 13 interceptions) for a
+3 margin. BYU is averaging one more takeaway per game than its
opponents. The Cougars are also top four in total number of
interceptions.

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