Doug Robinson: How has a mid-season QB switch worked out for BYU in the past? Here are the results.

SALT LAKE CITY — BYU’s mid-season switch to a backup quarterback seemed to pay off in last weekend’s rout of Hawaii. With freshman Zach Wilson starting in place of senior Tanner Mangum, the Cougars scored a season-high 49 points. The kid, who’s barely 19, threw three touchdown passes and ran for another in his starting debut.

BYU was 3-3 and the offense was in a rut when the QB switch was made. This is not the first time BYU has turned to the backup quarterback in an attempt to improve the offense, but how often does it succeed on a sustained basis? As one reader asked in an email: “Has a QB switch, mid-season, ever made much of a difference at BYU?” In other words, as the reader put it, is a bad offense just a bad offense, no matter who is playing quarterback?

BYU coaches have rarely switched starting quarterbacks during the season other than for injury, but when they have, how effective has it been in improving the team? Here is a look at those occasions (spoiler alert: The change has worked about half the time).


BYU was 0-3 and losing to New Mexico 12-0 late in the third quarter when coaches reluctantly turned to sophomore Gifford Nielsen, a Provo native who had started as a freshman on BYU’s basketball team. He was the third-string quarterback behind Mark Giles and Jeff Duva, but in this game Giles was sidelined by a hip injury and Duva was ineffective. In a performance no one saw coming, Nielsen completed 10 of 12 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns in a 16-15 win.

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BYU quarterback Gifford Nielsen hands off to Todd Christensen during game against Arizona on Oct. 29, 1977.

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Craig Anderson stops 37 shots to lead Senators over Stars

OTTAWA — Craig Anderson made 37 saves and Ottawa scored three times in the third period as the Senators downed the Dallas Stars 4-1 on Monday.

Rookie Maxime Lajoie opened the scoring for Ottawa (3-2-1) in the second while rookie Brady Tkachuk, Mikkel Boedker and Zack Smith scored in the final period after heading into the third tied 1-1.

John Klingberg scored the lone goal for the Stars (3-2-0). Ben Bishop made 21 saves, taking the first regulation-time loss (9-1-4) of his career against the Senators.

This marked the first road game of the season for the Stars after playing their first four at home.

Ottawa is now 2-1-0 through three of its season-high five-game home stand. The Senators are back in action Saturday when they host the Montreal Canadiens.

With the game tied 1-1 the Senators took the lead early in the third as Dylan DeMelo put a shot on goal and Tkachuk, right in front, redirected it past Bishop.

Ottawa made it 3-1 midway through the period as Matt Duchene, from behind the net, made a no-look pass to Boedker, who one-timed it past Bishop for his first with the Senators.

Looking to cut the lead the Stars pulled their goalie with more than seven minutes left, and tried it again with over four minutes remaining, but Anderson was solid.

Smith scored an empty-net goal with 1:37 remaining to seal the win.

The Senators pushed back in the second and tied the game in the final minute of the period when Lajoie picked up his team-leading fourth goal.

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Maple Leafs’ Frederik Andersen to start Thursday vs. Penguins

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen will start Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to head coach Mike Babcock.

Frederik Andersen will start Thursday versus Pittsburgh, Babcock says.

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Andersen wasn’t available for Monday’s win over the Los Angeles Kings due to a knee injury. Toronto recalled Eamon McAdam from the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers on an emergency basis for the game.

Andersen has a 4-1 record with a 3.02 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage so far this season.

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US consulate vehicle hits motorcyclist in Karachi

KARACHI: A US consulate vehicle on Monday struck a motorcyclist in Karachi causing an injury to the rider.According to reports, the accident, which took place near PIDC flyover, did not cause any serious damage except injuring the rider’s foot who was later shifted to a nearby medical facility.The passers-by encircled the US consulate vehicle which was being driven by a foreign woman, who was later identified as a staff member at the US consulate. After the incident, she was reportedly left the vehicle behind and moved away.Earlier in April, a military attache had rammed his vehicle into a motorcycle in Islamabad, killing one man on the spot and injuring the other. …read more

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