How Dax Milne joined buddy Zach Wilson in putting on a show against Houston

BYU wide receiver Dax Milne catches his third touchdown pass of the game during the fourth quarter against Houston at TDECU Stadium in Houston on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. | Jaren Wilkey, BYU photo

Just when BYU needed some offensive power, former walk-on Dax Milne and QB Zach Wilson put down the hammer on Houston

Dax Milne on the end of a string with Zach Wilson might just be put to music.

It all looked like it was choreographed in a studio — something you’d see on Broadway, or national TV, which it was Friday night in No. 14 BYU’s come-from-behind blowout win over Houston.

Wilson targeted Milne 11 times in a 43-26 BYU win and he caught nine of them for 184 yards and three touchdowns. That included a 78-yard touchdown bomb on BYU’s first play of the game.

It looked like something they had targeted on GPS.

Come to think of it, most all those nine catches did.

It was absolutely so on Milne’s double-move on Darian Williams with just three minutes left in the game and the Cougars desperately clinging to a slim 29-26 lead. Milne ran the slant, caught Williams biting on his route, and then turned up and sprinted to the end zone where Wilson threw a perfect strike for what turned out to be the door closer on Houston.

Milne was sensational all night. His cookie-cutter cuts, acceleration and decision making were as good as anyone has seen out of a BYU receiver since Austin Collie. In fact, he looked like old Magic Happens himself in Houston.

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Come to think of it, it’s been that way all season long.

In this game, Wilson really, really needed Milne’s magic and his remarkable skills.

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“That dude is a playmaker,” said Wilson. He’s one of my best friends. I’m so happy for him and what he’s gone through in his life with ups and downs where no one really thinks you can do it. I’ve believed in that guy since day one. I’ve always known he was going to be a big-time player.”

After an explosive, trick-play-filled 14-point first quarter, which led an an 11-point lead over Houston, BYU’s offense couldn’t do anything.

That put a lot of pressure on the defense, which struggled applying pressure Houston quarterback Clayton Tune, giving him as much comfort as a teddy bear on the top shelf of a toy store. He sliced and diced BYU’s defense apart, throwing for 300 yards as Houston took a 20-14 halftime lead.

It looked bleak for Kalani Sitake’s undefeated streak in this weird 2020 season.

But when the defense began using twists and stunts and brought more pressure on Tune in the third quarter, electing to put BYU’s corners on an island with man coverage, the momentum of the game completely changed.

Imagine that.

Still, BYU could not mount much offense in the third quarter at all until Wilson hit …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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