One of the great subplots to Friday's late-late-night special at LaVell Edwards Stadium featuring BYU and Mississippi State, a game won by BYU by the count of 28-21 in double overtime, was whether Jamaal Williams would become BYU's all-time leading rusher. Coming in, he needed just 64 yards to get the record. But he was facing an SEC defense, the Bulldogs' front ranking 37th in the country in stopping the run.

In a game, then, that featured strength versus strength, Williams won — barely. It was a rough/blessed night for the senior. He gained 76 yards on 26 carries.

But the record, he got — 3,468 yards. And the crowd cheered him.

"I'm grateful to get it," Williams said afterward, showering praise on his teammates. "… I just want to say, 'Thank you.'"

So, he did.

Nobody among the Cougars is under any illusion that Williams is not the team's best player, although, at times, the play calling makes you wonder. Opponents know it, too. Longing for the big-time passing attack, BYU's running back is its man. It's not Taysom Hill, who has his talents as a quarterback, but consistently throwing the ball with accuracy isn't one of them.