But that's not why BYU lost to the Air Force 35-14. It was a chunk of it, but not the entire picture of the Cougars' embarrassing setback against a team it had dominated most of several decades.
BYU's defense got exposed. So did erratic receiver play. And turnovers and stinky punts didn't help.
In reality, BYU lost to the Falcons because Air Force was a better football team — more polished, more experienced, more confident, hungry, motivated, intense and were led by a three-year starter at quarterback, Tim Jefferson.
Now back to the QB deal.
"They brought in two inexperienced quarterbacks and our defense devoured them," said AFA's Jefferson.
Of freshman Jake Heaps' interception to AFA star corner Reggie Rembert? Well, Rembert told reporters a more experienced Max Hall would have waited and not thrown the ball.
"Max Hall would have audiblized out of some of those plays he knew wouldn't work," said Falcon linebacker Anthony Wright.
Experience. It really, really does count.