The pistol packs a punch around college football

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“It just looks weird and there’s just so many different things you can do” out of it, he said.

BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall’s team gave up 24 points in the first half of its 27-13 loss to Nevada last week, then settled down in the second half when it became more familiar.

He said the pistol prevents defenses from overloading left or right, depending on which side of the quarterback the running back lines up.

“The capability to run basically an option-type of football and throw the football decently, those two things are what I think makes this particular scheme fairly difficult to defend,” he said.

Those are words that make the 63-year-old Ault, who has 210 victories in 26 seasons at Nevada, smile. When it comes to the pistol, he’s one proud papa.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” he said. “Every year you’re adding to it, seeing where it can go next.”

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Associated Press Writer Betsy Blaney in Lubbock, Texas, and AP College Football Writer Jeff Latzke in Norman, Okla., contributed to this report.

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