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Published: Sunday, Nov. 28 2010 11:57 p.m. MST

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worf
Mcallen, TX

Nothing to be ashamed off. The Cougars out played the utes,--just a victum of a freaky fourth quarter.

Cali Coug
Visalia, CA

I am really proud of the team, coaches and school. We have fine students representing us, we truely have the best-of-the-best. I am putting the call out again for all Cougar fans to join the Cougar Club...let's support our students.

Utah Girl
Vernal, UT

I thought the Cougars did a great job Saturday. I agree with worf, the 4th quarter was pretty strange, with one very bad call by the refs. And maybe they should have tried for a field goal earlier in the game instead of play action so close to the goal line. That 3 points would have made the difference. But there are always would/coulda/shoulda things to look back at and learn from. The Utes did a great job, too. It was a very exciting game. And I've been amazed at the turnaround that has occurred in the defense. Bronco has done a great job with that, and it has helped the offense play better, too. Great job, Bronco!

GaryS
Leesburg, VA

worf: dittos. No Cougar fan should count that game as a loss. Unofficially, it was a well-earned win for BYU, and we should be proud of that.

Commontater
Lehi, UT

It's a good year to be a Cougar fan. We knew it was going to be a tough year. If this team continues to improve as it did in the second half of the year we will enjoy a very good 2011 and beyond.

There is no doubt Bronco and company have the team on firm footings.

If the men in red don't make some dramatic adjustments they will be embarrassed ridiculously as they quickly sink to the bottom of the PAC 12 sea.

With the Utes good start this year I thought they might place themselves in the top half of the PAC 12. Ute fans should be very nervous about their team being in the lower half of the bottom in the PAC 12 next year.

All of this should make for a very interesting game between the Cougars and Utes in 2011.

GO COUGARS!

  • 6:03 a.m. Nov. 29, 2010
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Utah'95
FPO, AE

BYU did a great job of regrouping after an uncharacteristically bad start to their season. It should set them up for success in their bowl game and for next season.

Heaps played very well on Saturday. He clearly outplayed both of Utah's more experienced quarterbacks.

Sometimes the breaks go your way, and sometimes they don't. It looked convincing to me that Bradley was down before the ball came loose, but I guess the officials didn't think there was conclusive evidence.

Good luck in your bowl game, Cougars.

JoeBlow
Miami Area, Fl

Definitely too many bowl games when a 6 and 6 team from a weak conference gets in.

Rock
Calgary, Alberta

Both teams played strong and hard and the win could easily have gone the other way. Several different plays at several times during the game could have swayed the game. Often luck does play a big part in the outcome of the game and this time Utah was very very lucky to have gotten a finger or two on the ball for the block. Congrats to both teams

duke5
vancouver, wa

"Happy with our progress"

"Unoffically we should not count the game as a loss"

"Great job Bronco"

Get real People. It has been a terible season and if Brono was with any other team he would be gone. They keep score in football to see who wins or loses. For BYU it was a bad year. It does not matter if they have great students

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

Improvement is relative. I wind up thinking about what could have been. What if Heaps had been the starting QB at least since the summer? What if we had an offensive coordinator that could develop some creativity and a game plan geared to the opponent? What if we had not lost Harvey Unga? What if these changes were made long before the start of the season? To compete in the new playing field of Independance, changes on the offensive side of the ball have to be made. Knowing BYU, I fear that we are doomed for years of status quo because of our unwillingness to make changes.

Sloppy J
St. Louis, MO

Wow, dookie5, I can't wait to hear you calling for Whittingham's head after next season. Some people don't really "get" sports.

It's not a simple matter of looking at a W/L record. Any AD or school prez looks at the direction of a program to properly assess the coaching staff's performance. Due to personnel loss, BYU having a down year was not a huge shock, even though it was worse than most expected throug the first half of the season.

The question is, were things looking up by the end of the year? Even the most myopic Y hater would have to concede the program got stronger towards the end of '10 and will start next year with a bunch of solid, experienced sophomores and juniors to anchor it for the next 2-3 years.

Will Heaps be the alpha dog he was supposed to be? I have no idea, but hopefully Bronco and Anae will remove the floaties and throw him in the deep end next year. Y fans have every reason for optimism. This is how you rebuild. It's not painless.

hawk_eye
Springville, UT

I guess I look at great teams like Florida this year who have gone 7-5 and I don't have a huge problem with how the Cougars did.

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

Yes the players have come a long way because they really do have talent. But their biggest limitation is in their coaching...especially the offensive coordinator. This is not the right Offensive coach for this team. He just doesn't have the know how or enough play material to pick apart defenses that are more dynamic than those ran by much inferior teams. If Mendenhall is satisfied with success at these levels then he probably should resign as a head coach and go find a Defensive Coordinator position somewhere else. He's extremely talented as a defensive coordinator. But he was hired as a head coach. The administration picked his offensive coordinator. That is part of the problem that needs to be rectified.
It was extremely poor judgement to take a gamble as early as Anae did in saturdays game. The opportunity to put up 3 points was right there which would have put us ahead by 9 forcing the U to have to score two touchdowns or convert on one extra point and a fieldgoal to go ahead.
Going 4th and inches is something you do when you are usually behind and it's an obvious situation of need

Bugoff
Houston, TX

FL, TX and PSU have all struggled with freshman QBs.

In the case of TX they tried to use a QB with a different style than the rest of the team. Having a team built for the spread but running a traditional I formation QB killed them. Even the defense dorked.

Hopefully the BYU coaches noted that you can't have Nelson running a pocket passing team. He may be a great competitor but his style does not fit the rest of the team or all the plays designed for it.

BYU's D has made great strides. They will get better, especially with decent recruiting.

6 more weeks of practice should help the offense, especially the TEs and WRs. I consider the O to be at about 65% of potential.

The play calling, innovation and coaching still needs some adjustment. Let's see how the bowl performance goes.

OU took their pocket passing I formation play book and added a few pistol and diamond formation plays and helped themselves.

This BYU team may not be able to run the whole play book right now but are Bronco and Anae capable of some much needed innovation on offense?

Randy01
Lees Summit, MO

Texas and Mississippi will be looking for someone to tae their frustrations out on next year. Mack Brown is a big time coach and this is not the late 1980s. The talent level at both Texas and Miss are significantly better than at BYU.

Neither BYU or Utah should put a glorious 2011 in the bank just yet.

Shawnm750
Lehi, UT

As a staunch Ute fan, I have to concede that the Cougars have made a lot of improvements. I personally don't think they've earned the right to a bowl game, but then I think there are too many bowl games anyway...but I digress. Clearly the Utes should not have been awarded the fumble, but there were other calls that went BYU's way that aided their success too. For instance the call that Kariya had control of that ball before he went out of bounds when he clearly didn't, and the call against Brian Blechen for leading with his head when the replay showed he had his arm out in front of him, just to name a few. In any given game there will be calls that should have been made that weren't, and vice versa. But that's sports, and regardless of those calls, or lack thereof, it's up to the teams to capitalize or respond. Yes the Utes were given the ball, but BYU didn't do their job to stop them, just like they didn't stop Brandon Burton from blocking their field goal.

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

I'd slightly change the title. The Cougs should NOT be happy with the end result, but they should absolutely be happy with their progress. To become bowl eligible after their start is quite the accomplishment and something to be very proud off and build off of for next year. For Utah? Better shore up a stronger offense and defense to play with the big boys of the Pac 12. I want Utah to do well in the Pac 12 (and I'm a USC alumn), but they certainly have not finished the season on a strong note. They go into the bowl limping, if you ask me. Hedgehog?

Razzle2
Bluffdale, UT

Congrats to the Cougs for a great ending of the season. This team showed a lot of class and I enjoyed Jake Heaps' comments about the fans after the game. I look forward to cheering for the Utes and Cougars next year.

  • 8:54 a.m. Nov. 29, 2010
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jazz man
Cedar City, UT

I am proud to be a cougar fan! Started off bad but made a good turn around. Bronco congrats to your success! Utah was not the better team even though the score showed that they were.

IDC
Boise, ID

I think the coaches are just fine. Anae took a risk going for it on 4th down out of the "I" formation. Gutsy call and I think it would work most of the time. The receiver should have pulled that in and then Anae looks like a hero.

It is too bad that Heaps had to split time but that is in hindsight. Look at the Utes, they went to a 2 quarterback system in game 11. BYU is on the rise. Young talent is obviously there and they are putting it together on the field.

Go Cougs!

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