BYU football: Doman still getting hang of play-calling


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  • Andermart Pullman, WA
    Sept. 6, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    I thought the play calls were average, but the execution was around a D. Heaps should have been on target with more passes and telegraphed his passes less and then we would all think Doman's calls were at least a B. I do think when they are trying to run down the clock and move the ball at the same time that they need to stay aggressive and keep passes going, the easy ones at least that were there bread and butter all game long, until the end. They know we are going to run in that situation. Don't let them know what we are going to do. Do the unexpected.

  • In Stitches Provo, Utah
    Sept. 6, 2011 3:34 p.m.


    That's a good point about Robbie. He was the QB coach for Ty.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Sept. 6, 2011 3:25 p.m.

    Guys, guys. We won the game. Chill out. We moved the ball, had 4 drives in 2nd half. Last real drive was excellent.

    Doman is new. Heaps is still learning. Cut them some slack. You should have seen the Ole Miss offense. We averaged 5 or more on 1st down. Theirs was more like 2. They were expecting 150 rushing yards. Got what, 60? Our defense was really good. We totally dominated them on both side of the ball. We stopped ourselves. That's curable.

    This was a great win, one that easily could have been a loss. Our team is big, strong and fast. We'll be very good this year, and probably better next.

    If you recorded the game, look for a guy with yellow straw fedora on the last crowd shot. C'est moi! I strongly recommend a trip to Oxford if we play them again. What awesome, classy fans. Absolutely a great time.

  • dustman Nampa, ID
    Sept. 6, 2011 1:20 p.m.

    What grade would Bronco give Doman? "D." That's only because they didn't lose.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    I agree with Where'sStocton. I didn't realize that Boscoe was a coach at BYU. Why is he not assisting in FB? That is a real waste of FB talent. Come on, Bronco, use the talents available to you. If not available, make it available. Robbie could be up in the press box or on the sidelines. Maybe BYU needs to separate Domas's duties - why is he coaching the QB's while being OC? That is too much responsibility. Separate it out some way. We need to hire Detmer - he would be an awsome QB coach or OC. Either way, lets use what would help us the most.

  • Vanka Provo, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 12:38 p.m.

    BYU Student,

    You wrote:

    "Vanka, do you know anything about grading at BYU? It is one of the most difficult places to get a good GPA. By BYU's standards, Doman's C would be at least a B-."

    Yes, I have two degrees from BYU, and two more from other institutions of higher learning. Trust me, there is serious grade inflation at BYU. And Doman's self-grading was seriously inflated as well.

  • CalmDown Frost Free, Utah
    Sept. 6, 2011 12:09 p.m.

    Just a true football fan appreciating an unexpected and extraordinary effort. I'm all for winning. I get that, yes, the goal of every contest is to win. However, the fact that someone loses should not ever immediately erase a valid and sometimes even valiant effort.
    For the record, I am a Y fan, but I am a football fan first. I believe in grit, toughness, sweat, blood, spit, tears, bruises, aches, weight rooms, team prayer. I believe in humble heroics, the Barry Sanders' "Act like you've been there before and you'll be there again" kind of stuff.
    So, having not claimed any victory at all, moral or otherwise, I'll just keep on enjoying football...win or lose.

  • Target Provo, Utah
    Sept. 6, 2011 11:38 a.m.


    Enjoy that moral victory while the other teams in the state enjoy their actual victories!

  • CalmDown Frost Free, Utah
    Sept. 6, 2011 11:08 a.m.


    Duh! Anyone who actually knows football and can appreciate athleticism and took time to watch the efforts of both Keeton and Heaps Saturday would understand the point. Performance divided by expectation, regardless of the outcome, Keeton was clearly the superior performer on Saturday, September 3rd, 2011.
    The point is also that this was done in relative anonymity and obscurity. How refreshing!

  • GoGetter Sandy, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    I give a low D or an F. They have potential, but that's just what it is, potential. The offense needs to step it up and make plays happen, and not rely on the defense to get them out of situations like they did last Saturday all the time.

    Let's see how they adjust to the mighty longhorns, the darling of college football.

  • dustman Nampa, ID
    Sept. 6, 2011 9:03 a.m.

    Sorry, but a "C" would be "Average"...Doman was a deer in headlights the entire game. Grade = "D". I can't remember if Doman threw a pass when he played at BYU either. Wasn't it just him and Luke Staley running the ball. I wasn't surprised that the game was called the way it was.

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 1:55 a.m.

    @ IQ92...Funny :) And you are right, for sure. I loved the game, agonized when they got so close but didn't quite make it into the end zone. Defense is great. Bronco is an awesome coach, and I think Brandon will become one. Very glad for the win, and wish them the best this week in Texas.

    Now, they need to do "Hope of Israel" at about 120 :)

  • Billy Bob Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 11:20 p.m.

    I actually think that a C is about right for him, maybe adjusting up slightly because it is his first game. Anyway, it is refreshing to see some honesty when someone is asked to evaluate his performance. We certainly won't ever see that honesty from a lot of people... especially our current President.

  • IQ92 hi, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 11:10 p.m.

    Tempo too slow. Felt like "Put your shoulder to the wheel" sung at 60.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 10:40 p.m.

    In Stitches

    Stitches...you put me in stitches...

  • In Stitches Provo, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2011 10:23 p.m.


    Problem is ... all the arm chair QBs you are talking to are UTES! I especially love the ones trying to minimize a road win against an SEC team when they scraped out an ugly when against a high school team.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 9:52 p.m.

    I repeat...

    Wow, if Bronco or Doman decide to go to greener pastures, BYU will be ok...listening to the comments, we have a gluten of very smart and knowledgeable coaches standing in the curtians waiting for their time to come onto the stage.

    Get real people...there is a reason they are where they are and you are in your quarterback rocking chair.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 9:11 p.m.

    Those of you wanting BYU to kick the field goal.

    1st of all kicking the field goal would have accomplished only one thing, and that is if it had been made. It would have made it so that OM needed to score a td instead of a fg. I will admit that would have been very good considering BYU had not let OM anywhere near the endzone all game.

    But, OM has one of the best kick returners in the country, he had already burned BYU with a big return which lead to an OM score. Why give him the opportunity? If BYU gets a 1st down there the game is over whereas if they do kick a fg then OM gets a chance to go and score anyway.

    I like the decision to go for the 1st down. With hindsight I don't like the playcall, but I do like the decision. If they make the 1st down the game is over. Even if they make a fg OM still has an opportunity.

  • Mountainman56 Alpine, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 8:28 p.m.

    JayDogg | 9:12 a.m. Sept. 5, 2011

    Doman did a good job. There were a few suspect calls, but that is way better than Anae's playcalling, where every other call was suspect.

    Didn't agree with going for it at the end. Should have kicked the feildgoal. Coaches need to be logical thinkers, not emotional. Would have given Sorensen a chance to redeem himself.

    Great comments JayDogg. Nobody seems to be talking about the fact that we ran some play action and had the qb rolling out at times instead of always being a stationery target as was the case with Anae. Would still like to see more creativity and more aggressiveness. I think that will come with time.

    I also completely agree about kicking the field goal on the last possession. I was going crazy when I saw that we were going for the first down. What a boost that would have been for Sorenson to ice the game and obviously, a field goal would have meant that Miss. would have needed a touchdown to win. Problem is, that was Bronco's decision, not Doman's.

  • BYU Student Provo, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 7:57 p.m.

    Vanka, do you know anything about grading at BYU? It is one of the most difficult places to get a good GPA. By BYU's standards, Doman's C would be at least a B-.

    We're way too harsh on Heaps and Doman. I've coached a whole season of high school lacrosse, and I can remember my first game. I couldn't keep track of anything. We played a pretty weak team and won handily, but not through my abilities as a coach. Our athletes did it for us. And lacrosse doesn't have a key player the whole offense is run through. It took me a bit to know what to focus on and where to put all my mental energy, and what to delegate to my assistant coach. I assume Doman will get a hold of that much sooner, and I think Heaps will pick his game up. It's the first game. Let's wait a bit before we pass judgment on this young season. We may lose next week, but we may score 24+ points and have our defense save us once again. Pendleton was a monster! I loved watching our linebackers.

  • Vanka Provo, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 6:57 p.m.

    With the well-known grade-inflation that goes on at BYU, that means Doman gave himself an F (or lower).

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    Remember, Jake set himself up for the jitters by declaring the Ole Miss game a "statement." He didn't look at all jittery in the second half, but did make some mental errors that he'll learn from. He'll improve a lot by next game (hopefully). You don't take on the top QBs in the nation as a high school senior and out-do them if you don't have "it." So, "it" will eventually show through.

    Same with Doman. It's only his VERY FIRST game as an OC, so let it ride until he's had a chance to get his feet wetter. He'll figure it out.

    BYU was handed quite the initially tough schedule at a time that'll definitely tax this team, what with a new OC, a somewhat inexperienced QB, and other new coaches. They'll all gel soon enough. Hopefully soon enough for Texas, though I have my doubts.

    Could be another cardiac kids time!

  • wahului Stockton, CA
    Sept. 5, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    The most worrisome component of the offense is Jake. He doesn't seem to be a gamer; he doesn't get really up and fierce for a big one, and appears confused and/or weak under pressure. His passes with a few exceptions were not accurate; behind, over, and too often short. Not a single streak pattern was run that gave the receiver the chance to catch the ball in full stride. Apo managed to come back and get one, but the beaten DB always had a chance to smack the rest down because they were short. Jake needs to live up to his reputation, before it changes on him.

  • Impact Orem, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 5:30 p.m.

    Too bad someone couldn't recruit Todd Christensen to be BYU's offensive coordinator. He would make of BYU offense an absolute juggernaut. The guy's offensive understanding is off the charts, and he has a huge mind and wouldn't freeze up at all and get tunnel vision like Doman was against Ole Miss. I was quite surprise to look at Doman all hunched over and stressed out. This doesn't bode well for high pressure games. Thank goodness for the defense. They really are more fun to watch than the offense this year.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 4:56 p.m.

    BYU beat a terrible SEC cellar dweller that will probably win only two games this year (Vanderbuilt and Louisiana Tech).

    The Mississippi coach will be long gone after yet another losing season.

    Maybe some of the Doman haters can apply for the Ole Miss. HC job.

    BYU won and that's all that matters (see Oregon State, Utah State and TCU).

    The 500yd passing and 60 to 0 games will appear soon enough (San Jose State, Idaho State, Idaho and New Mexico State).

    Texas, Utah (another crazy rivalry game), UCF, Utah State (who are those guys?), Oregon State (Dr. "Jekel"/Mr.Hyde), TCU (losing to Baylor?), and Hawaii (soundly beating a PAC 12 team) will provide BYU with opportunities to show fans "what they've got".

    Coach Doman and Heaps will only get better. Neither went into a funk after the "pic-six". They both came right back and competed.

  • Honor Code Denver, Colorado
    Sept. 5, 2011 4:54 p.m.

    Doman might as well give himself an "F" in advance. Texas will have you be wearing Longhorns on your chest when you leave the stadium!!

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Sept. 5, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    After watching the game Saturday, I no longer have any confidence in a win agaist either Utah or Utah State, especially after watching the Aggies performance against Auburn. My gosh, if our Cougs play the way they did at Ole Miss against the Aggies, I think they'll be humiliated. Having said that, I hope they make some adjustments and do better. The game at Ole Miss was simply boring and absolutely void of any excitement whatsoever! They were lucky to come out with a win. Please do better! Go Cougs! Last Saturday was not the kind of exposure I was expecting.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    As a Cougar fan I hate the hype that continuously comes from the coaches and the players. In this case I think Doman over-hyped himself with that "C" grade.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 3:40 p.m.

    Heaps is still a work in progress ! The charmed shiny life of this kid is losing its luster. All the pre-season hype about how he would roll over Ole Miss.

    All the post bowl experience over mighty UTEP was suppose to catapult him light years beyond any defenses ability to stop him.

    Not the case, again he is stalling in the red zone, again slow feet, slow decision making and terrible tackling attempts of his pic six run back, did you all see that lame attempt jeez.

    Live up to the hype or move over. Hey Anae is no longer around to blame.

  • Max for President Brighton, MA
    Sept. 5, 2011 3:28 p.m.

    I watched the Utah State game. I watched the Boise Game. I watched the Texas game. Exciting. UNPREDICTABLE. Triple receivers stacked. Running backs in motion in slot formations. Play-action.

    Then I watched BYU-Ole Miss.

    BYU is so terribly PREDICTABLE! The offensive plays are right out of the 80's: Quarterback drops back, a receiver runs a slant.
    Next play, quarterback drops back, a receiver runs ten and in.

    The linebackers after a while just drop back 10 yards and sit there ready and know whats coming. Its way too basic.

    We had better fast forward to 2011 fast or it's going to be a looooong year. We won't get another pass like Ole Miss gave us. Not from Hawaii. Not from the U. Not from Oregon. And sure as can be not from Texas.

    That said, I am behind Brandon Doman all the way. 100%. And I support FULLY Bronco's decision to give him a shot - no matter how the year turns out.

  • anti BCS Anaheim, CA
    Sept. 5, 2011 2:25 p.m.

    "When does WAC play begin for your Cougars?"

    Wasn't Utah DESTROYED by the last WAC team they played?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 2:06 p.m.

    @fresnogirl and Katiebugg

    I sure do like reading most of the comments from you two. Invariably upbeat and almost, I say almost because you both got it wrong on title9, but almost always spot on. Nice job and please keep posting :)

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    I'd put more (some) credence in these posts if I knew the posters had equal or more experience than either Doman or Heaps at their respective positions.

    It's terrific that BYU came out of Mississippi with a win. There is ample reason for the team to be humble and work harder than ever as they prep for the Longhorns. Best of luck to Doman, Heaps, et. al as they get ready for the next game.

    Fall is here and football is back!

    I'll even cut the Ute trolls some slack for coming on BYU articles. I just assume their obsession will end soon after Sept. 17th, since they have proclaimed such with their newly-found PAC 10.2 arrogance and inherent superior disinterest with all things non-AQ, mid-major, lowly and Indy (despite all evidence to the contrary).

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 5, 2011 1:57 p.m.

    I like Doman's candor and analysis. At least he recognizes the same deficits that I saw. Recognizing a problem is 99% of curing the problem.
    On that 4th down play in the last minutes, they stacked the left side and that is exactly where we went. I thought that was kind of strange. Even if Doman called the play to that side (which he claims he didn't) Heaps should have read the defense and changed the play to the other side. That was a critical mental error on Heaps part. The other big mental error was the pick-6.

    I kind of agree with CalmDown and CoachWinWa. I am not as concerned about our OC as I am about our QB. He has been reading his own press and too willing to open his mouth to the media. A defining moment in his character was the pick-6 and his "no-attempt" at stopping the ball carrier whom he blatantly allowed to run right by him. If our kicker can make a tackle play, then certainly our QB should be able to. That was pure bush-league.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Sept. 5, 2011 1:24 p.m.


    Ignore bigutefan. He can't find anything to whine about in Bronco's coaching on Saturday, so he has to do his best Joan Rivers impersonation! Classic!

    I have to agree with you on the polo shirts. That's NOT a good look for most coaches (especially the ones with a gut -- which seems to be most of them in the nation). I too like the t-shirt. It's like he's there in the trenches with his boys. (And, YES, this is MY best Joan Rivers impersonation).

  • Laser Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 5, 2011 1:11 p.m.

    No arm chair quarterbacking on Doman for a couple of seasons. We gave Anae that much leway.

    I imagine Doman will far exceed the great offensive production Anae was able to coach.

  • Katiebugg Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 1:10 p.m.


    I LIKE the t-shirts. Our coach is a stud. I loke that he is as muscular as his players. Besides how is a golf shirt more professional?! They aren't -- they're just ugly.

  • fan in orem Orem, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    1984 for life "When does WAC play begin for your Cougars?"

    September 17.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 12:27 p.m.

    I'm a big fan of Doman as a persona and potential coach but with that said, I would have to lower his grade to a C-.

  • NorCalCougar MODESTO, CA
    Sept. 5, 2011 12:23 p.m.

    Reading most of these comments, I would've thought BYU lost by three touchdowns. Then I took a look at the final score one more time, just to be sure. Guess what? The Cougars won! Any way you slice it, a W is a W. Be grateful. Were mistakes made? Sure. This is a new era. Playing an SEC team on their home turf with impossibly high expectations, fueled by media hype, there were bound to be some jitters, a few mistakes. Bottom line is, despite those mistakes, BYU was the better team that day. They will learn and will work on those things in practice that need improving. I believe we'll see a more confident team going against Texas this week. I have faith in the team, from Bronco to Brandon to each and every player on the field. Rise Cougar Nation!

  • Gondos Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 12:18 p.m.

    I'm just happy our coaches know that it is called the "passing" game and not the "throw" game. On second thought, maybe the school up north really has no passing game and thus the coach calls it a throw game. Go figure.

  • bigutefan Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 5, 2011 12:05 p.m.

    I think a "C" is a little low. Afterall, Doman at least looked like a coach. Bronco wearing a t-shirt and a baseball cap with stickers on one side looked ridiculous. Did he forget it was game day? He looked like he was ready to go to the gym sporting his gangsta cap.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 11:57 a.m.

    Brandon is being too hard on himself. The offense was good enough and had we not stopped ourselves this would have been another BYU blowout.

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    @ TrueBlue | 11:09 a.m. Sept. 5, 2011
    Orem, UT

    When does WAC play begin for your Cougars?

  • DH48 West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 11:49 a.m.

    People get too excited about one game, especially a first game. Brandon Doman will be fine. One game is not enough to judge anything by, be it a Cougar or a Ute.

    Let it go people.

  • Carson Provo, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 11:46 a.m.

    "Quite honestly, our quarterback called (the play) to the wrong side," Doman said.

    LOL he's not all that he's cracked up to be!

  • BYUfootballAdvisor SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 11:26 a.m.

    I think if some of the BYU fans new that Ole Miss had won their last 7 season openers prior to playing BYU they would re-think some of their comments.

  • deductive reasoning Arlington, VA
    Sept. 5, 2011 11:17 a.m.


    Utah State could be considered the best team in the state IF they'd beaten Auburn. Unfortunately, the Aggies did what a lot of mediocre team do early in the season, scare a big name team, but then fold when the game is on the line.

    BYU did what good teams do, win in a hostile environment, even though the Cougars didn't play their best game.

    We'll see just how good Blechen is this week against some real competition. I do agree that Wynn is playing like Detmer after suffering two shoulder separations against TAMU.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 11:09 a.m.


    Speak for yourself youngster.

    The perspective is beating an SEC team on the road in his first game as an OC is a very good start for Brandon, especially when compared to the history of that team on the hill.

    Brandon is now 2-0 against SEC teams on the road.
    Utah is 0-6 lifetime against SEC teams on the road.

    BYU's win may not have been perfect, but I'll take a road win, ugly or perfect, against an SEC team anyday.


    If you didn't see any slants, it's because your football evaluation skills are as lacking as your prognostication skills.

    At worst, BYU will be 8-4, but there's a very realistic possibility of BYU running the table if the Cougars can finish September without a loss.

    Utah on the other hand will be lucky to finish above .500. Losses to USC and BYU could easily send Utah into a season-long tailspin, especially when U consider how pathetic Utah finished last season.

  • Stackhouse paradise, nv
    Sept. 5, 2011 10:58 a.m.

    A few observations from a young season. Brian Blechen can flat out play. Norm Chow is right about his assessment that Jordan Wynn is a lot like Ty Detmer. That is the Ty Detmer that had two arms dangling after the 1990 Holiday Bowl against Texas AM. Bronco Mendenhall can still coach defense. Utah State is the best overall team in Utah right now.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    First times for anything are usually rocky and full of slipups. You always learn more from a first time of doing something than the second, third, and so on times. Probably why so many college teams have that first-to-second game bump.

    I expect Jake's head to be more clear in his next game. First game jitters on such a big stage, after Jake stated that this was such a "statement game," shouldn't be an issue for him at Texas, even though it's really more of a statement game.

    It'll help that Doman realized his mistakes and should be able to correct them. I like his candor and humility.

    P.S., did Doman hold back play calling because "vanilla" was working well enough? BYU did move the ball---just wasn't effective due to execution issues (Jake, mostly). Will Doman be more unpredictable vs Texas? I remember reading so often during Fall camp how BYU's offense was so good and unpredictable. Didn't look unpredictable vs Ole Miss. Hmmmm.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 10:52 a.m.

    To everyone:

    No one knows that Coach Doman needs to improve more than Coach Doman. Nothing that any of you say will change how he thinks or is something that he hasn't already thought about, I'm sure. He's a smart guy, and will get better, and Bronco hired him for a reason. Why do you think that he gave himself a C? I think that's about right. Be fair to the guy. He still produced 316 yards of offense in his first game at an SEC stadium. It's like you commonly hear in coach speak, "execution." If BYU cleans up a few plays in blue-zone execution on 3 other drives the final score is 28-13, maybe not even that if you consider that 7 of the Ole Miss points were from a pic-6. I promise you, the coaches and players are watching film and making adjustments right now in preparation for the Texas game.

  • daddman54 FARMINGTON, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 10:45 a.m.

    True Blue:
    What perspective are you talking about, that of someone obsessed with another team? The story was about Doman's first game as an OC. Focus son.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Sept. 5, 2011 10:43 a.m.

    I thought it was a decent first outing for Brandon. There are plenty of things to improve on -- like finishing the drives with a score. But one of the worries (at least from the sports writers point of view) was how our defense would hold up late in the game against their huge Offensive line. Although the marches down the field were slow and methodical and we love the quick heart-stopping scores, the slow time-eating pace kept our Defense off the field and crisp, even at the end. So, ironically, it was their defense that was tired out at the end of the game.

    Brandon's a smart guy. He'll watch the film and make adjustments and improvements as needed. It was, after all, his very first outing as an O.C..

    I thought about Bronco telling Brandon "no pressure" every time he passed him in the hall. Having Bronco head up the Defense does take some of that pressure off. The Defense was just good fun to watch!

  • sg newhall, CA
    Sept. 5, 2011 10:35 a.m.

    what was very disheartening to watch was that every offensive play was anticipated. There was nothing new. Where the heck are the slanting plays? Doman is new to this, but the play calling is so predictable that I just don't see the offense being explosive as in years past. If you can't score in the red zone then what good are you? Right now I would have to say that BYU is a 500 club. I don't see them any better.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 10:33 a.m.


    "True freshman who had to apparently win a QB battle, not just walk in announced as starter, then travel to the defending champs house and...the rest is history."

    It is history. They lost. Kinda ruins the whole point.

    That said Heaps must be better than he was Saturday. He has said alot of things and stated where he plans to take this program. I will give him an "A" for his goals and desire because I sahre them but he has to be better to actually get it done.

    But he is still a sophmore making only his 7-8th start, and 1st of the season, in a place that is not easy to play. It is a bit early to make any final assessments about him.

  • CalmDown Frost Free, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2011 10:33 a.m.

    Classic entry and too accurate! Be a FOOTBALL PLAYER! In my youth I was already taught that when you earn the privilege of crossing that sideline while edging out someone else who also sweat, fought, scratched and bled for it, you honor that privilege with every ounce of effort, every second you're on that field.
    Be physically prepared to be a football player. Yes, Riley Stephenson stuck his nose in, made a tackle and took a huge hit doing it. I know Riley personally. Even though he is "just a kicker", even in high school he kept himself in great condition and lifted weights. This is now big time, D1 ball. Nothing less should be accepted.

  • Executive Lee West Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2011 10:29 a.m.

    @ Everyone:
    I agree that it might be better for play calling to have Doman in the booth. BUT, Heaps is still young and needs Doman at his side to help better the QB position. So, would you recommend bring in another QB coach to assist Doman in molding Heaps into what we all want and wish him to be? As long as Doman is the QB coach, I do not think we will be able to have him in the booth. We will need to rely on Reynolds more for the birds eye view.

    As for the offense. Yes some calls were not great, but you have to realize that BYU did move the ball. If we got a kicker who could make a FG, we would have had at least 6 pts more. Yes, Heaps did stare down his receiver and watched with popcorn in had the pick-6.

    My biggest concern for the offense is the beyond slow shotgun snaps, the fact that Heaps was actually staring at his receiver and why would Heaps ever call a run to the wrong side? Isn't he supposed to be better than that?

  • Executive Lee West Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    @ Everyone:
    I agree that it might be better for play calling to have Doman in the booth. BUT, Heaps is still young and needs Doman at his side to help better the QB position. So, would you recommend bring in another QB coach to assist Doman in molding Heaps into what we all want and wish him to be? As long as Doman is the QB coach, I do not think we will be able to have him in the booth. We will need to rely on Reynolds more for the birds eye view.

    As for the offense. Yes some calls were not great, but you have to realize that BYU did move the ball. If we got a kicker who could make a FG, we would have had at least 6 pts more. Yes, Heaps did stare down his receiver and watched with popcorn in had the pick-6.

    My biggest concern for the offense is the beyond slow shotgun snaps, the fact that Heaps was actually staring at his receiver and why would Heaps ever call a run to the wrong side? Isn't he supposed to be better than that?

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 10:26 a.m.

    To put things in perspective,

    Doman is now 2-0 against SEC teams on the road as a starting QB and as an OC.

    Utah has NEVER beaten an SEC team on the road, 1-6 lifetime against the SEC, Utah's loan win coming in the Sugar Bowl.

  • Glad to be Retired Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 10:21 a.m.

    Let's get the ball snapped before 1 sec on the clock. It gives the appearance of not knowing what to do, not have much confidence and risks a delay of game. We went from no huddle to slow, slow huddle.

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    Some people work hard and don't have to pad their transcript with easy graders.

  • Pluck CALDWELL, ID
    Sept. 5, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    What did we expect? With a young qb, new receivers, new OC, new assistant coaches, I was very pleased with the results. The defense was wonderful. The offense learned as the game progressed. First game jitters are expected with any team. I had no doubt with 11 minutes on the clock, especially the way the defense was playing, that we would be able to overcome the 13 point deficit. Even the ESPN announcers were commenting that BYU could make two scores in the 4th. I am certainly grateful for Van Noy's score but I believe BYU would have scored again without it. I'm enjoying the win!

    Sept. 5, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    Seriously - Doman had to coach his first game in the SEC, in heat, the whole BYU world looking to win, and our first game as an indy. He did not get to go out and play the Idaho games first. - No chance to learn in a simple game but against tough, cleaver and experienced SEC coaches.

    On a different note. Ole Miss presented us with the finest display of sportsmanship and graciousness I have ever witnessed. They welcome you in ways that cannot be imagined. We have a lot to learn about welcoming guests if we want to be great and I suggest we look to Ole Miss to learn how to become ambassadors for our BYU. I now am an Ole Miss fan and a convert to there ways. OUr grades for welcoming people usually is about a D+ so I suggest we all stop worrying about Domans job and worry about how we can become better fans in this new age of BYU.

    And the place for the BYU fan to look is the deep south in a place called the Grove at Ole Miss.

  • manaen Buena Park, CA
    Sept. 5, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    With an easy grader like Doman, I could have padded my transcript if he'd taught classes while I was at BYU.

  • texlds Dallas, TX
    Sept. 5, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    In my unqualified opinion, play action was a clear success. That our RBs could pop a 6, 8 or even a 16 yard play on one occasion, against the big, strong D-line of an SEC team is something that can be built upon.

    Keep that up and you'll open up the middle for the crossing routes.

    The crossing rout to McKay Jacobson out of the motion/slot position went nicely.

    I was more concerned that none of the fly routs ever seemed opened. But it appears that Ol' Miss was coached to not get beat by a fly route. It was the corner route (that of course looked like a post route) that got Apo open.

    Yes Heaps failed to look the linebacker away on the interception. He learned his lesson and correct it on the touchdown.

    I'm wondering what happened to Josh Q? Was his headache a concussion?

  • CalmDown Frost Free, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    Heaps should get the D, not Doman. Poor decision making, inacurate throws and still unathletic and immoble for all the hype. Then, to listen to his "oh well, it was the first game/shouldn't expect much" comments? We've had "expect the world" regarding him shoved down our throats since before he arrived ad nauseum! Time to stay off the news with the self and assisted hype, get in the weight room, on the field, to the drawing board, shut up and play!
    Take a lesson from the program to your frozen north. Who had ever Heard of Keeton? True freshman who had to apparently win a QB battle, not just walk in announced as starter, then travel to the defending champs house and...the rest is history.

  • CoachWinWA POULSBO, WA
    Sept. 5, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    Maybe instead of breaking camp early with over confidence, we spend time practicing for scenarios like what should our QB do when a pic is thrown? Jumping up and down while the DB runs past hoping someone else gets him isn't going to work. Its 11 on 11 until the whistle blows. Props to Stephenson for his tackle on the punt return.

  • haunyocker Springville, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 9:47 a.m.

    The Ole'Miss offense never got into the end zone and it only scored six points. BYU did score a touchdown as of course did BYU's defense..."Kyle Van Noy." But it proved that BYU can play smash-mouth football with what was said was one of the best offensive lines in the country. I also think JJ got some critical yards that didn't exactly standout on the stats but they came at the right time. But the team did a Winston Churchill....NEVER GIVE UP! The Cougs didn't give up.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Sept. 5, 2011 9:36 a.m.

    Doman did fine. Heaps was very good second half. I would like to see less time between plays. I think BYU could have really hurt Ole miss D with a little more hurry up. If Heaps can play like he did during the 2nd half and Quezada can add a little more punch, the Cougs should do well. The next 3 games are going to be tough though.

  • JayDogg Orem, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 9:12 a.m.

    Doman did a good job. There were a few suspect calls, but that is way better than Anae's playcalling, where every other call was suspect.

    Didn't agree with going for it at the end. Should have kicked the feildgoal. Coaches need to be logical thinkers, not emotional. Would have given Sorensen a chance to redeem himself.

    Center needs to work on speeding up the snaps, and the RBs have to get better at picking up blitzes. Not picking up blitzes killed many drives.

    It was nice to see Jake get better as the game went on, and the defense was AWESOME. I foresee a good season.

  • nunya sacramento, ca
    Sept. 5, 2011 9:11 a.m.

    agree with OLD NAVY a D is more like it but great to hear the admission on some things like the tempo of the game. happy to know he's going to work on that. hope jake stops talking about it and goes out and plays like he talks.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 9:09 a.m.

    It was Doman's 1st game as an offensive coordinator. Ever. I want 40 points out of the offense just as much as anyone but let's be realistic about this situation and actually let Doman gain some experience.

    None of you were perfect your 1st day on your job. None of you are perfect at your jobs now even if you've been at it for years. Give him some time. He will make some mistakes and more than likely his mistakes will cost BYU some games during his time there. That is true of every single offensive coordinator that ever coached on any level.

    I'm always amused by people that have such high standards for everyone else.

  • Serenity Now Highland, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 8:42 a.m.

    Doman belongs on the sideline, where he's still needed to advise/calm/rally his QB and offensive players.

    Things will improve...The only thing I'd change is something the ESPN announcers mentioned several times---with the Ole Miss defense on the field for such extended periods, we should have gone with a hurry-up offense during most of the second half to capitalize.

    Regardless, I really like the look of this team.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 8:35 a.m.

    I agree with Veracity. So many people on here talking like they are retired NFL coaches. Did any of you actually even play the game? Beyond high school? Ever even visited a Press Box? Coached a little league team? Division one coaches please post your resume so we can all know where you are coming from.

    Yes, he was not perfect. But the article was written and he admitted that long before you got up to read it.
    I know Brandon and if anything he is harder on himself than any of you are with yourselves. But he grows from his experiences He gets better. I watch high school and College ball because you see the growth and maturing of the players and coaches.

    I thought last year was a great year as we saw a coach turn a team around and get back into the hunt. Undeafeted is the goal. Getting better each week is the means. Saturdays game was exciting. It showed the growth of one team while the other couldn't handle adversity. Going from less than 50% on passing to over 80% shows maturing and confidence growing.

    I didn't see anyone seize up and quit.

    Go Cougars

  • Outsideview Federal Way, WA
    Sept. 5, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    I feel better with Doman openly laying much of the problem with the QB. Treat Heaps like he has to improve rather than he is already arrived and a star.

    On the 4th and 1, I thought the same thing. I thought the right side looked much more open and was sure that was the side they were going. Good to learn that was the plan before Heaps made an incorrect call.

    Heaps also already recognized that his interception through was poor. It needed more air under it and thrown to the back of the end zone or a full count earlier before the reciever made his break.

    Lastly, I hope Heaps doesnt forget about Hoffman. Apo is his friend but he better throw to the guy who is open rather than try to make Apo a star. The TV commentators said Fel--- (sp) was wide open on a seam route on their first drive that surely would have gottent he first down if not gone all the way as Diluigi did on WA last year.

  • truebluecougar Orem, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    Doman's play calling was acceptable but not great. Moved the ball consistently. Player execution was suspect until the 2nd half. Doman didn't make poor snaps, missed blocks, etc. A win is a win. Good to see the team come back from a 13 point deficit. Offense will improve, small errors corrected and more points scored. Congrats to a steller defense. Good first win as Independent

  • ESPN Ken Loomis, CA
    Sept. 5, 2011 8:13 a.m.

    "Quite honestly, our quarterback called (the play) to the wrong side," Doman said.

    Way to publicly throw down your QB. That is one more thing you need to learn. When it goes well, give the players credit. When it doesn't, you take the blame. That's Leadership 101.

  • fan32 St. George, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2011 8:03 a.m.

    Doman needs to be in the press box. It was evident that he could not walk and chew gum at the same time in that game. Meaning that he couldn't manage the players and really think a call or two ahead at the same time. He may get there, but he isn't there yet. Let Cahoon manage the players and get Doman in the press box where he can concentrate on the calls

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Sept. 5, 2011 8:03 a.m.


    Hope you don't mind my laughing at your comment...while having read tons of your rocking chair meanderings. It's a blog...what do you expect???

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 8:03 a.m.

    also: Coach Doman

    Where were your tight ends, slant routes, playing without fear?
    Anae is in Arizona now for good reasons. We saw alot of Anae out there Saturday.

    Why is the number one Elite 11 QB staring down his primary receiver and telegraphing for a pick-6?

    That's coaching, c'mon now.
    Fundamentals.....play action, and always check off the receivers.

    And Jake, I know you are the "Franchise", but you stood there and let that DB run right by you, you had a clear shot at him.

    You are inexpendable, to be sure, but you're not yet too Elite at this level to make a play, Tackle him!

    We believe in you guys, and the defense was terrific, but the Offense must produce. Clean it up, clean it up.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 7:54 a.m.

    Only one suggestion, , more crossing routes!

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 7:53 a.m.

    Way to go Doman. Accept resposibility. To bad we do not have the same thing from the Great Pretender

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 7:45 a.m.

    I'm grateful Brandon, that you are so grateful.

    However, we would all be much more gratefull if you could put together a crisp game plan that acutally produced.

    Let's hope we don't have to have an entire season of your "learning experiences".

    You guys are paid six figures to win 12 games, you've been in this system long enough to get 10 offensive returning starters on track.

    No more excuses, nor more declarations of gratitude, just "get 'r done"!


  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 7:24 a.m.

    Wow, if Bronco or Doman decide to go to greener pastures, BYU will be ok...listening to the comments, we have a gluten of very smart and knowledgeable coaches standing in the curtians waiting for their time to come onto the stage.

    Get real people...there is a reason they are where they are and you are in your quarterback rocking chair.

  • Cougar_Independence OMAHA, NE
    Sept. 5, 2011 7:16 a.m.

    I don't know if it was Doman's calls that were suspect, as much as it was Offensive execution. The pick 6 wasn't Doman's fault. The receiver was open, but Jake threw the ball a little too late. Also, mishandled snap and missed blocking coverage can't be blamed on a poor play call. That's flat out mental and execution mistakes.

    With 318 yards of total offense on a very good SEC defense, I am very pleased with the overall movement of te ball, just need to fix 3 things: 1) Mental errors; 2) Execution; 3) Finishing drives.

    If BYU can fix those 3 things, they have a chance to win. Texas's offense didn't look good against Rice. They only scored 13 points through the 3rd quarter. BYU has a very good opportunity to pull out a win in Austin this weekend.

    Go Cougars!

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Sept. 5, 2011 6:50 a.m.

    Old Navy

    Not very generous. You are grading him against expectations that are a an average of the best OC's on their good days. In that case I agree. He did not measure up very well against whathe COULD be.

    However, grading himself against where he is currently at, a C is fairly accurate. No experience. only theories, against a lower tier BCS team on the road?

    This game is a mirror of the entire last season. Barely above 50/50, went from bad to good, really didn't answer any questions about what comes next. But this we know, regardless of any ankle biters: the defensive seven played well against what was undeniably the biggest, and subjectively one of the top five offensive lines in all of NCAA dom. Bigger better faster more athletic running backs? Hitting them hard appears to be an equalizer.

    Read the box score, as well as the write up, on Texas vs the Owls. My take? We'll contain the run, we better take risks against the qb. We should be able to run and short pass with success. Airing it out?

    I'll guess Heaps continues to improve.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Sept. 5, 2011 6:40 a.m.

    I still think Robbie Boscoe is worth 3 times what BYU is paying him to coach the women's golf team. He needs to be doing something working with Heaps either on the sidelines or in the box. That's too much football coaching experience and talent going to waste when it's already in house.

  • Laser Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 5, 2011 6:18 a.m.

    Nice first game for Doman. He had to call plays in a hostile environment against some serious speed. He continued to call the plays that moved the ball. I was very surprised how many times we took 5,6 -10 yard right up the middle of the OM defense. He figured out what was working and stuck with it.

    For his first game, that was very impressive.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Sept. 5, 2011 6:13 a.m.

    Doman just needs to come up with his own signature offense. One that dares go and do what Robert Anae's didn't. He need's to start opening up the middle more and getting some crossing plays in there on the passing game and start doing more to confuse the coverage. the pass game is still too predictable of where the ball is going to be thrown What we saw on Saturday looked way too much like what we have seen for the past six years...in fact what every team BYU has played in the country has seen for the past six years. The short and outs and the down unders. Need to work on the posts and the long down the sides. He's got five eligible receivers out there, two great back ups to run a few option plays with... and an entire field to use. When they put Heaps in the shotgun The Center really struggled getting the ball to Heaps and Heaps timing really suffered. It also didn't look like he was checking off his reciever coverage either to find the open man. And throw in a few trick plays once in a whle...if he has any?

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    Sept. 5, 2011 5:47 a.m.

    I too would like to see Doman in the box. It's not the same view from the sideline.

    It's sound like BYU was very lucky to get out of Oxford with a win. Reads like Doman wasn't up to the task. Hopefully something will change between last Saturday and next.

  • 93 COUGAR Orem, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 2:15 a.m.

    Don't be so hard on yourself coach. At this point a W is a W.

    Our first visit as an independent was a good one. From what I hear the fans at Ole Miss were very classy. Very respectful and good to be around. It is so great to be able to go out and play some of the big time teams.

    I was a bit worried in the first half but then I remembered that Chris B had predicted a Cougar loss so I knew we were going to win.

    Coach Doman will learn and improve and so will the rest of the team. Take the W and get ready for Texas!

    Great time to be a Cougar!

    Rise Up!

  • CoachWinWA POULSBO, WA
    Sept. 5, 2011 1:50 a.m.

    To be exceptional as an offense, you should force an advantage against your opponent. Some examples of teams that exploit this are Oregon, Air Force, Boise State. If you watched the Boise State vs Georgia game, when BState saw Georgia doing mass substitutions as their players tired, they immediately went to a hurry up offense. Oregon changed the game when they went to a constant hurry up offense. Many teams now call the plays after they are lined up and have seen the defensive alignment. What is BYU's advantage they exploit? Nothing, from what I can tell. They run an offense that is fairly common place. No exceptional preparation required. Teams that play Oregon have to change their entire mindset and prepare completely differently then they would anyone else. If you play AirForce, you spend a lot of time teaching kids how to beat chop blocks, and how to defense the option.
    BYU has exceptional young men who are disciplined in life, and therefore should be able to out execute in ways that could give them an edge. Coach Doman, if youre reading this... find BYUs advantages, make them unique, and incorporate and revolutionize to press the advantage.

  • David R. SLC, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2011 1:38 a.m.

    I wish Doman would sit in the press box and be able to see the whole field. I'd also love to see more slants and crossing patterns. Play calling at Ole' Miss was still too conservative for the amount of talent on the field. Let Heaps throw, let him make mistakes. Detmer would throw for 400-500 yards, but he'd throw 2 or 3 picks per game. Didn't matter because BYU was scoring 40 plus per game back then. BYU should have put plus 30 on the board against Miss, and yet they had 0 in the fourth quarter. I thought we hired Doman to bring the offense back? Time to throw, throw, throw.

  • Old Navy Provo, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 1:12 a.m.

    That's a generous grade. A "D" is more accurate.