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Published: Thursday, Sept. 8 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Heber City, UT

I witnessed a great trick play by our high school team in California. One of our players ran quickly to the sidelines and stood there nonchalantly talking to the coach. The other team assumed he had left the game and was on the sidelines. When the ball was snapped the coach told the player to run. He ran down the sidelines past the defense and hauled in a 60 TD pass, much to the chagrin of the other team for not paying attention.

Costa Mesa, CA

Cougar, that play wouldn't fly at the college level. You can do trick plays, but none that involved false substitutions or the sidelines in any way.

south jordan, ut

Texas won't need trick plays if their qb can hit the receivers. Our corners aren't good at all, and I see that being our biggest weakness for this game. However I am hopeful, and still feel like BYU will come out victorious.

Nampa, ID

Isn't every play a trick play? I think that's the whole purpose of having a huddle instead of just telling the Defense what you're going to do.

West Jordan, UT

BYU used a similar play a couple of time where Max Hall pretended to be looking at the sidelines for the play call, then Unga took a direct snap. The first time they ran that play was against Utah in 2008 and they scored a TD. The second time was the following year against Air Force and they got flagged for something called "Intent to Deceive", which sounds really funny because isn't that the whole point of a "trick" play - to deceive the defense? At any rate BYU never ran that play again.

Lyman, WY

@Cougarblue, you guys must have different rules in California. I am a high school football official, according to NFHS rules that is an illegal play. It is deception before the snap. Deception is only allowed to take place after the snap according to the NFHS rules. Cheeseman187 is correct about the college rule also.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Texas 31
byu 17

Utah 31
USC 21

Eagle Mountain, UT

BYU 27
Texas 24

USC 34
Utah 6

Jonathan Eddy
Payson, UT

chris b successful predictions-0
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Old Gregg
Alpine, UT

I like Chris B's strategy here..., lay low for a few days after being humiliated by his poor predictions and then come back on the comment boards just a few days for the game with more poor predictions. Not sure what he's trying to accomplish but a good strategy non the less.

I think BYU is in for a fight. And knowing that the tricks will come at some point can really play mental games. As long as BYU just plays fundamental defense those trick plays shouldn't hurt them too bad.

American Fork, UT

We all know it's going to be a good game. BYU has been vigorously working out the kinks of last weeks game all week long. If texas thinks they can just roll over us, they are going to be in for a surprise. I think BYU is going to dish out some trick plays of their own. Two can play that game.


I was talking about that "Intent to Deceive" penalty the other day... Is it true that it boils down to trickery before the snap? If it was an accidental snap and fumble nobody would have called it. For all intents and purposes Max was just another back in motion when the ball was snapped. Wouldn't it be intent to deceive when you line up in a FG or punt formation but then run a fake? It looked like a weak call to me...

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

UT 37
y considerably less

Bo Diddley Tech

UT 42
BYU 14

Utah 35
USC 10

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

Hopefully someone is keying Doman in about using some trick plays. That was one thing that did separate Scovil and Chow from all other BYU OC's. Doman doesn't have to have 50 plays... even 2 or 3 good ones to begin with would be appreciated.

Mesa, AZ

Jonathan Eddy

Best comment of the day.

Go Big Blue!!!

Lame prediction. At least, if you are going to predict, be a man about it.

Ted H.
Midvale, UT

Big Blue,

That sting from Saturday feel any better?

I love that it doesn't. I love knowing the BYU win hurt you. I love knowing the one of the biggest choke jobs in the history of NCAA football came courtesy of your beloved Aggies.

Frankly, I was pulling for Utah State.

However, I love knowing the loss crushed you. I absolutely love it.


Rancho Cucamonga, CA

I can't remember even one trick play that has worked against BYU in recent years. To be honest, I only recall the Utes trying several with players like Shaky, Casteel, and Weddle. And BYU's D blew them all up, nothing even close.

Maybe these Texas athletes will have better luck. We'll have to see it to believe it. BYU's D tends to stay in their lanes and they don't over-pursue, so trick plays don't have as much effect.

Go Cougars. Beat the Longhorns!!

BYU 24
Texas 17

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT


Lame is thinking that the y will do much better against UT's defense than it did last week. Lame is thinking that your school, that has never even been to a BCS bowl, is worthy of NC discussions simply because your coach has a goal. Lame is all of the local hype about a quarterback that appears to be only half as good as he thinks he is.

For the record, I would say that less than 20 points is considerably less than 37. The y could get lucky again at the end of the game and end up closer to 20 than 10. Fortunately for the cougs Brown isn't one to run up the score in the second half.

Syracuse, UT

Hey its too bad USU some how found a way to blow that one in Auburn, I predict USU doesn't win a game the rest of the season, and you can take that to the bank, because arent we all about predicting insane results, wink wink,

BYU 24
Texas 17

USC 56
Utah 0

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