Dick Harmon: What BYU had here was a failure to execute


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  • Undefeated Hyrum, UT
    Sept. 13, 2011 9:00 a.m.

    Some really think BYU would hold back on the offense to maybe surprise Utah. Silly thought.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 13, 2011 12:18 a.m.

    "Failure to Execute"--

    That's code for "we're just not as good as we thought we were."

  • Two Cents Springville, Utah
    Sept. 12, 2011 4:57 p.m.

    Get it together, Cougs. Beat the Utes Saturday and all is forgiven.

  • jw_bluecoug SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    this proves that doman is an amateur & needs to improve quick

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    failure to execute is brought on by the other team being too fast and too athletic. Texas was simply a little better than BYU and sometimes you just have to accept that fact and move on.

  • Two Cents Springville, Utah
    Sept. 12, 2011 4:37 p.m.

    So who do we execute?

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Sept. 12, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    This seems to be somewhat typical of football though.
    "We need to be fully invested."
    "We need to play at higher level."
    "We need to execute."

    Of course it would be refreshing if just one them said:
    "We need to get Robert Anae back."

  • Byuguy1 SAN ANTONIO, TX
    Sept. 12, 2011 3:25 p.m.

    The Offense executed the plays Doman sent in. 1st down & 10: Run over left tackle. 2nd Down & 11: Swing pass to RB. 3rd Down and 9: 5 yard curl pass. Didn't really try any intermediate 15 - 20 yard passes in the 2nd half and Apo was barely on the field in that half as well. Even the UT fans around me were asking what was up with the play calling (Not that they were complaining)

  • manaen Buena Park, CA
    Sept. 12, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    BYU squanders lead against Utah last game of last season. Same starters are back this year and squander lead against Texas. Maybe the calendar wasn't the change that was needed.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    If the greatest qb in college football doesnt like the Play call, he hás permission to change it. Sorry folks, cant always pass the blame. Gotta become responsible one of these days. You might even mature enough to be called An adult.

  • mream Parker, CO
    Sept. 12, 2011 1:35 p.m.

    Did any of the coaches give any reasons why the play-calling was so different in the second half? I didn't listen to the post-game. Maybe Texas had everything downfield covered? I don't know? Just wondering if they offered any reasons.

  • dustman Nampa, ID
    Sept. 12, 2011 1:26 p.m.

    Why didn't BYU hire an experienced offensive coordinator?

    BYU just lost all their steam in the second half. Even the Defense couldn't carry the offense any more.

    I totally wish I wasn't paying for cable. Thanks Cougars.

  • docdages WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 1:10 p.m.

    Heaps is still very young and he has quite a bit to learn about reading a defense. You can see that because he does not look off the safeties, stares down his receivers and it looks like he is not going through his progressions. To his credit he was getting the ball out quickly against a D that was getting quite a bit of pressure. Texas was bringing pressure all day because #1. We could not pick it up and #2. our play calling did not allow us to exploit it.

    Doman is still very young in his play calling and with out a run game he needs to get creative to slow down the blitz and give his QB some time. Why not throw HB & WR screens, WR slants and TE curls. I also can understand why Doman is on the side lines because he is still the QB coach and he needs to coach Heaps on the sidelines. What I would like to see is Bronco bring in a QB coach and another seasoned OC that could mentor have Doman. They need help and it needs to come quickly.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    I still think Bronco needs to offer Ty Detmer a co-offensive coordinator position to work with Doman to help run the offense. Or perhaps assistant OC under Doman, and give him the responsibility to plan the plays BYU will run in each of their games. With Detmer's knowledge of X's and O's, he would be a natural to plan the plays that would best utilize BYU's strengths and the weapons they have in their offense. Come on, BYU, let's do it! Why not use an available resource that would make all the difference. They would be able to train each other on the go, utilizing each of their strengths. This is a win win situation, guys! I'm serious. DO it, do it, do it.

  • WaterCat SAN DIEGO, CA
    Sept. 12, 2011 11:37 a.m.


    This is not commentary. This is not reporting. This is regurgitating the coach-speak that Bronco has ingrained into the team. I respect the coaches for unifying the team. I don't want you to repeat Bronco-speak to me. Tell me what's really going on. Execution was only a part of the story. Doman and Bronco were out-coached. Bad clock management in the first half lost us three points and bad play calling in the second half lost us the game.

    What I took away is that Bryan Harsin is a very good offensive coordinator. His second half adjustments completely changed the game. He knows how to grind out a win.

    Norm Chow knows how to do that as well. He put his team in a position to tie the game.

    After two weeks, Utah State looks like the best team in Utah. Fortunately, they are very good at finding a way to lose in big games.

  • Parkite1 Park City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 11:26 a.m.

    Not just a failure to execute, but more of a lack of knock the opponent out mentality. Bronco needs to chat with Lavell about taking it to the opponent and drive the nails in! Up 13-0 quit playing conservatively and go for the endzone finish the opponent off early. Oh yeah and learn clock management, possibly could have had a field goal just before the half. One final thought Bronco how about going with a no-huddle offense when you have the momentum catch the defense and hammer those nails in the coffin early...then play conservatively if you must. However I'd rather see games like the 83-6 win over UTEP take it to the opponent...do it this week and blow out the Team from up North!

    Sept. 12, 2011 11:19 a.m.

    Harmon - you were one of the guys happy to see Robert Anae leave, but now you're saying EXECUTION? Had he been here, would you still write this article? I bet you anything had Robert had this same group of kids (Heaps w/ a year experience, Apo as a reliable WR and 10 returning starters), he would do way more than what Doman has shown - I even willing to say he'd be 2-0 right now WITH confidence going into the Utah game. Doman has the athletes, and the defense to fall back on, yet, he's having a meltdown. Doman is not the answer but that's what you spoiled little fans wanted.

    I'm glad Robert is gone and left these spoiled BYU fans to question the program. So delusional, so ungrateful, always the victim! You all got what you wanted! And I'm having a good laugh at the same time.

    ps - I even hate the Utes, but I'm pulling for them this week. Pac 12 supporter right here!

  • Vegas Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 12, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    Flashback nailed it. You aren't going to execute a run game against Texas with Diluigi trying to dance around more talented defenders. Doman needed to mix up the play calling and keep Texas guessing instead of calling the same plays over and over again for no gain. He should have pulled Diluigi and tried a downhill runner. Heaps needs to stop staring at Apo and ignoring the other wideouts, but most of all the coaches need to use their creative thinking skills.

  • thebig1 SLC, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    Wow maybe Chow and Anae weren't that bad

  • Victor Layton, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 9:23 a.m.

    Anytime the game is close late in the 4th when you are playing away you are going to lose 9 out of 10 times. To state the obvious, this was just like last week's game, except BYU was Ole Miss! And if we were to be honest, BYU should have lost last week too.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 8:39 a.m.

    Doman needs to get his head out of the sand and go for the kill. Conservative play calling with a slim lead is what lead to Robert Anae getting canned. If Doman and Heaps don't start going for the wipeout, the Cougs will lose more close games. Don't protect a lead, increase it. Don't give the other team a chance to come back. IF Doman and Heaps can't perform, replace them. I still think Riley Nelson is a better QB than Heaps and would add some athleticism as well as some brains to the Y offense that just Heaps doesn't have.

    The Coug offense needs to wake up and quit talking platitudes. This loss is on the coaches from Bronco down.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 8:30 a.m.

    Really..did anyone TRULY expect a different result?
    BYU is Waaaaay out of their league

  • XelaDave Salem, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 8:05 a.m.

    If you watched the end of the Utah game and the end of the BYU game- one big difference- you had a sense Utah might win this- with BYU- never felt that way- why? Coaching- the difference is Doman vs. Chow and while I certainly hope not I am afraid that might be the difference this week as well

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Sept. 12, 2011 6:32 a.m.

    Ditto on every comment above. A win over utah this Saturday is MANDATORY.

  • rich_rogers SANDY, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 11:56 p.m.

    In one of the interviews I saw during the week before the game--I can't remember exactly who it was--the BYU player said, "If we're still in it in the 4th quarter, we'll be doing good. I hope Bronco took him aside and explained to him exactly what the concept of "playing to win" means. When I heard that interview, I worried about the game. BYU was playing a team that had a worse record than them last year, and some of the players were merely hoping to be still in the game in the 4th quarter? As someone else has said, BYU was playing not to lose; Texas was playing to win, and that's the whole difference. BYU could have, and should have won that game. And they should have won the game against Ole Miss by a larger margin. Come on boys, you know what you have to do, now just do it. Stop believing your own press. Actually, just stop reading the press about how good you are. You need to be hungry, and so far you haven't shown much hunger to win.

  • The Cucamongan Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Sept. 11, 2011 10:54 p.m.

    Bronco - I love your grit and determination with the defense. They are looking awesome. When it comes to defense, you are the MAN! However, I must say, I am not impressed with how your offense looks as headed by your new offensive coordinator. They look awful! So much for all the hype this past month of returning to the glory years of the 80's with a newer version of the past.

  • Born in Provo Logan, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 8:07 p.m.

    Offense needs to take more risks. D held Texas to 17 points and under 300 yds. That should be more than good enough to give them a chance to win. Offense should have put the pedal to the floor in the first half when Texas was still confused. Doman is still learning. The same conservative approach lost the game for them against Utah last year. Harsin, much more experienced, out-coached Doman I bet he will take note and learn. It almost seemed like the offense was waiting for the defense to score them a touchdown. Did Heaps' confidence wane in the second half? Could it really have been all due to adjustments by Texas?
    Doman needs to get the sense when to pull out all the stops to deliver the knockout blow...in the first half!

  • Mortoon Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 11, 2011 7:46 p.m.

    Great job of the players falling on their swords for the inepitude of their coaches. What else would you have expected them to say?

  • shottaker5 MIDWAY, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 7:41 p.m.

    The only things that need to be 'executed' are Doman's and Heaps' jobs if the offensive productivity does not improve.

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 11, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    Bottom line... This loss is all on the shoulders of Doman and Heaps. Neither have met expectations and wins over Idaho and Idaho state won't make up for the fact that this game should have been won. This team will win games but will never overcome the concern about winning the big ones big!

    Here's just a few of the reasons: 1). Running the ball too much in the red zone especially when it was the pass that got you there (this is so Anae). Result, field goals instead of touch downs. 2) Poor clock management combined with a lack of killer instinct. What would the score have been if we had scored to end the first half? When do we have enough points? The BYU I grew up watching would have called and executed differently after turnovers and with a shortened clock. 3). Playing not to lose...ala the play calling and passing decisions of this duo the second half. It was just painful to watch! What happened to the unpredictability Doman promised? Maybe he should go to the booth so he can see the game he is forcing us to watch.

  • upset American Fork, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 7:29 p.m.

    I belive that I saw the ghost of Norm Chow and Robert Anae on the field last night. First half there was some good stugg offensively. Second half all I saw was the ghost of former, preditable, try not to lose the game coaches. What happened to "Pull the Trigger" Doman. Very disappointed in his play clalling. Maybe he should get his hinney up in the booth where he has the time to make the calls.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Sept. 11, 2011 6:30 p.m.

    Pretty disgusted with the outcome, even though I predicted a tossup.

    The play calling in 2nd half was pathetic. Get rid of the goofy Riley Nelson thing. That dog don't hunt. This is on Doman.

    Heaps, so far, is looking like a sophomore QB. Nothing more. Some promise, but far from ready. Will Lark get some reps this week?

    Muzzle Heaps. After Ole Miss game, he was out glad-handing the BYU fans. The rest of the team was in the locker room. In the Texas game, he was standing around waiting for Mac Brown to finish an interview, then went up to him to shake his hand! Clearly, Heaps is great in his own mind. But on the field, he's a 19-year-old kid. Start treating him that way.

    Finally: This offense reminds me of the last Crowton years. Confusion. Poor play calling. At least Anae teams could score points and win games.

    Utah 12, BYU 3

    Sad to say.

    PS: Sark's Huskies scored 40 on Hawaii.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 6:11 p.m.

    Not happy--great BYU teams of old would tear up this team. No heart...winning doesn't really matter to this team.

    Lets just execute better---no...doggone it, win better! You players had this team up against the ropes, you did not even try to kick the field goal at the end of the half...why? This lands squarely on Broncos shoulders! Leaving fairly easy points on the field? Did you think you were playing UTEP?

    This loss is on the list of one of the most humiliating BYU losses in history? Why? Because this team was terrible! Terrible. They had to use THREE mediocre quarterbacks, to beat the "best Blue-chip" QB in BYU history?

    If Jake Heaps does not take this loss personally, and do something about it, he's not on the list with Steve Young and Ty Detmer or McMahon. This should be a career changing game for him.

    This should be a "never on my watch...ever again!" game for Heaps. Doman, wake up, you are marching in the shoes of Anae, and he's gone. Get a clue. You may be new, but there is very little learning curve in this job. Do it right!

  • Gondos Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 5:59 p.m.

    The thing I hate most is knowing that before we have even played one home game that we are going to the Bell Helicopter Bowl. That kinda stinks. I expect, no demand, a victory over the Utes this week. Go Cougs!!!

  • manaen Buena Park, CA
    Sept. 11, 2011 5:40 p.m.

    John McKay had this interchange while head coach at USC :

    Reporter: "What do you think of the execution of your offense?"

    John McKay: "I think it would be a good idea."

  • duck Saint George, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    I echo the comments of the Idaho Cougar Fan. Where is the MIX of plays I thought BYU was going to have now that Doman took over. When they face 3rd and 10, they still were throwing 5 yard passes. Even the announcers were saying "when are they going to let Heaps throw the ball." First and 10, run the ball again. Second and 9, pass out into the flat and Texas is there waiting. Third and 7, and we throw another 3 yard pass. Let's keep the other team guessing and mix up our passing distance better.

  • Randy01 Lees Summit, MO
    Sept. 11, 2011 5:23 p.m.

    @Farid -hmmm...Max Hall served a two year mission? You should check your facts on that one. But at least he went.

    @AZGuy - Texas is a much better quality opponent than UTEP.

    @Uteology - You are right about the Southern Illinois running stats against Mississippi, which is not exactly an "SEC powerful defense"

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    One of the commentators said in the first hslf something like this...."Most of the country does not realize how good BYR is!"

    It was not repeated in the second half...ESPN and company was as disappointed as the fans in BYU's second half. Maybe a little more fire and brimstone from Coach Mendenhall would help. That is, of the helpful kind.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    The title to this story is an under statement if I have ever heard of one.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    re: oldcougar | 11:15 a.m. Sept. 11, 2011

    "Conservative football is boring football and losing football."

    As a Dolphins fan, I can testify.

    Is Doman doing his best Dan Henning impersonation?

    @ carver | 1:47 p.m. Sept. 11, 2011

    three thoughts...
    1) better than last yr
    2) the Lavell impersonation is old
    3) Heaps talks so much he could WR in the NFL or in the NBA

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    Sept. 11, 2011 3:01 p.m.

    Gave this one away. Doman looked like he was content to run out the clock with 15:00 left in the 3rd quarter.

    D should be upset.

    Also, Harmon, you were the one writing about and selling everyone on how good this offense really way. You are part of the problem. It's rather dishonest to come back now and ask where this highly vaunted offense is - the one that BYU sold everyone on. You were there writing about it - you participated in it. It's one thing to come out and say that you were possibly wrong about them - that you got caught up in the fevor. We all did. But to come out and criticize BYU for overselling, when you were the salesman? Dishonest.

  • Merm8fan West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    It was that wishy-washy last BYU possession of the first half that really hurt. Our offense was doing great, and with well over a minute, we run it on the first two downs instead of playing two minute drill? Seems to me like perhaps Bronco was fine with taking the 10 point lead into the half, and he didn't consider that the second half might play out different than the first - which it did. Three points at the end of the half would have made a big difference as to how the second half ended up going.

    Also, special teams came out as flat after the half as our offense. How on earth are we shanking punts like that for the second week in a row? Late in the second half, we finally back their guy up with a decent punt, and then our coverage crumbles and allows a run back to mid field. I'm not going to knock the defense for wearing down in the second half. They still ended up holding the opponent to 17, which is all we can ask. Offense needs to get a full game put together, a half won't do.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 2:30 p.m.

    A little more perspective on the year so far. Ole Miss (last week's opponent) did win but they gave up more points to Southern Illinois than to BYU. Southern Illinois is in the Sub Division of college football-the same level as Weber State. They have lost both their games.

    Many of the sports writers in Texas are already bemoaning the fate of the team. They state that the Longhorns have beaten two "good" teams, but the rest of the season is against better teams.

    Let's not all throw the Cougars on their sword. They do have a long way to, especially offensively and special teams.

  • carver Enterprise, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    Three comments.
    1- How good is Texas?
    2- Bronco must show some emotion.
    3- Jake needs to quit talking so much.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    Too conservative the second half. Played "not to lose". Sometimes you need to live life with the gas pedal down.

    Kinda surprised Doman doesn't coach that way, cause he sure played that way.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Sept. 11, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    Is it "failure to execute" or the lack of "ability to execute"?

    The defense looks good but is the offense just hype?

    For example, BYU has no running game.

    Against SEC powerful defense Southern Illinois ran for 200+ yards, 5.1 per carry. BYU had 90+ yards, 2.9 per carry.

    Against Texas BYU had 43 rushing yards, 1.9 per carry; while Rice had 90+ yards for 4.3 per carry.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 11:43 a.m.

    No moral victory here...I thought we would win and we should have. And one more thing, I got tired of seeing DiLuigi run up to the pile and stop, then get hit and dropped where he stopped. He could have had one or two more yards for each of his carries...if he would simply lean forward and hit someone. On a couple of occasions, those yards could have made a difference.

  • Farid @ Pocatello Pocatello, ID
    Sept. 11, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    I wish we would have won sure, but c'mon, most of us were afraid of a 35-10 blowout. We can take heart in the fact that BYU should have won the game, that the problems the team seems to face--rookie OC, kid QB--are fixable. Remember, Max Hall's first season was as a sophomore, but that came after a two year mission, a redshirt year and his redshirt freshman year. The difference between the two QB's sophomore season is four years. And Robert Anae's first few games were both ugly (Arizona) and impressive (TCU). They'll need time, and I'm happy to give it to them.

    And do you think people are waking up this morning saying that BYU belongs in the Big-12 talent wise? I think so.

    2011 isn't going to be the breakout year for BYU, but it'll be a good one, 9-3 or so. But next year is going to be lights-out.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    I think the players "executed" just fine. The coaches have much to think about and much to work on. We simply got outcoached!! Doman, get some courage. Staff, your opponents out thought you at half time. Their adjustments seemed to baffle you. We're used to being the teams that make the superior adjustments that make a difference in the second half. Didn't happen against the longhorns. Shame on coached who blame this one on execution. Play to win, take some chances, take some risks. Conservative football is boring football and losing football.

  • AZguy Phoenix, AZ
    Sept. 11, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    Come on be honest. Who misses Robert Anae? This was not the same offense that I saw score 50 points in the NM bowl even though the weapons were primarily the same. They did not get it done. Hopefully, execution of the offense can improve in the next week.

  • Bomar Roberts, ID
    Sept. 11, 2011 9:49 a.m.

    I want to know did Bobby Anae sneak back into the booth for these last two games? The play calling in a big part of the games appeared he had. The second half reminded me of Sean Covey reincarnated.

  • Silly Rabbit Small Town, USA, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    You alwats have to play to win the game, you can't play not to lose. That second half was painful to watch. You snatched defeat from the hands of victory.... You may never get another chance to go to that stadium and win....
    Sad game, players looked sacred not to lose, they didnt look excited to win.....

  • Cougs4Life Gilbert, AZ
    Sept. 11, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    I'm not too worried...I'm pretty sure that Doman didn't want to show off too much of the playbook and tip his hand for the Utah game.

  • Zoniezoobie Mesa, AZ
    Sept. 11, 2011 9:16 a.m.

    Losing the NC by 1 point is going to be tough to deal with, but at least it happened early enough in the season for us to enjoy the meaningfull future victories over San Jose, Idaho, Idaho St, and NM State. Maybe we will run up those scores big time, or maybe with less resolve, we will play down to the competition, and give those undermanned squads a chance at having their own moments of greatness.

    Maybe the Big 12 will offer membership to BYU after the humbling first half for Texas last night, followed by their great comeback victory. BYU had better take that offer if they want to excel in football proselytizing, because schedule building with cupcakes will not get it done.

  • Zoniezoobie Mesa, AZ
    Sept. 11, 2011 8:54 a.m.

    To BYUfaninWashSt, your comments are right on. The current BYU game plans do not take enough risk for reward. We are no longer a light up the scoreboard offense. It seems they want to grind it out on the ground and play a defense field-position game. We are timid, conservative, afraid to win, and play not to lose. Take risks. Go for it on 4th, don't kick field goals. Throw at the end zone before getting inside the 20.

  • satch Highland, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 8:36 a.m.

    Execute is the lamest excuse. We keep hearing it over and over. I think there was more too it than that. The defense got run over in the 2nd half but did enough to win. The offense however played uninspired poor play calling football. I haven't seen this many dink and dump offs since the days of Crowton. Where is the Boise State offense or the BYU offense of the 80's?

    Come on?

  • full disclosure Providence, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 8:31 a.m.

    Blame lies solely on the Offensive Coordinator. It his continues, he may be "3 and out."

  • Lee Corso American Fork, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 8:28 a.m.

    I LOVE this article because it's a running joke with a group of us after each Cougar loss that we know we'll hear the "We didn't execute" mantra, over and over and over again. It has truly become a ridiculous comment. Can't EVERY single team, coach and player in the nation say the same thing after they lose? At the end of the day here is the real issue. Inexperienced Offensive Coordinator + Overhyped QB = Very Few Points. They may be great in the future but it isn't going to happen this season. Unless of course they begin to EXECUTE better!!!

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    Maybe Doman was holding back the Cougar playbook, so he'll have something to spring on the Utes this week.

  • mrmugooo Snohomish, WA
    Sept. 11, 2011 8:12 a.m.

    I've said it before... Heaps talks the talk too much without backing it up with the "walk". After watching the first two games, I am fearful of the big red U coming down the road next week.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 8:02 a.m.

    Why didn't they attack the same spots in the second half? Lack of an offensive coordinator. Bottom line is Brandon Doman did not make the right calls. Travis Uale missed key tackles do to his lack of BASIC tackling fundamentals, he didn't wrap up. Heaps telegraphs his throws. DiLuiggi tippy toes. Basically, we just don't have that good of a team.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 7:54 a.m.

    I didn't like or appreciate this article by Dick Harmon.

    My take on the game is simple and direct. BYU played much better against a Big 12 team than I thought they would.

    First half--BYU played to win.

    Second half--BYU played to keep from losing.

    That was the difference in the game. The mind set. Play to win the whole game. Play with passion the whole time on both sides of the ball, and BYU will be fine.

    Go Cougars!

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Sept. 11, 2011 7:07 a.m.

    The word of the day may have been "execute", but the word for next week has to be this: "DOWNFIELD". You don't have a running game without downfield passing to your tights and wides, FACT.

  • ed in atl Duluth, GA
    Sept. 11, 2011 5:43 a.m.

    The debacle of the 2nd half started at the end of the 1st half. BYU had a chance to put another 3 on the board. It was poor time management. You have a great kicker, give him a chance to kick a long one.

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    Sept. 11, 2011 5:08 a.m.

    That should have been a win. The play calling, the qb and the lack of a brusing full back hurt BYU.

  • bigutefan Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 11, 2011 1:08 a.m.

    Sorry to hear your National Championship goal is out of reach, and a BCS bowl, tough break. Hopefully Heaps will learn to throw more touchdowns than interceptions after the Utah game.

  • idaho cougar fan Twin Falls, ID
    Sept. 11, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    If you pass the ball 0-5 yards up field on a fast defense, that is all you will get. The whole 2nd half I texted my buddy "Throw the ball DOWNFIELD!!" Wish I had Doman's cell phone so I could text him that message as well. Maybe Heaps is too scared to throw DOWNFIELD. I wonder if Doman is secretly an android, being remotely controlled by Anae. To many similarities in their weak play calling.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Sept. 10, 2011 11:45 p.m.

    BYU did not even try to stretch the field (throw deep) at all in the second half (other than the 35-40 yrd pass on 3rd and ~15 late in the 4th).

    Why not?

    Jake Heaps was in the zone in the first half! He had Texas on their heels! Yes, Texas adjusted in the 2nd half but it looked to me like we played waaaay too conservative in the 2nd half.

  • BYUfaninWashSt Everett, WA
    Sept. 10, 2011 11:41 p.m.

    "We weren't that far off," said Reynolds. "It wasn't the same guy every play, we had a missed block here, a missed assignment there and it was enough to cost us. We do have a very good team."

    Not that far off? OC's & QB's from the 80's would have capitalized on missed opportunities in 1st half for TD's for big lead, and blew Texas completely out of the game in 2nd half (assuming they also had our defense of today and some of our other "talent" positions of today). Unfortunately, these coaches and players are satisfied to play conservatively and win or lose very close games by not making any big mistakes. In that case, maybe as Reynolds said above, it is a missed bloc, a missed assignment, etc. that makes the difference. Where's the attitude to light up the scoreboard, take some risks and blow these teams away with a high powered passing attack? Apparently, because abilities of our OC & QB was all hype to begin with.

  • Hawkyo SYRACUSE, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 11:40 p.m.

    Did Heaps actually blame this on the defense? I heard that somewhere else. I hope he didn't.

  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 11:03 p.m.

    Play not to lose and I will guarantee you a loss. BYU was afraid to lose and so they did. Teams with killer instinct show no mercy, play with a chip on their shoulder and even take a chance or two. I have not seen this from BYU in two games so far. Bronco, you can continue to walk the sidelines in a stoic manner, but if your team doesn't show a little more moxie, raising an occasional eyebrow wouldn't hurt.