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Published: Monday, Sept. 19 2011 9:43 p.m. MDT

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Outsideview
Federal Way, WA

With regard to producing their "own negative publicity" please just tell them to stop talking. Let Heaps become a great QB before they treat him like one.

As always, they can call Utah for advise on how to coach, prepare for bowl games or in this case, response from humiliting losses. The loss I speak of is Utahs loss to UNLV a few years ago. Whittingham says their rededication after that game produced great seasons after that. BYU needs to follow that example.

Stop talking and start walking.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

Mr. Call, one point, or 50, or 150, it's an L

This week it looks bad, at the end of the season, it's one point on the L side of the ledger.

Teams win, teams lose.

No in between bro.

SoCalUtahFan
Utesville, CA

@outsideview
...Stop talking and start walking...

and that should go for all coaches and players in that team.

Stop living in denial.
Recognize the weaknesses/mistakes.

First...start by saying BYU lost the game....BYU did not give the game away...

The Utah Republican
Alpine, UT

Sometimes they win. Sometimes they lose. It's all part of the game.

What's wrong is inferring messianic mission and comparing critics to pharisees and sadducees.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

""If we don't respond, it certainly could set us back," he said. "If we are able to respond and finish with a strong season, and with how many wins, certainly increases your chances (of moving the program forward). That is something I have to acknowledge right now as we prepare for UCF. The more wins we can get, the better in our first year of independence. As we already can see, it won't be easy.""

Bronco, congratulations on being the last to know that what matters is the wins.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

Remember, essentially the same Utes that pasted BYU Saturday were twice pasted as badly to end their last season.

BYU will figure out how to recover from this.

The next three opponents won't make that easy, though.

tdlawton
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Is Cody Hoffman's 139 yards on 8 kickoff returns really a positive stat?

I mean I don't think that anyone with good football knowledge would consider 17.4 yard per KOR a good average and the fact that he ran back eight (8!!) Kickoffs means BYU was getting scored on incessantly.

CougarOnTheProwl
Murray, UT

tdlawton | 11:01 p.m. Sept. 19, 2011
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Is Cody Hoffman's 139 yards on 8 kickoff returns really a positive stat?

I mean I don't think that anyone with good football knowledge would consider 17.4 yard per KOR a good average and the fact that he ran back eight (8!!) Kickoffs means BYU was getting scored on incessantly.

Certainly not a real great stat but his 8 rec for 138 yards were one of the few bright spots in the game for BYU.

MiP
Iowa City, IA

Veritas Aequitas | 10:07 p.m. Sept. 19, 2011
Fruit Heights, UT
Mr. Call, one point, or 50, or 150, it's an L

This week it looks bad, at the end of the season, it's one point on the L side of the ledger.
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Except that's not what Y fans were saying after TCU blew out Utah last year. It was more like "the wheels are falling off"....

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I agree with Outsideview. I would put McKay Jacobson before the media rather than Jake. I cringed during Jake's press conference. McKay on the other hand sounds like a very mature and very professional young man. Jake will be there one day, but I don't think he's the one to be talking to the media at a time like this.

afro14
Sandy, UT

I think one of the problems is that BYU may have their priorities messed up. Apparently exposure is more important than quality football. At least back in the MWC days, BYU was consistently playing well. If they shift their focus back to more intrinsic motivation for playing football and stop worrying so much about what everyone is going to think of them, perhaps their performance will improve.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

MiP | 11:43 p.m. Sept. 19, 2011

Mr. Call, one point, or 50, or 150, it's an L

This week it looks bad, at the end of the season, it's one point on the L side of the ledger.
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Except that's not what Y fans were saying after TCU blew out Utah last year. It was more like "the wheels are falling off"....

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Truth is, the wheels DID fall of for the U, didn't they? Reasonable BYU fans are fearful of the same thing.

Hellooo
Salt Lake City, UT

One would expect a vaunted BCS AQ team like Utah to always thoroughly beat the lowly funded, inferior independent team from down south. Why all the hoop la over the U doing what it should and the Y playing good sports, while taking a beating on national TV. Not if much news worthy here, let me know when the Y plays the U close again that will be a story.

jimbobb
Modesto, CA

I agree with Henry Drummond. Not a lot of maturity there. I've been disappointed in the way we have reacted to adversity. Don't remember a team that appears to give up so easily.

sammyg
Springville, UT

BYU 1-1 against AQ teams
Utes 1 loss against AQ teams

Don't be too hasty Utes. According to several of you, you beat a 'mid-major' nobody last weekend. Be careful as to which side of the mouth your talking from. Can't have it both ways.

SoCalUtahFan
Utesville, CA

...Coach Bronco Mendenhall acknowledged Monday that his program took a big hit in terms of national respectability over the weekend...

And it is their rival, Utah, that delivered the knock-out punch.

Perhaps, it's time to stop all the silly boasts about ESPN national exposure, big-12 invite, etc

Stop envy the Utes!

Andermart
Pullman, WA

I watched the first offensive drive of the game last night for the first time. How ugly that botched long snap was and the way Heaps made it much worse than it was. That had to set the tone that started the ball rolling into the Ute end-zone. But the Cougars still showed moments of brilliance that first half. Give the Utes credit for pursuing the ball time and time again. The Cougar Defense started playing sloppy and paid dearly for that.

Well, on to the next game. Shake it off Cougars. You are a much, much better team than you showed on National TV Saturday. You have another opportunity on Friday to either impress, or to depress. Don't squander these moments. They are like gold that is slipping through your fingers. Close the gaps. Mind the store. Play like you know how to play and use emotion to fuel you, not to deflate you.

manutd
Milford, CT

setback?

technically we never fully recovered from the crowton years. sure we had a few good 10-2 seasons but very few big wins against bcs caliber teams. no bcs bowl, etc. unlike the team up north who has been to 2 bcs bowls and now plays with the big boys every week. we on the other hand?

this season, and in particular last weeks game, puts us back even more. we have a long ways to go.

chubbuckidahocougfan
Chubbuck, Idaho

You know why I have no confidence in BYU or Mendenhall-In Mendenhall's press conference on Monday, he said that he had "ZERO" complaints about his defense other than than one of the long runs his team gave up in the 4th qtr. Well coach, How about the 200 plus rushing yards your team gave up to Utah with Junior College transfers? Is that something to be proud of? A great Defense is able to stop the run and keep a team around 50 to 75 yards rushing. Getting gashed by over 200 yards on the ground and having zero complaints. are you serious Bronco? Not to mention the secondary got gashed by Jordan Wynn whom many believe is a sub-par QB. I am growing tired of Bronco's rhetoric. It's disheartening to hear a coach when he says he has zero complaints against a Defense that gave up itleast 40 points against Utah.

Yes I understand that the Heaps fumble in the end zone and the muffed kick off were the fault of the Offense so I took away 14 points, but still giving up 40 points is laughable coach. time to get rid of Bronco.

chicagoborn
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

@sammyg
Just in case you didn't hear. Ole Miss lost to Vanderbilt by I think 23 points. Vanderbilt might be the worst BCS team there is. Well not anymore. It might be Ole Miss. BYU is 1-2. Utah is 2-1. That's the only record that counts.

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