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Published: Friday, Sept. 23 2011 11:33 p.m. MDT

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WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

Hard to believe it's been that many years since BYU returned a kick for a TD. Wow.

Cody showed more speed than I thought he had. I can see now why he's returning kicks.

I used to wonder why a tall, lanky guy was doing that, as shorter quick returners are usually more able to find holes and make tacklers miss.

Hope he has a few more during his BYU career.

CDog79
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Who is CFU? Last time I checked BYU played UCF. Maybe the DNews should pay closer attention ...

Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

Ross Apo and Jacobsen get all the talk about speed from cougar receivers but Cody showed some real speed getting down the sidelines. Special teams won the game no doubt.

sammyg
Springville, UT

It was awesome!!!

AK Cougar
Palmer, AK

It seemed that Cody Hoffman was pulling away from the UCF speedy guys while he raced down the sideline. Way to go Cody.

Go Cougars

East Coast Coug
BELMONT, MA

Cody's run was the highpoint of the game. The question continues to be: where is the offense? Is the issue Heaps and we need a QB change? Is it Doman and we need an OC change? While we will all take the win, the fundamental question of why such a talented group on offense isn't producing better results remains unanswered.

Bronco, you need to engage on the offensive side of the ball. I'm grateful we are not in the Big 12 this year!

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

A couple of plays always seem to make the difference in a game. Against UCF it was Hoffman's return and UCF's muffed punt. Take out those two plays and there's no telling how the game would have turned out.

One other key play was Heaps missing a wide open Jacobsen streaking towards the end zone. He missed him by a good 5 yards. He's got to make these throws. He missed Jacobsen on a similar play against Texas.

Hoffman, Stephenson, Kariya and BYU's D won this game. Kariya was the only thing on BYU's offense that looked improved from the first three games.

Come on offense, let' step it up!

OC Fan
Orange County, CA

"As a receiver, Cody Hoffman had a relatively quiet night Friday."

Not just Friday night; all three games he's been MIA because of Heaps. Jake said in preseason the offensive would be explosive with all of their weapons. The receiving corps has the most raw talent in Cougar history, but BYU gained less than 150 yards last night.

The receivers dropped a lot of passes last night? Yes, they dropped passes they had to turn back to catch when the throw was behind them. Yes, they dropped passes that were thrown at their feet. With Jacobson, Hoffman, Apo, Di Luigi, Kariya, and reasonably talented tight ends, as Jake said in preseason, someone is going to be open...and someone always is, but he can't hit them on a regular basis. His completion percentage is terrible because of him not them.

Doman needs to re-read his statements about what he was going to do with the offense then get some guidance from LaVell on running the traditional BYU passing offense. He needs to sit Heaps (a bit of humility would help Heaps in the long run), give the ball to Lark, and impose a gag order on Jake.

flynn is the coolest
Salt Lake City, UT

I stayed up to watch it again on BYUtv. Cody got 3-4 excellent blocks that allowed him to shoot the gap and break away. As far as the win, it wasn't pretty, but I'll take it. UCF had outgained us in all respects, and they were much better at moving the ball. Our win on week 1 it was the defense (KVN). This week it was special teams. Although I loved the outcomes, I'd say it was the offense's (particularly the passing game) turn to step up.

Cabinfever
Las Vegas, NV

The offensive line missed too many blocks and Heaps HAS to hit those down-field receivers! Until that happens, it's going to be a long season. Utah State's a pretty good team and has a good opportunity to get another win over the Y this year.

ed in atl
Duluth, GA

You have to remember here that UCF beat UGA in their bowl game and have defeated BC handily this year. They are good football team. We are good as well and with good decisions by our QB and accurate throws we will get better.

NevadaCoug
Overton, NV

"The receivers dropped a lot of passes last night? Yes, they dropped passes they had to turn back to catch when the throw was behind them. Yes, they dropped passes that were thrown at their feet. With Jacobson, Hoffman, Apo, Di Luigi, Kariya, and reasonably talented tight ends, as Jake said in preseason, someone is going to be open...and someone always is, but he can't hit them on a regular basis. His completion percentage is terrible because of him not them. "

The Cougar receivers coach is a guy that prided himself on this one rule: "if you can touch it, you catch it." I won't argue that the throws could be better, but these guys need to start listening to Cahoun more. I very much doubt he's blaming the QB for all those dropped balls right now. If you can touch it, catch it!

BlueHusky
Mission Viejo, CA

I worry about Heaps' confidence. Maybe this game will help. A lot of his problems are related to his age. Utah State will be a good test. I think the Cougs will need to perform better on offense to beat them.

Defense is another matter. I love this defense.

CougarOnTheProwl
Murray, UT

Hoffman's return ignited the crowd and lifted the team up when they needed it most. Kid has got deceptive speed but that was a well executed return the blocking was great and I dont think Hoffman even got touched. Once he was through the seam he had nothing but real estate in front of him.

Johnson72
Salt Lake City, UT

It was awesome last week when heaps fumbled the ball on the 3rd play of the game, on the way to 7 turnovers and a 54-10 whoopin!!!

Duh
west jordan, ut

@johnson72

See, you're already living in the past. What does last weeks game have to do with this weeks game.? No one cares anymore except Ute fans. We are on to the next game. It is not the first time we have lost to Utah and it won't be the last but let it go, just breath, relax and worry about the next game coming up for your team.

Cougar_Independence
OMAHA, NE

Great speed Cody! Awesome return!

Pugman
TREMONTON, UT

@johnson72

It was great 3 weeks ago when all the Ute trolls were touting Texas as not very good..The week after that they totally destroyed UCLA....what conference are they in again???? Then last night the drubbing of USC in the deseret. But the Ute claim to fame....we had a chance to tie USC in the end only to have the field goal attempt blocked.... how does the narrow loss to USC compare to the drubbing USC received last night. Maybe Ute fans should come to this conclusion....one game does not a season make....lets sit back and watch how this all plays out... K

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