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Published: Friday, Sept. 23 2011 11:00 p.m. MDT

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flynn is the coolest
Salt Lake City, UT

I wonder if Doman saw all those incomplete passes- overthrows, throwing behind the receivers, etc. Maybe it's time he get fired as QB coach- so someone else can help Jake get things together.

Orem, Utah

"My performance wasn't that great, but we got the W," said Heaps. "More importantly, I can learn from it."

Now, someone needs to teach Heaps how to throw long passes that guys can run under, not catch up to! He seems to have no idea of touch.

Orem, Utah

I wonder if Doman felt a little less distracted by the sideline frey in being up in the booth.

Play calling was still odd at times, but great at times.

Mixed bag for me.

Hope they keep Doman up there for at least two more games. Maybe he'll settle in to some consistent play calling.

It'd help, though, if Jake had some accuracy.

I think Jake's too jittery in live games to throw as well as he does in practice. He might just be one of those practice gurus but game flopper. Time will tell.


Jake Heaps, we already know you are not good. Stop bringing it up in every interview. Remember, actions speak louder than words and quite frankly you and Doman are not very good.

Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

Dick was more impressed with the offense than I was. Their touchdowns drives together didn't add up to 80 yards. Heaps has a good arm but no touch. He often throws his passes before the play develops and doesn't seem to show a lot of presence in the huddle. Special teams won this game.

Buena Park, CA

"My performance wasn't that great, but we got the W," said Heaps. "More importantly, I can learn from it."

"We had to earn it," said Heaps. "They weren't going to give it to us. It was gratifying to see our guys make plays. It was good to see things go our way at critical points in the game."


Tonight, we didn't lose because we didn't play as badly as UCF.
Tonight, our QB sounded like he had an accurate, mature view of the game. Tonight, I have hope for this talented kid and our team.

Federal Way, WA

Heaps needs a full time QB coach. He is not "learning or getting better " like he needs to.

It looks like BYU should have hired an experienced offensive Coordinator so that Doman could focus on heaps and perhaps work as a co offensive coordinator for a while. Maybe Reynolds could help out more. Maybe that will bring back the use of the tight end.

Now that BYU and Utah dont compete in the same conference, I am seeing how more people can pull for both teams for most of the season. At least with Utah you can see good coaching and less "personnel development" jargon.

AK Cougar
Palmer, AK

The offense still needs lots work. Cougars should be passing for 300 yards adn running for another 150 - 200. I still believe they have the talent, but time will tell if they have the will. Way too many dropped passes for me tonight as well. Heaps got the ball to the player and the player dropped them. Can't blame Heaps for dropped passes.

Special teams played very well. What was the average punt? 60 yards or something. Wow. Defense gave up too many long pass plays for comfort tonight. UCF did a good job of hiding their play, so kudos to them.

Now, go practice really good and get ready for Utah State or we could see another debacle like last week.

Go Cougars.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

To all of you armchair QBs, I enjoyed the game, thought it was fun to watch, and gratifying to see enough key plays made by special teams at critical times.

Today we came into the game with different sets of issues: the run game, field position, putting the ball in the end zone, etc.

Now the apparent problems are, one, on the defense all of the arm tackles that could have cost us the game and the coverage issues, and two, the accuracy of Jake Heaps. With the right protection and timing, Jake Heaps is an accurate QB. He didn't really have either of those things tonight. As the run game continues to improve and the line actually keeps the defense off of him, Heaps will get better.

Just be grateful for the win and leave the tweaking of the X's and O's to the coaches next week.

Salt Lake City, UT

Did he see the 2 touchdown passes that Heaps over threw? Did he see Heaps time and time again choke on a big down? Did he see the ineffectiveness of Jake Heaps be it in the pocket or on the roll? That's the question. The other question is if he did indeed notice those shortcomings at QB, will he do anything to correct it or will Heaps come out again next week to lose the game to Utah State?

Lee Corso
American Fork, UT

Speaking of "views" can someone please tell me why I should have hope that Heaps will ultimately be the real deal? He's consistently inaccurate, continues to overthrow his receivers, he has no mobility, and he loves to telegraph his passes. Besides arm strength, can someone give me a nugget of info that will get me fired up please?

Frisco, TX

I liked how we used Nelson on the option. I didn't like how we used him on 4th and short to pass the ball. I'd bring Nelson in on every 3rd and short or anytime we're inside the 5 yard line. I'd also like to see us use him as a RB occasionally.

No, I'm not trying to start a QB controversy. I'm talking about 5 or 6 plays a game, instead of 1 or 2.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

"What he saw is what ESPN hoped to see in his offense . . ."

My goodness, Harmon. After your "Band of Bunglers" rant last week, now you're mixing the blue Kool-Aid before drinking all of it. Think Valium would help?

Bob Cratchet
Salt Lake City, UT

Still not completely sold on the offense. If we need to rely on special teams and the defense the way we have the first few games to keep us in games, we're in trouble. I'd like to see the offense be able to take care of scoring and moving the ball. Scoring from defense and special teams is gravy.

MesaAZ Cougar


The lack of the players' confidence in Offensive Coordinator Doman is evident with their poor play. Never has BYU had more talent on Offense than this year, and yet never has a BYU offense played so far under their potential than this year. Thus far, only the Defense and Special Teams have kept BYU competitive.

- D Coordinator Hill: One of the worst in the nation. Hill fired.
- Defensive players: The same players--no change.
- Bronco takes over: One of the best in the nation.

- O Coordinator Doman: One of the worst in the nation.
- Offensive players: The same players--no change.
- ?????? takes over: One of the best in the nation?

Like 2010 with the Defense, a change needs to take place with the Offensive Playcaller. O Coordinator Doman should NOT be fired, however, the playcalling duties should be turned over to a coach with a wealth of experience on offense. Someone who probably should have been named O Coordinator because of that experience---Lance Reynolds.

Make the change and watch the Offense respond!


Scott H.
Sammamish, WA

Love BYU's D, but the lack of a pass rush gave the other team's QB far too much time last night. BYU's big d-line stuffs the run very well, but BYU needs to send a 4th pass rusher more so opposing QB's feel some pressure.

Speaking of pass rushers, Van Noy will go down as the best outside linebacker in BYU's history when all is said and done. He MAKES PLAYS every game. And did you see how high he jumped to tip the 4th quarter pass that led to an interception? Wow.

Jake Heaps panics, plain and simple. It is evident in his bad decisions, in his facial expressions, in how hard and flat he throws so many passes (yes, could improve the accuracy of his throws, yes, he stares down his primary receiver every play, and yes he rockets every pass, even the short ones, instead of throwing a catchable ball with touch) BUT he will get better. He is just a sophomore, and he will calm down. Will help him to have pumped-up coach Doman far away upstairs, and calm coach Reynolds on the sidelines.

BYU's CB's are good, while its Safeties make mistakes.

Cedar Hills, UT

Still not impressed with the play calling. Worst play call of the night, 4th and 2 from about the 30 yd line. You call timeout, bring in Riley Nelson and he throws a pass!! What is up with that? The guy has good speed, quick to the outside, run some kind of option with him if you are bring him in, but throw the ball. He's cold coming off the bench and you have him throw a pass??? Offense still only puts up 17 points and has to be saved by a kickoff return for the win. I am still not sure they beat USU next week.

St. George, Utah

BYU won despite Jake Hypes. Heaps was terrible last night. I was hoping they would put in Gary Shiede who they honored at halftime.


I agree!! Riley Nelson can be dangerous!! He's very smart and knows what to do in different situations. Heaps is still in the learning stage and everyone (including coaches) are waiting and watching him emerge into what his agent/publicist say he is suppose to become.

South Jordan, UT

Key to heaps is a little bit of pressure. That's all.

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