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Published: Saturday, Oct. 1 2011 10:21 p.m. MDT

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majmajor
Layton, UT

"I believe in Coach Andersen and the players that they have. (Quarterback) Chuckie Keeton's an incredible athlete for a little freshman out there, running around making plays. Robert Turbin is an elite college football player."

Riley Nelson is an outstanding sportsman! Great comments and play. I hope he keeps up the great attitude.

USU played a great game, and wish them the best the rest of the season. To bad you don't play the Utes, I think you have the better team. Stomp on the WAC!

Go Cougs!

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

I could enjoy seeing USU beat Utah this year. Unfortunately, they don't play each other. Whittingham has made it clear he is through playing 3 teams (but he doesn't have the final say) probably because he feels the Utes have nothing to win and everything to lose. Those teams are TCU, Air Force and Utah State. And with TCU and Air Force he likely thinks that Utah can't win most of those games; just a few every now and then.

I kind of think the same way about BYU playing Utah. Let's not let them wear their home red colors or bring their own PAC 12 officials to Provo in two years. Or in fact, let's drop them from the schedule. What does BYU get out of beating a bottom-feeder in the PAC 12?

kanaka818
West Hills, CA

During the latter part of the game, and especially, the last drive: Now that's the Cougars I remember. The hurry up offense, like they just can't wait to confuse the opposition.

The coaching staff at the beginning of the season said they wanted the offense to take a more measured approach. Well that hasn't been working too well. Regardless of whoever is playing quarterback, I vote for the hurry up offense along with some no huddle plays next week.

Cougar_Independence
OMAHA, NE

Clearly, Riley Nelson is a game changer! He needs to start this week. I just wonder if the Utah game would have been different had hestarted and played the whole game?

Go Cougars!

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Leadership! Leaders create, innovate, inspire performance and produce results, just what BYU was lacking! Luck has nothing to do with it! It all about when Nelson's preparation met the opportunity, and his leadership came through!

majmajor
Layton, UT

"What does BYU get out of beating a bottom-feeder in the PAC 12?"

We get a great competition! Utah, BYU and (now) USU have the same quality players. Each team has a difference philosophy, but they are our (mostly local) players. By playing each other, it allows each team to compare how it is doing with the same level of athletics.

It allows a comparison and contrast of how to get the most out of the local players. It allows the players to display their heart and courage against similar competition. That is why these games are played.

Outside of the military, and public safety communities athletics is the only place that Americans show a desire to act above one's needs and desires (with a few notable exceptions). Each is working toward a common goal, watching their teammates back, and friendly competition. It is like Boy Scouts with slightly more blood...

Heart, courage, and leadership.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

Riley Nelson earned the starting job at BYU on Friday night. I personally am pleased to see this. He is a great athlete and really sparked the team. His running abilities totally changed how USU ran the defense and opened up the passing game. This is Riley's senior year and now that he is starting he has a good chance to at least get noticed by the NFL.

Jake Heaps has two more years and will almost certainly develop into the kind of quarter back that everyone expects him to be.

Give Riley a shot at the pros and give Jake a bit more time to develop. This is a win win situation.

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

why was the play to go to Luigi? Did the Cougars need to fumble the last play of the game?

yarrlydarb
Ogden, UT

Speaking of Robert Turbin and Coach Gary Anderson, Bronco Mendenhall stated: "Those kinds of things in college football say a lot about a way a team is coached and what values are being instilled. I was very impressed by that, especially in the way the game finished."

Quarterback Riley Nelson said: "I wish them the best, I hope they compete for the WAC championship. I think they have the talent to. I believe in Coach Andersen and the players that they have. (Quarterback) Chuckie Keeton's an incredible athlete for a little freshman out there, running around making plays. Robert Turbin is an elite college football player."

Those two statements should depict the attitude of sports. I for one am extremely happy that the Urban Meyer "team-down-south" mentality is gone from the Wasatch Front.

Sports, and especially college sports, should be good sportsmanship as well as sporting. There is so much divisiveness in this country right now that it is very refreshing to see the attitude of good sportsmanship demonstrated by Coach Mendenhall, Riley Nelson as well as Coach Whittingham and Anderson and their respective teams effectively replace the Meyer "in-your-face" influence.

BlueHusky
Mission Viejo, CA

Jake Heaps looked like he was going downhill. The game is too fast for him now. Let him sit on the bench and learn. Nelson may or may not be the savior, but he needs to start until he proves he can't lead the team. I think it is clear that Jake is too young to lead this team this year.

IDC
Boise, ID

Great game. Very entertaining and a BYU win.

I love Nelson's heart and drive. I just don't know that he can throw it well enough to pull out wins week in week out. I was hoping Heaps developed faster than he has but what can you do. I still think Heaps is the way to go. Maybe put in Nelson on third downs? I just think developing Heaps is the best shot of this team being great.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

I have no doubt that the Cougs would have beaten the Longhorns if Nelson had been brought in somewhere in the 2nd half when it was obvious that Heaps was struggling.

And there is no doubt that the Utah game would have been different if Nelson had been in the game. But the loss to Utah can't all be put on Heaps. The bad snap to start the game, and critical fumbles by Quezada, DiLuigi and Falslev are what led to this loss. Take away those four key turnovers and it would have been a different game.

I admit, I was on the Heaps band wagon. The last six games of last year, he looked like he was going to be the next great BYU QB. But Nelson is the better QB at this point. I hope Nelson starts the next few games.

For Heaps long term development, make him the back-up this year and red shirt him next year. Bring him back in 2013 for his red-shirt Junior year and hopefully he will have developed the skills he needs to be a star.

2011-12 Nelson
2013-14 Heaps
2015-2016 Hill
2017-2018 Mangum

ed in atl
Duluth, GA

You have to use Riley just because of his toughness and intensity. But you still have to use Heaps a little in case Riley gets hurt again. But it goes to show you that BYU has the capability to play with anyone if they play with toughness, intensity and mistake free. USU did a great job and should be undefeated. Auburn just beat South Carolina. SJState beat CSU so it should be a great game next week.

IndianaCoug
Bloomington, IN

RE: majmajor

"Utah, BYU and (now) USU have the same quality players"

You're delusional if you believe that USU has players at the same talent/potential level as BYU and Utah. BYU and Utah are always neck and neck for the top in-state recruits and always nap a few exceptional out-of-state athletes. USU gets good but not great athletes, yet somehow they still seem to perform at a very high (and continually improving) level. Credit their incredible coaching staff and underdog mentality--USU has definitely overachieved. Unfortunately they still only have a 1-3 record to show for it. Perhaps with a few of the top in-state recruits they would be 4-0 right now and nationally ranked.

Joe Schmoe
Orem, UT

I agree. We get NOTHING from playing a bottom feeder in the pac 10.2. Bring on Texas, Ole Miss, TCU, BSU.

oldcougar
Orem, UT

All I know is it was fun to watch! I had my Brazilian son-in-law (rabid soccer fan) with me. I had to do some explaining, but he had a blast! He's now a huge cougar fan! I'm back took, I guess!

soldier boy
Bountiful, Ut

I attended the first game in the "New" BYU stadium in 1982. BYU led with about 2 minutes to go and Air Force had the ball on their own 2 yard line. AFA drove the 98 yards to score and win the game.

So, sitting in the stands Friday night, when BYU had the ball on their 2 yard line with about time running out, I had the thought "Can lightning strike twice?"

And it did.

WHAT A GAME!!!!

deibu
Roseburg, OR

Hats off to Nelson for a great spark off the bench! But Nelson said."I get asked about the games a lot and every time I say, 'It's a dogfight...That's just who we are and the way our schedule is set up, every game is going to be decided by a touchdown or less. We're ready for it for the rest of the season and I hope Cougar fans are too, because this is how it's going to be." BYU has only 2 potential dogfights [TCU and Hawaii] left on their schedule. This statement is exactly why Riley Nelson should not even be considered as the starting QB. I for one tire of BYU trying to make a dogfight where none is needed. Maybe this is the current view from the coaches as well, but if not start calling plays from the booth to win, not be in the game at the end.

jakartafan
Houston, TX

In baseball you bring in a relief pitcher when the starter is not effective, but that doesn't mean you bench the starter. You still need him and will play him when he can help the team. Jake is a talented QB who is not in a good place mentally at the moment. He needs to get his confidence and competitive fire back and start having fun playing the game again. There may be games where Riley's scrambling isn't working and we need a confident pocket passer to bail us out. I think Jake will get it together and be a successful QB. But he does need to relax and get over the hump.

majmajor
Layton, UT

IndianaCoug | 9:30 a.m. Oct. 2, 2011
Bloomington, IN
RE: majmajor
"You're delusional if you believe that USU has players at the same talent/potential level as BYU and Utah."

Be objective. Talk to ESPN (or the BYU coaching staff) about the quality of the USU quarterback and running backs. USU is underperforming, not over-performing. USU has the best quarterback and running backs in the State. Neither BYU, nor Utah has a running back that is even close to the top-two Aggie's.

No team in the western U.S. is even close to Turbin. He is an outstanding college player, and is probably the only running back in the State that will start in the NFL. He is also a class act.

BYU has the best offensive-line, defensive front-seven and punter, and the Utes have the best receivers and defensive backs in the state.

Don't live in the past. USU needs to forget past failures, and accept their improving skill levels. They can beat everyone (except my Cougs) in the State.

Go Cougs!

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