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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 1 2011 9:00 p.m. MDT

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San Diego, CA

Even the highest level professionals can make dumb mistakes (such as Phillip Rivers fumbling the snap on what should have been the Chargers winning drive on Monday night football). Riley Nelson has brought energy back to BYU's offense, and the future is bright as long as his body can survive what he subjects it to with his fearless style of play, which is something to be admired.

Ute's R Gr8
Sandy, Utah

Riley's the man!

Smart move to start him at Q, the Y wouldn't have had any points on the board without him.

Hang in there Band of Lil Brothers

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

I thought the ref was going to throw a flag for excessive celebration on the high five. I guess he was too stunned.

Lake Elsinore, CA

We were flipping channels back and forth between this game and the World Series. This high five was happening the exact same time as the Cardinals won the Series. We wanted to watch the Cardinals celebrate, but seeing Riley pull this off made us glad we stayed glued to the Cougar game.

That was classic, Riley.

Big Hapa
Kaysville, UT

Life is played very fast and if you don't slow down and look around you are going to miss it, way to play this awesome game Riley.


Nelson did a great job in the come back against Utah State. However, his liabilities have been as much as his contributions since. The offense which came back almost complete from a year ago was really clicking last year. I was thinking, the only big change was the offensive coordinator. Perhaps Heaps has taken too much of the brunt.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

It must be heartening for BYU fans to know that losing won't keep Riley and Bronco from having fun.

Hurricane, UT

granted we have a weak schedule but after last year it's nice to be well above .500... in 5 years most people won't be worrying about the level of competition they'll just look at the win/loss column. true it is better to have national relevance but i'll take a wining season any day.

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

Amazing stuff. So glad that this writer and, especially, the coach both agree that Nelson is "having fun." Now, how about a little input on wishing Nelson could be more consistent, more wise/smart with ball possession, more aware of the other teammates on offensive who can help him out, more aware that he doesn't need to be a Super Man on literally every play. Granted, I laughed when I saw him high-five the ref, but I don't know if that's worthy of an entire article, which also includes such a comment from the Coach. Seemed to me I read an article about how "stunned" Coach was with is punting team. Glad he's ok with the offense because his QB is having fun. I love me Cougs, but I have to be frank with you, I've never questioned as many things about Coach as I have this season. So, I try to enjoy watching the games and not paying attention to Coach. But then I read statements like this ... Sigh.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

I'm glad he is having fun. It was not too much fun for me watching his constant mistakes. I can't understand how his mistakes, which are many, are excused while Jake's are not. BYU will never win with Nelson...there is no hope. He will always "shoot himself in the foot". I have decided to give up my season tickets held for over 25 years. I can't take it any more. Bring back Crowton.

Ragnar Danneskjold
Bountiful, UT

He's having fun? It reminds me of the scene from 'Money Ball' when he finds the team partying and having fun after a loss. He tears up the locker room and asks, "Is losing fun?" They are silenced. He says about the silence, "that is what losing sounds like".

I like Riley's intensity, but celebrating a touchdown in basically garbage time of a game like that kind of shows that the bar has been lowered at BYU.

Layton, UT

@Howard S. - No kidding. Yes, as funny as it was it is actually frustrating to some BYU fans like myself.

Heaps was under the microscope 24/7 while Nelson cant do anything wrong?

As long as it was wonder boy Nelson that high fived the ref though it was okay right?

If it was Chambers, it would be considered rude and disrespectful towards authority and he would have had gotten a tongue lashing on the sideline.

If it continued then his scholarship would be pulled and a year of eligibility would be lost. Then the arrogant player would need to prove himself for a year by writing on the chalk board a thousand times a day "I am not allowed to have fun".

Not trying to make a political statement here. And dont tell me to lighten up. I already said I thought it was funny too. I'm just saying. The coaching staff needs to be careful of the perception of a double standard. The RUDYs of the team seem to be getting a lot more cheerleading than others.

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

Re: Wayne Rout-- I agree w/ most of your post/comments. However, as much as I, too, am frustrated, you lost me with your last statement-- "Bring back Crowton." In the immortal words of Malkuly Culkin in "Home Alone"---- Noooooooooooo! Crowton brought the program down to a new, all-time low that we don't want to return to. Crowton is doing what he's best at, being a good offensive coordinator. Bronco has turned this program around. I just don't think the program has continued to progress the last two seasons now (counting the current one), which is why I believe his shtick is starting to get old.

Corona, CA

I think Nelson has been fantastic. He's made plenty of mistakes, but The WHOLE team has. I expect Nelson to get better with experience. The biggest thing is he needs to know when to take a sack and try on another down. The offense is light years better than with Heaps. I think Heaps will get there, but he needs some time to grow into the position. Do you not remember Heaps locking into receivers, telegraphing his throws, putting the ball in the wrong spot, throwing the ball 100 mph, etc.? Heaps needs to learn how to leave everything on the field and win like Nelson, and then he'll be fine. Until then, I'm having a great time watching Nelson.

Syracuse, ut

If high-fiving a ref after a score in garbage time is our highlight of the game, then BYU football has sunk pretty far. I like Riley's heart and fight, but Riley needs to cut out the turnovers then I'll high-five him all day.

Syracuse, UT

I think that if more BYU players had Riley's attitude, they would be undefeated. Number one, have fun. Take it serious, but have fun. You can do both with a little dicipline. If you're not having fun, then don't play the game. I loved it when he high fived the ref. All of a sudden, it didn't really matter that we were losing. He made the game fun to watch. If all you care about is winning, then you are in for a miserable life.

Thanks Riley for making me look at the game from a different view and taking the stress out of life.

Boise, ID

Good energy from Riley and the team. The loss hurts but it is the punting game that was the difference. BYU is very athletic and is good on defense and good in offensive skill positions. The rest of the year will be fun and many of the players will be around for the next 2.

Riley is going to make big exciting plays but he will also make mistakes with his style of play. Live by the Riley, die by the Riley. I hope Jake figures things out, redshirts, or takes the starting position from Riley because Jake gets so good. I'm enjoying the ride. Go Cougars!

Salt Lake City, UT

"I would love that to kind of be a symbol of BYU football you're having so much fun that you're finding someone to celebrate with."

I don't know, coach, I'd kind of like beating Top 25 teams to be the symbol of BYU football.


Are we really talking about "having fun" as any sort of consolation for losing the game? This is Division 1 football! Win, win, win, win, win, period. No excuses about injuries, QB situations, turnovers, etc. BYU football is nearly irrelevant now, where high-fiving the ref, catchy slogans and "having fun" are as important as winning. Sadly, the truth about the Cougars, a proud and nationally respected program, is that we are slowly slipping, and I fear never again to be the formidable opponent we believe ourselves to be. In all honesty, does anyone think BYU has a leg up on the competition in recruiting, coaching, scheme or athleticism? This year has been bizarre, to say the least. Doman doesn't have the experience, Nelson is a benefactor of a terrible schedule, and Bronco is flat out too quiet, and kind of weird. I would love to see some fire in his eyes every once in a while. I am both a BYU and a Utah fan, and hold degrees from both schools. My attempt is to call a spade a spade with both BYU and Utah. I love both schools, hopefully BYU can right a wobbly ship.

Orem, UT

truthserum = Ute troll

nice try, but BYU is hardly the wobbly ship you would like to pretend they are

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