BYU overcomes lackluster first half, explodes for rout over hawaii
The difference between good teams and great teams is the depth of their bench.
That's been the killer for BYU for a lot of years. We have had some really good
players on first string, but there wasn't anybody on second string. This is
what kills us in basketball. We have good starters, but no bench. Happy for the win in Hawaii. I'm glad they pulled it off. Riley is a good
interview. He totally credits the team in all victories. I thought for sure he
would get popped just right because of his aggressive play, but that's probably
what kept him in the game. Awesome.
worf,The Utes have an injured QB, RB, WR, OL, etc.The
Cougies are back to the WAC. The Idaho, Idaho St., New Mexico St., Hawaii, Utah
State games prove it.
Utah is a conference (an automatic qualifier or BCS conference) that is
perceived better by pollsters (sports media and coaches polls) than what BYU
schedule has. This year BYU was beaten by Utah 54-10 in our stadium. If BYU had
a 9-3 season in PAC or Big 12 conference, BYU would be ranked in the top 25 and
would be going to a better bowl payout than as independent. Why BYU isn't
invited into PAC 12, big12, and Big East hasn't been disclosed beyond
speculation because of its 8 year ESPN contract. Doesn't ESPN have tv contracts
with other teams and conferences? What is BYU ESPN contract worth? Is it the
same as Notre Dame with NBC or Texas 20 year $300 million contract with ESPN?
Supposedly Texas in the Big 12 doesn't shares it espn revenue with the
Jenny 8,BYU played an injured QB who hasn't played for a few weeks,
and only started a few games.Admit it, the utes were over rated.
The Washington State and Colorado games are proof.
Jenny 83Irrelevent... injuries are part of the game...That's why you
recruit for depth...That's why backups are put in to gain experience when they
are blowing out opponents...That's why Backups dress for games...thats why they
practice every day before games....and it's football for another good
reason...because the ball isn't round. Until people like you understand all of
that you will never fully understand football. Who cares if Hawaii was starting
it's backup QB...that's the whole point... it's part of the game. You go with
what you've got.
B - Hawaii was playing there back up qb who got his first start this game. Not
the same. But Byu's backup in and it's a different story.
@Jenny83 They played that game in Las Vegas. Hawaii is much tougher
at home. In fact, they were tough enough at home to beat Colorado by 17 points.
I realize that beating Colorado at home is no big deal. Everyone does that,
I loved this game - Hawaii gave it an all out effort. Very tough D line. Nelson
was amazing - and lucky. But a great player makes is own luck and Nelson looked
pretty great to me. The 2nd half BYU defense was a 180 from the first half.
Takes effort to win and Hawaii gave it plenty of effort. Records aside, it was a
good win. It would have been easy to lose this one.As for Heaps -
calm down kid and wait your turn.
UNLV also beat Hawaii by 20 this year. Just sayin...
@Mountanman 10:29You said - "If Utah wins, its because they are
so talented!"What does it mean then when Utah loses? Like say
at home to Colorado, a team which finished dead last in the PAC-12, in a game
that if the Utes had won, would have landed them in the first ever the PAC-12
Championship game with a chance to play in the Rose Bowl.Wait for
it. Wait for it.Yes I know Ute fans, "54-10" right?
"54-10."Sorry Ute fans, you can't spends months and months
demeaning BYU and its football team, demanding to find a "new and
better" rival in the PAC-12, only to return to demeaning BYU when your
dreams of a PAC-12 title and BCS national championship don't pan out.
We are drawing Houston in the bowl according to ESPN. We will truly see if BYU
can finish strong against a top 10 team.
If BYU wins, it was because they had a bad opponent. If Utah wins, its because
they are so talented!
Yes, Bronco still has a good winning record beating teams they should. Still want to see him coach his teams to a better winning percentage in the
"big games". BCS teams, Utah, TCU, BSU, etc... I guess I
am in the minority as to where I do not accept 10 win seasons all the time. could be worse I guess.
Love him or hate him, Riley is a gamer and should be the starting QB next. Not
sure why everyone thinks Heaps should transfer. If he does he will have to sit
out a year and compete in a whole new system. Also, Riley has just what Heaps
needs. Why not sit out a year learn some leadership from Riley and compete for
the starting job at a place where he knows the system the following year. It
worked for Jimmy Mac.
Riley obtained redemption for his freshman year pounding he and the Aggies
suffered at the hands of the Hawaii Warriors. Pay back can be
delicious !Where are all the comments about how Riley was going to
be pounded, battered, smashed by the Warriors ? It is all crickets now. Yes as Riley quiets his detractors is truly delicious indeed !
Let's just play Utah again for our bowl game. This time we would win big.
BYU fansWe need to be happy, but come on if you are a fan you can't
be thrilled that we have only beaten only 1 team with a winning record this
year. Stop with this was a "good win" or "a great win
Cougs". And if anyone besides myself did not think that Heaps was leaving
BYU, after yesterday that can be put to rest. He is gone!
It's always nice to come on to a BYU article after a particularly good
performance and hear the empty(of Y haters) echo on the comment boards. Nelson
put in a very good performance against an average Hawaii team. Heaps will
be very lucky to win the starting position next year. I hope he stays and
competes through next Fall and red-shirts if he does not win the position but it
would not surprise me if he ends up at a PAC school next Spring. Either way, he
has matured quite a bit and should be able to do very well wherever he ends up.
I still think he will be an excellent D1 QB and will at least get his shot in
"At halftime we kind of got mad. Riley gave us a little speech." Let's
face it, I can't see Heaps doing to same thing to rally the troops/team. Heaps
is as good as gone next season, and I'm fine with that. Without a doubt, Nelson
gets this team to perform; he gets positive results. I don't see Jake putting in
all the work that he'll undoubtedly put in to be a back-up again. This was a
very good, solid win for the Cougs. Playing the Warriors over on their turf is
never easy. Good job, Cougs. Excellent game, Riley!
Sorry drudgeDude...beating Oregon in BB doesn't count for football...still
holding at 9-3!!!
I want to play Utah with Riley Nelson. Seriously...
The turning point is an interesting play. Nelson is in the grasp and throws the
duck to Hoffman. The rest is history. Just think if the duck was intercepted,
as it usually is when QB's make decisions like that.
Uummm..Hawaii has had completely lopsided victories over BYU, and it
was considered a rivalry then?
At the risk of sounding negative, during this play:"The key
play came on third-and-8 from the Hawaii 33. Nelson found himself in the grasp
of a pair of Hawaii would-be tacklers behind the line of scrimmage when he
lofted the ball up in the air. Hoffman came down with the pass, a 21-yard
completion that kept the drive alive." ...Doman and Mendenhall
are mentally screaming, "NO - DON'T THROW THAT, NO, NO!!! ... nice
play!"Nice job Hoffman. Riley, what were you thinking?!
Awesome win. I was pleasantly wrong on my prediction (too many memories of past
games there). This was one of the most decided wins against UH in many decades.
It was great to see the team play with emotion and energy.
This BYU team has become one of my favorites; it ignores (1) The fans and (2)
the Media. C/USA will throw a tough, well coached team at them down in Texas,
but I know they will be ready. I live 30 miles from Marshall University where
fans are celebrating a 6/6 season because of wins over Southern Miss and East
Carolina.As well they might. If YOU don't take C/USA seriously, the Cougars
Terrific win for the Cougars! I remember 2001 very well as Hawaii crushed our
undefeated season. Hawaii has always been a very difficult place for
BYU to play. The Warriors have always considered BYU it's rival. I was a
little nervous about this one given all the difficult games back in the WAC
years, so nice win and finish with another 10 win season!
Good victory after a long trip. Now, according to Rock, after both
Mendenhall and Heaps transfer or sign elsewhere, or whatever the point of his
article and subsequent KSL interview was, BYU can go on into ESPN lore as
everyones rivalry.I have no idea why Brad Rock is still considered
relevant? He has learned to push my buttons and the buttons of Cougar Nation in
the hopes of being someone important, and for that reason alone, he bugs me.