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  • Mike
    Sept. 11, 2009 5:45 p.m.

    Is it possible to wear out a DVR? The OU fans said it wouldn't be close bit they were wrong. They should have a bit more confidence

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 9, 2009 10:51 a.m.

    To 9:48 p.m.,

    It costs more than $1 million to get the entire BYU football team to Texas and back!

  • re: re: to Jerry & Shecky
    Sept. 9, 2009 10:50 a.m.

    BYU got $1.5 million, OU got $2.5 million for that game. So what was your point again? Yep, thought so.

  • Congrats from Ute fan
    Sept. 8, 2009 2:18 p.m.

    I was one of those non-believing Ute fans who didn't think BYU had a chance. I was wrong and I now admit it. In fact, I'm really worried about the season-end Utah vs. BYU matchup. I think BYU has the talent to be a contender and I'm worried sick about a possible Provo win. C'm on Utah, start preparing now or you won't have a shot. This BYU team is good.

  • David H
    Sept. 8, 2009 10:53 a.m.

    This was one of the few times I was pulling for the Cougs. Way to go BYU!!!

  • re: to Jerry & Shecky
    Sept. 7, 2009 9:48 p.m.

    The irony is that, as I understand it, they Y was paid nearly $1 million for the opportunity to play OU. As long as you're getting 7 digit payouts to play on the road, wouldn't get too uppity and proud. (something about pride going before the fall may fit in here, ya think?)

  • Hey BYU..
    Sept. 7, 2009 5:14 p.m.

    Great win! Now you are 3-16 against ranked teams. You eaked out a one point victory against a very overrated Oklahoma team. I would say do it in January when it matters but you wont get that chance beacause the entire MWC is pathetic. And please stop with all the BCS talk. it is a long season and you still have FSU, TCU and Utah to worry about!

  • Re: Anonymous
    Sept. 7, 2009 3:43 p.m.

    Hey if they played Florida the way they played OU last night they may have made the game respectable with them, too.

  • Out of Utah
    Sept. 7, 2009 2:28 p.m.

    A few observations not mentioned here:

    1. OK was playing with a converted TE at Center. Not only was this center small, he was confused. Center calls the OL plays. The OK OL was confused all night. Their confusion led to Clausen's big hit.Jaime Hill's defense out-thunk OK's poor confused converted center. This nullified any edge they had in talent.

    2. It's the OL that makes a great quarterback. Bradford's numbers last year were the result of a great OL. No OL = no Heisman. End of story.

    3. Here's hoping BYU can put this win in perspective. They did not play a perfect game. Coach M said it best: they played a "gritty" game. Whether this is a one-game fluke or a sustained effort over a whole season only time will tell.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 7, 2009 1:59 p.m.

    ok get over it beat Florida and then lets talk about how "good" you are

  • Ute Fan
    Sept. 7, 2009 1:55 p.m.

    Great job BYU. After last year sugar bowl and now this there is no excuses for the Mtn West not getting an automatic bid. Good job. Good luck rest of the year. If you lose a game it ends up meaning nothing. Great win!!

  • I was there!!!
    Sept. 7, 2009 11:31 a.m.

    I was at the game, drove down from Utah, and it was amazing!

    A great start to what can be a magical season! Congrats Cougars!

  • Some of you UTES and Cougars
    Sept. 7, 2009 9:39 a.m.

    How many points did Bradford help OU score in the first half which he played in ALL OF SAVE O.7 SECONDS? 10 points, that's it? don't use the Bradford excuse unless you plan on also pointing out the losses of UNGA and Buaman and us down to our one Third String O-Lineman.

    With Unga We wouldn't have faltered on those 3rd and one plays. The ONLY TD that OU had was when they had a very short field with which to work. If they had to drive the length OUR D Steped up and stoped them, EVEN WHEN BRADFORD WAS IN. O'Niel hangs on to the balls instead of fumbling into the end zone and we have 21 points to end the game. BYU GREAT JOB! Defense Best you've played in a long time you didn't give up any BIG PLAYS.

    Give Stevenson the nod at kicker a missed FG (24 points at the end of the game) and that last kickoff could've lost that game for us reminds me of another Paiyne in Boise.

    To excuse making BYU Fans please become turncoats we DON"T NEED YOU!!!!


  • Calif Cougar
    Sept. 7, 2009 8:56 a.m.

    Although a BYU alum and fan, I have to admit I was greatly leary of this game. OU - the 1st game - and away. Yikes. But they did it! Great win for BYU and MWC ! This not only helps us, but TCU and the Utes too.

  • Call Me Crazy, Joe Moe
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:46 p.m.

    Ha! Ha! I must be out of my mind then because I've read all 561 comments on here! :-)

    Actually, the comments pretty much go like this:

    1 - BYU rocks!

    2 - Good job BYU but get ready to lose in November (Ute fans)

    3 - Way to flex your muscles to the BCS! (MWC fans)

    4 - BYU would have lost if Bradford was in! (the hard-core stubborn Yewts and OU fans)

    5 - the expected pro-BYU replies about how Bradford didn't matter in the first half (BYU vs OU yards, the first half score, etc) so why should he have mattered in the second half

    Yeah, that about sums it up.

    FANTASTIC JOB, COUGARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joe Moe
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:22 p.m.

    It's laughable that there are 561 comments here. I haven't read single one, so if I'm just saying what others have said, I apologize:

    No one (in their right mind) is going to sit and read over five hundred comments, so no one (in their right mind) is going to see yours. Or mine.

    I bet there are THREE types of letters being repeated over and over in different words:

    1) BYU rules!

    2) Just wait until the Utes beat BYU!

    3) This is such a waste of time!

    Thanks for reading.

  • Nice work from a hater:)
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:43 p.m.

    Ive taken my share of pot shots but I will say that I am fair. Nice win Cougars, this is certainly a nice win for the state, for the conference and for the NON-BCS schools. As much as I hate/dislike on the Cougars my feelings toward the BCS are much stronger than they are toward the Y, which is actually saying a lot because BYU makes my stomach churn. But let's be honest the BCS is a complete scam and it is a plague on college football until WE get rid of it.

    Awesome win Cougars.

  • COUGAR FAN
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:36 p.m.

    Hey BigUteFan whens the last time the U won a national title and dont give me we should've won it last year weak schedule as always the U always plays easy teams only when urban was there you actually played a tough team BYU was beating OU before bradford went down didnt you open your eyes cause id say bradford 1 TD 96 yards passing hmm did we beat them with him in ya id say so

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:16 p.m.

    As much as it pains a Utah Fan to say it, I have too. Absolutely fantastic win BYU. Thank you for finally representing the conference well!!!

    I was pulling for you the entire game and now have no voice. We are still going to handle you though in November and thus is life.

    Go Utes!!!

  • Old Cat
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:05 p.m.

    Both BYU and Utah have fine traditions. It's important to remember that the world wasn't created in 1990. There were decades when the Y couldn't beat Utah and the same when Utah couldn't beat BYU. Both schools have many impressive victories against so-called "major" programs. Lavell Edwards remains one of the great coaches of all time and Kyle Whittingham, former Cougar, looks to do the same. Neither school is coming from nowhere. Boise State is making a new tradition like BYU started in the 70s. Remembering great traditions and fighting to live up to them is one of the elements that keeps the "great" programs on top. Great heart has always finally triumphed over simple talent and arrogance. This, of course, perfectly describes the BCS. They have failed to remember and honor what true greatness consists of. Cold, dead money is their master. It will bite them as a matter of natural course. Go BYU, Utah, TCU, Air Force, MCW and the likes of Boise State. Might nor money has ever made right. OU also went down fighting and with class no matter what excuse makers offer them for a false sop.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:15 p.m.

    I hope that OU has a winning season for the rest of it's games. That would make BYU's win that much sweeter, and would add legitimacy to the claim that the MWC should be a BCS conference.

  • Glad but nervous
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:11 p.m.

    This was a fantastic win for the Cougs. BUT, this is the FIRST game of the year. We still have a lot of football to be played. I hope the team plays with the same intensity and heart, all through-out the year. They need to cut down on penalties and turnovers if they want to run the table. Good luck in New Orleans!!!!
    GO COUGARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Colorado
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:44 p.m.

    CSU just beat UC. The MTN just beat another big 12 team.

    Maybe it will snow for the WY/TX game (LOL). It is to much to hope WY beats TX?

  • Texas Longhorn Fan
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:19 p.m.

    Response to EASY BYU that the win was only because Bradford got hurt. OU had Bradford during the first half and could only put the Sooners in front by 3 points. BYU total yardage was like a hundred more yards but no score to show because of turnovers. With or without Bradford if BYU quits turning over the ball on offense and the defense continues to hold, BYU still could win. I think OU fans need to accept that they got beaten and get ready for their next game. That being said, myself being a Longhorn fan, I loved seeing OU get beat. I bought the DVD of the OU vs BOISE State bowl game and watch it quite often. I think that was the most fun game I've seen in my over 40 years of watching football.

  • re: No end
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:10 p.m.

    Its not about not talking favorably about a non-BCS team, its about not talking favorably about a team whose conference doesn't have a contract with ESPN. Thanks again, Craig!

  • No End to the BCS
    Sept. 6, 2009 7:32 p.m.

    As much as the BCS is hated, it won't end. The NCAA, ESPN, and the BCS have done enough to make sure that will never happen. Just look at the change in names from Div-I to FBS. There is no intention whatsoever. No matter how big the win or how many times the MWC or WAC bust the BCS, these conferences will still only get the crumbs of the BCS and the bowl system in general. ESPN does nothing to promote the MWC. I think it is in the contract of the announcers that they cannot talk favorably about any conference that is not in the BCS. You cannot even find a link to a non-BCS conference on the ESPN CFB homepage.

    I would love to see a playoff, but there is too much money and politics in place to let the small guy in, no matter the obvious inequities of the current system. It's not about respect, it's all about money.

    It was still a great win by BYU and great for the MWC.

  • Boise State Fan
    Sept. 6, 2009 7:03 p.m.

    Congrats BYU on a nice win - always nice to see a BCS team go down to an underdog.

    Don't agree that you should be ranked ahead of BSU with the way that Boise totally shut down Oregon, but a win against the BCS is the only way the BCS can be broken. Congrats BYU & Down with the evil empire!

  • espn quote
    Sept. 6, 2009 7:01 p.m.

    Best quote of the game came from the ESPN announcer, "The "Y" stands for, That's "Y you play the game!""

  • Dennis
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:42 p.m.

    How nice is it to read so many comments talking about how big this win is for the MWC. Comments can get Jr. high-ish at times from both Utah and BYU fans. Refreshing to see common sense coming out.

    I agree, and we all know about the bias of ESPN and most national media. We can't do anything about that exept to continue to win. Go BYU, Utah, TCU, and the MWC in general

  • coug 8
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:40 p.m.

    Woooooooo Cougars!!! Way to show up defense. We've got some speed back there, buy even more some Hitters!!!!! Max Hall big game...big time!!!That by far was the fastest defesive line we'll see all year. Nothing like execution.

  • shecky
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:33 p.m.

    Idaho State took that idea from Utah State. Didn't much help the Aggies. Just another demoralizing loss to the team.

  • Jerry from Idaho
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:19 p.m.

    Could it be possible that BYU beat Oklahoma because they overlooked BYU in anticipation of their big game next week with the Idaho State Bengals. On a serious note Idaho State is getting smarter. They lose every game they play so why not get paid for their efforts. The made $450,000 at Arizona State this week and will make $500,000 next week as they try to keep Oklahoma from scoring in the triple digets. Good win for BYU they played like champions.

  • shecky
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:08 p.m.

    Based on the comment board, I think no one really cared about this game.

  • ron
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:07 p.m.

    arturo the ute! thank you. i can feel how hard it is for you say those few words but it is good to hear from you. i want you to know that i was cheering for the utes against alabama last year and it didn't hurt a bit. thank you other ute fans i hope we will do the same for you in helping to break the bcs.

  • Bradford was NOT A FACTOR
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:59 p.m.

    Once again, Bradford was not a factor in this game.

    It was all tied up at 7-7 just before he got injured...pretty impressive (sic) for the returning Heisman Trophy winner.

    I like that Bob Stoops isn't making any excuses for losing...he's a classy coach, and he took this loss with grace.

    Way to go Cougars!!!!

    By the way, I will happily wear Utah gear when they play against Oregon and TCU gear when they play against Virginia and Clemson. GO MWC!!!!!

  • BIG GAME
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:47 p.m.

    That was an impressive victory by BYU. I am a huge BYU fan but until they play Utah and TCU in Provo, I will be cheering for all three teams and any other MWC team that plays a non conference game. This is the only way the MWC is going to get respect.
    I really like the fact that BYU scheduled some really good teams to open their season with. Instead of playing weak teams during the pre-season, BYU,UTAH, and TCU need to schedule games against the top teams in the country. This is the only way that they will gain credibility.
    Now, we just need Air Force, New Mexico, or UNLV to step up and have great seasons as well.
    Really it is too bad that BSU is not in the MWC. That would really make the MWC look a lot stronger.

    Great game Max Hall, Koriya, and the BYU Tight Ends

  • Big Utah Fan
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:46 p.m.

    I was cheering for BYU in that game! This is the only way the MWC was going to play for a championship this year with this win by BYU who ever goes undefeated this year they can't deny the MWC to play for the championship. Proud of the cougars great way to stick with what was working. Utah fans show that you have class and give it up to BYU get on here and give them their props they did great.

  • LovemyUtes
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:40 p.m.

    Huge, HUGE for the MWC!!! You guys have picked up where the Utes left off in January. A perfect tag team effort...as it should be! Seems that more can be accomplished by working together than by trash talking one another. BCS is in turmoil now let's bring the monopoly to it's knees!!

    Way to go BYU!!!!!!!!!!

  • Val
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:17 p.m.

    I like Bronco turning over the defense to coach Hill. He was awesome. Great calls. Bronco does a wonderful job being there when He needs to inject his judgement on a particular call. Great start to a wonderful season. Good luck at Tulane.......and the rest of the games. We love you Cougs.

  • I'm not
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:15 p.m.

    I'm not a BYU fan at all (I'm actually a U of Montana fan), but I have to give BYU a 2 thumbs up on this victory. Most of the country doesn't think we know how to play football out here in the Rocky Mountains, and you proved them wrong. Be careful of your euphoria, however. One game doesn't make a whole season!

  • Vee
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:10 p.m.

    Congrats to the Cougars. It wasn't a pretty game, but it was sooooo much fun to watch, and cheer like a crazy. Keep up the great work.

  • RE: BIGGEST WIN IN MWC
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:06 p.m.

    I agree (and I am) a WAC Boise State Fan!.

    This had to be the biggest win in MWC games history!!!!!!!!

    It will propel the Cougars high in the polls.

    GO BS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sparks24
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:47 p.m.

    WAY TO GO BYU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cougs
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:41 p.m.

    BYU has to be randked ahead of boise state!!! they are 14th right now and byu won at OU. bsu beat oregon at home we deserve to be ahead of them

  • re: OU gets a mulligan
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:33 p.m.

    sounds 'bout right. oh well. all we can do is just keep doin' what we're doin'. winning.

  • BYUfan
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:23 p.m.

    I'm still in shock over this game. It is too bad that ESPN is not giving BYU no credit for the win becuase all they talk about is the injury of Sam Bradford (I wish full recovery becuase he is an amazing player) but we get the win and you would of thought the defense would of kept them in the game. Defense was looking way good, they are mean hard hitting defense and it was fun to watch them. Offense needs a few kinks out but they still looked good Max Hall used vision besedes on the interception. I have great hopes for BYU this year I just hope this win just gives them modivation.

  • nick
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:20 p.m.

    ok im a huge ute fan but am happy for the cougars for beating ou. a post earlier said alabama was missing a key player but that player wasnt as good as gresham or bradfor cough cough (1st team all american tight end and the freakin heisman trophy winner) i am not taking away your win because you didnt have harvey but you did show great heart and wanted it much more than ou! im going to have to tell my high school teacher about this, he is a huge ou fan and told me no way okie loses to byu but it happened.

  • OU gets a mulligan
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:19 p.m.

    An ESPN commentator just said that Oklahoma will "get a mulligan" by the voters because Bradford wasn't in the game. Duh?

    Rankings prediction:
    Oklahoma 11th
    BYU 14th
    Utah 17th

  • byu
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:10 p.m.

    when do ap polls come out?

  • BYU
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:01 p.m.

    Is the best team in the MWC after this game. No question about it. They are now the team to beat. They are the only ones with a legitimate shot at the BCS championship game. Oklahoma will be great the rest of the year and this will only strengthen this year. To compare this win to Utah's win last year against Michigan, shows ignorance and total lack of understaning college football. Typical homer comment. Oklahoma was the favorite to return to the national championship against Florida. Michigan was average before the Utah game last year. No comparison. Let us enjoy the win. It has been 19 long years.

  • Down with the BCS
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:53 p.m.

    This win shows how deep the MWC is. I think it is a positive statement to the BCS conferences and other BCS supporters that even the MWC's third best team can beat OU.

  • Reality
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:50 p.m.

    People.....it's the first game of the year. We know nothing about how this OU team will do this year. So this game might not be that huge after all. Remember when Utah beat Michigan at the Big House last year, and then MU was a bust. The Sooners looked awful yesterday. They maybe a 8-4 team (Or worse). Lets see how the season plays out. True, it was a huge win for the Coug's, but lets not get carried away. There is 12 more weeks of football. I am a Ute, and cheered for BYU for the first time since I was a kid (parents brainwashed me to like the Y). It was a great win, but lets keep it in check. TCU is the team to beat in MWC. Utah, is not the best team this year. Letting the Aggies stay in the game, was no impressive. All I'm saying is, we don't really know how good OU is yet. The Utes beating BAMA was much bigger, because they were a PROVEN team, that was one quarter away from the BCS championship.

    See you in November at LES.
    Utah 34 BYU 31

  • NYC Ute
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:49 p.m.

    Congratulations BYU! I was very impressed with the defense last night and the offense had just enough in the tank to get the job done. I'll be pulling for you in every game but one this year, and lets hope that the winner in November emerges as an undefeated conference champ.

  • CougarDevil
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:34 p.m.

    I am so proud of the MWC right now. I am true Blue, but last year I was totally going for the Utes to down Alabama. Glad to see that most of us from the MWC at least see the common vision. Bust up the BCS nonsense!

  • re: To BYU fans who stayed home
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:33 p.m.

    You hit the nail on the head; BYU fans are BYU fans first; SOME of them, maybe, soccer fans 2nd or 3rd or 4th.

    If you want to sell out a soccer match, don't even think of scheduling it at Rio Tinto on the same night as BYU is playing one of it's biggest games ever.

    EVERYBODY that knows anything about sports in Utah would have known that.

  • I am The BCS
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:25 p.m.

    I hate BYU for beating OU. What are we elitists supposed to do now? OU really let us down, like Alabama did last year. If they had stepped up and beat the Cougars like they were supposed to - then end of story. Now we have to keep hearing it. It is going to be a long year. We should never have let these two teams play each other. It is just a mockery of our elite system to give underdogs life. It is just not right.

  • GO MWC!
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:25 p.m.

    This continues the war on the East Coast Elite idiots.

    WE WILL TAKE DOWN THE BCS!

    Go TCU, Utes, and Cougars! Welcome to the MWC everyone else!

  • Ute in H-Town
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:17 p.m.

    Last night's win was all about BYU's defense. They did a great job of getting all over OU's offensive line and giving them trouble.

    I was less impressed by the team’s offense (too many turnovers). The TE play was by far the best aspect of the team’s offense. Max Hall's play was sporadic until the teams 8 min 4th quarter drive.

    It is good to see non-BCS schools continue to have success against BCS programs. I'm optimistic for the same result against FSU. This year should be all about making a mockery of the college bowl system.

  • ESPN is a JOKE
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:16 p.m.

    I know they are incahoots with the BCS..cause all I see and hear today is Sam Bradford...memo: MWC ..."STAND UP" and support our teams..

  • Die Hard Ute!
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:07 p.m.

    Way to go Cougars! All Utes are proud of you on this day! You played hard, fast and smart! As a Ute fan, I couldn't be prouder of BYU....way to go! Thank you for stepping up! Down with the BCS! Sad to say (for me), but this year may be the year of the Cougar....who knows, maybe even a NC...just make sure you give credit to the 2 Ute teams who also helped get you there!

    Go Utes! Go Cougars! Go Utes in November!

  • Ute fan
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:00 p.m.

    Good job BYU. Welcome to the battle against the BCS. Thanks for joining us and Boise State.

  • All allegiances aside...
    Sept. 6, 2009 2:56 p.m.

    Be you a ute fan, an aggie fan, or a cougar fan, you have to hand it to the cougars for sticking with it down the stretch. Way to put a nail in the coffin of the "ol' boys club."

  • re: Freed
    Sept. 6, 2009 2:53 p.m.

    Remember, as bad as Wyoming has been, they went to Knoxville and beat Tennessee.

  • Kudos to the Utes
    Sept. 6, 2009 2:49 p.m.

    Great comments from the Ute fans. Very gracious. We BYU fans loved it when you took down Alabama.

    GO COUGS AND UTES. We're comin' at you BCS!

  • Dave
    Sept. 6, 2009 2:43 p.m.

    Utah beats 'Bama and BYU beats OU. We are lucky to have two great teams in our state. I hope both teams have great seasons, and the Y beats the U in LES!

  • freed
    Sept. 6, 2009 2:31 p.m.

    Byu has more player's at age 25 than any team in the country. No knock on the win, but there is a distinct advantage to an older more mature adult than other teams with teenagers and 20 somethings on the roster. The Cougars are on the radar now, and FSU is looming large....time and talent will tell how they will fare the rest of the season. Big win, regardless against a big 12 team that is at the top of the league historically. Wonder if Wyoming can show up and lock horns with the Texas boys?

  • St. George
    Sept. 6, 2009 2:22 p.m.

    Kariya is the man!

  • Eric Moutsos
    Sept. 6, 2009 2:16 p.m.

    Eric Moutsos Said: I predicted BYU to win.... I said in a post about a month ago that OK should be very afraid and it was true. Napoleon Hill said : “A quitter never wins and a winner never quits”. Go BYU

  • Justice JUST-ICE
    Sept. 6, 2009 2:11 p.m.

    To positive ,fair and thoughtful Utah fans: You Rock and I am blown away with your kind words and open admiration. go Utes! Sincerely;) To Hardened, Block headed (never good enough) Dorks in Red. 1.Unga was hurt as well. 2. Bradford did nothing in half one but get drilled. 3. Reynolds played hurt and well. Max Hall threw for 329 yards with 2 TDs and 2 Picks vs OU. You played and barely beat Logan Community College at RES! Give some freaking credit where credit is due! BYU beat and beat up OU and it would not hurt you a bit to be classy towards another blast to the system(BCS).

  • 2 picks...
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:58 p.m.

    Isn't too darn bad against a fast, elite defense like OU. Max had a great game and I'm happy he can finally shrug off the mistakes from last year.

    Now BYU, no let downs, play like this every week!

    See you at LES for Florida State.

  • To the Utes and Cougs
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:57 p.m.

    Man kudos to all the Ute fans on here I have lots of Ute friends but between this game and the beatdown the Utes put on bama last year this is great I know it's on when our teams play but this is cool to have everyone pulling together for our teams and the conference!

  • AWESOME!
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:56 p.m.

    Thanks Cougs for making me very happy last night, for a while I saw the Cougs of old, you know-fumbles, penalties, mistakes, etc. But for some reason, OU looked even worse. As the game went on, BYU's D just stepped it up like no other, I give major props to those guys, they were studs! It took a while but the O finally got in gear and started moving the ball, oh that last drive was a work of art for Hall and his boys! I love it, I am still on cloud 9.

    Classy Ute fans- thanks for the props, I felt the same way when you beat Bama last season, someday crazy fans (U and BYU) will realize that winning big games like this is GOOD for the conference as a whole. Come November, it's game on at LES, but until then good luck Utes.

    GO COUGARS! (Will Farrel in Old School)

  • RE: Enough with Bradford
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:55 p.m.

    Exactly. Any reasonable observer could see that Bradford wasn't moving the Sooners any better than Jones the backup ended up doing.

    Bradford's a great player and will come back to have a wonderful career, but the Cougar D had neutralized the whole OU offense long before then. Bradford and Jones were non-factors in this game. Only the idiot trolls who try to get under people's skins want to put an asterisk on this win. (Note to the VERY FEW Ute trolls--most U fans here have had real class--The Tide was missing a key player in the Sugar Bowl, too!)

    Bring on the rest of the schedule! The Cougs are ready! GO BYU!

  • BYU Fan
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:52 p.m.

    I am so impressed with the responses from all of the Ute fans. What a great example to all of us. I will be chearing on the Utes this year with the Cougars!

  • Carl
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:50 p.m.

    Great effort by the defense. The Cougars played like a team and it showed in the final score. If they play to their level and not to their opponant's level thay could likely go undefeatd this year.

  • Five hundred comments.
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:48 p.m.

    Huh.

  • It doesn't matter...
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:44 p.m.

    until the teams at the bottom of the conference get much better.

  • Let me add my congradulations
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:43 p.m.

    to BYU on a great win. Also, I am very appreciative of the classy comments from the Ute football fans. As an Idaho resident I too am sick of the BCS. I was thrilled to see Utah beat Alabama last year. Maybe eventually respect will follow plus at the very least an automatic bid. I would love to see a college playoff system.

    GO Cougars and Utes. BTW - Being from Pocatello I feel sorry for Oaklahoma's next opponent. Our very own Idaho State Bungals.

  • BCS
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:41 p.m.

    No way does this victory open any BCS doors.

    BCS teams have the TV's, the population, the representation in U.S. House of Reps AND the Senate to kill any anti-BCS legislation.

    Look at who was included and excluded using the above criteria and you'll see they included all but the fly-over country they knew they could ignore without consequences (monetary or legal).

    The BCS was assembled methodically and was designed to withstand the occasional beatdown from those left out of the system.

    Congrats on the win Cougs, but know that this win does no more to bust the BCS than the boxing match in Boise on Thursday night.

  • Bandwagon
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:40 p.m.

    I cheer for the Y and U and like to see them both do good and build a national name for themselves. Great win last night. With or without Bradford, the fact is BYU won and deserve credit for it. With that said, it is just funny how many bandwagon fans are jumping on board today. That tells me that most BYU fans are not even fans until they win. True fans cheer for their team in good times and bad. Cheers to the MWC continuing to build their reputation.

  • Go Cougars!
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:40 p.m.

    Great Defense Cougs. I appreciate all the Ute fans for your gracious comments. I applauded the Utes for taking down Alabama. We should always cheer on each others teams until we meet each November.

    I WANT TO KNOW WHO THE UTE FAN WAS THAT PROMISED PAYING BYU COUGAR CLUB $5,000 IF BYU WINS. I realize the guy was joking but he posted several comments last week that he was dead serious about his offer. Where is he now?

  • Down with th BCS go MWC
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:36 p.m.

    Good win for all!!!

  • Enough with Bradford
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:35 p.m.

    I'm really sick of hearing that because Bradford was hurt that's the only reason BYU won. So let's get this strait...Bradford basically plays two full quarters and scores once...thanks to a BYU mistake. Other than that BYU was shutting OU down left and right. Bradford went out because BYU had been been getting to him and stuffing the run. Isn't that a huge sign that a team must be good... and if you can't protect your QB you're gonna lose him!!!

  • Ute Man
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:32 p.m.

    Way to go BYU!!! This is a good thing for the MWC.

  • smurfturf
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:25 p.m.

    Unless the offense gets better it will be a long season for the cougs just like BSU if they don't get there offense going then see ya to th BCS as for the Utes, can not really judge it against a weak USU team.

  • Honest Luke
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:15 p.m.

    Any irony in the fact that the guy who hit Bradford- Coleby Clawson (North Sanpete HS)- and Sooner QB coach Josh Heupel each played at Snow College?

  • Yet another Ute fan
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:07 p.m.

    No way I'm going to read the 500 or so posts ahead of me, so I hope I'm not repeating anyone. Congratulations on the nice win Cougars. It makes the upcoming Ute victory in Provo that much sweeter!!

  • Wayne for BYU
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:07 p.m.

    Well done Ute fans! I've learned a little about class from reading your comments. Of course, there are a few idiots out there, but the vast majority of the hundred or so comments that I read demonstrated an understanding that we are better off fighting together than we are alone. Your past successes have opened eyes around the country. Your Sugar Bowl victory last year opened doors to recruits for every MWC school including the "Y". I'm going to go buy a "Ute" tie to go along with my collection of cougar blue. Obviously, I'll cheer for the Cougs in November, but until then, your class has won me over to a new understanding.

  • Bradford didn't matter
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:04 p.m.

    Clawson nailed Bradford the play or two before and caught him right in the throwing shoulder and knocked him down hard. Then he nailed him from the other direction and flattened him on the ground. THAT IS A HARD HITTING LINEBACKER. And he has no mandatory rule to make him stop hitting hard.. His hits were clean. However I don't think Bradford going out made a difference because the BYU D was working them.

    This Ute Fan is impressed and congratulates BYU. Here is hoping we are both undefeated come November game time.

  • James C.
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:00 p.m.

    Great article Jeff capturing the thrill of victory. When nobody else believed, the players and coaches knew they could win. They played physical, liked they said they would. Can't wait for the rest of the season. Go Cougars!

  • BRL
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:58 p.m.

    I'm glad to see some Ute fans are good sports. I cheered for the Utes when they beat 'Bama last year. Your win and our win are good for each other and for the conference! Let's bust the BCS again this year!!

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:54 p.m.

    I'll happily hold hands with any Ute who acts with class over BYU's win.

    Barry Switzer on the other hand?

    It will take a long, loooong time before I forgive that dweeb.

    I, too, would have LOVED to have seen the look on his face last night when the clock stuck zero.

    NICE JOB COOOGAS!!!!!!!!

  • 2's In!
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:50 p.m.

    Hey "Cougar In Iraq" -

    Fly safe over there in the desert and THANKS for keeping the bad guys far away from America's shores!!!

    Like you say, bro, NICE JOB COUGARS!!!!!!!

  • BleedCougarBlue
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:48 p.m.

    "THEeyepatch | 3:47 a.m. Sept. 6, 2009
    I few days ago some of you Y fans were hoping that you wouldn't lose by too much. I don't know how many of you left messages last night, but you have to believe that your team can win no matter what. OU had everything to lose tonight. The spot light was on them and all the "experts" set them up for failure. OU played horrible, lost their Heisman winning QB, the o-line was wretched, brought in their "freshman" QB, every gift the cougars gave OU, they gave them right back, and you STILL only won by one point barely. They had a chance in the end to win with a field goal. Don't pat yourselves on the back for too long. Have faith your defense can keep you in games this year because your offense stinks."

    Ignore the Eyepatch guy. He's just a lonely soul lost in his own personal wave of anger because BYU knocked off a solid OU team on the road.

    That and the fact he's late for his shift at McDonald's....

  • Think Again, Bud
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:44 p.m.

    Fluke .. well kinda | 3:46 a.m. Sept. 6, 2009
    I don't like all the hype in a game where the best players aren't playing throughout the game. Unga should have been healthy, and Sam Bradford was needed to play and run the offense for Oklahoma.

    I am no Big fan of the MWC. I do enjoy college football. I don't put stock in a wins unless everyone was healthy and playing in the game. So go pat yourselves on your back for winning a game against a freshman. Props on defense, there are better defenses in college.

    A legit win .. Boise State over Oregon. Really though most of us out here in the west want to see upsets .. so again congrats."

    Uh, no, BYU's win was no fluke. We played OU toe to toe when Bradford WAS IN....he was hurt literally seconds before the end of the first half, amigo, and it was TIED 7-7.

    Your words reveal your attitude as nothing more than a pathetic BYU hater.

    GOOOOO COUGARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ashick
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:36 p.m.

    Every news site you go to mentions that byu you won because sam bradford got injured. Discounting BYU's win like they did when they played Washington. In no artical does it mention that Unga was injured who is a key player to BYU's offense. Considering the two losses to injuries it made it more of a fair game. If any one should be mad that sam bradford got injured, they should be mad at OU's offensive line. Three players just standing around not blocking anyone.

  • VA Cougar
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:22 p.m.

    Great win cougars! This was a huge blow to the evil BCS empire. and will help which ever MWC school is left standing.

    If OK rebounds and wins out, any undefeated MWC team should get a shot at the national championship because of the ways the polls work AND the BCS powers will be desperately trying to preserve their system. If they don't, it will be the final blow to the BCS.

    BYU players...there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Stay humble, focused and hungry. I loved the controlled emotion for a change instead of the "business like attitude" as in years past.

  • Shocking
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:15 p.m.

    I am not sure what is more shocking, BYU's win, or the graciousness of the Utah fans.

  • Mighty Green
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:13 p.m.

    BYU is going to win the National Championship! I mean they will probably lose to Air Force.

  • re: nice
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:12 p.m.

    No one is celebrating Bradfords injury.

    They are saying he'll be back in a few weeks, and one of those is a bye.

    He took out a large insurance when he decided to stay in college.

    It was a clean hit.

    BJ, Max Hall, both have suffered similar type injuries.

    But thanks for posting anyway. I was wondering where all the negative human beings were.

  • Sweet Irony
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:58 a.m.

    Bradford's expression when OU missed the 54-yard FG was priceless!!! He stared at the big screen in disbelief...I love it!!!

    Perhaps the sweetest irony was that Barry Switzer was in attendance. For those of you who don't know the back story, Switzer was the coach of OU back in 1984 when BYU won the national title. It was Switzer who suggested that his OU team was the real national champion because they had played a tougher schedule.

    All you non-BCS conferences can give credit to Switzer's comments for starting the precursor to the BCS. Sweet, sweet irony!!! I love that he sat in the stadium last night and watched his Sooners lose...to BYU!!!

  • TCU Fan
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:51 a.m.

    Huge congratulations to BYU on your outstanding W last night over the Sooners! This is a major win for the Cougars and the MWC! Lil ole TCU is really going to have to step it up to keep up with the Utes and Cougs; frankly, BYU and Utah are so good, I don't think we'll have much of a chance at all. Please take it easy on us...

  • Great Win
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:34 a.m.

    Glad to see the bandwagon is getting going. This game was very similar to Utah v Ala in that nobody gave the Cougs a chance. As a Ute I cant believe I am happy for a BYU win. But I am way to represent for the MWC!

  • Mr. Kickoff guy
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:26 a.m.

    Please! For the love.....Isn't the football field 50 yards wide? Starting them off on the 40 just about cost the Cougs the game.

  • Cat got your tongue?
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:22 a.m.

    Wow! 463 comments in only a few short hours since this story was posted. Seems that a few people have a thing or two to say about this major sporting story.

  • Dennis Maricopa, AZ
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:18 a.m.

    What is all this if Bradford was still in the game business? His offensive line did not protect him and BYU's defense did their job and put him out of the game. It seems like that is the point of the defense. It is amazing how the Ute fans say good job, but there is always the but... Give BYU the credit we are do, 25 years ago we put the WAC on the map and that is the reason we have great programs at BYU and ugh Utah! Go BYU, beat Utah in November!

  • Ing
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:55 a.m.

    Yes! Death to the BCS! Great game.

    I was watching it here in Washington State at the student center with a bunch of disappointed Wazzu Cougs (who had just lost to Stanford), a handful of bemused foreign students, one dude that insisted on watching soccer on his laptop, a couple of Oklahoma fans (who left just in time to miss BYU's game-winning drive) and two Ute fans (with U. logo tattoos, no less).

    Even the U. fans came around in the end; they had been cheering for Oklahoma to begin with (disparaging BYU and shooting me the occasional dirty look), but when BYU pulled out those great plays at the end, they grudgingly admitted it was a great win. ("Well, we can't take down the BCS all by ourselves," they said. "At least somebody else stepped up...even if it is BYU.")

    For what it's worth, I officially predicted a win for BYU. Though I thought the score would be higher, I did think it'd be close.

    One more step in what will be a long process, but a process that MUST happen. The BCS must die. Good work BYU. Keep it up.

  • BYU TD
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:53 a.m.

    I'm amazed at the number of Ute fans posting on a BYU article (almost 4 Utes to 1 BYU). Most have been classy.

    Thanks for a great game BYU. The sky is more blue and the grass is greener today! Very classy Bronco!

  • re: Nice
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:44 a.m.

    Are you serious? What planet are you on?

  • Great Game Cougars!
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:41 a.m.

    Utah whines about not being in the BCS, BYU speaks by how they play on the field taking out the touted hyped champ. If you want BCS respect this is how you get it! This was a hard hitting, hard played Game, Oklahoma still is probably wondering what they ran into, Great Game BYU.

  • Lou Holtz
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:27 a.m.

    Anyone else want to get a petition going to have Lou Holtz acknowledge the legitimate MWC Conference wins? The guy just can't say a good word about em.

  • DSB
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:18 a.m.

    Please let's all calm down and remember, as we were told throughout the past week, that high school teams in Texas can hang with college teams from Utah. I guess they can hang with Oklahoma too. Remember - they're so superior because they REALLY, REALLY love football, whereas we only Really love football, and the undisputed scientific proof is that they build large arenas for their high school football teams.

    So, let's come down to earth and save our jubilation until we can defeat the best high school teams from Texas.

  • I am betting that OU will
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:13 a.m.

    still be ahead of BYU in the polls. I'll bet OU stays around number 10 and BYU will be around 11 or 12 while Utah will be around 16 or 17. Did TCU play?

  • go utes
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:11 a.m.

    job well done cougs. you made the MWC proud. For all those who want the opposing (byu/utah) team to lose, having each team win just makes the game that much better in November. So here's to an undefeated season by both BYU and UTAH!

  • Ute Fan Here
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:09 a.m.

    I was one of the non-believers along with thousands of others including Cougar Fans. I was very excited to see the Cougars pull out the victory for selfish reasons. I always want our conference to do well. It makes for a great game at the end of the year. BYU's defense looked very good.

    Nice job!

    Go Utes.

  • Ruth from Texas
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:07 a.m.

    Way to go Cougars. Proud of you.

    From Texas not far from Odessa, Friday Night Lights

  • Matt
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:03 a.m.

    Just throwing this idea out there. the reason bradford got hurt is because of OU's oline on the blitz that got to bradford clawson went untouched. this happened at least three times during the game once before bradford got hurt but on the same drive, when bradford got hurt. (these were both clawson who is a big hitter). and again in the second half by pendleton (though jones landed on his butt and not his side like bradford). The box coaches of OU should have done something. But its a terrible thing that the OU line allowed their quarterback to get hit three times with the same blitz.

  • slc UTE
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:57 a.m.

    its finally nice to see some other teams in the MW pulling their weight, not just Utah! Im glad little Maxie remembered what team he was on.......well for most of the game. It seems that he likes to throw to red jerseys!

  • Wow
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:56 a.m.

    Like some of the other cougar fans on here...wow, i've never seen such classy ute comments in all my life - thank you. And to those who are ripping on Mitch Payne or other players who made costly mistakes, give them a break - it was the first game of the season, things like that can be ironed out.

  • Cats
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:52 a.m.

    To "Really Weird:" I believe Max was saying "oh my GOSH! That's what he was saying.

    Thanks to everyone for supporting and congratulating the Cougs. It was wonderful to see how great the Cougs really can be. As a season ticket holder, I am looking forward to a great year.

  • Runawaybay
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:51 a.m.

    Why slump into your chair at half time when the camera was put in your grill Switzer? What were you hiding from? Did you sense what was about to happen like we all did. What quote do you have for us now that the COUGARS are 2 and "Oh" against your Sooners.

  • Florida Cougar
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:51 a.m.

    A win is a win. However, keep it in perspective. Had Bradford not been injured, it would have been another opening season loss. The game was played with a QB who had never taken a Division I snap. Now let's see what they do against Tulane. I am anticipating a BIG letdown and a loss.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:40 a.m.

    Please Please fans, lets not get carried away. Lets not hang the expectation of the BCS on BYU so early! Lets look at this one game at a time like the players must. This is the only way BYU can run the table. Great win BYU! Lets take it to Tulane!

  • Stay classy Utah
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:36 a.m.

    Where was this Ute class two days ago?

  • PARROTTHEAD
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:36 a.m.

    Good job Cougars, this gives more credibility to MWC and my Utes!! Ican't think of anyone I would like to see you beat more than the Stoops-Switzer boys !

  • Mike
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:34 a.m.

    I'm a ute fan, and I gotta give props to the Y for this win. This win made our program look good just like the Alabama win made the Y's look good.

    Make no mistake tho, this is still a zero sum game between the two schools.

  • Alex
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:33 a.m.

    There is nothing to get rid of an inferiority complex like some success. With Utah's success last year, it seems many Utes have lost the chip on their shoulders about BYU. Now Utah is personally invested in the success of the conference in a way that they have not been for a while. What a relief.

    We need to save our angst for the rivalry game. Until then, thanks for the gracious comments Utes.

  • Carlos Watkins
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:33 a.m.

    I have changed from an avid cougar fan to one who occassionally watches with interest. It was nice to see an entire team not getting too emotional but continuing to work hard each play.

  • MEB
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:28 a.m.

    Great win, Cougars! You deserve all the respect of us Ute fans. Huge statement to start the year!! You made us all proud. What an effort.

  • Magnus
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:18 a.m.

    UTAH has massive talent! The State of Utah that is. BYU and Utah have a large % of key players from The Beehive State. Utah is a rich state and has jobs, opps and high school football talent. My wife is from Texas where high school football rules supreme! The talent in Utah's Region 4 is perhaps enough to proclaim it America's toughest Region. The MWC is white hot because of TCU, BYU & Utah. BYU and Utah have won 3 of the last 4 MWC titles. They both draw from and win with Utah high school talent. It's only getting better too. Expect the BSC to crack and accept giving the MWC an automatic Bowl bid. What America needs though is a college football playoff(justice/fairness). Meanwhile BYU and Utah will continue to turn even hard good ole boy heads and beat BCS teams with Utah high school talent.

  • Steve Eliason
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:18 a.m.

    BYU believed in itself and the real possibility of playing with the Sooners and winning. The Cougars still needed things to go their way and they made the most of opportunities that they were given.
    They are an exciting, fun team to watch. Games like this make college football so much more exciting to watch than pro football.

  • Magna Ute
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:16 a.m.

    Congratulations BYU. That was a great game. Way to represent!

  • anonymous
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:15 a.m.

    I want to congratulate BYU on the win. Huge win for the program and the conference. I think an automatic bid is close for the MWC. If Utah can blow out Oregon it will help them and BYU and at the same time hurt Boise State's argument for a BCS bowl. I would take an 11-1 BYU or Utah over a 12-0 Boise State team any day. Hopefully the last game of the season will be between 2 top 10 undefeated teams for all the marbles. Let's go MWC!

  • Long Way
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:15 a.m.

    Here are some thoughts about a promising season.

    1. BYU's defense played as well as I have ever seen them play. However, OU did not spread the offense. We thought BYU had a world beater defense last year when they played well against UCLA. Then they could not handle the spread.

    2. Max Hall is like Brett Farve, he is capable of spectacular drives but he also forces the ball in a lot. That automatically causes interceptions. BYU only wins if the defense can handle the turnovers.

    3. The defense was creative and aggressive. They got pressure on the QBs. They did not play prevent. They appear to have talent and depth in the DBs. Will they play a soft predictable prevent against the spread.

    4. The offense looks about as good as last years. It should get better with a little more experience.

    If BYU can handle the spread and fix the mistakes they have a chance at a special season.

  • Sept 6
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:13 a.m.

    The "no huddle" 4th down play with 4 minutes remIning was the play of the game.

  • uncannygunman
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:04 a.m.

    Wow, the Cougs got it done! I'll still be rooting for Utah come November, but still, good job.

    Here's something to think about: BYU and OU both run the table from here, other national powers suffer various losses, OU goes to the BCS championship game and wins, and OU is named national champion over undefeated BYU who handed OU their one loss! If the BCS could survive that, you can't kill it, it's undead.

  • Oregon Ute Fan
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:04 a.m.

    I have never cheered for Y, but I found myself cheering for the Boys in Blue yesterday. This was not about BYU vs Utah. This was MWC football against the BCS. Great win BYU. It's not as big as Utah dumping Alabama, but it was probably the next best thing. I was happy for Bronco. One of the best post game interviews I have ever seen. I looks like BYU is for real this year, although I feel that TCU is probably the better of the 3. That team is so fast. Now, for the Coogs, this means nothing if they cough up a game their suppose to loose. I hope we both win out again, but I don't see Utah beating TCU away. I'm not riding the Y band wagon yet, because I don't think OU was worthy of a #3 ranking. Their OU, and they get ranked high every year because of who they are. But BYU should be a top 10 team for sure. But lets be real. It's the first game of the season. Look at Utah, beating Michigan last year. Not as big as we thought.

    Great job BYU

  • Boise State Fan
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:01 a.m.

    Been there....done that...but good job BYU

  • Texas Ute
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:01 a.m.

    I am happy for the "Y", but to say one of the greatest victories ever? I live in big 12 country and everyone knows they can't play defense. So when OU could not move the ball against BYU it came as no surprise. What was a surprise was the difficulty BYU had moving the ball against OU.

  • To BYU fans who stayed home
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:53 a.m.

    and did not come to Rio Tinto. You will reap what you sow: There will not be another FIFA World Cup qualifier in the State of Utah. We were the only city not to sellout its stadium and we were barely a home crowd. The El Salvadorans almost outnumbered the US fans in a US home venue. So again BYU/soccer fans you voted with your feet and you will deserve no more world class soccer. You had a chance to be at an international match and chose to stay home and watch TV. PS Ticket prices were the same in all other US cities.

  • Ben from MIZ-ZOU!!!
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:53 a.m.

    This was a good win for the Cougar football program but it was not enough to silence the MWC critics nationally. That was not the power-house OU teams from the past. OU is a shadow of what it once was as it lost its entire O-line to the NFL and because Bradford did not play the 2nd half. Enjoy the victory but don't lose sight of the fact that you will not get any respect nationally as long as you play in the lowly MWC

  • Observations
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:49 a.m.

    Went to BYU and Utah, cheer for both until they play each other - We usually go to Disneyland during Thanksgiving.

    Like the big wins, but BYU tends to let down on the game before/game after. So watch out for Tulane.

    Oklahoma has the powerhouse of Idaho State next week - that won't be pretty.

    Utah had a great season last year, but TCU and BYU had good seasons. I really think that Utah, TCU, BYU can play with anyone. They may not always win, but they will play competively.

    I can't imagine spending $1 billion for anything sports related - that is obscene, especially since the scoreboard gets in the way.

  • Ute Fan Forever
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:48 a.m.

    Congrats to the Y. I used to be a Y fan many years ago but now bleed RED. But it was a great win for the Y, the state and the MWC. November should bring a great game - like they always are.

  • Blood Red Ute
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:47 a.m.

    Way to endure to the end, Cougs; now return with honor.

    Seriously, great victory BYU. You've made this Ute undergrad (and fan) proud to have gone to grad school at the Y. Enjoy this victory, it was hard fought. Your defense looked really, really good and I'm excited for Jordan Pendleton's career.

    Rise and shout and all that stuff. Great win.

  • Michigan isn't even CLOSE to OU
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:41 a.m.

    C'mon...comparing this win to an UofU win over Michigan last year? Doesn't even compare. Michigan has been a second rate Big 10 team for awhile...when was the last time they won the conference? They were barely ranked in the top 25 when Utah barely beat them last year. OU was #3 ranked in the nation and coming off of a year that they went the National Championship game AND had a returning Heisman Trophy winner...not even a close comparison!

  • Payne needs to go
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:38 a.m.

    Payne has been a weak spot since day one...
    Great team effort almost ruined by his inconsistent kicking.
    Can't make a 46 yard field goal (this is only from the 36 yard line) and can't keep the ball in bounds on a critical kickoff (equal to a 20 yard penalty)...he is not in high school anymore.

  • Classic !!!
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:37 a.m.

    OU exhibited the classic mistake of over looking an opponent. This is a good lesson that the Cougars and all of the football world must take away from this victory. Yes both teams showed all the first game jitters and mistakes that you saw in every college game this past weekend. The national respect talk and the MWC entering the BCS Blah Blah...is only falling on deaf ears. People money generates respect not wins. When the MWC can draw the MONEY that the BCS conference's do then and only then will the MWC and the likes of the WAC be part of the BCS, and no SOONER.....

  • MurrayUte
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:35 a.m.

    Congratulations BYU on a great win. A year or two ago I would have been pulling for OU, but things have changed as we are working together for a bigger objective. In a strange way, BYU's win over OU kind of validates Utah's win over Bama, and Utah's win over Bama validates BYU's win over OU. This continues to prove that BYU, UTAH and TCU can be as good as ANY team in the Nation. Heres to BYU and UTAH being undefeated at the end of November.

  • Re:Cougar Fan
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:34 a.m.

    Mitch Payne was solid last year? Um, he only hit 4/8 of his attempts beyond 40. He's NEVER been solid, despite the love he's always gotten from the coaches. Last year Sorenson was better and Stevenson's better this year. No one is criticizing his personality, but his performance, like you're asking us to do. Truth is, he nearly cost us the game, despite his"best" efforts. His best is clearly not good enough and it's time for a personnel change.

  • Go Utes!
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:30 a.m.

    Great game by BYU! Way to represent the MWC on the national stage. I love this rivalry and am happy to see the Cougars do well...except against my Utes.

    We'll see you in November!

  • Utah Man
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:24 a.m.

    First time in my life I have ever cheered for byU. When Hall threw that touchdown to Jacobson I actually stood up from my recliner and pumped a fist.

    Congrats to the coUgs, you played a great game!!

  • Todd Nuke 'Em
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:19 a.m.

    I loved it when the Utes sent a message to the BCS; I'm ecstatic that the Cougars sent a similar message!

  • win win win!
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:06 a.m.

    It was a game of blown opportunites, turnovers and penalties........... for BYU, and we still WON!

  • PAC-10 Woody
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:03 a.m.

    A good start, but remember Bradford was injured early. Hate to see that happen and really change the game. Would BYU win is Bradford stayed healthy??? Who knows. But a #3 team should be able to recover and win. Don't expect this to put BYU in the top 10, maybe 16 or 17.

  • I have to eat crow myself
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:01 a.m.

    I'm a cougar fan who was predicting that they'd get
    stuffed by Oklahoma. Thanks cougs for proving me wrong. I was amazed to see 70,000 Oklahoma fans (we had about 5000) and read that Oklahoma was calling it a road game. Our coach was a class act and so was the Oklahoma coach.

  • Utahn
    Sept. 6, 2009 7:57 a.m.

    Utahn and U alum congratulates BYU. Good job on that V!

  • Die hard Ute
    Sept. 6, 2009 7:46 a.m.

    Wow, I'll tell you what I'll have plenty of time to hate you later, but for now excellent amazing spectacular game, maybe the nation will start to see that the MWC is not a conference to overlook. May the BYU Cougars go undefeated into the game on Nov. 28, and if my Utes do the same, the team that comes out alive could be set to make hisyory again, and on that day I will stop cheering for you, because after all, I am a Utah man. Once again great game.

  • Jared - Utah Fan
    Sept. 6, 2009 7:35 a.m.

    Real Utah fans do NOT root for BYU to lose every game, just the last game of the regular season. Most Utah fans are from Utah, and want all of the other schools in the State of Utah to play well, and they also have enough vision to recognize that ALL non-conference victories for the MWC is a great thing. Wish I could say the same thing about the many associates and family I have that are BYU fans - I have heard so many of them cheer vocally for Utah's opposing team. Rather than cheer for their beloved Cougars to win, they derive greater joy in cheering for the Utes to lose.

    I know not all BYU fans cheer for Utah to always lose, but for those that do, (and unfortunately some Utah fans NEVER cheer for BYU), but I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THAT MENTALITY! THAT WAS AN AWESOME GAME BYU - IMPRESSIVE TO SEE YOUR DEFENSE TAKE CONTROL AND BE ABSOLUTE STUDS AGAINST THE mighty sooners.

  • Big Win
    Sept. 6, 2009 7:34 a.m.

    I think we have to hand it Jaime Hill, who coached an amazing football game for the BYU defense. The BYU defense was the determining factor in this game. Bob Stoops was shocked at how well the BYU D played, since they stuffed Bradford in the 1st half, and held the Oklahoma O to just 3 points in the 2nd half.

    Awesome job Bronco as well! This one will be remembered for a long time!

  • Nice
    Sept. 6, 2009 7:31 a.m.

    End a guy's career and celebrate it.

    Nice

  • finally BYU....
    Sept. 6, 2009 7:28 a.m.

    helps out the MWC w a big win instead of just the Utes and TCU.
    Its about time and congrats!

    Go Utes!

  • A while back...
    Sept. 6, 2009 7:28 a.m.

    A page back somebody demanded that the cougars be rated above the sooners at something like #10 and the sooners at #12.

    Does that person ever watch NCAA football?

    2 reasons why BYU won't be higher than #15, and Oklahoma wont be lower than #8.

    1) BYU beat them by only a point. Sure, I'm a cougar fan and I'm SO thrilled that we played well enough to win. But it would take a 30 point win to put us in the top ten from 20. It's just how the polls work.

    2) Look at who the top ten played. With one maybe two exceptions everyone played gimmie teams. In order to get into the top ten, you have to win but teams must lose as well.

    My prediction: #16 BYU and #7 Oklahoma.

  • UteFire
    Sept. 6, 2009 7:23 a.m.

    Very entertaining win. Amazing game. CONGRATS.

    I thought Bryan Koriya was outstanding. He didn't stutter step or bog down he hit holes and kept going after first contact.

  • TJSgigante
    Sept. 6, 2009 7:20 a.m.

    All the talk about the OU quarterback getting hurt and missing half the game; Unga was out for the whole thing!

  • JIM
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:55 a.m.

    OH MY HECK!!!! OH MY HECK!!!!! OH MY HECK!!!!

  • Mike in Texas
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:48 a.m.


    Sure would have liked to see Barry Switzers face at the end of this game.

  • Thanks to Ute Fans
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:43 a.m.

    A surprisingly delightful caboose of this win is all the nice Ute postings!

    Thanks to you Utes who have chosen to be such good sports and have taken the time to share those feelings.

    BYU winning and Utes thinking its cool--and having the class to say so---what could be better??

  • really weird...
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:37 a.m.

    Felt really weird last night..I found myself rooting for the "enemy"(tds) but I must give "props to where props is due" with that said..I hope you guys go undefeated untill we come to your house in november...its major step foward for the MWC ...here's a memo to the MWC...ACT LIKE YOU KNOW YOU CAN..case and point...Max Hall on the sideline" puttin his hands on his head and saying "oh my god"...MWC, STAND UP!!..THEY(ncaa) will think twice, before they schedule another MWC school..

    See U in november!

    GO UTES!

  • Zoobie-Spud
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:28 a.m.

    I have to admit that I was hoping the Cougars could knock Bradford out of the game......BUT.....when it actually happened, I was sad he was hurt and sad for myself for even thinking that in the first place. I hope he is able to come back soon for OU. But remember, Harvey was not able to play either.

    Now....the BYU defense played an outstanding game. Only 200 something yards and 13 points for OU......wow, who would have predicted that? And they only had 10 points at the half......when Bradford *was* in there!

    And for the Cougars to go into that environment and not wilt under the pressure......I think Bronco had them prepared very, very well. This should be a springboard to a very successful season........I hope they can simply steeamroll Tulane into the Superdome turf. Rise and Shout!!

  • WestJordanBob
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:12 a.m.

    The "Blue Crush" defense had "Blue Grit"...

  • JW Morrison
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:03 a.m.

    Exceptional win! Enjoy it for the day because next week BYU is a target. Then Florida State will be gunning for you. BYU has my support. I just hope that your heads don't get too big to fit in the helmet.

  • Great job
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:03 a.m.

    Props to the zoobs. You did the conference proud.

  • Mizzou Blue
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:58 a.m.

    Great showing Cougars! And how about that defense? I hope we do this week in and week out.

  • Wisconsin Coug
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:54 a.m.

    Read a lot of classy comments from Utes. Nice sportsmanship.

  • Dave
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:12 a.m.

    Congratulations to BYU and let us not forget BSU. Being in the Army all I hear is SEC this and Big 12 that. I love it when any non-BCS team beats a BCS team, especially when it comes out of the MWC or WAC. Keep it up and we might see 2 of the Top 10 teams in the country playing in November.

  • Cougar in Iraq
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:59 a.m.

    As a BYU alum in Iraq I have been excited for months about this game. I was going to try to watch it on my laptop, but I had to go fly a mission (AH-64D driver) here in Iraq instead. I was too nervous to ask anybody about the game when I landed and my fears were realized when I was told by a fellow unit member that BYU got blown out.
    How sweet it was when he said just kidding, you guys beat them. I still couldn't trust him until I could look it up and see for real.
    Most of my unit is from ACC country and I think they are getting nervous about their automatic bid. GO MWC and most of all GO BYU!!!!!!!!!

  • cwg
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:06 a.m.

    I'm no football fan, but this was a great game and there was great celebration all over Utah tonight. I'm hoping the season will be fun for everyone, and I'm grateful to the Ute fans for their terrific sportsmanship! I hope the Cougar fans will follow the Ute lead and the rivalry will go back to being "friendly" and good natured like it feels today. Whether you bleed blue or red, what's good for one is good for the other and we need each other.

    Tonight was a class act all the way around - hope it lasts!

  • LYNN BOOTH
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:48 a.m.

    I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A COPY OF STATS FOR THE GAME

  • THEeyepatch
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:47 a.m.

    I few days ago some of you Y fans were hoping that you wouldn't lose by too much. I don't know how many of you left messages last night, but you have to believe that your team can win no matter what. OU had everything to lose tonight. The spot light was on them and all the "experts" set them up for failure. OU played horrible, lost their Heisman winning QB, the o-line was wretched, brought in their "freshman" QB, every gift the cougars gave OU, they gave them right back, and you STILL only won by one point barely. They had a chance in the end to win with a field goal. Don't pat yourselves on the back for too long. Have faith your defense can keep you in games this year because your offense stinks.

  • Fluke .. well kinda
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:46 a.m.

    I don't like all the hype in a game where the best players aren't playing throughout the game. Unga should have been healthy, and Sam Bradford was needed to play and run the offense for Oklahoma.

    I am no Big fan of the MWC. I do enjoy college football. I don't put stock in a wins unless everyone was healthy and playing in the game. So go pat yourselves on your back for winning a game against a freshman. Props on defense, there are better defenses in college.

    A legit win .. Boise State over Oregon. Really though most of us out here in the west want to see upsets .. so again congrats.

  • Meaningless Win...
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:10 a.m.

    Unless BYU wants to:

    1. Establish credibility for BYU and the MWC

    2. Elevate the BYU program to the elite level

    3. Bust the BCS

    4. Put the Cougars in position to challenge for the National Championship

    5. Put more pressure on major college football to abolish the BCS and establish an NCAA-sponsored playoff to determine the National Champions

  • BIG-D
    Sept. 6, 2009 2:48 a.m.

    this was not an offensive game at all. this was a great defensive game from both sides. i havent seen any people hate on BYU yet on these comments so i am happy. i know that some people are saying that BYU only won because bradford was out but like i read on some earlier comments, if OU is the third best team in the nation then their defense should have been able to hold BYU to 0 points. BYU stepped up and didnt let up. way to show that BYU can play. and big props to karyia. way to step up at the last second. lets go cougs! keep it up and we will have a very good chance to atleast make it to a BCS game. maybe a national championship. i am not saying that they are going to go to the national championship but if they can breeze by Florida state, TCU and utah then they most likely will because of the high ranking. we will definitly pass boise state too. we have to

    GO MWC
    DOWN WITH THE BCS
    GO COUGS

  • say what?
    Sept. 6, 2009 2:24 a.m.

    54 yard field goal for a kid that couldn't hit at 47 yards?

    Head coaches make millions of dollars... Why?

    The old 'center fake the snap,'
    'put the ball under your jersey and walk 13 yards'
    would have been a smarter play.

    And don't get me started about that interference call by BYU in the end zone.

    The 74,000th. fan up on row 989 and the injured OU quarterback grinned when they watched that replay.

  • You Payne Haters...
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:39 a.m.

    ... are kinda spoiling the moment here. Relax. Stop looking for the black cloud behind the silver lining. Don't tell me--you folks boo your kids' Pop Warner teammates when they make mistakes, too?

    Many Cougar athletes--not only Mitch Payne!--messed up at some point tonight. They pulled together anyway despite the sloppiness and found a way to beat one of the best teams in the nation. My advice: Enjoy it!

  • To Facing Reality
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:32 a.m.

    Agreed. Oklahoma needs to have a good 9 or 10-win season for this win to be fully respectable at the end of the year. I wish the best for Sam Bradford--hated to see the guy go down and hope he's back soon. I don't usually cheer for the Sooners, but hey, there's motivation! So Go OU!

  • Great Defense
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:26 a.m.

    Who'd have thought? Jaime Hill should get a game ball, as should the whole defense.

    Oklahoma's receivers were blanketed.

    The linebackers played like demons.

    The line stuffed BOTH 1,000 yard rushers from last year.

  • Tomcat
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:18 a.m.

    Congratulations Cougars, this was a great win for the BYU program, a great win for the MWC and another big kick in the butt to the BCS. This Ute fan salutes you for a tremendous victory.

  • BleedCougarBlue
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:09 a.m.

    Man, I CAN'T WAIT until I go to work on Tuesday and tease my friends who are OU fans!

    Nice job on the (generally) classy comments, Utes!

    I admit, my first comment, posted here before I read any on the board, was one that was a jab at what I thought would be Ute fans minimizing BYU's win and yet those kind of sophomoric posts were very few and far in between.

    What say we band together in every game our beloved Cougars and Utes play until that last week in Novmeber?

    Deal?

    Dan Maloy
    Enid, OK

  • BCS?
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:03 a.m.

    Great win for the school, for the state and for the conference. I've been impressed with all the classy Ute fans coming here to post. One thing though: we're not trying to prove the MWC should be in the BCS. NO ONE should be in the BCS.

  • TAEKWONDAVE
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:01 a.m.

    I WANT ALL THE UTE FANS ON HERE TO KNOW SOMETHING. YOU JUST WENT UP SEVERAL NOTCHES IN MY BOOK. VERY CLASSY RESPONSES ON HERE. I HAVE JUST BEEN SWAYED. I USED TO ROOT FOR BYU AND EVERYBODY WHO PLAYED UTAH BUT NOW... I'M ROOTIN FOR THE UTES EVERY GAME BUT THE ONE IN NOVEMBER. I THINK I MIGHT EVEN FIND A WAY TO GET SOME FRIENDS TOGETHER TO GO TO YOUR GAMES WEARING BLUE SHIRTS THAT SAY "COUGS 4 UTES TILL NOVEMBER".

  • Pleased to see...
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:59 a.m.

    that in reading these comments i didnt have to endure a any talk about max's heisman or the inevitable NC byu is going to win this year. way to keep your heads on straight cougers. that game was some comedy of errors in the first half. i about threw a fit with all the shananigins but OU returned the favors. Great win. IMPRESSINVE D. lets see how things shake down in november.

    GO YEWTS!!!!!!!

  • to the ute fans
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:59 a.m.

    Thanks for the nice comments and support. Glad to see that the MWC is getting the respect it deserves. Its also great for the state of utah. Keep up the good work utes and cougs

  • great game
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:57 a.m.

    I'm not a Cougar fan but they played a great game against OU. Congratulations on a great win. The Cougars have earned respect.

  • taekwondave
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:54 a.m.

    I HAVE TO SAY, I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO IMPRESSED WITH UTE FANS IN ALL MY LIFE. I ALMOST WANT US ALL TO GO GET SOMETHING TO EAT TOGETHER. WE'LL WATCH YOUR AWESOME SUGAR BOWL WIN AND THEN WE'LL WATCH THIS AGAIN. WE CAN EVEN INVITE SOME BOISE FANS AND WATCH THAT AMAZING FIESTA BOWL TOGETHER IF YOU LIKE. HA. I LOVE THIS. BUT COME NOVEMBER.... ;)

  • Southern CA Porter Rockwell
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:50 a.m.

    A great win for the BYU Cougars indeed! Perhaps the MWC will get some respect from the BCS!

  • Facing Reality
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:49 a.m.

    I've been a Cougar fan since the Virgil Carter days and belonged to the Knothole Gang - and have seen almost all of BYU's biggest games over the years.

    This year's defense is the best I've ever seen at BYU, and the offense has the potential to be at least as good as the 1984 team.

    But let's face it - the national media will only give us respect if we win every game and Oklahoma wins all of their remaining games and we're the only undefeated team in the country.

    I've lived in Southern California, Florida, Maryland, and Texas. Most people think of BYU the way we think Utahans think of Oral Roberts University - they just think it's a fluke if we win. Yes, it's changing for the better as witnessed by the Top 10 ranking we got last year even though Utah and Boise State were also undefeated at the time, but the reason the BCS can get away with their monopoly is that there are so many more BCS team fans out there; they think BYU still has a lot to prove. I guess we do, too.

  • Cougar Fan
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:49 a.m.

    I hope no one is bagging on Mitch Payne too bad. Some of the comments here seem to be calling for his head.

    Yes, he missed a field goal and yes he shanked an enormously critical kickoff out of bounds which almost cost us the game.

    But the guy is human, and people are more important than games.

    I try to remember that who we are is completley separate from what we do. Critique performance and not people. BYU coaches will work to figure it out. He was pretty danged solid last year.

    Personally, I'd be shocked if he booted any more kickoffs out of bounds this year.

    Hang in there, Mitch!

    GOOOO COUGARS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • re: West Jordan Cougar @9:04
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:48 a.m.

    It is fans like you that make it hard to cheer any BYU victory. How can you cheer for Bradford getting hurt? Why would you want posters of that? Go ahead and cheer for your team, but lets not get all excited that someone may have a potentially career ending injury.

  • Crimson Club
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:42 a.m.

    Hey congrats Cougs, wow what a game...I found myself cheering and it was weird. See you in November!

  • Guy
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:42 a.m.

    Please help Payne!!! A freshman walks in and puts it on the one yard line and a guy in the program for 3+ years kicks it out of bounds on the kickoff. I'm beginning to think his mental focus is not what it needs to be. Great job Cougs! Best defense I have ever seen from the Bronco Busters

  • True
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:41 a.m.

    Good job BYU. Great for the school, state and conference.

  • What are the odds?
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:36 a.m.

    Well done Cougars. Usually there is one commentator or journalist our there that will go with the upset in a Top 20 showdown like this, but not for this game. Everyone was 100% aligned on how this game would play out. And with good reason:

    1) BYU's painfully shallow offensive line
    3) OU's Heisman Trophy QB
    4) OU's All-American Tight End
    5) OU's NFL sized/speed Defensive Line
    6) No Unga

    Wow...way to overcome the odds Cougs!

  • coug to the core
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:35 a.m.

    I found myself bragging about the utes this last year to my buddies across the country, utes it's ok to do the same. both big wins were great for us all. go mtn west, go cougs, go tcu, go utes!!!!!!!!

  • Cougar Mania
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:31 a.m.

    You know, I really thought 99% of the Ute fans would be somehow trashing BYU tonight after our win.

    Boy, was I wrong.

  • Better than the alternative
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:23 a.m.

    Even though ESPN didn't give BYU much credit, at least by being shown on ESPN, the rest of the country was able to see the game. Much better than if it had been shown on the mtn where a lot of credit would have been given (I assume)....

  • nope the
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:19 a.m.

    Kewgs still wont make it to a BCS game, they will slip up somewhere and no one is going to beat Boise. Sorry but we all know its true.

  • Norm Smith -California
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:19 a.m.

    I HAVE TO SAY THIS WAS A FANTASTIC GAME AND PLEASURE TO WATCH. NOT ONE DIRTY PLAY, FISTICUFFS. GOOD SPORTMANSHIP TO BOTH BYU AND THE SOONERS. Again thanks for your wonderful sportsmanship.

  • CELEBRATE!
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:15 a.m.

    Man, this was such great win for our Cougars that I don't even want to go to bed tonight. I think I'll just stay up all night and then sleep during Church. But if someone talks about the game during testimony sharing time then of course I'll wake up for that.

  • DD
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:14 a.m.

    Congratulations Cougars. I only got to see tiny snippets of the game (right now the Pennant Race for my Rockies > College football), but I did see the very end.

  • Oldscool Fan
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:13 a.m.

    All I heard on the radio this week was how the difference in talent between BYU and OU is the second and third string, and that's why BYU had basically no chance. Well, a couple of starters go down (I'm not talking about BYU's starters out), and all of a sudden it's as if the Y was successful against a bye on their schedule (if you listen to the ESPN analysts). What happened to all of those great athletes OU had backing up the starters?

    Oh, and btw, Sam Bradford wouldn't have been on the field during BYU's 8-minute game winning drive. Are the pundits going to make excuses for OU's defense, too?

    To be clear, this isn't a rip on Oklahoma. I've actually been a bit of a Sooners fan the last few years. Barry Switzer was one of the biggest horse's patoots to ever pace a sideline, but Bob Stoops is The Man and has completely changed the way I view that program. I hope they can regroup from this and have some great success this year. Go Sooners! Good luck against UM and especially UT!

  • Way to go Cougars!
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:11 a.m.

    I was getting ready to blast the obnoxious Ute fans that have been saying all year that OU was going to pound BYU 56-10 but I am glad to see so many classy Ute fans posting tonight.
    I will be smiling when I go back to work on Tueday morning because I posted a score 21-20 for BYU on a prediction board.
    Great job by the coaches in getting the team ready to play, especially with all the injuries. Kariya did a good job as well as the entire D, especially on the goal line. Max Hall had a couple of INTs but made the plays when it mattered most.
    I hope the rest of the MWC teams continue to do well to either get the MWC in a permanent game position or move to a playoff system. Utah has shown that just going undefeated is not enough for the BCS folks.
    This game was very impressive but there are a lot of games to be played. FSU, TCU and Utah will all be tough games for the Cougars. Even teams like Tulane and Air Force can't be overlooked.

  • Delusional Even WIth A Big Win
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:11 a.m.

    Joe Mahma | 10:33 p.m. Sept. 5, 2009
    Yes, it's nice that Ute fans have the opportunity to get a little taste of the success that BYU fans have been enjoying for most of the past few decades. Keep it up for another ten years or so, and you will probably have a solid program!

    -------------
    The last few decades??? BYU is now 2-20 against ranked teams assuming OU finishes in the top 25 at the end of the year.

    If you want to talk trash back it with facts. Otherwise you just look silly. Its ironic that during the game the dominance of BYU football was highlights of the 1984 miracle. BYU has never been ranked in the top 5 under the BCS system. I will let you guess what Utah had done during the same period.

    Congrats to BYU for a great win!! I didn't think you had it in you. For now I have to give respect where respect is due and that is to BYUs defense.




  • UTE FAN
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:10 a.m.

    Well I'm not a BYU fan at all but I was pulling for them anyway FOR THE SAKE OF THE CONFERENCE.

  • UteNation
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:02 a.m.

    Didn't see the game, but was surprised (happily so) to see that BYU had beaten OU. I honestly didn't think it would happen, but it is a great win for the conference and one that BYU fans can be proud of.

    As for ESPN's biased reporting; what can you expect? The network is married to the BCS and probably holds a special hatred for the MWC since it has its own TV deal (albeit one that sucks).

    Way to go BYU! Way to represent.

  • Gotta Say It!
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:02 a.m.

    I'm a RABID Cougar fan and I am quite impressed with so many Ute fans giving us congratulations, AND, I will add, doing it with real class.

    I'll make a vow that I'll pull for Utah in every game you guys play until you play my beloved Cougars.

    Thanks, Utes!

  • Shaun McC
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:00 a.m.

    I just have to remind the nay-sayers that at the end of the first half, the stats read Bradford 96 yards, Hall 220+ yards. Also, Nevada Ute - the win over Michigan may not have been a lot on your strength of schedule, but it did bump you up in the ratings which helped with the bowl selection. Too early to tell if we can deal with Florida State, TCU and Utah, let alone Tulsa (who had a great game today) and the rest, but if we can, this will help us the same way.

  • Kicker replacement needed...
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:59 p.m.

    Way to go BYU, great victory!!!
    ...get rid of that kicker and there will not be a weak spot on the team. Friends told us the amazing walk-on was snubbed by Tidwell, what a mistake! Payne is awful.

  • Great Defense!
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:59 p.m.

    BYU Dominated this game far more than the score showed! Far more offensive yards, just stop the lame turnovers! Oklahoma ONLY scores came from turnovers deep in their own territory! BYU Defense shut down the #1 offense in the Nation Completely and like Nobody thought possible!

    With Utah, TCU and Florida State AT HOME, this could be 1 Awesome Season! Even with a respectable loss to 1 of those 3, they could be BCS Busters with a Strength of Schedule well Above Boise State!

  • We're all Cougars tonight
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:58 p.m.

    I am a true Ute fan: my favorite team isn't Utah; it's whoever is playing BYU---except for tonight. Tonight I'm a Cougar fan. I was there. I saw them shut down the team who last year had the most prolific offense in NCAA history.

    This win was for all of us. Thanks Cougars. We'll see you in November.

  • Man...
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:58 p.m.

    It is soo nice to see Utah and BYU actually getting along! Will it last???

    Probably not!

    But I'm still going to enjoy the moment!

    Go Utes!

    GO BYU!!!!!!!

  • Boise State Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:56 p.m.

    I am no Cougar fan, but I hate the YEWTS and OU more.

    GREAT WIN on National TV.

    Boise State will win some BIG ones this season too and the West will be riding high

    WAY TO GO BYU. You're the BEST!!!!!!!!!

    GO BOISE STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cougar man
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:55 p.m.

    Thankyou Ute fans for chiming in and supporting the big win. You have to appreciate coach Bronco's statement after the game how this was a giant win for the "conference"...not only BYU. Even though we are huge in-state rivals and there's some harsh feelings between the teams, a true college football fan will support a one step closer win to national recognition for our conference. We all win after this game just like when the utes spanked Bama. love it.

    And cougar fans, stop with any BCS talk yet. We still have Florida St. and a tough conference schedule.

    With all that said 11-0 cougars vs. 11-0 utes in november?? Yes I will have some of that and be there to watch the utes get an invitation to the las vegas bowl.

  • BYU Fan who...
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:55 p.m.

    ... thinks that deep down U fans and BYU fans actually love each other!!

    Utah.... I love you!

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:47 p.m.

    Thanks to all the classy Ute fans for their nice comments!

    Congratulations Cougars! Awesome game tonight! Great Defense! I'm a HUGE Cougar fan and wish I could have been in Texas for the game. Tonight it is definitely "RISE AND SHOUT"!!!!!

    Go Utes and beat the Ducks! Hope both teams have a great seasons. The MWC deserves the recognition it is getting. Thanks for doing such a great job on Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

    I already have my tickets for the UofU vs. BYU game!



  • NevadaUTE
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:46 p.m.

    Great win for the Cougs! However, we won't truly know how significant this win is until the END of the season. Nearly all of us Utes thought that an opening game win at Michigan last year was a big deal....turns out it wasn't....

  • Dear Excuse ME
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:45 p.m.

    Duh, injuries are part of football. If OU was so great they still should have steamrolled BYU. What would it have been like with Unga. Why can't you swallow your hate and just say Congratulations. This is great for BYU and great for the MWC.

  • Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:45 p.m.

    kudos to the Ut ahutes fan for owning up and showing class with their comments. Hope they can do well this year too.

  • Me, Myself and I
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:45 p.m.

    Did the Sam Bradford injury effect the outcome of this game? Maybe? Maybe not? No one will ever know. People are going to be talking about the injury and pinning the lose on it for some time to come. One thing is for sure injuries are a part of the game, truly great teams find ways to win when people go down with injuries. Great job Cougs! Way to represent the MWC!

    Go Utes!!!

  • Florida Couger
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:45 p.m.

    I was at the game and can tell you that even with Bradford, the Coug's were in the game from the beginning.

    Now I do think that there may have been some different play calling in the 2nd half by Stoops if Bradford was still playing, but as the saying goes "if If and But's were candy and nuts we all would have a Merry Christmas".

    You have to play the game, regardless of who is there or not, and the BYU Defense OUTPLAYED the OU offense ALL NIGHT LONG!!!!

    Look at the stats, even with Bradford the longest completion for OU was only 18 yards. So no more comments about how the only reason the Coug's won the game was because Bradford was hurt. The trend was set in the 1st half and it contiued in the 2nd. Remember the only reason OU had a touchdown at all was because of a BYU muffed punt.

  • Once again...
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:38 p.m.

    the conference will not get any respect until the bottom feeders get their act together. Yes, Utah, BYU and even TCU have won key games against teams from BCS conferences, but the MWC will continue to be looked down upon until UNLV, SDSU, Wyoming, CSU and New Mexico improve their programs.

  • Senior BYU Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:37 p.m.

    Congrats Cougs. You were awesome. And thanks to the many favorable comments by Ute Fans. I was cheering for you against Alabama,

  • Magic Night...
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:37 p.m.

    From one who was there tonight I can tell you it was truly magical! I was also there when BYU upset #1 Miami with Ty Detmer and it is right up there!

    My brothers are all Boise State fans and if anything this reinforces the message that the BSU win was not a fluke. Call it another message from the west. Boise State vs. OK, Utah vs. 'Bama, BYU vs. OK - the BCS better start paying attention!

    After the game we listened as the OU fans complained to Stoops on the post-game radio show about scheduling too hard of a team in BYU and in scheduling a neutral site - give me a break!! They out-numbered us 25-to-1!!!

    Tonight I was proud to be a Cougar, and yes I was proud to be from the MWC!!!

  • Question
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:36 p.m.

    Are "TDS" and "Yewts" supposed to be insults?

  • Hero of Canton
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:35 p.m.

    Stop comparing this to the Utah win over Alabama because it's not even close. The TCU win over OU is a bigger win for the MWC than this was. You squeaked by against a bad OU team and needed to rely on their red shirt freshman quarterback to win this one. Please stop with the BCS front runner talk until you actually do something with your season. Remember where that got you last season? A win over a team that will be unranked at the end of the year is nothing to get worked up about. Boise State should be the favorite still, they did what they were supposed to do: DOMINATE. You got lucky.

  • Dale
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:35 p.m.

    Okay, I stand corrected and hereby retract my previous statement. Here's to a successful year for the MWC and an improved TV situation for the regular season.

  • Smack
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:34 p.m.

    Way. To. Go.

    I am a Utah man all the way, but I've been wearing a BYU shirt here in Missouri, today, hoping that BYU would slap OU big time.

    How sweet it is.

    The MWC gets no respect out here, and the only way to get it is to earn it.

    Way. To. Go.

  • Scoobie
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:30 p.m.

    Ref: Easy BYU...
    Dude....it was 7-7 when Bradford went down in the 1st half...BYU was the one moving the ball most of the first half and it was also BYU who was Beating themselves coughing up the ball. If they hadn't turned over the ball and gave the Okies so many penalty yards it might easily have been BYU 21-0...But that's BYU football...BYU won despite of itself...Bradford wasn't that big of a factor and Jones was moving the ball almost as well as Bradford...which compared to their 2008 season was barely moving. BYU 's Defense was very effective...Your assessment is mute. Oklahoma wasn't as tough as they were made out to be...and BYU is probably a little better than it's preseason #20 ranking indicates....Are they top 10???... that's to be seen....but they are definitely top 15.

  • Olympia Cougar
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:26 p.m.

    I was surprised and disappointed that ESPN hardly ever showed the statistics during the game. BYU moved the ball well against the vaunted defense that many said was the best in the nation...returning 11 starters? Also, the loss of Bradford and their Tight End was impactful but so was all the injuries at BYU. There should be no marginalizing this win against a deep and powerful OU team.

  • More Crow For Whiners
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:25 p.m.

    Forgot to mention...how about BYU's LT playing with a broken hand?

    Or how about BYU having to use their 3rd string LG to replace the 1st and 2nd string guys who went down with injuries before the game?

    Where's the asterisks for BYU's problems they had to overcome?

  • re: pg
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:25 p.m.

    then please don't read the comments and just go away. problem solved. notice how you're not worth capitalized letters in a reply?

  • MarkS
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:24 p.m.

    Crimson Club, thanks for the recommitting your 5k to Cougar Club--good of you to man up. Could I just request one thing: could you make the donation in my name so I can get better seats for BYU games?

  • Bradford
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:23 p.m.

    Gotta love ESPN.

    OK was well on their way to last seasons average of 51 points a game when Bradford was injured.

    They had 10 points in the 1st half, and were going to score 41 in the second?

  • MT UTE
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:22 p.m.

    Thanks Cougars for a great game. You did the MWC proud. Keep it up and we'll see in November!

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:16 p.m.

    when the espn recap started playing I was excited that it was about 7 minutesd long... showed about 30 seconds of plays and spent the rest of the time talking about Bradford and future for Oklahoma. Not a word about what this means for BYU. Stupid ESPN commentators... Nice game BYU - congrats!

  • KansasCoug
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:16 p.m.

    To Ute Fans:

    You need to celebrate this one with us just like we needed to celebrate the Bama win with you.

    During rivalry week it's one, but other than that week need to pull for each other. Only by both of us keeping on our current hot streaks will the MWC get an automatic bid or will the BCS system go up in smoke. Both teams need to be powerhouses for this to happen.

    Let's both celebrate this one and good luck with the rest of your season. If we're both undefeated when we meet at the end, things will start to change.

  • to dale
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:13 p.m.

    Give me a break. the Utes are showing class by giving us their congrats. They see past the rivalry until Thanksgiving weekend as they should. Tonight was a great victory not just for BYU and the state of Utah, but for the MWC in general. OF COURSE ute fans aren't crazy about our team, they are utes. They are merely showing class and respect for our awesome upset.

    To the well organized BYU/UTAH FAN's mind, We are BYU and Utah fans at the same time except for one day during thanksgiving break. GO UTES, GO COUGS. Heck, go Beehive State.

  • re: dale
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:11 p.m.

    Leave it to a BYU fan to ruin the lovefest going on tonight... I've read every comment and there's only been a small fraction of Ute fans starting out by saying "I hate you guys." In fact, there have been just as many cheap shot comments from Coug fans as there have been from the Utes. For the most part, both sides have been extremely gracious though so let's keep it up... At least til November. Congrats Cougs from a true Ute fan! Nice job representing the MWC!

    Go Utes!!

  • Destory the BCS
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:11 p.m.

    The State of Utah -- thanks to the Utes and Cougars -- is single handedly going to bring down the travesty called the BCS.

    I'm a Ute fan who's proud of BYU tonight. Great win!

  • Mass Ute Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:11 p.m.

    Congrats, awesome game! Way to keep the MWC on a high!

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:11 p.m.

    RE: congrats | 10:54 p.m. Sept. 5, 2009
    "Congrats on beating a team that was missing its two first team All Americans on offense!"

    So what did YOU do today that was special???

  • Texas Ute
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:11 p.m.

    Fantastic win by the Cougs. I was there. They dominated in almost every categories except rushing yards. A great beat down on OU. Way to represent the conference!

  • ESPN Irritation
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:09 p.m.

    ESPN is almost worthless. BYU pulls off the well deserved win and all they can talk about Bradford's injury. What about BYU's stellar defense? What about Max Halls almost entire 4th quarter drive for the winning TD? And whoever posted about Lou Holtz non stop love for Notre Dame was right. Lou you were a great coach but your lisp and annoying voice should not be on a main stream sports show. Sorry but I do respect how good of a coach you were.

  • Why stir things up dale
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:09 p.m.

    Dale, you are showing your true colors, trying to read more into the comments and make something out of nothing. This is rivals we are talking about, and we are all sharing in the greater glory of this win for the conference and the cougars. Surely you have some understanding of glory and sharing?

    Good job Cougs, Go Utes!!

  • re:Re:Biggest Win in MWC History
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:08 p.m.

    Dude, I don't care what you say, they were both huge.

    My compliments to Utah fans. This board looks like the one from the Sugar Bowl win last season.

    See, we can all get along. Pick your team during the rivalry week, but until then, let's just be a huge fan of BYU and the U of U!!!

  • Ute Pride
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:07 p.m.

    Congrats Cougs! I'm a Ute fan but I was excited to see that win today. The only negative is that the only thing ESPN is talking about is Bradford's injury, and not the game itself.

  • Happy Ute
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:04 p.m.

    Congrats Cougars!!! Giant Win, I am out on the East Coast and this game was making news, which is rare for any MWC game outside a BCS bowl. Just don't lose any easy games. It would be great to see the conference teams move up the rankings until the November UTE V BYU game.

  • Lou Holtz
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:03 p.m.

    Love to see him cough up the compliments (insincere, but the words did come out of his BCS loving mouth)...

    Mark May is a stud.

  • RE: Let the Ywet whinning begin
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:03 p.m.

    I am a Cougar fan. Please, please SHUT UP!!!!!!!!! You are the type of fan that fosters so much hatred in this rivalry. Pleas have some class!!!!

  • jzman
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:02 p.m.

    First, I am not a Mormon but an...eh hem EX Mormon. I love this. I still love BYU football! This makes me so happy!!! Why?? I am supposed to go against god's team, the 'Y' but MAN, I love the Coug football!

  • true blue realistic
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:01 p.m.

    Lot's of questions were answered tonight! They can play and win with the big boys on the big stage. Offensive line did really good, the defense was exceptional, the team was well prepared for this one. I loved the stat near the end of the first half where Hall had much higher numbers than Bradford before he got injured.

    Down with BCS. The big east doesn't have anybody in the top 20, and the MWC has three tough teams in the top 20 already. True blue is rising as the coach is stating!

    Awesome!!!!

  • Jimmy
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:01 p.m.

    Correction, Jim. BYU beat TCU when they were ranked in Texas in 06. ASU was BYU's last road win against a ranked BCS school

  • dale
    Sept. 5, 2009 11:00 p.m.

    What is with all the ute fans starting their congratulatory messages with "I hate you guys, but..." Sounds sort of like my 5 year old's apologies to his little sister. You're really showing your true colors.

  • chills
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:59 p.m.

    Utah destroying Alabama.

    BYU stunning OU.

    Gosh, football is fun to watch when our teams are tearing it up, is't it?! I get chills just thinking about how awesome it is!

    GO COUGARS AND UTES!!! (and MWC, i hate the BCS)

  • Nice win
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:58 p.m.

    Good to read the classy comments from Ute and other MWC fans.

    What I'm hating is the ESPN excuse-machine, pinning the loss on the Bradford injury at the end of the first half. While Bradford was in the game, Hall outplayed him in yardage and 3rd down conversions, as well as overcoming turnovers and penalties.

    The win is all the more amazing when considering the absence of Unga and Bauman...wish ESPN would acknowledge their absences when talking about the loss of Bradford...

    Go Cougs!

  • Hey sooner fans
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:57 p.m.

    Pitta and Jacobsen are still open!!

  • pg
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:56 p.m.

    What is with all the losers sitting at home on their couches predicting victories in November. When players predict victories it's dumb, when fans who have nothing to do with the game predict victories, it's really dumb. I can't believe I'm wasting my time reading this garbage.

  • re: Nevada Coug
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:56 p.m.

    "The delay of game penalty Oklahoma took on 4th and goal may have been the difference. Instead of a chance to punch it in for a touchdown and 10 point lead, they had to take the safe route and kick the field goal, keeping BYU within 6. That is really the only thing you can definitely was definitely caused by Bradford being out."

    Actually, what about their "powerful" RB's who SHOULD have been able to run it in from 6 lousy yards out? Even a grandma would have been able to hand it off to one of those guys for a score from that range! And what about all of OU's GREAT INVINCIBLE DEPTH?? NO EXCUSES! BYU had key players out injured or trying to play injured in this game but they simply manned up and won it!!!!

    GO COUGARS!!!!!

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:55 p.m.

    Congrats to BYU. Im not a BYU or Utah, non a OU fan but thought BYU had no chance because of the soft defence they have had in the past. I was right thinking OU would BYU to 17 points are less. It will be interesting to see how BYU defense does the rest of the year. I think OU shot themselves in the foot with all the false starts and holds which made it hard for OU to get going on offense. I didn't look like the same OU team as last year but non the less a talented team. Murray is a beast why he only got 10 carries is beyond me. Brown looks ok at best.I know BYU doesnt win if bradford doesnt get hurt but either way they proved themselves tonight. Maybe they can keep it up for the year. Congrats BYU

  • rdha
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:54 p.m.

    AWESOME!!!! GO COUGARS!!!!

  • congrats
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:54 p.m.

    Congrats on beating a team that was missing its two first team All Americans on offense!

  • Ben H.
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:53 p.m.

    If the naysayers were correct, Oklahoma was not supposed to need Bradford in the 2nd half anyway.

  • Pull a Utah
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:52 p.m.

    BYU pulled a Utah!! Nice work. It looked as though they studied the Ute Sugar Bowl tape, the way they were pressuring the QB. Excellent win for the MWC!

    A great part of this win was Barry Switzer was there watching the game. I'm sure he's running all types of excuses. First Barry was doing the studio show for the Sugar Bowl, now this?

  • Thanks Ute fans
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:50 p.m.

    I am extremely impressed and happy with all the Ute fan postings, I honestly thought I would never see the day. It makes me very happy that I did cheer loudly for the red team as they blasted Bama. Thanks Ute fans for the support today and you just made me see Ute fans in a whole new light, you have just made another Ute fan...that is until late November. I bleed blue but now with a little tint of Ute red. Heres to cheering the U to another great season and to hopefully seeing BYU bust the BCS this year. P.S. I predicted a BYU win all week although my prediction was off 28-24 I'm still happy with the outcome

  • Re: Biggest Win in MWC History
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:50 p.m.

    I agree that the Ute/Bama game was the biggest for the MWC. Ratings at the end of the season are much more accurate than at the beginning. Of course if OU wins out, they could still end the season #3. It's nice for ESPN to give props to BYU though since they usually don't.

    P.S. I'm a Y fan/grad.

  • Charles
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:48 p.m.

    I have a son who goes to Utah and a daughter who goes to BYU. I cheered the Utes when they beat Alabama and I cheered the Cougars beating Oklahoma. Those games, however are bigger than than the Utes and the Cougars. This has turned the whole BCS upside down. The MWC is the big beneficiary for these wins. We ought to solicit Boise State to join the conference and then we should be a BCS conference. If the big boys who run the BCS can't see that, then let them continue to bask in their stupidity. Can you honestly believe that second rate conferences such as the ACC and the Big East are better the the MWC anymore? This should make everyone in the nation who knows anything about college football finally realize who the power conferences are and that the MWC belongs to that group.

  • BYUte for a day
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:48 p.m.

    Today I'm a BYUTE. A big Congrats. You done the conference proud. But don't worry, I'll hate you all again tomorrow.

  • BleedCougarBlue
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:48 p.m.

    Rankings.....we started as #20 and OU #3.

    Where should we be next week?

    I'm thinking right around #10 or so?

    One thing is FOR SURE, wherever we're ranked next week, it's gotta be AHEAD of OU....BYU#10 and OU#12?

  • FROM ESPN
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:48 p.m.

    Tim Griffin: It would be easy to blame Sam Bradford’s shoulder injury. But BYU won this game because it converted key plays and took advantage of critical Oklahoma penalties and mistakes. The Sooners fumbled three times, losing two. And they were flagged 12 times for 94 yards in penalties.

    Graham Watson: I point out that BYU was able to stay with OU with Bradford in the game so that no one can use Bradford’s injury as an excuse for BYU’s win

  • Cougar Domination
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:47 p.m.

    Hey Ute fans, we appreciate the respect you've given us tonight. This was huge!!! It was not quite as well played as the Utes thumping of Alabama last season, I admit, but it was a fantastic win against an elite program...on the road. And definitely a smack in the face to the BCS.

    I must say that I cheer for the Utes when they play anyone other than the Cougars. I cheer for all MWC teams. I do hate the Utes in November, but I hope we're both undefeated. Here's to someone outside the BCS given a national title shot!!

  • Utah Man
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:44 p.m.

    Great win. Hats off to the Cougars. Great job of representing the conference. Go Utes.

  • I am impressed
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:43 p.m.

    although I have only read the first page of comments. Thanks to the classy Utah fans who congratulated BYU. I'm guessing the Utah fans who lack class probably didn't leave comments. Or claimed that we won because Bradford got knocked out, not having seen that the only touchdown scored by Oklahoma WITH Bradford came on a short field after a muffed punt reception.

  • **No Asterik Needed**
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:40 p.m.

    There needs to be no asterik what so ever. I want to shove Herbstreets Microphone down his throat. OU didn't loose because Bradford went down, they lost because a better team won. I am a huge Ute fan but I loved the game. We were screaming at the TV after that horrible PI call. The post game interview was awesome. Coach M class act Bro. Class Act. Not to mention no one made mention that BYU was without Unga. Injuries are part of the game get over it. Go MWC and Good Job Coug's!!!!!!

  • just another U fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:38 p.m.

    re: BleedCougarBlue | 10:24 p.m. Sept. 5, 2009

    Don't be so unilateral.

    By your logic, Wouldn't have OU had more points as well?

    After further review, the Sooners would have tallyed more as well.

  • BYU cures morning sickness!
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:36 p.m.

    I'm ashamed to say I didn't think it was possible!

    What a beautiful thing!

    Besides everything else this win meant to BYU fans, it also held at bay morning (afternoon, evening etc) sickness in a certain pregnant young mother!!

    SO keep it up, Cougars---you're more effective than medicine, doctors and all other remedies combined!

  • Jeff R
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:36 p.m.

    Sloppy or not, OU was picked to win by more than 3 touchdowns. The high speed offence that was hailed last year just got shut down to 13 points. Something Florida and Texas could barley do. So sloppy, oh yea! Byu could have been up 21-10 at half time but shot theselves in the foot. OU handed them the game in the 3rd quarter but Hall was a little petrified by the 90 foot long video screen! He got it done in the end, and this is awesome. The BYU D shut down one of the most powerful offenses in the country. And that in itself, was awesome! Lets beat up on Tulane next week!

  • bfwebster
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    Oh, and by the way, as a Cougar fan of nearly 40 years, I fully agree that Utah's victory over Alabama last January was more impressive than BYU's victory over OU tonight (which was incredibly sloppy). I was cheering and hollering all through the Sugar Bowl, and I truly felt that Utah should have been the national champion last year.

    I want to see the MWC continue to embarrass the BSC until something finally changes. I'd love for it to be BYU every year, but if it's not BYU, I'm happy if it's Utah or TCU or even UTEP. I truly believe our conference is just as good as any other (including USC and the Nine Dwarfs), and I want the MWC to just whup all the OOC teams they play.

  • UTE
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    Congratulations BYU. You will lose to Utah, but a one loss season is still amazing. Keep up the good work.

  • CougarOnTheProwl
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    Great Win Cougars! Loved the way the Defense played Physical and got after the QB. Great Job all the way around, keep it up Cougars!

    P.S. I dont want to hear anyone say BYU cant play with big boys!

    Go Cougars !!!

  • Duh
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:34 p.m.

    Games are not won and lost by the starting 22, it takes a team effort. Everyone has to be ready to play. BYU was ready, Oklahoma was not. Doesn't matter what happened to Bradford.

  • Great Win!
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:34 p.m.

    YES! I cheer for BYU--and taking each week one at a time, I'm rooting for the Cougs to win all the rest! Let's hope THIS is the BCS year!

    Here are a few other teams I'm now rooting for:

    * The Sooners. Come on, OU, win the rest of your games! Or at least all but 1 so you're not playing for the BCS championship anyway. Even with Bradford out (genuinely sorry to see that, BTW), you've got the personnel to take care of business. Besides, BYU and the MWC need the quality win. Go Sooners!

    * Boise State. Great job handing the Ducks their own heads--and don't stumble the rest of the way. Keep giving the BCS powers that be the major headache of TWO deserving undefeated "mid-majors" in the top of the BCS rankings.

    * Utes: I hope you win all your games, too--until Nov. 28. See you then for some payback. :)

    Go MWC! Bring down the BCS!

  • New Mexico Ute!
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:33 p.m.

    I was torn between BYU winning and losing. But I am glad they won, not by the largest of margins but they won. Hopefully now, the MWC will get some respect, but I doubt it if the pollsters and the BCS presidents have anything to say about it. BYU has a good chance to break the BCS for the first time, but they need to win all their games first. 1 down, 11 to go. Congrats BYU!

    Go UTES!!!

  • Husker Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:33 p.m.

    Three Points:

    1. Nebraksa 49, Florida Atlantic 3
    2. BYU put OU out of their chance for BCS Championship, also put OU out of its misery for this season. I thought for sure OU would beat BYU by 50 points.
    3. God didn't want me to go to church tomorrow and trash talk BYU with the fellow saints. I've been humbled again. Miracles do happen, I just didn't expect it Texas tonight.

    Also: Husker record this season under the great Bo Polini 10-2, expect a major bowl invite - GO BIG RED!!!

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:33 p.m.

    Another awesome win for the Mountain West. With Utah representing in the Sugar bowl and now BYU coming through and beating Oklahoma maybe the monuntain west will continue getting the respect they deserve.

  • Joe Mahma
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:33 p.m.

    >Why should U fans eat crow? We're a) the better program. b) have a much more impressive victory against 'Bama last year.

    Yes, it's nice that Ute fans have the opportunity to get a little taste of the success that BYU fans have been enjoying for most of the past few decades. Keep it up for another ten years or so, and you will probably have a solid program!

  • football fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:32 p.m.

    re: Chase SL | 10:15 p.m. Sept. 5, 2009

    ESPN has a credibility issue.

    Think of it as the Extra Special Patriots Network.

    That is when they are not spreading Yankees or LeBron James Propaganda.

  • NevadaCoug
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:32 p.m.

    The delay of game penalty Oklahoma took on 4th and goal may have been the difference. Instead of a chance to punch it in for a touchdown and 10 point lead, they had to take the safe route and kick the field goal, keeping BYU within 6. That is really the only thing you can definitely was definitely caused by Bradford being out. One the other end, BYU also got a delay penalty in pretty much the same position, but it was on 3rd down, not 4th. Much less costly, and they were able to put it in for the TD.

    Should we now change it to "Jacobsen is still open?"

    Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

  • matt
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:32 p.m.

    GO BYU! GO UTAH VS OREGON! GO TCU VS THE ACC! GO MOUNTAIN WEST!!!

  • Jim Hart
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:31 p.m.

    See what Happens when you play respectable football!!
    YOU GET RESPECT.. Congratulations for a really great
    win...Now practice, you made a lot of mistakes, but you you still stuck it to the Okies. we want to see your best game when we come visiting Nov 28th. A really great opening game and good luck on the rest
    of your season. But you are gonna have to get it "all" together on the 28th of Nov.

  • new plan helped a lot
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:30 p.m.

    Looks like having Anae up in the booth, Doman on the field, and Bronco turning the defense's reins over completely to Jaime Hill made a big difference!

    It looks like we WILL have a defense this year!

    GO COUGARS!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Utes have been quite
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:29 p.m.

    gracious on their posts - dramatic difference from their pre-game posts.

    Thanks for the class.

  • Respectful
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:29 p.m.

    I wa at the game & it was awesome! I was amazed by the class that the majority of OK fans showed after the game. I think BYU & UT fans could learn a thing or two from them. Way to go Cougs; keep it going!

  • Another Utah fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:29 p.m.

    As a WWE fan, I enjoyed seeing WWE announcer (& OU fan) JR Ross looking like he'd been hit by The Big Show & Mark Henry and then super kicked by HBK.

  • OU Fans
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:28 p.m.

    Something needs to be said about the OU fans. Absolutely classy bunch. Probably had half a dozen OU fans congragulate us after the game (as if my friends and I did anything). Certainly different than how we treat Utah, I hope we show similar courtesy to other teams.

    I remember having a similar feelings after visiting Notre Dame.

  • FL UTE
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:28 p.m.

    YOU GO COUGARS!! Congrats on playing an awesome game... (I take back what I said earlier)

    Your DEFENSE was what made the difference, they deserve the game ball. That delay blitz by a linebacker sealed it. Kudos to the game planners.

    Goal line stand: that was "sick" how the Coug D-line held OK out.

    I will root for you the rest of the way (except in late November!)

    Go Cougs, and GOOOOOOO UTES!

  • Ute Grad SEC Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:26 p.m.

    re: Utah Fans | 10:12 p.m. Sept. 5, 2009

    //I know that there were many Ute fans that didn't give BYU any credit, and you know who you are. All I want to know is how does crow taste?//

    I'll let ya know if you can tell me how humble pie tastes? Wait, Austin Collie took all of it to Indy.

  • jjeff
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:25 p.m.

    Payne has to be on the bench for kick-offs!!!!!!

  • BleedCougarBlue
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:24 p.m.

    CONGRATS, COUGARS!!!!!!!!!!!

    14-13 when it really SHOULD have been 17-10.

    Why?

    We had one field goal taken away when we penalized ourselves. We made the first one, got penalized and missed our second attempt. That cost us 3.

    Then, we made TWO mistakes on OU's long drive right before the half, giving them a whopping 30 yards, putting them into field goal position.

    Translation: we beat them but if we'll polish our game even more we can show the nation we're even BETTER than we played tonight.

    NICE JOB, COUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Copper Cougar
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:23 p.m.

    Replace ACC with MWC in the BCS? Never happen. One word -- population, which, in media terms means advertising dollars.

    Go Cougars!

  • bfwebster
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:23 p.m.

    Thanks to all the Utah fans congratulating BYU. Like many of you, all I want is for BYU and Utah to both go undefeated and settle it all in November. And I hope we both beat TCU. Badly. :-)

  • the question is...
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:21 p.m.

    re: Anonymous | 8:24 p.m. Sept. 5, 2009

    will they get arrogant, go to Nola, and get stomped?

    I just wish Collie were still around to pander to the base and rile up the opposition with his God given humility.

  • Y grad / Y dad
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:20 p.m.

    Observations:

    1. Who woulda thought BYU's DEFENSE would hold OU to 13???

    2. Who woulda thought BYU's OFFENSE could drive for 9 minutes?????

    3. Except for choosing to go for a long field goal instead of turning 4th and 14 over to Landry, I'm not cutting OU any excuses for missing their quarterback. They moved the ball better in the 3rd quarter than they did the first half.

    4. Remember that the difference between the OU's of the world and MWC teams is that they have 3rd and 4th string kids that are faster / more talented than our starters... we've been told that again and again.

    5. Utah, thanks for the kudos! This IS what it feels like, you know it and now we know it. Again. Not to start the pressure again, but here's to two undefeated MWC teams playing after Thanksgiving. Lot of games between now and then, and TCU, but this is a great place to start.

  • CAREFUL
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:18 p.m.

    Great win, but there are still 11 more games to go. This is only one of the dowen wins needed for a BCS or NC game.
    Most important game is next wek at Tulane. Remember TCU losing to a terrible SMU team in '05 after beating these same sooners.

  • C. Darwin
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:18 p.m.

    re: PDX | 10:06 p.m. Sept. 5, 2009

    Respect is earned; the MWC moved another step closer.

    Its the Big East and Notre Dame that don't deserve their BCS entitlements.

  • Ute Fans
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:17 p.m.

    Thanks for being gracious (most of you). It's good that we cheer for each other for all other games.

  • Sorry...
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:17 p.m.

    Six defensive stops within the 5-yard line, including a weak pi call = hard earned victory and rapid trip up the polls. Who would of ever guessed that the "D" would be the stars tonight. Give them all a game ball, and forget about Payne's ego and bench him for the freshman!

  • Mitch Payne
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:17 p.m.

    Horrible Kick, just about lost the game. Watch what you are doing.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:16 p.m.

    now lets OU wins out so the win stays relevant. Good win for BYU and for the conference. Let's keep it rolling by beating Clemson, Oregon, FSU, etc.

  • Scoreboard
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:15 p.m.

    Let the Yewt whining begin!.... | 9:47 p.m. Sept.

    So like I said Yewts, let the whining begin. I'm gonna ride this victory the WHOOOOOOOOOLE season, right up until we destroy you in Provo.

    Hugs and kisses - BleedCougarBlue

    -------------

    Come back to reality BYU hasn't beaten Utah by more then 7 points in over 10+ years.

    Great win but you beat a team by one point and a missed field goal so don't get carried away.

    Xoxxxoox - Uteology

  • Chase SL
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:15 p.m.

    ESPN stated this was the biggest win in MWC history!

  • MWC!
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:15 p.m.

    Great job today BYU. Great job Thursday Utah. MWC is a major conference. Respectable showing for Weber State. I love being from Utah during football season!

  • twisted yootie
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:15 p.m.

    Am I disappointed? A little. But, the better team tonight won. BYU's DC is a genius for now.

    That was a sloppy game & less penalties needed to be called on both teams.

    Between the coaches on ESPN & ABC, I had a hard time watching tonight.

    Thank goodness the Auburn game was entertaining as was the USC game earlier today. Even, the Navy/OSU game was but the results weren't.

  • Old Ute
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:13 p.m.

    To: Let the Yewt whining begin!.... | 9:47 p.m.

    Does nto seem to me too many UTES whining.

  • Henry Drummond
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:13 p.m.

    The only team I hate worse than the Team Down South is Oklahoma. Nice going lads! I saw history being made twice tonight. First you beat Oklahoma in their own backyard. Second, Bronco actually said he had fun tonight. Congrats on both accounts.

    A Ute fan.

  • Coug fan, GO MWC!!
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:13 p.m.

    Thanks to all the Ute fans cheering us Cougs on. To those who still are making excuses about this win....both teams were talent deprived (coug O-line and no Unga), so don't say with Bradford out, BYU didn't have a chance. This was a solid win for BYU, but more importantly the MWC. Finally BYU can carry the banner that Utah did last year. GO ALL MWC TEAMS!!! THAT ESPECIALLY INCLUDES THE UTES AND TCU!!! Make a statement, and get that BCS bid.

  • Re: Biggest Win in MWC History
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:13 p.m.

    Congratulations Cougars on an amazing win. Great job on behalf of the conference. I cheered for you throughout the game. However, this is arguably the second biggest win in MWC history.

    The stakes, the build up, the hype, and the pressure were much more intense in Utah's Sugar Bowl. A post-season BCS bowl is a much bigger deal than a season opener. Utah's '09 Sugar Bowl is the biggest win in MWC history, no contest.

    Further, Utah beat Alabama much more convincingly and actualy slaughtered a BCS powerhouse.

  • Why is anyone...
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:12 p.m.

    ...even talking about Utah? They didn't play today!

  • Go MWC
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:12 p.m.

    Great job BYU, Utah, and the MWC!

  • Utah Fans
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:12 p.m.

    I know that there were many Ute fans that didn't give BYU any credit, and you know who you are. All I want to know is how does crow taste?

    What an incredible game and win!!

    GOOOOO COOOOOUGARS!!!!!

  • Dan the Ute
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:11 p.m.

    Congrats Cougars! Way to represent!

  • Hey question
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:11 p.m.

    Why should U fans eat crow? We're a) the better program. b) have a much more impressive victory against 'Bama last year. Not by one point either. c) Oklahoma=Michigan? d) we still where red. Max is still QB. Game in Provo come November is still ours.

    Good game to the team, way to eard MWC RESPECT but BYU fans, pleeeeease don't attempt to talk your way into the BCS again. It obviously hasn't worked in the past so if you plan on doing it this year I will hate you forever.

  • GO COUGARS!!!!!!!!!
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:11 p.m.

    "Anonymous | 10:01 p.m. Sept. 5, 2009
    Well, Oklahoma's no Utah State, but we'll take the win nonetheless."

    TOOOOOO FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Go Cougs
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:09 p.m.

    Defense really came up big time for BYU. Not the same team as last year.

    GO COUGARS!

  • HUGE UTE FAN
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:09 p.m.

    NICE WORK COUGARS!!! The only team I hate more than BYU is Boise State...you stuck it to OU!

    This does wonders for the MWC and all but erases the loss in the Vegas Bowl!

    BCS IS DEAD!!

  • Hall-of fame
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:08 p.m.

    Max Hall is a different QB this year, throws 2 picks and instead of losing his head he marches the cougs down the field for the game winning TD. And the Defense is AWESOME!

  • Old Ute
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:07 p.m.

    To: HAHAHAHA | 8:31 p.m.

    You must not have read the posts before your post. The UTE posts have been gracious as opposed to your post. Your attitude is why most UTE fans dislike your type of BYU fan. Don't bother to respond to my post if you are able to read it since I will not read you response.

  • I had no faith...
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:07 p.m.

    and am delighted to be proven wrong. I am happy tosee the class of the Sooner program and it is nice to see so many positive comments from Ute fans. Other that Oregon this has been a pretty classy weekend!

  • PDX
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:06 p.m.

    Mountain West demands respect!

  • Mauikelii
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:05 p.m.

    The boys ROCKED it today! I was at Cougar Stadium for the Miami game in 1990, and for some reason, today's win was MUCH MORE exciting (and I watched the game all the way from MAUI, Hawai'i).

    GOOOOOO COUGARS!!! As us Hawaiians say... I MUA!!!

  • TCU Frog
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:04 p.m.

    Congratulations to BYU! I was jumping up and down like it was TCU winning the game. Great win for the conference! To see a conference mate beat the hated Sooners is just awesome.

    Go MWC!

  • Ryan
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:04 p.m.

    BYU's top 5 biggest wins ever
    1. 1984 over Michigan to win the National Championship

    2. 1990 over defending champ and the following year's champ #1 Miami

    3. 1984 over #3 Pitt to help win the National Championship

    4. 2009 over #3 Oklahoma as a 21 point dog against the reigning Heisman winner and BCS Championship loser

    5. 2000 over Utah in Lavell's final game, last minute drive. Doman, Pittman, Staley play big.

  • BYU fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:03 p.m.

    Towards the end of the first half, even before Bradford went down, I was EXTREMELY impressed with the way that BYU was dominating the stats -- all but the one that counts the most: the score. I was thinking that BYU could pull off an upset, but, even if they didn't, just by holding their own, they were showing that they are a solid football team. Yes, losing Bradford hurt OUs chances, but this game was really all about the defense on both sides of the field.

    BYU -- way to stay in it all game and great win in the end!

    Go MWC!!

  • BleedCougarBlue
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:02 p.m.

    Man, I about FREAKED when we shanked our last kickoff out of bounds and OU got to start on their 40 yard line!

    Gotta hand it to our defense.....you guys SAVED the game!

    Congrats, Cougars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:01 p.m.

    Well, Oklahoma's no Utah State, but we'll take the win nonetheless.

  • Crimson Club
    Sept. 5, 2009 10:00 p.m.

    My check for $5000 will be in the mail on Tuesday. Don't you worry. I am a man of my word.

  • Utah Guy
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:59 p.m.

    Media alert: ABC wanted to make a strong point that Oklahoma was deflated after the QB was taken out. Sounds like the media/BCS excuse artist are already in action. I can hardly wait to see the excuses stacking up. BYU, you just got these guys on a bad day and the you took a cheap shot at their QB. Just wait/ the excuses will get out of pile up big time.

  • UTEBOY
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:59 p.m.

    Nice win. You got it done tonight against the big boys. Great for BYU, Great for the MWC!

  • Madden
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:58 p.m.

    I love being on the right side of upsets. So glad the Y stepped up...if we keep this up with Utah and TCU also playing great, maybe we can officially join the big boys club.

    (Side note, thanks to most for keeping the comments classy - I think this is the most polite I've seen them...it helps when everyone's team is winning I guess!)

  • Ada, OK
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:58 p.m.

    the season ended with a great win for the MWC it now started with another great win, Let us keep it up BYU and Utah. It will be hard but if both are 11-0 going into the the riviarly game it may be the game that decides who plays for a National Title.

  • Barry! Barry!
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:57 p.m.

    I am SO glad Barry Switzer was at the game to see BYU stick it to his old team!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    BOOM YER SOONER!

    GO COUGARS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Awesome!!
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:57 p.m.

    The Miami win was better (the way Detmer avoided the pass rush was a thing of beauty), but awesome win tonight nonetheless. Who would have thunk the defense would be the reason for the win? That was an incredible goal-line stand.

    Hopefully the kinks/jitters/kicking will be fixed before the Tulsa game next week.

  • Happily Stunned
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:56 p.m.

    Okay, I admit it. I am a BYU fan and I was hoping that the cougs would just keep it close. Major kudos to Jaime Hill and the work he did preparing the coug defense. Kudos to coach Mendenhall for finally letting go and allowing an excellent coach to take on the D Coordinator role.

    This was a solid win that could have wound up being a 20 - 10 win for the cougs.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:54 p.m.

    Anyone who thought BYU didn't have a chance is just a lemming who fell for the hype of the always overrated Big 12, SEC, Big Ten, etc.

  • VC
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:54 p.m.

    I am another UTE fan just wanting to say congratulations on a great win.

    Down with the BCS; Up with the MWC.

  • bigutefan
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:54 p.m.

    Congrats, great for the MWC. But the truth is if you are watching any of the sports channels, NOBODY is saying...WOW, BYU is somethin', it's all about Bradford going down. So don't expect much respect, besides you didn't play that well. I think Baylor or UNLV could have done the same. But at least you can now say you have done something for the MWC, 2-22 against top opponents, super!

  • OU Looked Terriable
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:53 p.m.

    1984 all over again? | 9:24 p.m. Sept. 5, 2009
    And all u yewt fans with your dumb predictions of how OU was going to steamroll us 70-0 and Max Hall was going to killed and throw 20 interceptions, blah blah blah - you can take all your dumb predictions and comments and sit on them and SPIN!

    -------

    I am willing to bet my right arm that you were one of those that said Utah was going to get rolled by Alabama?

    BYU played well enough to win so congradulations to them. Like I said after the Bama game only losers make excuses winners just point to the scoreboard.

    Would Bradford have made a difference? Probably. But it wasn't Bradford allowing BYU to score the winning TD in the 4th and missing a field goal. Just like Utah against TCU last year.

  • Bob in line
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:53 p.m.

    Holy freaking cow!!

    Ok, I went to the Miami game. I don't remember exactly but I'm pretty sure a week or two later we lost to UTEP!

    Stay focused!! Not let down! Tulane can be tricky and not a team to ignore, nor Florida State. Actually, none of them!

    What a hoot! If all goes well Utah, TCU and BYU only have loses to each other, and one of them (this year BYU) goes BCS busting. The MWC is really moving up the food chain. They need to dump the ACC and replace it with the MWC. Seriously!

    Congrats to BYU. I was rooting for a respectable game, had no idea you could pull this off! I wanted you to but....BIG TIME shock! I think the most shocking was the defense against Sam Bradford. I know he was hurt and didn't play the second half but he did play the first half and only managed 10 points!

    Shocking, just shocking!

    Go BYU!
    Go MWC!

  • I bleed red....
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:53 p.m.

    but was hollering for the Blue tonight.

    Way to represent, BYU. Exceptional game, and huge props to Maxie, who toughed it out and put together a drive when it mattered.

    And that defensive stand at the end? Just stunning.

    Way to go. See you in November!

  • Dell
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:52 p.m.

    1. 6 play goal line stand won the game for BYU.

    2. The defense played solid...especially fundamentals. Hardly any missed tackles and several open-field one-on-one tackles against great athletes.

    3. Hall actually truly spread the ball around 3-4 catches for 5 receivers. Didn't see that last year.

    4. OU cornerbacks must have been great...never really even challenged them and there were several coverage sacks on Hall.

    5. Great win! Everyone in the country watching footbal tonight would have been watching this game.

    6. Bronco was very classy and didn't seem surprised at all. Whoever called the D-plays tonight was awesome. Props to coaches and players for working hard in the offseason...it paid off...thank you.




  • ArBookman
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:52 p.m.

    Isn't going into Sooner land and beating #3 bigger than beating #1 at home, as we did with Miami in 1990? Granted, Miami was defending champs, and that loss kept them from winning three national championships in a row...but still, teams just don't go into Sooner land and come away with a win very often.

  • Biggest Win in MWC History!
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:52 p.m.

    From Tim Griffin at ESPN.com:

    "What it means: The Sooners’ national title hopes have been dealt a staggering blow. They aren’t dead, but they are on life support. And with Bradford’s status uncertain, their hopes for a fourth-straight Big 12 title look pretty slim now, too. It also provides the Mountain West Conference with a strong national calling card victory that arguably might be the biggest in the conference’s history."

  • Jacqueline
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:51 p.m.

    BYU!!!! BYU!!! BYU !!!

  • re: RE: Excuse me...
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:50 p.m.

    First of all, I wanna say congrats to the Cougs for an amazing win. Huge Ute fan here, but anything that helps the MWC, I'm all for... But did I read that correctly? Did you actually just compare Alabama losing an O lineman to Oklahoma losing their heisman QB and All-American TE? I laughed pretty hard at that. Injuries are part of the game, so nobody's putting asterisks next to anything. Utah earned the win in the Sugar Bowl and BYU earned their win in Texas tonight. I know some not-so-classy Ute fan posted a stupid comment, but did you really have to try and stoop down to that level? For the most part everybody's been very gracious on here and that's great... We need to see more of that. I get tired of reading the cheap shots after every game from both sides. Anyway, let's keep up the support on both sides. These wins against BCS teams are good for everyone. Congrats again Cougs! Can't wait til we meet in November.

    Go Utes!!

  • very good
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:49 p.m.

    Well done, Y. But do realize the injuries to the key players at OU.

    The Y defense is improved. The offense is not really prime time, too many mistakes. And the season will show these facts.

  • Ted Wilson
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:49 p.m.

    This Ute fan cheered the Cougs. Way to go BYU, maybe the BCS is listening.

  • Me
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:49 p.m.

    Good win Cougars. Your defense played awesome and Hall played with composure on that last drive. Hopefully he can use that for future difficult situations.

    Thanks for the comments Ute fans. They are very classy. Go Mtn West and Boise St.

    Re: John

    Don't make all of us Y fans look dumb because of you. You just got done arguing how people shouldn't be talking about what would have happened if Bradford has stayed in and then you talk about what would have happened if Collie had stayed. BYU also plays Utah State later, too.

  • HarriEDH
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:49 p.m.

    Was at the game and about lost it when BYU kicked the ball OB after the TD. Nice gift of 20 yards and a couple of miutes! OU fans were very classy after the lost - unlike another team in red that BYU plays....

  • RR
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:49 p.m.

    Thanks to the classy fans on here, especially Ute fans! How about you come out later in the season and keep this sportsmanship and shut up your classless fellow fans when they start to trash.

    Again, thanks for being classy!

  • Let the Yewt whining begin!....
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:47 p.m.

    "Bradford got hurt!"

    "Their star tight end was hurt and didn't play!"

    "Their second team quarterback had a hangnail!"

    Whaaaaaa!!!

    To this I will say:

    When Bradford WAS IN we played them toe to toe, 7 to 7, until OU kicked a field goal that TWO Cougar mistakes GAVE THEM 30 yds on that field goal drive right before the half.

    BYU's Unga didn't play a single down due to an injury.

    Bauman (sp?)...our linebacker....got hurt early in the first quarter.

    Our DBs have been banged up virtually the entire fall practice. (And, oh, BTW, they're almost exclusively a bunch of slow white guys, so we've been told.....)

    So like I said Yewts, let the whining begin. I'm gonna ride this victory the WHOOOOOOOOOLE season, right up until we destroy you in Provo.

    Hugs and kisses - BleedCougarBlue

  • Ute Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:47 p.m.

    Well done Cougars. Well done.

  • Real Ute Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:46 p.m.

    OK, I'm not one of these Coug fans on here using the moniker of "Ute Fan" - I haven't pulled for BYU in a long, long time. But I must admit to having a change of heart during the game and pulling for the underdogs, er, cats.

    The Utah spanking then #5 Alabama and BYU's beating of #3 Oklahoma tonight is further proof that the elite teams of the MWC (Utah, TCU, BYU) are the elite teams in the NCAA. I don't want to read one more comment on here from someone saying it was a fluke or that the MWC doesn't belong in a BCS bowl game because it's garbage.

    The best of the MWC can play with anyone, anytime.

  • westg323
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:46 p.m.

    How many local teams have to win big games before we realize that the MWC can play with the big boys? This was hard tough nose football. Let's be real.BYU had shut OU down before Bradford went down. BYU had no starting rb and had been riddled with injuries and still won. This was not more of a fluke than the Utes win over Alabama last year. Go Cougars! Go Utes! Go MWC!

  • Ute Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:46 p.m.

    Nice win guys. Good for everybody in the conference...keep it up.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:45 p.m.

    >The only reason you win this game is because Bradford goes down in the first half.

    So...what happened to all that scoring OU was supposed to do in the first half?

    The undeniable fact is that BYU, even without any experience on the offensive line, and without their star running back, and without their defensive captain, went into what was basically OU's home field and outhit, outmuscled, and outplayed the Sooners. If there's an asterisk, it should be that BYU won even under those extremely negative conditions.

  • TucsonUte
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:45 p.m.

    Glad to see OU fall because of the whole BCS sham. It will be an interesting season for the MWC.

  • mhelal2
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:43 p.m.

    it is weird that some people doubt that BYU had a chance to win the game. I'm Utes fan and I know that BYU has a good chance to win the game.

    Any of TCU, BYU or UTES has a chance to win any game against any team of the biggest 20.

    I still hate Max Hall, he is the one thing I hate so much about the cougars, he is equal to Kobe Bryant to me :)

  • Another HUGE Utes fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:43 p.m.

    I was telling all my BYU co-workers that I thought the Y would pull it off this week. Looks like I was right. BYU's defense looked great. Offense played a lot better than expected. I don't think that I've ever seen so many flags thrown in one game. The injury that Bradford suffered looked exactly like the one BJ had in the opener against Oregon State in 07. Very tough break for them.

    But congrats on the HUGE win. I was definitely pulling for you guys. I hate the BCS system, and this was another kick in the teeth for them directly from the good old MWC. The Y will definitely be a tough team to beat this year. Awesome job! Go UTES and Go Cougars!! See you guys in November...

  • Go Utes
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:43 p.m.

    "BOISE STATE | 9:01 p.m. Sept. 5, 2009
    Don't get to excited Cougars, that was a sloppy game on both sides and Boise beat Oregon. I don't think they will put BYU ahead of Boise in the polls."

    Yeah right, a win over an "overrated" Oregon team is not the same as a win over #3 Oklahoma. Also, how many Top 25 teams remain on BSU's schedule? Have fun playing small potato teams like U. of Idaho.

    If BYU keeps winning, there will be no BCS bid for you. Anyway, Utah and TCU still have great chances of edging ahead of you in the polls given your wimpy schedule.

    Now go away with your negativity so we can keep celebrating in Utah and savor this rare moment of Utah and BYU fans coming together.

  • Congrats
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:42 p.m.

    As a Ute alum I have to admit BYU surprised me today. Congrats on a great win with or without Bradford, the BCS teams need to ROLL MWC teams if they refuse to give us a automatic bid.

    P.S. I don't want to hear another word form BYU fans about how Utah was lucky against TCU missed field goals and Bama wasn't motivated and missing a OL.

  • Where's that Ute?
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:41 p.m.

    That was going to donate $5000 to the Y if they won?

    Ante-up.

  • Still smirking
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:40 p.m.

    >Its a lot easier when you can game plan for a missing running back than when you lose a Heisman Trophy winning QB.

    Yeah, Bradford threw for so many yards and Oklahoma scored so many touchdowns in the first half, and there was a huge decline in the second half...Oh, wait. That didn't happen...

  • Football Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:39 p.m.

    It's great to read all the positive comments from ute fans and cougar fans. This is great for the conference. I am cheering for Utah to take care of business at San Jose and then Oregon. BYU, you need to take care of business at Tulane and Florida State at home. If we both are 3-0 going into week 4 the MWC should have a couple of teams in the top 10 and the BCS will be running scared worrying the rest of the year having not just one team crashing the party, but 2. Go Utes Go Cougars.

  • BlueCoug
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:39 p.m.

    Congrats BYU on a GREAT WIN!

    A road victory over the #3-ranked team with a game changing goal-line stand.

    Deja Vu Cougar fans!!!

    ----------------------

    To all of the classy Ute fans acknowledging a great win: THANKS!

    To all of the BYU haters who will use any excuse in the book -- penalties, injuries, other team's mistakes, whatever -- to try to minimize a great BYU win, you're just spitting into the wind!

    The ONLY thing the rest of the sports world will be looking at 2 or 3 weeks from now is:

    Brigham Young 14
    Oklahoma 13

  • Scoobie
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:38 p.m.

    So happy to have seen our very good friend Barry Switzer at the Game....to help us kick `off the 25th Anniversary of The 1984 National Championshipship. I think it would now be fitting if the City of Provo would clean up and revitalize the sewer lagoon that they named after him.....and Barry the next time you eat crow ...at least pick the feathers off....They really don't look that great sticking out of those teeth of yours.....And where's you're buddy the Gumball??? Brian Gumble... I have just one question of you....OKLA...WHO ???

  • re: re; excuse
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:37 p.m.

    Sorry, but I'm neither a U or a Y fan. This is just a good warmup for real football that starts next weekend in the NFL.

  • Great Win
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:37 p.m.

    This was a fantastic win! Hall erased the TCU, Utah, and Arizona games with that 9-10 last drive. Great calls by Anae. Pitta played like an NFL TE and Pendleton will be an all-conference LB for 3 years. The new dbs have some real talent. The o-line played like veterans. I can't wait to get Unga back. The team needs to get this win out of their system fast and focus on a tough road trip to New Orleans and another tough top 2 team in FSU. GO Cougs and Go MWC.

  • Y Fan Since '75
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:37 p.m.

    One correction to the article - it should have said "the first road win against a Top 5 opponent since Pittsburgh in 1984" since Miami was ranked #1 when they came to town.

  • JOY...
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:37 p.m.

    That was amazing?

    For those of you concerned about a one-point win? It is significant when you are supposed to lose by 22 to the THIRD ranked team in the country!

    Can't agree more with the Mitch Payne comment...missed field goal AND kicks it out of bounds with three minutes left. Not the first time he's ever done that either. Find a new kicker.

    BTW, where are Ernest T Bass and SoCal Ute tonight? Their internet connection must be on the fritz... :)

  • Seattle Coug
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:36 p.m.

    WAY TO GO COOGS! I was ready to file for divorce after the Vegas Bowl. I'm so sorry, will u forgive me? I'm ready to date again. Please?

    And go Utes & TCU. We want all 3 undefeated heading into conference play!

  • loveless
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:35 p.m.

    Those of you who say "if Bradford had been in the game".... Let's not forget why Bradford was not in the game. He got his butt kicked!!!! Bradford spent more time picking himself up off the turf in the short time he played against BYU than he did the while winning the Heisman last year!!! The BYU defense is the reason Bradford was not in the game to win it!!!!!

    Great Victory. Better than the Miami win!!!!!!!

    Go COUGS!!!!

  • Neil
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:35 p.m.

    Great game. Article contradicted itself. Said this was the Y's first win over top 5 team since 84 over Pitt. Then mentioned win over Miami in 90. Wasn't Miami #1 then, isn't that a top five team.

  • Mike
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:35 p.m.

    I loved the Blitz package BYU showed tonight. Good things happen when you put pressure on the QB. Awesome. I think they learned something from the UTES last year!

  • Big D
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:35 p.m.

    Doug Robinson. Who's crazy now?

    That's exactly what I was thinking at the end of the game. GO COUGS!!! Yeah baby!! What a win.

  • Moabkid
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:34 p.m.

    Never Barry Switzer's comment about he didn't think BYU deserved the National title back in the 80's. In your face Barry!!

    Go UTAH UTES!!

  • new headline
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:34 p.m.

    COUGARS STUN DESERET NEWS SPORTS "EXPERTS"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Great day to be a COUGAR!!!

  • Mhelal2
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:33 p.m.

    From Utes fan, Congrates for the big win tonigh, way to represent the MWC. Now all the eyes wide open on the MWC. TCU, UTES and BYU proved that the can beat the best.

    The three teams deserve a shot at the Overrated BCS and hopefully it will be a great year for the three teams.

    Boise state is over rated, and the MWC will be fun to watch this year.

  • MVP = No. 70 on Okla
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:33 p.m.

    Congrats BYU. The MVP of the game was #70 Brandon on the OU offensive line. SO many penalties - thanks, we owe ya!

    Thought I was gonna die when Payne kicked it out of bounds - that always happens. He needs to be benched, can't even kick to the 15.

    Good poise by Hall on the last drive, but still too many picks on stupid throws into quintuple coverage.

  • no excuses please!
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:33 p.m.

    I don't want to hear any excuses from BYU haters saying junk like, 'Well if Bradford hadn't got hurt THEN it would have been a COMPLETELY different game and BYU for sure would have got killed'. Baloney! What about all that superior DEPTH that OU has? What about BYU hanging with them while Bradford was still playing? Why couldn't he help OU score 80 points in the first half against BYU's 'weak, slow, non-athletic' D? Huh? Huh? Yeah, thought so.

    GO COUGARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lakimies
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:33 p.m.

    Hey Easy BYU,
    Your ignorance of the facts is amazing. Even with Bradford in the game he was held to 96 yards. BYU didn't have its best running back and still won. BYU practically gave the game away (and left 10 points on the field) with turnovers and still won. Bradford was a non-factor. Defense was.

  • Congratulations
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:31 p.m.

    Let me add my opinion to the other Utah fans to say congrats to BYU for the great win. Let's keep it up MWC. Go Utes!

  • Karl, Las Vegas
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:30 p.m.

    Great game Cougs right down to the last minute!
    Utah represented the MWC fabulously last year so maybe it's your turn this year!

  • IndyCoug
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:30 p.m.

    I have to admit that I was going to be up getting other things done by the third quarter.

    I am still in shock, and I still can't force myself to do anything productive. Absolutely amazing, especially the defense, where did those guys come from.

    People keep talking about Bradford going out, who knows what the outcome might have been, but just remember who put him out. It's not like he had one of his own lineman roll on him or something. Just another incredible play.

  • RE:Excuse me...
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:29 p.m.


    Excuse me... | 8:39 p.m. Sept. 5, 2009
    but do you know where I can find an asterisk?

    ---

    You can find what you're looking for in the Sugar Bowl record book, next to 2008...Andre Smith. (I wasn't going to bring that up, but some (not all) Ute fans can be so blind)

  • John
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:29 p.m.

    Bradford only put up 10 points before getting hurt, and seven came from a BYU turnover, so those who taunt that BYU only won because he got hurt, need to shut up, and learn how football games are played. He wasn't exactly lighting up the BYU defense when he was healthy and playing. Actually, he spent a lot of time picking himself up off the ground. Excellent defensive schemes and execution.

    Oklahoma should be thanking the gods that Collie chose to leave for the NFL, or this one would have been a blowout, with or without mr heisman trophy.

    Good win, solid defense, and if they can eliminate the turnovers, there is no one on the schedule that can beat them.

    At least it was a real team, and a real game, not some pansy opponent like USU......

  • Bill
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:28 p.m.

    I am way excited about the win. The only thing that bothered me was the infatuation Anae has with Tonga. He kept giving him the ball and he kept losing yards. I am shocked Diluigi didnt get more carries but Kariya was great

  • Mike Johnson Falon NV
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:28 p.m.

    Great win. Congratulations, BYU.

  • reality
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:27 p.m.

    OK, I said BYU was better than most folks were willing to give them credit for. And I predicted an OK win...so Props to the Y. Fire away with the juvenile remarks...you earned your star today.

    congrats.

    Ute fan

  • Gotta believe!
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:27 p.m.

    BYU 14 OU 13

    Hey all u doomsday predictors, that's why they play the games!!!!!!!!

    Looks like BYU has some top talent after all.

    GO COUGARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Winners!
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:26 p.m.

    Unga out, 4 turnovers, punt muffs, sacks... and we still win. How sweet was that?!

  • Ute Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:26 p.m.

    Awesome job guys! I couldn't be happier for you and the MWC. We need TCU to take it Clemson and Virginia, Utah into Oregon, and BYU needs to complete the hat trick with FSU. (CSU over CU would be awesome).

    You really held your weight and made all us proud.

    My Utes will be ready in November in LES. :)

  • Chadders
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:25 p.m.

    Good win let's get Tulane next. Good to see the whole MWC doing well. Even though it's 2 AQ conference teams it's nice watching Washington hang with LSU. I hope they find a way to win. Pitta is the man. What a MONSTER!!!!

  • John P. J
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:25 p.m.

    I put on a ute hat last week for the first time in my life of 62 years but my blood as far as college goes runs blue and when the utse play I cheer for them. I think it is a shame that all the Coug and ute fans are not a band of brothers except for the one game.
    GO COUGS
    GO UTES

    From the BIG Mosquito

  • Re: Defense | 8:56 p.m
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:25 p.m.

    OU only scored 13, not 14

    No one gave BYU a chance. Everyone is focusing on Bradford being out of the game. By the way, good, hard-nose hits from BYU knocked him out of the game. No one wanted Bradford to go down, and Clawson's hits were not dirty, but you have to give the defense credit! Bradford was not lighting the defense up before he got knocked out. Don't say that it would have been different, because no one knows that, and I don't believe it would have been much different.

    I heard Lou Holtz say on ESPN, OU wasn't the only team playing without their best players because of injuries. BYU was missing two of their best linemen, and Harvey Unga. They did it without them, and BYU was supposed to be the team that didn't have any depth. Guess what? BYU stepped up, OU didn't. . . end of story.

    I don't want to hear anything about lucky. That is what losers always cry! BYU made their luck! Go Cougars!

  • Pay Up!
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:25 p.m.

    In a blog earlier this week, poster "Crimson Club" PROMISED (his word not mine) to make a $5000 donation to BYU if the Cougars beat the Sooners. So, Crimson Club, are you a man of honor, or are you just going to disappear for a year or so? I'll be looking for what you have to say if you return to these blogs without a Cougar Club confirmation number.
    Go Cougars!

  • BYU
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:24 p.m.

    This is like Christmas.

  • Respect
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:24 p.m.

    There were some real surprises in this game.

    1. BYU has a defense. They played smart, hard and with intensity. They never let up. They also have talent. I think the Defense won this game. This is the hardest I have ever seen BYU hit in years.

    2. The coaches appear much more mature. They had a very well thought out game plan and the players executed it fairly well.

    3. The patched together O line is very good, both on the run and in pass protection.

    4. BYU played with poise on the road, in a big game.

    5. The young running backs are pretty good.

    This is just the first win of a long season. There are a lot of hard games ahead including next week on the road at Tulane.

    This game is an important giant step forward for both BYU and the conference. Thanks for playing so well and hard.

  • 1984 all over again?
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:24 p.m.

    WOW, WHAT A WIN!!! It's a great time to be a Cougar fan! And all u yewt fans with your dumb predictions of how OU was going to steamroll us 70-0 and Max Hall was going to killed and throw 20 interceptions, blah blah blah - you can take all your dumb predictions and comments and sit on them and SPIN!

  • Bro. Brigham
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:23 p.m.

    I don't know what this will do to the rankings next week, but it goes to show that preseason rankings have no meaning. OU was not #3, and BYU was not #20. There shouldn't be any polls until October.

    Way to go BYU, and another feather in the cap of the MWC!!

  • Utah Guy
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:23 p.m.

    Boise State Fan: You know, I was having a lot of fun watching the BYU game and enjoyed doing it a BYU friend. And I was really enjoying the fact that Utah and BYU fans were not taking cheap shots at each other for a change. But then we had to have some jerk from Boise State giving us the typical inferiority complex idiot comment. We were cheering for your win against Oregon, now show some class and give BYU their day in the sun for a great game.

    Great game BYU you did a great joy representing the state and the MWC. Very impressive. Now take out Florida State.

  • pay up dude!
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:22 p.m.

    Dick Hertz owes byu money!!! class of 03

  • Ute fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:18 p.m.

    Byu, congrats on the huge win!

    Byu fans - STOP with the taunting of utah fans. We are proud that our fellow conference rival stuck it to the bcs and the arrogant elitists. We are happy you won. Enjoy it. But, you had better knock it off with the taunting or else.

  • Utah man in AZ
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:18 p.m.

    Cougars..... respect. thats really all i can say, way to earn yourselves and the conference some well deserved attention for the quality of football that is being played in the beehive state and the mountain west.
    NICE W!
    Although it is so much fun to revel in the suffering of your rival from time to time, think of what is possible when together we go out and punch these egotistical football programs, media outlets, and doubters from around the country in the mouth with GREAT football. Enjoy this win tonight!!
    Bronco... way to be a class act tonight, i think every ute fan should recognize his remarks were for the conference as much as his own program after the game.

    GO UTAH!!!

  • Easy BYU...
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:18 p.m.

    The only reason you win this game is because Bradford goes down in the first half. You won the game but as bad as Oklahoma looked, they still had a shot late in the game.

    Enjoy the win but if I am a Utah or TCU fan, I am licking my chops.

    Hall still gets rattled with pressure which leads to horrible decisions and interceptions.

  • Flight Booked for FSU
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:18 p.m.

    This team tonight made me a believer. In years past BYU would have lost a game like that, a game the managed so well the whole evening.

    Lets party Provo Style against the next big test.

    I thought Bobby B said he would play in Provo?

  • Yee ha
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:17 p.m.

    That was a very different BYU out there tonight. I like it. Now remember, when you play steel the flag you are now the one holding the prize and the target is on your back. Don't let it bite you. Take every game seriously. You have to prepare for every game like you did for this one. Go Cougars and Go MWC.

  • Dude!!!
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:16 p.m.

    I live in Big 12 country, and man am I glad BYU won. I'm a die hard Ute fan and always will be. BYU did what they had to. What else does this conference have to do to get respect? Wyoming beat Tennessee (granted it was a bad Tennessee team), Utah beat Alabama, BYU beat Oklahoma, the whole MWC beat up the Pac 10 last year. How can they still keep the MWC out of the NC game? I hope BYU can beat FSU when they play, and if TCU can win on their East Coast swing and Utah beat Oregon, how can the BCS say this conference isn't for real?

  • USMNT
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:15 p.m.

    I am really happy for this win!

    But I am not gonna lie, I was watching the USMNT game at Rio Tinto more closely than this game. Sorry BYU, I promise next game I will be more hooked up, but tonight it was all USMNT!

  • Phil S.
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:15 p.m.

    Great victory Cougs! I don't want to look past Tulane and FSU or any of he great games BYU has this year. Fantastic start to the season.

    BYU VS. UTAH in Provo!

  • Washington Ute
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:15 p.m.

    Congratulations to the Cougars! Way to represent the conference! Bronco is all class. What a great time to be a football fan in Utah. Go Utes!

  • Imman
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:14 p.m.

    Someone, Please find a Kicker for BYU. Payne almost cost us the game. There has got to be someone walking around the BYU campus who can kick it out of the endzone!!

  • dan
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:14 p.m.

    YEAH GO COUGARS!!! That was one of the most exciting games ever, wasn't it?!

  • coacher
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:14 p.m.

    doesn't quite hold a candle to a thursday night win over utah state.

  • Huge Ute fan...
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:13 p.m.

    Congrats Cougs! Way to represent the MWC! Gonna be a tight race this year.

  • Bradford
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:13 p.m.

    *Bradford got hurt

    **Clawson hurt Bradford

    nuff said

  • Brian
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:13 p.m.

    1st and goal from the 2, on a very iffy pass interference call (that ESPN announcers said "that looked pretty clean") and BYU held them to a field goal. Great goal line stand. Way to go Defense!!!

  • UtahMan
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:13 p.m.

    It doesn't matter if you are a Utah fan tonight.

    BYU delivered another huge blow on the farce called the BCS and won a big one for the MWC.

    Good job Cougars!

  • Jess
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:13 p.m.

    I was excited to learn that BYU beat Oklahoma. I follow both the Utes and Cougars since I have degrees from both schools. What I don't understand is why some people say they "hate" the other school. That's very strong language and really immature. Isn't it possible to be a fan of one school and still like and respect their arch rival? Grow up.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:13 p.m.

    Bradford played the 1st half and the score was 10-7, only because of BYU's mistakes. It's impossible to say what would have happened, but to say OU would have won for sure is incorrect. Great defense all day by the Cougars

  • byu fan!
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:13 p.m.

    great job DEFENSE!!!you won the game for us on that goalline stand.. go cougars!!!

  • SteveD
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:12 p.m.

    Die Hard Ute Fan here, Way to go BYU, Front runners for the MWC and deserve it. You make us proud!! Go undefeated and BUST that snobby BCS!

  • re: ****
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:12 p.m.

    Ha ha. I guess you should be clued in to the fact that BYU had 2 of its best players out- Unga and Baumann, not to mention the entire O line. So ya, there should be an asterisk.

  • Greyspice
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:12 p.m.

    What a marvelous game plan and execution by the Cougars

  • re: Ute Fan @ 8:59
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:12 p.m.

    ...Way to ruin it for all of the classy Ute statements. Way to go, pal.
    By the way, you've completely contradicted yourself. If the U was a traditional power, then we've had numerous great wins since, no?
    Chew on that one for a bit....while you're at it, be sure to catch Sportscenter. You see, we just beat Oklahoma. On the road.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:12 p.m.

    YES! Finaly a notable win!!!!! Congrats guys and coaches way to go!

  • Cougar fan from South Jordan
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:11 p.m.

    Way to go 'Cougs!

    I have to salute the Ute fans - most by far have been very gracious. Even my Ute season ticket holder neighbor was excited for the BYU win.

    Between how well TCU played Oklahoma last year, how the Utes pounded Alabama in their second BCS bowl game, and this win, we are gaining ground as a conference.

    Let's show the world the MWC deserves an automatic BCS berth EVERY year!

    GO COUGS!

  • Curt
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:11 p.m.

    Today is a stellar day for the conference. As a long time BYU fan its about time we held up our end of the bargain. Utah has brought credibility the past few years with some great wins. And by the way, as a BYU fan I did have a sugar bowl party last year with my other BYU friends and we all cheered for Utah. Once we play Utah later it will all get partison as it should and I will bleed Blue.
    But during the non-conference schedule its about the conference.

  • great game
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:11 p.m.

    Thanks ute fans for acknowledging the win. Classy.

    This was a huge game. I was hoping to stay close, but not expecting a win. Fantastic. Defense was outstanding and offense did just enough to win. I hope to see some improvement on offense, especially with a senior QB.

    I know the team won't be talking BCS, so let's us fans not do it either, eh? There is a LOT of football still to play.

  • Utah Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:10 p.m.

    Congrats cougars! I am a huge utah fan and was cheering like crazy for the cougars tonight. You guys gave a ton of credibility to the MWC! I can't wait for the game in November. Go UTES!

  • utahguy
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:10 p.m.



    You are so wrong, even with bradford in the game, the outcome would have been the same. Bradford wasn't moving the ball against the Y's defense either.

  • go big blue!!!
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:09 p.m.

    Congrats.....

    well done.....

    no one thought you could do it.

  • Sierra Blue
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:09 p.m.

    First of all, thanks to the Ute fans who (mostly) have shown real class in your comments.

    Despite the fact that BYU gave OU their ONLY touchdown on the Jacobson muffed punt, Bradford played virtually all of the first half. For a team that averaged 51 points per game last year, the halftime score was more a reflection of BYU's defense than anything else.

    There will be many talking heads and bloggers who will say that BYU won because Bradford was hurt, but let's not forget that OU only "earned" three points in the first half with Bradford in all the way - which is exactly the same number of points they scored with their back-up in the second half.

    BYU now needs to focus on Tulane and FSU. Win those two and the season should indeed be outstanding.

  • We won!
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:09 p.m.

    with hard work, great play and a little luck! No matter what the Anonymous Ute fans say, a WIN for BYU against the #3 team in the nation is a shocker! Who cares about the point margin because at the end of the day....

    WE STILL WON!

    Please don't get on the boards and post all of your sour attempts to minimize BYU's huge accomplishment.

    This wint really does help the entire MWC and gives credibility to all of the midmajor conference's efforts to expose the BCS and fight our way into the club that we have been excluded from for too long because we as a group haven't been thought of as good enough to play with the major conferences.

    We are good enough. The Utes destroyed Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and BYU beat Oklahoma in our season opener. That is two wins for the MWC over top ten programs from arguably the two toughest conferences in football in a row! How does putting down BYU at this moment do anything but expose you as nothing more than a Y hater? You don't even like the Utes, you just hate BYU!

  • phantomqup
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:08 p.m.

    BYU won, it doesnt matter who did or did not play the game. BYU is the potential BCS buster this year! GO COUGARS!

  • From a U fan....
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:08 p.m.

    Congrats BYU! Lets bring down the BCS together!!! Way to represent the conference!!!

  • G'town
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:08 p.m.

    Congrats Cougars. Great win. In regards to the article, I believe Miami was ranked number 1 when they lost to BYU in 1990, so they would be the highest ranked opponent BYU has beat.

  • Rebecca In Louisiana
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:07 p.m.

    Does this mean we can sing "Rise and Shout" to open Relief Society, tomorrow?

    Cougs comin' to New Orleans on Saturday! Woo Hoo!!

  • Dutch
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:07 p.m.

    Thank Goodness for the Defense - enough said Great Job

  • Chris in Texas
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:07 p.m.

    I couldn't get tickets to the game thanks to all the OU fans buying them up, but it was still sooooooo satisfying to see the BIG WIN on primetime ESPN.

    Way to go, Cougars!!!

  • Spin doctors
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:06 p.m.

    Of course Oklahoma and the BCS boys will say BYU won because Bradford got hurt. And just 1 point, well, that doesn't mean anything.

    Great win for BYU. Have to admit I gave BYU a .000001% chance of victory (and I'm a Cougar fan and alum). I figured the score would be something like 60-21.

    Kudos to the team. You could tell they were tight and nervous by all the TO's. Uncharacteristically, so was Oklahoma. Must have been the awe from playing in that fancy new stadium. What a way to christen it!

    Go BYU, Go Utes, Go Boise State. I'm cheering for all potential BCS busters. Bring this corrupt system to it's knees!

  • Ann Cannon
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:06 p.m.

    Congrats to the team, to Bronco, and to his assistants coaches. HUGE win. Sweet.

  • Football Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:06 p.m.

    It is gald to see that what ever team you cheer for, be it a Ute or Cougar fan we are all happy for this victory. I cheer for any Utah college until they play BYU. What a great day for the MWC and for the schools in Utah. Take it to the BCS both Utah and BYU. Good Luck to all the Utah colleges.

  • Utah Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:06 p.m.

    Way to Go Y!!

    Grats! D looked GREAT!

  • Irish Ute
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:05 p.m.

    As a Utah fan I want to congratulate BYU for a solid win against Oklahoma. Similar to Utah's win against Alabama earlier this year, BYU came out and put OK in their place.

    Here's to hoping BYU can focus on the next task at hand and not think about BCS glory like BSU fans are talking about already. It makes the matchups against TCU and Utah that much more compelling when everyone is ranked. Thank you, BYU, for finally pulling your weight when facing ranked non-conference opponents. Job Well Done.

  • re: re*
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:05 p.m.

    Its a lot easier when you can game plan for a missing running back than when you lose a Heisman Trophy winning QB.

  • Happy Cougar
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:05 p.m.

    Great win cougars! Classy Ute fan comments. Thank you! Onward and upward Cougars!

  • Gipper
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:04 p.m.

    Stun Oklahoma? Hardly. That's what I call a hollow victory.

  • West Jordan Cougar
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:04 p.m.

    Rise and shout! I can see it already. Colby Clawson posterizing Sam Bradford draped all over LaVell Edwards Stadium. I only wish it could/would happen. Lloyds of London going to loose their shorts with Bradford setback/injury. Max Hall immortalized. Dennis Pitta NFL written all over him. Biggest win since Detmer beating Miami.

    Sooner Scooner needs repairing.

    Love those Cougars!

  • Not a chance
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:04 p.m.

    If you would have told me before the game that the Cougs would be without the services of Harvey Unga, Max hall would throw 2 int's, (4 turnovers in all), and they would have only had 27 yards rushing for the game, I would have said the 22 points BYU was scheduled to lose by would have only been a percentage of the actual points they would have been crushed by. And yet they persevered, their defense played like a group possessed, and Max Hall finally found his rhythm as the impossible happened, perhaps even more impressive than the Miami game (was in OU's back yard). Shove that into your BCS pipe and smoke it!!

  • Neutral
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:03 p.m.

    I am neither a BYU or Utah fan, but since I live here, I root for the MWC and always cheer for the BCS (in its present state) to crumble. I have to say kudos to the Ute fans on this message board that are being classy, and congratulating the Y. And of course, huge kudos to BYU for winning an incredible game, and pulling off the huge upset!

  • ****
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:03 p.m.

    Take away Max Hall and Dennis Pitta and the Utah State Aggies could beat BYU. Same thing goes when OU loses Bradford and Gresham. Asterisk Game!

  • Cougar Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:03 p.m.

    Great win, fun to watch. But geez, we didn't win the National Championship. Long way to go still, but it's fun to start the season with some energy and finally a respectable win. BTW, I used to think that the words "classy ute" is an oxymoron, but they're all over the place. Hopefully the Cougs and the Utes do something this year so that this night doesn't end up being worthless.

  • Dave in NC is
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    RIGHT! Don't get wrapped up in something that we have little incremental influence on. But if the Y wins each week (or a vast majority) and Utah does too then the BCS will take care of itself over time. Excellence will throw the wrench in the BCS. One game focus! Who does the U have that they can woop up on? I hope whoever it is they do their part and I will cheer for them as they have done tonight. It is 5:02am her in Africa so i am going to bed. Tha is how much I love the Y!!!!

  • Haven't felt like this
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    Since the 80's and 90's. HUGE win and great start for the program this year. CONGRATS and GO COOGS!!!

  • Shaun McC
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    Oh My Goodness! This was a fun one to watch, especially when we won. To the guy trying to find the asterix, When Bradford left the game, he had thrown for 96 yards and at that point (end of the first half) Hall had thrown for over 220 yards. Tell me again how OK lost because Bradford went out injured. I don't think so.

  • BOISE STATE
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:01 p.m.

    Don't get to excited Cougars, that was a sloppy game on both sides and Boise beat Oregon. I don't think they will put BYU ahead of Boise in the polls.

  • cougar
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:00 p.m.

    Go cougars all the way show them

  • pigskin fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:00 p.m.

    Huge win for byu, mwc and state of utah. Be classy fans, don't talk about the 3 alphabetical letters, please, one game. Just keep getting better. But Max Hall going 9-10 in gw drive puts him in the class of bigtime QBs.

  • stephen
    Sept. 5, 2009 9:00 p.m.

    this win not only represent the Y, but the State and the Conference. All rivalries should be placed on hold when all the MWC teams play nonconference games. One game at a time!!!! Congrats.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:59 p.m.

    >you could have two non-BCS teams playing for the national championship.

    No. It would be two non-BCS teams playing for the BCS championship. There is no national championship in D-I college football.

  • Ute Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:59 p.m.

    Hey cougs first real win since 1984. Hope to see the "real" ybu team against Tulane. Utah State looked better then Oklahoma. Good luck against FSU, TCU, and the traditional power the U.

  • bsu Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:58 p.m.

    As a Boise State fan I know I should have been rooting for BYU to lose but I couldn't help but be thrilled to see the Cougars beat the Sooners. Congrats on a great win and a huge achievement for your football program and the MWC.

  • Utah Man
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:58 p.m.

    Hey, listen - I may be a big-time Utah fan, but even I can appreciate that win. Seriously - hats off to BYU. That is a BIG game to win, both for BYU and the MWC. If I could cheer my head off last year when the Utes beat Alabama, I can cheer for BYU now.

    Congrats, BYU fans.

  • Not a Cougar Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:58 p.m.

    I had it picked 55-14 for OU. Fun to be that wrong. The MWC is going to be fun to watch this year. Congrats Cougs.

  • Defense
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:56 p.m.

    All we heard about all summer is how great Utah's defense is and how bad BYU's defense is.

    Let compare.

    Utah's defense gave up 17 to Utah St
    BYU's defense gave up 14 to OU, which avg over 50 last year.

  • SUN DEVIL FOR THE COUGARS
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:56 p.m.

    What a win! Bit loose with the flAGS, but that is early season jitters that were overcome.

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COUGARS!

  • good win but not so fast
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:56 p.m.

    Why did it take so long for hall
    to throw to pitta?
    For a minute there I'd swear
    Norm Chow was back calling plays.

    Max still looked shaky at times.
    If Bradford didn't go out this game would've
    had a different outcome. Sorry.

  • reddog
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:56 p.m.

    Utah fan here - CONGRATS TDS !!

    Defense, Defense, Defense. Good job and this will be quite a year in the MWC,

    I didnt think the blue defense could do it.

    Now lets root for TCU on the road at
    Virginia and Clemson.

  • Note to Ute fans
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:56 p.m.

    Thanks for the class you have shown today and back at you for paving the way in 04 and 08. Great conference with BYU, UT, and TCU. We can hang our hats on quality football. It is nice to see everyone red and blue coming together. Now go get the Ducks.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:56 p.m.

    >do you know where I can find an asterisk?

    Yes, right next to the place where it says that BYU beat Oklahoma without BYU's star running back playing at all, and without their defensive captain for most of the game, and with 2nd and 3rd sting offensive linemen. And that even with OU's Heisman Trophy winner in the game, OU couldn't do anything against BYU's defense.

  • Anyone but BYU fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:55 p.m.

    I can't believe I'm saying this, but I guess every 19 years or so I find myself rooting for the hated rival. I did it first in 1990 for the Miami game, and I was cheering my heart out tonight. Go Cougs - thanks for making a statement on national TV against a great team. All the press will focus on Bradford being lost but it was BYU's stellar defense that won this game, coupled with Max Hall finally pulling off a big game. Kudos to BYU. As much as it hurts to say it, I hope they go undefeated and get to the BCS. Would be nice to have a 4th BCS buster from the West.

  • Skippy
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:55 p.m.

    Way to go Cougars!!!! You did it! The BCS needs to pay attention to the MWC. Get a clue BCS!!!!

  • SUN DEVIL FOR THE COUGARS
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:55 p.m.

    What a win! Bit loose with the flgas, but taht is early season jitters that were overcome.

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COUGARS!

  • Ute
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:54 p.m.

    Lucky QB went down but glad to see MWC stick it to another over rated BCS school. You wont beat the Utes but great win in TX

  • MiP
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:54 p.m.

    You know, as a credit to DN, they posted an article about the weakness of the OU O-line. I poo-poo'ed it as many of the readers did (both Y fans and non-Y fans) based on the responses.

    Boy was that spot on. BYU's harrassment of the OU QB's, the way the stopped the run, the impressive goal line stand and the critical stop at the end of the game showed that was perhaps the difference in this one.

    Congrats.

  • UTAHMANAMI
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:54 p.m.

    GREAT WIN COUGS! Can I say anything more? Sloppy at times but great defense. Wait before you start chanting BCS though. You still have to play Florida State, TCU and Utah. Lets hope that both teams are undefeated at the end of the year.

  • Kaycy Butler
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:54 p.m.

    Yeah Cougars!!!! Way to go!

  • Sam
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:54 p.m.

    Way to go Gougs, Now UTAH an TCU, win your big games and lets let the BCS know that the MWC belongs in the BCS! Everyone cheer for the MWC, until Nov, then its BYU!

  • Huge Ute Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:53 p.m.

    Good job BYU. I think I am a cougar fan now!

  • Great Finish Cougars!
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    Wow! What a game. A few mistakes, a few missed opportunities but in the end you pulled it out!

    Congratulations on a huge WIN!

  • Dave in NC
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    Can't believe it. Don't talk BCS. Just win next week.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    The Cougs look like a new team this year!! Watch out Mountain West!

  • Ute of all Utes
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:51 p.m.

    Cougs,

    I hate you with a passion, but I couldn't be more pleased with your victory. Almost threw my remote through my window on one of Max's interceptions . . . something I ordinarily would laugh at! You've finally owned up to some credibility in our conference. Now it's time for TCU, UNLV, Air Force, Colorado State, and of course, the MIGHTY UTES to continue the streak. Let's get those criminals any way we can . . . by winning all the big game!

    Go Utes!

    Go MWC!

  • Dave
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:51 p.m.

    From a Ute fan, I have to say... Way to go!!!!

    BYU just put themselves into the drivers seat to be this years BCS buster, and hopefully further ram the injustice of the BCS system down the major conferences throats. Cougars deserve a top 10 ranking by tomorrow, and it should just go upward from there.

    I'll gladly swallow a loss to the Y if it means that BYU has a stab at a national championship. And if they can go undefeated, taking down Oklahoma, Florida St., Utah, Air Force, and TCU, they ought to get a shot.

    Granted, that's a challenge, but BYU proved they can handle a challenge. Congratulations!

  • Ulusan
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:51 p.m.

    Great job BYU - defense was tough! The new O-Line did a great job giving Max time against the hyped-up Sooner defensive line. With the Cougs, Utes and Horned Frogs showing they deserve to be ranked, we make the BCS mafia have to take notice - go MWC!

  • Utah Fan....
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:51 p.m.

    Well done, Cougars...well done. Feels great, doesn't it. Now you understand how we felt after the Sugar Bowl last year and why we talk about it.

    Mendenhall was pure class in his remarks to the media after the game. He's right...this is a continuation of the MWC's march forward.

    Thank you again and well done!!!

  • Pittsburgh Ute
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:51 p.m.

    I love to hate ybu, but that was gutsy and fun to watch. This should go a long way in getting the MWC some respect. Well done cougars, hats off to you.

  • Buckeye Ute
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:50 p.m.

    Good job BYU. I thought it would be a rout, but your team played well and played a great game.

  • 2 Utes
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:50 p.m.

    Most of you guys have acted with class today. Let's hope both of our teams take care of TCU. May the best team win (oh yeah there are other games than U-Y).

  • breabbit
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:50 p.m.

    Please let me know where and when that Ute fan is going to "eat my own boots" if BYU should win this game. I will bring the syrup, catsup, frosting whatever to help it easier to swallow. For your sake I hope your boots are close to new.

  • Way to go Cougars!
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:50 p.m.

    From a Ute fan...CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WOW!
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:50 p.m.

    All I read are comments from Ute Fans, which have all been classy and commendable!!! WooHoo BYU, but where are your fans?

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:50 p.m.

    One point is hardly being stunned. Lucky might be a better word. Take any win that comes your way.

  • jpratt
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:49 p.m.

    Congratulations to the Cougars, the state of Utah, and the MWC! A stunning victory in the heart of Texas' football country! To Doug Robinson: Whhhhhy were you such a doubter?

  • y fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:49 p.m.

    Way to go utes and cougars !!!!! Great for mwc bad for BCS

  • strangethingintheland
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:49 p.m.

    anonymous wrote:
    One last thought: poor Boise State. They were front runners for BCS, now it's BYU.

    the possible irony is even greater. Boise State and BYU have both won their most difficult games. Now some big ifs:
    IF they both run the table, and
    IF voters and computers allow it,
    you could have two non-BCS teams playing for the national championship.

  • cougar fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:49 p.m.

    Go Cougars!! What a fun game to watch!

  • good showing
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:48 p.m.

    of course OU can be beat. anybody can be beat. especially when they're playing a solid team like BYU. Keep up the good work, cougars :)

  • YFan
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:48 p.m.

    Great game Cougs!!! I never thought they would win this game. Glad I was wrong.

    Now, we can hope that Oklahoma wins out. Remember the BYU national championship year started this way (beating a top-5 team that really wasn't very good).

  • new max
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:47 p.m.

    Max Hall of last year tries to squeeze that ball through 4 defenders to Pitta, Max Hall of this year waits a second longer and finds the open man. Oklahomas defense full of "All-Americans" gives up 356 yards to BYU while BYU's defense full of "slow white mormons" gives up 256, I love it, even with Bradford in for the 2nd half the results would have been the same.

  • Veracruz
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:47 p.m.

    And Jonny Harline is STILL open!!!

  • LOVE IT!
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:47 p.m.

    GO COUGARS! Knew you could do it! Tom Holmoe looks like a genius now. Rough game, lots of mistakes, but luckily on both sides. Great win!

    Hey, Utes--we want you undefeated again on Nov. 28. Us, too. Makes the conference look good, and it'll make it so much more meaningful when we win. Good luck!

  • Ryan from Phoenix
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:47 p.m.

    I'm a Utah man, so now I'm congratulating BYU and will be cheering them on until we meet in Provo!

  • HUGE UTE FAN
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:46 p.m.

    All I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW..... Congrats!

  • Skippy
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:46 p.m.

    The MWC deserves respect now more than ever.

  • Re: Hahahah
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:45 p.m.

    It's a shame that the only derogatory comment on the board so far has come from you. Stop yelling! If you are a Ute troll then I'm ashamed, if you truly are a cougar fan, please realize that this type of comment is what keeps several Ute fans from ever wanting to cheer for the Y. Congrats, cougars on a great win and bringing even more respect to the MWC.

  • 'Nother Hoosier Cougar
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:44 p.m.

    "Yeeeeeeeeah!"

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:44 p.m.

    WE Happy untalented few!!!!


  • Skippy
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:44 p.m.

    Go Cougs!
    We will be the Utes and TCU!

  • Duh
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:44 p.m.

    Kudos BYU. I didn't think we could pull this off, thank you for proving me wrong. Way to go defense, you kept us in this game.

  • Arturo the Ute
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:43 p.m.

    I am no Cougar fan, but congrats on a big win. Well done for both yourselves and the MWC.

  • LEGIT
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:43 p.m.

    What can you say. Now, where will they rank OU and where will they rank BYU?

  • Gary Hatch
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:42 p.m.

    Doug Robinson. Who's crazy now?

  • Austin, Texas
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:42 p.m.

    Good job BYU.

  • jr
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:41 p.m.

    Down with the BCS! Way to start the season and the new stadium off with a bang, Cougars.

  • UTAH UTES!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:41 p.m.

    GREAT game byu that was amazing, it awesome to see the mwc get some respect, now my utes and tcu need to win there non confrence games against the bcs schools to stick it to the bcs.


    go cougars!
    go mwc!!
    GO UTAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    DOWN WITH THE BCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Utah Fan.
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:41 p.m.

    Congratulations BYU. This is from a Utah fan who had no faith in you at all and dislikes your team. WELL DONE!! I will swallow my pride and say that this day is yours. Shocking victory thats good for the conference and Hall and Bronco's signature win. Now go win the rest of your OOC games!

  • Gary Hatch
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:41 p.m.

    Tomorrow's headline has to read "Oh, My Gosh!"

  • Excuse me...
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:39 p.m.

    but do you know where I can find an asterisk?

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:37 p.m.

    Way to go Ute fans. As a die-hard Cougar fan, it's nice to see some of you step up to the plate and acknowledge an incredible victory, just as I did when you downed Alabama.
    I expect many, many more Utah fans to step up to the plate and acknowledge the victory, and sufficiently eat crow.
    For all of you who said they were, "tired of only TCU and Utah representing the MWC", you need to come on here, post your name, and eat crow.

  • A_Chinese_American
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:37 p.m.

    Cougar Win! 14:13!

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:35 p.m.

    >Obviously OU had has more talent

    If they did, they left it somewhere before they walked onto the field, because they sure didn't look like the more talented team, in either half.

  • MWC
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:33 p.m.

    I am a Utah Man. I DESPISE the Cougars. But I hate Oklahoma possibly more. I get so sick of everyone kissing their rear end every year just because they're Oklahoma.

    Congrats, Cougies.

    Go MWC!

  • Hoosier Coug
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:33 p.m.

    Who was it that said that it was crazy for BYU to open against OU?

    I hope to see an "I was wrong" article!

  • Brettski
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:32 p.m.

    From a die hard Ute fan. Congrats Cougs! Way to represent and stick it to the BCS. See you in November!

  • HAHAHAHA
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:31 p.m.

    I CALLED IT THE WHOLE WEEK. AND ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS YEWT FANS CAN PUT THEIR FOOT ALL THE WAY DOWN THEIR THROAT. BUT IM SURE YOU CLASSY(SARCASTIC) YEWT FANS CAN FIND SOME WAY TO BELITTLE THE GIANT SLAYERS. GO COUGARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you ...
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:31 p.m.

    ... gracious Ute fans! I hope both BYU and Utah win all their games up to the final conference game in November, and then we will see who goes to the BCS bowl after that match. May the best team win!

  • Cougars.
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:31 p.m.

    Wow, I am a die hard Ute fan and have cheered for the cougs plenty a time and have been let down too many times. Thank you for finally shutting everyone up about how you can't win the big one. I am pumped for mwc football for the first time in a long time. Once again from a HUGE Ute fan. Well done and much respect.

  • yahoo
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:31 p.m.

    this makes me happy. i expect to hear excuses on ESPN about bradford but a win is a win. im just hoping max got throwing to red jerseys out of his system for the season... love the guy, just not when he throws to red jerseys

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:30 p.m.

    this appears to be the first solid BYU team in... well, forever.

  • MiP
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:30 p.m.

    Congrats BYU. Hard fought win and deserved all the way. For a minute, I thought OU was gonna get a field goal in at the end and walk away very lucky---but I was wrong again, as I was wrong that BYU would lose this game. Quality win guys.

  • sob
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:29 p.m.

    well shut my mouth, and i will after saying that crow tastes much better without the feathers, and isn't nice that byu finally lives up to the rest of the mwc by winning a big out of conference game. even max couldn't lose it tonight, although he tried... good work cougars.

  • BELEIVER NOW
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:28 p.m.

    Ok, I take back what I said, I'm a beleiver now! Good job Cougars!

  • Hardcore Ute
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:28 p.m.

    Way to go Cougars!!!!

  • BYU HUGE WIN
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:25 p.m.

    jahooooo byu u pulled it off way to go "D" won this game hands down no BSC for OU but for BYU a great chance at a bid on a BSC game well done well done

  • staypuffinpc
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:24 p.m.

    There's a Ute out there who owes 5,000 to BYU's cougar club and there's a whole army of us who are going to come calling.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:24 p.m.

    Classy interview with Bronco at the end. I love how cool he was. Like it was no surprise.

  • The Cougars ...
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:24 p.m.

    Talk for themselves...
    Go Cougars, go MWC... BCS, die with grace!

  • Wow
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:23 p.m.

    I am impressed with the Cougars. They played over their heads. Obviously OU had has more talent, but the heart was blue today. And it was hard fought the whole way. Go Cougars.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:22 p.m.

    It's great Jacobson scored the winning TD. Way to stick in there after the first quarter mishap.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:20 p.m.

    Awesome game cougars. The only bad thing is now I have to pay more for my FSU tickets.

    Also a ute fan and I don't want to hear anything but congratulations from U fans.

    One last thought: poor Boise State. They were front runners for BCS, now it's BYU.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:15 p.m.

    come on Y fans. Your team is playing awesome. Let's get some support

  • well
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:07 p.m.

    BYU looks good, much better than expected. OU is missing Bradford and Gresham, think BYU missing Hall and Pitta, but the D has looked good regardless.

  • Wiley Old School
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:05 p.m.

    I bleed as red as anybody out there, but with 3 minutes to go and no matter how it ends, I say kudos to BYU. You've done the MWC proud. And who'd have thought these three words could be used together: "solid BYU defense"!

  • MiP
    Sept. 5, 2009 8:04 p.m.

    Wow. BYU keep it up. 3 minutes to go...

  • Utah fan here...
    Sept. 5, 2009 7:46 p.m.

    I have been rooting for BYU also...

    But, I did think it was funny to see Max Hall telling everyone that they are gonna win while running into the locker room at halftime...then he comes out and forces throws that get picked off...

    However, I don't think OU will be able to do much on offense...If BYU can keep them out of good field position, then it could be one play to win the game...

    As I am typing this, BYU stopped them down at the goal line on like 7 plays (3rd and goal they were called for a pass interference that was a pretty bad call actually)...then stopped them 3 more times to force a field goal...OU is pretty predictable without Sam Bradford...but its still a one score game at 13-7...BYU could do this...

  • ute fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 7:45 p.m.

    Nice job cougs! Between the Alabama win, and this we shoukd have a bcs automatic bid in no time.

  • Lehi Ute Fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 7:44 p.m.

    Awesome stop on defense. Everyone in the state should be cheering on BYU. Way to represent BYU

  • wer
    Sept. 5, 2009 7:39 p.m.

    IN the first two series of the second half, Hall looked like he did against TCU and Utah: fumbled snap, missed two wide open receivers, took a sack. Two series one completion.

    He better get better.

  • Brigham Y.
    Sept. 5, 2009 7:34 p.m.

    Maxie! Stop throwing the ball to the red jerseys. You did that enough last year.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 5, 2009 7:13 p.m.

    Utah fan here...WAY TO GO BYU!!!

    To: S2; You love to be hated, don't you - persecution syndrome.

    To the first class BYU fans, this is doable. Hang in there. You are showing the nation how good MWC football really is!

  • UTE FAN
    Sept. 5, 2009 7:10 p.m.

    Go YBU!

  • BYU ON THE RUN
    Sept. 5, 2009 6:49 p.m.

    BYU LETS WIN THIS GAME, NOW THAT OU QB Sam Bradford, HURT AND OUT PUT A STOMP ON THE HOPES OF OU RETURN TO THE BIG DANCE AND ADD A GREAT CHANGE TO GET TO GO. PS TAKE CARE OF THAT BALL IF YOU REALLY WANT TO WIN THIS

  • S2
    Sept. 5, 2009 6:48 p.m.

    Hmmm, where are the Y-haters and their 56-0 predictions?

    Good work, Defense. Keep your heads and cut out the costly penalties.

  • Half time
    Sept. 5, 2009 6:43 p.m.

    BYU down 10-7, Sam Bradford injured. It's not fun to see an injury affect the game but BYU is looking pretty good overall. A field goal early in the game was taken away by a penalty and then a miss. A fumble by BYU on the 1 yard line but then a fumble by OU later led to BYU's score.
    GO COUGARS!!

  • Lehi ute fan
    Sept. 5, 2009 6:26 p.m.

    Great work BYU, you should be up by at least a TD. Max looks good. Keep up the good work. Amazing defense

  • MiP
    Sept. 5, 2009 6:02 p.m.

    Unga is critical on 3rd and shorts....too bad.

  • BleedCougarBlue
    Sept. 5, 2009 6:01 p.m.

    Why in the heck did we try to stuff it up the middle on 3rd and one??????? Punt to OU down on the 1-yard line, though.

    I tell ya, OU CAN be beat! Even with Unga out and a new Oline we're moving the ball pretty well.

  • BleedCougarBlue
    Sept. 5, 2009 5:57 p.m.

    HUGE first down to Andrew Geroge.

    OU CAN BE BE BEAT!!!