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BYU football: Y.'s defense puts hurt on Sooners

Late goal-line stand sets up Cougars' winning drive

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  • David H
    Sept. 8, 2009 10:55 a.m.

    When Brandford went down, I pulled my 14 year old over to the TV and pointed out the way you tackle the QB. Nothing dirty but you do drive him into the ground. That is the way you win ball games. Way to go BYU!!!

  • Ryan
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:54 p.m.

    Great win Cougars! Now is the time to focus on Tulane. Don't worry about the BCS. Just take it one week at a time. We as fans don't need to chant BCS at the games or it may lead to another Quest for Embarrassment! Again, great win and congratulations!

  • trueblue
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:09 p.m.

    not many anti. BYU comments on here today. What happened to all the smack talking Know it alls ?
    I have been blogging on here for weeks defending the cougs. Did I think they would win ? No.. Did I think they could ? Yes.. I have been saying for weeks now that OU was overrated and that BYU was being underestimated. Now, do I think BYU could lose next week against Tulane ? Yes.. Do I think they will ? No.. Here is the deal, "YOU NEVER KNOW" until you play the game. Every Team deserves respect and Opurtunity ! Don't buy into what the machine programs you to believe. It appears that BYU followed Utah's example and Perhaps Colorado State thought they could win a big game too. It's amazing what can be acomplishe when a group of people believe in eachother and work as a team. I hope these type of wins continue for all the non BCS conference teams until the BCS crumbles into the pit of bias, unfair, self promoting, monopoly that it is. Go MWC and Go Cougars!!!!!! Phocus on Tulane......

  • agreed
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:07 p.m.

    i know! Harey Unga is a beast at RB but he isnt making headlines b ecuase he is injured! man i dislike the bcs

  • Bradford - what about Unga?!
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    Bradford is making all the headlines because he's a national "celebrity" having won the Heisman. But why isn't the media mentioning how we were without our #1 offensive player - Harvey Unga? He's had 2 consecutive 1,000 yard rushing seasons, and is on track to become the all-time BYU rusher in his Junior year. Um, I think that's HUGE! Oh, and the talk about their young O line? What about ours - travelling only 7 guys when most teams travel 10. As Graham Watson, ESPN reporter who covers MWC said last week - "Oklahoma doesn't rebuild, it simply reloads. They don't recruit, they reject the ones they don't want".

    I wish we would have won with Bradford still in the game - perhaps we would have gotten better press headlines.

  • Mountain Cat
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:46 p.m.

    Phil Steele called it right for Utah U lastyear and said that BYU would not win the conference title. This year his preseason rankings place BYU at 15 and Utah U in the mid 40s. He also offered an interesting comment that BYU could be an upset victory over Oklahoma away from ending up in the national championship game.

  • Not next week
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:41 p.m.

    If we played next week the result wouldn't be any different.

  • Season tiocket holder
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:21 p.m.

    "On any given day...." etc etc. If the two teams played again next week, the result may very well be different; but the fact is that BYU was the better team on the field last night, as measured by almost every statistic. I believe the reason they prevailed last night is that they were better prepared for the season opener by their coaches than OU was. It seems that Oklahoma simply looked past BYU and forgot to prepare for them. Bronco and the boys knew they were in a shootout and, to paraphrase, they prepared by bringing guns instead of knives. Perhaps Stopes will better arm his players in the future when facing a MWC opponent, but probably not. Until MWC gains national respect as a legitimate BCS conference, year in and year out, there will continue to be coaches who consider it "Bo Diddly Tech" to quote one well known sports commentator.

  • Tim
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:52 p.m.

    I think a big compliment was payed to the BYU run defense when with just over 3 minutes to go and a pocket full of timeouts, OU decided it had to pass with a new quarterback rather than run against BYU's defense. There was plenty of time to move the ball downfield with a combo of pass and run... but the OU coaches obviously had more faith in their backup quarterback than they did in their offensive line's ability to run block.

  • Mountain Cat
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:50 p.m.

    Proud to say that I wrote the following before the game: There are two good omens for the BYU-OU game. First, in 1984 BYU traveled to Pitt for the opener. Like OU in 2009, Pitt was ranked #3 in the nation. BYU won that game. Second, in the BYU-OU series the score is 1-0. The Cougars walloped the Sooners in the Copper Bowl.

    BYU will win this game!

    I think I will first read what Phil Steele (he was right about Utah last year and BYU this year) has to say, and then rush into print as a sage prognosticator.

  • RE Bradford?
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:14 p.m.

    BYU's confusing defensive scheme looked really familiar...where have I seen those confusing line movements and shifts before? I think Coach Hill may have learned something from the Coaches up on the hill. Honestly, great game plan from Coach Hill.

    Before anybody blames a loss on Bradford leaving the game or states that it wouldn't have made much of a difference had he stayed in the game think about how BYU would do without Max Hall? Hall was amazing that last drive, not only was he 9 of 10 but a few of those throws were great ones.

  • Bradford?
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:59 p.m.

    Sorry but the boy didn't play well in the first half. What makes you think that in the second half his line would amazingly learn to block? I seriously doubt that Bradford with an O-line that was totally confused by BYU's defensive scheme could have been any more effective than in the first half.

    While I am convinced Bradford is an incredible QB, football is a team sport and one guy will never beat eleven on the field.

  • Jaded_cougar
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:03 p.m.

    Congrats Cougars!! Very proud of my team. Besides the amazing play of the defense, I was really impressed with the punter. He had some amazing punts. The Utes and Ute fans are well aware of how important the kicking game is. Since BYU has been deficient in this department since Matt Payne, it was good to see this improvement.

    Awesome victory!! Keep up the good work and don't get complacent. This is only the first of 13 games. We have to focus on TULANE.

  • David in New York
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:42 p.m.

    Half... we're not talking about mental function. We're talking football. You don't think the 2nd half counts? Fine. Look at the first half. BYU killed OU in every category... time of posession, total yards, and all QB stats. OU led the NCAA in offense not just in 2008, but ALL-TIME. So to hold them for 1 touchdown on a short field is GREAT defense. Not just good. Also, ask yourself, why did Bradford get hit so hard. That wasn't OU's game plan. It was great defense. Fact.

  • Chris
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:41 p.m.

    Congratulations! Way to go. Now don't get big headed. You now need to have smarts on the field. Get rid of the dumb penalties, fumbles on the 1 yard line, receivers need to get open, and forced interceptions need to stop. Now, for those Utes who always want to down play it. Yeah Sam Bradford, might of been a difference, but remember, he wasn't doing much the first half anyway. If it weren't for a turnover, the Cougars could of been up 7-0 at half. And if they didn't have the mistakes, they could have been up and additonal 3 to 10 points. But at the same time, with the mistakes being equal, teh Cougars came out on top, over a BCS team, that was willing to play that game in the first place, when most teams were playing against patsies. Good job! But it is only 1 game, with improvement ahead, or you will lose in the end.

  • half
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:41 a.m.

    Half of the game OU did not have their all american qb. Fact.

    Y's defense was good. It was not great.

    3rd place finish again for the season.

  • TheMan
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:08 a.m.

    Great game Y!!! You beat a quality opponent that will rebound and win a lot of games if not there conference but please put the win behind you and focus on Tulane. And has anyone heard how Matt Bauman is doing? is he out for a long time or will he be back next week? what about Unga? go Cougs.

  • Predicting the Future...
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:29 a.m.

    Perhaps Mr. Harmon could predict Cougar losses for the remainder of the season! :)

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:19 a.m.

    That D was insane!

  • Nevada Blue
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:17 a.m.

    As far as I am concerned it is no longer Jamie Hill. It is Mr. Hill Sir. The Defense was beyond all imagination great. I have never been so impressed. I seriously doubt that Mr. Hill Sir will be helping BYU next year. I do not know what team will ask for his help as their new head coach but any team that would not want him is foolish.

    Congratulations Mr. Hill Sir. That victory over OU would not have occurred without you. You Sir are Awesome!

  • Mike in Orem Quotes Apollo 13
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:57 a.m.

    "Opening against #3 Oklahoma who played in the title game last year, a returning Heisman Trophy winner at the helm, averaging 60 points per game last season - this could be the worst disaster BYU has ever experienced."

    "With all due respect Sir - I believe this will be our finest hour."

  • Belgie
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:57 a.m.

    For all those who are saying that BYU only won because Bradford didn't play the second half, don't forget the stats while Bradford was still in. BYU dominated, but it was only 7-7 because of turnovers. Further, BYU was without their best player the entire game - Unga.

  • Chadders
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:52 a.m.

    Thanks Todd. No one that watched can say BYU wasn't the best team on the field. I did predict with a straight face that we'd win. If the Y didn't have 4 turnovers I would have been right that they'd win by 10. Great win but let's worry about Tulane now.

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

    A great head coach knows how and when to delegate. Kudos to Bronco for hiring Jaime Hill and giving him more authority as defensive coordinator. Last night was the best BYU's defense has ever played. I predict Jaime Hill will be given an offer at the end of this season as a Division 1 head coach that he simply can't refuse. So, let's enjoy him while we have him, because this defense is outstanding. With this kind of start to the season on national TV and with the strongest recruiting class ever for 2009-10, the future is looking very bright for BYU football. I'm wearing my BYU tie to Church today.

  • Opie
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:33 a.m.

    Sports writers keep focusing on Bradford getting injured as if this is why BYU won the game, but Bradford had less than 60 yards against BYU defense before he went out. What about Oklahoma's other players that could not do anything on the ground against the Y's defense. Most of BYU's offensive line is new, yet they held up against Oklahoma's defense and protected Hall very well given Oklahoma's defense. BYU took this game away from Oklahoma because they are a better team.

  • Las Vegas Steve
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:15 a.m.

    I have not read anything about BYUs punter. He really helped controll Oklahoma in the first quarter with his first two punts that pinned the Sooners back. Those were key kicks early in the game that keep them in check.

  • Way to go Defense!
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:49 a.m.

    I was VERY pleasantly surprised by our defense! They played tough all game long and never gave in. When they held OU at the goal line for six or seven plays...that was incredible!! And the pass interference call was a bad call. Way to defense!

  • RE: Anonymous
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:36 a.m.

    The reason the local, even the BYU friendly, media were not predicting this a win is because the last signature out-of-conference win the cougs had was 1990. Most coug fans i heard this last week were pretty sure they were going to lose. Only the most blindingly optimistic fans were sure it was a win. If you are honest with yourself, you probably thought they were going to lose up until they tied the game at 7-7. Cut people some slack, nobody thought the defense was going to play that good.

  • montanacutter
    Sept. 6, 2009 7:51 a.m.

    This could be the best defense unit in BYU history. If they can build on this game they will be one of the top defenses in the country. Look out TCU and Utah. They are coming and they are packing a big stick this time.

  • Rick
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:49 a.m.

    You don't predict upsets like this--you simply can't. It's too improbable. So cut them some slack! Dick did predict that the BYU offense would be able to move the ball if they protected Hall. But nobody could predict BYU winning with a straight face. That's what makes the win so sweet.

  • West JordanBob
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:59 a.m.

    The defense played with "Blue Grit".

    "We won the game because of the defense," said tight end Andrew George. "They battled the entire game after we put them in some tough situations with turnovers. They saved us with the goal line stand that held them to a field goal and on their final drive. My hat's off to the defense."

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:28 a.m.

    Dick down on BYU? I guess you haven't read any of his articles.

    Props goes to BYUs defence but Dick is jumping the gun by calling them fast and athletic. I wouldn't crown them BCS busters yet. Hands down TCU has the best defence in the MWC.

  • South Bend Cougar
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:07 a.m.

    great game analysis Mr. Harmon. No one in the country predicted the game would be close, which is why the win feels so good. Can't wait to wear my BYU tie to work on Tuesday. Just hope the polsters don't move ND ahead of BYU.

  • I was wrong
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:45 a.m.

    i wrote earlier that this game wasnt going to be close, i still think however had bradford played the 2nd half, the sooners would've realized running wasnt working and let bradford light byu's secondary up, however the cougars are 1-0 and the sooners are 0-1, anytime you beat the #3 team in the country its a good win so congrats byu

  • todd to chadders
    Sept. 6, 2009 2:41 a.m.

    I am stunned, I heard this at the UCLA game tonight, congrats, wow what a great moment, then Bradford gets hurt in top of it. Now I am sold with my theory why Texas is better than the Sooners

    Could this be the best BYU defense ever?

    Incredible result...

  • BleedCougarBlue
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:35 a.m.

    I thought Colby Clawson's hit on Sam Bradford was a good one (ie, hard AND clean) but the one that I thought REALLY rocked an OU player was (Pendleton?) absolutely uncorking on OU's second string QB late in the game. When ESPN replayed it on slo-mo you could see the BYU defender airborne just as the ball was released and the subsequent impact snapping the QB's head forward with the BYU guy landing squarely on top of the QB.

    The QB ended up throwing incomplete.

    When the OU QB was getting up there was NO WAY he wasn't thinking whether it was worth it to take that kind of licking.

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

  • That
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:14 a.m.

    is what you call a great defense. Now I know we gave up 13 points to the 2nd best offense in the country, but hey it could be worse. Like giving up 17 to the worst D-1 team in the country.

    Moose on the loose

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:18 a.m.

    Ah, Dick. If only you'd predicted this one. Why are our local reporters alway so down on BYU?

  • T2
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:06 a.m.

    Pendleton was the difference I thought on defense...incredibly tough and smart kid. Logan was a huge surprise as well...even the announcers knew he didn't interfere on the endzone pass.