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  • Re: a good one
    Sept. 11, 2009 2:15 a.m.

    Here is a good one..... Your joke was terrible.

  • Gayle R.
    Sept. 10, 2009 12:34 p.m.

    D&C section 59

    11 Nevertheless thy avows shall be offered up in righteousness on all days and at all times;
    12 But remember that on this, the aLord’s day, thou shalt offer thine boblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, cconfessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.
    13 And on this day thou shalt do none other thing, only let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart that thy afasting may be perfect, or, in other words, that thy bjoy may be full.
    14 Verily, this is fasting and prayer, or in other words, rejoicing and prayer.

  • Gayle R.
    Sept. 10, 2009 11:01 a.m.

    Pointing out that celebrating a football game on the Sabbath is something that needs to be pointed out, not mocked.

  • Sarah
    Sept. 10, 2009 5:28 a.m.

    Calm down, Gayle.

  • Gayle R.
    Sept. 9, 2009 4:12 p.m.

    The Sabbath is nothing to be joked about, especially when it is ditched for football. To joke about it is blasphemous.

  • Pharisee
    Sept. 9, 2009 2:26 p.m.

    Hahahah oh, Gayle.. thats hilarious. Your hilarious. Who will read this comment thread and feel deep, undying shame that they were out at 2 or so in the morning? Not I.

  • Gayle R.
    Sept. 9, 2009 1:32 p.m.

    So you all saw it fit to celebrate on the Sabbath?

  • Re: Milton
    Sept. 8, 2009 5:25 p.m.

    "No way BYU even cracks the top 10". Stinks when BYU "bursts your bubble", doesn't it? Better luck next time when you guess that our upset will be the ranking. BYU is going to have an awesome season and I can't wait to see the rankings when we kill the Utes at the end of the season.

  • RE: excuse me at 6:29 a.m.
    Sept. 8, 2009 9:22 a.m.

    Were you all over the city at one time? Cause when you drove through Provo there were celebrations going on everywhere. Maybe you could only be in one place at a time and you were on campus (Which is in the city of PROVO. Think before you write

  • JRS
    Sept. 8, 2009 9:04 a.m.

    Congrats to the Y for a big win. It is good to see somebody else besides Utah & TCU represent the MWC.

  • excuse me
    Sept. 8, 2009 6:29 a.m.

    The celebrations were all on campus... not in a Provo setting. True, the Y is in Provo per se, but not paying taxes, etc., and the spontaneous celeb. were on campus, not in provo.

    Poor reporting. Must not know the difference between a campus setting and a city proper.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 8, 2009 6:13 a.m.

    Two words for anyone out there who thinks Bradford's injury is the only reason BYU won: Game stats.

    If BYU can keep playing with the HEART they showed against OU, there's no stopping us. Congrats to Bronco, his staff and the entire team for a HUGE win!

  • BlueBlood
    Sept. 7, 2009 11:23 p.m.

    I was proud to stand and wait for my team to arrive in Provo, Utah. It has been decades since we won a game that really mattered nationally.

    Go Cougs!!!

    Take the NC and the Heisman!!!

  • to bigutefan
    Sept. 7, 2009 10:42 p.m.

    The only funny thing about your post is that you forgot to mention the loss of BYUs starting fullback and their defensive single caller. But, glory in your win over USU. Now you take on that ever dangerous San Jose State. Try keeping a straight face and let's hear about your monster schedule.

  • stumc
    Sept. 7, 2009 4:47 p.m.

    I was there and I watched a great game. The Dallas sports page titled it "The Big Red Ouch" It truly was. the hit that took Bradford out was a perfectly clean hit. The Oklahoma defence was vastly over rated. It was amazing to see 70,000 red shirts in the stands. The blue shirts were in one corner of the statium, but the 5000 blue shirts made as much or more noise than the Okies. They were gracious in defeat. Go BYU, California

  • Ginny Ute Fan
    Sept. 7, 2009 4:25 p.m.

    We joined our Cougar fan son-in-law in cheering for BYU as they beat Oklahoma. BYU was clearly prepared for the game and played their hearts out! The unexpected win reminded me of how Utah fans felt about the Sugar Bowl. I still have a smile on my face as I think about how Alabama fans were in a state of shock! Way to go Cougars! You have helped elevate all teams in the Mountain West Conference.

  • ute fan
    Sept. 7, 2009 3:07 p.m.

    although i am a big fan of utah. i am glad byu won this one. good job on the win and showing how tough the mountain west can be

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 7, 2009 2:30 p.m.

    what was max hall saying at the end of the game "OH MY GOD" i thought you couldn't say that at byu. well good thing he said that cause they won

  • Don
    Sept. 7, 2009 12:33 p.m.

    A very good Game! BYU(1991) deserved the win! Sam was not out playing the defense when he went out and the UO(1993) defense was all there at the end when BYU scored! Now lets hope TCU gets off to a good start with Virginia and the rest of the MTN West keeps on! Good luck Wyoming! Big task this week! But Texas can lose too! No to Our BYU team: Next is Tulane. It means NOTHING TO BEAT UO and LOSE to Tulane or anyone else! Your marked!

  • JB
    Sept. 7, 2009 12:30 p.m.

    Last year I quit reading these sports threads because of the juvenile comments. I couldn't resist reading them after this win. Every other thread has been amazing with almost all the comments respectful. Then I read this one and I wonder if some of you will ever grow up. Take a lesson from the classy OU fans and show you aren't bratty kids.

  • socalmon
    Sept. 7, 2009 12:23 p.m.

    Proof positive that one can get drunk on milk.

  • Donuts and Sprite, yeah!
    Sept. 7, 2009 12:15 p.m.

    I'll have to admit that was pretty funny.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 7, 2009 12:10 p.m.

    "How awesome would be going undefeated and making the championship game, especially on our 25th anniversary!"


    You haven't even been INVITED to a BCS game but you think you will get an INVITE to the title game?

    Not likely even if you go undefeated. 14-13 win with Bradford out won't impress the judges over lets say one loss FL, USC, Texas and even OU (if they turn it around).

    I would say that it should get you into the BCS game hopefully over an undefeated ND or Boise.

  • commando
    Sept. 7, 2009 12:01 p.m.

    ha-- I love the scared Ute fans on here trying to deride the GREAT WIN because we knocked Bradford (who was getting drilled all night) out of the game. I guess BYU shouldn't be allowed to blitz or tackle in order for it to count? How about we play w/out our #1 running back or starting middle linebacker? Does it count then? Okay, what if we play at a "neutral" site that is dominated with red shirts? How about then? No? Alright, what if I point out that our best offensive weapon defected to the NFL while theirs returned? Not yet? Ok, what if we play a rookie O-line vs. a front seven loaded with blue chippers and 1st round draft picks replete with NC game experience? Not good enough? Should I bother pointing out that Utah State scored more on Utah at Rice-Eccles than OU did on BYU in Texas? I hope you enjoy the wait before you get DRILLED at LES this year. It's gotta be like waiting for a root canal at the dentist's office. RISE AND SHOUT!!!

  • On Curfew
    Sept. 7, 2009 11:50 a.m.

    Curfew laws usually apply only to those below a certain age--like 14.

  • funnyutesforget
    Sept. 7, 2009 11:33 a.m.

    The first thing that utes want to do is try and minimize the byu win by refering to the injury to bradford. Last year brs bama, wasn't the Bama without thier all american left tackle. Is there a more important position on the offensive line. I still relish the Ute win, I am a Y fan and have defended the Ute win many times and will continue to do so. Go Utes, TCU, BYU give the MWC the credit deserve. That said, the first half stats for the Sooners certainly was not great even with Bradford. Lets all relish the wins MWC against all the elite.

  • Realist
    Sept. 7, 2009 11:13 a.m.

    Seriously BYU fans, get over yourself. OU should have pummeled you guys but they did the same thing Bama did with the Utes, they thought they could just show up and win, by the time OU realized they were playing a team with lots of experience , the HEISMAN TROPHY winner was knocked out. Congrats on a good win guys, but it was week one ...how many supposed great teams have been ranked in the top 10 when they didn't deserve it and gotten beaten by some cinderella school....remember Michigan v. Appalacian state? Enjoy your moment in the sun, but I seem to recall only your arch rival busting the BCS...No real stars will come to your school because of the honor code guys...accept the fact the 80's are long gone along with any chance for national glory for your boring school. FSU will crush you in two weeks cause you aint sneaking up on Bobby Bowden and the 'noles...

  • stay focused
    Sept. 7, 2009 11:10 a.m.

    Not to take anything away from the win, but the team needs to stay focused. What happened last year? The year started off great, a 59-0 win over UCLA,etc. Then things went down hill. Bronco himself admitted that he did not do a good job of isolating the players from the hype. How awesome would be going undefeated and making the championship game, especially on our 25th anniversary! But to do that, the team needs to stay focused, and level headed!!! We can't get caucky, and we need to be focused one game at a time! We can't start looking at FSU,otherwise we could lose to Tulane. The coaches and players need to do better in this area than they have in the past. One game at a time! Focus! And EXCUTE!

  • SoCalFan
    Sept. 7, 2009 11:08 a.m.

    What made this victory very special for me was knowing that Barry Switzer was there in Arlington watching it live.

  • RE: Anoymous
    Sept. 7, 2009 10:47 a.m.

    "Some of you cannot accept the fact that BYU is an exceptional team"

    Define exceptional team? BYU is still 1-20 against top 25 teams in the FINAL rankings.

    We will see if #3 OU is as good as 2008 preseason #1 Georgia which finished #13 or #29 Utah finishing #2.

    Can BYU go undefeated with FSU, TCU, and Utah at home? Yes but not likely considering even FL last year lost to Ol' Miss at home.

    Your claim that BYU will DESTROY Utah this year is based on one game is even more ridiculous. Could they, sure but not likely considering 11-2 BYU teams barely beat a mediocre Ute team at LES by "4&18". Is BYU that much better then 2007? Nope. Is Utah and TCU? Yes.


    "Hall has become a better QB and has learned from his past defeats."

    Its one game lets not get ahead of yourself. He lost to TCU but didn't learn from that. He lost to Utah but didn't seem to learn form that. In fact without BYUs defense he was on is way to not learning from the Arizona loss.

  • The facts...
    Sept. 7, 2009 10:30 a.m.

    BYU had 10 points the left on the field
    OU didn't have a single drive over 70 yards to my knowledge...even w/Bradford.
    OU's points came off BYU turnovers within their half of the field.
    BYU was able to run and pass on the vaunted OU defense...
    OU returned a bevy of starters on offense and defense.

    Not a bad showing for a team that was supposed to lose by 3 TDs. The Y is scheduling high-profile programs...on the road, cause that's the only way they will play anyone from the MWC. Great win, go Cougs and go Utes...kick some BCS booty!

  • Jim
    Sept. 7, 2009 10:15 a.m.

    Rumor has it that the stores in Provo are completely out of Orange Juice and Green Jello due to the celebration. Congratulations BYU.

  • Mizzou Blue
    Sept. 7, 2009 10:12 a.m.

    If Hall had picked up where he left off last year that last drive would have never happened. He's obviously learned some lessons. I thought using Pitta as a decoy, which allowed Jacobson to be wide open, was brilliant. The play also had to feel like redemption for Jacobson who fumbled earlier and allowed OU its only touchdown. Great win for the Cougars & the Mountain West Conference!

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 7, 2009 10:01 a.m.

    Ute fans, this is why I hate the football fans of the univerity that I graduated from (the U of U). Some of you cannot accept the fact that BYU is an exceptional team and they would have probably beaten OU even if Bradford played another half. Bradford played the entire fist half and BYU dominated him. His only TD was the result of a gift from BYU. BYU also missed a field goal. BYU was one yard away from scoring a TD and fumbled in the endzone. BYU dropped a punt which led to a Oklahoma TD. BYU had 4 turnovers, including 2 interceptions which led to 10 OU pts. OU had 2 turnovers (none of which led to a BYU TD). BYU played against a noise factor that you would not believe unless you were there. Imagine 70,000 OU fans screaming in a stadium. Now imagine it happening in a dome. It was deafening. BYU did not have their starting running back. BYU's only returning O-lineman, a sophmore, played with a broken hand. In the offense, BYU started 7 players that had not played the year before and 5 of which that never played.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 7, 2009 9:39 a.m.

    Hey I know that we don't play the Utes in the end of Dec. At 1 am in the morning (and no sleep from the night before because I flew out of Austin at 6:30 am), I meant to say end of Nov. As someone who went to the U and did not switch to becoming a Ute fan because I did not want to join that "class-less" fan base, I know what I am talking about. Last year, I told my fellow BYU fans that we were getting to hopeful for nothing because I knew that we would lose 2-3 games. Our toughest games were away. This year, it is our turn because our key games (except for Oklahoma) are at home. Hall, Pitta, Jorgenson, Clawson, Unga, George, Tonga, Denney, etc. are more mature and more experienced. Hall has become a better QB and has learned from his past defeats. It is the year of the BYU Cougars and nothing that anyone opposed to the idea will change the outcome. Mendenhall will not allow the Cougars to miss a beat. Sit back and enjoy the ride, Cougar fans!!! Go BYU.

  • OU vs Bama
    Sept. 7, 2009 9:32 a.m.

    Bradford doesn't play defense: 14-13

    OT Andre Smith didn't play defense: 31-17

    Only difference 0-0 #3 OU vs. 12-1 #4 Bama

    Congrats to BYU but lets not get carried away. Pitt in 1984 was also #3 in the preseason and I believe they finished un-ranked.

  • Hooray!
    Sept. 7, 2009 9:25 a.m.

    Let's have a round of lemonades for everyone!

  • RE: Ute fans 9:00 a.m.
    Sept. 7, 2009 9:23 a.m.

    Interesting, but Texas and USC were also disappointed by a one loss and NOT being able to play in the title game but why were they so motivated? What about Georgia why were they so motivated to play and demolish Hawaii? If they didn't care about playing Utah they should have said no thanks to the Sugar Bowl invite and saved their fans the money and embarrassment of getting thrashed by Utah.

    The fact is BYU "did not score 24 points" and they only one the "rolled" and hurt is Bradford. You know why this is a fact and not my opinion because I look at the final scoreboard and it says: 14-13.

    We might be pathetic but we are not delusional to pass of opinions as facts. I seriously doubt, and it is only an opinion, that the same OU offense that played BYU would have fared better against Ute or TCU defenses. In fact the history setting OU offense last year had 28 yards rushing against TCU at OU.

    All USU proved was they had 2 big plays against the Ute defense. OU had 1 missed play from a win: missed field goal.

  • JD Houck
    Sept. 7, 2009 9:14 a.m.

    It is wonderful to have a great win. However, we must all be careful not to lose control of decent and honorable treatment of others during our celebration. The love that BYU has demonstrated over the years is still the guideline. Continue to win and be grateful for small things - even one point.
    JD Houck

  • Ute fans
    Sept. 7, 2009 9:00 a.m.

    Don't forget Alabama was upset they didn't get the win over Florida and play in the BCS NC. They didn't care about the Utah Uses or the game and their great OT was out.

    So, don't say stupid stuff like, "Bradford was hurt". The fact is BYU should have scored 24 and rolled.

    Ute fans are pathetic.

    OU would have scored more against the "GREAT" UTE defense. Utah St proved that.


  • FromWA
    Sept. 7, 2009 8:37 a.m.

    I want to give props to the Utes for a good consistent program. For those throwing the asterisk around, remember that 'Bama was without their stud, if mentally unstable defensive star last year, and people tried to lower the value of that win due to that also. Not to forget that people say beating Pitt was nothing, just like they say the 84 NC for BYU wasn't earned. Disrespect comes in heaps, what counts are those that can show class and give respect when it is earned. Go Cougs, go Utes (in 10 of 11 games left). Utah is definitely a top 5 state for football these days and as an outsider, appreciate what you've got.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 7, 2009 8:17 a.m.

    Terry | 1:11 a.m. Sept. 7, 2009
    "We have the best weapons in the country and now the supporting cast is just as strong... I am sick and tired of Ute fans who have no class (and there are many of them). BYU will have an exceptional year and I cannot wait to watch us DESTROY Utah in Provo in late December. GO COUGARS!!"


    Hmmm? Only in your dreams.

    I would argue FL, USC, Bama, Ohio, Texas, and even TCU have better "weapons" then BYU. The only game BYU plays in December is its annual Vegas Bowl either beating or getting DESTROYED by a #5 PAC-10 team.


  • Re:re: BCS haters
    Sept. 7, 2009 7:19 a.m.

    Careful buddy, over the past few years when the utes season has been characterized with a Giant U that U represented one word... UNDEFEATED. To all the other ute fans, BYU had an awesome defense and played very sloppy and still beat OU. There is no reason to start talking smack until the week before we play BYU!!! Neither team knows how good the other will be or how good they are now. Also it shows how much can change in the off season, BYU's defense looked pretty good and Utah's looked sloppy, that was a huge surprise.
    Anyway one win, either beating OU or Utah State doesn't predict how the Utes and Cougs play the rest of their season. Hopefully both teams will end up undefeated at that time and we can really get excited. But for now shut up and give congrats where it's due.
    GO UTES, and cougars when they're not playing utah.

  • re:bigutefan
    Sept. 7, 2009 6:21 a.m.

    Your comments are not only absurd, but ignorant. Why throw mud when the BYU win only helps EVERY school in the MWC?? From what I've read, the vast majority of UTE fans have showed nothing but class in congratulating BYU. I will be rooting for Utah until they play BYU. However, for that special breed of ignorance embodied by the comments of "bigutefan", let's review some facts. BYU had four turnovers, lost a key player on D, was without their starting RB, started a new O-line, and started new corners. OU had their fair share of mistakes, but when you CANNOT punch it in with 1st down from the 2, - with the two best running backs in college football - the credit goes to the BYU defense! We simply played with more heart, physicality, and desire. Let's not forget that BYU played toe-to-toe with OU with Bradford in the game - it was 7-7 when he went down.

    Congrats to BYU, the MWC, and especially to coach Mendenhall - they clearly out-coached the OU staff!!

    Now run along bigutefan - you don't want to be late for your shift at McDonald's.

  • Where's the Trophy
    Sept. 7, 2009 6:21 a.m.

    I was at the airport excited about seeing a new shining trophy for Provo where's BYUs trophy after beating 0-0 #3 OU? After the Utes beat a 12-1 #4 ranked Bama they got a trophy why not BYU?

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 7, 2009 6:18 a.m.

    Credit to BYU for the win but no need t bash utah fans because they aren't the only ones acting poorly here. BYU's arrogance is what most Utah fans hate and it is fully evident on this board. Utah fans, enjoy the win too. now you don't have be the only team building cred for the conference. It's about time you got some help. Everyone just enjoy the win, it was an awesome game, and grow up for crying out loud! Is there anyone that has commented on this board older than 10 years old?

  • S2
    Sept. 7, 2009 5:59 a.m.

    I can see the cartoons after BYU short-circuits Utah's season and aspirations in November, with all the bruised and beaten Ute players being caricatured with asterisks imbedding their foreheads or drawn in place of their dazed eyes.

  • Appalachian State over MI
    Sept. 7, 2009 5:46 a.m.

    I don't recall Appalachian State fans greeting the team at the airport after beating #5 MI.

  • Premature Celebrations
    Sept. 7, 2009 5:29 a.m.

    BYU won a preseason #3 which is great but BYU fans are celebrating like they did something in the post season.

    As far as Bradford I'll say this OU wasn't able to stop BYU on the winning drive which had nothing to do with Bradford. Similar to TCU losing because BJ drove the Utes for the win with 48 secs last year.

    Congrats BYU for the great win but act like you've been there. Oh wait... 2-20 against ranked teams so I can see why they're so hyped about the win.

    Remember #3 preseason is not as important as #3 postseason: Georgia #1 2008 preseason finished #13.

  • Football Fan
    Sept. 7, 2009 4:54 a.m.

    Bottom line is that there should not be preseason rankings. Rankings should not come out until midway through or near the end of the season. It's a good win over a good team with the heisman trophy winner but don't get caught up in the rankings. That's all i ask of the BYU fans.

  • Terry
    Sept. 7, 2009 1:11 a.m.

    I was at the game and despite all of our mistakes including a costly punt return fumble, a near touchdown turn touchback, two interceptions, and no Unga, BYU FOUGHT to the end. No one gave our O-line or defense credit prior to the game, but both were incredible. We have the best weapons in the country and now the supporting cast is just as strong. The Oklahoma Sooner fans were amazing. They welcomed us before the game and congratulated us after the game. I am sick and tired of Ute fans who have no class (and there are many of them). BYU will have an exceptional year and I cannot wait to watch us DESTROY Utah in Provo in late December. GO COUGARS!!

  • True blue!
    Sept. 7, 2009 1:04 a.m.

    WOW!!! Provo was on FIRE Saturday night! We were paryting on University Ave and ran all the way to the Stadium to celebrate! SO happy for our cougs and i don't care what anyone says who thinks we were going overboard, it was amazing! Great game, fair match and we deserved it! Its going ot be an AWESOME season! Rise and shout the Cougars are OUT!!!

  • Big Win
    Sept. 7, 2009 12:48 a.m.

    Great shot on ESPN of Max Hall coming off the field at half time. You could read his lips, telling everyone, "We are going to win!"

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 7, 2009 12:44 a.m.

    A team and fans living in the moment after the biggest win in almost 20 years.......are people really surprised that they had a small group of fans waiting to greet them. C'mon people, show more class and/or get a life. I would expect the same from ANY underdog team's fans, and that includes you Utes. You can't tell me if it was you winning against #3 OU that you wouldn't have a small crowd at the SLC Int airport waiting to cheer.....if you didn't, I'd be disappointed. Go MWC!!

  • about time
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:23 p.m.

    Wow, took almost 20 years to beat a top 10 team again. What is Bronco's record now against nonconference ranked opponents? Still pretty miserable. BYU did play a good game, but it's not like it's the national championship or a BCS bowl game. How embarassing will it be if you get beat by FSU at home? OU was overrated and then when their best offensive player went out, the game was over. Can you imagine if Maxie got hurt? BYU would turn into San Jose St. And then OU was without their all-american TE. So let's see how the Y would do without Pitta and Maxie. Nightmare! At least the win will make the blowout U win against the Kewgs look even better. I will say that Jordan Pendleton looked great on D! That was a huge bright spot for BYU.

  • re: Ute Chick
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:12 p.m.

    As a loyal BYU fan, I have to mostly agree with you; despite your little jab at the Cougars. I see no problem greeting the team at the airport after such a game.

    I'm a little disappointed at how other Cougar fans are already calling a trip to the National Championship or any other BCS bowl. Do we not remember how the hype got to our heads last year??? There is still a lot of football to be played, and before I start talking about any BCS bowls, I'd like to see BYU win the games on their schedule, one game at a time, starting with Tulane next Saturday.

    That being said, GO COUGARS! Beat every team on your schedule....ESPECIALLY the Utes!!!

  • Boise State
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:04 p.m.

    Been there......done that....beat Oklahoma that is

    Good game but Go Bronco's

  • re: BCS haters
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:04 p.m.

    I'm glad you can capitalize every "u" in your statement because the Ute's season is going to be characterized by a giant "u".... as in "UGLY."

  • Ute Chick
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:49 p.m.

    As a loyal Ute fan, I go to the airport when I'm flying to BCS bowl games!!!

    That said, it was a great win, makes the conference look better - but don't forget you still have the rest of the season left. Its a bit premature to set yourselves up for the national championship game. Remember last year what happened when you professed your "quest" out loud too early on! Besides, even if you go undefeated, as long as the BCS exists, you still won't go to the national championship game. Oklahoma STILL has a better chance at that game that BYU ever will.

  • BCS haters
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:39 p.m.

    Thanks byU for finally helping Us oUt, it's been hard pUlling the whole conf along. It's aboUt time! Please keep winning and dancing in the streets, so when we kick your bUtts in Nov it will be that mUch sweeter!!!!

  • No.
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    Please tell me they didn't really go to the airport. Weak sauce.

  • What?
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:31 p.m.

    Absolutely nobody outside of Provo sees this game as real victory for BYU or a real loss for OK. If I were a BYU fan, I would be disappointed with a very weak 1-point lead at the end of the game. Reality will set in soon when BYU realizes they slipped by OK's B-team.

    Enjoy it while it lasts.

  • Mistakes prove
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:04 p.m.

    that BYU was the better team. Think about it: if BYU had played flawlessly, the talk would have been about how OU beat themselves; how they would have crushed BYU if they had not had an off night; etc., etc. As it is, even the Bradford injury excuse that some are leaning on is weak. Bradford was not doing very well when he was on the field anyway. I credit the BYU defense for that. Would Bradford have resurrected his game in the second half? I seriously doubt it. His front line couldn't stop the BYU defense from coming through in the first half, and I didn't see the OU front line having any success shutting down the flow in the second half. When you get right down to it, this was a football game where anything can happen, and no matter how many 'ifs' one tacks on when trying to explain OU's loss, BYU STILL emerges as the WINNING team and the BETTER team. That said, I hope OU goes on to have a successful season this year, which will make the BYU win just that much more credible.

  • Re: Paul
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:26 p.m.

    I guess the players should get curfew violations too.

    Come on, don't be dumb.

  • Inexperienced O-line
    Sept. 6, 2009 8:22 p.m.

    BYU's inexperienced O-line did quite well, thank you, and didn't need excuses. OU's D-line included an All-America, "future top 10 pick" according to the pundits.

  • Paul
    Sept. 6, 2009 7:47 p.m.

    Shouldn't all those BYU students at the airport get curfew violations??

  • Great run/pass distribution
    Sept. 6, 2009 7:42 p.m.

    I was impressed at how well the Cougars spread the ball around. Pitta, Kariya, Jacobson, Chambers, George, Di Luigi, and Tonga all touched the ball last night. In a way, it might have helped to NOT have Collie in the game because it forced Hall to go to other targets.

    As far as the Bradford debate goes...give me a break!! OU's highly touted "depth" should have given them more to work with. BYU's defense shut down OU's two 1,000 yard running backs, and kept Bradford to only one touchdown throw in the first half.

    I don't buy the argument that had Bradford been in the game the Sooners would have won. OU's offensive line showed weakness, and BYU exploited it time and time again.

    Go Cougars!!!

  • A good one
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:49 p.m.

    Why should visitors to the U of U campus NEVER wear blue? They might get hit in the head by a Max Hall pass.

  • Nate
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:00 p.m.

    That would have been fun celebrating in Provo with everyone but.....I was at the game! Easily the best game I've ever been to and the oklahoma fans were really good sports. A lot of them stayed after and congratulated us on the big win. Our Cougars just won probably the most difficult game on the schedule so let's finish this off and not slip up in any other games. Go Cougs!

  • Utecharger
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:45 p.m.

    I will gladly give praise to the BYU football team for beating a BCS team and furthering the notion that the MWC deserves an auto bid but come on cougar fans it was the first game of the season. Yea, yea OU was ranked #3 but remember they were given that ranking, they hadn't done anything to earn it. Kinda like a Pitt team ranked 3rd in 84 that lost their 1st game and then had a losing season.

    Also As a Ute fan I was ecstatic that the U beat Michigan last year in the Big house but look how their season ended up.

    All I'm saying is dont get too excited until you get a victory like this in January against a team that has earned their ranking.

  • Re: bigutefan
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:35 p.m.

    Man! As a BYU fan, I'm SO disappointed that we were not able to open our season with a win at home against Utah State. I guess I'll have to settle with the win in a de facto away game against #3 Oklahoma. Darn....

  • Re: bigutefan
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:31 p.m.

    No asterisk, just the final score: 14-13.

  • Not perfect plays...
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:27 p.m.

    But a fantastic win! Bravo to all the guys for putting their heart into it. Now the first game jitters are over, it's time to settle down and really punch it hard.

    Good luck, Cougars!

    PS - we want Oklahoma to continue to play ... and to win! So we can say "BYU was the only team to beat Oklahoma". Makes the Cougars look GREAT!

  • Bethlehem Bob
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:26 p.m.

    It appears that Bronco has figured out the game management scheme that works. Anae in the booth,Hill,Doman and him on the sidelines cheering the team on. It was great to see his emotion. This game was all about HEART! If they can show this all season, it's 1984 all over again. The National Championship team was about Heart and taking on opponents one game at a time. I do look forward to watching them the rest of the season. Go Cougars!!!

  • OU gets mulligan???
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:19 p.m.

    A mulligan, are you kidding me. BYU had 4 turnovers and blew several chances to score. Had the offense played error free, this game would have been a blowout for BYU. Also, not being able to move the ball and score on BYU's awesome defense does not count as a mulligan. Sheesh

  • Mild celebration
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:16 p.m.

    When some teams have a big win, like let's say Ohio State, the fans end up destroying a big area of town. They roll cars and burn them, break out windows, drunken rioting, etc. It just goes to show just how much class BYU and their fans have by having a controlled celebration. Save the big one for when they finish the season undefeated!

  • utahprincipal801
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:06 p.m.

    Thanks, BYU for a great game! The defense really showed grit on the goal line. It takes guts to make some mistakes, but still keep going. As an alumnus of both the U and the Y, I take pride in both teams when they play. So many fans appreciate what you both have done for showcasing the MWC to the country. I'm proud to be a fan for BOTH teams!

  • DEATH TO BCS
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:54 p.m.

    A Mulligan? This is the BCS flaw. BYU beat OU 14-13. The only thing that should matter is wins, who beats who on any given week. W's are the only real stat. The BCS depends on media voters who like to pick tradition and sexy names over those who produce on the field. Go BYU, Go Utah, go Boise State, and whoever else wants to help bring down this farce of a system. Oh and Bradford was shut down in the first half, and knocked down again and again prior to his unfortunate injury. Hope he recovers soon...nice hit though Clawson.

  • Kathleen
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:26 p.m.

    Some mistakes early on...but cougars over came them. The beautiful weather and fall colors are not the only reason Fall is my favorite time of the year. I listened to cougar football on tmy old "LDS Radio"long before I could watch it on TV here in San Jose, Ca.

    Go Cougars!

  • Oklahoma gets a mulligan
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:03 p.m.

    Robert Smith of ESPN just said BYU will be in the BCS national championship game if they win out.

  • Oklahoma gets a mulligan
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:01 p.m.

    A talking head on ESPN just said that OU can still win the national championship because the voters will "give them a mulligan" for their loss to BYU because Bradford was injured and out of the game. Duh?

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:01 p.m.

    Utah fan here...

    Congratulations on showing the country that our conference is a force to be reckoned with. You guys picked up where Utah left off last year and now the BCS continues to be exposed.

    This Ute's red and whit hat is off to you, BYU!!!

  • cougs
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:51 p.m.

    If Florida State can get the win against Miami, BYU shouldnt have trouble getting to the National Championship game... By the way BYU didnt play that good and still got the win!! What was it 4 turnovers?? 90 somethin yards of penalty's??? Correct those mistakes and were as good as anybody

  • Polls coming soon
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:18 p.m.

    By the way Utah fans, that blue flash you just saw was BYU flying past you in the polls... how does your SOS look now?

  • Hey Newts
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:16 p.m.

    So Oklahoma is overrated and has a weak defense, so what do you cal USU then? Come back when you have played a top-class opponent, oh yeah, Alabama, LAST YEAR. Wake up, it is 2009, new teams, new challenges, stop living in the past. Who is you first BIG team, ok,Oregon, the guys (now minus a running back) that got walked on by BSU. So you guys are going to call the doormat of Idaho a legitimate challenge? Either we agree that BYU and Utah have virtually identical schedules, and see who wins in Nov, or let's just continue the smack talk and you tell me how many ranked opponents you will hve this year. Oregon won't be ranked by the time you play them. I guess it will come down to BYU and TCU.

  • To the BYU-haters here
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:09 p.m.

    Yes, Bradford went out. Had this happened in a game against the newts you would have said that is just part of the game and a sign of your toughness. Yes, it was a big celebration, but it was the first big win in 219 years and my only fear is that OU will do a Michigan and you BYU-haters will go around crying that BYU doesn't play strong opponents. They were ranked No.3 and that is all that counts. Don't cry if BYU blows past you guys (oh, forgot, you guys beat the mighty Aggies)!
    Bradford or no Bradofrd, BYU will probably be 5 place (at least) ahead of you guys tomorrow. Let's take it to FSU next.

  • Cougar Fan
    Sept. 6, 2009 3:03 p.m.

    BYU deserved that win. When bradford went out it was tied. Yes oklahoma was also missing there tight end and that was a factor but both teams were in the same situation coming into the game. Both had unproven o-lines and new recievers. Another thing worth mentioning is that even with Bradford out, oklahoma still had two 1,000 yard rushers. BYU stuffed the run though and that goal line stand was awesome because they had to stop them twice. Go cougars

  • Party in Provo
    Sept. 6, 2009 2:46 p.m.

    Donuts and Sprite for everyone!! I hope the BYU fans called cabs and did not drive with a sugar buzz.

  • StateofUtah
    Sept. 6, 2009 2:39 p.m.

    That Kariya guy is good

  • Giant Killers
    Sept. 6, 2009 2:30 p.m.

    Here is a list of the Big Name programs that have been punched in the face/beaten by BYU:
    Oklahoma #3
    Miami #1
    Pittsburgh #3
    ASU
    Oregon 38-8
    Penn State
    Texas
    Washington
    UCLA
    Notre Dame
    Michigan(84' Champs)
    Colorado
    Texas A&M
    Kansas State (Cotton Bowl)
    Utah
    TCU
    BC
    Missouri

    *BYU is almost always ranked and has been the Class of The WAC and Now MWC from the get! Looks cool when you beat them! Looks really dumb when you bad mouth them. Makes no sense.

  • gbthecoach
    Sept. 6, 2009 2:14 p.m.

    No one is saying BYU won the national championship. The fact is though that BYU beat a #3 ranked team that was over a 20 point favorite. Many other teams would have fans meet them at the airport after such a big win. Utah fans, I know many BYU fans that have enjoyd you beating the BCS monsters that you supposedly had no chance against. Can't you let BYU fans enjoy beating one as well. The Mountain West will have more money, better facilities and better (faster) players if all of us can keep beating BCS opponents. Save your trash talk for the "holy war" that is where it belongs. Right now this is a win for all the Mwest. Ute fan it helps you as well. I would love to see BYU, Utah, TCU and Boise St (from the WAC) all top 15. That would really shove the BCS teams where it hurts.

  • Crazy Party Scene
    Sept. 6, 2009 2:01 p.m.

    Yeah, I'm sure the Police had to work extremely hard to control all those BYU Students at the airport. How many police cars were flipped and burned?

    Congrats on a Great win BYU. Lets keep it up next week. Harvey Unga will be back to help out. Should be a fun season.

    GO COUGS!

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:47 p.m.

    OU does not have a good defense and they only put up 14 on them? OU is overrated don't be gettin all excited go play Florida and if you only lose by 30 then celebrate. dont act like the Champs when you havent beat them the day you beat UF is the day you can start talkin.. same for you ute fans who just got past USU

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:23 p.m.

    I've never seen an asterick next to a "W" because of an injury. That could be the dumbest comment I've ever read.

    It's a team game. And despite the final score BYU outperformed AS A TEAM, in nearly every relevant category.

    Thank you classy Ute fans for recognizing what this means for our conference and for BOTH our teams. Thank you for taking down Bama last year. Until the BCS is gone a small part of me will always cheer for the utes when they aren't playing BYU.

  • Re: re uh ok | 11:58 a.m.
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:19 p.m.

    Wasn't meant as a killjoy, too bad you took it that way. Was meant as a legitimate question. Here's a "what if" for you: had Navy upset Ohio State yesterday, you think a mob of Midshipmen fans would have shown up to greet the team back to Annapolis at the wee hours? Nah. Again, it's a what if, I know they didn't pull it off. BYU did. Still, it wasn't the national championship.

  • party time
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:17 p.m.

    "...spontaneous celebrations erupted throughout this city (Provo) and lasted well into the early hours of the morning on Sunday."

    "It's a first for me," said Bronco Mendenhall of the early-morning reception. "I didn't know that the victory would have this kind of a widespread response already..."

    There's plenty more where that came from, Bronco. Just keep winning and you'll see!

  • Milton
    Sept. 6, 2009 1:12 p.m.

    Don't be surprised, Cougar nation, when the rankings come out and Oklahoma will still be ranked higher than BYU. It'll happen. Teams like OU lose, they only drop a few notches. No way BYU even cracks top 10. Good win, fun you got to celebrate at the airport. But reality is you're headache from the hangover will be the rankings. Sorry to burst your bubble.

  • Re: bigutefan
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:53 p.m.

    Your right. Congratulations on your non asterick win over Utah State.

  • Media and Bradford
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:45 p.m.

    Well the Media is attributing the loss to Bradford's injury, and four new starters on its O-Line. Well BYU also had four new starters on their O-Line as well and was missing several starters yesterday- including their star running back, Unga and Bauman. Sure it wasn't the cleanest game ever played, and Hall was off for a portion of the game. But BYU played with more heart, outplayed them, was more physical, and even outplayed them while Bradford was in the game - no excuses please for Oklahoma please.

  • jaded_cougar
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:45 p.m.

    All I can say is that I am proud of the way the Cougs played. I always felt that BYU could hang with Oklahoma if their defense were good. BYU was never out of the game and played equally as good as Oklamoma for most time that Sam Bradford was in the game. Sure Oklahoma had some inexperience and key players hurt, but SO DID BYU. It'll be nice to have Harvey Unga back.

    I get so tired of the national media (and obnoxious Ute fans)who will always belittle the fact that BYU played and beat a good team. We as MWC teams should always cheer when one of our teams beats a BCS school. Congrats BYU!!! Don't get complacent and always try to treat each game like a bowl game.

  • BYU fan with some facts....
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:27 p.m.

    Alabama wasn't very good....Alabama probably has more national championships than any other school. I believe the number is about a dozen with Notre Dame about the same number and USC falling short of this number. OU is about 4th or 5th on this list.

  • BYU's wi
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:21 p.m.

    along with the Utes BCS bowl busting destruction of both the Tide and Pitt show that the MWC deserves a spot at the table. If all goes to plan, TCU, BYU and Utah should be pretty good. I'm not sure the Big Ten (let's get real that conference is way overrated) or the Big East has three teams the quality of that trio. The MWC is 2-0 in its BCS bowls and now BYU has beat #3 ranked OU. With or without Bradford the Sooners were considered so talented that there is no way BYU should have won, unless the superiority of the BCS conferences is truly overstated. In fact, when given the chance with Boise State's victory the non-BCS schools are 3-1 in their BCS bowls with two wins being blowouts.

  • Bradford
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:20 p.m.

    I feel bad for him and all being hurt, but you have to remember something.

    There are dumb people saying that BYU won because Bradford was out for the second half of the game. The reason he was out for the second half and didn't play was because WE TOOK HIM OUT OF THE GAME! Period. There were all kinds of dumb Utah fans and other BYU fans saying that Max Hall was going to be carted out of the game in a body bag because our O-line wouldn't protect him, but no one even thought to consider if Bradford would have adequate protection. That was because no one was giving our defense credit AT ALL before the game, and they are a good unit, I've always thought they were at least half decent.

    When it comes down to it folks, in this game BYU's Offensive line did their job and got it done. OU's simply did not, and that is why Bradford is hurt.

  • uh, ok
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:00 p.m.

    Man leave it up to a Ute fan to belittle a great win for BYU and the MWC. Oklahoma is above and beyond better than Alabama was last year. Oklahoma has had a year in and year out top 10 team, while Alabama wasn't very good before Saban took the reigns....which was 3 years ago. but thanks anyway and next time maybe know what your talking about before that stuff comes out your mouth. GO COUGARS!!!!Wish i could have been in Provo for the celebration, but I'm sadely stuck in USC territory until December.

  • re uh ok
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:58 a.m.

    whay such a kill joy?

  • RE: Anonymous
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:57 a.m.

    Uh, didn't BYU not have its star running back the whole game because of injury?

    Uh, didn't BYU play right with OK even when they had their QB?

    Uh, didn't BYU score the winning touchdown against one of the best Defenses in the country?

    Uh, thats what it said on ESPN.

    Duh.

  • To: bigutefan
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:42 a.m.

    You should read what ESPN has to say about the game if you don't think BYU and Max Hall deserve all the credit in the world for the win. ESPN is a total hater on BYU and even they are giving the Y credit. Bradford has 96 yards when he went out at the half, Hall had over 200. But who even really cares about the stats. BYU got a Win against #3 ranked OU essentially at a home game for OU. Injuries are part of the sport and if you lose because of an injury you still lose. OU won't get into the national championship game and Bradford wont be the Heisman, BYU is on track to have a great season. Injuries have consequences no doubt, its part of the game.

  • Re: bigutefan
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:36 a.m.

    The Cougars contained Bradford very well for the entire first half. There may still be an astrick, but BYU showed a lot of defensive toughness and the offense moved the ball even without Unga. Go Cougars!

  • Dean
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:31 a.m.

    Jaime Hill for mayor!
    What an unexpected upset for the ages!
    To "bigutefan": Why do you feel the need to minimize BYU's accomplishment? As I recall, the game was tied near the end of the second quarter when Bradford went down. You should go and quietly relish your big win over Utah State.
    The classy Ute fans and BYU fans alike are happy when each other succeeds outside of the MWC.
    Props to the Offensive line and to the entire defense!
    That's why they play the game.....!
    Go Cougars!

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:13 a.m.

    Probably I was one of the few BYU fans that thought we had a good chance, I knew if the defence would show off we could win this game. I don't know you Norcal, but I don't think Utah fans are happy at all with our win,I actually think that you are more of a Utah fan than a BYU fan after reading how much you are trying to emphacise the win over overrated Alabama. Hey this is a site for BYU fans, go to your own side to talk about your team.

  • uh, ok
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:04 a.m.

    Cool you won. Neat you beat them on TV. It was a good game.

    But aren't meet and greets at 3 in the morning at airports kind of reserved for national championship wins?

    You didn't beat Texas. Or even Florida. You beat an overrated OU team that gets uberhyped from day one by the machine in Norman. And on Saturday, thanks to your good play, was without its star QB.

    Become national champs. Then go nuts at the airport.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:02 a.m.

    Didn't the Oklahoma team have their star qaurter back injured for half the game? Thats what it said on ESPN

  • H3
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:55 a.m.

    How nice for this school to physically, mentally, and emotionally move to the next higher plane. It's good for the Mountain West Conference.

  • BYU grad
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:52 a.m.

    Three cheers for the BYU fans in Provo!

  • Samuel Taf
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:25 a.m.

    Great job guys we are very proud of the great job i know we will have a great year our D played very great yesterday so lets have a great year.

  • Keep it up BLue!
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:18 a.m.

    Good Fans!

  • bigutefan
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:03 a.m.

    Congrats on the win, great recognition for the MWC. But I don't know many outside of BYU fans who walked away after the game saying...Wow, the Y is good. This game will always have an asterick next to it stating...without Bradford. Yes, Unga was out, but Unga vs. Bradford...not even comparable, gimme a break. BYU was adequate. But I am not sold that they were something special. I saw the same three plays that were called all last year. Deep to Jacobson, over the middle to Pitta, and hand off to runningback. Nothing new.....the O line did better than I expected, but Hall still was throwing interceptions and getting sacked and banged up. I don't see how you classify it as one of the greatest wins ever.....considering the variables.

  • Larry Stout
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:55 a.m.

    "Slammin' Sammy" hasn't been a sports headline since the days of Snead (students: don't bother asking). I love it!!! BYU played with more heart. Period.

  • Crimson Clubber
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:55 a.m.

    We celebrated in our house too. I woke up my sleeping daughter with shouts at the TV. What a great game and strong statement for our Conference! Congrats Cougs, enjoy this one. This November is going to be epic!

  • NorCal BYU FAN
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:28 a.m.

    I had no hope in a win, just hoped not to get embarrassed. It was just like the Sugar Bowl. I had no hope for a U win just hoped they wouldn't get embarrassed.

    I am so proud of What BYU and Utah has done in beating OU and Bamma. I am also proud of all of the good comments from the Utah fans.

    I love to talk smack as much as the next guy, but I have really been disappointed and quite saddened by the real nasty tone from BYU & Ute fans this week. Especially when the content is disparaging about unrelated beliefs that we don't share.

    We have so much more in common than we have differences. Thanks Utes for not only busting the BCS party, but for totally dominating it, and thank you to the classy fans who have posted today.

    Lets join forces in showing the rest of the country that football in Utah and in the MWC as good as in the rest of the country. Then lets get ready for a great showdown in November at which time we can talk lots of respectful SMACK