I'm not going to complain about any win so long as Jake Heaps is starting. I
appreciate the fact that he continues to show confidence despite not getting it
done on the field however I think I speak for quite many of the Cougar fans when
I say it's time to give someone else a chance.
@MPS: UCF is one of, if not the best team in Conference USA, and will probably
be invited to join the Big East's sinking ship soon. A win against UCF is a
good win. The win is similar to a win against Houston, Nevada, Fresno State,
Hawaii, Air Force, in my opinion. The difference being that UCF probably has
better athletes and overall team speed than those mentioned schools.UCF is a school on the rise that will continue to have winning seasons. They
have the second largest school enrollment, and as they continue to win, they
will attract exceptional talent.
MPSUCF was the C-USA champion in 2010, beating Georgia 10-6 in the
Liberty, to finish 11-3, ranked #21/#20 in the final polls.
Just for my own edification: What kind of team is UCF? Are they a powerhouse in
football, a small school that is easy to beat? I just have not heard of thie
school much and would be interested to know. Thanks.
Cinci ManI agree mostly with your assessment except the
following:Special teams: they WON this game. they definitely deserve
an A. Van Noy makes big plays in critical situations. He deserves an A-.Seriously, they really need to give Lark a shot with real game
experience. If nothing else it might light a fire under Heaps.Heaps will
look good during the patsy part of our schedule, but we desperately need a QB
who can step up in the BIG games. Heaps is not that guy.I am
actually OK with Doman. I am willing to cut him some slack because I do think
he'll get better with time. I do wonder if he has the guts to make the tough
decision regarding personel issues (like benching Heaps).I used to
be fairly critical of Max Hall. Right now he is looking like a superstar
Offense: D; Heaps F, Di Luigi B, Mendenhall, B, Kariya, B, Line D, Receivers,
CDefense: C; Tackling D, Penalties C, Pressure C, Passes C, Line C,
Linebackers B, Van Noy BSpecial Teams: B (inconsistent still); Sorenson A,
Hoffman A, Riley Stephenson ACoaching: C; All were very average - no
spectacular coaching decisions during the game - not motivatingOverall: C
- Cougars were at home and they were mostly very bad, but came up with big plays
when they were needed. Incredible drive stops in the second half when I thought
UCF would surely score.Heaps cannot throw consistently well. He
cannot put air under passes when required and passes are behind receivers more
consistently than not. When BYU coaches are sent footage of interested QB's they
answer that they are knee deep in QB and are not in the market. Where are these
QB's? Are the coaches seeing the same games we are?
BK was ran so tough. He was a tone setter. Passing game had not continuity.
Offensive line played somewhat better. Safeties seemed to make some critical
mistakes again. Front seven on D were really tough other than a handful of
missed tackles. Big props to Riley S. and Justin S. they were difference
makers. Would like to see Heaps do more of his talking with his play and less
with words. Tough and entertaining victory against what hopefully turns out to
be a pretty good team. Good job Cougars.
i think Doman has done ok so far, a lot of the offensive struggles have been
player mistakes. but there are 2 things i would like to see out of him1- stick with what is working, if the defense cant stop the pass, keep
passing, if they cant stop the run, keep running, if heaps can't complete a
sideline route but does decent on routes down the middle of the field, throw it
down the middle more. Its frustrating to see us throw 2 or 3 straight passes
down the middle of the field for 10 + yards then run 2 draw plays and an out
route then punt it away2- play to win the game/be aggressive/go for the
dagger (whatever you want to call it). Nothing puts a team away like scoring on
them after they turn the ball over. Who cares that you are up and there are 5:00
left. Dont run the clock out, go for the jugular! Don't give them another
chance. Thats exactly what the great teams do, and we should do the same
Heaps has the physical tools, but is struggling big time with confidence and
execution. He killed drive after drive with poor throws. Bad QB play is killing
us. Why not let Lark play while Jake gets his head together?
@srh83I couldnt agree more. Everytime I look at cougar articles there are
as many posts from ute fans as cougar fans. I do not read or post on ute boards
for one simple reason....I dont care about them! I dont care about thier
team, coach, win, losses, ect. Even if utah fans posted when they play BYU why
would they continue to do it week after week? I ll tell you why; they are
obsessed with BYU. They are really so jealous of us wonderful cougar fans. Lol
Wow! What an entertaining game! I almost blacked out after the Hoffman kick
return for a touchdown. Clearly not a pretty statistical game, and BYU has some
huge obvious improvements to make to beat Utah State next week. But huge plays
were made that were really fun to watch. In response to the first
poster as far as BYU not winning the game . . . well, sadly you could make an
argument that UCF gave the game away. The same way you could also argue that BYU
gave the Texas game two weeks ago, or that Ole Miss gave the game to BYU in week
1. Football is a game of inches, and I was scared the entire time because UCF
showed that they had the athletes to beat us on any one given play. But you have
to give props to the heart that the BYU players showed this week and the
improvements they made from last week. That is probably the best comeback from
adversity I've seen from this team in a long time.Leave the tweaking
of the X's and O's to the coaches. As far as tonight, I'm please with the
Doman really has his hands full. BYU needs a full time QB coach because Heaps
isnt performing or getting better. He cant perform under pressure. Raw talent
is good but mental toughness and ability to put the ball where it needs to be is
more important. BYU could lose more games but the only interesting
games left are Oregon State and TCU. If Heaps performs well against IDaho State
he should keep his mouth shut and focus on getting better against good
I didn't watch the game, but I stated yesterday that Jake Heaps is only a talker
that can't perform his role as a quaterback. Todays game showed and proved my
call and it will continue to be that way for a very long time. I believe the
recruits for next year(s) are changing their decisions already.
I disagree with the COACH grades:- Offense: D - Pitiful again.
Except for those up-the-middle run plays that netted a TD. That sequence kept me
from grading an E.- Defense: C - Not nearly enough pressure on their
QBs, especially the 2nd string guy that looked all-world with all day to pass
the ball.At least the players played well enough to win, especially
on special teams.
I think when your rival owns you by 44 points, they have free reign over the
message boards. You should have seen the Utah articles before the Utah BYU game.
Don't think that Cougar fans don't comment on Utah articles.
Heaps missed two wide open touchdown passes. Those are the moments a qb lives
for. The first one there was a delayed blitz and his man was just breaking open,
but the second one was untouched, wide open, and blatantly missed. There were
several other open passes that he just plain missed. I agree-open up the qb spot
and let Lark challenge. Heaps may be the better raw talent, but he can't keep
playing like this. It doesn't help matters any that the receivers keep
dropping passes. He isn't making the best throws, but his last couple picks have
bounced off receiver's hands. And does he know how to pump fake? Teams are
riding those three-yard out passes (10 a game) so hard that a pump and go could
be huge...if he could hit the receiver on the go...
Wow! Why are Ute fans so offended by the turnover comment Bronco made last
week???? Big deal! Why are Ute fans so obsessed with BYU??? I don't read or
care about articles about the Utah football team, but every single BYU article
starts off with some Ute fans spewing their hatred about BYU. GET OVER IT!
Bronco needs to open up the QB competition this week and see who TRUELY wins it.
Heaps is the future, but he needs to get pushed by someone or benched a game to
light the fire. He is progressing much to slowly. Heaps has the physical tools,
but needs a Kellen Moore brain. Once he "gets" it, he will be awesome.
From Jeff Calls article; BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall doesn't consider tonight's
game a "must-win" situation. "I see this game as a chance to move
forward," he said.So I guess this UCF win isn't that big of a
That is the way the ball bounces. Great game Cougars! Lots to work
on but there is a lot of good as well.
Correction...BYU did not win the game.UCF gave it away by
turning the balls over including a key drive at BYU 5 with 2 mins left.Clearly, "the best team did not win the game"