Thought a PAC 12 team would be tougher. Great defense.
Great game against a PAC 12 team. However, the whole "national tv
audience" thing is a bit overplayed. Kick off wasn't until about 10:30
pm eastern time.... maybe they DVR'd it.
If the east coast, or even Texas, saw the first half, they got their monies
worth.If they stayed past that, unless they were ardent BYU
fans...they fell asleep on the couch. I think we will need to develop a killer
instinct by the third game.
Finally we got to see those TE's making big plays - good game.Cody Hoffman might as well take a rest next week facing Weber St and be ready
for utah and pac12 zebras.Love our D's but wow, 103 yard
penalty, average 10 yard/call on our D's? Need to tone down a little like
but heading and some little silly stuff.What no part on Apo on this
article? We need him with more touches.
Agreed Y Dad. Once again BYU seemed to take their foot off the gas in the second
half. We are not an option running team & spent too much time trying to run
outside. If bronco wants to milk the clock in the second half of games he needs
to develop an inside rushing attack. I was a little disappointed in the feeble
effort the offense gave on the second half, in particular the rushing attackGreat game by Friel, he caught everything that came to him and reminded
me somewhat of Andrew George, very powerful. It was great to have the TE backI don't think Alisa is an every down back and we need to get Foote
more carries along with Williams, Pritchard and Hine. Against WSU we should have
been able to run the ball better, especially in the 2nd half. Great start to
finish effort by the defense.One thing that is odd, Riley seems to
be able to find Hoffman with ease but can't do the same with Apo. It
didn't seen like he looked Ross's way much at all, especially after
Hoff left the game.
PAC12 zebras were definitely throwing the nylon with abandon in this game - -
could have thrown it more too. Although the blue and white Cougs didn't
get a ton of pressure rusing 3 and dropping the rest, the Wazzou linemen could
have been flagged with holding many times.In the end, no bearing on
the outcome but in a closer game (like we will have on Sept. 15) these guys need
to be more consistent.
The refs were not that bad. The only difference in calls was a couple of
unsportsmanlike penalties on BYU. WSU had their only TD called back so even
bringing up refs is not worth the argument.I attended the game and
arrived at the end of the first quarter after attending the Utah game. I am a
loyal Ute fan and my sister went ahead and married one of the graduate
assistants at BYU. We may have to disown her as she is a Ute. Her kids will
probably end up confused. The fans were really into it in the 2nd quarter. I
could tell a lot of the fans were sleepy by the end of the 3rd quarter as it got
quieter. The student section was the loudest section by far. I was in the BYU
family members section. I was wearing my Utah hat but covered up my red shirt. I
had one lady told me that I didn't belong but the others were very nice.
While leaving the stadium, I had quite a few "Utes suck" heckles.
Traffic flows better in SLC than Provo after games. Glad both teams
did so well.
Gotta love this defense. Amazing. Bronco is the real deal as a DC. Doman is not
on a par with Bronco as OC. But he'll learn, methinks. But with this
defense, BYU could be really good this year.
I like what I saw in this first game, except for one thing, and that is Riley
Nelson should be a QUARTERBACK not a RUNNING BACK. If he wants to run the ball
then have someone else play quarterback. Overall, seems like a better team than
last year's. Beat Boise State and you should be fine for the rest of the
schedule. GO COUGARS!!!
I am pleased with the results of the game. There is lots of room for
improvement and and I see lots potential for good showings in tough games. But
I'm still holding out for the next 3 games to learn if last night was a
fluke or the makings of a good season. Pac 12 officials have NOT been cleaned
up, as their leader claims. They are as dirty as ever. Some penalties were
legitimate, and any penalty against WSU was a huge surprise given the joke some
calls were against BYU. Riley needs to run the ball ONLY when other options are
exhausted. But the threat is always there. I expected more rushers and more
receivers, so Doman's offense is about 20% of what was promised. Keep
working hard BYU. I'm hoping you can deliver. BTW, Leach's team
delivered about 5% of what we all expected.
Nice win. Looked like a fun time in the stands. I too thought WSU would be
Nice game cougs... I have to admit, that defense looked awesome. If Nelson keeps
playing as efficiently as he did and the D continues to hit and tackle like they
did, well, this team could do some damage.Just an honest take from a Ute
fan.By the way, Doman called a great game and Friel looked extremely good.
Lots to be happy about in happy valley.
Thanks for the honest assessment motorbike.Utah looked pretty good
too, although it's hard to say just how effective Wynn is going to be
against stiffer defensive pressure.Utah State should be a better
guage for the Utes, while Weber State, should be an interesting test of the
Cougars to get more experience for their younger players.September
15th is going to be a very interesting game for both sides.
BYU has a tight end this year! Wow, this will make a huge difference. Good to
see we can move the chains. I think our offense will still be the weakness this
year. I like Riley, but I want a real QB who can pick apart a defense with his
arm. He struggles bad with the deep ball which hurts us when we try to stretch
the field vertically.I hope Riley can get the job done, but if he gets hurt and
tayson has to come in....well I won't be disappointed! Go Cougs
A very limited national audience with almost 10,000 empty seats at LES. Lots of
room for improvement.
Bronco was not trying to run up the score against Mike Leach. BYU, too, could
have easily scored 40 points. Nice call Doman and company.
@ResoluteVoice "A very limited national audience with almost 10,000 empty
seats at LES."Lol, really? Announced attendance was 57,000+, 4K
less than capacity. Not sure where you're getting '10,000 empty
seats' from. I was there, and most of the stadium was filled in, except
upper corners of the stands. I'd say that's a great turn-out for a
weekday, late-night game.And very limited national audience?
Seriously? Limited national audience is Utah playing on the 'national PAC
12 Network' that Ute fans in Utah can't even watch.BYU
played on ESPN as part of a double-header opening the college football season.
That's a GREAT national audience.Go Cougars!
Silenced Resolute VoiceIn your dreams.I'm sure ESPN
made a bundle on this and the ratings were superb.Contrasting to a
mini-stadium and a half-baked sports network that many local in-state fans could
not get.And let's be clear, the 'national' version of
the PAC 12 Network is as rare as the infamous 'snail darter'.
Harmon writes, "Ridley literally came out of nowhere." Literally. Came
out of nowhere.
"When placed in the record books, the Cougar defense did not allow
Leach's offense in the end zone and led BYU to a 30-6 victory." --
DHTrue, but reality is the Cougars beat themselves.A TD
called back due to holding penalty.A 46 reception at the one called back
due to holding.2 TOs in the red zone.
UteologyLOL at your crimson-glasses tinted view of the worldDid ever consider that without the illegal holding, Washington
State's QB might have been sacked for a couple of 5- or 10-yard LOSSES
instead of completing a couple of long passes?And, the two red-zone
turnovers were CAUSED by two excellent defensive plays.Reality is
BYU should have won by at least a couple more touchdowns if they hadn't
tried to get too cute after moving the ball into the red zone on several
occasions in the 2nd half, and if not for some phantom officiating by the
notoriously awful PAC 12 refs, WSU may not have scored AT ALL. A BYU player
getting called for "unsportsmanlike" conduct for throwing his arms up
after making a great play or for "delay of game" for rolling the ball on
the ground a few feet? Get real!
feel sorry for Dick Harmon having to find positives about BYU football anymore.
Dick has covered all the great teams over the years and now trying to find
something positive with this watered down bunch is quite the challenge. Wait til
November with games against Idaho, San Jose and New Mx State. This is the month
where most teams have their big rivalry games and are playing for big bowl bids
and BYU is playing intramural's.
Patriot cont'dand November is also the month where teams see
their pride side kicked to the curb. Jim McKay of ABC Sports said it so
eloquently each Saturday decades ago... "and the agony of defeat"Yep, losing to Colorado was bad last year but I feel much better after
walloping N. Colorado.Utes are great. Wynn is our Heisman candidate
because he is a survivor and I smell roses.
Uteology,To make a comment like that means that you didn't see
the game. I wasn't able to tell if those holding calls were legit
(although I suspect they were, since WSU was doing a lot of holding, most of
which didn't get called), but even if they weren't, you must consider
that if the refs called the game as they should have, BYU would probably have
10+ more points than they did.
Attention from the word police... Ridley did not "literally" come out of
nowhere... he figuratively came out of nowhere."
Rock on:Thanks for that amazing insight.I am going to
literally stop reading your posts. Not figuratively.
feel sorry for patriot having nothing positive to say anymore.