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Brad Rock: How missed kick double-cost BYU

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  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    The sloppy play from the Cougars demanded a loss, and Utah wasn't that much better. But to miss multiple field goals and to snap the ball past the QB for a TD just meant that BYU had sealed its fate in the game anyway. BYU will bounce back and take it out on Boise State.

    Utah will continue to struggle this season, even with the hopes provided by USC's loss. Utah will, at best, finish middle of the road in the PAC, looks like another trip to El Paso...

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 10:34 a.m.

    Brad, did your wife and your girls ever thought you were funny? I don't know if your only son thought you were.

    I rember when I was going to BYU (in the 80's) and there were many discussion why we play Hawaii late night at the island and knowing many times games would clearly on our Sunday time in Utah. Do we rember that? BYU adminastration wanted to end that or was it not true?

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Sept. 18, 2012 10:05 a.m.

    Wayne - Owen Pochman was one of the best kickers in the country. I can't remember all of BYU's kickers over the years, but he stands out as exemplary.

    Parry - We will need someone else to confirm the exact game, but a delayed basketball game went into Sunday a few minutes several years ago, so the precedent is there.

    This was a very memorable game. I am glad I stayed up to watch it. We will be talking about this one for years. If BYU had won as the result of the call against the fans, this game would have been the primary point of discussion across the country this week, and it would have changed the future of football. The slogan "Remember the Utah Game" would be on the jumbo-tron in the fourth quarter of close games in perpetuity as a reminder to fans to stay off the field. BYU not only missed the opportunity to win a big game, they missed the opportunity to change the future of football.

  • WisCoug MOUNT HOREB, WI
    Sept. 18, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    For those wondering about whether or not BYU would have played the game out. The answer is yes.

    From an article by Jay Drew at the SL Tribune:
    "Obviously, BYU’s policy is that we will not schedule and play games on Sunday," said Duff Tittle, BYU associate athletic director for communications. "If a game begins on Saturday and goes past the 12 o’clock hour, we will complete the game."

    Tittle said there have been a couple of instances in the past where games have gone into Sunday, and BYU’s policy has been in place "for a long time."

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Sept. 17, 2012 10:37 p.m.

    In my time as a Cougar fan we have never had a kicker who could make a kick at the end when the game was on the line. That goes back to the holiday bowl loss.