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Published: Saturday, Oct. 6 2012 12:48 a.m. MDT

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Pipes
Salt Lake City, UT

Everything that the fans HATED about Robert Anae's play calling, Brandon Doman has embraced. He is predictable and very limited. His lack of imagination is astounding! This is the worst and the most boring offense that BYU has ever fielded!

Oatmeal
Woods Cross, UT

I probably will not be able to watch what Oregon State, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech are going to do to with our weak offensive line. Our quarterbacks will be bashed and bruised beyond belief.

Cougarista
Salt Lake City, UT

The game was fun to watch, waiting for someone to blink. The Aggies did by punting on 4th down. Doman has some work to do as do the special teams staff. Coach interviews after the game confirm that Mendenhall and Anderson are the quality coaches of this state. Fans could learn something from them.

A1994
Centerville, UT

Good game BYU. However, I do see a shift happening similar to what happened with BYU and Utah in the early 90s when Ron MacBride took over. There are no more BYU blowouts of USU. USU is still a program on the rise. Frankly, aside from BYU's terrific defense, BYU seems like a program that has plateaued. Unless BYU is willing to make some changes (particularly in their offensive coordinator( BYU is as good as their going to get.

moderateinmagna
MAGNA, UT

The only offense Doman knows is the opotion,because he was an option QB,i think it is time to get rid of Doman as the OC and get someone who knows how to call plays that are not all running plays,Bronco needs to look at the game films and realize that Doman is not the answer,he fired ANAE for calling 1 or 2 stupid plays,well thats all Doman knows how to call,Bronco wake up and do the right thing hire a real OC.

MacNasty
Rexburg, ID

I think that a lot of fans need to appreciate a great defensive game when they see one. Last week BYU scored 47 points, USU scored 35 points. Nobody can reasonably argue that both had a very solid offensive outputs.

But then fans say that it was because BYU and USU played against weak defenses. And I say, exactly correct. This week BYU and USU faced a couple of very good defenses and I for one appreciated it. In fact, it was a very exciting game for me. I loved the play of both defenses.

Bottom line is that USU had a better offense than BYU last night and play calling was better, but BYU had a buzz saw of a defense. Though USU has a very good defense, BYU has a better defense. That was the difference in the ball game.

BYU has a lot to work on and its obvious to everyone what those issues are on offense and in the kicking game. The coaches are obligated to put the best team with the best game plan on the field each and every week. Hopefully they will against OSU.

ImaCaMan
Oceanside, CA

Re: Y Dad

"What happened to the fade pass into the corner?"

Answer: You don't have anyone who can throw it.

U Student Y Fan
Woods Cross, UT

Doman needs to go. If he isnt gone by the end of the year, it's Bronco that should pay the price. Bronco is incapable of making tough decisions. He fired Jaime Hill only when Hill became defiant/unloyal. Since Doman is apparently a nice guy and a friend, I can't see Bronco holding him accountable for his terrible play calling any time soon.

Let's be honest: USU has improved but should not be able to hold any opponent to 6 points, let alone a team with the offensive weapons BYU has.

Oh, and Mark Weber is a joke of an offensive line coach. That one goes without saying. While Doman could arguably be allowed to finish out the season (due only to lack of other options), Weber should be gone yesterday.

Zoniezoobie
Mesa, AZ

Scheduling missionaries in and out of football programs just got easier. Now they won't start college until after their missions.

wrj
SANDY, UT

Mid-Season Grades on Bronco Mendenhall:
Defense:A
Offense:C
Offensive Line:D
Special Teams:D
Kicking Game:F
Controlling the players on the Bench: D
Coaching Staff:D
If you look at where BYU is right now you have to wonder what was Bronco doing all last year. If he is just micro focused on the defense he has to be reminded that he is a head coach. I think it is time to give Bronco what he wants and what he can handle. Demote him from Head Coach to Defensive Coordinator and BYU should bring in a Head Coach that can improve the whole team.

wrj
SANDY, UT

Mid-Season Grades on Bronco Mendenhall:
Defense:A
Offense:C
Offensive Line:D
Special Teams:D
Kicking Game:F
Controlling the players on the Bench: D
Coaching Staff:D
If you look at where BYU is right now you have to wonder what was Bronco doing all last year. If he is just micro focused on the defense he has to be reminded that he is a head coach. I think it is time to give Bronco what he wants and what he can handle. Demote him from Head Coach to Defensive Coordinator and BYU should bring in a Head Coach that can improve the whole team.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

Nice win but your offense is even worse than our #112 offense in the country.

Keeton was supposed to be the best QB in the state? He played worse than a D2 QB last night.

Hays vs BYU 152 QB Rating
Keeton vs BYU 102 QB Rating

Next three weeks decides your season, 1-2 most likely.

tlaulu
Taylorsville, Utah

Great game for both teams. I quit being an ACC (Arm Chair Coach) since there are many on these posts. I can't compete with all of them know-it-all kinda coaches. Go Cougs!

Cinci Man
FT MITCHELL, KY

Y Grad / Y Dad

You don't get the point. The QB draw was the play called 19 times in the game. It wasn't that he had to scramble to get away from anyone chasing him. That was the called play and THAT'S what's wrong with it. We all love a mobile scrambling QB, and we are all impressed with Taysom Hill's abilities. We are so lucky to have him. But this team will not go anywhere if they cannot establish a sound running back or two, and 4-6 good receivers. Most of all, we need more than a few plays, especially the predictable 3 down QB draw. Anae's demise was due to him have only 4 plays in his playbook and BYU's offense because to lame and predictable. Doman has to get his offense on track.

Cinci Man
FT MITCHELL, KY

Y Grad / Y Dad

Sorry I misread your post. I thought you were complaining about those of us who want the QB draw dropped as a main play. I see we are on the same page. Thanks for joining us and I apologize for misunderstanding you. You are spot on, sir!

bradleyc
Layton, UT

BYU needs to return to the quick passing game. 5-8 yards a pass. Quick routes run well. A great 3 step drop, occasional 7 step but everything needs to be timing patterns with confidence that if a receiver runs his route he will be open. We don't do that anymore. We wait until we see the open receiver and then we throw the ball. This is not the game of the Scovills and Tolners. BYU has better athletes now than we did in the early 80s but the offense under performs. Time to pull out the old playbooks but more importantly the old philosophy of quick routes, timed passes with an attitude of "if you are going to beat us, you are going to need to outscore us."

Great win Cougars... boring to watch.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

Hill has a ton of potential but he needs some mentoring. It is not in his (or the team's) best interest to be escaping the pocket so quickly, and running the ball 2 out of 3 plays. Whether it is from the OC or the QB coach he needs some intensive tutoring that I don't think he is getting right now.

And I know it has been rehashed over and over on these boards but seriously Doman, your play calling stinks and you're ruining a great raw QB talent in Taysom Hill.

u mad bro?
WVC, UT

uteology,

youre really going to poke fun at us, when we won and you guys........lost?. haha thats hilarious. you guys will be lucky to win a game the rest of the season.

Bleed Crimson
Sandy, Utah

BYU so far is 1-1 in the snoozer games. That game last night was one of the most boring game I've ever seen. Both teams looked bad!

sammyg
Springville, UT

Uteology

Bitter aren't we? Yeah, USU was supposed to come down here and kick some Cougar hind ends weren't they? But instead BYU played hard defense and just enough offense to squeak by.

BYU's win over USU was like another devastating loss to several of you Ute "fans" and that makes me smile.

Our offense is having problems, special teams too, but this win will help a lot going forward.

Has losing your first two conference games helped the Utes any?

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