BYU football: Cougars to face San Diego State in Poinsettia Bowl


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  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 28, 2012 8:01 p.m.

    @pac 12 fever

    Funny that real fans of their schools don't go by the moniker of the conference their school is in, they are actaully fans of the school.

    That's funny.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 28, 2012 10:39 a.m.

    phoenix thought "Ironically, THIS is the year a 1- or 2-loss BYU COULD have gotten into a BCS bowl."

    You mean IF BYU was still part of the MWC, right? Kent State might get in because they are in an non-AQ conference. As an independent, the non-AQ qualifications do not apply to BYU. BYU would have to be ranked #12 to be considered. Considered, not automatically qualified.

    Nov. 28, 2012 9:28 a.m.

    I-am-I - First the complaints were about scheduling but, that quickly improved. Better bowl ties will improve with time though could be helped perhaps significantly by taking one at Boise, or one at ND from time to time.

    Canyontreker - Wow, a Ute fan headed to the Cougar store to buy some stuff??

    Pac 12 Fever - There are some who are this way but, as long as they buy tickets I really do not care. I drink enough beer in the parking lot for all of them anyways.

  • Pac 12 Fever Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 7:34 p.m.

    funny that real football schools go to watch the game as it is the most important.

    Byu fans are just excited to go to San Diego. Would rather vacation, go to the zoo, se world, then.....oh yea. the game. Bag the football.

    Thats funny.

    Good luck Cougs.

  • tlaulu Taylorsville, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2012 6:57 p.m.


    Lark! Lark! Lark! Lark! Lark! That's my favorite missionary hymn, "Lark all ye nations..." That's going to be my pre-bowl game chant since we quit doing the Haka.

  • tlaulu Taylorsville, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2012 6:05 p.m.


    Could you please do me a favor and wait 'til after the bowl game is over and then I'll weigh in on your speculation that the Y OC is out. As far as I know he's still planning on coaching in the Poinsettia Bowl.

  • Canyontreker TAYLORSVILLE, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 5:38 p.m.

    This will be my first non-U of U bowl in 10 years. (Going to a Niners game instead.)

    But, I'm excited for San Diego.

    I need to go to the Cougar store and buy me some stuff.

  • Troy06 OREM, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    The tweet used stronger language. Do we have any Twitter experts who can find Greg's tweet?
    Doman is out. Trust me. Holmoe is not happy. Need to find the Tweet...

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2012 11:10 a.m.


    "Greg Wruebell was asked to send a tweet by Holmoe last month. He stated they are aware of the problems with the offense coaches and said changes were coming after the season ends."

    So how did you deduce from the tweet, that the "changes" Holmoe mentioned involved any particular coach(es)?

    It's obvious that BYU has had some serious issues with their quarterbacks, offensive line, offensive schemes, and kicking game the last two seasons, but lessons have hopefully been learned and opportunities for making better decisions in the future may still be given.

  • dww722 North Salt Lake, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 10:29 a.m.

    Hopefully the final game of the extremely underachieving Bronco era

  • BYU_Aggie LOGAN, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 10:16 a.m.


    Yep, that sounds like a long-time rivalry to me.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 9:35 a.m.


    Where have you heard that Doman is out? Like thebigsamoan I am not going to be disappointed either way, if he is gone then hopefully they get someone better, if he is back then I hope he has improved. I do blame Doman for the pathetic offensive scheme early on but the more I study the Riley Nelson situation the more I think that was Bronco's decision and Doman just had to deal with it and try to make the best of it.

    In Doman's defense you can go back and watch the games in the 2nd half of the season and see better play calling as well as open wr's, you can also see Nelson failing to get those open wr's the ball and failing to make the plays. SJSU is a perfect example of that. I thought Doman called good enough plays in that game Nelson just failed to execute them or make good throws.

    We know Nelson is done and we know there is still plenty of QB talent based on recruiting rankings. We'll see if they can use it better this time around.

  • I-am-I South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    Putting money aside...because really BYU is raking it in on its tv contract and other things...it's a little pathetic that since going independent the only teams they have played in bowl games have been old WAC and MWest teams.

  • Troy06 OREM, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 9:25 a.m.

    Greg Wruebell was asked to send a tweet by Holmoe last month. He stated they are aware of the problems with the offense coaches and said changes were coming after the season ends.

    The D coaches became upset with the O coaches.

    It's very clear Doman is a problem along with Weber.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Nov. 27, 2012 8:52 a.m.


    I know Riley's era is coming to an end, but Doman's too? This is news to me! When was that decided? If it's true, this is the first time I've heard of it. Truth be told, I'm not disappointed one way or another. Honestly, I really wanted him to be successful because he seems to be a really good guy. Unfortunately, I think he's got a long ways to go as an OC. BYU can't afford to continually struggle offensively against better competition if we ever hope to gain respect nationally and achieve the kind of exposure we can be proud of.

    Looking forward to an exciting bowl game between two worthy competitors! May it be free of the ugliness displayed in the past.

    Go Cougars! and good luck to the Aztecs too!

  • Troy06 OREM, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 11:33 p.m.

    Okay, now that we know BD is out of the picture next year and Riley...let's have a more meaningful speculation about who will replace Doman?

    Ty Detmer isn't coming back. And Steve Young won't either.

    Do you think BYU will try to bring in a big name OC? If so, who?
    Do you think Bronco will promote from within? Ben Cahoon is the Jerry Rice of the CFL. Could he be moved from coaching the receivers to OC?

    Weigh in, what is your speculation?

    Let's have some fun with this and stop killing the coaches and players.

  • deductive reasoning Arlington, VA
    Nov. 26, 2012 10:47 p.m.


    To be fair, you should stop making unjust accusations.

  • game time ,
    Nov. 26, 2012 10:13 p.m.

    A healthy Riley is better than .............. I can't think of anyone . Sorry.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 26, 2012 8:46 p.m.

    To be fair, SDSU should demand an alum in the replay booth this game.

  • SpanishImmersed Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 26, 2012 8:45 p.m.

    You kind of wish they had brought in Lark after Taysom got injured, instead of returning to the also-injured Riley, then we would know if the pocket-passer could have succeeded or not in the run-option set-up they had going on. If he would have flopped, there would be no coulda-woulda hindsight questioning going on now. Was it that the coaches did not want to change the offense mid-season anticipating getting a healthy Riley back at any moment? Did they fear getting into duel QB scenario? Was Riley or the coaches running the show? Or was it dance-with-the-one-that-brung-you at all costs?

    BYU cannot afford such conservative thought. It has to bring a well-planned risk-taking passing game to compete at the highest levels of the game, against superior and faster athletes that it will never have enough of.

  • Elk Hair Caddis Sandy, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 8:23 p.m.


  • BYUfaninWashSt Everett, WA
    Nov. 26, 2012 7:50 p.m.

    Lark! Lark! Lark! Lark! Lark! ...

  • hamaca Baton Rouge, LA
    Nov. 26, 2012 6:31 p.m.

    It'll be interesting to see if coach decides he wants to win (start Lark) or continue to demonstrate loyalty and lose (start Riley).

  • LindonMan Lindon, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 6:28 p.m.

    Start Lark!

  • SpanishImmersed Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 26, 2012 6:23 p.m.

    The Aztecs are 9-3 on the season and 7-1 in Mountain West play. SDSU has a share of the MW title, its 19th overall and first since 1998. Its current seven straight winning streak is the fifth-longest in the country.

    "We are honored to be selected to participate in the 2012 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl," San Diego State head coach Rocky Long said.

    This will be the 36th meeting between the Aztecs and the Cougars (7-5) and first since BYU's final season in the Mountain West in 2010. SDSU has lost five straight in the series, which Brigham Young leads, 27-7-1.

    This will also be the first meeting since "replaygate" at Provo. You can bet the Aztecs will be chomping at the bit to get at the Cougars on the Aztecs home turf.

  • How gr8 isthat Washington, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 5:52 p.m.

    Go SDSU. Take second and get a team such as BYU. True BYU has a great following to games, but we would rather play a team with a better record.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 5:04 p.m.

    Anxious to see if Bronco comes to his senses. If he does, I'd love to go to this game. Went to the ND game and croaked watching Riley miss open receivers.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 4:19 p.m.

    I'm going to enjoy the destination, I love going to San Diego and have attended a lot of bowl games there, I'm not all that thrilled with the opponent. Not thaqt I think BYU is any better than SDSU as a team but I would prefer to never again associate with, or play against, that school or its fans. I don't like rocky long either, he is a whiner.

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 3:27 p.m.

    So I guess this means BYU can expect the usual racist accusations from SDSU? Frankly, I wouldn't care if BYU never played SDSU again, so I hope we go down there and stuff them good.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Nov. 26, 2012 3:06 p.m.

    After a disappointing season and a lot of second guessing about what could have been IF, renewing a long time rivalry with MWC co-champion San Diego State(9-3) in the Poinsettia Bowl is just about as good as BYU fans could have hoped for.

    Ironically, THIS is the year a 1- or 2-loss BYU COULD have gotten into a BCS bowl.

    Kent State, currently ranked #17 in the BCS, only needs #8 Stanford to beat #16 UCLA and/or #14 Nebraska to lose to unranked Wisconsin in the PAC 12 and Big Ten championship games, for Kent State to move up to #16 and finish ahead of the unranked Big East champion and possibly an unranked Big Ten champion, to qualify for a BCS bowl as the highest ranked non-AQ conference champion.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 2:52 p.m.

    Great destination for a bowl game and a quality opponent.

    Should be a fun time for all the fans who attend and you can't beat that perfect San Diego weather.

    Good luck.

  • phantomblade Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 26, 2012 2:47 p.m.


    Thanks; it's Utah fans like you that could get me back to rooting for the Utes someday,

    at least when they're not playing the Cougars.

    Nov. 26, 2012 2:30 p.m.

    Sounds like it will be a fun game and a great time for all the fans who will be attending. Congrats Cougars on the bowl and good luck against San Diego State.
    I usually don't say this but,
    Go Cougars!!!

  • phantomblade Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 26, 2012 2:21 p.m.

    It's been a long since the Cougars played a bowl game in San Diego; should be a fun game against one of the MWC champs.

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    Nov. 26, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    San Diego is a fun place to vacation.

    If BYU is going to stay Independent, I wouldn't mind seeing BYU establish a long-term rotation of San Diego, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 1:52 p.m.

    Good luck to the Cougars in the Poinsettia Bowl!

    We bought passes to Sea World and the San Diego Zoo in February, made our hotel reservations in June, and bought our bowl tickets in early November, so we'll see you in San Diego.

    Hopefully, we can cap a disappointing season win a fun win over the Aztecs!

    Go Cougs!