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Published: Friday, Sept. 27 2013 6:40 p.m. MDT

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StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Did I just hear "these two prolific offenses" from the commentators??

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ StGtoSLC

Well they have to say something...

NevadaCoug
Overton, NV

Two punts, two fumbles. Falslev shouldn't get a third chance.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Wow, fluttering passes from MTSU, and still the guys in white are the only ones that can get there.

Ugh, another head/neck injury. I've watched Adam (Timo) Hine compete in athletics for almost 10 years, I really hope the best for him. Please, for Pete's sake, find a way to drill it into these kids' heads that they need to keep their heads up! Williams' injury was unavoidable, but that block was the same type of play that Oregon State's Storm Woods was injured on at Utah.

32843
PROVO, UT

Not watching the game, but, it sure seems like BYU has been over matched by every team they've faced so far, with the exception of Texas, which is now looking more and more that Texas just had a bad game. BYU really stinks,don't they?

NevadaCoug
Overton, NV

And this is exactly why they lost to Utah. Can't. Finish. Drives.

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

Middle Tennessee is really good. They'd finish at the top of the PAC 12.

I Bleed Blue
Las Vegas, NV

The team is offering up more turnovers than you can get at the bakery.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

BYU was a 23 point favorite in this game. I assume they'll eventually win comfortably after getting those hiccups out of their system.

NevadaCoug
Overton, NV

BYU was not over-matched by Utah. They actually had more yards than Utah. Difference was the big plays Utah had and BYU's inability to finish drives.

And before the Utites start yapping "excuses", what I just said is no disrespect to Utah. The Utes did what they had to do to win. BYU did not.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ NevadaCoug

I disagree. Utah dominated the trenches on both sides of the ball. Also, yards mean absolutely nothing if they don't result in points. Utah ran less plays, but was more efficient having a better yards per play average than BYU.

NevadaCoug
Overton, NV

Both Utah and BYU averaged 3.9 yards per rush. Sounds pretty even. The difference came on yards per pass. Utah had 7.8, BYU 5.4.

BYU 24 1st downs to Utah's 16. BYU 5-21 on 3rd down to Utah's 1-14.

Final score 20-13. Just a TD difference.

Sorry, nothing about any of those stats screams "domination" or over-matched.

Utah had two big plays that led to points. They took advantage of opportunities.
BYU gave up the big plays and did not take advantage of opportunities.
Thus, Utah won.
But claiming domination is silly.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

It is really great to see the interest level from the trolling red headed step child ute little brothers. Must be a lonely Friday night. Oh I almost forgot utah is resting this weekend.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

All of that is irrelevant because it did not result in points. BYU ran 95 plays. For that reason alone they are going to have inflated offensive numbers.

The final score was 20-13, but you can't honestly tell me that BYU was ever really in the game or was a serious threat to sustain a TD drive. Utah had control from start to finish.

Utah did have some big plays. But the 12-play, 80-yard drive that started at the end of the third quarter didn't have any huge plays. Just a solid, sustained drive to put the game out of reach. It was a thing of beauty. Look to your stats if you want, but on the field Utah was clearly the better team.

NevadaCoug
Overton, NV

"Utah ran less plays, but was more efficient having a better yards per play average than BYU."

I just proved to you, with stats, that your claim of higher efficiency is flat out wrong.
In fact, take out Poole's 65 yard run, and Utah averaged just 2 yards per carry on all other rushes. Two!
Take out the 74 yard reception, and it's just 5.9 yards per attempt. That's still more than BYU, but not by much.

My point is, those two big plays made a huge difference in the game.

You countered my argument with one of your own, and I shot it down. I used your terms to prove that your claim of domination is false. Deal with it.

NevadaCoug
Overton, NV

37-10
382 yards - 163
9.1 YPP - 2.9
5.6 YPR - 2.8

Now those are stats that imply domination.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

And now another head injury by a SJSU player in the USU game with a player tackling with his head down. Tragic.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ NevadaCoug

Taking all plays, Utah averages more per play than BYU. Therefor Utah was more efficient on offense. You are arguing against math; and you are losing.

I agree with you that Utah's big plays made a difference. Big plays always do. However, what made the biggest difference in the game is the fact that Utah's D stonewalled BYU's O. The Cougars could only sustain a single 44-yard TD drive. If it weren't for some very bad judgment by E. Rowe, BYU would not have even had that. This brings us back to the beginning: The reason BYU couldn't move the ball is because Utah 'dominated' the trenches and shut down the run game (the only way BYU can move the ball). Add in 5 sacks on Hill and 0 on Wilson and you have the rest of the story...

LVCoug
NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV

Hey NevadaCoug? We got outplayed and lost, end of story. Stop making excuses and move on. You're embarrassing the rest of us.

NevadaCoug
Overton, NV

"And now another head injury by a SJSU player in the USU game with a player tackling with his head down. Tragic."

I was thinking along the same lines. This just seems to be happening at least once a game right now. They need to find a way to fix this problem, or football might not have much of a future.

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