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Published: Friday, Aug. 31 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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To all the dooms day BYU fans that have complained about Independence:

Can it get any better than this? Prime-time ESPN viewers throughout the country/world watching BYU dominate.

Looking forward to a great year!

Idaho Falls, ID

Good win. Great defensive performance. But the offense has some work to do, especially in the "blue Zone.' The second half blue zone offense was atrocious, failing to capitalize on great defensive and special teams plays. Play selection was poor.

On the bright side I think our offense is better this year, but Nelson made a number of bad decisions but got very lucky.

Also why did Coach keep Nelson in in that last series? That made no sense, whatsoever. If I were Lark, I'd be fuming.

Provo, UT

Well, the boys will get dates this weekend.

As for the BYU stadium,that moving changing advertising strip display makes me crazy. I do not have words to describe how much I hate it.

Sandy, UT

The Cougars are a much quicker and faster team this year. Clearly the fastest I have ever seen. Not sure what will happen at REs though. After watching the game in Provo, it's obvious to win they will need to overcome both an excellant Utah team and also the PAC 12 refs.

Tooele, UT

Good start Cougars!

West Jordan, Utah

Riley Nelson is the difference. He and his teammates had an off-season knowing and preparing for him to be the leader of the football team. Things aren't always pretty with Nelson, but it's football, who needs pretty. Nelson is a gritty leader.

I am not a BYU fan, but I kept telling all my Cougar friends two years ago that Riley Nelson should be the guy over Heaps. I can't tell you how often I was deemed crazy for saying that back then.

Although I find Mendenhall somewhat smug, remember the flack he took for playing Riley when Heaps was the guy the fans wanted a few years ago. Yeah the two QB system was a debacle, but I think Mendehall was a little gun shy to follow his instincts with Nelson back then. I say that because it was obvious he loved the guy (Nelson). Heaps was the big name recruit and Mendehall felt pressure to play him.

I also said when Heaps was a freshman that he doesn't have the leadership, the spark, and the intangibles for teammates to respect and gravitate towards.

Riley = BYU being a better team this year.

Layton, UT

Great way to start the season. Go Cougars.

Salt Lake City, UT

I'll take it for an opener. Brandon needs some work in the red zone calling plays, but in general it was a good performance. Since there was really only one way WSU could move the ball I will make one comment about it. I'm not one of "those" fans that whines about refs...I can't tolerate those that do. I didn't disagree with some of the calls, but when the announcers are bewildered, that's fairly significant. Only reason they got far enough down the field to score is because of the PAC 12 refs help. They certainly couldn't do it on their own.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Go Cougs!

Harwich, MA

Uninspired football. I'm guessing this is a precursor of what to expect the rest of the year.

Cougs Guy
Sandy, UT


Prime time is not 8:30 PM Mt. time. I thought Wash. St. would put up more of a fight, but you get what you get sometimes.


BYU defense seemed to tighten up in the Red Zone in the first half. I wasn't able to watch the whole game, but I watched for a while right before half and WSU looked confused. The O line was missing reads and blocking assignment which led to a couple sacks. Don't know if that's because of the new system or Bronco's blitzing packages. We'll see next week if the defense can continue to bring pressure

Orem, UT

rightascension: I agree that the lighted banners are horribly obnoxious. And, the down and distance display is way too small, while the game time clock display can be seen from Salt Lake! However, the new boards, with a few adjustments, are awesome. The video capabilities and quality of the graphics are wonderful!

Nice game Cougs...a few things to iron out, but good first game! We'll have to get way better to beat the Utes.

Coach Biff
Lehi, UT

Mark it down....

Salt Lake City, UT

These PAC-12 teams are amazing. The Conference of Champions!!

Spring, TX

Can anyone tell me where the offense went in the second half? Was the horrible offensive play in the second half by design? They looked great first half.

The offense won't get away with one half of play against teams like Boise State, Notre Dame, Utah, etc.

Maybe it was just Doman not wanting to show too much since the game was obviously in hand at that point.

If Riley keeps playing as reckless as he did last night, he's going to throw a lot of interceptions and likely get hurt.

Good win for an opening game. We'll go 2-0 for sure. Then we've got BSU and the U. They need to step it up.

Go Cougs!!

Denver, CO

I carefully "marked it down" several times. I went back and looked at what I had "marked down." In every instance, BYU was supposed to come out on the bottom. What did I do wrong?

Go BYU!!!

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

I see it a little differently, after sleeping on it.

Good backs, line definitely not gelled yet.

Much better than expected pass defense, front seven or two or whatever need to generate more pressure on the qb.

Riley should have no more than one designed run play, and save it for the two minute drill. He will run occasionally on the option and when scrambling. Limit the exposure.

Its nice to have receivers willing to pay the price to catch the ball again.

Riley played better than some posters are giving him credit for, not as well as he will need to play at Utah, Boise, ND & GT. Assuming they pan out to be good teams.

Fine tune it in time, and this team could be very good. Still don't know if wazzu was bad or we were good, but I think wazzu was better than last year. One more piece of evidence that RES could be in for a rude awakening.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT


As a seasoned journalist you should know that there is no such thing as a "red zone" at LaVell Edwards Stadium. That term disappeared years ago.

Agree about that annoying video ribbon and the game clock. The only thing worse than that however, is the continuous use of amateurs manning the cameras from which instant replays are shown. I could not do any better (without some practice) but I certainly could not do any worse. That has been a problem there since the day BYU bought their first video camera. Nevertheless, the quality of the image on those boards is unsurpassed.

Congrats to the Cougars of Provo and best wishes to those of Pullman on the rest of their season.

CA. reader
Rocklin, CA

Was it just me or was it BYU's 11 versus WSU's 18? I thought PAC 10.2 basketball refs were bad but this crew was trying to keep WSU in the game. When they made those two holding calls against WSU it was as though they were making NBA-style make-up calls. I hope we don't see those characters again.

I also agree that we will need to play much better against the better teams we play, especially in the blue zone.

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