@TwoForFlinchingThanks for catching my typo. But as agb and
Duckhunter pointed out (and the point that I was trying to make) is that RES IS
closer in size to those WAC stadiums than it is to LES.@ProudUteLast year, Northern Colorado was shut out and held to 72 yards of total
offense by fellow FCS member Sacramento St. The U scored 34 points on offense
against UNC. Last year, there were 5 FCS schools who scored 34+ points against
UNC. So what did we learn about Utah? They were capable of doing to
Northern Colorado what other FCS schools had done. Utah's offense looks
average, at best. Jordan Wynn doesn't look improved at all, his arm still
looks shaky, and that O-Line needs work.The D Line looks as good as
advertised. Verdict's still out on the LB corps and secondary.This Friday should tell us a lot more about Utah, and I wouldn't be
surprised by an Aggie win. Go Cougars!
@sammy,Petty is you trying to gin up your team's win over Northern
Colorado above BYU's solid win over your conference opponent and dissing
Weber State.Seems pretty desperate for you to accuse me of
"dissing" Weber State when all I did was point out they were a Div 1 FSC
school just like No. Colorado and you might wait before you start dissing our
victory until after you have yours. You know the old story "on any given
day....". "Unlike Utah, BYU honors and respects the local
in-state schools by playing them and allowing traditions to carry on."Now we know what's really going on.....you're just jealous at
being left behind. Why didn't you just say so? Need a tissue?
So, after reading all the comments I have come to a couple of conclusions. Utah fans have their own kind of math.Utah fans would rather watch
their Utes than watch their Utes in the NFL.(Only Directv has the Ticket)Utah fans have to make a choice between watching their Utes and watching their
Utes in the NFL.No matter how he tries to spin it, Naval Vet is always the
"frantic and emotional" one.Lastly, BYU is for real this
Proud UteNo one sniveling about anything. BYU won its
game against a 'glorius' BCS PAC 12 opponent and its referees. When
unbiased professional sportscasters make comments about officiating I bow to
their expertise.Petty is you trying to gin up your team's win
over Northern Colorado above BYU's solid win over your conference opponent
and dissing Weber State.Unlike Utah, BYU honors and respects the
local in-state schools by playing them and allowing traditions to carry on.
As fans were leaving the game Thursday night at 1130pm, a pickup truck with a
giant Ute flag comes barreling past Lavell Edwards Stadium with their winning
score of 41-0 over Northern Colorado written across his rear window, yelling and
honking some unintelligible remarks.Why would someone do that at
such a late hour after their defeat of a lower division team? Perhaps they were
expecting a WSU win, but had to alter their plans. Sometimes, the lengths that
Ute fans go to express their disdain for BYU is dumbfounding.
sammy, Playing Weber State will be a fun in-state game for everyone
involved... except you. Weber will field a good team, unlike Northern
Colorado.You realize just how petty you sound here don't
you?The PAC 12 refs are a joke.So you were upset at the
refs were you? Maybe they see things not entirely visible to a guy sitting at
home watching the game through blue goggles. You won big....what are you
sniveling about?Gotta go buddy, the Comcast installer will be here
any minute. Can't miss the Sept 15 beatdown.
@two for flinchingHow is 45000 to 64000, a 19000 seat differential,
"closer" than 45000 to 30000, a 15000 seat differential?More
Two for flinching:@truecoug1NMSU and SJSU both have 30K
seat stadiums. And not to split hairs, but 45K is closer to 64K than it is to
30K.*facepalm!*45-30=15. 64-45=19. 19>15. 45k is
closer to 30k
Proud UteFunny, never went to Tulsa and you know it. The
PAC 12 refs are a joke.There's not a team BYU plays this year
as bad as Northern Colorado.Playing Weber State will be a fun
in-state game for everyone involved... except you. Weber will field a good team,
unlike Northern Colorado.Comcast stock must be going up because of
PAC 12 stupidity. Hilarious.
@truecoug1NMSU and SJSU both have 30K seat stadiums. And not to
split hairs, but 45K is closer to 64K than it is to 30K.
@NavalVet "Game attendance was reported at 57,045. LES is reported to have a
stadium capacity of 64,045. That amounts to 7,000 empty seats...or 89.1%
capacity."Oops, you're right...I forgot how BIG LES is.
Thanks for reminding me that we actually play in a big boy football stadium.U DO realize that RES (45K) is closer in size to NMSU's stadium
(40K) and SJSU's stadium (30K) than it is to LES (64K)?How very
WAC-ish of U.Go Cougars!
Naval Vet:" I only read the stat sheet on ESPN the next day. And
that sheet showed Riley throwing a 9-yd pass, near midfield, with a minute left
in the game. "Ha! If you TRULY saw the stat sheet like you
CLAIM, you would have seen that the pass happened on 3rd and 5, and that same
stat sheet showed the game ending 3 plays later. No amount of you "frantic
and emotional" behavior can convince us otherwise.In YOUR OWN
words: "you are a hypocrite. Case closed."
I don't think those two holding calls were makeup calls. I was not at the
game, but as I watched it, I saw clearly the two holding calls against WSU.
Many of the crowd must have seen them too, because there was a clear reaction
from the crowd. The announcers reacted to and confirmed the first one. They
did not say anything about the second one. The holding took place out away from
the line, and away from other players, and the refs would have had to have been
blind not to see what was happening. If the two WSU players would have been
wrestlers, they would have each received two points for a takedown. Had they not
held, the WSU quarterback would have been scrambling, and may not have been able
to make those two passes.
Naval VetYour attendance envy is laughable.Talk is
cheap.Until Utah actually BUILDS a 65,000-seat stadium and actually
FILLS it year after year after year, all of your "stadium capacity" talk
is nothing but a bunch of hot air.BYU has averaged over 15,000 more
fans at LES than Utah has average at RES for the past FORTY years!Over 150,000 more fans attended games at LES in 2011 than attended games at
RES. That's a fact. Get over your jealousy and just accept reality.
I can't turn the TV off and stop whining. Tormenting BYU is simply one of
my favorite pass times.
Naval Vet:I stated the fact: he dumped the ball over the middle to
keep the drive alive so they could run out the clock. Myself and another poster
have already stated that, you desperately are trying to turn running out the
clock into running up the score; so it looks like the frantic and emotional
person here is YOU. And had they scored in the 4th would you
recommend they go for an onside kick a la Utah v Wyoming?
agb:As I mentioned in my previous post, I didn't watch the
2nd-Half. I only read the stat sheet on ESPN the next day. And that sheet
showed Riley throwing a 9-yd pass, near midfield, with a minute left in the
game. So basically, all I was doing, was stating irrefutable facts. Now if you
have a fact to refute, then let's hear it. Otherwise, you're just
being frantic and emotional.truecoug1:"First,
announced attendance was 57K+. That's about 4K short of capacity."No it isn't. Game attendance was reported at 57,045. LES is
reported to have a stadium capacity of 64,045. That amounts to 7,000 empty
seats...or 89.1% capacity. And that's over 3,200 fewer fans than last
year's average.RES has been at or above 100% capacity in 21 of
our last 24 games (since 2008).
@SammygSpringville, UTProud UteUndisciplined? Seriously?You really want to go there with one of
your players sitting out the next 2 games?sammy, I'll
type slow you can follow along.I was talking about the blatant personal
fouls nobody, not even fellow Cougars, are disputing. The couple I saw in the
first half were dumb ones and pretty well discussed on the boards so far.
Don't be so defensive son. Besides..... I said undisclipined Football, not
undisciplined behavior. Blechen did the crime now he's doing the time, what
else relevent is there to add?Did the Utes play anyone yesterday?
I'll ask you the same question next week and through-out November my cable
shilling friend. Probably a little too early in your Independance experiment to
be calling others out on their schedule. Just to throw you a bone
though...... I told Dish to take a hike and Comcast is being installed this
weekend. I suggest you hurry and book YOUR tickets to Tulsa. Go
Naval Vet:If you only watched the first half like you claim, please
tell us more about how BYU was "running up the score."As has
been stated above, Riley only threw enough to keep the drive alive to run out
the clock.So it looks like your "frantic and emotional"
[snicker] attempt to accuse BYU of running up the score failed.
The PAC-12....Conference of Champions.LOL ! ! !
Bjorn UltimatumThanks for the nice compliment to BYU.And
now your question..."So why is it that whenever the DN posts a
story on my Utes we get endless amounts of trolls saying that we're just
"little brother" and "grats on your D I-AA win. lol".Well, it's like this... People with a brain will compliment
talent when it's readily identified, if they have the decency in them. BYU
played a good game last night, although there are things to be improved upon.In the case of Utah playing Northern Colorado and your concern about the
'endless amounts of trolls' I would say the jury is still out until
Utah plays someone in its league. It was a horrible match up and to accurately
analyze any performance without truly being tested is pointless.The
next couple of weeks will say more than this game.
Proud UteUndisciplined? Seriously?You really want to go
there with one of your players sitting out the next 2 games?Did the
Utes play anyone yesterday?(crickets)
Nice overconfidence booster for the Cougars.
Best stat of the game is 0 turnovers 2 takeaways. Let's keep that ratio in
tact the the rest of the way.... It was that 1st one that took the wind right
out of the Wazzou sails...
Nice game Cougars, you looked really sharp, and Nelson is a heck of a leader
(though not much of a presence in the pocket). Now can you answer me
a question? I read every comment on this story and there was a degree of
civility in them. So why is it that whenever the DN posts a story on my Utes we
get endless amounts of trolls saying that we're just "little
brother" and "grats on your D I-AA win. lol".Where's the civility?
@ResoluteVoice continuedAs for your other points, I agree, blue zone
offense needs to improve, and I feel like our O-Line needs to be more consistent
(though it seemed like WSU was committed to stopping the run, which is why our
receivers were so open a lot of the time).Penalties were a negative;
however there were a lot of really questionable calls that went against BYU, and
a lot of no-calls that should've gone against WSU (any time commentators
are questioning calls, like the ESPN guys were, then you know the officiating
is, um, sub-par to say the least.But the negatives are good things.
It was a dominating win, but there's still a lot that we can improve on.Looking forward to the next WSU.Go Cougars!
@ResoluteVoiceA few facts put your perspective into perspective:First, announced attendance was 57K+. That's about 4K short of
capacity. Would've been nice to have been a sell out, but not too bad
considering the late start on a weeknight.Second, ESPN and Sports
Illustrated have both written articles/covered the game...I'll take those
two over Yahoo, USA Today, and Fox Sports any day. National coverage was
fine.Third, Alisa averaged 4.2 yards a carry while rotating with
David Foote. To put that in perspective, John White IV averaged 5 yards per
carry against one of the worst teams in the FCS. Fourth, regarding
the "Secondary is still too slow despite the box scores" comment. What
does that even mean? So our secondary shuts down one of the best receivers in
the nation and some of the most athletic receivers in the PAC 12 (as we were
constantly told last week) and you say they're too slow?I
don't remember them ever getting beat, seemed like we had a guy with a WSU
Naval Vet"If the cougars weren't running up the score, why
do the ESPN game stats show Nelson still in the game throwing forward passes
with a minute remaining on the game clock while leading 30-6?"Riley had a choice between throwing a short pass on third down to pick up the
first down so BYU could run out the clock, or throwing a deep pass to an open
receiver to put BYU in position to run up the score - Riley threw the short
pass, but, of course, you already knew that.Even a BYU hater should
be able to figure out how hollow the running-up-the-score argument is when the
team that is dominating only scores SIX points in the 3rd quarter and NONE in
the 4th quarter.
CougaristaSalt Lake City, UTNice warm up win, Cougars.
We had no turn overs, running up the score or on-side kicks. Another in-state
team could benefit from the example of sportsmanship.I too only
watched the first half but congratulate the Cougars on their win.
Not sure if Cougarista even watched that much of the game or read any of the
wrap-ups/reader comments because either his blue goggles were on too tight or
he's just in denial. Even with the one or two questionable personal
fouls and unsportsmanlikeke penalties thrown out there were some I saw in the
first half that were indicative of undisciplined football. The Utes had three
penalties for 20 yards if I remember correctly, were any of them personal fouls?
@NavalVetNot sure why Nelson was in at the end. Looked like Lark
was coming in on the second-to-last series, but then they kept in Riley.
However, it was pretty clear we weren't trying to score. It was basically
handoff, handoff, pass for the first down, handoff, handoff, victory
formation.As for the officiating, I have no problem with the
personal foul calls on our guys during the WSU Cougars first FG drive. They
were involved in some extra-curriculars and deserved the flags.I DO
have a problem with their second FG drive. The random 15 yard penalty on
Spencer Hadley for 'unsportsmanlike conduct' after he tackled a guy
for a 4-yard loss and pumped his fist (meanwhile, every tackle the WSU Cougars
made, they would all jump around and celebrate on the field without a call). A
bogus PI call on a ball that was thrown 30 yards over the head of the receiver
(un-catchable, anyone? Not to mention their guy initiating the contact and
shoving our guy at the end). Then some random, ghost 15-yarder on Ziggy for a
face-mask.Just really inconsistent.But we got the W.Go Cougars!
For needed perspective. Approximately 10,000 empty seats. ESPN televised but
limited national coverage on Fox Sports, Yahoo Sports, USA Today, etc... Main
running back does not even break 60 yards. Secondary is still too slow despite
the box scores. Defensive front 7 was excellent. Play calling was suspect in the
red zone (stuff the blue zone crap it has been red zone for 50 years) and why
the mental lapse in the 3rd and 4th quarters. Too many penalties and mental
mistakes. Overall nothing to be excited about, but nothing to be depressed about
either. There is plenty of room for improvement before I will get excited. The
sad part is there is not enough strong tests on this seasons schedule. It is
still going to be a long season.
Cougarista:If the cougars weren't running up the score, why do
the ESPN game stats show Nelson still in the game throwing forward passes with a
minute remaining on the game clock while leading 30-6? As for Utah, Wynn was
pulled at around the 12-min. mark, right after his last TD pass; leaving Wilson
to finish the game.Even though WSU is breaking in a new coach, and a
new offense, I had expected a lot more offense from a team whose headliners were
(QB) Tuel and (WR) Wilson. It looks like the cougars really MIGHT have a decent
defense afterall. The Y dominated that game.Finally, stop blaming
the refs for cougar defenders committing numerous personal fouls. Those same
Pac-12 officials who penalized the Y 10 times, ALSO flagged WSU 8 times. I --
like most other college football fans on the east coast -- only watched the
1st-Half, but the post-game stat sheets indicate the refs were calling it both
Congratulations to the Cougars for a nice win and some creativity in offense
that has been missing. I expected at least 3 interceptions by Riley and WSU had
the opportunity to do so, but not the talent or luck to pull it off. One other
concern was the very poor performance in the blue zone where the Cougars seemed
to be unable to score. Still, good start do lets hope good things happen and
improvements are made.
1) Wish the new Score Board had a section that kept a running total of STATS,
like the one at Cal Berkley. How about it Mr. Holmoe---you would benefit by
having the fans see how impressive the defenase played as tracked by actual
accumulative yards during the game. 2) Wish they could get someone to run the
yards and down CORRECTLY. They had a 2nd and 10, then a 4th and 17. What
happened to the 3rd down? I have seen for years that the guy who does this is
incompetent...get an assistant or a new person!!! There's no excuse for
that!!....None!! 3) REPLAY---where is it? That was really BAD---worse than
WSU's running game. Get it back, please. Obviouslty this was a first game
of the season, but very POOR replay coverage when it was provided.Great game. This year has potential. Work on what was wrong (4 trips inside
the 10 with only 12 points; personal fouls) and fans will enjoy the game
immensely.Game, stadium food, and weather were great. (Restrooms
need hot water in sinks.)PAC10.2 Officials---predictably
bad......unfortuneately they enjoy a well-earned reputation.
@Dennis"Uninspired football. I'm guessing this is a
precursor of what to expect the rest of the year."Then turn off
your TV and stop whining.You are NOT a victim.Nice game BYU
Do NOT count Mike Leach out. We watched him here at Texas Tech win too many
games. Give him some time, He Will get his offense going.
I have to say thank you to all the Ute fans for their classy comments. They are
very refreshing in comparison to the dribble sometimes written from a select few
of your fellow fans.
Nice warm up win, Cougars. We had no turn overs, running up the score or on-side
kicks. Another in-state team could benefit from the example of sportsmanship.
Thought I would share a couple comments from the PAC-12 blog:Leach's first game as Washington State's coach was ... awful.
Really, nothing good about it. At all. and Making a blowout game even
worse were 18 penalites -- 10 for 112 yards against BYU -- called by the Pac-12
officiating crew. About a third appeared to be questionable to bad calls.It is so refreshing to be in a conference where some objectivity can be
found! Sounds like the Y played a great game and it makes one look
forward to September 15th.
A little too sensitive there buddy? Life is too short to be a control freak.
Mike W said:"Solid showing by BYU. Couldn't believe how
inept Washington State's offense was... how did Tuel win the QB job over
Holliday??? Mike Leach is one of the most over-rated coaches in America, even as
a Utah fan it was almost enjoyable to watch the sideline shots of Leach just
fuming."As a poster WSU ties I did not expect them to win. Leach
is in his 1st year as coach.Overrated is people expecting BYU to be a BCS
The Cougars looked impressive. I hope the Utes are up to the task of beating
this team. It will be nowhere like last year's beat down. The Cougars are
PAC12 zebras always throw a few league-friendly calls. There were three that
were egregious: the delay of game when someone rolled the ball out of a pile,
the celebration call after a tackle for loss, and the one where Matthews(?) ran
into Jordan on the route then grabbed him and wrestled him out of bounds (they
flagged Jordan). They could have called a half dozen more on WSU holding in the
backfield trying to protect Tuel.This BYU defense is really nasty.
Really nasty. Could be a good year. I hope the PAC12 zebras don't screw BYU
too badly in the Utah game.
Good game Cougs, you guys whooped them! See you in a few weeks, good luck until
then, looking forward to a good game. Go Utes!
I liked the new video ribbons, they add to big time atmosphere of the stadium,
and the new video boards are awesome - great definition and very bright.
From SI's Stewart Mandell who was at the BYU-WSU game (yes, the nation was
watching):"...the mystique surrounding Leach was such that
viewers tuning in for Wazzu's first ESPN-televised game in six years
expected to be entertained. They figured to see a shootout. Instead, they
watched BYU's potentially special defense become the first in six years to
hold a Leach-coached team without a touchdown"From the AP:"BYU's defense, meanwhile, played up to its billing, holding
Washington State to just 3 yards rushing in the first half, and limiting Tuel to
108 yards passing."
Here's my take on the game:1. BYU's secondary look good.
Better than I thought they would. Much better.2. I'm excited
for Taysom Hill! That kid will be a beast for opposing defenses!3.
What's with the PAC-12 refs? I agree that BYU needs to chill out with the
personal fouls, but many of the referee calls were blatantly biased.4. I don't mind the video ribbon, but it will take some getting used to.
The boards are awesome, though.5. I don't think it's that
our offense disappeared in the second half so much as it was that Bronco
doesn't like running up the score. We could have done better, and need to
work on blue zone offense, but I think a large part is half-hearted effort to
score, since we were dominating them. I would personally run up the score a bit
more.6. BYU's D as a whole looks great.7. Hopefully
the running game gets better.
This could be one of BYU's best defenses in a long time.By
comparison:2011 - 30-27 in OTUtah - 15 1st downs, 358 total
yds, 172 passing, 186 rushingWSU -- 20 1st downs, 399 total yds, 337
passing, 62 rushing2012 - 30-6 in regulationBYU - 24 1st
downs, 426 total yds, 303 passing, 123 rushingWSU - 18 1st downs, 224
total yds, 229 passing, -5 rushingIt's only one game, but
clearly, BYU's defense last night against Mike Leach's "Air
Raid" offense was much more dominant than Utah's defense was last year
against WSU's supposedly inferior offense.
Chris BSalt Lake City, UTWSU 34byu 21Chris,
did you "mark it down?" I hope you wrote lightly with a pencil that has
a good eraser.
BYU Defense played just as they were Hyped. They looked great. Hard hits,
flying around the field, swarming the ball. Very solid performance by the
Solid showing by BYU. Couldn't believe how inept Washington State's
offense was... how did Tuel win the QB job over Holliday??? Mike Leach is one
of the most over-rated coaches in America, even as a Utah fan it was almost
enjoyable to watch the sideline shots of Leach just fuming.
I will give props to BYU's defense. Finally, it appears, BYU has some
athletic defensive backs who can cover well. I was surprised. Granted, WSU
seemed unprepared and out of synch, but BYU deserves some credit - they took
care of WSU's all-American receiver, and the pass rush looked good.Looking forward to the battle on the hill this year with the U. Should
be a close, defensive battle with it coming down to the last minute.
We will own the PAC-12 this year. We laid down the gauntlet last night by
whooping WSU.The Blue has BCS and maybe even national championship
potential. Bronco promised an NC and he will deliver. It's a crime Nelson
isn't on the Heisman watch.We will own the Utes, the Aggies,
the Irish and more. The Blue is back!
The bain of our defense is usually stupid personal foul penalties. This was the
first game so discipline will need to be there against better opponents. That
being said, our pass defense must have done well because Tuel had tons of time,
but could not find an open reciever.
One thing certainly stands out from last nights game and that is that we finally
have a defensive secondary that can cover and mover. That is a game changer for
Worst officiating crew in the nation. When rolling the ball on the ground is a
penalty its time to throw away the rule book along with the officials. BYu
dominated Wazzu's "Air Raid" from start to finish. And proved they
would compete very well in the mighty Pac. Cannot wait to see what happens up
on the hill. Doman and the Offense need some work though you can't leave
TD's on the field and settle for 3 points.
Pac 12- Top to bottom toghest conferewnce in college football- no patsies or
weeks off if you play in that confeence- you earn every win
Need to stop those stupid personal fouls. There is no excuse for spearing and
not keeping cool when the opponents bait and invite retaliation.
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.
Jeff,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.
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.
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!!!
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!!
These PAC-12 teams are amazing. The Conference of Champions!!
Mark it down....
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.
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
LovemesomeCougars,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.
Uninspired football. I'm guessing this is a precursor of what to expect
the rest of the year.
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.
Great way to start the season. Go Cougars.
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
Good start Cougars!
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.
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.
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.
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