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Published: Monday, Sept. 17 2012 10:00 p.m. MDT

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Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

If Riley plays we loose. He has never won against good competition and never will. Good thing he fields punts or he would be playing defense.

Mcallen, TX

Although BYU had almost a hundred more yards moving the ball, it was missed field goals. penalties, and turnovers that lost the game.

Utes were flat out lucky.

South Jordan, UT

In 2011, the first center snap, or one of the first ones, resulted in a turnover and Utah TD. This year, the first center snap was bungled, and except for a face mask penalty, the Utes would have scored a safety. In both cases, the offense was in a shotgun formation.

Doesn't it seem logical to have Riley under center for at least a series, before having the center hike it in a risky shotgun formation? This is just of many details the coaches missed.

Provo, , UT


Thats a really good point! They really should do that

Salt Lake City, UT

I feel for the defense. They did their part. To have the offense give up points has to be very frustrating. Harmon provided some insight on what Riley did in the game, did anyone else catch that? Or am I crazy? He mentioned getting play calls in late, messing with hand signals, yelling out assignments as the play clock is winding down, it sounded like mass confusion. At the same time, Riley's body language, er, his facial expression told the whole story. I don't know that I believe that he's such an unflinching competitor, or I'm at least torn between his nonverbal and his ability to bring the team back to kick the game tying field goal. To his credit, he didn't signal for the ball when it got hiked to Draper. I don't know what the center thought he saw, but Riley was still reading the defense. Too bad it cost them the game. In spite of all the mistakes, they still almost got it done.

Danbury, CT

I DO question Riley's heart. He played entirely flat against Utah and failed to get his team focused when they needed it. He was rattled by the noise and made some risky throws. He is not battle tested (hasn't played 12 games yet) and it shows. It is up to the coaches to get him prepped and ready for Thursday. I just wish all our guys could play with more fire in the belly. We don't want to win badly enough...

Idaho Falls, ID

BYU's offense always falters in the big games. The offensive coaching staff simply has not prepared them.

Irvine, CA

Cougars fans should send some soap to BYU football team.


I am with eastcoastcoug. I also question Riley's heart. When things went badly against Utah, there were MANY moments where the camera found him and it looked like he was on the verge of tears. His body language and facial expressions made it seem like the team had already lost instead of just being down 10 points.

I think Riley gives the team the best chance to win, but if he gets like that against Boise, I will be calling for Lark. Riley's best attribute is his fire and the way he inspires his team-mates. His arm and decision making are both worse than Lark's, so if the toughness and the fire go, then he will need to find a place on the bench.

All that said, BSU has not looked like the world-beater they have been in the past. I am cautiously optomistic about the Cougars ability to bounce back from the Utah loss and 'steal' a win in Boise.

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

If BYU doesn't give the game away like it did against Utah, we will beat Boise State.

Mcallen, TX


Not always. They've won alot of games the past five years.

Central Texan
Buda, TX

Some of the play-calling seemed uninspired to me, especially in the 3rd quarter. How many times did the Cougars run that option where Nelson was dropped for no gain? I'm waiting for BYU to open up the field with more passing like they did to Hoffman and Friel. Get Apo, Falslev, other tight ends, receivers, and running backs out of the backfield more involved in the game.

Cedar Hills, UT


"Utes were flat out lucky."

HUH? No John White, No Blechen or Rowe. If Kruger had not brushed Nelson's face mask with his hand, it would have been a safety and they would have gotten the ball back.

I believe you meant to say, the Utes were flat out un-lucky. Right?

West Jordan, Ut

How is it that when you fumble 7 times and only turn it over 2 times not lucky. We won't even start with the 3 15 yard personal fouls that were absolutely phantom that kept BYU's drives going 2 on one series. Nice try on that one. If you could take a step back and realize what could have happened if BYU didn't get all the LUCKY breaks. For BYU to even be in the game shows a lot of fight and some good bounces. The game was sloppy for both teams. Better luck next year! Please stop with the Lucky stuff!!

Provo, UT

Any news yet about BYU's actions on Falslev swearing at Utah Fans?

Vernal Mom
Vernal, UT

Central Texan - Couldn't agree with you more!!

Coach Doman should take some of the blame in the horrible offensive showing by BYU. Please, more play action and open field passing.....Please! (Oh, but maybe Riley just doesn't have the arm)??

Highland, UT


Of course not nor will there be. Any news yet on utah's actions on the kid that committed armed robbery? Oh yes that's right, they awarded him a scholarship.

Highland, UT


How about any news yet about utah's actions on the utah "fans" that rushed the field and taunted and swore at the BYU players and coaches? Nope nothing done to this point, not even an institutional apology. Doubt anything at all will be done about any of it.

Salt Lake City, UT

Highland, UT

Refresh my memory. Was there anything done about the BYU fan who grabbed Whittingham's wife at the end of the BYU game in Provo (picture of such act was all over the paper)?

Tempe, AZ

"Of course not nor will there be. Any news yet on utah's actions on the kid that committed armed robbery? Oh yes that's right, they awarded him a scholarship."

No second chances?

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