Utah State football: McKade Brady ready for second shot at BYU Cougars

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  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Oct. 3, 2012 7:07 p.m.

    I don't have it recorded, but that's what I seem to remember seeing as well - defensive player launches at a "defenseless" player who already had a concussion. Ref makes a harsh call based on what he thought he saw in an instant.

    I don't disagree, if he had stayed in, we probably have a very different outcome. But please don't imagine the lucky tipped pass made the difference. PI called, ball on the one with a few seconds remaining, same outcome.

    I am very nervous for this one. Can't wait!

  • Eddie R Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 3, 2012 12:44 p.m.

    As a BYU fan, I thought the call was borderline at best and the decision to eject the player was wrong.

    However - let's not practice revisionist history.

    The play was on third and goal from the 8. BYU got a new set of downs, but promptly gave back the yards with a false start. And with the new set of downs they still ended up kicking a field goal from essentially the same place they would've if the penalty hadn't been called.

    I believe it was Apo that was hit and at the time I wondered if the reason for the strong call was related to A) Apo being in the news as having missed the previous game due to concussion. and B) Brady left his feet and launched himself at Apo. I could see the refs wanting to stay on top of what they interpreted as a defensive player targeting someone's injury - if they saw it that way.

    Not saying Brady was intending to harm or that I agree with the refs - just that I could understand the decision if that was their interpretation.

    Here's to no injuries (or ejections) on Friday!

  • Aggie84 Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 2, 2012 6:17 p.m.

    I have the game recorded and went back to it and watched the hit. There was a shoulder pad hit and then a glance to the helmet. Definitely not a helmet to helmet hit. It seems like officials get so hyped to be part of this game that they make bad calls, kind of like the bad call in the NFL.
    Question is, do all players get ejected for helmet to helmet hits. I havent seen that with any of the other calls in football. Should just be a personal foul.

  • Ragnar Danneskjold Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 8:47 a.m.

    The call last year was terrible in my opinion. He barely bumped into Hoffman's shoulder. The only questionable part of the play is that he jumped to reach for the ball, and bumped into Hoffman's shoulder pads. The ref called it a helmet to helmet, or targeting the head, but he didn't touch his head. Funny that Cougar fans have no problem with this call, but defend and celebrate Uale spearing Christopher in the head during the Holy War last year.

    It had a big impact on the game too. The two biggest plays of the game could have been much different if the starting safety was in the game. The prayer pass down the middle of the field, and the stroke of luck tipped pass in the final touchdown. Not to mention, as the article already did, that the penalty led to a touchdown when if the call hadn't been made, it would have been a field goal.
    The Aggies will win on Friday and make it 2 out of 3, with the 1 being taken from them by the zebras in a horrific call.

  • Chris from Rose Park Hartford, CT
    Oct. 2, 2012 5:49 a.m.


    I remember the play and wondered then if it was the right call. I can't remember myself I in the end I saw helmet to helmet. He probably didn't hear the helmet to helmet, thought the call was bad, but then was reassured of it when he went to the video. I don't know why that seems so odd.

    Riley or Hill, Go Cougs!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 1, 2012 5:46 p.m.

    I remember that costly call on McKade Brady last year. It was a poor call.

  • AZCoug Mesa, AZ
    Oct. 1, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    Seems odd that Kade would have to check the tape to see if there was helmet to helmet contact. Wouldn't he hear it and feel it unless he had a concussion himself in the process?

  • Sports Nutz Smithfield, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    Great to see that McKade was able to see the light and come back to USU. Congrats McKade!

  • deth Orem, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    Check your facts...he does not hold the school record in the 4x400 at BYU.