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Published: Saturday, Oct. 13 2012 5:00 p.m. MDT

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Ogden, Utah

Thought the Cougars might pull it out down 4 points with a few minutes to go. Tough loss.

Highland, UT

Please give Lark a shot. I am not saying he is the answer, but even with Reilly's having a decent game he still had three picks. In addition, did you see some of the almost turnovers? Those type of bonehead plays some might call playing with guts, but others think its just stupid. These plays continue to happen game after game.

The year is a wash already.

Lark has deserved this shot. Maybe Doman doesn't remember how he got his start?

Dr Rush
Saint George, UT

How many loses do you have to witness before you finally start looking at the reason for the losses, Mendenhall and his skateboarder QB, until those 2 things change look for the losses to keep piling up, you know the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results, ok, lets hear the excuses.

Idaho Falls, ID

Fans will blame Nelson for this loss, but the game really was lost before those last 2 interceptions. I think you have to put this loss on the defense. BYU's pass defense, especially against the long ball, was severely exposed. Vaz (OSU's qb) is an unbelievable passer. He is the kind of passer that BYU used to have.

I think the play calling was better. Note to Doman: the play action WORKS. We need to use that a little more to get the pass downfield. Shovel pass also very effective. Nelson, although not awful, still makes poor decisions on occasion. The turnovers could have been worse.

Bottom line--OSU is a better team. To beat them we have to be at least even on the turnovers and we can't have stupid major penalties. We were far from accomplishing either. If we can take care of those 2 things we may have won this game, despite our poor play from the defense.

Jonathan Eddy
Payson, UT

Lark please.

Everett, WA

Coaches should start thinking about using practice sessions to develop a passing game. Worked for OSU.

South Jordan, Utah

Three reasons we lost: 1) no pass rush; 2) atrocious pass interference penalty on 2nd & 16. Players have got to be smarter than that; 3) in spite of the good things Riley did, you can always count of 2 to 3 major mistakes. This game was no exception.

River Falls, WI

I think the Cougars can hold their heads high after today's loss. OSU is for real and BYU gave them a real fight. The offense finally showed some fight and the defense played better than the stats and final score indicate. No amazing bowl this year but the teams is making progress.

Magna, UT


With all due respect, I disagree. The Defense played well enough to give BYU the win against a very good & fast OSU offense.

In my opinion the problem is squarely on Riley Nelson and the 3 pics and terrible throws all day. He missed to many screen passes to count and under threw his receivers to many times. He had 23 missed passes. If he cleans that up by 10 even catchable passes BYU has a very good chance to win.

He made a terrible decision to force the interception in the first half rather than throwing it away which likely cost BYU a score. The pic six was totally on Riley Nelson as it was a short pass and that it was bobbled is moot. More catchable pass = no interception.

Fun 3 1/2 quarters to watch and I lived the uniforms, especially Ziggy's with trashed shoulders.

Springville, UT

Oh well, Cougars did OK for 3 quarters and then blew it in the fourth. Was glad to see some variety in the play calling.

Defense allowing the deep balls was unexpected and cost a lot of yards.

Got to hand it to OSU and their new QB. For his first game he did well. It will be interesting to see how they do against the Utes next week.

Hope the Cougars do better next week. Can't afford to fall apart like this at the end.

Cedar Hills, UT

Blame it on Max Hall. Black out?

Salt Lake City, UT

sammyg, Springville, UT said
"If there is one thing that can be learned from this beat down it is this...
4 - 5 star recruits > 2-3 star recruits."

For once, I agree with you sammyg


Good bye Doman. Not so nice knowing you.


Draper, UT


They won't go with a passing game because Coach Doman is an option guy. That's what he did in high school and what he did in college. He does't understand the vertical passing game. Plus, while Riley Nelson plays with heart, he's reckless and has a poor arm. The offensive line can't block either. Oregon State's offensive line was superior and so was their defensive line. The game starts in the trenches. It's a typical Coach Mendenhall team. Beat the lousy teams, competitive with the mid-level teams, lose to the good teams. BYU continues to waste good receiving talent. It's clear Nelson doesn't see the field well because most of his targets go to Hoffman. Hoffman is a terrific receiver and has earned the targets but spreading it around would make a big difference. Hopefully the team can get to six wins and at least qualify for a post season game.

Ivins, UT

We were the underlings both BYU and Utah. I watched the Y game. We were out quarterbacked and out coached. OSU looked like a better team for four quarters as the Y continued to play catch up.We ran aground in the fourth quarter.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Are you kidding me! Hard to beat 11 Ducks and 8 more refs. Must be Pac 11 refs.

Pa. Reader
Harrisburg, PA

Andy Reid has an agent.
Let's hope Tom Holmoe is now planting a seed with that agent that could sprout at the end of the season should Coach Reid want a fresh start away from the NFL pressure cooker.
The current experiment of hiring inexperienced, unqualified coaches has run its course.
Things will continue to go downhill from here as additional frustrated players transfer to other schools and recruits cross the Y off their lists.


3 int's. common let's get a qb in there... there is a real possibility this team may not be bowl elgible.

Surfers Paradise, AU

Game plan was better from Doman today. Still way too many "option plays" again. This isn't Skyline High Brandon. Poor throws from Nelson led to points for OSU. For the first time this season, we see the defense give up several big plays on the ground and through the air. Not too many bad penalties today either.

Springville, UT


And I didn't think you cared. This 'stars' chestbeating stuff is a Ute thing every year. I just like reminding you Utesies.

So your feeble attempt to throw the 'star ratings' as a dig against BYU is pretty weak today.

BYU held their own until the 4th quarter even with the challenges Riley brings with him as QB.

BYU put real offensive points on the board today against a #10 team and your Utes??? 7 lousy points.

I'm pretty confident that OSU will administer the Utes fourth in a row PAC12 beat down next week.

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