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Brad Rock: Yes, BYU's schedule is still interesting

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  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Sept. 7, 2013 11:27 p.m.

    Amazing game. Talking heads blaming Texas for loss. No credit to BYU's defense and the amazing run game. Surely, Texas was expecting the usual BYU passing game. Surprise.

    But Williams out with a back injury. This could be bad.

  • Manny Saint George, UT
    Sept. 8, 2013 7:37 a.m.

    The rest of the season will be interesting if BYU continues to play like they did last night. I must admit the lose last week convinced me to go against them in my Des News Grid Picks. For some reason I had Texas winning 42-14 because of what I saw last week. I should have known better.

  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 8, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    Got to hand it to BYU for a nice victory and recovery. I am not ready to hand over the National Championship mind you, but cougar fans should be dancing in the streets after a big win.

  • GoRed WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 8, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    @BlueHusky

    "Talking heads blaming Texas for loss. No credit to BYU's defense and the amazing run game. "

    Now you know how Ute fans feel every time we beat BYU and read comments from the local media and the Provo fan base.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Sept. 8, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    I hope Williams feels as good as his interview after the game. The kid is a crack-up interview.

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    Sept. 8, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    Wow, what an amazing turn-around for the Offensive Line! UT has some of the best athletes in college football and we did well against them. Congrats!

    Also, pretty good game for special teams which has been needed.

    Things are looking up!

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Sept. 8, 2013 12:03 p.m.

    Most of the stories do seem to be framing this more as a Texas debacle and a BYU story, but you can't really blame the media for that. When a school with Texas' resume gives up the most rushing yards in school history . . that's over 1,200 games against stiff competition, brothers and sisters . . that's just going to be the narrative. Add to that the fact that BYU is unranked and coming off a horrible offensive performance against a blah opponent, and it's difficult to see Texas as legit.

    Hey, BYU's rushing attack is impressive. I was giddy last night and my hope for the rest of the Y's season is renewed, but I have to think this was an aberration. Will we win most of the rest of our games and run for a bunch of yards this year? Yes. Will we top 550 yards again? I'd love to see it, but I wouldn't bet on it.

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    Sept. 8, 2013 12:07 p.m.

    Great game, great running, defense and kicking (16 points from kicking). The good thing about the passing game was it improved as the game went on. Go Cougars!

  • BigEasySLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2013 12:24 p.m.

    I have got to think that if the Utes can get the win next week against Oregon State, then we will also be able to beat the Cougars in Provo on Sept. 21st, if only due to momentum, but if we end up losing to the Beavers, BYU will not pass up the opportunity to throttle a dispirited Utah crew.

    Either way, I am really looking forward to a well played, intense rivalry game on 9/21...

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Sept. 8, 2013 12:37 p.m.

    The National Championship comment was pretty funny. Even a 12-0 BYU team with this schedule could not make that game over a two loss SEC Champion or a one loss team from the top four leagues. The system just doesn't allow it.

    BYU will crush the BYE week, hopefully healing up and prepping for what looks to be a promising Ute team. Go Cougs!!

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    Silent Lurker, don't you have to actually "have" the national championship before you can hand it over? Just wondering. You said that as though you possess it to hand over.

  • Black&Blue St George, Utah
    Sept. 8, 2013 1:44 p.m.

    Lets get something straight, this was not an upset.
    An upset is when an inferior team pulls out a last minute win against all odds over a higher profile and higher ranked opponent.
    This game was a beat down.
    Texas returned 19 starters to a team that finished last season ranked in the top 20. That consistently pulls in top 5 recruiting classes and regularly competes for national championships. And BYU dominated them in every aspect of the game.

    HUGE turnaround for the O-line. 550 yds rushing and ZERO sacks against one of the best defensive fronts in college football. The defense was stout, getting 5 sacks and holding a very good UT offense to countless 3 and outs. With a healthy CB corps, BYU holds Texas to 10pts max. Even with 3rd and 4th string corners being targeted constantly, BYU held Ash and Co. to 21pts. This defense is the real deal.

    I'm cautiously optimistic that the offense will continue to perform, but it is clearly on the shoulders of the O-line. And Hill MUST be better passing down field. Luckily we have 2 weeks to make adjustments and get ready for the though road ahead.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Sept. 8, 2013 3:52 p.m.

    Brad Rock's column reminds me of the comments by the couple sitting behind me in the North Endzone dressed in burnt orange that kept saying things like "BYU runs because they can't pass; Every run they get is from a broken play; We (Texas) have a great offense, it just needs to get going; Out (Texas) QB is a brilliant passer; We should win this game handily; I wish I was the coach---I'd tell our (Texas) players a thing or two and get them fired up; This is embarrassing, but we are the better team." On the way out before the game ended he muttered "I want to beat Oklahoma."

    Talk about boobing, bawling, complaining, weeping, wailing, and nashing of teeth. (It could only happen to one other less deserving team and hopefully it will in two weeks.)

    Maybe Mr. Rock will eventually get it. I hope so.

  • Mr. Plate Lindon, UT
    Sept. 8, 2013 4:45 p.m.

    @Black&Blue, according to the dictionary, an upset is "the defeat of a person, team, etc., that is considered more formidable." It says nothing about the manner in which that victory is achieved, and apparently no one but you thinks an upset only occurs in a last-minute win. Texas was universally considered more formidable than BYU, so despite your personal definition of "upset," BYU's victory was certainly an upset by the actual definition of the word.

    Just to set the record straight.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Sept. 8, 2013 9:22 p.m.

    Interesting from Moaning lost last week and now Grinning win last night. I am not yet optimistic because either Taysom Hill or the whole O's group is not clicking for passing game. I am please for Justin Sorenson, Special team and D's are getting the job done. TH and William will be fine but they can't do all the running on their own.

  • WON84 PLANO, TX
    Sept. 9, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    'GoRed

    WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

    @BlueHusky

    "Talking heads blaming Texas for loss. No credit to BYU's defense and the amazing run game. "

    Now you know how Ute fans feel every time we beat BYU and read comments from the local media and the Provo fan base.'

    This is actually a fair comment. Doesn't at all invalidate the feedback regarding the Texas "loss" though it's true that Utah is rarely given credit for wins.

  • Meadow Lark Mark IDAHO FALLS, ID
    Sept. 9, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    So far to me it looks like Utah and BYU have the potential to both have good seasons this year with a lot of wins. Go BYU. Go Utah. Both schools are real good schools. Oh and I cheer for Utah State too.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    Utah is about to complete the 4-0 SWEEP for the 2013 seniors.

    2nd time we've had a 4-0 SWEEP in the last 15 years.

    Do you know how far back you have to go to let the last two 4-0 winning streaks for byu over Utah?

    Far

    Very far

    Very very far

    Just another sign of the state of these two programs.

    One's accomplishments are all in the past.

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    Black and Blue- 22-16 over the last 3 years, this Texas team isn't the Texas that it used to be. Definitely over-ranked as evidenced by them dropping completely out of the rankings. However, it was a great showing by the Y, and obviously Texas was ill prepared to play the game. I've never been a fan of Texas so this was a yawner for me, but I'm seeing the possibility for a better game than I thought against the U. Utah by 5!

  • bradleyc Layton, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    Chris B.

    "Utah is about to complete the 4-0 SWEEP for the 2013 seniors."

    Good luck with that.

  • Salemite Salem, Ut
    Sept. 9, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    @ Chris B.

    You know we both carry the mantle to represent this State, our people and way of life in a positive way to the rest of the Country, and even to the World if you consider the potential of media and technology. Utah with its PAC12 membership, and BYU with its Independence, Global Broadcasting Capability and National TV Contract - - - this is an opportunity that transcends the game itself. Do you see that? Or, or you so bent on disparaging BYU at every turn and opportunity, that you would rather see the school to the South implode on itself and fade into obscurity?

    Myself, and I'm sure many others, would like to know your answer to this.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    @josewhales

    That you thought the BYU/utah game would be anything other that shows your complete and total utah "fan" delusion. utah is a losing team at the bottom of its conference. They have mediocre talent and a losing, bowless record.

    LOL!

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Sept. 9, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    What I am curious to see is now that Green Bay has establihsed a blue-print for stopping the run-option, how College teams, including the U, scheme against it. I think that the D will be successful so long as the QB for the other team (i.e., Hill) can't throw the ball. Load the box, and man-up on corners, bring safety in to watch QB. Colin K is a special QB that the 9ers have, very few QBs can run and throw!

    Go UTES.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 11:00 a.m.

    @ Chris B:

    Yes, and Utah's accomplishments (latest mini-run) is now in the past, too.

    How quickly you seem to forget. Last year, Utah was very, very fortunate to have won that game against BYU. They had less yardage, fewer first downs and less time of possession. On top of that, the game went down to the very last play. Similar scenario with another of the games in this current 3 game mini-run. Only one of the last 3 wins was done convincingly. As such, your talk and attitude of Utah being dominant over the Y is laughable... very laughable. It's also another reason why it's so easy to believe that this current U streak is over. It was fun for Ute fans while it lasted, but it's now over and done with.

    But laughing at your odd statements is getting thin. So I want to remind you once again of your promise not to post on any more BYU sports articles for a year after the Y beats the U in 2 weeks. From what many have been writing in these comment sections, it's a break that even many U fans are looking forward to.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 11:06 a.m.

    Salemite,

    The team down south yes is fading into obscurity, and yes I do enjoy it.

    The national media is laughing more at Texas than they are praising byu.

    Rarely does a team drop from ranked 16 to out of the rankings.

    Even with a 20 point loss, if that loss is to a respected opponent that team would not drop out of the rankings.

    Byu is only a national power in the minds of its fans.

    With the conference realignment byu was sent a strong signal that it will NOT be part of significant conferences going forward.

    And yes, as time goes on and as superconferences eventually form, byu will continue to move fade further into obscurity.

    The sooner byu fans realize this the better.

    Utah is the one and only national program in the state.

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    Sept. 9, 2013 11:30 a.m.

    Try not to get too full of yourselves with talk of "handing over national championships", we're the talk of the world with our national brand and exposure. USA Today referred to it as "Texas lost to middling BYU". Having lived all over the country, that's really what the rest of the world thinks. It was a great win that surprised everyone. Your QB is an outstanding runner but has not shown that he is a consistent good passer. Put together a body of work, not just one game, before you start beating your chests.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 11:42 a.m.

    @ Chris B:

    So now "Utah is the only national program in the state."
    Keep those laughs coming, Chris.
    USU is the only local team to be nationally ranked in the past 2 seasons, and outplayed Utah for the second time in a row.
    Both BYU and USU have been nationally ranked since Utah last was.
    Utah is the only one of those schools to finish with a losing record and no bowl invite last season.
    Utah has never had a winning season with it's conference games since joining the PAC. Never... and not even close!
    Excluding fading history, Utah is currently only a national power in the mind of Chris B.
    The sooner you realize that, the better.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 12:26 p.m.

    @stringer bell

    No one has said any of the stuff you claim. Typical utah "fan" falsehoods. Actually have a winning record, go to a bowl game, or just beat a conference foe with a winning record "before you start beating your chests".

    LOL!

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    Virginia game was weird, upsetting...college teams do not have the luxury of losing in a pre-season, so every game counts, making that one more than disheartening; good things to come depends upon getting the ball more to Cody Hoffman, receivers...one dimensional won't work, and yes, I believe Y will "crush" the BYU week. Was the injury to Jamaal Williams not due to foul play by Texas defenders bending him back on purpose...looked that way in replay, to me.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Sept. 9, 2013 1:37 p.m.

    I think that it is interesting to see how well BYU has done as an independent without the same fanfare as ND. They have improved from year to year and will only continue to do so. As for BYU fans, Chris B is not of your faith and your representation of your faith looks poorly in the eyes of many. Turn the other check.

    Go UTES