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Published: Monday, Sept. 9 2013 6:50 p.m. MDT

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Just the FAX
Olympus Cove, Utah

"One thing that is not debatable is the complete mismatch of talent that was on both sidelines that night — if you believe in recruiting services like scout.com.

Texas gets whomever it wants. BYU is extremely thankful to get athletes the caliber of Kyle Van Noy and Ezekiel Ansah once a decade or so.

So, the difference in this game had to be coaching; the work by BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall and offensive coordinator Robert Anae and the preparation and execution they instilled in players.

The proof is the number 550."

A total team and coaching mismatch for BYU.

Payson, UT

BYU did something they haven't done for a very long time that led to this victory --

-- Instead of trying to push a certain attack all season long in every single game, they found the weakness in their opponent and exploited it to the max unabashedly.

Poor Texas, they were trying to do the exact opposite and dictate how the game would be played. Kind of like the British redcoats telling the colonial militias to stand up and exchange volleys. It didn't work.

Provo, UT

And the only game that matters 10 times more is UTAH !!!!!!!

Girlse State
Midvale, UT

Good win against Texas. In order of games i wanted to win the most, this one was up there

1 notre dame
2 Wisconsin
3 Texas
4 Boise
5 usu/Utah

Girlse State
Midvale, UT

UTAHDUDE, so you are part of the 63% of utes who prefer a win over byu to a bowl game? Well we are glad to be able to provide you a bowl game.

Mcallen, TX

Football is controlled warfare.

BYU beating Texas is like the American colonists defeating the British.

Spanish Fork, UT

Which brings up my oft asked question and oft avoided by Ute fans: Utah has by far and away more players go to the NFL than BYU. So how come BYU has only been blown out 1 time, lost narrowly several times and won sometimes. For the obvious disparity of NFL talent I should think Utah would dominate and they haven't (and two narrow wins are not domination).

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

Like I have been saying, stars do not matter.

Cedar Rapids, IA

The sum was greater than its parts. Teamwork can overcome talent. It's happened quite often in this young football season. Perhaps the root cause of upsets comes from how teams are ranked. And "upsets" aren't always upsets.

Bountiful, utah

I think the fast paced BYU offense and altitude got the better of an early season over-confident Texas team, plus they lost a big part of their speed offense after the first series. BYU is better than the Virginia showing, and Texas is probably better than their BYU debacle. Anything can happen in College football on any given day.

podunk utah

Mack Brown should have fired himself, the guy is completely overrated

Salt Lake City, UT

The question now is...which Utah coach will be fired on September 22nd?

La Grange, TN

Dick, your comment about Texas being so much more talented then BYU was proven false by the 550 yards. I listen to you guys that write, predict and report this stuff week after week, in every sport, and you are proven wrong at least half the time, and yet your answer is the equivalent of "nothing was proven on the field". The story is exactly what happened on the field, not some observers baseless excuses the day after the event. Don't buy into the "BCS" label means "Better". Their isn't a Athlete on any team that straps on his or her equipment, and lines up opposite their counter part, thinking that they can't hold their own against their opponent, and they have proven this to be true time and time again. Just because some magazine or "SCOUT" says someone or something is better then something else, doesn't make it so. BYU, congratulations, you guys are looking better every week. Keep up the hard work.

Ogden, UT

I enjoyed the comment from an ESPN announcer. Texas is a privledged program. BYU considers it a privledge to play football.


"So, the difference in this game had to be coaching"

It is not only the coaching, it is also the players who are humble and willing to do what the coaches ask which includes putting the team first. Texas players might have more individual talent, but they certainly didn't have the 'team' talent that night!

Allen, TX

Completely lost on the author is the fact that the DEFENSE and Special Teams won this game, more than the offense, which was stellar, I'll admit.

Texas could not get in a rhythm because the BYU Defense was pressuring the QB all game. Van Noy is the real deal, and the D-line stepped up. 'Nuff said.

Salt Lake City, UT

Reader comments in some Texas newspapers included some who speculated that Bronco Mendenhall might be a good replacement for Mac Brown. But only if he's interested in a $3 million salary increase. And in Texas, they love his name.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


We beat you more than you beat us, and are about to finish the career 4-0 SWEEP of you.

And yes, that is strongly correlated to our better athletes.

Whatever you are trying to spin isn't working.

It will be the SECOND 4-0 sweep of the last 15 years!

Do you know how far back you have to look to get the last 2 4-0 streaks for byu over Utah?


Very far

Very very far!

Oh how the times have changed!

Mcallen, TX

This star system is more a popularity thing.

Jake Heaps vs Chucky Keeton?

I couldn't see where the Texas players were any faster, or stronger than the cougs. To the utes, yes.

Which Longhorn players were faster than Williams, or Van Noy?

North Salt Lake, UT

BYU will handle Utah by 13 (minimum) September 21. Mark it down CB. The Utes are nowhere close the Longhorns (or most Pac teams)in any way.

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