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Published: Monday, Sept. 9 2013 9:00 p.m. MDT

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Elk Hair Caddis
Sandy, UT

Utah plays at this altitude all the time and knows how to stop an unbalanced offense. BYU will need to practice the passing game "hard and fast" the next two weeks to have a chance at beating Utah who currently have Bronco's number.

Go Cougars

Enid, OK

BYU by 12.


Because the Cougars are slightly superior athletically but......primarily because the Cougars want it MORE!

Go Cougars!

Lincoln City, OR

It's just about time... I'm looking forward to it so much that there is scarcely anything else I think about... The sad part is that it only lasts for 3 hours or so and then it's gone... However, it will be very saisfying to look back on for the next 3 years.

I'm worried about so many things: Will utah let Kyle go when it's over (I hope not)?; what will chris b do when he serves out his self-imposed gag order for a year?; will our seniors be able to contain the excitement that they have harnessed for nearly 4 years?; will the uties ever want to play us again or will they be like Washington State and look to schedule more Big Sky games instead in hopes of some day qualifying for a bowl game?; will the PAC12 decide that they don't want utah as part of their conference anymore?

Lots of stuff to think about... Some advise to my utie fan friends... Remember, it's just a game and we all can't be great at every sport we play... (They still have gymnastics, skiing, and ping pong, etc.)

Just 12 short days away...


Has anyone received a report on whether Williams back is seriously hurt? That kind of torque could rupture a disc.

Salt Lake City, UT

I stayed positive, to the consternation of several pessimists, and believed that the team that played Virginia would disappear. They are gone. The team that played Texas was great but that team has left the rear view mirror also. The best part of college football is that each week the team can reinvent it's self for the next team. I don't believe these coaches intend to be stagnant and not improve. I have loved every game of the last 33 and I have loved the examples of how they have handled success and adversity.
I think Coach Mendenhall has set his own path and it's as enjoyable as LaVell's years were.

Some people have panicked at Taysom HIll's passing numbers. Don't be surprised if you learn he over comes the glitch in the next two weeks. I have seen him make the high percentage passing game work and despite people claiming they have shut down the option read they didn't really seem to do all that well with Chuckie Keeton.

Expect the improvement to be dramatic. I'm optomistic.

West Columbia, TX

Well as a diehard Cougar fan diehard 7/27 is the only story worth even discussing. There isn't a team coming that will let them run a yard.


West Columbia, TX


Not sure that will happen. He lived down the street from me some years ago. Good kid great family. Knew all of them. Older brothers great kids and athletes not quite as good as he, but he has never shown great abilities to pass not at Highland or now.

If he doesn't the season is 5 and 7 4 and 8. There will not be a team that will let run a yard. They caught one off guard. Yes, I hope I am absolutely wrong. Would love to be wrong. Would eat crow if I am wrong.

They have the tools to be great this year but for some reason they do not want to go there. Just strange to me, strange.


Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

I think Texas came in thinking to stop a traditional BYU passing offense and did not respect the run game. They were then caught flat footed when cougs run through around and over them. Bad game plan, but the wonder is they could not make more effective adjustments at the half.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

It will be great to watch Utah put byu back in their place.

The only question is which excuse byu fans will use after Utah beats them for the FOURTH time in a row?

bad weather?
byu gave the game away?

I think the Texas game has byu players and fans back to thinking they are BCS bowl material.

Can't wait to bring them crashing back down to reality

Humble pie coming!


"Cougars encouraged by performance vs. Texas but remain focused on improving"

Exactly right, determined improvement is the name of the game. Clearly BYU's athletes put the team first and not only believe they can improve, they are determined to improve. Good coaching and attitude goes a long way, Go Cougars!

Orem, UT

No chris b, the real question is will you keep your promise and NEVER post another negative comment about BYU EVER when BYU beats the Utes on September 21st?

Lots of crow eating coming!

Christine B. Hedgefog
Salt Lake City, UT

"Humble pie coming!"

Yes there will be little sister, yes there will be.

Herbert Gravy
Salinas, CA

A "bloodbath"? Ouch!

Lincoln City, OR

@Tilka, I was concerned too... But then he looked like he was healthy in the post game interview... I would be surprised if he is anything but a little sore.

Lincoln City, OR


If an opposing team wishes to deny Hill his run game, it will take 11 of them... If they invest all their assets in stopping his run, he's decent enough with the pass to make them pay through the air...

Have faith your neighbor for crying outloud, I do and I don't even live in the neighborhood.

Stringer Bell
Henderson, NV


If you've seen Hill make the high percentage passing thing work then it must have been in HS. So far he's looking worse than Nelson.

Lincoln City, OR

@chris b

As long as they leave their homespun referees to tend to other PAC12 fixes the uties will be in trouble... Had there been an honest game called against USU they would have lost by 2 TDs...

Wilson won't know what hit him... I suspect he will be running for his life every time he hits the field... And the uties run game is , well... Non-existent...

BYU 31 uties 10

Mark it down and highlight it.


I've been a little worried about all the press from some of the Cougs implying that the TX game got everything fixed for
us and no worries, mate. Is it possible that even the coaches didn't anticipate that outcome, that it wasn't in their plan, and that TH just found a way to run, along with Jamal? We have a big season ahead with a lot of powerhouses to contend with. And now they know we can run and can't pass very well. So who would you be keying on if you were our next opponent? I say we stay humble, work on execution, devise a few other scenarios like options and draws and soft passes and long passes and shovel passes and a few other things to keep the defenses guessing. And did i mention execution? And oh yeah, execution. We did a lot of good things in the TX game. Utah is a different animal to corral and put away. This year has to be the year, no game giveaways with mistakes and overconfidence. And no fear! But I sure enjoyed the TX game. Hope we see more of the same! Go Cougs!


And oh yeah, let's not allow Utah any deep pass TDs or other big plays, in any way, so we don't have to repeat that tired old worn out phrase, "Oh flip, not again!" But knowing these two teams, there will probably be nail biting situations and last minute heroics and crazy ball bounces that will determine the outcome, no matter how either plays...or not. And maybe the coaches DID know TH was going to do all that running. Ya think?

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

true blue,

I made the same promise last year

And the year before

And the year before

And who at the crow all those years?

byu is a WAC quality program and we will beat them like the WAC program they are.

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