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Published: Sunday, Sept. 22 2013 11:39 p.m. MDT

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Hank Pym
SLC, UT

re: jarka-rus moments ago.

Agreed. B Mendenhall is like Dave Wannstedt is a really good DC & mediocre HC.

Hank Jr
Draper, UT

Ammon Olsen

AJC
Eden, UT

Coach Ben Cahoon solved the problem of dropped balls! Are you kidding??? What universe do you live in?

How does a major university end up with only one capable receiver (Hoffman) and a starting QB who couldn't toss a snap back to the center? Did anyone notice that no deep pass landed in the same zip code as the intended receiver? Hill always throws behind a moving receiver, so his only completions are when the receiver is stopped or coming back for the ball. It's been three years now since a BYU QB has completed passes to receivers on the move!! Of course, this bunch of receivers couldn't catch a soap bubble with a peach basket. Apo doesn't even seem to know when to turn his head to look for the ball!

I agree that it would be nice to see Ammon Olsen in a game to see what he can do. We need a passer, not an additional runner.
Maybe recent history is telling us that QBs who transfer from other programs aren't such a good deal....

SyracuseCoug
Syracuse, ut

So glad Jamaal is ok and out of the hospital, very scary. As for BYU, they were out-played and out-coached the whole game. O-line was pushed around the whole game and unfortunately our solid defense gave up some big plays. Utah was stacking the box the whole game, but it was easy to see that Hoffman had one-on-one coverage on many of these plays. Why they didn't take advantage of this is beyond me, I guess they just have no confidence in Hill and his ability to go through his progressions. Future opponents just saw how to beat BYU....make Hill throw. Simple as that. Maybe Hill will develop into a decent passer, but as of right now, that offense is so one-dimensional it's scary. Do you stick with Hill and try to develop his passing? I don't know, it's the million dollar question.

As I said on another post, no excuses from me, congrats to the Utes, they own us plain and simple. I wish them luck in the Pac 12, as for BYU, sooooo much work to do if we want to be bowl eligible. Yuck!

Gus Tunkle
Pleasant Grove, UT

I would like to thank our friends at the University of Utah for letting us play them in football. I would also like to thank them for letting us score a touchdown. You are our friends and we like you.

JohnInSLC
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The answer is:

Wait for the Mangum kid to finish his mission..

taraxopoios
Lake Tapps, WA

The one thing that really stood out to me is what happened in the fourth quarter when Anae called short pass routes and let his play makers (Hoffman and Falslev) do their thing after the catch. It's said so often by coaches that is has become a cliche, "We have to get the ball to our play makers in space." I saw very few play calls where this was the case. When the play makers did get the ball it was rarely in space. Seems like a basic philosophy, but what do I know!

jarka-rus
Layton, Utah

When Byu can't recruit a decent passing QB for years now? its a sad day and won't get any better until Bronco is fired, look no further than Andrew Luck vs Kapernick yesterday, and see how important it is to be able to pass as a QB and not just to run read option every single play.

Clark W. Griswold
Sandy, Utah

"BYU football: BYU's passing game searching for answers"

We already knew that! It was revealed after the Texas game that BYU has a really bad passing game. Utah watched game film and their whole game plan was to stop the run, and put one linebacker to spy on Taysom Hill. What do you know? It worked!

Here's an answer to help solve BYU's passing woes. Get a new quarterback!

byufootballrocks
Herndon, VA

BYU fans right now "know" a good deal more than the coaches. Why? Common sense, and simple observation.

When I saw Coach Mendenhall at game time stoically pacing the sidelines by himself I thought "Whoa, here it comes!" We're not ready, and we're also going to see a slow-but-steady strategy on offense, once again, and nothing new.

Didn't we have enough motivation? We are playing at our house! - in front of 57,000 fans and an ESPN2 nationwide audience. Utah has embarrassed us three years straight. Their coaches know our tendencies and appear almost arrogant and dismissive in the way they approach us. They appear to disrespect the rivalry now that they are in the Pac10. On the one hand they seem to project that they don't consider us "in their league" as a major competitor, yet on the other don't want a pesky team any more on their non-conference schedule who can still beat them. It was public outcry in Utah that got the games going again three years from now.

So where was the fire? Many of the fans have got it! Utah said, "We wanted it more." Incredible.

christoph
Brigham City, UT

Utes have the Y's number, yet nobody else's.

Scott Farcus
Beaver, UT

I for one am grateful that Bronco kept Hill in for the entire Utah bYu game.

No brainer; spy on Hill, shut his running game off and his passing would benefit Utah.

Love Bronco's decisions, the gift that keeps on giving, year after year. 2013 will always be remembered 20-13

theskipper
salt lake, UT

AMMON OLSEN!

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

What passing game?

Beaver Native
Garland, UT

Agreed, none of the teams in Utah are great this year, but Utah deserved this win. They played better ball and didn't make mistakes when it mattered. Best wishes to all Utah teams this year.

BYU has to develop some passing efficiency if they're going to have a winning season. As for the Utes, they have improved over last season. Competitive in the PAC-12? Not yet, but give them a few years.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

BYU needs Tanner Mangum; he's the real deal. IMO

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

Isn't it a little early to be down on Hill? When has he had the opportunity to pass in game situations this year? Virginia? Sloppy weather. Texas? Didn't want to get away from the run, because it was working. Looking back, Coach should have called more passes vs Texas. They would have gotten more value in passing practice than in setting a school record for runs.

VS Utah was Hill's first chance to pass. It was sloppy, but he still set a personal best. So you'd prefer to switch to Olsen who has never thrown a college game pass? Too early for a QB switch. Hill just needs more experience.

ConcernCitizen
South Jordan, UT

Taysom Hill is a very talented quarterback, but there is an emotional side to developing a quarterback in a game.

Some games are more intense than others and even the best quarterbacks get the gitters. I feel than Hill was nervous and it was affecting his play and the need to relax. Where were the coaches?

In order to get a quarterback to relax, you take him out for a few plays and put in another quarterback. I did this as a coach and it has a relaxing affect on a player because the quarterback thinks that all the responsibility is on his shoulders. It is not, but in the players mind, it is.

Some coaches have the mistaken impression this may cause the quarterback to lose confidence. On the contrary, the quarterback gains confidence because he now knows that there are quarterbacks there to help off-load the pressure. In fact, a quarterback sees his position from a different perspective. He is more anxious to get back in the action, and is more confident and relaxed.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

I was at the game. During the last 5 minutes BYU finally went to Hoffman across the middle - twice in a row - for first downs. Those were the ONLY two throws in the middle of the field that I saw the entire game for some reason. The throws along the side line are low percentage throws and even those were overthrown. It is almost as if Anae doesn't trust Hill and so he designs these side line patterns where the ball is least likely to be intercepted. Either you make the catch or the ball sails out of bounds. All the runs were perplexing as well. Two yards and a cloud of dust doesn't cut it when you are 13 points behind late in the game. I can only think Anae just doesn't trust Hill to make decisions across the middle. No throws to the tight ends either??? I could of sworn for a moment there I was watching AirForce. All I know is BYU had better not waste Hoffmans last year because Cody will be playing on Sundays next season in the NFL.

Benderman1
Layton, UT

I don't see myself being as interested in BYU as long as they continue down this path of focusing on a QB's running ability. The BYU offense was not broken until we started playing a running QB and retooling the offense around that. Think about it. The last time BYU had a dominate offense was with Max Hall. As soon as he left, BYU started trying to fit in Riley Nelson because of his "leadership" and running ability. They're doing the same thing with Hill. Why did BYU give up on the passing game? They are just blinded by the QB's running ability.

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