I don't think Ironmo was making an excuse, merely stating facts. Fact of
the matter is, USU has a good, not great defense. BYU had a great defense last
year that was capable of taking over the game. USU doesn't have that. Most
any defense that has to support an offense that has five three and outs to start
a half will get gassed. USU needs an offense for the defense to be great. USU is
still trying to find its offensive identity since Chuckie Keeton went out for
the year. Losing GA to Wisconsin was a big blow for USU, but I doubt GA does
much better in a stretch where you lose your starting QB, RB, LG, and TE.
Chuckie was the heart of the team. I'm confident in the direction of the
program and think USU has 3-4 more wins in them this season.
@Ironmomo"In order for a defense to excell they need to be able to
rest. You can't have an offense go 3 and out time after time after time and
expect your defense to come back into the game with no break. The offense has to
be able to move the ball down field and use the clock up, so the defense gets a
chance to recover."Didn't BYU's defense last season
have that problem with their offense and in particular Logan High product Riley
Nelson? He was worse than just going 3 and out. He frequently turned the ball
over deep in his own end and put his defense in 1st and goal situations (go
watch the Youtube video of BYU's goal line stand vs Boise St last year.
Riveting).BYU's defense stood tall and proud last season
despite the terrible QB play. I don't buy the excuse that losing Keeton has
caused the defense to lose thier heart. That's a lame excuse.
Boise State has a very good team. Chris Petersen had his Broncos ready. The
final score is no indication of how Boise State took it to the Aggies. Chris
Petersen does not pile on, he is a top five coach. As I watched this game the
athleticism and desire of BSU really impressed me. BYU is going to have its
hands full in a few weeks when Petersen and team come to Provo.
@IronmomoGood excuse for the beatdown. But that's all it is,
an excuse. Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe I am 4-0 with my
predictions. I love being at the top. How does it feel to be at the bottom?
The real loss for Utah State wasn't 8 days ago when Chuckie Keaton went
down against BYU, but 10 months ago when former head coach Gary Andersen decided
to take the job at Wisconsin. Aggie boosters seriously need to pony up more $$$
if they desire to keep a coach who knows how to win in Logan, and if
there's any hope of ever seeing the level of brand support enjoyed by BYU
or Utah. Utah State winning the MWC in year one of membership? With the loss
of coach andersen, I'm not sure what gave Aggie faithful such a far fetched
In order for a defense to excell they need to be able to rest. You can't
have an offense go 3 and out time after time after time and expect your defense
to come back into the game with no break. The offense has to be able to move the
ball down field and use the clock up, so the defense gets a chance to recover.
Hard to understand how since the loss of Chuckie Keeton, the USU defense seems
to be in disarray. They lost a lot more than just a QB -- they obviously lost
their leader and the heart and soul of their team....