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Published: Saturday, Nov. 23 2013 11:30 p.m. MST

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Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

This was a very frustrating game to watch. Where was the short over the middle passing game??? All those good big receivers going to waste week after week. Williams was not even a factor in this game. Something was definitely haywire.

DRay
Roy, UT

A double tight end formation on offense seemed to do the Cougars much harm as Irish scored at will. Seems like when a team does that, there ought to be a way to counter it. I enjoyed the game, applaud the Cougars for a good effort. It is what it is, and we just have to be happy to have a team playing in this game. Could be like Utah, they have no bowl game and a losing season. Everyone loses games, they are just games. Takes greater character to continue on without joy of the victory. BYU just has greater character, bigger souls.

Alpiner
Alpine, UT

My wife isn't a football fan. She watched the game with me for two BYU possessions and said, "why do they always run their plays to the right?"

El Chango Supremo
Rexburg, ID

BYU always seems to have good quarterbacks and an abundance of good players at the sexy positions such as wide receiver, tight end, running back, etc. What they seem to lack are the bug uglies on the offensive and defensive line. When they play a team like Wisconsin or ND, they seem to be unable to get any pressure on the QB and BYU's QB is always facing pressure. If BYU could improve their recruiting of lineman, it would go a long way to make them relevant on the big stage.

Amorphous
Draper, UT

It makes no difference how "uptempo" your offense is, when the play calling is so predictable and unimaginative. Also, is it just me or when you have a guy like Adam Hine, who seems always a step away from breaking every kickoff return, a 7'2" high jumper IN HIGH SCHOOL, do you think you could add him as a more frequent threat on offense? It just seems logical that, given the lack of true athletes that the Y is not able to recruit year in and year out, when you get one purely because he is a faithful returned missionary and BYU is where he "felt like he should be" for heavens sake (literally!) use the kid!

retro32
ORem, UT

A quick not to DRAY. Interesting again that we can't leave the U out of this. It just causes problems. They have beaten us 4 years straight, and no doubt had they had our schedule they would have won at least 6 games. For us to get some respect we have to win one of these games.

retro32
ORem, UT

A quick note to DRAY. Why do we have to bring in the U to this. There is no doubt had they given the same schedule as ours, they would have at least made bowl eligibility. Beside the fact that they have beaten us 4 straight years. Let's keep to our own. As for the Y, we really need to step up and win one of these type of games away to get respect.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

@amorphous

Exactly.

There can't be many CB's that can out jump Adam.

His fearless running style returning kicks suggests he won't short arm any passes over the middle.

He doesn't have sprinters speed, but how many LB's can keep up with him on a wheel route?

If he doesn't have what the OC is looking for at RB (i.e. burst/blocking), why not give him touches at WR or the slot?

As a change-up WR, he would give the 1's a rest, yet still put pressure on the defense.

Nevada or the bowl game won't present the challenges seen at Wisconsin or ND.

There should be opportunities for experimenting.

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Hine is a great third or fourth running option, but would be better at tight end as the bail-out/ last blocker option.

Amorphous
Draper, UT

@There You Go Again,

Ditto to your Exactly!

Actually, he does have sprinter speed. As a So. Utah person too, you probably recall that, beside his high jump dominance, he was always a threat in the 100 and 200 meter runs as well.

The slot is exactly where I'd stick him. He's scary in open places, makes people second guess and miss him. On top of that, he is powerfully strong, more than your typical slot or H back.

RepresentBlue
West Jordan, UT

I have been a big supporter of Bronco but I am coming around to the realization that he is just not able to make BYU competitive with the big boys, like he says he will. He has many great qualities, and in many ways he is the perfect fit for the football HC at BYU, but he just doesn't have the athletes, or the coaching acumen to go up against the big boys and win consistently. He may catch one of them once in a while, like Oklahoma in 2009, and Texas this year, but history has shown that those wins are the exception rather than the rule. For every Oklahoma or Texas win, there are 3 or 4 loses to teams like Florida State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, etc. And his winning percentage against Utah is not any better. In 9 games, he has managed to beat Utah just 3 times, and all with last minute miracle plays. He has been consistently out-coached by Kyle Whittingham in the head-to-head rivalry game, just as he is usually out-coached by the coaches at top tier programs.

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

Brad Rock: "Great seasons? That could come sooner than it seems, because great opponents will be in short supply next year."
That's surprisingly honest and sad. I've suspected that a "great season" to Cougar fans is simply win/loss. An undefeated season is remembered longer than the list of weak opponents.

It will be interesting to see how the battle plays out between fans demanding a great win/loss record, and school administrators who want to increase exposure by playing great teams.

Amorphous
Draper, UT

@ SS Jarvis,

Respectfully disagree. Adam is too short for the current day tight end position and his speed and athleticism would be wasted there.

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