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Published: Saturday, Dec. 28 2013 3:56 p.m. MST

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Uncle Rico
Provo, UT

Same issues. How about Bronco takes responsibility. If you are only going to worry about the defense than resign and become the D coordinator.

BYU offense is good against bad teams, but not against decent teams. In 5 losses this year they scored 17 points or less in all of them.

Special teams was a big problem tonight. Why not use all practices for bowl?
BYU will probably go 10-2 next year because the schedule is so weak, and we'll forget about this, until they lose in bowl to decent team.

Bronco mentioned that Boise's Peterson left because he reached his ceiling at Boise. Bronco has reached his ceiling at BYU.

Idaho Falls, ID

No where was the speed differential more apparent than at the line of scrimmage. I'm pretty sure my 90yr old mother could get around BYU's offensive tackles on a pass rush....

Hill's effort was heroic and he kept us in the game for awhile, but he really needs to improve his passing accuracy to win games like this. As Dick says, BYU's biggest problem this year has been failure to maximally capitalize on good opportunities.they need to score TD's and they need to do better in the Red Zone.

Salt Lake City, UT

The "same issue" was that BYU was beat by a better team. The PAC-12 is definitely a TOUGH conference.


Don't stick up for the coaches Dick. They needed more practice, needed to stay in shape and needed to work on their execution. Also, the offensive coaches aren't quick enough on their feet to make adjustments.

Hey Baby
Franklin, IN

T Hill would have loved playing football in my neighborhood:

Quarterback keeper on 7.
Quarterback keeper on 4.
Quarterback keeper on 6.

Then we played Pop Warner and learned about hand offs, laterals and passing. It made all the difference.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

Stop apologizing for Mendenhall. This team looked like a team that just blew off practice.

Lincoln City, OR

Love the Bowl atmosphere... Glad we got to play UDub... Unfortunately, their players were faster and more skilled than ours and their Offensive planning and execution was better...

We had the same problems that we always have...

. Can't finish in the Red Zone.

. Our Receivers can't get separation off the line and when they do, we either can't get the ball to them or they drop it. (Except Hoffman).

. Our OL couldn't keep a gaggle of Grandmothers out of the pocket.

. Our DBs can't keep up with Opposing Receivers.

. Our Special Teams are horrible... Can't kick the ball deep because we can't cover??? Please... our PK was decent tonight (for a change) but our Punter had a horrible game.

. And we need a stronger OC... The Offense is boring, predictable and totally ineffective.

. I love reading about all of the moral accomplishments of our Coaching Staff but this "Business as Usual" stuff has got to stop... I would really like to see "winning" moved up the priority list.

As for ute fans that want to pile on??? You have nothing to crow about... The Cougs have at least beaten the Huskies before.

West Valley City, Utah

Neither B.Y.U. or Utah are far from having great teams. If they both can improve in key areas they can start to win more of the close games next year.

ex patria cougar
Australia, 00

Even with this loss, it was a decent year for BYU overall. Washington is a very good team.

Unfortunately, with the departures of some major talent like KVN, Hoffman, and Unga, next year's team will almost certainly be less capable than it was this year. KVN was a rare talent who could, and did, make a real difference in games, and Hoffman's pass catching will be sorely missed as he did a lot over the past few years to make up for Riley Nelson and Hill's shortcomings in the pass game.

I just don't want to hear any more hyperbole from the coaches and players in the coming offseason. Just once, please, try to under-promise and over-deliver. Every year we hear something like "this is the best prepared team ever," "this is the best-conditioned team ever," or "this is the most talented team ever," along with "our goal is always to win a national championship." I love my cougars, and we'll have some fun games and all, but the annual stupid remarks about a national championship are embarrassing.

Utah State has a far better chance of national recognition.


This is just further validation that the Cougars could not compete against elite level competition. It also appears they can't recruit the level of talent that will get them there.

As a Ute fan, I gladly admit that my team did not compete at that level. But our fluke win came against the number 5 ranked team in the nation. Was Texas BYU's signature win this year?It's looking like their best win was against Utah State. I'm admittedly biased, but I'll take the Utes and the schedule they played all day against the Cougars.

Ogden, UT

Congratulations to the University of Washington for playing an excellent game and earning its win. Way to go HUSKIES!!!!!

Big J
Bountiful, UT

Dick I think what you are saying is BYU does not have the talent to win against better teams? Yes you are correct and it will probably never change due to cultural limitations and coaching inability. 8-5 is better than expected record considering the schedule this year. Could easily have been 5-7.

Y Grad Pumping Gas
Beaver, UT

Dick good article, I sense your frustration as do all the Cougar Nation.

But lets call it like it is;

The Fast and Furious, Hurry Up and Punt, Wang Dang Banana Rama Ding Dong Offense is exactly that!

Bronco can keep his Little League three point stance run out on the field charade. But slow down the offense and inject Quality over Quantity.

Bronco, keep your fireside schedule but start playing football, go back and watch the Lavelle tapes, time to retool.

Glenwood, UT

Frustrating. No use of TEs. Redzone blunders. 8 yard shank punt. dumb personal fouls. dropped passes. dang it.

Kearns, UT

If the Y wants to be great, they had better teach Hill how to throw the ball and look for other recievers besides his primary. He was throwing to Hoffman who was at times double an triple teamed. He doesn't know how to look for a secondary receiver. I agree with Harmon. He holds the ball too long. When the Y was very successful, they used the passing game like the run game and threw timing patterns. Hall hasn't learned how to do that.

I don't recall one pass to a tight end last night. And only a couple of overthrows to running backs.

Williams was ineffective. Too many stupid penalties on offense. The list goes on.

To solve the problem, bring someone in that can teach him how to do it right. I favor Detmer.

Kafusi should have been ejected for his head hit on the Washington QB on the interception play. Then his other bone head penalty hurt the Cougars chance to take advantage of the interception to score.

The whole problem is, according to Hill they treated this game like any other. WRONG.

Layton, UT

Great commentary that absolutely hit it on the head. BYU was great in the 70s 80s and 90s because of Schemes and plans. They threw the ball to the open spots . Receivers and quarterbacks read the defense and knew where those spots would be. BYU no longer does that. Formerly the short passing game was our running attack. 3 steps and throw to the open spot. It was fast and it was fun. Let's do it again.

Payson, UT

I guess it all depends what a successful season means to you. There were a few bright spots this year. Texas and Boise at home, Houston and USU on the road, the rest was same old same old zone inefficiency, clock management at times, giving up big plays, beating fair to mediocre teams and losing to the good ones and some of the mediocre teams, consistently losing to Utah. Not my definition of success.

Informed Voter
South Jordan, UT

I continue to appreciate the players and coaches, but lackluster is the word I used after the game last night. Good guys, a good but not great team. The fake punt was a big surprise for me coming from to see. I have not walked in the team's shoes nor have I sweated in the weight room, suffered injuries, or given my all on the practice field.

Harwich, MA

BYU is slow, overweight and not up to the challenge. Watching the offensive line was offensive.

Salt Lake City, UT

Serious problems with BYU football program. Not sure what the answer is? New Coach maybe?

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