Here are some facts to put things in perspective:UConn is a cupcake
team from the AAC, one of the weaker Conferences in college football. Last year
UConn won only 3 games - they ONLY beat teams in their own conference - and they
lost 9. On average, they got beat by 10 points.Even I could have
looked good against UConn! Y-Ask-Y for Heisman! Woot! Woot!We
can't tell much from this game. It didn't test us. Despite the
so-called "convincing" victory, we played a very sloppy game and let a
cupcake team run up around 350 yds total offense.If we were good, we
would have shut out UConn, kept them to under 150 yds total offense, and scored
at least 50 points on them.Let's save the celebrating and
gloating until we've actually done something.
Po many penalties. Good teams take advantage of penalties. Penalties may haunt
BYU in the future. Go Aggies.
I've never seen anything quite like the performance of umpire, Greg
Brenner, from (I think) the Big East. Do teams scout umpire/referee or crew
@poyman. The most ridiculous... The officiating... way too many
flags and many for questionable calls (i.e. Interference on the sideline,
Celebration on Fua for pretending he was fishing after a sack, Pass Interference
on an uncatchable ball, etc.). Seems like Lead Official had a chip on his
shoulder.-----------Really, you don't think that
the most ridiculous was when Hill was still running the "Go Fast, Go Hard,
Go Long" offense with 5:41 left in the game and up 18 points against
UConn's reserve defense? Most teams at that point will run out
the clock instead of letting their Heisman candidate inflate his numbers with a
88 yard drive (62 passing 4/4 and 26 yard rushing) in 91 seconds. That being said, I don't blame BYU for keeping Hill in the game because
prior to that drive Hill was 7/12 (58%) on the last three drives and BYU was
scoreless in the 2nd half.
@Brio@ Uteology:I'm fairly certain we will have to
wait until Sunday to hear what Chuckie says about who the best qb in the state
is. One thing seems quite obvious... No one is making an argument for any Ute
quarterbacks.-----------------No we don't, the best
QB in the state is Keeton as the #5 NFL prospect. Who will have the better
year? That's still TBD.While Hill looked impressive, same
numbers at the end of last season against similar talent, his numbers were
inflated by the meaningless final drive against UConn's reserves (62 yards
passing, 26 yards rushing). The best numbers so far were by Wilson.
But then again, Wilson's stats came against talent that is on par with
UConn's reserves, worthless to argue about at this point.
I liked what I saw from Bronson Kaufusi as an edge rusher but this wasn't
him dominating an elite offensive line. I think the move though was a good one
for him. I also liked Jordan Preator a lot in the 2nd half. He was a
blanket late on his side of the field and played really tight coverage on Davis
and Fox and knocked down several passes. We don't EVER see that tight of
coverage in BYU's defensive scheme. It was a joy to see. I thought Davis
did okay but he looked a little tired in the 2nd half and wasn't as sharp
as he was early on.ILB play was kind of spotty, I thought Zac Stout
did really well considering it was his first start ever and his first game in a
couple of years but what was going on with Pikula? Leuta-Douyere did a nice job
stepping up for him. As usual the defense did a lot of bending but not breaking
and defended the goal line well. I would just like to see a little tougher D
between the 20's.
Mendenhall Magic, Great way to come out of the Gate!!
Hill looked good despite playing a weak team, but I draw the line at jumping the
gun and saying this early that Hill is the best QB in the state. Keeton
hasn't even played yet, for crying out loud! Besides, any half-decent QB
can put up numbers like that against a high school team that has zero pass rush.
The dirt lousy defensive performance by UCONN makes it hard to tell if Hill has
actually improved his accuracy or if the defense just made it too easy.
I've been saying all along that he should improve, and I think we'll
all be able to tell a little better after a few more games. Here's hoping
for a good season for all three teams and 3-0 for week 1...
How can a program go through 12 months of camps and not come away with a decent
kicking game? My goodness, you have to be able to get the ball into the end
zone on kickoffs and we came up 10 yds short each time and the one FG attempt
was pathetic.This will hurt the team at the most inopportune time.
The refs were a tale of two halves, but there were a lot of valid penalties with
stupidity. There were also several flags thrown with no penalty in sight. Next
week will be really tough.
Good result. Lethargic-like second half caued even the rookie to breath life
into UCONN's comeback hopes. The bonehead decision of the game, among too
many thoughtless Cougar mistakes, and perhaps the worst coaching decision of all
time has to be Coach Mendenhall's misguided refusal to take the out of
bounds kickoff at their 35 and have them rekick. Rediculous! Of course they
botched it: Bad return. Fifteen yard penalty and all while up by 21. It was
cause to consider UCONN still had hope. Another, more capable opponent just may
have swung the momentum!. We don't need the worry that the coach might
make a decision from left field! Not if you expect national respect and with
wins...national title consideration.
Congrtas to the Cougars on a fun season opener. Scheduling UCONN was smart.
Why not just enjoy the win instead of worrying so much about how the kids played
without a number of starters. Here is what the UCONN news people are saying:
BYU was the biggest "name" team to play a home opener at Rentschler
since Indiana of the Big Ten came here in 2003. The Cougars brought almost a
century of football tradition and history to the East Coast -- along with
several thousand fans -- to play the Huskies.
What was Alani Fua thinking? Or was he? And, wasn't he pulled for Michael
Alisa. Perhaps Alisa should get the start next week! And, yes, there was NO
reason to "expose" the deep passing game tonight although the TD pass to
Mathews might fit that category.
Only 200 words and a lot of observations: . Game balls to Hill,
Juergins, Mathews and the Offensive Line; . Solid Defensive Line Work
and some good plays by Kaufusi, Alisa, Bills and Stout (3 of them LBs).
. Low points in the game... BYU's kicking game... Why is it that
Mendenhall and his staff don't but more emphasis on recruiting Place
Kickers??? We seem to have a terrible time getting Kids that can kick the ball
long and a horrible time getting someone who can kick the ball straight... When
was the last time we had someone who could kick the ball out of the end zone or
someone who was automatic inside of 30 to 35 yards... They need to conduct
tryouts with the student body if need be... . Worst Decision of the
game? Requesting a re-kick instead of taking the ball on the 35YL after the
UConn OB kickoff. . The most ridiculous... The officiating... way too
many flags and many for questionable calls (i.e. Interference on the sideline,
Celebration on Fua for pretending he was fishing after a sack, Pass Interference
on an uncatchable ball, etc.). Seems like Lead Official had a chip on his
@ flatlander:Math doesn't appear to be your strong point. BYU
scored 7 points in the 2nd half to UConn's 3 points. As such, BYU was not
outscored in either half.@ Uteology:I'm fairly
certain we will have to wait until Sunday to hear what Chuckie says about who
the best qb in the state is. One thing seems quite obvious... No one is making
an argument for any Ute quarterbacks.
Tom in CAVallejo, CAThe kicking game will cost the Cougars at
least 2 wins this season. ------------In a THREE game
schedule that's horrible.
WiscougarfanRiver Falls, WIQB rating for Hill: 177.14Completion percentage: 77.77%Yards per completion: 8.55 yardsYes, it was against UCONN--a team that has been to a BCS bowl more recently
than Utah but like Utah currently isn't very good--but those are still
better numbers than against the pancake opponents of last season. -------------Unlike UConn, Utah doesn't have a problem
beating BYU home or away. Those numbers for Hill are similar to
2013:Houston: 162, 66%, 9.4 yards/attemptBoise: 160, 70%, 9.03
yards/attemptGTech: 159, 66%, 10.1 yards/attempt Granted those
aren't cupcakes but he still has to prove he can put up those numbers
against a team like Texas.I will give him this, he looked much
better than last year at this time. But like you said he never went deep, I
think his longest pass was 20 yards (not including yards after catch).
Sloppy game by both teams. The Huskies played as poorly in the first half as
they did the first 3/4 of last season. If they'd played as clean in the
first half as they did in the second, this may have been a decent game. Several
of the freshmen made some good plays, which gives some hope for the future of
the team. Fortunately, I think BYU is either the second or third toughest game
we'll have this year (behind UCF at home and possibly ECU on the road), so
there is optimism for a few more wins this year than last year, but definitely a
lot of things to clean up.To my friends back in Utah: you got
introduced tonight to Geremy Davis, a GREAT receiver. Watch for even bigger
games from him later on this year, and hopefully on Sundays for a lot of years
down the road.Good luck the rest of this year.
Next week may bring the same first-game jitters to those who did not play
tonight. So, mark me down as officially worried about next week. We needs lots
of improvement very quickly. But I did see some new plays this year. I hope
they work against Texas.
BYU took care of business tonight, nothing more and nothing less. Any win is
good but wait until next week before awarding the Heisman trophy. Your team
dominated a team that isn't expected to be very good which is all you can
expect in an opening game. Why not leave it at that?Was curious if
Hill played the whole game ... according to the box score he was the only QB to
throw a pass. Interesting decision by Bronco not to give the backup some
time.Best comment I saw posted was UConn has been to a BCS bowl game
more recently than Utah. Absolutely true statement and even though they lost by
4 TDS they have one more BCS appearance than BYU. Some posters just can't
avoid opening a door.
Some good things and bad things to take from this game. Good things...Taysom
Hill is much improved in his pocket presence, his progressions and his overall
comfort and command of the offense. I was pleasantly surprised at the depth and
ability of BYUs receivers even without their most dynamic receiver, Blackmon.
The running game could have been better and the O-line didn't do a great
job opening lanes but I also noticed that there were cutbacks and openings to be
exploited but our straight ahead runners didn't do a good job exploiting
them like Jamal Williams does...he makes people miss and has a stronger burst
that was missed tonight. I thought considering our corners were 2nd string guys
they played about as well as can be expected, except Skye PoVey at safety is
still making too many mistakes and has never impressed me as a good player. Offensive and defensive lines have to get better, special teams have to
get better, and mental toughness (no stupid drive continuing PF penalties).
These are all fixable and hopefully with all our starters back BYU will play at
a higher level against UT.
idabluIdaho Falls, ID"Taysom Hill was the best punter in
the state his senior year in High School. He also had the best field goal
accuracy and he could routinely send kick offs into the end zone. I have watched
him do all these things. HE IS the best punter and kicker on this BYU football
team, no doubt. The coaches would be smart to utilize ALL his talents."Yes, but that would drive poor Wayne over the edge.
@ taylormade1BYU won comfortably, but UCONN is terrible. What part
of my comment do you disagree with?
I wish all the smack talk would just go away. Cheer for your team. This game
was like last nights game. Easy opener to work out the kinks against someone
other than yourself. It wasn't too many years ago Utah, BYU and USU were
on the road opening weekend against really good teams with real traditions in
the hopes to get a paycheck and an upset. Things have changed.
I too am glad for the win, and equally glad the game was against UConn instead
of Texas. Typical first game stuff you might say...but if it's typical, why
not just avoid it? The most glaring deficiency I saw was the worst display of
kicking the ball off that I've ever seen from a BYU kicker. If our kickers
are that weak, Bronco needs to go get one of the players from the women's
soccer team and suit her up!! Kicking off like that against Texas is like
spotting them 14 points. Bring back Owen Pochman!!
1st game is always a learning experience and feeling out process. Clean up the
penalties and we will be fine. The defense will be just fine once we get our
starting db's back. At the start of fall camp I gave BYU about a 25% of
beating Texas. I will move that up to about 40% chance now. We will see how good
Texas is tomorrow. Go Cougs.
QB rating for Hill: 177.14Completion percentage: 77.77%Yards per
completion: 8.55 yardsYes, it was against UCONN--a team that has
been to a BCS bowl more recently than Utah but like Utah currently isn't
very good--but those are still better numbers than against the pancake opponents
of last season. I'd say the season looks promising, clean up penalties and
tonight would have been 49-3.
Taysom Hill was the best punter in the state his senior year in High School. He
also had the best field goal accuracy and he could routinely send kick offs into
the end zone. I have watched him do all these things. HE IS the best punter and
kicker on this BYU football team, no doubt. The coaches would be smart to
utilize ALL his talents.
Go Fast, Go Hard, Go long?... one long ball per game is probably not enough
targets to put defenses on their heels.
The Idaho boy (Hill) was awesome. Special teams were very bad. Weak
kickers, weak punter, and poor coverage. This could really make a difference at
Texas.O-line looked much improved except in rushing. Lots of receiving
weapons.Defense looked really average.It seems that the costly
unsportsmanlike penalties went unpunished by the coaches. Lack of discipline
leads to undisciplined play. BYU should have won 56-7
The kicking game will cost the Cougars at least 2 wins this season. BYU will be
forced to go for 4th and long because no confidence in the PK.
@oldI totally agree, my son was predicting the calls by Anae. it was
frustrating to watch such a talented group of players handcuffed by Anae. He
has zero understanding of behavioral reaction and he continual plays to the
defense strengths rather than his offenses strengths! Very frustrating to watch.
Never once saw the "go long" that he advertised! Very disappointed on
both sides of the ball. No LB play and very poor offensive play calling.
Hill for Heisman is not a far fetched dream if he keeps playing like he did
tonight, I really liked how Hill played. I am hoping that the reason we
didn't see many long passes was that they didn't need to and they are
keeping the deep passing (go deep) plays for next week.Lots of mistakes to
fix, should be a good season though. Better start than we have seen in recent
years. Go Cougars.
flatlanderOmaha, NE tell me exactly how 3 points is more than 7 points,BYU
scored 7 points in the 2nd half uconn scored 3 it was 28 -7 at halftime so how
did they out score BYU in the 2nd half
Great game, but we need a kicker.
For a first game it was OK, not great but just OK, one thing I was pleased with
was how Hill played , I was worried he would look to run way to much and he
didn't, he was calm , cool and collected and I liked his accuracy. Not bad
to have 308 yds passing and 97 yds rushing, I think he was 28 for 36 passing and
that is a good percentage. Next week will be a big time test and I'm not
sure what to expect, I expect Texas's defense to be much tougher than UConn
and that means we will have to execute much better/cleaner, if we do a win is
very much a possibility. Defensively we were tough when we needed to be and
again next week will be a much tougher test, after next week we'll know
alot more about our D. and the whole team for that matter. For a first game it
was pretty good. I hope all the suspensions are over and we can be at full
strength. Go Cougars.
Things I learned today:1. UConn (on the road) is much, much better and
much tougher than Idaho State (at home). So BYU's lousy performance still
outshines the Utes.2. No. 1 won't help settle the "Utes are
better than the Cougars" argument.3. The intelligent, mature,
and experienced defensive players--i.e., Fua (twice) and Leavitt (once)--made
very stupid and juvenile "plays" in the second half that triggered
automatic first downs for UConn and wiped out or cancelled outstanding effort by
others.4. Coach Anae should be known as Go Short Anae.5.
Poor ball security by "experienced" backs was surprising.6.
Prognosticators may want to adjust 10-2 or 9-3 downward if these things
can't get cleaned up.I'm not sure how much the coaches
learned about their team.Go Bruins!
@ UteoegyI hope Keeton has an amazing game and I will definitely be
rooting for USU! With that said, I still believe Hill is the best QB in the
Wonderful andFabulous State of Utah. Go Aggies!
2ff,You have to be kidding aren't you ? That was a dominating
performance and yes the Y can clean up some things . You do realize that the Y
was playing without 6 starters don't you. Please come here with some
football knowledge .
There are definitely some huge concerns. Too often a UConn RB was able to sit
in a huge hole between the secondary and the line and just wait for an easy dump
off. It was either a horrible defensive plan, or there were way too many
defensive breakdowns.Fua is supposed to be a defensive leader. Then
he pulls that garbage in the second half and gifts a first down to a team they
had just stopped. They have to play smarter, especially the players who are
supposed to be leaders.Finally, Mendenhall having UConn rekick
instead of taking the ball on the 35? Yeah, that was a mistake. Even without
the hold on the return, they didn't make it to the 35.Happy for
the win, but there is a lot to fix defensively.Positives? How many
receivers caught a pass tonight? A ton. That's what successful BYU teams
have done in the past: distribute the ball to multiple guys. That is very
We can tell nothing about how good Utah or BYU are after the first games.Both opponents were very poor. Utah and BYU have plenty they can
improve on. Week 1 to week 2 is the biggest 1 week improvement of the
season.We should know a lot more after next week.
BYU wins by 25 and as a fan I'm still disappointed in a very poor outing.
Too many stupid mental mistakes by the players and the coaches! Has me worried
about next week.
SanefanWellsville, UTIf there was any questions about who is
the BEST College QB in the State of Utah, the question was answered
tonight...his name is Hill!-----------Against UConn?
Keeton at Tennessee might have something to say about that tomorrow.
Fans are going to be a lot happier with this game than Bronco will be. Lots of
penalties and out scored in the second half.
If there was any questions about who is the BEST College QB in the State of
Utah, the question was answered tonight...his name is Hill!
Interesting to me, neither BYU nor Utah had any impressive LB play. I believe
the LB's are the key to a great defense, and for two former defensive
coordinators, I am way surprised by the poor LB play. To BYU's credit,
they are playing without Williams and their first tam CB's. But still!
Both teams won, but their are still lots of questions for both teams.
Good thing we are playing UCONN
@ Surf is UpBeating Idaho St. is not impressive.Beating
UCONN is not impressive.Taysom Hill looks better. BYU's
secondary does not. BYU's special teams continues its long tradition of
being awful. It's probably first game jitters, but both teams are playing
undisciplined football. That can be easily fixed though
I realize that travelling to the east coast, across two time zones to play a
game isn't as impressive as and trouncing Idaho State at home, in a small
stadium but, with exception of the dozens of penalties I like what I see.
Great start for BYU. Taysom is on fire 3 TD passing 1 TD running. 80% completion
The only legitimate knock on Taysom before tonight was his passing ability.
Looks like he's on his way to ending that conversation tonight. Solidly in
contention with Chuckie Keeton for best QB in the state. Nobody else is even in
the conversation, including all 6 scholarship QBs from last night's home
Refs are having a great game!
Taysom for Heisman.
This thing is already over.
Well.....those TDs were easy.
Lets hope that BYU can represent the state of Utah tonight. I certainly hope
that it isn't an embarrassment like last year in this first game. I would
assume that they are more prepared this year than last year, although I am not
sure that they are going to be as good as teams of the past several years. Here's to winning like Utah won last night!