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Dick Harmon: Taysom Hill steals center stage in BYU's win over UConn

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  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 5:07 p.m.

    You have got to be kidding.

    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.

    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.

  • dirt Sandy, UT
    Sept. 3, 2014 1:59 p.m.

    difference between Hill last year and his first game this year - confidence and comfort. He looked very much at ease, knowing what he's doing.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Sept. 2, 2014 11:04 p.m.

    Spokane Ute

    What's really comical is a fan base that would mock any national championship when they've never come close to winning one themselves.

    Even more comical is a fan base that beats their chest about being in the "conference of champions", when BYU, single-handedly, has won more consensus major college football national championships (#1 in AP and Coaches Final Polls), than the rest of the PAC 12, minus USC, has won combined.

  • Y's little brother Sandy, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 11:03 p.m.

    Uteology

    Seriously, that's the best you've got; digging up stats from last season when it became obvious, even to you, that Taysom clearly outplayed Trevor against a much better team this season?

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 4:01 p.m.

    2fer:
    I would say there may be some truth in what you're saying...I've noticed the same tendency with Anae, but hopefully he'll get it figured out now with more experience in his offense. I still think there's something to be said for how players respond with big leads...I see it (and I'm sure you do also) in every sport, athletes will get a lead and slow things down and the intensity is lost. I'd like to see Anae get more aggressive and deliver that knockout punch.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 2, 2014 3:52 p.m.

    @DeepBlue
    Anaheim, CA

    Uteology

    Wilson was playing an FCS team at home, a team that has lost 46 straight road games.

    Hill was playing an FBS team on the road, a team that played in a BCS bowl more recently than the Utes.

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    You mean Wilson was playing the same Idaho State team that Hill had these numbers against last year:

    11/19 (58%) 153 YDS 2 TD 3 INT 128 RATING

    The difference? The 2013 ISU finished ranked #229, the 2014 ISU team as of today is ranked #199.

    Bottom line, Tysom will have his chance to prove himself against a real defense this week at Texas. Wilson will need to wait one more week to prove himself at Michagon.

  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    Sept. 2, 2014 3:02 p.m.

    Uteology

    Wilson was playing an FCS team at home, a team that has lost 46 straight road games.

    Hill was playing an FBS team on the road, a team that played in a BCS bowl more recently than the Utes.

    Taysom was 18 of 20 for 195 yards and three TDs in the first half. He also completed a 42-yard pass that was called back because of a stupid PF penalty.

    Including only Taysom's first half stats would blow Wilson's first half stats out of the water.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Sept. 2, 2014 2:53 p.m.

    Uteology
    East Salt Lake City, Utah

    @Y Grad / Y Dad

    "My original comment was more civil then the comments posted on Utah's thread after the ISU game by BYU fans."

    Then by all means, take them to task. Tell them Y Dad is ashamed of them, if it helps.

    I'll have to take your word for it, because I never go to the Utah pages, unless there is absolutley nothing to report about the Cougars. And when I go, I consider myself a guest and try to behave myself as such. Call it old fashioned, but it just seems like the right thing to do.

    Don't you think so?

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 2, 2014 2:15 p.m.

    @Y Grad / Y Dad

    My original comment was more civil then the comments posted on Utah's thread after the ISU game by BYU fans.

    I never claimed he was doing 5 yard dump passes. I agreed with BYU fans like WisconsinCoug about the lack of a "long" game.

    @talkinsports

    Really? Wilson's total yards are from ONE half, Hill's total yards are from an ENTIRE game, which is the ONLY reason why Hill has more yards than Wilson.

    For example, Utah had a total of 351 yards passing vs ISU on 32 attempts.

    Had Hill not played the final drive and BYU had run the clock out his numbers would be:

    Taysom Hill - 242 yards, 24 of 32 (77%), 3 TD, 169

    Also, I have never argued that Hill isn't the better running QB. He is, his passing ability has been an issue.

    Regardless, he'll get his chance to prove it against Texas. Maybe Anae will open up the "Go Long" part of BYU's offense. I also think BYU has a good chance of beating Texas.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:14 p.m.

    You see, Uteology, maybe you have enjoyed this, but I think it could have been a much more enoyable, enlightening discussion if everyone would have practiced a little more civility, my guys in blue included.

    I haven't revisited the boards till just now, so I didn't see your responses to me. I say this: go back and look at your first post. If you can read that and honestly feel that your comments were civil and objective, then we will have to agree to disagree. Civilly.

    On the pass in question, I admitted it wasn't the 60 yard bomb we were hoping to see a lot of. Why can't you admit that it was more than a 5 yard dunk with yards tacked on for the run?

    In case you haven't followed everything about the game, Taysom acknowledged that they played a defense calculated to keep everything in front of them, so he took what was given. It is not a sin nor a weakness to not force deep balls into double coverage when they are giving short passes.

    I suspect we could agree on that.

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    Sept. 2, 2014 10:29 a.m.

    Uteology

    Passing Leaders
    #20 Taysom Hill - 308 yards, 28 of 36 (78%), 3 TD, 177.1 rating
    #38 Travis Wilson - 265 yards, 13 of 18 (72%), 1 TD, 214.2 rating

    Total QB Rating (QBR)
    #15 Taysom Hill - Pass EPA 8.2, Run EPA 2.8, Total EPA 10.6, Adj QRB 88.7
    #18 Travis Wilson - Pass EPA 5.3, Run EPA 0.4, Total EPA 5.3, Adj QRB 84.3

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 2, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    @Objectified

    @ uteology:

    As is totally predictable, you will always find something to be critical of BYU, no matter how well they play. Taysom had a 177+ quarterback rating for goodness sake. It was much better than any Ute qb rating had against a lesser defense. Looking at the overall picture, your unwarranted criticism cost you even more credibility.

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    Game 1 QB Ratings: Wilson 214 vs Hill 177

    What were you saying about my credibility?

    I thought Wilson was okay, he needs to prove it against a P5 defense. Next week will be a better test, slightly better than UConn.

    @Riverton

    I wasn't aware BYU was only trying to score one more TD in the second half, and that with 5 minutes left in the game while running the "Go Fast, Go Hard, Go Long" offense. Had I had known that I wouldn't be so critical.

    @Cougsndawgs

    I gave Utah's offense a B- and the defense a C. I never claimed they played great. The most important thing from that game was that Utah played 75 players including 3 QBs.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 2, 2014 9:26 a.m.

    @Object

    "Criticize all you want with bogus claims, but the truth of the matter is that Kyle W would trade all 6 of his current QB's for Taysom Hill and walk away smiling."

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    Apparently, you haven't seen Tysom's numbers against PAC-12 defenses.

    Every play? No, I verified the play that I was called out on.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Sept. 2, 2014 7:48 a.m.

    @RivertonCougar

    Coming from a fan base who beats on their chest about 1984; that's commical.

    Good opening win for BYU. Next week will be a tall assignment; but Texas is certainly beatable. I like the Friday night games; the only thing worth watching on TV.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 1:55 a.m.

    @ Cougsndawgs

    I don't think BYU's offense got complacent in the 2nd half, I think it has to do with coaching strategy. It seems like Anae has trouble putting teams away early in the second half when BYU has a lead. I don't know if the numbers back that up or not, but it's the impression that I get.

  • Objectified Richfield, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:36 a.m.

    Elmer Fudd:

    After looking at early results, it appears BYU has significantly improved from last year and Utah has perhaps just maintained... at best. It's obvious to objective observers that BYU would indeed beat Utah this year... just like the results of all national preseason polls predict. They literally all have BYU better ranked than Utah. This past weekend simply confirmed it.

    Uteology:

    Why are you so enamored and obsessed with criticizing BYU that you would so much time going back and replaying every play just to find one thing to be critical about? That makes no sense. It truly appears to be an obsession.

    JD:

    Criticize all you want with bogus claims, but the truth of the matter is that Kyle W would trade all 6 of his current QB's for Taysom Hill and walk away smiling.

  • Objectified Richfield, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:15 a.m.

    @ uteology:

    As is totally predictable, you will always find something to be critical of BYU, no matter how well they play. Taysom had a 177+ quarterback rating for goodness sake. It was much better than any Ute qb rating had against a lesser defense. Looking at the overall picture, your unwarranted criticism cost you even more credibility.

    Interesting that you and a few other enamoured Ute fans follow and read all BYU articles so closely. No wonder some commenters legitimately wonder if there isn't some sort of obsession involved.

  • statman Lehi, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:20 p.m.

    The problem about heisman talk - I fit doesn't start in week one, you're probably not going to get the Heisman.

    I think we can scratch Chuckie Keaton's name off the list. He looked terrible.

    Frankly, I've never been that impressed we him. Three years ago, when no one was running the pistol, he put up gaudy numbers running and throwing, Now that everyone has a couple hundred games of game film of different teams running the pistol in a bunch of different ways, chuckie's game doesn't look nearly as impressive as it once did. And everyone knows he throws A LOT off his back foot, so cbs and safeties all now jump the route on anything thrown to the sideline or over the top. After week one, Chuckie is lucky to be considered the third best an in the state...

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 5:33 p.m.

    "UConn is ranked 101, the team you struggled to put away will be lucky to win 5 games this year in the AAC."

    There is so much hypocrisy on this board today, including this.

    BYU fans, what have Utah fans been telling us the last few years about BYU vs Utah? They say Utah has dominated BYU and BYU managed to make the score look closer than the games really were. But today someone tells us that BYU "struggled to put away" a team that never really got within 2 touchdowns. So Utah "dominates" a team they usually only beat by a touchdown or less, but BYU "struggles to put away" a team they were always up by 18 points.

    Also, it is funny how we are told that everybody knows the Utes because of their BCS games in 2004 and 2008. Now a Ute fan admits to never having heard of UConn having a football team although they played in BCS game about 3 years ago. Has the thought crossed their minds that some people may not have heard of a team that played in a BCS bowl 6 years ago?

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 4:51 p.m.

    Uteology:
    Utah struggled to score against Idaho State. 2 TDs on special teams, and another one at the end of the half where Scott clearly stepped out of bounds yet PAC officials called it a touchdown. Even the homer PAC12 Network commentators were shaking their heads on that one. Utah's offense didn't always look good in that game. Same with BYUs offense...maybe they got complacent with a big lead, maybe they didn't throw deep or try anything extravagant against a defense they knew they could beat with more vanilla throws...who knows. What I do know is that both BYU and Utah coaches don't want to give away too much of their offense against inferior opponents. I also know that live game experience is much better than practice so BYU coaches wanted TH to get as much live experience as possible to be better prepared for Texas.

    I also think Utah is a better team this year, with more weapons on offense and more depth at QB. I think U will kill Fresno. Now whether that translates to a better record, we'll see. Good luck to U too.

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    uteology

    "If BYU wasn't struggling then can you please explain why Taysom Hill was running the "Go Fast, Go Hard, Go Short" offense with 5 minutes left in the game when up 18 points?"

    Simply taking advantage of a live game practice opportunity to prepare for Texas, similar to what the Utes do with their onside kicks and fake punts when they're up 3 or 4 touchdowns in the 2nd half.

  • Bleed Crimson Sandy, Utah
    Sept. 1, 2014 10:18 a.m.

    @ Down under

    "You say tha Keaton is the better QB? Shall we look again after this weekend to see who had better stats and who the NFL thins is the better QB? Keep dreaming. I also find it funny that Wilson is not mentioned in any QB conversations. LOL"

    Let's see,
    Chuckie Keaton played a much improved Tennessee team on the road in SEC country. The Vols has a lot of speed especially on defense.

    Taysom Hill played a pretty aweful UCONN team. Wilson and Keaton could light up that defense.

    You're comparing apples to oranges. You can't compare stats unless both BYU and Utah State play a common opponent.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Sept. 1, 2014 6:59 a.m.

    Uteology

    "Anything to help BYU fans like you face reality."

    Sorry, but you wouldn't know reality if it smacked you in the face.

    The truth is, BYU played a much better game against a much better team than Utah faced.

    And while you're beating your chest about Utah playing its backups in the 2nd half, let's not forget that BYU played its backup running backs, wide receivers, and cornerbacks the entire game.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 1, 2014 5:59 a.m.

    LonestarRunner
    Salt Lake City, UT

    Elmer Fudd

    Bronco was just giving his starting QB a full 60 minutes of live game experience.

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    How that work out for you against Utah State in 2012?

    "BYU freshman quarterback Taysom Hill will have surgery on his left knee and will miss the rest of the season with a lateral collateral injury suffered on his final carry in Friday night's 6-3 win over Utah State."

    I highly doubt you would have said the same thing if Hill had injured himself on that last drive.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 1:41 a.m.

    utelogy,
    i like the reality of playing in bowl games, having a winning season, and being able to see one local team on national tv. Thanks for caring though.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 1:13 a.m.

    Utelogy,
    You say tha Keaton is the better QB? Shall we look again after this weekend to see who had better stats and who the NFL thins is the better QB? Keep dreaming. I also find it funny that Wilson is not mentioned in any QB conversations. LOL

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 31, 2014 11:05 p.m.

    @LonestarRunner

    If BYU wasn't struggling then can you please explain why Tysom Hill was running the "Go Fast, Go Hard, Go Short" offense with 5 minutes left in the game when up 18 points?

    AAC Predictions: #6 UConn 3-5 (5-7 overall)
    Source: Athlon

    @Cougsndawgs

    Which part of my statements are wrong?

    * BYU struggled to score in the 2nd half against a poor defense
    * Tysom was mostly doing short range, dump passes, rolling out of the pocket (40% to running backs coming out of the backfield)

    Fresno does look awful, but not as awful as UConn.

    MWC Predictions: 7-1 (8-5)
    Source: Athlon

    So we won't really know how good BYU is until after the Texas game.

    I actually think BYU will beat Texas next week if Texas can't contain Tysom and shut down his short range passing game. Their defense looked impressive against #82 North Texas but David Ash looked anything but on the offense.

    Good luck!

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 9:40 p.m.

    Uteology:
    Give it a rest man. If we're being honest, you wanted to see BYU struggle and they didn't. You wanted to see Taysom struggle and he didn't, you would have loved to see BYU get in a dog fight and they didn't. Why do you even care? You've moved on right? Good luck against another cupcake next week...Fresno looks awful. We won't even know how good your uties are until week 3...maybe that's why you're on the BYU boards bemoaning the Cougars success without 5 of their playmakers and despite 150 yards in penalties.

    And please...BYU running up the score late in the game? But Utah fake punting was just "practice and reading the defense" according to ute fans? You're unabashed hatred of BYU and the lack of anything resembling objectivity that follows is exactly why we know that you have Blue in your head, and always will.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 7:07 p.m.

    Uteology

    "UConn is ranked 101, the team you struggled to put away will be lucky to win 5 games this year in the AAC."

    LOL at your delusional spin.

    #35 BYU lead #101 UConn 14-0 within 6 minutes and 28-7 at the half. BYU hardly "struggled" to put away a UConn team that played in a BCS bowl just a couple years ago.

    BYU could have played all of its backups from the opening kickoff and still beaten the hapless Bengals.

    #48 Utah was playing #199 Idaho St, a team that has lost 46 consecutive road games.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 6:41 p.m.

    Elmer Fudd

    Bronco was just giving his starting QB a full 60 minutes of live game experience.

    Kyle, on the other hand, needed to give his "back up" QB live game experience since he knows that either through injury or lack of effectiveness Travis Wilson won't last the whole season.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 31, 2014 6:38 p.m.

    Down under
    Salt Lake City, UT

    Good to see that utelogy is such a fan that he even likes to watch the replays.
    Thanks for the support

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    You welcome.

    Anything to help BYU fans like you face reality.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 31, 2014 6:22 p.m.

    @talkinsports

    UConn is ranked 101, the team you struggled to put away will be lucky to win 5 games this year in the AAC.

    Utah's starters were all out of the game by the 2nd half. We had our 3rd string QB on the last drive. Big difference than running the no-huddle, with your starting QB, up 18 with less than 5 minutes in the game. In fact, Utah ran the ball on it's last drive to kill the clock with 5 min left in the game, BYU 4 passes and 1 rush to score in 91 seconds.

    I am also on record of saying I don't blame Bronco from running his offense with a meaningless TD. Because in the 2nd half, BYU's offense struggled to score the ball against a bad team. In fact, Hill in the second half completed only 58% of his passes until the final drive. He needed the extra live game practice, just like Brandon Cox did against ISU.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 5:11 p.m.

    The dogs may bark; but the caravan goes on!

    If Taysom continues playing well and BYU continues win, the accolades will come regardless of the jealous naysaying by some.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 4:34 p.m.

    Good to see that utelogy is such a fan that he even likes to watch the replays.
    Thanks for the support

  • Elmer Fudd Sandy, Utah
    Aug. 31, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    @ talkinsports

    and yet, Bronco keeps his starters in for pretty much the whole game even when BYU had the game in the bag late the third quarter. Bronco keeps Taysom Hill and the starting offense in to pad their stats with 4 minutes left in the game, against a pretty bad UCONN team. Talk about your hypocrisy!

    The difference with Utah is, the Utes put their second and third stringers in the whole second half and they were still able to score. That's Idaho States fault for not playing defense.

  • Glad to be Retired Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 2:36 p.m.

    Happy for the win. Positives were Hill running and short passing game. Where was deep passing which received a lot of preseason hype - receivers or Hill ?? Our O-line protected the QB but didn't create run opportunities. Hope the focus will be to learn from this game. I have confidence that it will!!

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 31, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    Uteology

    The Utes are running fake punts in the 2nd half against Big Sky team that has lost 46 straight road games when the Utes are already up 35-7, and then for good measure, score another touchdown with just over 5 minutes left in the game when they're already up 49-14, and you're whining about BYU scoring one touchdown in the 2nd half against a team that played in a BCS game more recently than the Utes to win 35-7?

    Wow! Talk about a lot of meaningless whining and hypocrisy!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 31, 2014 8:05 a.m.

    @Y Grad / Y Dad
    Richland, WA

    By the way, the td pass right after the turnover was 35 yards in the air and right on the money. Not a 60 yard bomb, but enough to show that part of your tirade as another falsehood.

    ---------------

    My bad, I think you are referring to the following play:

    1st and 10 at CONN 26 Taysom Hill pass complete to Mitch Mathews for 26 yds for a TD

    Hill is in the shot gun at the CONN 31 and releases the ball at the 33, the ball is caught at the goal line.

    So one 33 yard pass (26 actual yards) the entire game, otherwise mostly short, quick passes, on roll-outs and that in your opinion proves that Hills a threat to beat a defense deep and so can spread defenses?

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 31, 2014 6:39 a.m.

    @Y Grad / Y Dad
    Richland, WA

    By the way, the td pass right after the turnover was 35 yards in the air and right on the money. Not a 60 yard bomb, but enough to show that part of your tirade as another falsehood.

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    I don't recall any such pass, so I checked ESPN play-by-play to see if I missed it and I don't see the pass you are referring to. The only pass that went for 35 yards was:

    1st and 10 at CONN 35Taysom Hill pass complete to Terenn Houk for 35 yds for a TD

    That clearly was a 15 yard pass and Houck did the rest as game replay shows (2nd Qtr 1:03).

    Please be more precise on which play you are referring to.

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 1:03 a.m.

    Taysom looks light years ahead of where he was at this time last year, looks like all the hard work he put in during the off-season paid off. Very impressed with his decision making and his accuracy, he showed great poise in the pocket and just took what the defense gave him. Now lets see if he can take that next step against Texas, I believe he can.

    One last thought, how about the OL? difference was night and day compared to the Virginia game from last year. Taysom had all day to throw, makes a big difference when your QB can stand back in the pocket and scan the field without a defender in his face or chasing him out of the pocket. Two freshmen started and they both showed very well, now hopefully they can carry that over into the Texas game.

  • idaho cougar fan Twin Falls, ID
    Aug. 31, 2014 12:44 a.m.

    JD

    Las Vegas, NV

    Hill is the best player on BYU's team. But he would not start for any of the PAC-12 schools, maybe Colorado, but not anybody else. The freshmen QB at Arizona playing in his first game was 3x the QB that Hill is.

    Really. Maybe your just trying to get a reaction, but that statement is totally out there. There was a reason Harbaugh recruited Taysom to go to Stanford. Taysom probably starts for everyone except for UCLA (Hundley) and Oregon (Mariota) and maybe OSU (Mannion). Every other Pac 12 school would take Taysom in a heartbeat.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 11:45 p.m.

    There seem to be some people on here who aren't familiar with BYU comment boards. We have quite a following who like to pretend to be BYU fans but are just looking for a reaction. Some do it by pretending to be out of control homers and others by turning everything into a Utah conversation. Just don't take everything that's said at face value-- lots of hidden agendas.

    This game was overall encouraging but specifically worrisome in some areas. The kicking game & penalties were horrendous. Those need correctly in a big way. Taysom had a terrific game and the O-line played well but didn't face a great D-line so it's hard to say. Needed more push for the runners. Replacement Corners played well but the LB's were not as dominant as we're used to. The offense was efficient and much better in the red zone. They got a little complacent in the 2nd half and won't get away with that against tougher teams. We'll take the win but it provided plenty to work on. T- 6 days for the Longhorns. Go Coug's!

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 11:37 p.m.

    JD

    Taysom is head-and-shoulders better than any quarterback on the hill.

    BYU always runs a tempo offense.

    btw, most of Hill's "stats" came in the first when he three for 3 TDs and ran for a 4th.

    It's laughable that our little brothers are running fake punts in the 2nd half when they're already up by 30, and then whine about BYU padding their stats.

  • JD Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 30, 2014 9:27 p.m.

    Hill is the best player on BYU's team. But he would not start for any of the PAC-12 schools, maybe Colorado, but not anybody else. The freshmen QB at Arizona playing in his first game was 3x the QB that Hill is. Why on earth was he in the game with four minutes left and a 3 score lead. Coming out and running a tempo offense with 4 minutes left with your starters and having Hill run a keeper up the middle is absolutely dangerous and piling it on. IF he had been hurt, Provo would have had Bronco's head. It is easy to get big stats when you play easy opponents. Before running the table, Provo needs significant help on special teams. The kicking game was worse than a 1A high school team. This did not look like a disciplined team, I bet after week one Provo leads the nation in personal fouls.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:42 p.m.

    Y Grad / Y Dad
    Richland, WA
    Uteology
    East Salt Lake City, Utah

    Why is it so difficult to be civil? Are you really so discontented with Utah's past performance that you have no hope for this season? That is the only plausible reason I can think why an adult would behave in such a way.
    Just
    --------

    What did I say that was uncivil?

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Aug. 30, 2014 5:58 p.m.

    UCONN wasn't very good overall but you can see they have a lot of potential.
    BYU played well in some regards, but had a lot of bad moments against the run inside.
    This BYU offensive line will get owned by Texas, which doesn't even resemble last year's team that the Y blew out.
    Hopefully the suspended players raise the level of intensity, without increasing the penalty yardage, which was really bad. Hill looked very composed overall. The kicking game has to be augmented immediately. Run game wasn't impressive. First game better than last year by a mile, but a long way to go to be in the national discussion.

  • Elmer Fudd Sandy, Utah
    Aug. 30, 2014 4:54 p.m.

    @ Cosmo's Cousin

    "BYU will probably run the table this year but the BCS snobs won't let us into the playoff because they're afraid"

    No, BYU won't get into the playoffs because their SOS is weak.

    "bYU would for sure beat Utah if they played this year!"

    That's what BYU fans said last year, and the year before that, and the year before that. But they still lost to Utah. This year would be no different.

  • mufasta American Fork, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 4:13 p.m.

    I agree. No need to bring the Utes into this discussion. The cougs looked great, particularly when you consider they are missing 6 starters that will be back next week. It is also good that they, if they had to struggle in any aspect of the game, it would be on defense. Bronco can turn that one around. I am glad Bronco is more involved in the offense this year. I think he brings clarity and grit to it. Great job cougs.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 30, 2014 4:03 p.m.

    By the way, the td pass right after the turnover was 35 yards in the air and right on the money. Not a 60 yard bomb, but enough to show that part of your tirade as another falsehood.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 30, 2014 3:54 p.m.

    Uteology
    East Salt Lake City, Utah

    Why is it so difficult to be civil? Are you really so discontented with Utah's past performance that you have no hope for this season? That is the only plausible reason I can think why an adult would behave in such a way.

  • wahului Stockton, CA
    Aug. 30, 2014 3:32 p.m.

    Open tryouts for kicker Monday. If kickoffs are as short and weak @ Texas as they were last night, BYU is already in serious trouble. I'm certain that at least a half dozen players from the women's soccer team can put the ball farther down the field than Sansom did last night!!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 30, 2014 11:51 a.m.

    @Uncle Rico
    Sandy, UT

    @ Cosmos Cousin

    Dude chill, its only week one.

    Taysom looked GREAT. He may be better than Chuckie Keeton this year, time will tell.

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    Tysom looked good against a poor defense.

    His 62 passing yards and 26 rushing yards came on a meaningless drive with 4:33 left in the game. Usually teams up 18 points run out the clock, BYU instead chose to score within 91 seconds in 5 plays (4 passes and 1 rush).

    His passing game stats are exactly where he left off at the end of last year against similar opponents. Same quick, short passes and not a long ball threat. If he can't spread the defense then teams will stack the box and take away his short range game.

    Tysom might have a better year but he's not a better QB than Keeton who is the #5 NFL QB Prospect (Hill #21).

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    Aug. 30, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    Taysom's decision making and passing were both much improved! Exactly what the Cougars needed - to see they can execute and win even when making major errors. Unfortunately the defense didn't seem as good as last year with the exception of the secondary.

    Now, if only it will hold true that a team's greatest improvement comes between week 1 & 2!

    Go Cougars!

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 11:28 a.m.

    "Wow! A meaningless TD up 18 points with 4:33 left in the game against UConn's 3rd string defense deserved the first 3 paragraphs in this article?"

    I seriously doubt a coach would put in his 3rd string defense with over 5 minutes left when you are down by only two and a half scores. UConn seemed pretty intent on keeping it a close game.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 30, 2014 11:03 a.m.

    Uncle Rico! The defense allowed less then eighty yards of rushing.

    The D-line needs to step up?

  • AFCoug Colorado Springs, CO
    Aug. 30, 2014 9:55 a.m.

    BYU looked good and sloppy last night. They need to clean it up next week. If they can get by Texas they will likely crack the top 25 and could go undefeated. Texas is the biggest game of the year now. If they get the win and go undefeated expect the Big 12 to come calling next year, especially if they get left out of the playoffs this year because of no championship game.

    Great job though Cougs. Keep getting the W's!

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 8:58 a.m.

    Hill is a competitor which he showed big time against Texas last year, I hope he can keep his composure next week when things get tougher and continue to find the open receiver. Texas is going to be fired up and out for revenge, it will be a tough game. Odds are we will lose but after yesterdays game I'm much more hopeful.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 8:18 a.m.

    @ Cosmos Cousin

    Dude chill, its only week one.

    Taysom looked GREAT. He may be better than Chuckie Keeton this year, time will tell.

    Hopefully BYU gets a better kicker and our D line needs to step it up.

    Great start for BYU.

  • bradleyc Layton, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 8:15 a.m.

    Wouldn't it be fun to run the table! This next week will be a tough game. Go Cougars.

  • truebluecougar Orem, Utah
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:54 a.m.

    Where was Ross Apo last night?

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:46 a.m.

    TAwesome Hill!

  • Waterton Edmonton, Alberta
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:42 a.m.

    It's a good start for BYU in that they got the victory, but it is only the first game. Heisman talk is premature. The obvious penalties committed by experienced players was disheartening. And has got to be fixed fast...before they fly to Austin, TX. Congrats Cougs, but you have a lot of work to do. Coug fans, leave the Utah Utes out of our discussions...who cares about them? Not me, I have never read an article about them in my life, unless it involved BYU. Stop it! To ute fans, thank you for your interest in reading about, following and even commenting about BYU, your interest is appreciated.

  • Common-Tator Saint Paul, MN
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:25 a.m.

    No doubt that Taysom's play was the brightest spot for the Cougs last night. He looked quite poised in making the right calls, throw vs. pass, throughout the game. He slid at appropriate times while running, and went headlong when the situation called for it. With only a couple exceptions, his passing was spot on.

    While UConn didn't have the intense D that he will face at Texas, UCF, etc, his performance does bode well for a strong year.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:23 a.m.

    Congratulations to the Cougars for winning a sloppy game. Taysom was awesome. I was pleased to see a few more plays and to see that Taysom did not have to call his own number 20 times. It's far too early to tell if BYU is good enough to run the table. They are capable if they can end the rain of turnovers.I haven't seen anything like it before, but I'm sure it was not the record.

  • Hey Baby Franklin, IN
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:04 a.m.

    Nice post CosCuz...
    It's so fun reading Harmon gushing over an average team and QB beating a lousy team with a first year coach! But the classic was "if 3 calls weren't made to negate three runs"....uh, earth to Dick...sometimes penalties help (illegally) plays thus they get called back...if my aunt had...I digress...

    I've watched a lot of football this week? Um, did you watch A&M dismantle SCar and their QB knock out Johnny Footballs records???

    Tamson may not get the Utah version of the Heisman...

    Great post. I know you were being sarcastic (like Mildred)... Loved it

  • Hawk Littleton, CO
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:00 a.m.

    Yes, Hill might just be the best college football player in the land, and he was definitely the "Heisman of the Week" -- he has to be considered the frontrunner. His Aggies TOTALLY dismantled the Gamecocks.

    Oh, you were talking about TAYSOM Hill?? Well, he had a pretty good game, too. Let's see what he can do against Texas.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 30, 2014 6:32 a.m.

    Wow! A meaningless TD up 18 points with 4:33 left in the game against UConn's 3rd string defense deserved the first 3 paragraphs in this article?

    Cougar Nation should worry less about "impending traffic jam" after a game with an empty stadium and worry more why it took an entire half to score the final TD against #101 UConn?

    Hill did look better than last year at this time but why didn't he complete a single deep pass? Saving it for Texas?

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 6:31 a.m.

    From Hartford's The Courant:

    "Just last week, ESPN analyst Danny Kanell cautioned that UConn would have its hands full with the "dark horse contender" for the Heisman. And sure enough, the Huskies and the fans at Rentschler Field saw the start of Taysom Hill's Heisman campaign Friday night."

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 6:04 a.m.

    28 of 36 passing for 308 yards, 3 touchdowns and no picks, plus 97 yards rushing on 12 carries . . . those are crazy numbers! I don't care if that's against Bo Diddley Tech, those are legit numbers. Taysom Hill completed nearly 80 percent of his passes! Wow. Granted many of the throws were high percentage throws, but still. At least in his first game, Taysom Hill put together a Heisman-like performance.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Aug. 30, 2014 5:52 a.m.

    Hill will be independent Offensive Player of the Week. Unless he has a game like that every week, he won't be in consideration for Heisman. I'd argue the A&M QB was far better. Doing what he did in his circumstance was amazing. Please, no talk of Heisman and playoff. Not going to happen, but let's enjoy the win.

    Hill needs a performance like that next week if BYU wants any shot of winning.

  • Chris from Rose Park Hartford, CT
    Aug. 30, 2014 5:24 a.m.

    Hill did a great job. It was fun to be at the game and watch him tear it up. I, however, think the best QB showing, so far this week, goes to Kenny Hill of Texas A&M.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Aug. 30, 2014 4:55 a.m.

    It was a decent showing for a first game far away from home. Hill was certainly a bright spot and was so hard to catch. His passing was light years better than a year ago. We have a great bunch of receivers if Hill can find them and get them the ball. I'm still concerned about the ability of our line on both offense and defense. There were a lot of missed tackles that led to runs deeper into our secondary. Special teams was also a huge concern - the kicking game was the worst.

    Texas will be ready for revenge and will be far better athletically. You can bet they'll be rushing and putting more pressure on Hill and our defense had better be tighter than it was last night.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Aug. 30, 2014 1:38 a.m.

    @Cousin:

    WAY too early to start talking about "running the table". Let's just take it one game at a time and see what happens. Remember, ALL of the games will actually be decided an a football field. I like your enthusiasm but highly recommend a measure of caution.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 12:22 a.m.

    Cosmo's Cousin:
    While I agree that Hill had a very nice game, did you happen to catch Kenny Hill's performance (TAMU) vs South Carolina? I'd say objectively that is easily the best performance by a QB so far this weekend. Still a lot of football to be played before the weekend is through but it will be tough to top that performance.

    As for running the table there's certainly that possibility but only if BYU cleans up some serious issues on special teams and defense...though I think getting our starting CBs back and our faster more athletic RB & WR back will help greatly.

    And why bring Utah into the conversation? BYU doesn't play them so there's no way to know and therefore no reason to speculate or care about how BYU would do against them.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 12:04 a.m.

    UConn is a better team than Virginia was last year. As such, it seems pretty obvious that BYU is notably better this year than last. If they are able to cleanup the excessive number of penalties, then this could turn into an exceptional year that will be a lot of fun.

    After watching both Utah's and BYU's opening season games, it really makes me wish Utah hadn't got nervous and backed out of their game this year and next. Had they played, it would've forced Ute fans to be very quiet for at least a year and probably at least two. From the initial games, there doesn't appear to be much doubt. As the season progresses, there will be even less.

    The game next week against Texas should prove to be very interesting.

  • Cosmo's Cousin Holladay, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 10:58 p.m.

    BYU could get the Heisman back to Provo this year. I watched alot of football games this week and Hill is by far the best QB.

    BYU will probably run the table this year but the BCS snobs won't let us into the playoff because they're afraid.

    bYU would for sure beat Utah if they played this year!