Police say they have no reports of despondent students threatening to jump from the Wilkinson building. And clothing stores haven't reported any increase in the sale of black clothing to mourning BYU fans.
But otherwise things were pretty glum in this football-crazed college town.BYU, of course, wound up on the short side of a 32-16 thumping in Oregon Saturday afternoon. The loss will likely knock the Cougars out of football's Top 10 and could derail their national championship drive.
Some BYU fans turned philosophical after the loss. Others admitted disappointment. And yes, a few wailed and gnashed their teeth.
Among the wailers and gnashers of teeth were: Ken Jensen, Scott Thompson and Angie Conlin.
"It's peril. It's heartbreaking. I can't stand the fact," Jensen said. "BYU is better (than Oregon). They just went in there a little too confident."
Jensen, a business/premed studentfrom Salt Lake City, watched the game along with 30 to 50 students in the lounge at Chipman Hall at BYU. He may hate defeat, but he's not giving up his season tickets yet.
"I'll still be there rooting for them," Jensen said.
Thompson also owned up to a bit of teeth gnashing.
"I hate it. I dislike the University of Oregon and I really wanted BYU to beat them," Thompson said.
Thompson is an engineering student. He's also a native Oregonian.
"I didn't care if they lost all their other games," he said. "I just wanted them to beat Oregon."
Conlin, who is from Bellevue, Wash., joined the crowd at Chipman Hall to watch the game.
"I'm really bummed out," Conlin said. "I don't think they had the support they should have had."
Despite the loss, Conlin, says she'll be there rooting the next time the team suits up.
"I like the Cougars," she said. "I'm going to be with them as often as I can."
A small group of fans watched the game in the Cannon Cafeteria at BYU, according to Earle Larsen, cafeteria manager. The fact that BYU was behind throughout the game helped ease the shock of loss, he said.
Civil engineering major John Taber took defeat philosophically.
"I'm not letting it get to me," he said. "It's nothing really to worry about. Maybe we won't be national champs, but so what?"
John Pavlicek, a near eastern studies major from Nevada, thinks the Cougars may be continuing a pattern set over the past 15 to 20 years of starting off with a bang, losing several tough games and then still managing to win their conference and gain a berth in the Holiday Bowl.
Pavlicek watched the game at his brother's apartment with seven other people. The support of hometown fans might have egged the team on to victory, he said.
"Everybody is just kind of accepting it (the loss)," he said. "Everybody is a little disappointed, but they are not going to let it destroyed their week. . . . We as fans need to realize it's just a game."