BYU football: Flea-flicker set the tone early for Cougars

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  • da bob Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 15, 2010 10:47 a.m.

    for those who think that Heaps is only doing well because he is playing cupcakes obviously don't know whats going on.

    For those of you that watched heaps all season see that he has progressed. Over the by week, the coaches dissected, and restructured the passing game.

    Before this change, the timing was off, all secondary reads went to the running back in the flats or a 3 yard dump over the middle, he was lasering passes without touch, and was throwing off his back foot.

    He's now spending more time with his receivers and getting enough repetition to make reads without seeing the receiver.

    He still has a long way to go before he's great, but knowing where his receiver stops on a route like a 10 yard hitch was something that was non-existent before last week.

    cupcakes or not, heaps looks a ton better.

    now that his receivers are helping him a little more...

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Nov. 15, 2010 10:36 a.m.

    I have to admit, the score of the BYU vs CSU game was more lopsided than the actual game. Take away a few of CSU's turnovers and BYU's big plays and it could have been a nail biter. CSU is not a cupcake, but they are a lot like BYU this year - a lot of young talent still learning to execute. I think they will compete for the MWC crown in a couple of years.

    This Texan is cheering for two more BYU wins and an Aztec victory over the Utes. This would clearly make BYU the front runner for the Las Vegas bowl. After our pitiful start to the season, the Las Vegas bowl feels like quite an accomplishment.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Nov. 15, 2010 9:42 a.m.

    Great play! For a while, I had to take a double look to make sure I wasn't watching a Boise State game!! That was a play out of their playbook.

  • mussingaround Palo Alto, CA
    Nov. 15, 2010 8:36 a.m.

    Fully Invited

    You just confirmed Y4LYFE's point.

    Utah has no history besides 2004 and 2008.

    BYU's 1996 team was the equal of Utah's 2004 team, #5/#5 in the final polls versus #4/#5; and BYU 1984 team far exceeded Utah's best team, 2008, #1/#1 versus #2/#4.

    Final rankings are the final word.

    Which brings us to the present.

    BYU finishing in the Top 25 four of the last four years. Utah only managing to finish in the Top 25 in two of the last four years.

  • Fully Invited Farmington, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 11:37 p.m.

    And by out I mean gone. Nonexistent.

  • Fully Invited Farmington, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 11:28 p.m.

    Seriously? *Sigh*
    Alright: You say we're living in 04 and 08. Fair enough, what era are you living in? 1984 perhaps??? What was that- 26 years ago? What has BYU done on a national scale in the past 20 years? (cue crickets chirping) And I find it amusing you say our success is from a BYU education. Go check out who was honored as the distinguished fan of the game when Utah played Air Force last year. A Utah alumni. Here's a hint- his last name is Monson. I know you love that! As well as how well BYU "handled" those Aggies up in Logan- guess we know who the true blue football team of 2010 is! 8-2 > 5-5. Rise and shout: the Coogars are out. At least their Bowl eligibility will be in a couple weeks.

  • Bob in Boise Garden City, ID
    Nov. 14, 2010 10:25 p.m.

    CSU can hardly be considered a cupcake. Yes, it is true they have a poor record, but just the week before on the road they played a great game at SDSU, losing by just five points. But how good is SDSU, you ask? Well, good enough to come within five points of beating then number three TCU at TCU. So, the BYU blowout over CSU really was a pleasant surprise given CSU's recent showing and BYU being winless on the road this year. Heaps looked poised and confident. Ashworth made his receptions count. BYU has accomplished a great deal since the beginning of the season. Hopefully, the success will continue for the last two games.

  • duck Saint George, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    Wow, a flea-flicker from BYU! Does that mean Robert Anae has finally recognized BYU must be more creative on offensive plays? I sure hope so.

    It's great to see BYU use more running plays to better set up its passing game and to concentrate on getting first downs when faced with 2nd and short yardage on the other team's end of the field--where all four downs could be used if necessary. In the past, Robert too often called for pass plays that too often stalled long drives because of holding penalties, incompletions, etc. I suppose he thought he could fool the other team, but everyone knew how he thought and were waiting for his pass plays. They were too predictable!

    I was ready to join the throng of people calling for Robert's replacement, but with the firing of the defensive assistant, maybe Robert got the message. He seems to be more creative suddenly. I'm anxious to see what happens in the last two games. A win over New Mexico AND Utah will cause me to change my mind and think Robert is worth keeping.

  • lookbeyond Moab, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 8:40 p.m.

    Way to go Cougs! Great job Bronco! Hope you all stay focused and work hard for the next game...looking forward to the Utah/BYU game...hopefully it will be a good game!

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 7:03 p.m.

    re: Sports Junkie

    Smooth transition with the Brian Johnson example. You have proven once again the axiom " Give them enough rope and they will hang themselves " it is always true.

    No body knows what will happen in this game week to week let alone what will transpire beyond college.

  • Y4LYFE Provo, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 6:34 p.m.

    Ute "fans" just don't know anything outside of 2004 and 2008, they never existed before those years, because they are those kinds of "fans", they don't know anything about their team or players, so they say ignorant things, assuming their all-time great qb is succeeding at the next level, when he never even played a down. But they do have Smith (oh wait...ya...), something more Y fans probably know than utah "fans".

    Those coaches are winning thanks to a BYU education.

  • sports-junkie West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 3:05 p.m.

    80s - Steve Young (great NFL starter)
    90s - Ty Detmer (good NFL backup)
    2000s - Max Hall (NFL 3rd string)

    Back to the bubble you go.

    No idea how good Heisman Heaps will be. He was good against 2 cupcakes and struggled the rest of the year. Just like Wynn."

    ...And how has Brian Johnson been doing in his NFL career? What? He has never played a down in the NFL? How can that be? Utes greatest qb in history never made it to the next level? Impossible.

    Try again dude.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 2:31 p.m.


    You're confused

    College careers have nothing to do with pro careers.

    Show me the requirement that says a college career has to be validated by a pro career.

    There have been many great college quarterbacks, who didn't make it in the pros, and some mediocre college quarterbacks who had great success in the pros. Some do well at both, but there's no requirement that you have to have a great pro career in order to be considered a great college quarterback.

  • Al Thepal Provo, Utah
    Nov. 14, 2010 1:59 p.m.

    Uteology, It is true he struggled against good teams early. But he also struggled against some cupcakes , which is why the fact that he dominated the past two cupcakes he played shows that he has improved. How good he will end up of course remains to be seen. But I think he will be pretty good the rest of his seasons at the Y.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Nov. 14, 2010 12:57 p.m.

    Not sure how you can say the QB factory is done when the team is being led by a true freshman today.


    80s - Steve Young (great NFL starter)
    90s - Ty Detmer (good NFL backup)
    2000s - Max Hall (NFL 3rd string)

    Back to the bubble you go.

    No idea how good Heisman Heaps will be. He was good against 2 cupcakes and struggled the rest of the year. Just like Wynn.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 10:13 a.m.

    Tremendous ! Heaps got this one right when he complemented his team mates publicly rather then calling them out like he did last week. Good job Bronco teach your players how to play the game and how to speak to the press. It is terrific to witness this team starting to rise up to there potential it is a wonderful thing.

    Now lets not let this success cloud our perspective, you must treat "Success and Failure" as the same impostor that will keep you grounded in the reality that we have beat up to low end teams in the conference. So to avoid the proverbial "Drinking of the Kool - Aid " so to speak like our friends at the U of U, we need to keep working and playing and having fun, for example the Utah JAZZ and there current historic road winning streak.

    "POLY" Cougar Nation

  • Y4LYFE Provo, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 9:11 a.m.

    Keep it up Cougars, work hard and wYn hard!

    Go Y

  • TheSpiker Alpine, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 8:59 a.m.

    It has been great to see the sudden change in play calling from Anai the past 2 games. Our game plan is open and exciting. Is it the competition? The bye week? Hopefully the latter as it seemed to pay great dividends for us.

    This has been a since the Utah State meltdown.

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    Awesome Play! Heaps to Ashworth!