BYU football: Cougars happy about progress

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  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Dec. 1, 2010 12:10 p.m.

    Here's why I don't understand the lack of faith that the coaches put on Heaps:

    BYU placed tons of faith in a complete unknown--Bronco.

    BYU placed tons of faith in a complete unknown--Anae.

    Neither one could place much faith in a "known"--HEAPS.

    This kid was past amazing, and the coaches have all be said so...

    Where is the same faith the institution placed on you--coaches? Anae was not OC at Texas Tech...

    That's a big OC for BYU.

    Defensive Coordinator to Head Coach was a HUGE jump for Bronco--and he's done okay--

    Signed, Uneducated Fan

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Dec. 1, 2010 11:08 a.m.

    Ref: Arynen...
    Your comment about the decision to go on 4th and inches early in the 3rd quarter was way off base...It was not the right call...even if the kicker had missed the fieldgoal. Kicking the fieldgoal was the higher probability call becasue it was well in the kicker's range. It would have put us ahead 9-0. The call to go with 4th and inches was purely a gamble that wasn't needed because we had the lead and control of the game. It was way too early in the game and it's a typical type of Anae call at the wrong time under the wrong circustances. Because the fieldgoal is the higher probability everytime in that type of situation a successful conversion would have continued the BYU domination/momentum by forcing the U into having a two score disadvantage. Instead we wound up worse off than Anae's other biggest blunder of trying to run the ball out of a deep hole inside our own 5 yd line instead of just taking a knee against UCLA and letting the last 7 seconds in the half tick off. Anae not Bronco needs to go.

  • CaliforniaCougar Lake Elsinore, CA
    Nov. 30, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    People think the BYU/Utah series will die down? It won't. If anything, it will intensify because us BYU fans are bent Utah got the Pac-12 invite and Utah fans are going to be bent that BYU will have more exposure. Did anyone really care about 'conference' games?? Really?!? The last thing I am thinking about as a BYU fan against Utah is the hope of winning a conference game. My hope is BYU will win and Utah will suffer a painful loss. Harline being open, George still running, 'Magic Happens,' and Hall's rampage are all forever thorns to the Ute faithful. Just so happens we inherited 'the block' this year. Great rivalry. It will live on. Once BYU won a national title in 1984, few Cougar fans have truly cheered a conference championship since then. Same for Utah. Once they tasted the BCS, I don't think a conference championship really meant anything to them after that. BYU has been No. 1 nationally and Utah has been No. 2 ... which is fitting. In Utah, most people view BYU No. 1 in and the Utes No. 2. After all, BYU is THE University of Utah.

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 5:51 p.m.

    BYU has success in the past and this year INSPITE of Anae,
    NOT because of Anae,

    All season ther just to much questionalbe pay calling,, a lot very bad run plays,

    heAnane never has aa tightened prepared to replace PItta and George,

    couldn't make up his mind who the quatter back should be,

    never recruits JCs to fill gaps and holes due to missions and graduations or lack iof recruiting foresight,

    making his offense too dependent on freshman,

    And in just last game against the Utes, there were many questionable calls,

    too mnay ineffectual run plays and questionable run plays,

    did NOT use the pass much against a team that was weak in defensive backs,

    did kick fielfd gaol on a fourth down,m din go two on firsttouchdown to make it 14-0 instead 13-0,
    that one pint cost them an overtime,

    to many qustionable calls, too conservative play calling, and just playng not lose rather than to win.

    Ane must go, he's not very good,

    by the way Beck and Hall succeeded INSPITE of him, they have never had that promised high power offense under him,

    how many_times havethey scored over 60 or 70?

  • Desert Coug Las Vegas, NV
    Nov. 30, 2010 1:41 p.m.

    I second the point made By Fresnogirl.

  • AZguy Phoenix, AZ
    Nov. 30, 2010 12:24 p.m.

    I am a proud Cougar fan right now. This team could have folded after being 1-4, but they did not. They showed what they are made of and that quitting was not in their DNA.

    No excuses for the UU game. You get the bad calls once in a while. Evens out the SDSU game, but does not make the Aztecs feel better. BYU had other chances to win on Saturday. congrats to the Utes.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Nov. 29, 2010 10:57 p.m.

    I would just like to say that I find it hilarious that they titled the article: "Cougs Happy about Progress" and then they paired it with a picture of Bronco, clearly annoyed.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    It it tough to say how good or bad BYU or Utah were this year with how BAD the MWC is. The game Saturday didn't do a whole lot to prove that either team is good either. New Mexico, CSU and UNLV are three lousy football teams - just awful. Both Utah and BYU were down this year (in the opinion of a non-hater Ute fan for what it is worth). The USU loss is the real head scratcher for me. How did that happen with that talent level? Heaps made a believer out of me on Saturday with his composure and man that kid has some zip on the ball. BYU will be just fine. They need a few receivers that can hold onto the ball and a center that can move his feet and understand college defenses, but other than that next year they will have marked improvement again. Congrats on a good turnaround. Of course, I will have to deny that I said any of this or I may lose my Crimson Club membership.

  • TheSpiker Alpine, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 9:46 p.m.

    Here is a question that I would like to have answered by Anai:

    How is it that our leading rusher, receiver, touchdown scorer, JJ, had only 8 touches in the game. 7 carries and 1 pass? What kind of a game plan is that? (answer: a losing one!)

    Absolutely terrible game called by Mr. Anai.

    After the bye week I had hope that there was a change in how the offense was being called. We now know that it just isn't so.

    This loss falls directly on his head.

    The time for a change is right now!

  • bradleyc Layton, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 8:28 p.m.

    Bronco should choose an administrator to handle the opperations and coach the D himself. Seems to work well.

  • Desert Coug Las Vegas, NV
    Nov. 29, 2010 7:58 p.m.

    Bronco has repeatedly stated his support for Coach Anae, so I support Coach Mendenhall. But, Please Coach, Get some fresh thinking into the offense either thru additions in the staff or the OC attending some convention seminars or something.

    And it will be interesting to see who and how Coach chooses for the Defensive Co. I'm not sure what is the best way to go there. But if the D stays at it's current level with Bronco running it, and the offense improves along with it's play calling, I look forward to next season. If nothing is done to address the sputtering, dropped catches, and questionable play calling then I will not be looking so forward to next season.

    At least I will be able to actually see the games though! Go Cougs

  • bigdaddyak Anchorage, AK
    Nov. 29, 2010 5:33 p.m.

    @Sloppy J

    Those same losers were calling for Kwhitt to get fired after their disappointing 2007 campaign. Good thing there are a lot smarter people than their fans running the Yewt Athletic Dept.

  • Scoreboard Anchorage, AK
    Nov. 29, 2010 5:02 p.m.

    "Anae has had a pretty darn good record setting offense for most the Beck years and all of the Hall years"

    What records has Anae's offenses set? Anae has been steady and consistent but his problems with Utah and TCU are that he's too predictable and they have him figured out.

    He's good enough if you are happy with winning 3 out of 5 Las Vegas Bowls against middle of the pack Pac 10 schools. He's good enough against lousy defenses like UNLV, New Mexico and Wyoming but his record against mediocre BCS schools has been very lackluster. I'd like to see someone in the OC position who can show up in the big games, someone who will coach to win the big games, not coach in fear of losing them.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 3:57 p.m.

    Teams win, teams lose, sometimes the coaching decisions have an affect both ways. Overall it was a poorly played game and their were some coaching mistakes. Looked like neither team wanted to win during parts of the game. It is a little aggrivating that the Y lost after outplaying the Utes in most areas of the game. Not significantly in all areas but enough overall that they should have won by at least a touchdown. I would be more upset about the "fumble" call had the Y not had a similar call help them in the SDSU game. I am happy the Y gets to play again this year and I am really looking forward to next year when most of their starters and many who contributed significantly will be back and will be better. I am not thinking that Utah is going to have an easy time next year with some key contributors graduating this year. Hope they can find a good JC QB or that Wynn can elevate his game.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Nov. 29, 2010 3:23 p.m.

    This BYU team has shown a lot of potential for next year. Ole Miss, Texas, Utah and Oregon State are all very beatable. The rest of their schedule (UCF and WAC bottom-feeders) are all very, very beatable. BYU could very well have an outstanding year in 2011. Considering where they started with this group of freshmen, I'd say BYU's coaching staff has done a great job, and I have no doubt they will be back to 10 and 11 win seasons very soon.

  • ross55 payson, utah
    Nov. 29, 2010 3:00 p.m.

    If i were Jake Heaps knowing next year i had that idiot Anae calling the plays i would want to tranfer. After all the progress he has made this year Anae still did not trust him saturday. Bronco make this a clean sweep and fire him. His play calling was absurd to say the least. He was clearly without question the best quarterback Saturday. You turn him loose even with our turnovers we win the game, you Anae by yourself prevented us from winning. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

  • Utah Businessman Sandy, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 2:54 p.m.

    As a BYU fan, I was disappointed in the outcome, but I think that BYU has a bright future. Jake Heaps is very impressive. I really appreciate fans on both sides giving credit to the other team--very classy. I will add my name to that group in giving credit to the Utes who made the big play that decided the outcome--congrats!

  • WA-Aggie Kent, WA
    Nov. 29, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    How do you justify going for it on 4th down when you are only ahead by 6 and the game is intense and defensively dominated. That is like giving up nearly free points. If you were ahead by more than 1 score, good call, but you could have gone from up only 6 to up 9.

    Major stupid, risky call that had little payback. Bronco/Anae should have nightmares about that blunder.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Nov. 29, 2010 1:42 p.m.

    I normally enjoy reading your comments, but your asessment of Anae is way off. Anae is a big part of the problem. In close games where BYU has the lead, he employs the "play not to lose" offense which always allows the other team to creep back into the game. See BYU vs Utah the last two years. The games were won/lost in the fourth quarters.

    SDSU game was comfortably in hand, yet, the final score ended up being a close game. Same with WYO. The offense lacks creativity, and the killer instinct to put away the opponent when the opportunity is there.

    Not all Anae's fault, but he does bear most of the blame in my book.

  • UtahDerek sandy, ut
    Nov. 29, 2010 1:30 p.m.

    Burton is still unblocked......Go utes

  • butters Salt Lake city, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 1:17 p.m.

    as a huge U fan i guess i'm obligated to sling some mud at the Y (and i did my fair share of that earlier in the year), but i've been real impressed with how bronco was able to turn things around down the back end of the year. you can compare victories and teams and whatever, but the fact is a 2-5 byu team with their backs against the wall found some identity on offense, found their killer instinct on defense, and went out and dominated the last half of their schedule to get bowl eligible. i'll continue to defend that my utes deserved that game as much as the cougars did, but i won't deny that byu didn't deserve it either. bronco is the right guy for the Y and he'll have the program a consistent bcs contender as an independent.

    obviously the U will have some growing pains in the pac 12 but that should be expected. they got a wake up call against tcu and nd, but better now than next year. looking forward to 2011!

  • canyonhawk83 Springville, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 1:16 p.m.


    LaVell better have known what play would be called after roughly 30 years doing the same thing each year... Not quite an equal comparison.

  • Arynen Midvale, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 12:50 p.m.

    I guess it just depends on how you choose to look at it, patriot. The offense has some problems actually finishing drives down in the red zone, but so what. This game proved that Utah is not as good as they hyped themselves up to be, that BYU is better than everyone gave them credit for, that BYU's defense has vastly improved and is actually really strong under Mendenhall. As soon as BYU's offense comprised of mostly freshmen and sophomores comes up to speed, it's going to be a fun combo to watch. Yeah, BYU lost the game due to a blocked field goal, but it was a great game and nothing to hang our heads about. I enjoyed watching the BYU defense stomp on Utah as much as I would have enjoyed the win. Our team did great! No reason to yell at them for all their mistakes. That doesn't help anybody.

    Looking forward to next year's match with BYU returning most everyone and improving the offense and Utah losing 18 players including their power running game and having to retrain the offense with a quarterback who keeps throwing to the blue jerseys.

  • DH48 West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 12:36 p.m.

    I am very pleased with the progress this team made over the season. Conratluations COugars on a strong rebound from a bad start. I think good things are on the horizon.

  • SportzFan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 12:34 p.m.

    Improvement? Quit fooling yourselves.

    BYU played an error free first game against Washington. Utah was lucky to escape an error-plagued game against Pitt.

    BYU then lost the next 4 of its next 5, 3 against Top 25 teams, then rattled off 4 wins against bad teams.

    The record improved a LOT more than the team did, because of the competition -- and the team shouldn't have had to improve as much as it did:

    PICK A QB and give him the reps in the preseason. If a freshman is equal to a JR. who has a year of D-1 starting experience, play the Freshman. No Brainer, blown call.

    If a team blocks a kick because they spotted a weakness on film, that is the COACHES fault.

    Not kicking the field goal was a dumb decision, which let his players down. I hope Bronco acknowledged that.

    Not knowing what play they were going to run on 4th down is incompetence. Bronco's total abdication of responsibility for the offensive play calling isn't "delegation" as he likes to think, it is incompetence. I GUARANTEE LaVell would've known what play was going to be called in that situation.

  • Idaho Coug Meridian, Idaho
    Nov. 29, 2010 12:26 p.m.

    18 more days of practice for this young team will be very beneficial to kicking off 2011. I'm excited to see how these young kids develop. I think we will see some real studs develop at WR, TE and Jake will look like a senior by the time September rolls around. Our LBs will be excellent especially with a healthy Pendleton. Our dbacks are probably the biggest question mark going into 2011.

  • Sloppy J St. Louis, MO
    Nov. 29, 2010 12:25 p.m.

    I don't know, dookie . . I'm reading your posts and not seeing many "facts." "The Y is terrible" and "Bronco is bad, bad, bad" sound like opinions to me.

    Review your beloved "facts" again . . by any statistical measure, the Y improved over the course of the season. Record, offensive stats, defensive stats. Them's facts. You know; black and white stuff. Fact: they got a lot of young players significant PT. How is pointing that out PR?

    A 6-6 record is, overall, a disappointment. But to suggest Bronco be fired considering his overall record and the way the team responded over the last few weeks is baffling. Is it "fire the coach!" with you after every loss? Pure nonsense.

    I'd love to hear what "facts" you're relying on for your assessment. So far, I see zip.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Nov. 29, 2010 12:15 p.m.

    @ duke5
    rebuilding year: 6-6

    But even in a rebuilding year, he saw the direction the team was heading (against some decent team BTW) and made some gutsy adjustments, rolled up his sleeves and made rapid improvements in both the intensity and execution level of the team. Again, to fire him would be completely short-sighted and foolish.

  • Serenity Now American Fork, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 12:01 p.m.

    Those teams that lost multi-year starters at QB this year to the NFL (Tebow at Florida, McCoy at Texas, and Canfield at Oregon State) all took a step back this year with records of 7-5, 5-7, and 5-6 respectively....BYU's 6-6 is not bad considering, and it goes to show how valuable a position QB is when you have multi-year starters like Dalton at TCU and Moore at BSU...

  • duck Saint George, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 11:43 a.m.

    Congrats to BYU, the team really turned the season around--everything except their offensive play calling. If that had been better, BYU would have won! Bronco, please get some fresh blood into that slot.

  • duke5 vancouver, wa
    Nov. 29, 2010 11:35 a.m.

    To Sloppy J,

    I am a BYU graduate and have always supported them. I have never supported the U. Your statements sound like a typical BYU PR guy. Facts are facts. The Y is terrible and should be embarrassed to be considered for a bowl appearance. Its time to fes up to the facts. Bronco is bad, bad, bad.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 11:19 a.m.

    Anae is NOT the problem at BYU .Anae has had a pretty darn good record setting offense for most the Beck years and all of the Hall years and I don't read to many fans talking about the nationally ranked offense during that time. The coach was Robert Anae and it was his changes that brought BYU back from offensive death (due to Gary Crowton).

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 11:10 a.m.

    How in the world a coach could be happy after losing a game he had won is beyond me. BYU had the Utah game won.. several times.. only to perform with complete lack of dicipline in the last qtr and give the game away. A better response from Bronco might have been to say he was very disapointed in his teams lack of dicipline and execution in losing a game that BYU had clearly won. This loss was all coaching... or the lack thereof. Special teams players not knowing to get out of the way of a scrubed punt or allowing a defensive player to come untouched to block a game winning FG or a defensive back not knowing to cover an interception with both arms knowing full well the other teams only chance was to slap the ball away. Perhaps 5 steps forward and 5 steps backwards.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 10:34 a.m.

    Guess the Y's team is playing harder, with more confidence and effort. Still being happy about a team that has lost to every average or above opponent this year is not encouraging. And, watching an absolute meltdown in the team's and the coach's composure Saturday during the fiasco of poor special teams play and the failure of a defensive player to hold on to a turnover during the 4th quarter does not seem to me to indicate they are much better now than earlier in the season. If they are happy, then they must not understand how much improvement they still need to be a quality program. Perhaps, now that they are not competitors, the Y could go to TCU and find out how to build a really good program that takes second choice recruits that have been passed over by Texas and A&M, and makes them into the best team in the country.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Nov. 29, 2010 10:34 a.m.


    Considering Bronco's overall career record and the way he has turned this team around and finished strong this rebuilding season, your comment seems myopic. I have full confidence that Bronco will continue to teach and improve this team. I, for one, am excited for the future.

  • Arynen Midvale, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 10:27 a.m.

    The thing about that 4th down call is if he had caught the ball, he'd be the hero of the game and no one would be criticizing at all. The play was actually a good call, especially with how well BYU's defense was shutting down the Utes. Hindsight says he should have gone for it, but the whole game would have been different because the Utes offense would have changed to try to make up the difference in score. Had the kicker missed the field goal attempt, everyone would be saying they should have gone for it. Go figure. It was the right call, it just didn't materialize.

    Despite Madden's opinion, the Cougars played really well once Bronco took over as Defensive Coordinator. You don't fire your coach when he actually improves the team. The record shows 6-6, but BYU's team did great once they ironed out a lot of the mistakes, and all the credit goes to Bronco for that. With the exception of a few lucky plays, BYU shut down Utah on Saturday, which far exceeded expectations beginning of the season.

    It's always good to be a Cougar fan!!

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Nov. 29, 2010 9:58 a.m.

    I think the coaches are just fine. Anae took a risk going for it on 4th down out of the "I" formation. Gutsy call and I think it would work most of the time. The receiver should have pulled that in and then Anae looks like a hero.

    It is too bad that Heaps had to split time but that is in hindsight. Look at the Utes, they went to a 2 quarterback system in game 11. BYU is on the rise. Young talent is obviously there and they are putting it together on the field.

    Go Cougs!

  • jazz man Cedar City, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 9:16 a.m.

    I am proud to be a cougar fan! Started off bad but made a good turn around. Bronco congrats to your success! Utah was not the better team even though the score showed that they were.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 8:54 a.m.

    Congrats to the Cougs for a great ending of the season. This team showed a lot of class and I enjoyed Jake Heaps' comments about the fans after the game. I look forward to cheering for the Utes and Cougars next year.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Nov. 29, 2010 8:50 a.m.

    I'd slightly change the title. The Cougs should NOT be happy with the end result, but they should absolutely be happy with their progress. To become bowl eligible after their start is quite the accomplishment and something to be very proud off and build off of for next year. For Utah? Better shore up a stronger offense and defense to play with the big boys of the Pac 12. I want Utah to do well in the Pac 12 (and I'm a USC alumn), but they certainly have not finished the season on a strong note. They go into the bowl limping, if you ask me. Hedgehog?

  • Shawnm750 Lehi, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 8:38 a.m.

    As a staunch Ute fan, I have to concede that the Cougars have made a lot of improvements. I personally don't think they've earned the right to a bowl game, but then I think there are too many bowl games anyway...but I digress. Clearly the Utes should not have been awarded the fumble, but there were other calls that went BYU's way that aided their success too. For instance the call that Kariya had control of that ball before he went out of bounds when he clearly didn't, and the call against Brian Blechen for leading with his head when the replay showed he had his arm out in front of him, just to name a few. In any given game there will be calls that should have been made that weren't, and vice versa. But that's sports, and regardless of those calls, or lack thereof, it's up to the teams to capitalize or respond. Yes the Utes were given the ball, but BYU didn't do their job to stop them, just like they didn't stop Brandon Burton from blocking their field goal.

  • Randy01 Lees Summit, MO
    Nov. 29, 2010 8:28 a.m.

    Texas and Mississippi will be looking for someone to tae their frustrations out on next year. Mack Brown is a big time coach and this is not the late 1980s. The talent level at both Texas and Miss are significantly better than at BYU.

    Neither BYU or Utah should put a glorious 2011 in the bank just yet.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Nov. 29, 2010 8:23 a.m.

    FL, TX and PSU have all struggled with freshman QBs.

    In the case of TX they tried to use a QB with a different style than the rest of the team. Having a team built for the spread but running a traditional I formation QB killed them. Even the defense dorked.

    Hopefully the BYU coaches noted that you can't have Nelson running a pocket passing team. He may be a great competitor but his style does not fit the rest of the team or all the plays designed for it.

    BYU's D has made great strides. They will get better, especially with decent recruiting.

    6 more weeks of practice should help the offense, especially the TEs and WRs. I consider the O to be at about 65% of potential.

    The play calling, innovation and coaching still needs some adjustment. Let's see how the bowl performance goes.

    OU took their pocket passing I formation play book and added a few pistol and diamond formation plays and helped themselves.

    This BYU team may not be able to run the whole play book right now but are Bronco and Anae capable of some much needed innovation on offense?

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Nov. 29, 2010 8:04 a.m.

    Yes the players have come a long way because they really do have talent. But their biggest limitation is in their coaching...especially the offensive coordinator. This is not the right Offensive coach for this team. He just doesn't have the know how or enough play material to pick apart defenses that are more dynamic than those ran by much inferior teams. If Mendenhall is satisfied with success at these levels then he probably should resign as a head coach and go find a Defensive Coordinator position somewhere else. He's extremely talented as a defensive coordinator. But he was hired as a head coach. The administration picked his offensive coordinator. That is part of the problem that needs to be rectified.
    It was extremely poor judgement to take a gamble as early as Anae did in saturdays game. The opportunity to put up 3 points was right there which would have put us ahead by 9 forcing the U to have to score two touchdowns or convert on one extra point and a fieldgoal to go ahead.
    Going 4th and inches is something you do when you are usually behind and it's an obvious situation of need

  • hawk_eye Springville, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 8:03 a.m.

    I guess I look at great teams like Florida this year who have gone 7-5 and I don't have a huge problem with how the Cougars did.

  • Sloppy J St. Louis, MO
    Nov. 29, 2010 7:56 a.m.

    Wow, dookie5, I can't wait to hear you calling for Whittingham's head after next season. Some people don't really "get" sports.

    It's not a simple matter of looking at a W/L record. Any AD or school prez looks at the direction of a program to properly assess the coaching staff's performance. Due to personnel loss, BYU having a down year was not a huge shock, even though it was worse than most expected throug the first half of the season.

    The question is, were things looking up by the end of the year? Even the most myopic Y hater would have to concede the program got stronger towards the end of '10 and will start next year with a bunch of solid, experienced sophomores and juniors to anchor it for the next 2-3 years.

    Will Heaps be the alpha dog he was supposed to be? I have no idea, but hopefully Bronco and Anae will remove the floaties and throw him in the deep end next year. Y fans have every reason for optimism. This is how you rebuild. It's not painless.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Nov. 29, 2010 7:34 a.m.

    Improvement is relative. I wind up thinking about what could have been. What if Heaps had been the starting QB at least since the summer? What if we had an offensive coordinator that could develop some creativity and a game plan geared to the opponent? What if we had not lost Harvey Unga? What if these changes were made long before the start of the season? To compete in the new playing field of Independance, changes on the offensive side of the ball have to be made. Knowing BYU, I fear that we are doomed for years of status quo because of our unwillingness to make changes.

  • duke5 vancouver, wa
    Nov. 29, 2010 7:13 a.m.

    "Happy with our progress"

    "Unoffically we should not count the game as a loss"

    "Great job Bronco"

    Get real People. It has been a terible season and if Brono was with any other team he would be gone. They keep score in football to see who wins or loses. For BYU it was a bad year. It does not matter if they have great students

  • Rock Calgary, Alberta
    Nov. 29, 2010 6:36 a.m.

    Both teams played strong and hard and the win could easily have gone the other way. Several different plays at several times during the game could have swayed the game. Often luck does play a big part in the outcome of the game and this time Utah was very very lucky to have gotten a finger or two on the ball for the block. Congrats to both teams

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    Nov. 29, 2010 6:34 a.m.

    Definitely too many bowl games when a 6 and 6 team from a weak conference gets in.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Nov. 29, 2010 6:16 a.m.

    BYU did a great job of regrouping after an uncharacteristically bad start to their season. It should set them up for success in their bowl game and for next season.

    Heaps played very well on Saturday. He clearly outplayed both of Utah's more experienced quarterbacks.

    Sometimes the breaks go your way, and sometimes they don't. It looked convincing to me that Bradley was down before the ball came loose, but I guess the officials didn't think there was conclusive evidence.

    Good luck in your bowl game, Cougars.

  • Commontater Lehi, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 6:03 a.m.

    It's a good year to be a Cougar fan. We knew it was going to be a tough year. If this team continues to improve as it did in the second half of the year we will enjoy a very good 2011 and beyond.

    There is no doubt Bronco and company have the team on firm footings.

    If the men in red don't make some dramatic adjustments they will be embarrassed ridiculously as they quickly sink to the bottom of the PAC 12 sea.

    With the Utes good start this year I thought they might place themselves in the top half of the PAC 12. Ute fans should be very nervous about their team being in the lower half of the bottom in the PAC 12 next year.

    All of this should make for a very interesting game between the Cougars and Utes in 2011.


  • GaryS Leesburg, VA
    Nov. 29, 2010 5:55 a.m.

    worf: dittos. No Cougar fan should count that game as a loss. Unofficially, it was a well-earned win for BYU, and we should be proud of that.

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 1:57 a.m.

    I thought the Cougars did a great job Saturday. I agree with worf, the 4th quarter was pretty strange, with one very bad call by the refs. And maybe they should have tried for a field goal earlier in the game instead of play action so close to the goal line. That 3 points would have made the difference. But there are always would/coulda/shoulda things to look back at and learn from. The Utes did a great job, too. It was a very exciting game. And I've been amazed at the turnaround that has occurred in the defense. Bronco has done a great job with that, and it has helped the offense play better, too. Great job, Bronco!

  • Cali Coug Visalia, CA
    Nov. 29, 2010 1:27 a.m.

    I am really proud of the team, coaches and school. We have fine students representing us, we truely have the best-of-the-best. I am putting the call out again for all Cougar fans to join the Cougar Club...let's support our students.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 29, 2010 12:31 a.m.

    Nothing to be ashamed off. The Cougars out played the utes,--just a victum of a freaky fourth quarter.