BYU football: Win over Ole Miss 'best of both worlds'

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  • Randy01 Lees Summit, MO
    Sept. 8, 2011 5:28 a.m.

    MIP - Mississippi is expected to be worse than last year. Just because they are an SEC team doesn't mean they are a mid or top tier team in that conference. Nutt is likely on his way out and has suffered from lack of imagination for a long time. He did exactly as expected - lined up and attempted to push - it almost worked too. I would have liked to see BYU run up against one of the top 4 programs in the division, particularly Alabama with their secondary - it would have been a much better gauge.

    Rivals dropped Heaps out of their quarterback power rankings. That is appropriate, he hasn't shown that he his a top 20 quarterback yet. He will get better but it will take some additional maturing.

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    Sept. 7, 2011 11:57 p.m.

    Solid SEC team? That's very questionable

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 7, 2011 2:19 p.m.

    "re: manaen
    Stop writing as if you are a BYU fan. It's dishonest."

    He's a southern Californian reading the DN---I wouldn't be too sure he's NOT a BYU fan just because he's not the classic optimism-until-you-bust fan. Unless he tells you he's a Ute fan, I'm not sure it's "honest" to call him out.


    "It proved to BYU that they could struggle on offense and specail teams, to a lesser extent, and still beat a solid SEC team."

    I agree that BYU's defense prevailed, and that a win over any BCS opponent is good. BUT I'm not sold on this being a "solid" SEC team. Fortunately for the Rebels (and hense BYU's SOS) their schedule includes Southern Illinois, LA Tech and Fresno State, and their three 'crossover' games include two of the chronically worst SEC teams (UK and Vandy--the other is 0-1 Georgia). With Ole Miss' offensive ineptitude and loss of their star RB, this team is in a pile of trouble. I'd be surprised if they surpased last season's 4-8 record. I've been wrong before. But solid? I have my doubts...

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Sept. 7, 2011 11:56 a.m.

    Any victory over a good opponent is a good game in my book. The team came together to overcome a huge obstacle and they realize they have a lot of work to do. I will take one point victories over Texas, Utah, UCF, or TCU and I will be happy with them.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Sept. 7, 2011 11:28 a.m.


    That's the whole point. It wasn't a good game, so BYU didn't walk away thinking that all was well in Zion. Because of all those things you mentioned, BYU realizes that they have things they need to fix. They're not thinking, "As long as we play as well as we did against Ole Miss, we'll be fine". They're thinking, "If we play like we did against Ole Miss, Texas will cream us!". That attitude of working hard to improve was brought about by the bad performance. The icing on the cake was that it is still a win.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 9:49 a.m.

    Heaps played an average game because he was not very accurate passing in the first half. It was a very good thing for them to struggle offensively. 1. It forced the Defense to come up big in order to win. 2. It shed some light on what the offense needs to work on. 3. It proved to BYU that they could struggle on offense and specail teams, to a lesser extent, and still beat a solid SEC team.
    It gives them motivation without desperation. The coaches and players should respond nicely with their preparation for UT.
    The pressure is on UT for this game. They have home field advantage and they are favored. BYU just needs to leave it all on the field and play smart.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 7, 2011 8:25 a.m.

    re: manaen

    Stop writing as if you are a BYU fan. It's dishonest. No fan is that mean spirited towards his/her team unless they've gone 0-12 for the last 10 years. And no fan refers to their team as a "pig".

    There was a ton of good that happened Saturday despite you and your ute buddies hoping it would fall apart. Heaps didn't live up to fans unrealistic expectations, but he did manage the game,came back in the 2nd and never quit on his team. What are you going to say when he is lights out against Texas?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    Well we'll see if it works out as Bronco thinks it will I suppose. But one thing is for sure if they cannot score they will not win many games. Hopefully this week is a better performance by the offense.

  • stgjazzfan Saint George, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 8:15 a.m.

    The lack of any contact in practice for the QB is a double edged sword. Jake was not prepared for being roughed up like he was in the opening half at Ole Miss, this caused him to play wide eyed and tight. Maybe he should be allowed to be knocked around a little in scrimmage, not to rough but enough to prepare him for real time. I'm sure his teammates on defense could hold back enough not to hurt him, just knock the cob webs out of his head a little. If not I'm sure the Texas players will do the job if given the chance. You can't play this game like your dressed in your tuxedo (sloanism).. Jake needed to at least make a token effort to tackle the DB on his pick 6 ? FOOTBALL IS A CONTACT SPORT.. The sooner Jake learns this, the better.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Sept. 7, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    What the team SHOULD have learned is that they're a long way from being a well-oiled machine.

    Lots of work ahead to become efficient.

    Still, knowing that the team doesn't quit can pay dividends down the road.

    Such as in the next four games---all possible nail-biters.

    Maybe starting this year with a tough win and a lot of room to grow will provide better results than the mirage that two-headed win over Washington provided last year.

    Sept. 7, 2011 6:20 a.m.

    Playing in practice and even scrimmages is nothing like real game speed and full contact. I think the sack on the opening drive of Heaps made him a bit tight until the 2nd half. I think they will be able to iron out most of the timing issues and will come ready to play, knowing more what to expect. As long as they can relax and not let the 100k+ fans get too them and make a statement early, I think they will be just fine and execute at an even higher level than last week. Give these boys a little confidence early and watch out! I am excited to see how we do this week! Go Cougars!

  • manaen Buena Park, CA
    Sept. 7, 2011 12:33 a.m.

    Lipstick on a pig.

    A game in which:
    * the offense scores as many points for the other team as it scores for its own and
    * only is won because the defense scored one more point for its own team than it allowed the other team to score
    is not the best of any of the worlds in which I've lived.

    Our offense and special teams were exposed as unprepared to play big-boy football and we travel to TEXAS this Saturday. We beat Ole Miss by a point; if Texas is two or more points better than Ole Miss, this is not the best of any world I know.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Sept. 6, 2011 11:29 p.m.

    I agree with Bronco on this. This is probably the best thing that could happen to BYU this year. Rather than performing well in the opening game and being overconfident in future games, causing a false sense of security and a feeling of invincibility (like in 2009), BYU realized that there is still PLENTY to work on. And to top it off, it is still a win!

    The offensive struggles brings good news and bad news. The bad news is that this shouldn't be happening; these kind of things should have been cleared up with fall camp. However, the good news is that it can be fixed. It is apparent that the offense was NOT playing at their full potential. Mental errors and poor execution was the cause, and bringing that to their attention can get that fixed up in a little bit of time.

    Like Bronco said last year, don't take any wins for granted. Treat every game as if a small slip-up can cause you to lose. Their performance against Ole Miss will propel the team to work extra hard in their preparation for Texas. I really hope to see some good BYU football!