BYU football: Riley Nelson acknowledges his performance in first half was less than spectacular

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  • RaininTime Orem, UT
    Oct. 29, 2011 5:01 p.m.

    My first reaction was it was going to be a penalty. In slow motion, Uale obviously was going for the ball, but in live game speed action, I saw it like the ref called it.

    I think fans and media over-hyped Brandon Doman as the O-coordinator in his first year of play calling. He''l become a great play-caller, but right now he is a bit over his head.

    The entire BYU team, players and coaches, were out-played and out-coached Friday night. I'm okay with losing, just not in the way BYU lost--it is a reoccurring trend with BYU football and basketball.

    My money and time are spent on BYU athletics because of what they stand for---similar to Air Force or Navy.

    This all begs the question of why can teams like Boise State and TCU perform well in big games against tough opponents and BYU cannot?

    I point to the culture at BYU. Getting rid of players and coaches is not accountability---its a scare tactic that is always a short-term solution.

    Pointing blame at others is the easy way out and quite cowardly at that. BYU is always a victim......

  • Frozen Chosen Savage, MN
    Oct. 29, 2011 3:43 p.m.

    The problem with Nelson is he thinks he's better than he really is. The key to being a successful QB is playing within yourself and knowing your limits - Nelson actually believes he can make a play when he wildly hucks it up as he's being tackled but the reality is he has a 5% chance of completing the play and an 80% chance of a turnover.

    Unfortunately Bronco likes toughness more than talent so he refuses to hold Nelson accountable for his atrocious mistakes. The outlook is indeed bleak as long as Nelson is the starting QB.

  • KinaCoug CORONA, CA
    Oct. 29, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    Nelson acknowledges his first half performance was less than spectacular? How about his entire performance was horrible? That horrible lateral wasn't in the first half. I'm sorry but being a tough and a gritty competitor does not and will never make up for lack of an arm and brain. He wasn't just making poor decisions, he wasn't even thinking. Trying to extend a play is one thing but you have to know when to make the smart play and take a sack or throw it away (not backwards or up in the air but into the ground or out of the back of the end zone). Toughness and grit alone works against high school teams like ISU but not against anyone with even average talent. Here's hoping Bronco makes the right decision and gets back to Heaps so he can learn and grow against inferior competition for the rest of the year and prepare for the future rather than alienating him to the point of a transfer.

  • sportsfanforlife salt lake city, UT
    Oct. 29, 2011 12:43 p.m.

    yall are really complaining about helmet to helmet hits? really byu? youve been given gifts all year long on penalties like that. usu kid gets kicked out for SHOULDER TO SHOULDER hit and against utah uales helmet to helmet hit was even called. ereally byu your complaining? and how about that bogus PI they called for you on 4th and forever to give you a garbage time td

  • tcom2011 Fort Worth, TX
    Oct. 29, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    keep you head up Nelson, we all make a few mistakes, remember its a game, and you guys are learning and growing! It has been a lot of fun to watch and every fan has seen amazing plays by the team this year and some heart wrenching plays too, but hey thats the game. Keep working

  • Still Blue after all these years Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 29, 2011 11:42 a.m.

    I too was very disappointed in Ogletree's personal foul on opening play; followed up by him falling down and giving up an easy TD on the next play. But the helmut to helmut thing was atrocious. There were, by my count 4 helmut to helmut hits during the game; one by Uale and the other 3 by TCU (including one on the same play as Uale's - watch the replay and see a block about 15 yards away by the TCU guy). By far the most vicious was by TCU on Falslev. None of the TCU hits were called. Very baffling.

    None of this takes away from our miserable coaching and punting. Most troubling was the 4th down attempt in first half without Nelson in the game. Momentum and field position changed and contributed to the late 14 points by TCU in the first half. I'm very disappointed in BYU's coaches this year.

  • Jacob's Dad LOGAN, UT
    Oct. 29, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    What I love most about Riley is he competes to the very end of every play and every game, and that sometimes costs him. He never quits and he never makes excuses or gets defensive. He has a lot of fun playing the game and he is a proven winner and competitor. We might have lost by more than ten without him in there and we might have been able to pull out the victory without some of his and/or the other mistakes. The high five shows to all of us that he loves the game and the competition and he will play and dive and compete to the bitter end. I sound like his mother, but I am really not. Just a big fan who believes this young man has heart and talent and the drive to win.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 29, 2011 8:43 a.m.

    Details, details, details it is always the details that collectively mount up and are the game changing difference.

    Three muffed punts giving a good Frog team the ball three times inside your own 30, two blown Db coverage plays WR opened no BYU-DB with in 15 yards, two bad passes picked, faked out twice by freshman QB 5 yard runs, slipping all over the place.

    Yep 38-28 Frogs.

  • catram North Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 29, 2011 6:18 a.m.

    High Fiving the ref was the ultimate in cool!

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Oct. 29, 2011 5:38 a.m.

    What was inexcusable was Ogaltree's personal foul at the start of the game, and then Eason's beating his chest and taunting when he made a tackle...

    Key point made, I think, was that clearly the Cougars lacked mental discipline and poise. They simply did not play a smart game.

    The real winner was the 50 million commercials played throughout the game, they got tons of those in there...but didn't sell me on a single product.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Oct. 28, 2011 11:43 p.m.

    That call against Travis Uale was complete garbage! Not only was it totally bogus, but it could have impacted the outcome of the game. Don't misunderstand, I'm not saying that this was the difference. But it definitely came at a time were it COULD have had an impact on the outcome of the game.

    Clearly, what really messed things up for BYU were the 2 muffed punts that gave TCU two 10 yard fields. That was inexcusable.