BYU football: Riley Nelson knocked out of game by staying in safety of pocket

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Nov. 15, 2011 7:00 a.m.

    The 'push off' as mentioned earlier should have been a 'personal foul' after the play in my opinion, doesn't matter now but you can clearly see the official in the background on the replay.

    The actual hit could have gone either way and it just fell to the wayside and that's football.

    Get well soon Nelson.

    And Jake... the word is 'mum'... keep it humble.

  • dutgut Saint George, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    "But Cougar Nation now knows that what transpired with 8:26 remaining in the first quarter Saturday will go down in the annals of history as The Play That Hospitalized Riley Nelson."
    Really? Overblown just a little don't you think?

  • Rickwell, P. Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 14, 2011 10:45 a.m.


    ...and your not biased at all...

    If you don't like it, don't read it... and then you wouldn't have to comment on it.

  • svutility Des Moines, IA
    Nov. 14, 2011 10:37 a.m.

    As a person that has had broken ribs in a contact sport, I can say Riley will be a better man than most if he plays at all before the bowl game. That is a painful thing to happen, and coming back early can be very hard to do. It's a very, very painful injury. It hurts to breathe, run, laugh, sneeze, and even get out of bed, so I'll be rooting for Riley to get better fast, but only fast enough to actually heal. Best of luck to you Riley!

  • Ute's R Gr8 Sandy, Utah
    Nov. 14, 2011 8:05 a.m.

    Always said it, will always believe it!

    Riley is the man! A great football player.

    Hang in there Riley.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 9:43 p.m.

    As much as I love BYU football, this just shows some of the problems facing the team this year. How is it that Riley took, not one, but two hard hits in this game? BYU, by comparison, hardly got to their QBs, and when they did, they basically ushered them to the ground. They were clean hits, no question, but the O line just didn't do their job against a vastly inferior opponent.

    It's good to know that Heaps can still complete some balls against a second tier, small college opponent.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 13, 2011 2:20 p.m.

    Tough football player. It is hits and injuries like that that make a QB think twice about waiting that extra millisecond before throwing the ball. I hope he is back for Hawaii, but likely will still be pretty sore. They'll need him.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Nov. 13, 2011 12:16 p.m.

    My first thought when I saw the second hit was how eerily it was to "Sam Bradford", Cowboys Stadium a couple of years ago...

    Stuff happens, I thought it was totally legal and clean. A well delivered, inspired WHAM. They play the game to see who wins. Step on the field, you're fair game.

  • ConferenceofChampions Herriman, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 11:42 a.m.

    I cant beleieve the D News actually prints this stuff. What a cheesy article. You would have thought this colorful dramatic description was refering to a national championship game. I mean really?? You realize the punter could start at QB and beat the upcoming teams on the schedule, right?

  • AK Cougar Palmer, AK
    Nov. 13, 2011 11:21 a.m.

    I agree. In watching the game I thought it was a clean hit. The defender then pushed off as he got up. I hope Riley gets well and can return to the game, likely will at Hawaii. Broken ribs can and do heal.

    Go Cougars.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Nov. 13, 2011 7:46 a.m.

    Football is a tough, tough sport. As much as I obviously hate to see Nelson hurt, I think that was a good, clean hit-- as difficult as it was to watch. I thought the "push" of Nelson back down after the hit, while the defender was getting up, was more questionable than the hit itself. Get well soon, Riley!