MVP: KVN hands downs no comparison. If BYU had a team of 22 KVNs, BYU would
never lose a game.
Hoffman and Van Noy had great games, so either one could have been MVP. Nelson
however should not have been in consideration for the award. He was not in the
game for most of it and is the reason BYU needed a last second trick play to
win. If he had been playing better all game with BYU's defense playing like they
did (minus the first Tulsa drive) BYU would have manhandled Tulsa. Give Nelson
credit for an amazing game winning final drive and final play, but he stunk it
up most of the game. Riley looked out of it on the field and looked beaten
hanging his head between possessions. I believe the real MVP should have
been the punter for pinning Tulsa inside the 10 and 20 many times. BYU stayed in
the game because of field position, not because of anything Riley did.
Pinning the punts deep and giving Tulsa poor field position allowed BYU's
defense to play much more aggressively, which in turn allowed Van Noy to do what
If anyone had told me two years ago that the stars of BYU's 2011 bowl game would
be a QB, WR, LB, and OL, the only name I would have guessed right would have
been Matt Reynolds. Still have high hopes for Apo and hope Stout can overcome
@bobco,Sometimes you win ugly. Nelson sucked it up and won the game. Give
credit to their defense - they were coming through with a fury, giving Nelson
little time. The O-line picked it up in the 2nd half and on the final drive were
awesome. This game would have been different if we had had Alisa, who would have
made them respect the run more. As it was, they were all-out rushing most of the
game.Football is a lot about emotion, extra effort, and momentum.
The defense was incredible after the first drive. Van Noy is my MVP, but Hoffman
was gittin' er done. And Nelson is a gamer. I'll take a gamer every time. We'll
be good with Nelson next year. Heaps? Well, I wish he hadn't quit on us, but
he's no lock at Kansas and may not have ever lived up to his hype. But Nelson
will find a way most of the time. We'll be OK next year.
Rikitikitavi, I don't know if you noticed, but BYU won the game with its
mediocre running backs, its inept passer and its fat, slow offensive lineman. It
was a slow lineman that threw the Sports-Center-worthy block that created the
touchdown just before halftime and it was the inept passer that threw three
touchdown passes, including the game winner, after willing the offense down the
field with his heart and lack of ability. The first-string running back was out
with an injury. I would say the remaining three have been decent throughout
their careers (although I'm still waiting for Quezada to match his potential).
Oh, and this season is over, so a lament about the state of this
year's team is a little late now.
Why do we try to run when we have not got good running backs? Why do we try to
pass when we have not got a good passer? Why do we have such huge, slow O
linemen? Maybe we should recruit more athletic, not so huge, not so slow O
bobco:Half full, my friend, not half empty.My son, who
was at the game, and I exchanged a sequence of texts at the time that Kyle
single-handedly (it seemed) took the hurricane out of threatening to score a
touch down to missing a long field goal. Our verdict: when the game is on the
line, great players step up to make great plays.Our mutual question
in the third quarter: do you think Riley has it in him to step up out of this
funk and play like a great player?Unlike the Utah State drive, he
had 4 minutes to go less than half the field. But when it mattered, he stepped
up.We've all seen it - really good players who run out of gas at the
end. Great players who have a terrible game, but find a way to step up when it
matters.Riley Stevenson was a goat for one game, pretty dang good
this game. Over-all verdict? Good player.Kinda like this team,
goats for one game, but over-all? Pretty good.
Great summary of the game Harmon--and it was a total team effort, as is always
the case. Also, great comment idablu, if you are going to name an mvp, you must
do so for each aspect of the game. But lets not forget, as Van Noy stated to
byutv on their post-game show, it was the actions of others on the defense doing
their individual jobs that allowed him to shine (my word-not his). Kudo's to the
entire team and support staff. How about those Athletic Trainers who kept the
team healthy? -kk
And MVP to Nelson for best audible. The fake spike and TD throw was amazing.
Okay it is scary when a qb gets compared to Tim Tebow. In other words you are
getting a little lucky and if you actually play a good team you will get smacked
around (ie. Denver vs. New England). When Riley has to play a good team and
plays like this (which will be the norm against good competition) the outcome
will be much different. I am not dwelling on the past, but looking to the
future it's not looking good with the current qb.MVP was Kyle Van
Noy in my opinion and the rest of the D who really kept BYU in the game. Eason
was pretty bad, but otherwise....Riley got it done in the end, but
he could have also been the one to give it away if the defense didn't bail him
out.Lets get used to this. BYU's lack of a real qb is going to hurt
next year then no developed qb the year after. YIKES!
Yeah, there were a number of big plays by several players, but overall
performance--you have to break it down by unit and it's obvious:Offensive MVP: HoffmanDefensive MVP: Van NoySpecial Teams MVP:
Stephensen.Coaching: Mendenhall. Great adjustments and game plan after
Tulsa's opening score.