BYU Cougars: MVPs aplenty for Cougars in Armed Forces Bowl

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  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    Jan. 2, 2012 9:09 p.m.

    MVP: KVN hands downs no comparison. If BYU had a team of 22 KVNs, BYU would never lose a game.

  • dutgut Saint George, UT
    Jan. 2, 2012 12:14 p.m.

    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 he did!

  • Levin Hightstown, NJ
    Jan. 1, 2012 7:16 p.m.

    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 injury.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Dec. 31, 2011 3:45 p.m.

    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.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Dec. 31, 2011 1:32 p.m.

    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.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Dec. 31, 2011 12:32 p.m.

    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 linemen.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Dec. 31, 2011 8:23 a.m.


    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.

  • TheFork Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 31, 2011 7:54 a.m.

    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

  • AK Cougar Palmer, AK
    Dec. 31, 2011 3:49 a.m.

    And MVP to Nelson for best audible. The fake spike and TD throw was amazing.

    Go Cougars.

  • bobco SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Dec. 31, 2011 2:51 a.m.

    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!

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 30, 2011 11:39 p.m.

    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: Hoffman
    Defensive MVP: Van Noy
    Special Teams MVP: Stephensen.
    Coaching: Mendenhall. Great adjustments and game plan after Tulsa's opening score.