Cowboys stunk it up to earn needed win

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  • Memo to Dick Harmon:
    Sept. 2, 2008 10:19 p.m.

    Not all people who cheer for Wyoming drink just like all people who cheer for byu don't!!!

    Your blanket charactarization is what makes peoepl hate byu fans like you and unfortunelty gives them a reason to dislike the church.

    You should be really proud of yourself to print that. You are a "respected" (using the term loosly)journalist in a big paper. Take a litle responsibility...PLEASE!!!

  • Scoobie
    Sept. 2, 2008 5:24 p.m.

    Ref: Anonymous
    Do you really want to know UCLA's winning factor??? This team has already lost it's first and second team quaterbacks and two of it's top defensive players to preseason injuries. Nationally they are picked as run of the mill for any chance at a conference title and yet they can pull off a seeminly great upset of a ranked Tennessee team with ease..................................... It's not the team.......it's the touch of the Master.......his name is Norm Chow. Yes, BYU will have to deal with him....but so will USC.....now that will be the game of the season. The Master vs his Protege....Steve Sarkeisian. Forget about Neuhausel and Pete Carol. These two offensive wizards are the show.

  • re: re: not impressed
    Sept. 2, 2008 5:21 p.m.

    If you re-read the poster's comments you'll see that you both agree. By "that michigan team" the poster was referring to the one that Utah just played, not last year's team.

  • Where's Stocton????
    Sept. 2, 2008 5:02 p.m.

    Ref: To all Utey's

    All right....Utah had the better spread offense and had a great 1st half..........but the 2nd half wasn't so great and depsite Michigan's defense "seemingly" to have figured out how to wrap up Johnson, Asiata, and Casteel, (which in reality was never the case) Utah was lucky to escape with the win.......look at the amount of penalty yardage assessed against Utah in the 2nd half....especially the number of 15 yarders marked off against the defense......The way I see it...that's what allowed Michigan back into the game and not their Defense.
    Someone in another blog summed it up perfectly. "Despite doing everything they could in the 2nd half to allow Michigan back into the game, Utah pulled off the Great Escape from the Big House."........

    Hey...it may not have been the greatest upset or the greatest win but it's still a good win. The oppurtunity wasn't lost.....that's what is important. Michigan under Rodriguez will be a great team down the road.....much leaner and a heck of a lot faster...........them big linemen recruited by Carr never anticipated this kind of change.....they were sucking for air (oxygen) just trying to keep up. Congratulations Utes!!!

  • How about Texas A and M
    Sept. 2, 2008 4:26 p.m.

    Lost to maybe-not-so-lowly Arkansas State. Could be a long year for the Aggies.

  • Hmmm...
    Sept. 2, 2008 2:51 p.m.

    Winless in Seattle | 1:33 p.m. Sept. 2, 2008
    "The running game with Unga will be shut down and you can forget about passing for more than 300 yards as Willingham will cut them loose on Hall all afternoon."

    Oregon scored at will against Washington. Why is it that BYU won't do the same?

    "I have attended all 3 games when BYU played UW and they were all ugly for BYU. Even when BYU went 14-1 in 1996 and went to the Cotton Bowl their only loss was in Seattle against a very average U-Dub squad that year."

    This year's Washington team is not average. Ask any Washington fan and they will tell you that this year's team is below average.

    "Here's hoping that the ghosts of BYU past performances in Seattle stay in the closet or it could be a long day for the COUGS!"

    Here's hoping that BYU's all-white road uniforms stay in the closet because it makes them look like ghosts on the field. I hate those uniforms. Come to think of it, I think they wore the all-whites against Washington in 1996. Wear blue pants!

  • Anti-PC Infidel
    Sept. 2, 2008 2:26 p.m.

    >coog fans have NO SENSE of sarcasm. Well no sense of anything really.

    Except a long tradition of success both athletically and academically.

    But I was cheering for the Utes against Michigan. Lesser of two evils, I guess. Good thing the always overrated Michigan was so incredibly sloppy and inept.

  • Utes always poor sports
    Sept. 2, 2008 1:38 p.m.

    To Linus: As an alumnus of both schools, I wish your desire were a reality and fans would root for each other, especially in non-conference games. However, it won't happen because there are so many Ute fans that are just plain crude and stupid. I really believe they get more satisfaction out of a BYU loss than out of a Utah win, even when it comes against someone like Michigan. They are egged on by folks like Kyle Whittingham. I heard him on the Marriott Library plaza last year the week before the BYU game when he said "I guarantee a win this Saturday." Turncoats like coach Whittingham are part of the problem. They also make me cheer for BYU, even though I liked attending classes at both schools.

  • re: not impressed
    Sept. 2, 2008 1:37 p.m.

    "that michigan team was in worse shape than last year"
    What a ridiculous statement! last year Michigan had 2 bad losses early but ended up having a pretty good year. After losing a close one to OHIO STATE They beat Tim Tebow's Florida in there bowl game. Is that what you would call bad shape?
    They lost all the offensive talent but the same D that shut down Florida was mostly intact and on the field last Saturday.

  • Winless in Seattle
    Sept. 2, 2008 1:33 p.m.

    BYU has never won in Husky Stadium in 3 tries and I'm afraid that the streak will live on as a fired up U-Dub football team will take out their frustrations from a drubbing in Eugene last Saturday and at the same time will temporarily relieve some of the pressure from husky fans being placed on the U-Dub coaching staff. The running game with Unga will be shut down and you can forget about passing for more than 300 yards as Willingham will cut them loose on Hall all afternoon. I have attended all 3 games when BYU played UW and they were all ugly for BYU. Even when BYU went 14-1 in 1996 and went to the Cotton Bowl their only loss was in Seattle against a very average U-Dub squad that year. Here's hoping that the ghosts of BYU past performances in Seattle stay in the closet or it could be a long day for the COUGS!

  • Linus
    Sept. 2, 2008 1:09 p.m.

    Let's save some time and a lot of negative energy. The Cougars are going to come up to the Salt Lake and play football against the Utes in the final game of the season. At that time we will all see which team scores more points in head-to-head competition. That is why they play these games. So many of you posters think the issue can be settled sooner. I don't think so. Why don't we just all root for all MWC teams in all non-conference games and root for the Y and the U to win all their conference games up until the rival game, and let the players decide the issue on the field? After all, are we not all brothers?

  • Ghost
    Sept. 2, 2008 12:59 p.m.

    New polls have BYU ranked 15 and Utah ranked 22. Congrats to both teams.

  • Ernest T. Bass
    Sept. 2, 2008 11:26 a.m.

    coog fans have NO SENSE of sarcasm. Well no sense of anything really.

  • Concast -Hater
    Sept. 2, 2008 11:10 a.m.

    Both BYU and Utah won but did not play there best. Michigan is not that good and everyone knew this before kickoff. It became scary at the end that Michigan would take the lead. It should not have been that close.

    Northern Iowa is a great team for their division, but not too creditible for a win. The fumbles only made BYU look vulnerable. When BYU beats Washington next week it will be just as valueable as the Utes win. Everyone knows Washington stinks. UCLA will be a great test to show how good BYU football is.

  • RE: To: ute fan
    Sept. 2, 2008 10:57 a.m.

    Do you really think he was serious? You BYU fans need to relax a little. You're probably just mad he didn't put BYU in his top 7.

  • re: Anonymous
    Sept. 2, 2008 10:57 a.m.

    If ESPN, CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated, Football News, and NBC Sports are all "owned by the Church" (as you claim), how do you explain why BYU doesn't already have it's own football sports network, ala, Notre Dame?

    If you're going to criticize someone else's supposed biased reporting, you should at least start from a reasonably plausible premise.

  • To: ute fan
    Sept. 2, 2008 10:02 a.m.

    Top 5 what, you listed 7 teams? Michigan is in the top 5 duds. After crushing USU and Weber perhaps the yoots will think they should play in the Super Bowl.

  • Ute Fan
    Sept. 2, 2008 9:01 a.m.

    My Top 5:

    1. Utah
    2. Michigan
    3. USU
    4. Weber
    5. UNLV
    6. Georgia
    7. USC

  • not impressed
    Sept. 2, 2008 8:55 a.m.

    "...but Utah has delivered the league's top non-league win."

    Uh, yeah...so far. The teams have played only one game this season, right? And besides, that Michigan team was in worse shape than last year. Either UNI or Appalachian St would have beat them this year. So it was a top non-league win in name only.

    That's so funny when you think about it. Appy St beat a better Michigan team (ranked 5th) last year by 2 points. Utah got the same margin of victory this year against a much worse Michigan team. Maybe Utah and Appalachian St should now play each other for the Championship.

  • Fully Invested
    Sept. 2, 2008 8:26 a.m.

    Anonymous, make up your mind. You smack BYU for not having near the talent or coaching as Tenn.. Then you smack BYU for having all kinds of talent and not getting the job done. So which is it?

  • The Dr. is in.
    Sept. 2, 2008 7:45 a.m.

    Ya... deep breath... Good, now out. Picture fluffy utes sitting on fluffy white clouds...

  • Coin Collecter
    Sept. 2, 2008 7:40 a.m.

    Hey Dick why only a passing reference to the biggest win of the weekend for the MWC?

  • To anonymous
    Sept. 2, 2008 7:23 a.m.

    If you have been paying attn to the nat'l media you would have seen that BYU has been getting attn all around the country. Hence the #16 nat'l ranking. He was just stating fact.

  • good gosh anonymous
    Sept. 2, 2008 5:33 a.m.

    You are blinded by all kinds of hate. Dude. Relax man. You are making me laugh!

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 2, 2008 12:57 a.m.

    Correction Harmon:

    The No. 16 Cougars have enjoyed 95% of the BYU fans' (including yourself, this newspaper, and all other media owned by the Church) hype.

    I'd say it is more 70% - 30%, may be even 60%-40% Cougar hype among people who aren't blinded by the Happy Valley Bubble.

    The Cougars are a great team, but still largely unproven. I'll believe they deserve their hype AFTER their trip to Washington AND their game against UCLA at home (especially after the UCLA win over No 18. Tennessee... And regardless of how delusional of a Cougar fan you are, you can't possibly think BYU comes anywhere near Tennessee as far as talent or coaching are concerned (SEC talent and Phil Fulmer)).

    BYU has the talent, but they've had it the past two years, and haven't gotten through the non-conference schedule unscathed.