BYU football: Kariya fills Unga's void in big game

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  • Anonymous
    Sept. 7, 2009 9:58 a.m.


  • S2
    Sept. 7, 2009 6:09 a.m.


    I noted the open running backs in the flats as well, but figured I was not seeing as much from the televised viewpoint. It takes some patience to go with the short-dump passing attack at times and I hope Max will avail himself of it when the downfield receivers are so well covered.

    It was an important and great win. I admit to pacing a lot during the last drive, but we have been there so many times before when BYU moves like a machine and pulls it out that it was an 'of course!' moment when Jacobson was alone with the ball in the back of the end zone.

    Rise and SHOUT!

  • JJ DiLuigi
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:09 p.m.

    I hear people say he should be a receiver but I still disagree. We need decent speed at the RB position and he's got it. Bryan Kariya has a nice mix of size and decent speed at RB but DiLuigi is faster. The one thing he lacks is size. I still have a lot of faith in him at the RB spot, the guy had 2100 yards rushing and won the CA State Championship! WR has enough speed with Chambers and Jacobsen. As far as the speed aspect he is much more needed at RB. He doesn't need to be that big. Barry Sanders was 5'10" and he was awesome in the NFL. JJ is a similar style back.

  • Depth
    Sept. 6, 2009 7:58 p.m.

    Patrick Kinahan said he was worried about depth at the RB position before the game. So was I, and when I heard Unga was not playing, I was very disappointed. But we learned Kariya is a playa. Against OU we need size and speed.. That OU D line was incredible. Tonga will get better. How long was he out - a year or more and then he has 2 weeks of practice. He played pretty well for what little time he has had with the team. Just glad Kariya was ready to answer the bell. If Unga is not 100% for Tulane, I say keep him out there too and get him ready for FL State. That game will be rockin!!!!! As far as DiLuigi, maybe he'd be better as a receiver??? Time will tell, but if you have a big back and a little back and they both have the same speed, you likely use your bigger back.

  • Ed
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:59 p.m.

    Agree with Bill and Woody. Give JJ more looks at RB. He will break it out and let Tonga block not run.

  • byudog
    Sept. 6, 2009 5:56 p.m.

    3 cheers for Kariya!

    No way BYU would have won if he hadn't stepped up big like he did in that game.

  • Kariya rocks
    Sept. 6, 2009 4:50 p.m.

    It's hard to believe that this guy was the 5A player of the year for Utah and he didn't get a scholarship. What dedication to walk on to the BYU team, earn a scholarship the hard way, and then have a game like this!

    I'm wondering if BYU if offering the right players when I read that Pitta, Rich, Kariya and others weren't even on scholarship when they started playing at the Y. But Kariya was definitely the MVP. No fumbles and more than 100 yards in offensive output.

  • Kariya and DiLuigi
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:36 p.m.

    Both are great backs and very quick, fast, awesome guys. But Kariya just played with a lot more poise last night than DiLuigi did. I really think that both of them will be used and get some good time, and they will both fill their roles in helping the team, and they are both willing to do it too. Kariya is bigger and can run the ball stronger up the gut, but DiLuigi is quicker on the edges and so both can be used effectively. Both are faster than Unga and Tonga.

    I agree that Tonga should be used where he is most effective and help with blocking. He may be a good player to give the ball to against slower MWC teams but he just didn't have the quickness to be effective enough against Oklahoma. But I'm very excited about all of the running backs and they are all very talented guys.

  • slack
    Sept. 6, 2009 11:57 a.m.

    One thing that I have not liked about Max Hall- He doesn't look at the running back in the backfield for a dump off pass. That play was open several times. Most notably on that 2nd interception, the tailback was wide open in the backfield. It may have been enough to get the first down and keep the drive open, but we will never know. That play has always been used by BYU with a lot of success but Max doesn't seem to look that way when he gets in trouble.

  • kariya was a stud
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:59 a.m.

    great work kariya way to fill the shoes and show heart and desire to win. Great Work BYU now stay focused one game at a time

  • GO BYU
    Sept. 6, 2009 10:58 a.m.

    I agree with Bill. Tonga just didn't have what it takes to be running the ball. He only had 6 yards total through the game. Kariya had 118. Yet they kept running it with Tonga. Tonga is a great blocking back however. He works great when he's blocking for Max, which we needed him to do against big man McKoy and that great D-Line OU had. So great job Tonga, and Kariya, but run with Kariya and have Tonga pass block. Works better that way.

  • haunyocker
    Sept. 6, 2009 9:57 a.m.

    CONTRATS COUGS! What I enjoyed about the game was how many players contributed key plays...this was the epitome of a team win...the whole defense proved themselves, as did the offensive line.

    I have to apologize to the defense. In the challenge game I predicted Oklahoma would score 21 points. Obviously, the defense was better than that.

    Looking forward to the Cougs giving the BLUE FLU to that other team who wears red.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 6, 2009 6:04 a.m.

    Another example of "Blue Grit":

    "Everybody has to fill their roles on the team," Kariya said. "When you're called on you have to get in there and do your thing ... hopefully each of us are trained to make those plays when we're called on."

  • Woody
    Sept. 6, 2009 2:03 a.m.

    I said the same thing last year, what are the coaches going to do with DiLuigi? This kid has some real football savy and was great in highschool but the coaches don't seem to want to give him a real showing. Does this mean he gets moved down the list now we have Kariya? I hoppe this kid is good,but Diluigi deserves alot more than only 2 -3 carries a game and I think Diluigi deserves a better chance to strut his stuff and the coaches would find out what he can really do.

  • Bill
    Sept. 6, 2009 12:27 a.m.

    I am way excited about the win. The only thing that bothered me was the infatuation Anae has with Tonga. He kept giving him the ball and he kept losing yards. I am shocked Diluigi didnt get more carries but Kariya was great