BYU football: Cougars eager for crack at Oregon State

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  • RE 11:46 Wake up- It's 2009
    Dec. 10, 2009 3:03 p.m.

    Yeah, nobody hears Ute fans spouting about their "two" BCS wins, nope I never have, the past is still the past whether it's been 20 years or one. What is your point? Then you stop talking about beating Alabama and Pitt, it's 2009 AND YOU ARE PLAYING CAL!!

  • Explain
    Dec. 10, 2009 2:07 p.m.

    Hey Ute fans? So explain to me how going from the Sugar Bowl one year and crying that you should be #1, to the POINSETTIA Bowl the next is some great accomplishment? Isn't that a HUGE downgrade? You are playing a non-ranked crappy Pac-10 team. At least BYU is playing a ranked team, And somehow you think that you are still some powerhouse, historic team??!!?!? the Poinsettia bowl is even lower than the Vegas Bowl, At least BYU doesn't go from playing in the Vegas bowl to playing in the Little Ceasar's Pizza Bowl year after year. I don't care if you have a bowl streak going, who wouldn't playing teams like Navy, Southern Miss and Tulsa? How many bowl games have those teams ever won anyway?
    I just don't get it, some P-ute fan explain this to me.

  • RE TheHailstorm
    Dec. 10, 2009 1:52 p.m.

    Ha ahaha, really? Oh, sorry I forgot the entire Ute team has 4.0 GPA's, have you ever seen a TV interview with Robert Johnson? Wow, do you think he passed english? Doubt it.

  • RE: Heisman candidates NY
    Dec. 10, 2009 1:20 p.m.

    And how many of the Ute players are up for some prestigious award? Exactly.

  • Dace
    Dec. 10, 2009 10:55 a.m.

    BYU is not that great but will cuz OSU is terrible and I will be there cheerin for the ducks

  • TheHailstorm
    Dec. 10, 2009 9:58 a.m.

    Let's check and see if Tonga has the grades from this semester required to play. I know he passed Lego's 3 and made a Barney puppet, but scholastically ? I bet that he isn't eligible.

  • re: Utes
    Dec. 9, 2009 2:44 p.m.

    Cal will kill you guy's in San Diego !!! Really go on your site and sing your tune there...YOU ARE BORING...

  • Utah Man am I .....
    Dec. 9, 2009 2:24 p.m.

    I love the Utes and Cougars. I have a RED Diploma and I am very proud to be a COUGAR FAN despite Hall's big mouth. But we are all aloud to insert our feet into our mouths several times in our lives and Max has preformed up to par, tremendous job Maxie...Any way lets knock out the "09" season with a bowl win and get ready for next year when Riley gets his shot...GO #13 in 2010...Go Cougars !!!

  • ByU DUDE
    Dec. 8, 2009 9:57 p.m.

    I meant conference championships

    Dec. 8, 2009 9:53 p.m.

    I meant championships For a team ''Utah'' that has only won five conference championships in 50 years. And lost three out of the last four, to there rivals. You are starting to know about the gnashing of teeth that is fore told.

    Dec. 8, 2009 9:52 p.m.

    For a team ''Utah'' that has only won five bowl games in 50 years. And lost three out of the last four, to there rivals. You are starting to know about the gnashing of teeth that is fore told.

  • Rogers and Rogers
    Dec. 8, 2009 8:12 p.m.

    OSU will be very very tough. As a PAC-10 (and BYU) fan with degrees from UW and OSU, I watch these guys. James Rogers is an amazingly good little receiver. Fast and great hands even for a 5 foot something receiver; he beats taller DBs. Maybe Logan can stay with him - at least they'll be comparable in size.

    Jacquizz Rogers is 5'something 210 pounds of bowling ball. He'll duck under our D-Line's arms and will be a load. Extremely quick. He killed USC last year with about 200 yards himself.

    Their QB is 6'4" prototypical pro QB with fabulous touch and a great arm.

    BYU'll have to be as good as they were against OU, Wyoming and Air Force. I think it will be a shootout because their defense is not great.

    This is a great matchup with real props to the winner. I'm pumped as "heck". Rooting for BYU, but won't be heartbroken if OSU wins it.

  • Questions
    Dec. 8, 2009 8:09 p.m.

    How many times has BYU appeared in a post-season bowl game only to lose to an opponent considered below its stature?

    Remember all those times the WAC champion lost to a 4th, 5th, or 6th place team from a "big" conference? What an excellent job of representing the conference! Similar results as MWC champ.

    Oh, and what about the time BYU's Heisman trophy winner put up a fine, fine performance in his senior season bowl game against those A&M Aggies?

    Lots of great memories when it comes to BYU and bowl games! Lots and lots.

  • To: Dear BSU and U of U fans
    Dec. 8, 2009 7:53 p.m.

    BYU was fortunate to finish the 1984 season undefeated. Good job. That BYU team won the national beauty contest and was voted #1. Good job. BYU played 0 teams in 1984 that finished the year ranked. BYU had 4 "close" games (by Dick Harmon's count). Voters that year preferred LaVell Edwards to Barry Switzer. Good job (and a really good choice by voters if you ask me).

    Utah was fortunate to finish the 2004 and the 2008 season undefeated. Good job(s). The 2004 Utah team had 0 close games and beat 1 team that finished the year ranked. Good job. The 2009 team beat 4 teams that finished the year ranked, including two in the top 10, and one that spent five weeks ranked number 1. Another good job.

    BYU faithful can make whatever they want of the national championship banner. Until there is a playoff for college football, this very informed college football fan will take what teams accomplish on the field over the beauty contest results any day.

    Oh, and, BTW, hoping for a BYU victory in the Las Vegas Bowl.

  • to: little jimmy brady
    Dec. 8, 2009 4:03 p.m.

    I sure hope you really are called little jimmy brady and not trying to be cute by association with the youngest brady kid on the brady bunch. Because his name was actually "little BOBBY brady".

    But, if you truly are a jimmy brady, then disregard my comments and accept my apology, because I was not trying include all little jimmy's in my remarks, just the few (5%) of them that are the trouble causers in the entire fan base..... oh wait, that is a different subject all together. My bad!, sorry ute athletic director, no really I do apologize, no really!!

    where would we be without sarcasm?

  • Scott in AK
    Dec. 8, 2009 3:58 p.m.

    It never ceases to amaze me how similar politics and sports are--especially with their fans. When a fan takes a step away for a minute and takes a non-biased look at the situation, they might think, "What are we even talking about?"

    The Vegas Bowl is not for the 2nd place MWC team. If that were the case TCU would have gone last year, right?

    Who cares about 1984? Who cares about 2004 and 2008? It's over. You enjoyed them. Now, get on with your lives! 2008 is what causes Utah fans to refuse to look at this year's team rationally.

    Please everyone spending time comparing history, just get over yourselves. Enjoy your team and quit using stats that are ultimately meaningless.

  • One of the Best
    Dec. 8, 2009 3:43 p.m.

    games of the bowl season. 2 great teams with reasons to plays well. Expect a great effort on both sides. Expect a lot of points to be put up. Bothe have great Sr. QBs and 1000yd rushers. Both have defences, especially pass defences, that have been suspect in the past.

    BYU wins a close one.


  • RE :Boise Blue
    Dec. 8, 2009 3:00 p.m.

    Will Boise still be laughing when they get beat by TCU AGAIN, his time in a Bowl Consolation Series game? Sorry, you do not get to prove your worth against a real BCS team.

  • To Little Jimmy
    Dec. 8, 2009 2:27 p.m.

    Okay, you want BYU to participate on Sundays, but if they did you would jump all over them for being hypocrites.

    Your kind should go out and find a good place to freeze in the ice.

  • Little Jimmy Brady
    Dec. 8, 2009 12:26 p.m.

    Dear BYU if you can't be a part of the activities on Sundays, please just get out of NCAA Sports! Don't expect everyone else to have to change just to please you! Forfeit the Bowl If you can't play by the plans already in place.

  • Re:Lehi
    Dec. 8, 2009 11:05 a.m.

    Just don't deny me the Rolls...

  • re: re: Beavs09
    Dec. 8, 2009 9:49 a.m.

    You forgot some: Utah is still in third place. Utah still lost. BYU is still 3-1 against Utah over the last four years.

  • Boise Blue
    Dec. 8, 2009 9:47 a.m.

    Hey B Whine U Fans,

    In case you forgot:

    BOISE 2 BCS Bowls

    BYU 0 BCS Bowls

  • re: Beavs09
    Dec. 8, 2009 7:49 a.m.

    Please OSU show them how to get smacked in the mouth again. They are the biggest smack talkers yet accuse Utah fans of doing the same thing. Their favorite is to quote who made the final play. Well the difference is when Utah wins we beat them good, not by some miracle play that was deemed by our "worthiness" at the end of the game. BTW - Hall is still throwing interceptions, sticking his foot in his mouth, and posing for cheesy photo shoots with Collie and Pitta.

  • Fact
    Dec. 8, 2009 6:44 a.m.

    Las Vegas is for the 2nd place team (BYU) and San Diego is for the 3rd place team (Utah). It's not about the venue although I'd be in San Diego, it's about BYU-W, Utah-L. For Ute fans, "L" means loss as in losers.

  • LehiCougarFan
    Dec. 8, 2009 6:40 a.m.

    Re:re:What plays there stays there | 11:46 p.m. Dec. 7, 2009

    I would like a Mustang.... 1984 was a long time ago. The Rolls won't run forever...

  • Beavs09
    Dec. 8, 2009 2:19 a.m.

    i'm disappointed, like all beaver fans, that we're not playing in the rosebowl. but this should be a great game with byu! i'll be there in vegas cheering on the rodgers brothers and company. and to cougar fans, i believe you will find that beaver nation is both proud and classy. and i loved that max hall said exactly what was on his mind after the utah game! go beavs!

  • Independent Dallas Observer
    Dec. 8, 2009 12:40 a.m.

    Hey Utah Fans! The Dallas Cowboys and NY Football Giants just played a game. The Giants won. The Giants starting running back Brandon Jacobs said after the game: "It's extra special against Dallas. I've been hating Dallas ever since I knew anything about football.''

    I listen to Dallas sports talk radio EVERY DAY and NO ONE in Dallas said a word about those comments. BYU/Utah is a rivalry. Rivals don't like each other. Might even "hate" each other. I can't believe how childish, sensitive and immature Utah fans are.

    No one in the nation cares about what Max Hall said. It has received virtually NO attention because it is a non-story. GET OVER IT. QUIT WHINING. GROW UP. You are embarrassing yourself and only proving Hall more correct every day. I am continually amazed at how sensitive and childish you are (generally and not individually, I wouldn't want to offend all Ute fans again). Max said he was sorry. Won't you ever find it in your hearts to forgive him (sarcasm intended)?

    What is best for Utah, TCU and BYU is that ALL of them win their bowl games.

  • 11:46 Wake up- It's 2009
    Dec. 8, 2009 12:23 a.m.

    Living in the past as always!
    The game is BYU vs. Oregon State.

    Not BYU vs Michigan 1984.

  • re:What plays there stays there
    Dec. 7, 2009 11:46 p.m.

    All thos numbers when all you reall need to know is that BYU has beat Utah three of the last four years.

    Harline is open, 4th and 19, George is still running.

    How hard is is to crunch those numbers?

    OK, I see I am dealing with a Ute fan who never went to college. Let's try this...

    Let's say Bronco has three apples, and Kyle has one. Who has more apples. Now, let's assume that 3 > 1. Bronco has more apples, Kyle is jealous, and says "I didn't want your stupid apples anyway". Kyle runs away.

    Of course, Kyle wanted the apples but realizing he couldn't have them, he gets angry and storms away.

    One other fast one. Let's assume that BYU has an 1984 Rolls Royce, but Utah has a 2004 and 2008 Mustang. Would Utah trade those two Mustangs for the cherry 84 Rolls? Of couse they would, but since they can't, they say "Who want's a stupid 84 Rolls?" They walk away singing "We have two Mustangs, and you-ou-ou do-on't".

    Everybody has mustangs, but only 1 Rolls Royce is made per year.

    National Championship

  • RE: Dear BSU and U of U fans
    Dec. 7, 2009 11:26 p.m.

    You Zoobs amaze me.

    We might not understand football but we do know that today success under the BCS cartel is not a national championship for us, TCU, Boise, and everyone else not affilated with with the cartel execpt maybe BYU because of their tradition. Oh wait TCU has 2 national titles.

  • True BlueCougarsFan
    Dec. 7, 2009 11:23 p.m.

    Couldn't ask for a much better matchup then this one, going against Oregon state who tied for 2nd in the pac 10. I dont care that BYU is playing in the Las Vegas Bowl for the 5th straight year, the matchup they got is perfect. It will be a good game and could be a shootout, but hopefully BYU will bring their A game on both sides of the ball.

    GO Cougars!!!

  • What plays there stays there
    Dec. 7, 2009 9:49 p.m.

    Oregon State plays teams like:
    Cincinnatti wins by 10 (ranked 4th latest poll)
    Stanford loses by 10 (ranked 19 latest poll)
    Oregon wins by 4 (ranked 7 latest poll)
    USC wins by 6
    Arizona loses by 5 (ranked 22 in latest poll)

    BYU loses to Florida State at home by 26 (not ranked)
    BYU loses to TCU at home by 31 (ranked 3rd latest poll)
    BYU beats Utah in OT (ranked 23 latest poll)

    Oregon 36
    BYU 14
    Have a great zoobie summer and book your tickets for Vegas early.
    Las Vegas Bowl - BYU plays here and STAYS here!!!

  • What plays there stays there
    Dec. 7, 2009 9:46 p.m.

    Oregon State plays teams like:
    Cincinnatti wins by 10 (ranked 4th latest poll)
    Stanford loses by 10 (ranked 19 latest poll)
    Oregon wins by 4 (ranked 7 latest poll)
    USC wins by 6
    Arizona loses by 5 (ranked 22 in latest poll)

    BYU loses to Florida State at home by 26 (not ranked)
    BYU loses to TCU at home by 31 (ranked 3rd latest poll)
    BYU beats Utah in OT (ranked 23 latest poll)

    Oregon 36
    BYU 14
    Have a great zoobie summer and book your tickets for Vegas early.
    Las Vegas Bowl - BYU plays here and STAYS here!!!

  • I Bleed Blue
    Dec. 7, 2009 9:45 p.m.

    To the Ute Fan who posted the three tier post.

    Tier One-BYU TCU

    Tier Two- Everyone Else

    No matter how you cut it, BYU and TCU are the only teams from the Mountain West to ever win National Championships in football. I know it still stings seeing BYU rewarded with another trophy to honor this accomplishment. Still... the U does have gymnastics to fall back on or over. So... I suggest you go put on that leotard and do a tumble. You may feel better.

  • Re:Utes
    Dec. 7, 2009 9:10 p.m.

    Just like he did in the Utah game, right?

  • Congrats Cougs
    Dec. 7, 2009 9:10 p.m.

    on yet another double-digit win regular season, on your second place finish in the MWC, on your #15 end-of-season ranking, and on your selection to the Vegas Bowl to play a Pac-10 team that was one score away from the Rose Bowl.

    Congrats Utes on your 9-win regular season, third place finish in the MWC, staying in the top 25, your lower-tier selection to the San Diego Credit Union flower bowl, to play a team that has been continually blown away when they lose.

    No past history here. Live in the present!
    Life as a Cougar Fan is good.

  • RockOn
    Dec. 7, 2009 9:03 p.m.

    Glad to see some classy people on the post.

    Yes... Hate the Utes but, go Utah. Beat Cal badly.

    Yes... Love the Cougs and, go BYU. Thrash Oregon State.

    Nationally, what's good for BYU is good for Utah and vice versa. Utah did BYU a big favor by whipping Alabama.

  • Dear BSU and U of U fans
    Dec. 7, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    Alabama came into the Sugar Bowl last year (according to analysts) without any heart or emotion. Why, because they were #1 and lost the shot at the National Championship game. They are elated this year, and said yesterday they were excited to be in the NC game after the dissappointment of not playing for a NC last year.

    To them, a BCS game is meaningless. To play in a BCS game might be exciting for the little puppy schools, but the Big Dogs know a chance at the National Championship is the zenith of college football.

    Many college football teams have played in BCS gams, many have won, many more than two. Many of those teams have never won a National Championship.

    What a feeling to walk in your teams stadium and see the National Championship banner. To be able to go and see the trophy in your teams trophy case.

    Utah fans who demean a National Championship regardless of the year, just do not understand college football.

    A National Championship means you are voted #1 in the final polls, regardless of the current system in place.

    So bark, little puppies, and take your third place position... The Poinsettia Bowl!!!

  • Wonder Why???
    Dec. 7, 2009 8:50 p.m.

    "Heisman candidates in New York.. | 6:59 p.m. Dec. 7, 2009

    Where is Maxi Hall?
    Did he get invited?"

    And you have the nerve to call the guy who puts on the helmet, beats you on 4th and 18 with a dislocated shoulder that kept your star out for three weeks, threaded it to George to beat your sorry butts again... classless?

    Do you need a dictionary???

  • Utes
    Dec. 7, 2009 8:42 p.m.

    It will be business as usual for the Utes. They will win another bowl game while BYU gets rolled over by the Oregon State Beavers. Hopefully Max Hall gets a taste of that astro turf all night long!

  • Ute Fan
    Dec. 7, 2009 8:34 p.m.

    Good Luck Cougs. Represent the conference well.

    Go Utes!!!

  • Beaver State
    Dec. 7, 2009 8:20 p.m.

    Canfield was OUTSTANDING in the OSU vs UofO game. Hall has a tough match with Canfield's ability to see the whole picture. Quizz Rodgers is another person to watch on OSU's team. He may be small, but he's very quick and agile. No doubt about it. BYU is going to have to shut down OSU's offense in order to win.

  • Re:To New York @ 6:59
    Dec. 7, 2009 8:02 p.m.

    In, MWC:
    Tier-1 (BCS teams): Utah, TCU
    Tier-2 (BCS chasers): AFA, BYU
    Tier-3 (doormats): CSU, UNLV, UNM, SDSU, WYO

    Dec. 7, 2009 7:40 p.m.

    BYU surprised me with how well they finished the season at 10-2. After their meltdown against FSU, all you Cougar fans wanted Bronco to take a hike. Now look at what he has done for you now. You all think he is just as good as a PBand J sandwich. BYU still needs to focus on DEFENSE. Just leave that GPS at home, you can all probably drive to Vegas with your eyes closed. If the Cougars lose, don't be blaming Bronco for mistakes. OSU has a very good QB,WR, and RB.

  • Desert Coug
    Dec. 7, 2009 7:34 p.m.

    We shall see what happens this Bowl Season. I cheer on the MWC! I want ALL MWC teams to win strong in all their Bowl Games. (Even UTAH root for do I....Yoda)

    I do think that the BCS is so protective in putting BSU against TCU so as to prevent two of their beloved BCS conference teams from being humiliated by upstarts! But, those with the Gold, Rule.

    Go Cougs!

  • Teej
    Dec. 7, 2009 7:23 p.m.

    I LOVE playing in the Vegas Bowl, and better than ever this year as we are ranked higher than ever going into the game and facing a better and higher-ranked opponent than ever. Doesn't get any better than this - except WHEN WE WIN!

  • RE: Cougarrette
    Dec. 7, 2009 7:12 p.m.

    Keep it clean or go join the Crimson Line!

  • To New York @ 6:59
    Dec. 7, 2009 7:11 p.m.

    No, Maxie will not make it. He'll be QBing for Utah since their QB couldn't play for Bingham High. It's his penance for his comments...he has to be a Ute for one game and feel what it's like to play for an inferior team.

  • CougarKeith
    Dec. 7, 2009 7:05 p.m.

    Everybody whines every time we get the invite to the Vegas Bowl, why? Here is the fact, the VEGAS BOWL PAYS $1,000,000 the Pointsettia Bowl pays $500,000, WHAT ARE YOU CRYING ABOUT??? We'll take it!!! Plus we get a share of the Fiesta Bowl Pay Out!!! Talk about a PAY OUT! This is great for the Conference! We could be lowly Wyoming and squeak into the MASSIVELY POPULAR NEW MEXICO BOWL where the real big money is! Come on people, this is a GOOD THING, even the Cowboys help pay into the pot this year!!! Good job!!! Mountain West Bowl Teams!

  • Heisman candidates in New York..
    Dec. 7, 2009 6:59 p.m.

    Where is Maxi Hall?
    Did he get invited?

    Dec. 7, 2009 6:49 p.m.

    What have we done wrong? you would think because WE ARE BYU we could p;lay a real team like Cal State Fullerton.

  • Earth shattering news
    Dec. 7, 2009 6:29 p.m.

    RE: "Ute fan | 5:25 p.m. Dec. 7, 2009
    Normally I would cheer for BYU against Oregon State but seeing that I have no class being a Utah fan, I hope BYU gets mopped up just like against Florida State! Ya, that's what I want for christmas a good old butt kicking for the team DOWN SOUTH."

    A classless Ute fan, that wants a BYU loss more than a Ute win, and doesn't know how to capitalize Christmas (they have classes).

    My, how things have not changed...

  • IF Jamie Hill
    Dec. 7, 2009 6:16 p.m.

    Calls as good of a game as they did against utah and the BYU D line can get to the QB like they did against Utah they will win. If the BYU D plays like they did against TCU or New Mexico it will be an Oregon State blowout.

  • Get over it
    Dec. 7, 2009 6:15 p.m.

    For how many years do we have to hear our favorite Ute fans whine and cry with comments about the team down south and max's classy comments. WHY can't UTE fans MOVE on?????????

    Go Cougars. Las Vegas loves to host BYU because of their fan base and CLASSY team.

    Who cares if Utah wins their game. don't care. who cares what their stats are opposed to Cal? don't care.

  • Cougarf@n
    Dec. 7, 2009 6:13 p.m.

    Re: 437pm: There was a Yewt fan that didn't already cheer for every team that plays BYU? Who knew? Well I know I'm really upset that Max's comments have now caused all one of you to join the rest of your fans, but I'll still be cheering for Utah to win its bowl game for the sake of the conference. Since when did Yewt fans become such sensitive babies that they can't handle a little hate speech from Max Hall? A win for BYU against the second place team in the PAC-10 would do a lot more good for Utah than a loss, but we BYU fans really couldn't care less who you cheer for while watching the game in your parents basement. Just don't embarrass yourself by going to the game.

  • NevadaCoug
    Dec. 7, 2009 5:59 p.m.

    RE: BYU!!! | 5:15 p.m. Dec. 7, 2009

    Yes, BYU does have a slight lead in all those statistical categories. But, I must admit, BYU also got to play teams like UNLV and New Mexico. They are a low worse than the bottom teams of the Pac-10. Still, these are two teams that are very close to each other statistically. On paper, it looks like a good game.

    RE: Ute fan | 5:25 p.m. Dec. 7, 2009

    The "team down south" garbage is exactly why I dislike Urban Meyer. It's that kind of bologna that has made the rivalry such a class-less event in the last few years. Show a little bit of respect for your rival, please. Then maybe people won't accuse you of lacking class.

  • RE: cougarette
    Dec. 7, 2009 5:59 p.m.

    I like the way you think!

  • Oh my goodness......
    Dec. 7, 2009 5:51 p.m.

    key here is that this is BYU's 5th consecutive bowl. Obviously the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl likes the cougs too. As to who will win or kick the other's butt. How about we wait and let the boys strap 'em up and play some football. That's what it's all about. Let 'em play. Go blue!

  • Searce
    Dec. 7, 2009 5:48 p.m.

    To: OSU / 4:37

    Which Cougar tale would you like them to take? Maybe the tale about Hall to TE Andrew George and "he is still running".

  • LV Bowl
    Dec. 7, 2009 5:38 p.m.

    Here's a name you BYU fans will know after the Oregon State game. Jacquizz Rodgers. Good luck trying to stop him. (key word: Try)

  • Ute fan
    Dec. 7, 2009 5:25 p.m.

    Normally I would cheer for BYU against Oregon State but seeing that I have no class being a Utah fan, I hope BYU gets mopped up just like against Florida State! Ya, that's what I want for christmas a good old butt kicking for the team DOWN SOUTH.

  • gunner
    Dec. 7, 2009 5:17 p.m.

    re make me laugh. good one.

  • Cougars fired up! Will win!
    Dec. 7, 2009 5:15 p.m.

    B.Y.U. is fired up this year and on the upswing after the Utah win.This team handled the T.C.U. loss a lot better than last year's team.I believe that the Cougars will win in a close game.

  • BYU!!!
    Dec. 7, 2009 5:15 p.m.

    We lead Oregon St. in a lot of important categories:

    Passing Offense:
    BYU- 288.92 ypg
    Oregon St.- 275.75 ypg

    Rushing Offense:
    BYU- 148.17 ypg
    Oregon St.- 144.17 ypg

    Total Offense:
    BYU- 437.08 ypg
    Oregon St.- 419.02 ypg

    Scoring Offense:
    BYU- 37.45 ppg
    Oregon St.- 32.42 ypg

    Rushing Defense:
    BYU- 112 ypg
    Oregon St.- 114.25 ypg

    Passing Defense:
    BYU- 219.08 ypg
    Oregon St.- 238.67 ypg

    Passing Efficiency Defense:
    BYU- 122.12 rating
    Oregon St.- 128.75 rating

    Total Defense:
    BYU- 331.08 ypg
    Oregon St.- 352.92 ypg

    BYU- 13
    Oregon St.- 8

    Fumble Recoveries-
    BYU- 8
    Oregon St.- 6

    You'll notice marginal differences in several. The point is, WE LEAD! I love our chances in this game, and if you want to talk intangibles, Oregon St. is by and large depressed that they didn't get to go to the Rose Bowl. Different case last year with Arizona, they wanted to be there a lot more than we did and it was their first bowl game in like 10 years or something.

    Go Cougars!!! Beat the Pac-10 snobs down!!!

  • Max wins Bronco bowl
    Dec. 7, 2009 5:13 p.m.

    Since this is the hoped-for matchup between Bronco and his alma mater, he's excited to play. Since it is Max Hall's last game as a Cougar, he will leave it on the field. Look for BYU to win and move into the top 10 in the final poll. What a slam to the Utes who go to the rinky dink bowl!

  • re Stay Classy, Max
    Dec. 7, 2009 5:09 p.m.

    LET IT GO!! My goodness! Let it go!

  • Again?
    Dec. 7, 2009 5:09 p.m.

    Did bronco really use the term 'higher level' again?

  • To: Aggie
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:48 p.m.

    And that's exactly why BYU will lose, they will be drugged by Oregon State with their high powered offense. BYU lives by the pass, and dies by the pass.

  • Stay Classy, Max
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:46 p.m.

    I just hope Max can keep things classy, win or lose. He brought a lot of attention with his infamous comments after the win in the rivalry game, i believe he will put on a better act this time.

  • Top 10
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:44 p.m.

    If the cougars win, and I beleive they will, they should finish top 10. That is impressive by any standard. If Utah loses they wont be ranked. I hope Utah wins though. If BYU loses they will probablky be around 20. TCU will probably win and of course stay in the top 10. How many conferences will have had as sucessful of a year? Go MWC!!!

    Dec. 7, 2009 4:39 p.m.

    HEY AGGIE: How about "Cougars sure to prove stiff challenge for Beavers."

  • OSU
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:37 p.m.

    will take the cougars tale and show 'em what orange classless looks like....
    I've always cheered for BYU when they didn't play Utah but those days are over--- I hope Hall gets his butt kicked....

  • Digbads
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:36 p.m.

    Go get 'em, Cougs.

  • ArmChairQBontheHill
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:36 p.m.

    D news last year quoted Bronco, Jan Jorgensen and a slew of others indicating they were excited to play another PAC 10 team . . same kind of quotes this year again . . let's hope for a COMPLETELY different outcome. I watched the Civil War Thurs. night and it was scary seeing Oregon State's team speed on the edges with Ja'Quiz Rogers (sp?), the mobile QB with a decent arm, their wideouts etc. & special team speed. We will need to have exceptional offensive strategy and efficiency and a solid defensive performance for 60 min to win. Good luck Cougs. Represent!

  • @unbelievable from AZ
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:35 p.m.

    And where did you play your college football son?
    And, his media statements are called "freedom of the press".
    I prefer his comments over some of the profanity laced rants of other coaches.
    When did you last have something to say that anyone wanted to print? Sorry chico, blogs don't count.

  • RE: Aggie
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:32 p.m.

    I would like to thank "Aggie" for making the one comment that actually made me laugh. Plenty try, but you succeeded. These comment boards really should be used for cracking jokes (no pun intended), since they're usually a joke anyway.

  • Go Cougs!
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:28 p.m.

    BYU's defense has been suspect this year, but mostly against the pass. OSU is a run first team. BYU defends the run pretty well. That'll be a good match up. They'll pass on BYU, but with an offensive pass game more like Utah than TCU. Should be a good game.

  • Aggie
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:20 p.m.

    "BYU's Eager for Crack at Oregon State"

    I think the author could have chosen a better title than this. It makes all BYU players seem like drug addicts.

  • Oregon resident
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:18 p.m.

    I live in the pac 10 area and fallow Oregon teams regularly. The MWC looks every bit as strong as the Pac 10 this year. I look forward to seeing what happens in Vegas!

  • soakblue
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:17 p.m.

    #2 Mountain West vs. #2 PAC-10 -- the way MWC bowl games SHOULD be!

  • Unbelievable ...
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:16 p.m.

    Bronco says they're excited to play a ranked team, WOW. Maybe he and they should have felt more excited a year ago, they should be excited to be playing anywhere in December. Thanks for the once again priesthood meeting'esq media statements Bronco.

    Cougs lose .... AGAIN.

  • John
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:15 p.m.

    Why don't they just change the name from the Las Vegas bowl to the byu invatational?

  • Prepare
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:12 p.m.

    this time, please BYU. Don't fall flat in the post season. Oregon State is a very good team that has some amazing players that have proven themselves over a long PAC10 season. The Beavs have played well in big games and will be ready to prove themselves. Riley is a good coach and OreState tends to peak later in the season, not early and then fizzle toward the end.

    Living in PAC10 country, I'm pretty sure that BeaverNation won't pour beer on BYU fan. Will be nice to play against a team that has some class.

  • Go cougs
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:10 p.m.

    This is a game of the coach's old alma-mater, if that's not worth playing for its the highest ranking of these two, in this game!!!

  • Jeff Peterson
    Dec. 7, 2009 3:58 p.m.

    It's great to see two very good ranked opponents in the Las Vegas bowl! And a #2 from a very good pac-10 conference! Go Cougars and Go Max Hall! Leave us with an incredible game that will forever match your legacy!

  • So Cal Y Fan
    Dec. 7, 2009 3:50 p.m.

    I much rather would have preferred to see the Y down here in Sunny San Diego for the Poinsettia Bowl, especially after 5 straight LV Bowl appearances; however, the LV Bowl knows a good thing, ticket & fan base-wise, when they see it. The Y's D will definitely need to be on their "A Game" for this one. Go Cougs!

  • 11-2/10-3
    Dec. 7, 2009 3:49 p.m.

    11-2 would be a great end to a good season over a good Oregon St team. Go Cougars we will see you in Vegas! Make it 3/2 in Vegas

  • Dude
    Dec. 7, 2009 3:49 p.m.

    With the coaching staff that BYU has, and their predictable play calling, BYU will NOT win against Oregon State!!