BYU football report card: Cougars dig deep to earn comeback win

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    Sept. 25, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    I'm not going to complain about any win so long as Jake Heaps is starting. I appreciate the fact that he continues to show confidence despite not getting it done on the field however I think I speak for quite many of the Cougar fans when I say it's time to give someone else a chance.

  • CoachWinWA POULSBO, WA
    Sept. 24, 2011 3:00 p.m.

    @MPS: UCF is one of, if not the best team in Conference USA, and will probably be invited to join the Big East's sinking ship soon. A win against UCF is a good win. The win is similar to a win against Houston, Nevada, Fresno State, Hawaii, Air Force, in my opinion. The difference being that UCF probably has better athletes and overall team speed than those mentioned schools.

    UCF is a school on the rise that will continue to have winning seasons. They have the second largest school enrollment, and as they continue to win, they will attract exceptional talent.

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    Sept. 24, 2011 2:47 p.m.


    UCF was the C-USA champion in 2010, beating Georgia 10-6 in the Liberty, to finish 11-3, ranked #21/#20 in the final polls.

  • MPS Kirtland, NM
    Sept. 24, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    Just for my own edification: What kind of team is UCF? Are they a powerhouse in football, a small school that is easy to beat? I just have not heard of thie school much and would be interested to know. Thanks.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 24, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    Cinci Man

    I agree mostly with your assessment except the following:

    Special teams: they WON this game. they definitely deserve an A. Van Noy makes big plays in critical situations. He deserves an A-.

    Seriously, they really need to give Lark a shot with real game experience. If nothing else it might light a fire under Heaps.
    Heaps will look good during the patsy part of our schedule, but we desperately need a QB who can step up in the BIG games. Heaps is not that guy.

    I am actually OK with Doman. I am willing to cut him some slack because I do think he'll get better with time. I do wonder if he has the guts to make the tough decision regarding personel issues (like benching Heaps).

    I used to be fairly critical of Max Hall. Right now he is looking like a superstar comparatively.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Sept. 24, 2011 9:35 a.m.

    Offense: D; Heaps F, Di Luigi B, Mendenhall, B, Kariya, B, Line D, Receivers, C
    Defense: C; Tackling D, Penalties C, Pressure C, Passes C, Line C, Linebackers B, Van Noy B
    Special Teams: B (inconsistent still); Sorenson A, Hoffman A, Riley Stephenson A
    Coaching: C; All were very average - no spectacular coaching decisions during the game - not motivating
    Overall: C - Cougars were at home and they were mostly very bad, but came up with big plays when they were needed. Incredible drive stops in the second half when I thought UCF would surely score.

    Heaps cannot throw consistently well. He cannot put air under passes when required and passes are behind receivers more consistently than not. When BYU coaches are sent footage of interested QB's they answer that they are knee deep in QB and are not in the market. Where are these QB's? Are the coaches seeing the same games we are?

  • WyoCougar Kemmerer, WY
    Sept. 24, 2011 8:50 a.m.

    BK was ran so tough. He was a tone setter. Passing game had not continuity. Offensive line played somewhat better. Safeties seemed to make some critical mistakes again. Front seven on D were really tough other than a handful of missed tackles. Big props to Riley S. and Justin S. they were difference makers. Would like to see Heaps do more of his talking with his play and less with words. Tough and entertaining victory against what hopefully turns out to be a pretty good team. Good job Cougars.

    Sept. 24, 2011 7:39 a.m.

    i think Doman has done ok so far, a lot of the offensive struggles have been player mistakes. but there are 2 things i would like to see out of him

    1- stick with what is working, if the defense cant stop the pass, keep passing, if they cant stop the run, keep running, if heaps can't complete a sideline route but does decent on routes down the middle of the field, throw it down the middle more. Its frustrating to see us throw 2 or 3 straight passes down the middle of the field for 10 + yards then run 2 draw plays and an out route then punt it away
    2- play to win the game/be aggressive/go for the dagger (whatever you want to call it). Nothing puts a team away like scoring on them after they turn the ball over. Who cares that you are up and there are 5:00 left. Dont run the clock out, go for the jugular! Don't give them another chance. Thats exactly what the great teams do, and we should do the same

  • jakartafan Houston, TX
    Sept. 24, 2011 3:06 a.m.

    Heaps has the physical tools, but is struggling big time with confidence and execution. He killed drive after drive with poor throws. Bad QB play is killing us. Why not let Lark play while Jake gets his head together?

  • We wear Blue ogden, ut
    Sept. 24, 2011 12:46 a.m.

    I couldnt agree more. Everytime I look at cougar articles there are as many posts from ute fans as cougar fans. I do not read or post on ute boards for one simple reason...
    .I dont care about them! I dont care about thier team, coach, win, losses, ect. Even if utah fans posted when they play BYU why would they continue to do it week after week? I ll tell you why; they are obsessed with BYU. They are really so jealous of us wonderful cougar fans. Lol

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Sept. 24, 2011 12:45 a.m.

    Wow! What an entertaining game! I almost blacked out after the Hoffman kick return for a touchdown. Clearly not a pretty statistical game, and BYU has some huge obvious improvements to make to beat Utah State next week. But huge plays were made that were really fun to watch.

    In response to the first poster as far as BYU not winning the game . . . well, sadly you could make an argument that UCF gave the game away. The same way you could also argue that BYU gave the Texas game two weeks ago, or that Ole Miss gave the game to BYU in week 1. Football is a game of inches, and I was scared the entire time because UCF showed that they had the athletes to beat us on any one given play. But you have to give props to the heart that the BYU players showed this week and the improvements they made from last week. That is probably the best comeback from adversity I've seen from this team in a long time.

    Leave the tweaking of the X's and O's to the coaches. As far as tonight, I'm please with the win.

    Go Cougs!

  • Outsideview Federal Way, WA
    Sept. 24, 2011 12:15 a.m.

    Doman really has his hands full. BYU needs a full time QB coach because Heaps isnt performing or getting better. He cant perform under pressure. Raw talent is good but mental toughness and ability to put the ball where it needs to be is more important.

    BYU could lose more games but the only interesting games left are Oregon State and TCU. If Heaps performs well against IDaho State he should keep his mouth shut and focus on getting better against good competition.

  • barefeet KENT, WA
    Sept. 23, 2011 11:24 p.m.

    I didn't watch the game, but I stated yesterday that Jake Heaps is only a talker that can't perform his role as a quaterback. Todays game showed and proved my call and it will continue to be that way for a very long time. I believe the recruits for next year(s) are changing their decisions already.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Sept. 23, 2011 11:17 p.m.

    I disagree with the COACH grades:

    - Offense: D - Pitiful again. Except for those up-the-middle run plays that netted a TD. That sequence kept me from grading an E.

    - Defense: C - Not nearly enough pressure on their QBs, especially the 2nd string guy that looked all-world with all day to pass the ball.

    At least the players played well enough to win, especially on special teams.

  • chicagoborn WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 23, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    I think when your rival owns you by 44 points, they have free reign over the message boards. You should have seen the Utah articles before the Utah BYU game. Don't think that Cougar fans don't comment on Utah articles.

  • JonnyDanger HOUSTON, TX
    Sept. 23, 2011 11:08 p.m.

    Heaps missed two wide open touchdown passes. Those are the moments a qb lives for. The first one there was a delayed blitz and his man was just breaking open, but the second one was untouched, wide open, and blatantly missed. There were several other open passes that he just plain missed. I agree-open up the qb spot and let Lark challenge. Heaps may be the better raw talent, but he can't keep playing like this.
    It doesn't help matters any that the receivers keep dropping passes. He isn't making the best throws, but his last couple picks have bounced off receiver's hands. And does he know how to pump fake? Teams are riding those three-yard out passes (10 a game) so hard that a pump and go could be huge...if he could hit the receiver on the go...

  • srh83 Hillsboro, OR
    Sept. 23, 2011 11:03 p.m.

    Wow! Why are Ute fans so offended by the turnover comment Bronco made last week???? Big deal! Why are Ute fans so obsessed with BYU??? I don't read or care about articles about the Utah football team, but every single BYU article starts off with some Ute fans spewing their hatred about BYU. GET OVER IT!

  • idaho cougar fan Twin Falls, ID
    Sept. 23, 2011 10:29 p.m.

    Bronco needs to open up the QB competition this week and see who TRUELY wins it. Heaps is the future, but he needs to get pushed by someone or benched a game to light the fire. He is progressing much to slowly. Heaps has the physical tools, but needs a Kellen Moore brain. Once he "gets" it, he will be awesome.

  • Mr. Obvious Sandy, Utah
    Sept. 23, 2011 10:20 p.m.

    From Jeff Calls article; BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall doesn't consider tonight's game a "must-win" situation. "I see this game as a chance to move forward," he said.

    So I guess this UCF win isn't that big of a deal!

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Sept. 23, 2011 10:08 p.m.

    That is the way the ball bounces.

    Great game Cougars! Lots to work on but there is a lot of good as well.

  • Cougars --Best Little Brothers Lake Forest, CA
    Sept. 23, 2011 9:52 p.m.


    BYU did not win the game.
    UCF gave it away by turning the balls over including a key drive at BYU 5 with 2 mins left.
    Clearly, "the best team did not win the game"