Mendenhall identifies areas in which Cougars need work

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  • CoachWinWA POULSBO, WA
    Sept. 5, 2012 3:58 p.m.

    Here is how you address the penalties....

    You coach your players to play like they have been there before. Make a great tackle for loss, hop up and get back to the huddle. If the play was as great as it was, you won't have to ask for special acknowledgment from the crowd, and in doing so, you take away the subjective judgement of a ref and you allow the play to have the desired effect, instead of a fifteen yard difference.

  • truecoug1 Provo, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 12:59 p.m.

    @RedBlood "You don't think there is a problem that needs addressing?"

    Nope, I don't. Why don't you do me a favor, the game and U tell me if there's a 'problem that needs addressing'? You'll probably find, like I did, that the personal foul calls on BYU were in retaliation to WSU players trying to start something. Our boys were being aggressive and they weren't going to back down from those PAC 12 punks.

    Now, if they had gotten personal foul calls for throwing punches randomly, or head-hunting, then I think it's a problem.

    However, everything I saw was very mild (on the border of ticky-tack) and I didn't see anything to concern me.

    Go Cougars!

  • localblue Sandy, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 2:50 a.m.

    I know this is nit picking since we totally shut down their run game but I thought our pass rush was pretty weak as well. There were times where they had all kinds of time and we couldn't get to the QB. It seemed to get better as game went on but something to think about against a better team.

    I also don't understand why Apo is not getting more plays run for him. Every pass to Apo seems like it's either low or behind him so he has to go down to get it. Why not put it up there and let him use his athleticism. Somehow he just has not been able to get in the flow of the games and it's too bad given his physical talent.

  • Blue Rampage Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 1:19 a.m.

    You can tame a wild horse, but you can't make a tame horse wild again.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Sept. 4, 2012 7:07 p.m.

    Utah USED to complain about PAC whatever officiating every time they played.

    Riley discussed the right attitude in a story today, and I think they played that way during the game. But afterward, when you look at film and try to teach and correct, if you can't see what the player did wrong, it's pretty hard to address.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    how about a starting QB?

  • OregonCougarFan Keizer, OR
    Sept. 4, 2012 3:56 p.m.


    I am not contending that BYU has some problems that need to be addressed, however, PAC 10/12 officials have a history/habit of making questionable calls against non-conference teams, and in many instances, game changing calls. Just ask Oklahoma (September 2006) -- terrible officiating!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 3:43 p.m.


    I don't think "there is a problem that needs addressing". Why don't we see how the calls go in this weeks game before calling one game "a problem that needs addressing".

    And by the way, pac 12 officials definately have a reputation for this sort of thing, it has occured over and over again and it has been commented on by fans and announcers alike. My question is this, why does the pac 12 insist that any game any of its teams are involved in must be officiated by pac 12 refs? Why is that? No one else does that, no one.

    Food for thought.

  • RedBlood Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 3:30 p.m.


    So, just for clarification, you agree with Bronco's approach? You don't think there is a problem that needs addressing?

  • SyracuseCoug Syracuse, ut
    Sept. 4, 2012 3:27 p.m.

    Re: Redblood, I respect your opinion and you make valid points, but if you watched the game I think you would feel otherwise. Even the ESPN announcers were like "Uhhhh.....I guess there was a PF there?" when the replay was shown. I'm not one to blame officials for poor play, but three out of the four PF/unsportsmanlike calls were very questionable, "illegal headbutt" when two guys were battling and blocking each other? Kind of strange. Like I said, it all washed in the end becasue they called the holding on the touchdown pass before the end of the half.

    It was a great win by the Cougs, but we will really know how good they are when they play in RES next week. Lots of work to be done until then.

  • truecoug1 Provo, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 2:48 p.m.


    I have no problem with the officiating, except that they weren't consistent. If Spencer Hadley is going to get an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for pumping his fist and getting the crowd juiced after a big TFL, then call the same thing on the WSU NT after he blew up Mike Alisa in the backfield in the second half and was pumping his fist and taunting the crowd.

    If Joe Sampson is going to get a personal foul call for shoving off the hand of a WSU player who was grabbing him after the play was over, then call the same thing on the WSU receiver who grabbed our guy's facemask and was shoving him out of bounds after the play was over (during the PI call on Daniel Sorensen).

    The delay of game call on Friel was one of the worst calls I've ever seen. The PI no call on JD Falslev in the end zone was a horrible missed call.

    But it all evens out in the end. The Blue Cougs won and sent the PAC 12 Cougs and their refs home.

    On to Weber St.

    Go Cougars!

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 2:18 p.m.

    Just remember that PAC 12 officials are used at every game a PAC 12 team plays, according to the contracts they sign. They insist they have their "own officials" and it's easy to see why. Apparently it isn't against their ethics to openly shake hands with the PAC 12 coaxhes during the game, either. I wonder if a school refused to use them who'd blink first.....

    The PAC 12 officials enjoy a reputation that they not only have earned during the past seasons, but one in which they continue to persue. Anyone who watched the USC-Hawaii game witnessed PAC 12 officiateing at it's finest---so it isn't just a thing about BYU---they treat everyone that way. Maybe that's why they think they're the Conference of Champions....they own the officials.

  • RedBlood Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 2:08 p.m.

    I am amazed at how each and every comment to this story rationalizes the penalties and essentially just blames the officiating on the fact that they were PAC-12 officials. It is exactly this type of attitude that will, mark my word, end up costing BYU a game or two this year. Sure I am a bit biased (see my screen name), however I do believe BYU players have developed a bit of a reputation for personal fouls and late hits. Really? You think it's just a cooincedence that there were 10 penalties for 110+ yards? You really think that's just bad officiating? Sheesh...people come on. Where there is smoke there is fire and Bronco's laissez faire attitude about it shows a real lack of discipline and control of his team. Reminds me of Pat Hill and Fresno State's past teams and, as I mentioned, will end up costing BYU a couple of games.

    Don't rationalize these things folks. Bronco better grow a backbone and have a chat with his boys about their personal fouls. I'm all about seeing the glass half full but let's not ignore the obvious here.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 2:00 p.m.

    Yeah I would agree the biggest area of concern is run blocking by the O-line. The backs ran hard and still were relatively productive but the run game will be vastly better if the line blocks better.

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 1:31 p.m.

    Hmm. No mention of the O-line? The O-line needs the most work of any position group on the team. They got dominated in the 2nd half of the Wazzou game, and WSU doesnt even have a great defense. Tushaus, in particular, got owned by their NT. If that is how they look against Wazzou, imagine how they will look against Utah with All-American Star Lotuleilei and company! They better make some adjustments and step up their game in the next week and a half.

  • OregonCougarFan Keizer, OR
    Sept. 4, 2012 11:44 a.m.

    PAC 12 officiating at its best (as usual). Unfortunately it will be even worse in a close game.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Sept. 4, 2012 10:35 a.m.

    Cougs looked good in most phases of the game, but WSU is not a Top 50 team, this year. Hopefully, we can fine tune our game plan against Weber State and be ready for Utah and Boise State.

    Utah's defense is solid. Utah's offense still has some question marks. Hopefully we can get a lopsided win this year.

    Boise State looked better than I expected after losing so many players. A few different bounces of the ball and they could have / should have gotten the W against Michigan State.

    I see our four most difficult games being (listed in order of difficulty):
    Notre Dame
    Boise State
    Georgia Tech

    Neither Georgia Tech nor Virginia Tech looked very good on offense last night.

  • SyracuseCoug Syracuse, ut
    Sept. 4, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    I agree Bronco, I sat scratching my head on those personal foul penalties too. Sampson just knocks a guy's hand away from him in the pile and that's called a PF? That happens 500 times a game. I watched a bunch of games this weekend and I saw way more aggressive shots and celebrating that would rival the NFL, but no personal fouls/unsportsmanlike penalties called. But oh well, it was Pac 12 refs, so what do you expect. It was nice to get the make-up holding call on that touchdown catch though, so I guess it all washed out.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 8:11 a.m.

    I'm not a hyper partisan, but I thought some of the calls were dubious, and it seemed WSU was on the aggressive side. A late out of bounds hit was ignored while a nothing, after the whistle waving of arms by a BYU player was flagged. But then, I've never cared for PAC 10/12 officiating. BYU should bring in officials from other conferences.