BYU, Utah State football: Cougars stymie the Aggies in defensive struggle

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  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Oct. 8, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    Congrats, Cougars. i honestly did not think you had it in you. If you had started Riley, this owuld have been a different outcome.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Oct. 7, 2012 10:05 p.m.

    Bronco has managed to take 1 big step forward, and two big steps back... Defense at BYU is better than it has ever been and I have been following the Cougs for 50 years (since I was 10)...Yes, it's even better than the days of Jason Buck, Todd Shell and Tom Holmoe.

    The Offense has taken a giant step backwards and I attribute that to the coaching, not the talent... Just need a seasoned OC who knows how to tailor an Offensive Scheme to the talent... Less QB options, more misdirection, shovel passes, screen passes and pocket passing.

    The absolute worse part of our game is place kicking... We don't have one that we can even RELY on for extra points. Mendenhall needs to conduct tryouts on Monday for anyone in the 30,000 strong student population that thinks that they can kick... Take the best two, suit them up, and the first one that can kick a field goal in a game situation gets a scholarship for the year... If they prove to be real good, they get a full ride. Anything is better than what we have... Too much pressure on the Offense and Defense.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Oct. 7, 2012 9:52 p.m.

    It's nice to be able to marvel over the Defense for a change... Offense has always been our game, but with the promotion of Doman to OC those days are gone... Doman simply got the job too early in his career and it looks like it could end up ruining future opportunities for him... He has great talent in Hill, Nelson, Hoffman, Apo and future star RB Williams... He just doesn't know how to use them... He doesn't know how to develop a scheme to leverage his star's talents... He's running the same plays he ran back in the 90's when he was the QB... Sweeps and sweep options. the problem is, he's not the QB and Luke Staley is not in his backfield.

    The place kicking game is an embarrassment... Most HS programs have a better PK game... In fact, I have seen a half dozen girls in soccer this year that are better kickers than the 2 we use... Had we had just a dead average Division I kicker this year we would be undefeated right now.
    Perhaps Bronco should make PK a recruiting priority for next year.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 11:17 a.m.


    Aren't you the biggest whiner on these boards about BYU fans posting negative things about utah on utah articles? Pot meet kettle.

    But to your point.....BYU WON....utah lost. Good teams win more often than they lose, like BYU. Bad teams lose more often than they win, like utah. BYU is 4-2, utah is 2-3. BYU will have a winning record. utah will have a losing record.

  • u mad bro? WVC, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 8:54 a.m.


    ohhh sorry for defending my team on byu article. its funny, you guys continue to have that...."no matter what happens we still beat you guys attitude".....which is why you guys are sitting at the bottom of the pac 12. hahahahaha. so don't come on here talking smack when you guys were whooped by the last 2 teams you played. what are you guys gonna do if you dont win another game this season? let me guess ".....oh its ok, because we still beat you guys and its ok if we lose because we play w/ the big boys and even though we cant hang w/ them were still cool because were in the same conference as them" haahahaha.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 7, 2012 12:35 a.m.

    That's right. BYU scored 6 points at Boise State. New Mexico scored 29 points and missed beating Boise State by a FG. Washington State is awful, and Utah is no world beater. USU is better than they used to be, but have a long way to go. BYU hasn't played anybody. They did put up points on Hawaii and Weber State, but those two teams are dreadful.

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 12:03 a.m.

    umm... just because there is a lack of score, doesn't mean GREAT defense! Sometimes, like last night, the 2 offenses were so bad, the D looked good by default. I'm not saying that USU and BYU can't score or are horrible offenses, it's just that last night, they were. Sorry.

  • u mad bro? WVC, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 10:20 p.m.


    so you know how the scoreboard what?

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2012 8:33 p.m.

    u sleep bro?

    6 points vs USU
    6 points vs Boise (New Mexico 29 Boise 32)

  • idaho cougar fan Twin Falls, ID
    Oct. 6, 2012 8:14 p.m.

    I hope Bronco figures out the problem quickly, but out with Doman and in with Detemer. Just saw that possible Hill is out for the year. How many qbs have to get destroyed by bad play calling before Doman goes? I was being patient, but it is gone! Doman is a bad OC.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 7:56 p.m.


    I disagree. I don't think BYU has better athletes now than they did in the 1980's, not even close. Let's take the offense of 1984 vs. now, there isn't player on this year's team I would take over that team. As much as we think Hill is athletic, or Hoffman is athletic or how the big OL line is or whatever, I would still take Bosco, Kozlowkski, Mills, Bellini, Sikahema over these guys. The defense seems really, really good this year but in 1984 it was pretty good as well. BYU has not played a team yet with a good offense so chances are when the season is over the two teams statistically (1984 and 2012) will probably be similar, even the edge to 1984 perhaps. As far as the kicking game/special teams go, well the kickers of this team couldn't hold Lee Johnson's kicking tee. Falslev is an exciting return man as is Hoffman but Sikahema was far superior. Several of the 1984 team played in the NFL and some had very lengthy careers. I would be surprised if 4-5 players on this team played in the NFL.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2012 6:55 p.m.

    If somebody told BYU fans that they would lose to Boise State by one point on the road and beat Utah State, they might feel somewhat decent with that news (not knowing about the Ute game). But if you told them they would play two baseball games in those with scores of 6-7 and 6-3, they would be shocked at how good the defense is and how poor the offense has become.

    The exposure of ESPN benefits BYU in a major way, but even I as a Ute fan have been embarrassed by the offense and it's disconnect with BYU history.

  • 2BCSWINS West of I15, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 6:42 p.m.

    @loner star cougar "Yeah it doesn't but you could. BYU could have a top ten team easily."

    Thanks for the laugh haven't laughed that hard in a long time. If cougies are top 10 I guess utes are top 5 lol.

    @u mad bro "only you would be here criticizing our team for a win after arizona st & usc mopped the floor with you guys. hahaha"

    A team that was mopped on the floor by Az st and USC beat and continues to own the cougies hahaha! Before you bag on a team you should think seeing how that team has dominated recent and overall match up's hahaha

    Cougie fan's obviously think the cougie D is greatest D ever assembled. They are good not going to say their not. How good though? Nobody knows they have yet to play a good offense and frankly they don't have one outside maybe the irish on the schedule. Yes they have been solid against bad offenses not good enough to beat the utes though.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2012 6:41 p.m.

    Who's best in state now? USU beats Utah, Utah beats BYU, and BYU beats USU. Those three games end with 1-1 records for all. Each of the three games were ugly and could have gone either way. I don't see a clear cut team as the best. Frankly they all look mediocre.

    Utah can make big plays, they have good athletes, and can be hot in spurts. In totality though, they lack offensive versatility, have a patchwork Offensive Line, a talented defense still looking for linebackers to compliment it, and a defensive chemistry that still hasn't come together.

    BYU is fundamentally sound defensively. They have defensive playmakers in Anseh, Van Noy, and an unusually athletic Cougar secondary. They play physical defense with an attitude. Against better opponents though, BYU's 1938 offense will need to get 10 times better than baseball scores of 6-7 and 6-3. Is this really BYU?

    USU gets the most out of what they have. Coach Anderson has improved this team a ton. Still, USU has a long way to go. Their weak schedule has three quality opponents already played. They are 1-2 in those (Utah, BYU, & Wisconsin).

  • u mad bro? WVC, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 5:44 p.m.

    hahahahha @ uteology,

    only you would be here criticizing our team for a win after arizona st & usc mopped the floor with you guys. hahaha

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 4:14 p.m.

    A) If that game us Alabama and LSU, people nationwide would be praising the defenses. It's been almost 3 games since someone scored a TD against BYU's defense. That is hard to do no matter who you play.
    B) If BYU can protect the ball the next three weeks, they have a genuine, though unlikely, shot at winning
    C) Arizona has put up 48 on Stanford -- so far. That's where the man who should still be the OC at BYU is coaching the line. Neither BYU's offense nor its offensive line would be as bad if Anae was still the OC at BYU.

  • Don't Feed the Trolls Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 4:05 p.m.


    Utah is in the Pac 12 like Compton is in the same County as Bel Air. Same county, yes, but different worlds.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2012 3:00 p.m.


    Bitter about what? I never claimed USU will win. At the start of the season I said with 5 tough games (@Utah, @Boise, USU, @ND, @GT) most likely BYU will go 1-4 maybe 2-3. Now you have Oregon State to deal with and even with Hill your offense was abysmal. Can't blame this one on Riley.

    "Has losing your first two conference games helped the Utes any?"

    I think so. Its obvious that we can play sloppy (120+ yards in penalties) against a team like BYU at home and win but against a PAC-12 teams we better bring our game or get exposed. I don't expect you to understand that since last week your offense scored 47 points this week 6 points both equal a win. Scoring 6 points in PAC-12 play even against Colorado won't cut it.

  • 61Cougar Seattle, Wa
    Oct. 6, 2012 2:38 p.m.

    Doman promised fans last year the BYU offense of old. The problem is he only went as far back as his own playing experience, which was mediocre at best. This is what Mendenhall and Doman have given fans. I'm still baffled at how this staff treated Jake Heaps last year and left him feeling like he had no choice but to transfer. That move set the QB position at BYU back more than a whole QB cycle. I know a lot of BYU fans here say (and said) "Good riddance" to Jake for whatever reason, but for me, it was nothing short of shameful, and I have little-to-no respect for Doman and Mendenhall because of it. This coaching staff is now giving BYU fans very little to look forward to--other than the hope for another mediocre opponent in this year's Poinsettia Bowl (provided BYU finishes 6-6 at worst).

  • yankees27 Heber, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2012 2:25 p.m.

    When I heard the score was 6-3 I thought someone misunderstood me and told me the Cardinals Braves score. What has happened to the QB U? Where is all the prolific scoring that ESPN signed up for? 7-6 against BSU and now 6-3 vs. USU? McMahon, Bosco, Young, Detmer and even little Maxi must be freaking about now. They are wondering what has happened to the program that they helped put on the national stage. Remember the days of pass plays over 15 yards? The 4-500 yard passing games. What is this new strategy at the Y? I can call my doctor now and tell him I no longer need Ambien, I'll just watch the BSU and USU games and I'll be asleep in no time. Too funny...

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 2:21 p.m.


    Bitter aren't we? Yeah, USU was supposed to come down here and kick some Cougar hind ends weren't they? But instead BYU played hard defense and just enough offense to squeak by.

    BYU's win over USU was like another devastating loss to several of you Ute "fans" and that makes me smile.

    Our offense is having problems, special teams too, but this win will help a lot going forward.

    Has losing your first two conference games helped the Utes any?

  • Bleed Crimson Sandy, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2012 1:53 p.m.

    BYU so far is 1-1 in the snoozer games. That game last night was one of the most boring game I've ever seen. Both teams looked bad!

  • u mad bro? WVC, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 1:22 p.m.


    youre really going to poke fun at us, when we won and you guys........lost?. haha thats hilarious. you guys will be lucky to win a game the rest of the season.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 6, 2012 1:18 p.m.

    Hill has a ton of potential but he needs some mentoring. It is not in his (or the team's) best interest to be escaping the pocket so quickly, and running the ball 2 out of 3 plays. Whether it is from the OC or the QB coach he needs some intensive tutoring that I don't think he is getting right now.

    And I know it has been rehashed over and over on these boards but seriously Doman, your play calling stinks and you're ruining a great raw QB talent in Taysom Hill.

  • bradleyc Layton, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 12:40 p.m.

    BYU needs to return to the quick passing game. 5-8 yards a pass. Quick routes run well. A great 3 step drop, occasional 7 step but everything needs to be timing patterns with confidence that if a receiver runs his route he will be open. We don't do that anymore. We wait until we see the open receiver and then we throw the ball. This is not the game of the Scovills and Tolners. BYU has better athletes now than we did in the early 80s but the offense under performs. Time to pull out the old playbooks but more importantly the old philosophy of quick routes, timed passes with an attitude of "if you are going to beat us, you are going to need to outscore us."

    Great win Cougars... boring to watch.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Oct. 6, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    Y Grad / Y Dad

    Sorry I misread your post. I thought you were complaining about those of us who want the QB draw dropped as a main play. I see we are on the same page. Thanks for joining us and I apologize for misunderstanding you. You are spot on, sir!

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Oct. 6, 2012 12:26 p.m.

    Y Grad / Y Dad

    You don't get the point. The QB draw was the play called 19 times in the game. It wasn't that he had to scramble to get away from anyone chasing him. That was the called play and THAT'S what's wrong with it. We all love a mobile scrambling QB, and we are all impressed with Taysom Hill's abilities. We are so lucky to have him. But this team will not go anywhere if they cannot establish a sound running back or two, and 4-6 good receivers. Most of all, we need more than a few plays, especially the predictable 3 down QB draw. Anae's demise was due to him have only 4 plays in his playbook and BYU's offense because to lame and predictable. Doman has to get his offense on track.

  • tlaulu Taylorsville, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2012 12:26 p.m.

    Great game for both teams. I quit being an ACC (Arm Chair Coach) since there are many on these posts. I can't compete with all of them know-it-all kinda coaches. Go Cougs!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2012 12:23 p.m.

    Nice win but your offense is even worse than our #112 offense in the country.

    Keeton was supposed to be the best QB in the state? He played worse than a D2 QB last night.

    Hays vs BYU 152 QB Rating
    Keeton vs BYU 102 QB Rating

    Next three weeks decides your season, 1-2 most likely.

  • wrj SANDY, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 12:07 p.m.

    Mid-Season Grades on Bronco Mendenhall:
    Offensive Line:D
    Special Teams:D
    Kicking Game:F
    Controlling the players on the Bench: D
    Coaching Staff:D
    If you look at where BYU is right now you have to wonder what was Bronco doing all last year. If he is just micro focused on the defense he has to be reminded that he is a head coach. I think it is time to give Bronco what he wants and what he can handle. Demote him from Head Coach to Defensive Coordinator and BYU should bring in a Head Coach that can improve the whole team.

  • wrj SANDY, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 12:05 p.m.

    Mid-Season Grades on Bronco Mendenhall:
    Offensive Line:D
    Special Teams:D
    Kicking Game:F
    Controlling the players on the Bench: D
    Coaching Staff:D
    If you look at where BYU is right now you have to wonder what was Bronco doing all last year. If he is just micro focused on the defense he has to be reminded that he is a head coach. I think it is time to give Bronco what he wants and what he can handle. Demote him from Head Coach to Defensive Coordinator and BYU should bring in a Head Coach that can improve the whole team.

  • Zoniezoobie Mesa, AZ
    Oct. 6, 2012 11:33 a.m.

    Scheduling missionaries in and out of football programs just got easier. Now they won't start college until after their missions.

  • U Student Y Fan Woods Cross, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    Doman needs to go. If he isnt gone by the end of the year, it's Bronco that should pay the price. Bronco is incapable of making tough decisions. He fired Jaime Hill only when Hill became defiant/unloyal. Since Doman is apparently a nice guy and a friend, I can't see Bronco holding him accountable for his terrible play calling any time soon.

    Let's be honest: USU has improved but should not be able to hold any opponent to 6 points, let alone a team with the offensive weapons BYU has.

    Oh, and Mark Weber is a joke of an offensive line coach. That one goes without saying. While Doman could arguably be allowed to finish out the season (due only to lack of other options), Weber should be gone yesterday.

  • ImaCaMan Oceanside, CA
    Oct. 6, 2012 11:13 a.m.

    Re: Y Dad

    "What happened to the fade pass into the corner?"

    Answer: You don't have anyone who can throw it.

  • MacNasty Rexburg, ID
    Oct. 6, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    I think that a lot of fans need to appreciate a great defensive game when they see one. Last week BYU scored 47 points, USU scored 35 points. Nobody can reasonably argue that both had a very solid offensive outputs.

    But then fans say that it was because BYU and USU played against weak defenses. And I say, exactly correct. This week BYU and USU faced a couple of very good defenses and I for one appreciated it. In fact, it was a very exciting game for me. I loved the play of both defenses.

    Bottom line is that USU had a better offense than BYU last night and play calling was better, but BYU had a buzz saw of a defense. Though USU has a very good defense, BYU has a better defense. That was the difference in the ball game.

    BYU has a lot to work on and its obvious to everyone what those issues are on offense and in the kicking game. The coaches are obligated to put the best team with the best game plan on the field each and every week. Hopefully they will against OSU.

  • moderateinmagna MAGNA, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 10:39 a.m.

    The only offense Doman knows is the opotion,because he was an option QB,i think it is time to get rid of Doman as the OC and get someone who knows how to call plays that are not all running plays,Bronco needs to look at the game films and realize that Doman is not the answer,he fired ANAE for calling 1 or 2 stupid plays,well thats all Doman knows how to call,Bronco wake up and do the right thing hire a real OC.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    Good game BYU. However, I do see a shift happening similar to what happened with BYU and Utah in the early 90s when Ron MacBride took over. There are no more BYU blowouts of USU. USU is still a program on the rise. Frankly, aside from BYU's terrific defense, BYU seems like a program that has plateaued. Unless BYU is willing to make some changes (particularly in their offensive coordinator( BYU is as good as their going to get.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 9:51 a.m.

    The game was fun to watch, waiting for someone to blink. The Aggies did by punting on 4th down. Doman has some work to do as do the special teams staff. Coach interviews after the game confirm that Mendenhall and Anderson are the quality coaches of this state. Fans could learn something from them.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    I probably will not be able to watch what Oregon State, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech are going to do to with our weak offensive line. Our quarterbacks will be bashed and bruised beyond belief.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    Everything that the fans HATED about Robert Anae's play calling, Brandon Doman has embraced. He is predictable and very limited. His lack of imagination is astounding! This is the worst and the most boring offense that BYU has ever fielded!

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    The Aggie defense isn't THAT good; the BYU offense IS that bad. Not Hill's fault--he's just an inexperienced freshman doing his best.

    BYU's kicking game will sink them in upcoming games against better talent.

    I'd love to see BYU win the next three, but wouldn't be surprised to lose at least two of them. Depends on whether the defense can keep it up while the offense improves. Pretty iffy prospect.

    Last night's game was like getting a root canal. Definitely won't re-watch it.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 6, 2012 9:29 a.m.

    "Why would we run Hill up the middle with 1:00 remaining to get smacked by the Aggie D one more time?"

    My question exactly. This was one of the many times you could find me yelling at my television. The way Doman abuses his QB's, he's not going to have any left by the end of the season. Someone said 19 QB draws. Really? That just shows a total lack of imagination by the OC.

    Wayne--you're also right. We finally get a good drive at the end of the half getting the ball to the best playmaker on the offense--Hoffman--and then we essentially abandon that strategy in the 2nd half. Doman has got to allow the QB to pass more and use his running skills sparingly.

  • Undefeated Hyrum, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    Yes, BYU was a highly recognized program under LE but he knew he couldn't recruit 4 and 5 Star players so he developed an offense that was quick and effective through the air. That BYU no longer exists. Six points against an average team is embarrassing. I haven't seen BYU look so bad sense the beat USU 3 field goals to 2 field goals in the early 1970's. Sad to day that's where the cougars are now. Not the defense but the whole team. The game is played on both sides of the ball, and it's called American Football. that means somebody has to be able to kick the ball.

    One more thing Bronco drop the OC hat so you can be the head coach.

    I do admire Bronco for keeping the teams priorities straight, sport is not the most important thing and yes it should be rankedsomewhere after Family, God, and Education.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Oct. 6, 2012 8:52 a.m.

    Hill was allowed to throw the ball at the end of the first half and demonstrated what he could do. In the second half the pass was forbidden. Can you imagain how it would have looked for Riley had Hill ran up 4 or 5 touchdowns on USU? Doman may become a great offensive coordinator in a decade, but not soon enough to save this program.

  • sls Columbia, MO
    Oct. 6, 2012 8:46 a.m.

    I've been following BYU football since the early 1970s, and this is the best defense I've ever seen from the Cougars. This is also the worst kicking game. And the offense is in the bottom third all-time at BYU. Maybe things will improve if Riley gets healthy and the offensive line can stop playing like freshmen. However, I can't see much hope for the kicking game. I now understand why BYU went for the two-point conversion at Boise. Bronco mentioned that Taysom was a possibility. Perhaps, Hill should get a chance.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Oct. 6, 2012 8:39 a.m.

    Plenty to be excited about, plenty to be concerned about.


    BYU D is for real. The DBs weren't perfect on a couple of assignments, but Aggies couldn't capitalize. Otherwise, the D was perfect.

    Williams is going to be a stud. Hill has a bright future.


    O line are getting way too many penalties. Forget the mediocre blocking, they're killing us with false starts and holding penalties.

    Kicking game is a nightmare. It's one thing to not be able to count on FGs outside of 35 yards, but to know that every PAT is 50/50 at best. Come one, there has to be someone on the team who can kick PATs.

    OC is calling way too many QB draws. If this continues, Nelson won't make it through a whole game when he returns. And even Hill can't sustain this beating. Why would we run Hill up the middle with 1:00 remaining to get smacked by the Aggie D one more time? He was obviously hurting. And we have to figure out how to punch the ball into the end zone in the blue zone. Poor play calling.

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    Oct. 6, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    Where is our offense? Where is our kicking game? If we had any kind of both, this would have been a blow out. With 30,000 students, don't you think you can find at least one who can kick it through the up-rights? Seriously, we need to hold some try-outs for kickers. BYU is a Nationally recognized football program and we don't anybody that can kick it through the up-rights? C'mon! Coaches - find someone.

    Our offense revs up sometimes but just sputters again. Are we making bad play calling or are we making bad decisions before the season? Let's get the job done.

    With our defense, we should be nationally ranked. I have never seen BYU have a better defense. What a waste to have it with this Offense and Kicking game.

    Coach Bronco said: "I'd rather win easy, but that doesn't happen very much." Yeah it doesn't but you could. BYU could have a top ten team easily. These 2 failures on Offense and Kicking fall on the coaches.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Oct. 6, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    I am not one to rag on Doman, honest, but when the defense gives you the ball on the 9 yard line, why didn't we go for the throat on first down? What happened to the fade pass into the corner? Or that neat little pass to the tight end that has worked so many times in the past?

    I think it is a mistake to blame our offensive woes on any one thing, and I certainly think you have to give credit to an at least decent if not good USU defense, but Taysom isn't (yet) the superstar he can be, the line is a work in progress (at VERY early stages, not mid-season form), and I don't think we have yet featured the sequence of plays that will best feature the things we do have going for us.

    PLEASE! No more than maybe one qb draw per game! The qb will have to run for his life often enough. And if he chooses to take off when they only rush three, I suppose that's okay. Until the line finds it's mojo, can we try to protect our qb a little better?

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Oct. 6, 2012 7:22 a.m.

    How was that drive home tiny bro? Stuck in Provo longer than you wanted? We were happy to have you take your hate home with you.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Oct. 6, 2012 7:02 a.m.

    This game didn't feature two sputtering offenses, USU came in hot and heralded. BYU deserves huge credit for shutting down the Aggie O.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Oct. 6, 2012 6:49 a.m.

    19 QB draws. What a train wreck this offense is. When Hill goes up against the big boys, one can only hope he survives. I'm glad the offense got so many reps, but Hill missed 19 chances to work on plays that the Cougars need to develop in a real game situation. I wonder if this game plan can work against Notre Dame.

    Congratulations on a great defense Bronco. That was amazing! But said it right when you said you were lucky to have won.

  • coloradoblue Grand Junction, CO
    Oct. 6, 2012 6:47 a.m.

    Watching our defense is like watching the "Avengers!" Great movie. I bought the DVD and continue to enjoy watching it over and over. Our defense plays like a group of superhuman superstars and I can watch them play over and over as they continue to find ways to overcome opposition. Super studs!
    Forget about the quarterback controversy. Our offensive line is offensive! Until they get a real coach that can teach them their assignments, they will continue to falter and create a mountain to hurdle for the running backs and the quarterback.
    Do they ride the short bus to school? Do they have a coach? Do they even know that they are competing on a collegiate level? They are the ELEPHANT MAN of the team. The kicking game is so grotesque that one can't believe that something like that even exists. I am so horrified that I can't bear to watch, but curiosity overcomes my fear and I can't help myself but to watch and be bewildered at how many ways they can manage to fail. Take some pride and play up to the level of the defense.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 5:28 a.m.

    Livid aggie fan. You don't punt the ball away with only two minutes left. No excuse for not going for it on 4th down with the game on the line. Fire the kicker now. No excuse for missing a 37 yard field goal that would have sent the game into OT. If not for the kicking game USU would be undefeated and most likely nationally ranked. Come on Ags, enough 4th quarter meltdowns.

  • u mad bro? WVC, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 4:34 a.m.

    Good job Cougs!!! Judging from all the comments before the game I think they should rename this game....."BYU vs Utah St/Utah." or "BYU vs the rest of Utah." hahaha. Haters gonna hate.

  • MurrayMike Murray, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 1:47 a.m.

    Interesting, it seem I beat a certain "Chris B" to the 1st post here, must still be crying over the ute loss. As for our game, the lack of offense it seems continues to be the offensive line. We're now putting in a patchwork line with the loss of Famika Anae out, forever, it appears. Williams looked human running the ball as did Hill. I will say Hill looked a lot more comfortable passing the ball, and we'll need it against Oregon St. I still think we have a legit shot at that game if our defense comes up big again. The O-line must get better, stop the senseless false starts, Braden Brown 2X and block like we know they can. They need to get MEAN! You want to see a mean O-lineman, watch the youtube of that new recruit we got out of Oregon, Brayden Kearsley, the kid it just a plain tough, nasty player. Anyways love the win since my son-in-law is big aggie fan. To me we have a ton of work to do on offense. BYU 24 Oregon St. 21

  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2012 1:28 a.m.

    Looks like that best team in the state thing didn't workout for you aggies.

  • SoUtHapa Saint George, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 1:28 a.m.

    You're exhausting.

    Oct. 6, 2012 1:15 a.m.

    Wow, what a defensive show! The offense on both teams struggled, but then we know BYU's offense isn't very good compared with the defense. It will be interesting to see how well BYU's defense will do against Oregon State and Notre Dame.

    A game this close could easily have gone either way. While I am glad BYU won, I have to say I was impressed with Utah State. They brought a tough game to BYU's house!

  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    Oct. 6, 2012 1:10 a.m.

    I can honestly say that I have never seen an instate game so over hyped by the SLC writers. In a small way we're talking SuperBowl two weeks. Utah State was the giant killer, their back, best in state, yada yada yada And this was based on????
    Maybe the OT, win vs a QB-changing, clock and TO challenged Utah , but after the Utes had their head handed to them by a freshman led, 1st year coached ASU, nope can't be the reason. Has to be Wisconsin, the Russell Wilson less Badgers who aren't the Rose Bowl vs TCU team off 2009. In toto Utah State's opponents were 4-12, with just Ine decent win, Utah's win over BYU by three. It wasn't the the Uggies fault or their fans to get caught up in the hot air voyage of the Utags, but those sneaky, story telling, we gunna put one over on the fans, writers. The Uggies were 7-6 last year with 5 -5pt or less wins over teams that were awful WAC units. The Emperor wears no clothes, USU better but best, nope.

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 12:57 a.m.

    An ugly win is better than an ugly loss.

    The Cougar defense is for real.

    Van Noy and Ansah are totally dominating their opponents often while being double teamed. They are fun to watch. Kaufusi is going to be the same way in a year after he gets his post mission strength back to where it needs to be.

    6-3 wasn't the most exciting game but I'll take a win any day.

    Next week should be a fun one.

    ABC coming up then NBC the next week against two decent opponents.

    Oh and Jabari listed BYU as one of his top 5!

    Go Cougars!