BYU football: Cougars didn't possess enough firepower to keep pace with Oregon State

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  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Oct. 14, 2012 11:17 p.m.


    I just don't buy that riley nelson is best BYU has right now.

    BYU has recruited some the best passing QBs in the west,

    and best one is the one that was only mediocre at best at utah state?

    The problem is Doman has changed the offense to a running game that demands a running QB and other players to match,

    The problems is a bad offensive line coach,

    All of which wastes the talents of the players BYU can recruit and that is big offensive linemen, outstanding TEs, good running backs with good pass catching hands, and sound recievers, and especially very good passing QBs,

    and doman wants to run the option with short passes?

    It's not BYU football,

    It's not that BYU doesn't have fire power potential,

    we just have a bad offensive scheme, that wastes the talent and potential of the people BYU can recruit.

    BTW, nelson wasn't a BYU recruit, Lark was.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 14, 2012 8:45 p.m.

    The line really was not giving Riley enough time to throw. Let's face it though, Riley is not JimmyMac. I think though that until they hire some DesNews comment board writer to coach BYU (since we all would do just a much better job of course), then Bronco will choose who he thinks is best. Afterall, Bronco does see the guy play everyday. I think that far too often we overlook the fact that Riley was running for a lot of huge conversions yesterday; these were plays that the other QBs that are healthy could not have made. Is Riley the best QB in the nation? No, but he is the best we have right now. Why do all these people think Lark is the sure solution? Changing the offense aside, how many of us have actually seen Lark come in and play against a major team and pass the ball for 400 yards? I mean, are all these Riley Hating/Lark Loving people at every practice or something?

  • CCPedersen Fairfield, CA
    Oct. 14, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    In the article, it was mentioned that Nelson has a problem with accuracy on the deep throws. That is somewhat inaccurate: He has a problem with accuracy on ALL throws. How many times have we seen a poorly thrown swing pass/pass in the flat? Nelson simply isn't a QB. He is tough and has athletic ability, but he simply can't throw well enough OR make good enough decisions to be a starting QB on a team with the aspirations BYU has. The receivers were open enough. The OL isn't scaring anyone, but Nelson's poor throws were often simply bad throws and not the result of a fierce pass rush. If the reason Lark, who by all accounts does have a live arm, hasn't got a shot is Doman's lame "We'd have to change the offense too much", then the offense is pretty darned poorly designed in the first place.

  • bhansenjr Drums, PA
    Oct. 14, 2012 1:15 p.m.

    How can we expect better results when BYU has less practice time than any other FBS team. You get what you put in. BYU does not practice as much as the top programs. Until that changes we will beat lesser teams and get beat by the top teams because of self imposed limits. An extra hour a day still doesn't push the NCAA limit, but I think it would show on the field.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Oct. 14, 2012 12:15 p.m.

    Vaz was impressive. BYU offense played a little better than I thought they would, but the DBs got exposed by a very sharp passing attack from the Northwest. The Beavs should finish strong with Vaz at QB. I wouldn't be surprised if the finish #2 in the PAC12 North.

    Harmon is right, if the ball had bounced a little different, we might have had a shot. But OSU got all the bounces. But the game was a good one. In my opinion, even though the scoreboard doesn't reflect it, BYUs loss to OSU was a lot closer game than Utah's 7 point loss to the Bruins.

    I don't see how the Cougs can beat the Irish and I don't see how we could lose to Idaho and NMSU. Georgia Tech and San Jose should be good games, but the Cougs should win both. GT doesn't have much other than the running game and that's the strenght of our D.

  • BYUfaninWashSt Everett, WA
    Oct. 13, 2012 11:44 p.m.

    It was kinda fun to watch a real passing attack finally return to Lavell Edwards Stadium. Too bad it was the other team supplying the fireworks. You have to hand it to a team and coaches who can plan, practice, and execute that type of passing offense. That's the main reason OSU is in the top 10. They know how to chew up major yardage through the air on a consistent basis. Someone send the missionaries to Mike Riley!