Live blog — Offensive miscues prove costly as BYU falls to Virginia

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  • RUSPOOKY Providence Forge, VA
    Sept. 1, 2013 3:26 p.m.

    Fire Bronco! Horrible coaching! Who would throw a pass in a situation like that, especially when UVA had not been moving the ball the entire game? To add to examples of poor coaching, during BYU's previous possession with less than six minutes remaining and a one point lead, BYU made no effort to run down the clock. The ball was snapped on each down with more than 20 seconds remaining on the play clock. Was ANYONE coaching?

    Go Utes!

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Sept. 1, 2013 4:50 a.m.

    BYU Joe, Sammy etc.,

    You guys were good sports today. It was just 1 game. 11 or 12 to go. Cheers.

    Aug. 31, 2013 10:00 p.m.


    I wish I was doing anything including washing your socks.

    BYU Joe

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 9:42 p.m.


    I watched the entire game on cable. Tried satellite, went back to cable.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 9:40 p.m.

    K BYU better replay games from the glory years, maybe have Jim McMann do the play analysis...did Bronco rehire Anae, or was it Holmoe...results no diff than with Doman...I'll say it again, it's the O-Line that's killing us. Have D line play both ways.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 9:21 p.m.

    ESPN did us wrong in Utah, did not do as they announced, We turned off tv for radio broadcast.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 9:09 p.m.

    I have one word to say regarding this game.


    Now, the Cougars have their two toughest home games of the season coming up.

    Sure, I could explains things like, "Two hour delay" "The rain was bad" "It's the first game" "No Cody Hoffman" but in reality, 2013 so far looks just like 2012.

    Defense was good, offense made one too many mistakes.

    I thought the Cougars would win eight games this season. As things stand now, seven wins would be a stretch.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 9:04 p.m.

    @Steven S Jarvis

    "...Longhorns have problems of their own on offense right now (see NM State game)...".

    Texas 42 NMST 7 (9:11 remaining 4th qtr.)

    Did you have some info or was that just a feeling?


  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 8:57 p.m.

    The Y is a once again a mediocre team. With the exception of a couple of defensive players, the Y is full of average to sub-average athletes and I don't fault Bronco. Bronco is playing the hand he has been dealt and the "new" BYU is a far cry from the high flying days of Lavell Edwards where there were lots of non-lds kids playing who actually had All-American talent. BYU is just fine as an independent because they would be on the bottom of the heap with Colorado in the Pac12 and Kansas in the Big 12. Nice kids - just sub par athletes.

  • Proud Ute ,
    Aug. 31, 2013 8:44 p.m.

    Too bad Anae didn't have a trick play up his sleeve huh Sammy?

  • Koloss Hampton, VA
    Aug. 31, 2013 8:43 p.m.

    Utah wins on good coaching (surprise onside kick) and BYU loses on bad coaching (throwing on 3rd down with the lead and a few minutes remaining). There goes the BCS bowl everyone was talking about yesterday.

  • Sparkley Briefs New York, NY
    Aug. 31, 2013 8:20 p.m.

    I'm a bit disappointed in the result today. I really expected the Cougars to win handily today. I do have a good feeling about next week though. Could just be gas....?

  • blue & white Boise, ID
    Aug. 31, 2013 8:01 p.m.

    high risk play at the end of the game to throw a pass. poor playing calling. it was painful to watch.

  • Carson Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 7:58 p.m.

    BYU will be 1-4 when GA. Tech rolls into provo.

  • R.A.W St George, Utah
    Aug. 31, 2013 7:54 p.m.

    That game was the worst thing I have ever seen. Ever.

    Sometimes I HATE being a BYU fan.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 7:30 p.m.

    Ute Fans...Did we rush the field at Virginia? lol.

    I'm guessing the cougars are glad we weren't there to make them fail 3 times in a row again. lol.

  • taxed2death Sandy, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 7:28 p.m.

    Wow! What a debacle! Very unimpressive offensive displays from both teams. Maybe BYU should have declared "victory" and left during the rain delay, because it must be Sunday by now in some parts of the world. At least all is not lost, BYU still has Middle Tennessee State and Idaho on their schedule, they might be able to beat both of them if they can get some breaks. I wonder how Jake Heaps fared today? Would someone please help Brandon Doman? I'll bet he's been ROFLOLing for hours now; I hope he can survive the game without oxygen.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 7:27 p.m.


    Longhorns have problems of their own on offense right now (see NM State game). BYU will be much better playing at home in the altitude. I also fully EXPECT Oregon State will fall to the Utes with their poor showing tonight.

    BYU lost a tough one tonight. Wished we had Hoffman as he would have caught some of those wet footballs. Weak play on the O-Line kept the Cougars from having success with the run game.

    I was happy Sorenson hit a FG tonight. The Defense was stellar. BYU has a long way to go to be competitive on offense.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 7:24 p.m.


    Props for manning up.

    According to Jody G., The Utes won twice this week. lol.

  • Scott Farcus Beaver, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 7:23 p.m.

    Honor, Spirit, Tradition

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Aug. 31, 2013 7:23 p.m.

    Tough way to open the season but a lot of games left to be played

  • Chewbacca Magna, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 7:23 p.m.

    No Sammy. There is no need for arrogance. I am sure the Cougars will go faster and harder next week. Keep your chin up friend.

  • clehman Sandy, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 7:22 p.m.

    No White-Horse prophecy in Nov 2012, and now this. The National Championship will have to wait a year. That fastest 3-and-out offense in the country was pretty impressive.

  • clehman Sandy, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 7:20 p.m.

    Looks like 2014 will be the N.C. year for BYU. Virginia must be tons better than USU. Tough breaks. Fastest 3-and-out in the country.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 7:18 p.m.

    Well the wait is over. It was ugly and it's obvious some work needs to be done but it's just one game.

    I will say this. Utes won the week.

    And now let the Ute arrogance continue... to the victor go the spoils.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Aug. 31, 2013 7:17 p.m.

    Didn't get to see the game, it was bumped in Southern California in favor of Washington State.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Aug. 31, 2013 7:17 p.m.

    I remember now why Anae was sent packing before. Way too much hype by the BYU coaches - again. Whose idea was it to call the pass play on 3rd down, when the only plays that were working were running plays and the high risk play was the pass on a wet field with tons of pressure by a QB who really had an awful day passing? Oh yeah. That would be Anae. And btw, BYU was ahead by 4 at that point. We could have used a Kyle Wittingham today - for sure.

    Aug. 31, 2013 6:29 p.m.

    It's about time the Cougars show a pulse, even if it was referee and Cavalier assisted.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 6:27 p.m.

    Win or lose...The Longhorns are licking they're chops.

  • ImABeliever Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 6:22 p.m.

    I will be glad when a real sport begins as in Professional Football.
    My perfectionist personality doesn't allow me to follow College sports even
    though I saw this article.
    I'd rather watch Pop Warner and High School sports.

    Aug. 31, 2013 6:16 p.m.

    "Plus the announcers are being Virginia/ ACC homers..."

    Because you think they should be singing the praises of a team with 180 yards of total offense through three and a half quarters, completing one third of their passes?? Don't like what someone's saying about your team? Maybe they should play better...

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 6:10 p.m.

    By now I'll bet you're washing your socks again. lol.

  • Still slow, still soft Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 6:09 p.m.

    Weekend recap:

    Byu loses!
    Usu loses!
    Utah wins!

  • Still slow, still soft Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 6:07 p.m.

    And it's another cougar.....


    Aug. 31, 2013 6:00 p.m.

    Is this last year all over again...

    Good defense.

    Unknown offense.

    I miss the old days when the ball flew every play and things on offense happened.

    Oh and thanks to all the Utes who are spending their afternoon watch our game. I on the other hand spent my Thursday night washing socks as opposed to even looking for the USU game.

    Aug. 31, 2013 5:59 p.m.

    UVa's best offense is BYU's offense.

  • wolvie23 Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:56 p.m.

    There's still a lot of time left haters.

  • SEBA Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:55 p.m.

    Ok, am I watching the BYU offensive passing machine or amI watching Oklahoma sooner triple option? C,mon we went thru this over 30 yrs ago, got real success with a passing scheme that created a factory for QB legends, (after all BYU invented the west coast offense), and now we are trying to reinvent the wheel. We are not and never will be a ground and pound type offense tp play with the big boys. Lets learn from a rich history that Lavell left, or go backwards. Our defense is phenomenal but I can see an offensive design flaw not made with the cloth of it's previous success.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:55 p.m.

    "Looks like BYU is under powered anyway with poor defense."

    What game are you watching? The defense has been decent. Other than a drive right before the half, when they were probably playing the dreaded "prevent" defense, UVA hasn't done much. For the TD, UVA had to go just 16 yards because the punt team failed to execute. So how exactly has BYU's defense been "poor"?

    Aug. 31, 2013 5:54 p.m.

    Elcapitan, but BYU is ESPN's darling!

  • Still slow, still soft Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:54 p.m.



    Byu loses!

    Byu loses!

  • UteinIdaho Sandpoint, ID
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:51 p.m.

    If only Virginia had a quarterback. This game would be out of reach by now

  • Byuguy1 SAN ANTONIO, TX
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:45 p.m.

    What's with this 2 yard run play offense? Only one shot downfield so far. Plus the announcers are being Virginia/ ACC homers...
    But the playcalling is driving me crazy...

  • Pics Alva, FL
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:40 p.m.

    Was watching the game on Directv in Florida. It has been bumped by the Auburn game and Nascar. It's no longer on any channel. So much for national exposure.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:34 p.m.

    the game is blacked out after a long delay. ESPNU promised to broadcast in Ut.and Va. but not so in St. George. Looks like BYU is under powered anyway with poor defense.

    Aug. 31, 2013 5:31 p.m.

    The momentum of the game seems to be in Virginas favor.

  • Hey Baby Franklin, IN
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:29 p.m.

    Chris B...

    What is the over/under on a) bad refs post or b) fire Bronco during game #1 post? Against #86 Virginia?

    I say we get both yet!!

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:27 p.m.

    byu's fears are coming to fruition...O-line, secondary and special teams. lol.

  • Still slow, still soft Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:25 p.m.

    And your "quest" is over!


  • Still slow, still soft Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:23 p.m.

    UVA winning!

    Byu loses!
    Aggies lose!

    Utah wins!

  • Still slow, still soft Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:19 p.m.

    Blocked punt!

    Go UVA !

  • Y-Ask-Y? Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:18 p.m.

    Isn't Steven S Jarvis just the perfect example for all of us?!


    It looks like it might be a long season.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:13 p.m.

    Some advice for Coach Anae:

    Keep running it up the gut. It works every time.

    After the game the O Line should be required to run the stadium stairs 25 times before being allowed to shower.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:13 p.m.

    Game is live on ESPN3

  • CT98 Saint George, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:12 p.m.

    I have dish direct. What channel is the game on? My ESPNU just switched to the Washington State game.

    Aug. 31, 2013 5:05 p.m.

    What a kick. Yergensen-esque!

  • Balan South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:04 p.m.

    We are in trouble if the offensive line can't open any holes. Not impressed with the offense at all. Hopefully they will come around . . .

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:02 p.m.

    BYU's Defense is looking stout.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 5:01 p.m.

    7 points in half.

    Is this the go fast go hard?

    Utah is so worried!


    Aug. 31, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    Ugly, ugly game. I called BYU to win on the ESPN Pick 'Em game, and I'm still going with them, but this cannot be encouraging to the fans. O Line still seems a major concern, but even when he has time, Hill's passes are all over the field (and not in a good way!), mostly in the dirt, the defensive front 7 has been gashed several times more than I would've expected, and I haven't seen UVa attempt a downfield pass, but I know Cougar fans are already dreading that moment.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 4:38 p.m.

    I told my wife to make me some popcorn, get me another pepsi, check that the dogs have food and water and take the kids over to her sister's till the game is over. lol.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 4:35 p.m.

    5 possessions

    Zero points.


    I told you you need athletes that go fast and hard to have an offense that goes fast and hard.

    An you don't!

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 4:20 p.m.

    Good to see the BYU anti-fan contingent has packed the message board.

    So what does the average BYU fan do during a rain delay?

    I spent quality time with my wife and baby. Changed and fed the baby after playing with her allowing my wife a much deserved nap. I made dinner then cleaned the kitchen and tidied up the living room. The radio sounded like the game was about to come back on so I checked in to see who was on the message boards.

    So you have a idea about a what a typical BYU fan does during a rain delay.

    BYU is missing Hoffman today.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Aug. 31, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    I believe it'called "go hard, punt fast'

  • Hey Baby Franklin, IN
    Aug. 31, 2013 4:03 p.m.

    I've got hogs but have never fed them acorns? I've fed them Twinkies to fatten them up prior to our fair! Squirrels eat acorns!

    Wish the game would come back.....I'm at the NHRA Championship and its also a rain delay...

    Game sounds sloppy...go Cav's

  • reasonableUTE Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 3:48 p.m.

    jeez... I don't know what is more boring, BYU's offense or staring at an empty stadium.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Aug. 31, 2013 3:18 p.m.

    I will not try to explain "go fast and go hard". The concept is way above the pay grade of anyone who would ask the question. It becomes very confusing and tends to scramble one's brain. Better to just leave it alone.

    I would rather talk about the lopsided win by utah over their mid-major opponent. You know, the one they almost lost to. Somehow, they got lucky on the trick play that happened to work out in their favor. Every now and again even a blind hog finds an acorn - as the saying goes.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Aug. 31, 2013 3:15 p.m.

    If the first quarter offense is any example, we are all in for a long hard season.Go hard is a joke so far.

  • Atrix Vancouver, WA
    Aug. 31, 2013 3:06 p.m.

    @Chris B:

    You will see what go fast and go hard means when your Utes fall tired in the 4th quarter and BYU goes up by 3 touchdowns. Patience young one...your eyes will be opened.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 2:59 p.m.

    Ekute, unlike ewe, they have a life.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Aug. 31, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    @Chris B
    I don't have a lot of spirit or honor but "go fast go hard" means go without a huddle, hurry up the play, catch the defense off guard, score quick, and then have the touchdown called back because you make a lot of penalties when you "go fast go hard."

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 2:53 p.m.

    Where are all of the byu "fans" that we're shooting off during the Utah game?...Still hiding? lol.

    Aug. 31, 2013 2:52 p.m.

    "How is getting struck by lightning any different then getting struck by Kyle Van Noy."

    Lightning won't whiff when it comes at you.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 2:49 p.m.

    Can someone with spirit and honor tell me what go fast and hard means?

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 2:45 p.m.

    Wow, a lot of Utes out there with nothing to do today. For some people who have no interest in BYU and have left them for the mighty PAC whatever, they sure follow us closely! It seems that after one win, they have there hopes up that they are going to play in the Rose bowl for the NC, when we all know that will never happen.

    Aug. 31, 2013 2:36 p.m.

    At least the lightning will give these poor fans something interesting to watch this afternoon.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Aug. 31, 2013 2:35 p.m.

    This byu O looks dangerous, almost as dangerous as their D looks. Makes all of the blow-out predictions made by the byu fanbase look weak, by comparison. I see absolutely no reason byu doesn't win this game by at least 100 points, assuming King KVN doesn't continue missing tackles. LOL

    UVA continues to stop themselves. Next week is going to be an absolute bloodbath in utah county.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 2:05 p.m.

    Byu makes Virginia look like a very good opponent

    Aug. 31, 2013 1:58 p.m.

    3 and out fast, 3 and out hard? Hill is athletic, but doesn't look like the QB we've been told he is, and DEFINITELY not "tied" with Charles E. Keeton, as one prognosticated.

  • GoodGuyGary Houston, TX
    Aug. 31, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    Fast and hard, as your team lead tell you how to flip the burger when there is a long drive through line!

  • GoodGuyGary Houston, TX
    Aug. 31, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    I suspect our friend here don't even know where Virginia is, and she is cheering for them.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    Maybe I don't understand fast and hard?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 1:36 p.m.

    Go Virginia!

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    Why is BYU in all white? They always play poorly in white it seems. Now with Hoffman out, that could be even more pronounced......Let's hope not.

    If I had been Bronco, I would have placed Cody out there just as a decoy and not told Virginia he was even hurt. Oh Well.

    Let's Go Cougars.