BYU-Middle Tennessee live blog: Cougars score 30 unanswered points in 37-10 victory

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  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Sept. 28, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    My fellow Cougar fans, Utah's win is already yesterday's news! They won, we lost, now let's just let it go and move on. If they want to continue pounding their chests and claim total domination, so what? Let them be. They won fair and square so I say let them bask in their moment of glory and trash talk all they want. I know it hurts to hear it but they have every right to do it. Trying to make excuses as to why we lost is useless no matter how much we thought we were better statistics wise. Every excuses we have does not change the most important statistic of all...the FINAL score! That's the only thing that counts in the end!

    Now here's hoping both teams will do well on the rest of their respective schedules!

    Go Cougars! Go Utes! Go Aggies! Now wouldn't it be nice if all 3 go bowling this year? Let's make it happen!!!

  • 4 in a row! Ogden, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 6:55 a.m.

    Fell asleep after one of the fumbles.

    Did the better team win? How many records did we break?

  • Arm of Orion Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 11:50 p.m.

    No total domination is four in a row and having several big plays against your opponent. Now here is the problem with getting too hopeful, from what I saw of Hill today if the least bit is off when he is passing, like tight coverage or him getting the least bit rushed, he can't throw worth a dang. Also he can't throw the long ball accurately to save his life. Jefferson your helmet to helmet comment was weak. What happened to Williams is terrible, injuries always are, but the no call was good. Besides, I saw a couple helmet to helmets today from the BYU D, should they have been flagged? Nevada the cougs ran half again as many plays as Utah did and got meaningless yards because of it. Come on dude, if you factor the Y's average per play and give them the same amount of plays as Utah you get around 331 total yards, which is 70 yards less than Utah. Take that as you will.

  • moderateinmagna MAGNA, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 10:39 p.m.

    NevadaCoug its only total domination to the ute trolls,if they want to see domination wait until the utes play UCLA next week,the utes will be dominated ,and manhandled.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 10:38 p.m.

    First of all as a BYU fan I look for progress in the offense. Tonight Hill was 14-19 and the INT was a tipped pass that should have been caught. Taysom looked more comfortable and wasn't rushing his throws. Granted it was MTSU but we also didn't have our best receiver in the game. I saw progress tonight in the passing game and that's good.

    As for Utah...they executed and played better than BYU and deserved to win because of it. I wouldn't label their victory last week as domination & I think nevadacoug did an excellent job providing proof of that. The hit on Jamal was not dirty nor did it call for a PF as Jamal lowered his head. Congrats to Utah last week for outplaying BYU. I fear however that Utah's defensive issues will make it hard for them to get victories against prolific offenses. To the person questioning the commentators saying these were prolific offenses...what's your beef? They are in terms of yardage, but I agree with others, it has to translate to points. Lets keep the momentum against USU next week. Go cougars!

  • reasonableUTE Provo, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 10:15 p.m.

    If your team needs 30 more plays to get 40 more yards than the other team... your team has a serious problem with efficiency. It's not about the quantity, it's about the quality and efficiency. Utah had more quality and efficiency than BYU did. Evidenced by more points, more yards per play, and more big plays.

    BYU needs to quit worrying about going fast, and work on efficiency... 2 fumbles inside the 10??? That is ATROCIOUS!

    Sept. 27, 2013 10:14 p.m.

    TJ, what would you have a ref do when a runningback runs head-first into a pile? When a player gets injured, it's always unfortunate, but it's not always due to foul play. Lame complaint.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:58 p.m.

    Get Hill out of the game! This make absolutley no sense.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:58 p.m.

    "And now another head injury by a SJSU player in the USU game with a player tackling with his head down. Tragic."

    I was thinking along the same lines. This just seems to be happening at least once a game right now. They need to find a way to fix this problem, or football might not have much of a future.

    Sept. 27, 2013 9:47 p.m.

    Hey NevadaCoug? We got outplayed and lost, end of story. Stop making excuses and move on. You're embarrassing the rest of us.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:38 p.m.

    @ NevadaCoug

    Taking all plays, Utah averages more per play than BYU. Therefor Utah was more efficient on offense. You are arguing against math; and you are losing.

    I agree with you that Utah's big plays made a difference. Big plays always do. However, what made the biggest difference in the game is the fact that Utah's D stonewalled BYU's O. The Cougars could only sustain a single 44-yard TD drive. If it weren't for some very bad judgment by E. Rowe, BYU would not have even had that. This brings us back to the beginning: The reason BYU couldn't move the ball is because Utah 'dominated' the trenches and shut down the run game (the only way BYU can move the ball). Add in 5 sacks on Hill and 0 on Wilson and you have the rest of the story...

    Sept. 27, 2013 9:38 p.m.

    And now another head injury by a SJSU player in the USU game with a player tackling with his head down. Tragic.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:36 p.m.

    382 yards - 163
    9.1 YPP - 2.9
    5.6 YPR - 2.8

    Now those are stats that imply domination.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:12 p.m.

    "Utah ran less plays, but was more efficient having a better yards per play average than BYU."

    I just proved to you, with stats, that your claim of higher efficiency is flat out wrong.
    In fact, take out Poole's 65 yard run, and Utah averaged just 2 yards per carry on all other rushes. Two!
    Take out the 74 yard reception, and it's just 5.9 yards per attempt. That's still more than BYU, but not by much.

    My point is, those two big plays made a huge difference in the game.

    You countered my argument with one of your own, and I shot it down. I used your terms to prove that your claim of domination is false. Deal with it.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:06 p.m.

    All of that is irrelevant because it did not result in points. BYU ran 95 plays. For that reason alone they are going to have inflated offensive numbers.

    The final score was 20-13, but you can't honestly tell me that BYU was ever really in the game or was a serious threat to sustain a TD drive. Utah had control from start to finish.

    Utah did have some big plays. But the 12-play, 80-yard drive that started at the end of the third quarter didn't have any huge plays. Just a solid, sustained drive to put the game out of reach. It was a thing of beauty. Look to your stats if you want, but on the field Utah was clearly the better team.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Sept. 27, 2013 8:52 p.m.

    It is really great to see the interest level from the trolling red headed step child ute little brothers. Must be a lonely Friday night. Oh I almost forgot utah is resting this weekend.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Sept. 27, 2013 8:50 p.m.

    Both Utah and BYU averaged 3.9 yards per rush. Sounds pretty even. The difference came on yards per pass. Utah had 7.8, BYU 5.4.

    BYU 24 1st downs to Utah's 16. BYU 5-21 on 3rd down to Utah's 1-14.

    Final score 20-13. Just a TD difference.

    Sorry, nothing about any of those stats screams "domination" or over-matched.

    Utah had two big plays that led to points. They took advantage of opportunities.
    BYU gave up the big plays and did not take advantage of opportunities.
    Thus, Utah won.
    But claiming domination is silly.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 8:41 p.m.

    @ NevadaCoug

    I disagree. Utah dominated the trenches on both sides of the ball. Also, yards mean absolutely nothing if they don't result in points. Utah ran less plays, but was more efficient having a better yards per play average than BYU.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Sept. 27, 2013 8:33 p.m.

    BYU was not over-matched by Utah. They actually had more yards than Utah. Difference was the big plays Utah had and BYU's inability to finish drives.

    And before the Utites start yapping "excuses", what I just said is no disrespect to Utah. The Utes did what they had to do to win. BYU did not.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 8:20 p.m.

    BYU was a 23 point favorite in this game. I assume they'll eventually win comfortably after getting those hiccups out of their system.

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 27, 2013 8:18 p.m.

    The team is offering up more turnovers than you can get at the bakery.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 8:08 p.m.

    Middle Tennessee is really good. They'd finish at the top of the PAC 12.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Sept. 27, 2013 8:02 p.m.

    And this is exactly why they lost to Utah. Can't. Finish. Drives.

  • 32843 PROVO, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 7:55 p.m.

    Not watching the game, but, it sure seems like BYU has been over matched by every team they've faced so far, with the exception of Texas, which is now looking more and more that Texas just had a bad game. BYU really stinks,don't they?

    Sept. 27, 2013 7:47 p.m.

    Wow, fluttering passes from MTSU, and still the guys in white are the only ones that can get there.

    Ugh, another head/neck injury. I've watched Adam (Timo) Hine compete in athletics for almost 10 years, I really hope the best for him. Please, for Pete's sake, find a way to drill it into these kids' heads that they need to keep their heads up! Williams' injury was unavoidable, but that block was the same type of play that Oregon State's Storm Woods was injured on at Utah.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Sept. 27, 2013 7:33 p.m.

    Two punts, two fumbles. Falslev shouldn't get a third chance.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 7:25 p.m.

    @ StGtoSLC

    Well they have to say something...

    Sept. 27, 2013 7:10 p.m.

    Did I just hear "these two prolific offenses" from the commentators??