BYU football report card: Cougars put forth complete effort in easy win over Washington State

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  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Sept. 1, 2012 10:09 a.m.


    "So let's be a little more realistic with the rhetoric."

    In light of the 'stellar' defensive kudos heaped upon Utes for their hard fought battle against the Northern Colorado Bears I think the comments are spot on.

  • cdmon COTTONWOOD, CA
    Aug. 31, 2012 1:50 p.m.

    How all of these articles can pat the Cougs on the back without addressing red zone ineptitude is beyond me. I watched the game. How can a team that amasses nearly 300 yards of offense in the first half, repeatedly settle for field goals because they fail to move the ball in the red zone? The score should have been in the 50's, without even appearing to be "running it up." So let's be a little more realistic with the rhetoric. Thanks.

  • dnay Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    Rockwell, You notice how Chris B is nowhere to be found now. Especially when you consider his Utes had less offensive yards than the Cougars did against the worst team in the Big Sky, and they allowed almost as many yards to that team as BYU did to Washington St.. Of course not much of that matters the Utes still looked pretty good, and they should have a good year.

    I was impressed with the defense of BYU, and personally some of those penalties were ridiculous. I liked the offense the first half they looked strong, but I think Doman became predictable the second half, it should have been easier too run by then not harder. But you have to give some credit to Washington St. for making some adjustments. The thing we all have to remember is it was the first game of the year and they'll get better, and they still moved the ball well. I'm with Y grad, I was upset they ran Riley as much as they did, they didn't need too, and they should have put Lark in the last series, get him some reps.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Aug. 31, 2012 8:41 a.m.

    Great opening game against a PAC 12 team. Riley played well, but I was especially pleased with some of the newcomers on offense and defense. BYU's defense is very good this year; just need to clean up the silly penalties. A little disappointed in the Blue Zone efficiency in the 2nd half. Doman needs to open things up a little more with some slants and fades.


    As expected, our little friend Chris B's prediction was another epic fail

    BYU 21
    WSU 34

    BYU 30
    WSU 6

    Missed the actual point spread by 37 points and the actual result... not even close.

  • JayDogg Orem, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 8:25 a.m.

    From 20 to 20 I would give Doman's play ccalling an A +. Inside the Blue Zone I would give him a D. He tried to get too "cute" and "tricky" down there. Just run basic, simple plays Doman. That is what got you there to begin with.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 31, 2012 8:01 a.m.

    It was sure good to see Max Hall on the coaching staff! I saw Jimmer in the stadium and I am not sure, but I think I got a glimpse of Elvis there too! I watched the game after I enjoyed BYU’s favorite son Mitt Romney’s scintillating speech! But politics aside, it was a good day all around for BYU!

  • Randelius SCOTTSDALE, AZ
    Aug. 31, 2012 7:38 a.m.

    Great playcalling, Doman! Except in the blue zone. Man, give us a fade route, please! We can't run it up the gut in these compressed field situations without the horses.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 1:06 a.m.

    Good analysis. Now, something negative. That "ribbon" along the top of the stadium is obnoxious. Blinking advertisements screamed for our visual attention and detracted from the game on the field. A waste of money.

    The video screens are terrific but the ribbons just a bunch of bad advertising.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 31, 2012 12:59 a.m.

    Disagree on the offense grade. Running game was pretty average. O-line a little shaky. The inefficiency of the blue zone offense in 2nd half is very worrisome. Offense Grade-- B.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 31, 2012 12:23 a.m.

    I have to agree with the few comments I've already seen elsewhere - please, please please far fewer of those planned runs for Riley. He WILL have to scramble occasionally and if he doesn't keep the ball a few times on the option, its not really an option, but when he runs the ball, its open season on his head..

    Good game, men! Would have liked to see David Foote get a few passes out of the backfield and Williams get a few option pitchouts. And Taysom play the last series.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 12:21 a.m.

    According to these stats, the offensive actually gained more yards than the team accrued penalty yards. For most of the second half, the penalty yards were ahead.

    And this is supposed to be a mature team?

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 12:13 a.m.

    wait this is the pac 10 plus 2. they never loose. what went wrong? I'm very disillusioned

    Aug. 31, 2012 12:10 a.m.

    WSU's first drive looked scary but BYU got it together and looked better than last year. I think it is a little difficult to tell how good they are because WSU having a new coach with a new scheme, I'm still not sure how good WSU will be this year. They did have two long passes called back because of holding, but without BYU's penalties it is possible they might not have scored at all.

    Overall I'm hoping for a great year from BYU!