BYU report card: Cougar defense plays amazingly well while offense plays shockingly bad in loss to Boise State

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  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Sept. 21, 2012 6:01 p.m.

    Offense F.
    Defense A+

    Taysom Hill - In
    Riley Nelson - Out

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 21, 2012 6:01 p.m.

    With an experienced QB and many returning starters on offense, this really should be a better offense than last year. I am at a loss. Are the last 2 games just a total choke job by the OC and QB? The O-line is definitely worse than last year.

    Agree that the Defense should be an A. But sooner or later, a strong-armed qb is really going to exploit our slow D-Backs. Opposing receivers are behind our defensive backs on long balls on just about every attempt.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Sept. 21, 2012 12:14 p.m.

    Offense get an F-.

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    Sept. 21, 2012 12:01 p.m.

    What does the defense need to do for an A+. Boise has never been shut out at home like that. I realize this is not the Boise of the past few years, but give me a break. Solid A for the defense, A+ if they catch that interception and pull the 3-and-out for the final drive (last last first down iced it).

    F's all around for the offense and their coaches.

    Bronco - don't let Riley lie to your face. He will always say he is ready because he is a seriously tough dude. The facts of the game prove otherwise. Your depth chart was bogus too. I think Lark is a a great guy and would never quit on the team, but after the lies he's taken from you coaches, I'd be really impressed to see him do anything but walk away from the team this week. That kid was betrayed.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Sept. 21, 2012 11:43 a.m.

    Offense F
    Offensive Coordinator F
    Defense A+
    Defensive Coordinator A+
    Head Coach C-

    Stupid decision to go for 2 with no timeouts left.
    Doman to quote someone else "is over his skis."
    Bench Nelson.
    Play Hill.

    Look for new OC this winter.

  • ute4ever West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 21, 2012 9:06 a.m.

    I'm sorry, but these grades are absolutely ridiculous. How can you give the defense anything but an A+ for last night. The offense continually put them in bad positions but they still held the Boise State offense scoreless. HUGE congrats to the defense.

    As for the offense, there is no other grade than F. 5 turnovers and just over 100 yards before the last drive. The QB's completed only 42% of the passes. The rushing leader was the backup quarterback. There is no other way to put it...the offense was dreadful and deserves no higher than an F.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 21, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    Those few vocal ones who think Bronco needs to go are graded "F".

  • Marine1 Apollo Beach, FL
    Sept. 21, 2012 7:03 a.m.

    gdog, I don't think Robert Anae was any better than Doman. Running him out of town was not the problem. The problem was when we got rid of Norm Chow years ago. He was a very good OC and because he got stuck in a bad situation he was run out of town. Anae failed his chance. Doman should be given at least to the end of this year to see if he can start to call a different game. But if he does not adjust his play calling, he too needs to move on and let a true OC in his place. We need some experience from an offensive minded coach. Our head coach is too defensively minded.

  • peter Alpine, UT
    Sept. 21, 2012 6:29 a.m.

    Another example of poor coaching decisions and lack of team preparation for this game. BYU didn't utilize their talent well, example RB #21, their tight ends, and always trying to run up the middle and getting stuffed, constantly.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 21, 2012 6:19 a.m.

    Get used to it. This is and will be Brandon Doman's legacy! Play calling and personnel choice is every bit as much to blame as Riley's abysmal performance.
    Bronco needs to clean house!

  • ET Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 21, 2012 5:44 a.m.

    Holme needs to take over as head coach, demote Bronco to defensive coordinator and sack Domam and Nelson. Offensive play calling and going for two = F.

  • Black&Blue St George, Utah
    Sept. 21, 2012 12:58 a.m.

    Riley Nelson is a great competitor and has plenty of heart, But my wife can throw a football with more zip and accuracy than he can. Seriously, she can. Riley cannot throw the ball more than 15yds downfield without it turning into a wounded duck. He makes terrible decisions and is a fumble/int waiting to happen. Doman shows in his playcalling that he is aware of this, every route is under 15yds, unless we get into a 3rd and long. We will not beat any decent defense or coaching staff as long as we run this pathetic offense.

    Taysom Hill has been recognized since springball as being faster, stronger, and smarter than Riley. Not to mention has a vastly better passing arm and upside. And he's a freshman! There is no reason Riley should start another game for BYU. Taysom is already a better Qb. He almost single-handedly won the game for BYU if it weren't for a terrible 2pt conversion call. He carried 4 BSU defenders into the endzone! Seriously, its time to make some changes. We lose way too many winnable games.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Sept. 21, 2012 12:14 a.m.

    Hey Gurney! Just a friendly request. How about adding coaching as a category? As a upset, embarrased Cougs fan, I certainly know what I'd grade Bronco on the last 2 weeks. Our team is not ready to play offensively. Yes Doman is the OC, but Bronco is a Head Coach. He's gotta get this thing figured out. Terrible showing.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 21, 2012 12:05 a.m.

    I told you not to run Robert Anae out of town BYU fans.

  • Fred T PHOENIX, AZ
    Sept. 20, 2012 11:50 p.m.

    Both BYU and Boise St stunk on offense tonight.

    The problem as I see it is the "Thursday night" game for ESPN.

    If a college team is going to play a Thursday night game, then they should not play a game the weekend before. (and obviously the next Sat two days way.)

    This will work like a BYE game but it also lets players heal and coaches can implement a game plan and players can learn it.

    I'm glad that when I played there were no BYE weeks and no Weds, Thurs, or Friday games. And none on Sunday either. It is hard enough as a college student to get back on campus at 3 or 4 AM from a road game and get back into synch for classes on Monday morning. I'd hate to have gotten home that early on a Monday morning had we played on a Sunday.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 11:09 p.m.

    Coaching a C???? They grossly failed. The defense A+. What more could they have done other than score? But that goal line stand!!!

    But what in the blazes was the 2pt. conv. Greed. Our defense would have stopped them in OT and their kicker was less likely to score than ours.

  • onceuponatime Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 10:49 p.m.

    Maybe Boise States defense is good?

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 10:46 p.m.

    Really? Let's try those grades again:

    Offense: D- (the last drive kept them from an F. But net, the offense was -1 point for the game. It's tough to win when your offense has negative points. They also burned critical time outs early in the 2nd half, uselessly in a close game.)
    Special teams: B+. Mostly really good play. They gave up critical yards and time on the run back at the end, but it's not why the Cougs lost. See the grade for the offense for the real culprit.
    Defense: A+. Great, hard hitting defense that gave our team every chance to win. If our offense had scored net 1 positive point, we would have won the game.
    Coaching: C-. It would have been a lower grade, but Bronco finally showed some fire on the sideline after the goal-line stand. Why go for two with your defense playing that well and your offense with some momentum and fire?

    Overall: C. It would have been a C- except this was a short week.

  • Mighty Mouse Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 20, 2012 10:29 p.m.

    How about this report card? Offensive line coach: "F". Offensive coordinator: "F-"