BYU instant analysis: Cougars suffer heartbreak again

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  • esodije ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    Sept. 21, 2012 12:55 p.m.

    The wonder, of course, isn't that Utah and BSU both beat BYU, but that BYU, despite all its miscues, was within one play of at least forcing overtime in both games. That said, I don't see much reason for optimism with regard to the Y's offense, which can't consistently move the ball against a good defense without a better passing attack; it has great receivers, but who will get the ball to them? And will the O-line start providing better pass protection? (And will the play-calling become a little less predictable? BSU had the call on the two-point conversion attempt completely sussed--you'd think Chris Petersen called it!)

    I'm not falling off the Cougs' bandwagon--I'm a fan, win or lose--but a great defense by itself just isn't going to cut it.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    Sept. 21, 2012 9:06 a.m.

    Riley/Hill reminds me of Riley/Heaps

    Riley struggles and they throw Heaps in too soon. He does ok for a while but is too young and loses confidence. They they go right back to Riley.

    They are going to do the same thing with Hill... just wait.

  • taraxopoios Lake Tapps, WA
    Sept. 21, 2012 7:53 a.m.

    Waste of a great defense! With this defense we don't need our offense to be great. They just need to be good enough to score a few points.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    Sept. 21, 2012 7:03 a.m.

    Dear Riley,
    Thank you for transferring to BYU.
    Utah State

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Sept. 21, 2012 12:43 a.m.

    Worst college football game ever.

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 21, 2012 12:14 a.m.

    Can we start Van Noy at Quarterback?

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 11:21 p.m.

    @mighty mouse.
    I totally disagree. Both offenses were pathetic so if you tie the game and it goes into overtime it will come down to who can make a field goal, again assuming neither team can advance the ball. BYU was just showing signs of moving the ball as Hill got more comfortable, and Boise had nothing going on offense. So with those facts, and BYU probably having a more reliable kicker, they should have taken the chance of going into overtime. Bronco would have been a labeled a genius if the 2 point conversion worked, but I hated to see him take the risk.

  • Carson Provo, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 10:58 p.m.

    Bronco is no D-1 coach, until the Y dumps him you're going to never get over the hump....Looking forward to Utah St. coming down and cleaning your clocks!

  • SyracuseCoug Syracuse, ut
    Sept. 20, 2012 10:55 p.m.

    Defense was awesome, love those guys, offense? Ugh, hard to watch. Start Hill the rest of the season and let him get the reps. Riley just seems confused and overwhelmed against non- WAC teams. Ok WSU was a PAC-12 team this year, but they barely beat UNLV. No idea why they went for 2, Hill had the offense moving finally.

  • Mighty Mouse Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 20, 2012 10:46 p.m.

    The way the offense had been playing, I think Bronco made the right decision to try for two. They way it has played, when was the offense going to be in that position ever again? Bronco's problem isn't the decision to go for two, it is that he is stuck with an offense that is in complete chaos.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Sept. 20, 2012 10:43 p.m.

    First fail: leaving Nelson in for so long.

    Second fail: Going for two rather then tying the ball game and trusting your defense to A) keep it tied at worst, get the ball back at best; B) keep Boise to no more than field goal chances in OT.

    Just frustrating. I just wanted BYU to tie the score. Then see what happens. If they ended up losing anyway? No shame in that. But to throw the game away on a call like that...this is one fan that is tired of watching the Cougars shoot themselves in the foot so much.

    Granted, Boise should never have let it stay so close. Regardless of how bad their kicker is, they should have been trying to get the points rather than go for all those 4th down tries. But, just like the Utah fans last week, Boise gave BYU all the chances in the world and the Cougars threw it down the drain.

  • Mighty Mouse Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 20, 2012 10:42 p.m.

    I am probably wrong with my amateur psychoanalysis but it seems to me that Riley just really likes to be the the one with the ball in his hands and he only thinks about sharing it with his much more talented surrounding cast as a last resort. Does he just not see the field? Why does every play have to be a scramble? Is the offensive line really that bad? Does he ever just take a three-step drop and get the ball quickly into a skill player's hands in space? If he has, I don't remember. I am probably wrong in singling Riley out because the whole offense seems constantly confused, without an identity, lacking confidence, unable to sustain any kind of consistent effort. I haven't watched anything this painful since last year's BYU offense.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 10:41 p.m.

    Worst coaching decision ever. Total lack of good judgement. Let's see if Bronco will take some accountability for his bad decision.
    His next move should be to find a new offensive coordinator. BYU's offense is pathetic. Doman is calling plays like he has Luke Staley in the backfield, which he doesn't!

  • Mark321 Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 20, 2012 10:41 p.m.

    BYU's defense was again stalwart. BYU's offense was again the gift that keeps on giving to opposing teams.

  • byufan1993 Provo, , UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 10:31 p.m.

    Taysom Hill! Taysom Hill! Taysom Hill!