BYU report card: Cougar defense is as strong as usual, but offense falters against Virginia

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  • ClarkeinAK Anchorage, AK
    Sept. 2, 2013 5:22 p.m.

    When will the BYU brass take the BCS seriously? Sure, they plan a seemingly rough schedule this year, but then don't put together a team/coach/staff to meet the challenge. I live outside Utah and all the hype about the Cougars...let me tell you this - NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE, takes them seriously. And no one will, until they 1) get in a conference, 2) get a head coach that wants to win above anything else and willing to put in the time required, 3) have someone besides Robert Anae as the OC, and 4) quit being predictable (I saw that interception coming a mile away).

  • Weber State Graduate Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 2, 2013 3:22 p.m.

    It looks like the Cougars found a way to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory...that's what they do best. I believe Cougar fans want their team to be more than they are...they simply are not that good and haven't been for quite a while. No disrespect against BYU fans, but you are in for a long season. Both Utah and Utah State will each beat BYU this year. Realistically, the Cougras will probably not win more than 4 games this year. Good luck Cougars as I respect how well you have played in the past...I wish Weber State was on your schedule this year :)

  • FanofBYU American Fork, UT
    Sept. 2, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    O-Line needs complete overhaul. They were unacceptable. Defense was adequate for VA, not sure how they'll do against TX. Taysom Hill should spend the entire week practicing throwing the 10-15 yard pass while in pocket and while rolling out of pocket. Not acceptable to constantly throwing ball above receivers heads, including 6'6" Matthews.

    Overall, not a good showing for BYU in first week.

  • satch Highland, UT
    Sept. 1, 2013 10:48 p.m.

    I would love to a fly on the wall breaking down film of the last game.

    1. The offensive line is horrible.
    2. Jamal Williams can be amazing, but needs some blocking.
    3. Too many dropped passes.
    4. Hill's first game of the year, with his O-line not helping out, his quality is still to be determined.
    5. Kyle VN was double teamed nearly the entire game, and still caused a lot of havoc.
    6. The O-Line was simply just bad. BYU needs to start recruiting better players in these positions. Not much talent there.
    7. I miss the 80's. It's going to be a long year. BYU can win if our defense is on the field.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 1, 2013 5:35 p.m.

    "It's a guy thing."


    There's a lot of people looking for you on the main article, so why hide here? I think you meant:

    "it's a y thing"

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 1, 2013 4:08 p.m.

    My wife asked me why I put myself through this agony every year.

    It's a guy thing.

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 1, 2013 7:26 a.m.

    good team, great coaches find a way to win, byu find a way to loose. You can't fault the opposing team for winning when they are being forced to take the win even when they don't want

  • LadyMoon Crestucky, FL
    Sept. 1, 2013 6:17 a.m.

    It's going to be another long season. Scorecard: Utes 1 BYU 0

  • ImABeliever Provo, UT
    Sept. 1, 2013 5:40 a.m.

    I can't wait to watch a real sport like Professional Football. My perfectionist personality doesn't all me to watch Collegiate sports. I can't take mistake after mistake; it's a waste of time and resources.
    I would rather watch Pop Warner and High School sports. I know they are going to make mistakes as they are suppose to.
    No more clicking on these type of articles.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Sept. 1, 2013 1:14 a.m.

    I love Michigan...59 points on the board first many other fine schools...

    BYU? Another poor offensive showing. Not impressed. Prove me wrong guys, I miss my BYU of

    old. I miss them badly. Not impressed with the rah-rah, rush-rush offense. I'd rather have

    accurate and on time. Waiting for a score...waiting, waiting, waiting...finally...but hey,

    not enough...and I'm not really surprised. Many many chances, and we were not prepared.

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    Sept. 1, 2013 12:44 a.m.

    BYU's offense was bad. We were at the game and the playmaking was head scratching. Taysom should cut out the excuses about the field conditions. Both teams played in the same conditions.

  • CVMD North Logan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 9:24 p.m.

    Admittedly, I'm partial to USU and a couple of PAC 12 teams. But BYU losing provides me no thrills. I wish it did because when I look at their schedule, BYU had better hope the likes of Nevada and USU have a bad day, or someone overlooks them, because if not, 2 victories is a real possibility for this team.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 9:16 p.m.


    I agree with you're comment, without the sarcasm.

    I'm guessing that there's some hardcore byu football fans that are somewhat frustrated by the mission statement.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 9:16 p.m.

    So Mendenhall or Holmoe or somebody higher up says get rid of Doman, Cahoon and Dupaix as offensive assistants. I thought this was going to solve BYU's offensive woes. I thought Hill was going to be the savior and BYU was on its way to a 10-win season.

    Note to Coug fans: I doubt VA is or will be a good team. Those are games that BYU needs to win. Ball dropped. I guess firing those coaches didn't solve the "issues". But I didn't think they would. But somebody had to be the scapegoat, right?

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 9:08 p.m.

    Still slow, still soft...I misread you're comment.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 9:07 p.m.

    I get the feeling listening to Bronco in the post game interview that losing is OK as long as the kids play hard to the end of the game. That seems to be the attitude with the Y anymore...gone is the swagger and national recognition. I think the fans are fine with losing too so long as they get to enjoy a nice fall afternoon in Edwards Stadium with their kids ...and nachos and all the other treats. BYU fans aren't too football savvy for the most part at least compared to other colleges but BYU is a different school and doesn't have the same drive and desire for national recognition. Nothing wrong with a fun afternoon with the family in the stadium with all the festivities sprinkled in with a little football to boot. Competing in the BCS really takes commitment and I don't think the Y can match that anymore ...talent wise or money wise....and maybe they shouldn't being that the school is private and tithing is used to fund much of the school. Better get used to 6-6 seasons going forward because that is as good as it is going to get.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 9:04 p.m.

    Still slow, still soft,...2008.

    JohnInSLC,...Good call.

  • Scott Farcus Beaver, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 9:04 p.m.

    Robert Anae's go-fast, go-hard offensive

    Deja vu

  • USNGary South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 9:00 p.m.

    offense kept doing the same thing over and over, it was so predictable, weber state would have beat BYU today. Isn't that the reason Anae left the first time because he was so predictable? I don't think I will be able to watch any more games without getting very frustrated and causing discontent in my home. My wife hates Saturdays, especially ones that they lose and play like that. I didn't even watch the 4th quarter I was so frustrated.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 9:00 p.m.

    Hurry-up offense is self-defeating; obviously Y doesn't have needed personnel; slow it down & work on running game, every possession go 4 downs, turn D into O emphasizing turnovers...Not sure I'm willing to waste time anymore watching this train-wreck, just too painful.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 8:52 p.m.

    Grades don't make much sense here. Descriptions were right on, though.

  • BigCougFan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 8:50 p.m.

    Run, run, run, followed by incompletions after incompletions. This offense looked like the Anae teams of old. Very predictable and easy to defend. The short pass over the middle was effective and could have been used more.

    This could be a long season.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 8:50 p.m.

    I'm eagerly awaiting the DNews doing a "What Utah And Utah State Learned From BYU's Flop At Virginia" analysis.

  • Still slow, still soft Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 8:47 p.m.

    Utah will make it 0-3 for byu!

    I love it!

    Career 4-0 sweep and a 0-3 start.

    Kyle has NEVER started 0-3

  • Still slow, still soft Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 8:45 p.m.

    If byu can't beat Virginia, who can they beat?


  • MJB Tooele, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 8:43 p.m.

    Offense grade: F

  • Cincinnatus Kearns, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 8:32 p.m.

    I'm not sure "strong" would be the word I'd use for the defense. They were decent.

    You've got to remember- this Virginia team was terrible last year, lost their best player to the NFL and top two quarterbacks to transfers. They've been picked in most preseason assessments as finishing in last place in their ACC division.

    The test for the Cougar defense will be next week when they play Texas. If they can hold Texas to reasonable offensive numbers, then I'll be impressed.

    The Cougs offense was horrendous. Go fast, go hard doesn't do much when you can only manage 4 downs per series. It doesn't tire out the defense when you can't move downfield. Virginia had plenty of time to rest their guys, and it left the Cougar defense on the field nearly twice as long as the offense.

    Anae better retool things quickly or the the front end of the season could easily be 1-5 or 2-4 with Cougar Nation calling for Anae's head one more time.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 8:23 p.m.

    Taysom Hill is not the man. Once again we have a running QB with a mediocre arm. Time to give Ammon Olsen a shot! This new offense is boring and ineffectual. If I can guess the play call 9 times out of 10, so can the defense.