BYU instant analysis: Penalty-plagued BYU survives Houston in explosive thriller

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  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2013 5:03 p.m.

    Knowing that it's impolite to comment on officiating, the number of stretched out jerseys from holding was obvious on TV, the Mike Hague lateral recovery and other mysterious calls/non-calls was very unprofessional. BYU had enough legitimate penalties that making bad calls only made the others questionable, too.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Oct. 21, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    Boise State's backup is a great qb it will be a tough game. He is similar to Hill.
    I am glad BYU won. Big plays were a killer, but I will say this Houston is a great team and could end up in a BCS bowl.
    Houstons' skilled positions are the fastest I have seen in years. Utah Dres Anderson is fast but Houston's receivers were fast really fast. BYU adjusted in the 2nd half but I think the first half BYU was unprepared for their athleticism. and Craig Bills was out and his replacements struggled.
    Great win and here is to beating boise.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Oct. 20, 2013 6:11 p.m.

    Louisiana Cougar
    Pineville, LA

    "The penalties in this game were incredibly frustrating! The O-Line needs to get their act together with illegal procedure.

    Personal fouls were just galling!"

    Any chance you drove over for the game? You don't know the half of it regarding "galling." In fairness,friends watching on TV tell us that the inept calls went both ways.

    But we were particularly incensed that they didn't show a single replay of the fumble / non-fumble in the stadium. Looking forward to seeing that on the rebroadcast.

    But as far as the illegal procedure calls? I have not been in a college venue that was as loud as Reliant Stadium. Serious disadvantage. Can't help but think UH will be a little bummed to have to go back to their own stadium after this season. Shoot, I'd be hard pressed to choose LES over that venue, if we had the choice.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 20, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    You're absolutely right, LEDSFW. Anae seems to be either a slow learner, or just plain stubborn. What makes that particularly poignant is the Utah game that was essentially lost on that predictable "run first" mentality.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 20, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    The officiating really was suspect. All the questionable calls and no-calls went in Houston's favor--many of which were just blatant.

    Hill was pretty heroic, and obviously a very tough and physical kid, but he won't last long taking that kind of a beating.

  • LEDSFW Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 20, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    BYU seems to wim if it either holds an opponent to under 21 points or scores more than 40 points in a game. Given the nature of BYU's offense to move the ball quickly, especially when it throws short to intermediate routes early and often; diving into the A-GAP repeatedly on 1st down (see 3rd quarter of every game this year, 1st and 2nd quarters of losses), one would think Robert Anae might actually figure out the best game plan is to keep the hammer down. That means throw to establish the run and score, just score!.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Oct. 20, 2013 6:57 a.m.

    Wer, Taysom ran the ball because that's what his team needed him to do. We needed the first down, we could not just run out the clock at that point. And we didn't dare give Houston the ball back.

    I've wondered why Hine can make KO returns look easy, why isn't he getting more carries. When Williams got hurt, Hine couldn't (yet) take up the slack. Lasike either.

    Houston knew what to expect, and had the team speed to limit any big runs, but Taysom outgunned them in the shootout.

    But I do agree, we need the running game to fire on all cylinders if Taysom is going to last the season.

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    Oct. 20, 2013 3:01 a.m.

    The penalties in this game were incredibly frustrating! The O-Line needs to get their act together with illegal procedure.

    Personal fouls were just galling!

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 19, 2013 11:51 p.m.

    Wisconsin will be tough for anyone to beat. Boise State just lost their QB for the rest of the year with a broken ankle. The Coogs may be catching the Broncos at the right time. Although I think Boise State is beatable with or without their starting QB.

    Hey, what was with the call on the Mike Hague fumble recovery. That was a horrible call.

    I guess it's like they say, the mark of a good team is when they play bad and still win. BYU shot themselves in the foot so many times today that i'd be shocked if they have any toes left!

    Good Win Coogs!

    Oct. 19, 2013 11:49 p.m.

    BYU ran 115 offensive plays which I think ties the NCAA record that Houston owns. But 34 of those were run plays by Hill? I know Hill ran out-of-bounds on many of those but with so many run plays and the 8 sacks Hill has got to be really beat up! I know Williams was out but we really need someone else to run the ball. Do the coaches really think Hill can take this much punishment the whole season? Hill will probably just barely be mostly recovered by our next game.

    If we can fix some of the bigger mistakes I'm still optimistic that we can beat Boise State, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    Oct. 19, 2013 9:14 p.m.

    I'm really concerned that BYU is going to get their rear end kicked by Boise State and Wisconsin.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 19, 2013 9:08 p.m.

    We know that BYU can run plays quickly, we know that it can rack up tons of penalties, and we learned tonight that the offensive brain trust has not learned one thing from the season ending injury that Hill suffered last year when, instead of taking a knee in the USU game, he took a knee injury after the game was secured. Tonight, not once, not twice, but three times the coaches didn't trust Hill to be able to successfully hand the ball off or take a knee. He ran the ball against all common logic.

    Oh yes, and his back up has thrown exactly one pass the entire season. Should Williams not be able to come back soon or at all from his latest injury, his back ups are experienced and able to play well. No such luxury for the most important position on the team, though.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Oct. 19, 2013 8:41 p.m.

    Since you brought up penalties, yes, BYU had some rather stupid ones that were personal fouls. On the other hand, Houston's 69-yard TD was allowed to stand after their receiver pushed off and no flag was thrown. The ESPN announcers marveled that when Houston's defense obviously jumped into the neutral zone during a play no flag was forthcoming.

    The interception that hurt BYU the most was the one that was in the end zone, giving Houston the ball with a touch-back. At that point in the game, a TD would have been awfully hard on UH's mental outlook.

    Once again, the officials didn't give a fair shake to both teams (I saw holding never called on UH's line, except once when it was more obvious other times) but at least they didn't affect the outcome of the game. Nothing new there.

    Houston has no one to blame other than the guy that dropped the two-point try after their last TD. BYU's attempt at two would have worked like magic had it been a reverse, not an option sweep that failed. Are you listening, coaches?