BYU football: Cougars receive good news and bad news on the injury front

Mitch Mathews out for season with shoulder injury; Spencer Hadley could be back for Notre Dame

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  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 6:14 p.m.

    "LOL sure they are Utah won the game head to head to prove who the better team was."

    And apparently Utah is better than Stanford; they proved that head to head.

    And last year LSU was better than Alabama. They proved that head to head. And Alabama was better than LSU. They proved that head to head.

    Eastern Washington is better than Oregon State. Oregon State is better than Utah. Utah is better than Stanford. Stanford is better than Oregon.

    So Eastern Washington is better than Oregon and Stanford; it has been proven by head to head games. The pollsters have no idea what they're talking about!

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Nov. 13, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    It was close in September.
    Utah can not throw the ball.
    To say it is not close is crazy.
    good luck

  • 2BCSWINS West of I15, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    @cougiefaninTX..."Utah - they were the better team in September, but any objective viewer would agree that the Cougs are the better team now, after finding their offense in October."

    LOL sure they are Utah won the game head to head to prove who the better team was. As far as right now Utah is still the better team and it's not close. As far as the cougies finding their offense of course they found it against bad teams. When they played a good D however like wisconsin and Utah it shows exactly how good they are.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Nov. 12, 2013 10:16 p.m.

    Not ready to give up on Anae yet. But if we struggle offensively against the Irish, Nevada or our eventual bowl opponent I will be.

    Taysom and our defense have incredible upside for next year. It would be a crime to waste that through a lack of imagination and daring.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Nov. 12, 2013 9:22 p.m.

    Wisconsin was clearly the better team, and while I was severely disappointed that BYU did not play better, Wisconsin deserves full credit for that win. They are under-rated. I hoped BYU would win, but I am not surprised that they didn't, especially considering that it was on the road @ Wisconsin.

    However, the coaching could have been better. Still so many penalties against BYU. And I disagree with Bronco's decision to punt when there was about 3 minutes left. I agree with the ESPN commentators that that call ended BYU's chances of winning (although I doubt Bronco actually "gave up" by punting). In addition, Anae's play calling is STILL questionable at times. Running it on 3rd and long not once, but at least THREE times!? (3rd and 9, 3rd and 13, and another 3rd and 13 I believe, or something similar). And why do the receivers keep dropping passes? At least they're not tipping it up to be intercepted.

    On the other hand, while Anae's play calling is suspect much of the time, his offenses are good. His play calling is pretty much the only thing holding him back.

  • Randelius SCOTTSDALE, AZ
    Nov. 12, 2013 7:37 p.m.

    The Anae criticisms are pretty funny. Clearly a successful offense depends on the players' actual execution of the plays, and the team has improved admirably at that over the course of the season, going from looking hapless vs a crappy Virginia team to stomping a perennially strong BSU squad and playing an elite Wisconsin team close. Anae's Offense was R&P ranked #18 in 2005, #4 in 2006, #14 in '07, #8 in '08, #6 in '09, and fell to #80 during the Heaps/Nelson QB carousel debacle of 2010.

    In contrast, Doman's offenses were ranked #55 and #44 respectively.

    Also, cdchttrtn, did you really cite to Utah State v UNLV for examples of great offense? You do realize we destroyed Utah State with our sub-par Anae offense and would do the same to UNLV, right? No wonder you don't understand Bronco's thinking; you apparently don't understand football.

  • cdchttrtn meridian, idaho
    Nov. 12, 2013 4:22 p.m.

    Eastcoastcoug. I agree with you that I hope Anae is short lived. He is not college OC. I say this because almost every OC in the country is in the press box during the game. He is on the field and you can't get the entire picture standing on the sidelines. His offense is terrible and his play calling is worst and his offensive passing routes are not much better than a junior high football team. If any of you watched the Utah State v UNLV you would have seen both offenses play like a college football team. I was not in favor of bringing Anae back. He wasn't any good when he was here before. I just don't understand Bronco's thinking.

  • Hochmut West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 12, 2013 10:11 a.m.

    There was disappointment in the game and less confidence in Bronco leading a team to victory over a superior opponent; again he had two weeks to prepare and it wasn't rocket science to know from film that Wisconsin runs the ball and we did nothing early to stop that.
    Then again, his conservative calling when we should have gone for a firstdown mid-field late in the 4th when we needed points--instead it was a punt that only changed the field 20 yards--and Wisconsin could just run those twenty yards in two plays. Whit would have gone for it and made it. Time for Bronco to step up and play football and stop with the excuses and tell us the team failed to "execute" and "we didn't make plays"--we have heard this before.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Nov. 12, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    There are a few teams in the nation better than BYU. Wisconsin is one of them. I preducted Wisconsin 42-24 over BYU and was hoping it would not be a blow out. I was afraid for a 7-5 season, but it looks like at least 8 wins now.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Nov. 12, 2013 9:13 a.m.

    BYU is a team that is still trying to find itself on offense. I hope Anae's tenure there is shortlived as he really has no clue how to lead an offense, call plays or get the best from his players. His hurry up offense is just that: a faster version of an Anae offense that has no tricks up its sleeve, and goes so fast his QB can't make reads and his receivers don't seem to know where they're supposed to be.

    Hill is a better QB than Nelson or Heaps but he is so inconsistent and plays like a guy who hasn't been prepared. The Offense also doesn't adjust when things aren't going well. If anything, they make the Offense less interesting as the game wears on (far too many running plays).

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Nov. 12, 2013 9:08 a.m.

    I characterize this as successful season, but with missed opportunities.

    Virginia - what happened? This loss should have never happened.

    Utah - they were the better team in September, but any objective viewer would agree that the Cougs are the better team now, after finding their offense in October.

    Wiscosin - clearly the better team, but BYU was never out of the game. Wisconsin is playing like a Top 10 where Sagarin has them ranked. But a couple of extra stops on defense or a couple of extra completions and the Cougs could have stolen this one.

    Idaho and Nevada - should be wins.

    Notre Dame - this should be a good contest. But BYU clearly looks like the better team this year. If ND plays like they did against Pitt, it will be an easy win.

    Bowl - I'm betting on either USC or Oregon State.

    And believing we will finish the season 4-0 which could put BYU in many pre-season Top 25 polls for 2014.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Nov. 12, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    The game ended up as I imagined. I was "hoping" & rooting for a Cougs victory, but I honestly don't recall any other time this season we've gone up against such a formidable opponent on both sides of the ball. We have to admit that Wisconsin is the better team; period. My prediction was 27-10 Wisconsin (my BYU son wasn't too happy with me!!), so I wasn't too far off. Coach Andersen has a great team. We have a good, solid team as well. There's no doubt we'll finish the season strong with two wins. Notre Dame is very beatable this season.

    From this article, can someone kindly explain what an "adductor injury" is? I've never heard of that one before.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Nov. 12, 2013 7:45 a.m.

    It was a decent game and I congratulate the Cougars for living up to my expectations. It was a hard game to watch because the Cougars took too long to find themselves and the deficit was too large to overcome by that time. I would have loved to be jumping around the room and yelling and shouting for joy at great plays and outstanding effort. But alas, I remained on my couch more somber than I wanted to be. I think BYU can win out, so I'll be hoping for that. I expected 3-5 losses this year and if it stays at 3, my expectations will be met on the good end of it. I did not expect losses at Virginia and Utah, so BYU won some good games I didn't expect. I enjoyed those games, such as Texas and Georgia Tech. I hope the injured players come back and finish the season strong. Thanks for giving us a good game against Wisconsin. Good luck the rest of the year.

  • The Dixie Kid Saint George, UT
    Nov. 12, 2013 6:17 a.m.

    Ross Apo really needs to step up now since Matthews is out.