BYU football: Notre Dame outmuscles mistake-prone Cougars

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  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Nov. 25, 2013 3:26 p.m.

    This offense isn't going to bring Byu to the next level, Just recruit a true passing QB and then maybe Byu could be good. Until then Byu won't rise and shout on any level. After the Byu touchdown Notre Dame realized all they had to do was drop back in zone, double Hoffman and Hill would take off after 2 seconds which would result in a punt. On the other side Notre Dame destroyed Byu on the ground, which setup big pass plays because Notre Dame's QB can actually pass.

  • SyracuseCoug Syracuse, ut
    Nov. 25, 2013 10:01 a.m.

    Well, tough loss on national television. It's obvious this offense needs a lot of work. BYU needs a solid, consistent O-line that controls the line of scrimmage. Taysom is a fantastic athlete, but he has work to do on the passing game (get rid of the ball). Plus, he needs to get the blessing to audible out of play-calls. Anae looks rusty to me, he looked confused on the sideline during the Notre Dame game. Having said all the negative, I'm still a die-hard Cougar fan and I hope that with one more year of experience, Hill will improve his passing game and Anae will find a comfortable groove in his play calling. But the main problem is this O-line, they have to get that fixed ASAP or next year will be the same scenario. If BYU can control the line of scrimmage, they will win these tough games on the road like ND and Wisconsin. Excited for the bowl game!


  • AFMech APO, AE
    Nov. 25, 2013 7:27 a.m.

    It was a difficult game to watch, and a tough loss. But you can't place all the blame on Anae or Hill. Hill is finishing up his first year as a starter, and Anae is trying to instill this new offense. Next year I am hoping that both Anae and Hill are comfortable enough with the GFGH system and EACH OTHER, for Hill to audible out and call his own plays. There hasn't been many audibles called at all this year. But I believe that once Hill uses this experience and correctly reads the defense, that this GFGH system will work.

    I don't like to point the finger and blame when things go wrong, so I'm just going to attribute the loss to being out played. ND wanted the win, we just wanted to "execute." There's the difference in the mentality of the players on the field. I just hope they get that instinct to drive on and push through for the "W." Best of luck in Nevada Cougs, and best of luck in SF. I would like to see some grit and determination in these last 2 games.


  • wahului Stockton, CA
    Nov. 25, 2013 2:53 a.m.

    I've been a rabid BYU fan for over 35 years. This really sucks. I can't describe how sick I am of hearing "we just execute and it's a different game"...Our O line looks like the 150th best in the nation. There's virtually NEVER a hole for an RB to break through, and on passing plays, defenses come across like they're coming out of the blocks in a track meet. RB's very rarely block blitzing defenders, and the last two games that I've observed, Williams has been one of the worst offenders. Nearly all of our linemen, both sides, look slower and weaker than opposing lines. I find that hard to believe, but it keeps happening. Another performance like the last three and we'll probably lose to Nevada too. Yes, even the blowout of ISU didn't exhibit excellent line play. This unit is by far the weakest and costliest link on the team. It all starts with the Offensive line, and ours is so bad that it's hard to analyze any other aspect of our offense. Also, we should probably stop running into the middle of a stacked box. DUH!!!!

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 25, 2013 12:31 a.m.

    Cougar lineman are big enough. They are not strong enough or fast enough. Most successful lines stay intact during the year and they don't shuffel guys in and out. Anae's system for rotating O lineman is plain stupid and hads cost us big games all year. We should have never lost to Virginia, Utah or Notre Dame. Wisconsin is the only team I felt the Cougars should have lost to. Using a new line every week is a joke. All games are won in the trenches and BYU just plain got pushed around. The O line is Soft and the D Line isn't strong enough. #44 on the D line was a non factor. No tackles no QB hurries. He's been a good player except against N.D. and Wisconsin. He's just plain too weak. Kafusi and the nose takle are fine players But Peck can't handle the stronger lineman. We need to beef up both lines, finding players who can stay healthy and who are committed to getting stronger. And we need an O.C. that does not choke in every big game.

  • Scores Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 24, 2013 8:19 p.m.

    The Y spent so much time in the second half against Idaho State trying to find ways not to score so they wouldn't run up the score, that it must have carried over to the game in South Bend. So many chances in the red zone, but it looked like they were trying to find ways not to score. It worked.

  • islandboy Honolulu, HI
    Nov. 24, 2013 8:11 p.m.

    Tough loss for the Cougs, even tougher for the U. BYU going to SFO in Dec, Utah regroup and better luck next year. Look forward, not backward.

  • duck Saint George, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 5:29 p.m.

    Obviously BYU must recruit bigger, stronger, faster linemen! Last year's crew was weak and this year we still can't compete well enough with the likes of Wisconsin and Notre Dame. But, there's another problem. Robert Anae still is not calling plays well. That's the problem in the red zone. His plays are exactly what the opposition expects--most of the time.

    What's more in Saturday's game, when time was running out, Anae had extremely poor clock management. That is not the time to call running plays in the middle of the field. Yet 2 of the last 4 plays were runs. That's plain stupid! At least incomplete passes would have stopped the clock. BYU better work on 2 minute drills. We have been horrible in that department when we've had to come from behind. I attribute that ALL to Robert Anae.

  • bigv56 Cottonwood, CA
    Nov. 24, 2013 3:32 p.m.

    If,if,if. BYU was outplayed by a stronger opponent with blue choppers on the line. You got beat. Quit whining,mistakes apart of byu games ,it has bugged me for years. Tightn it up this week and beat Reno. Fans almost as bad as ute fans.

  • Hugh G. Hater Swat Lake City, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    I believe BYU fans and the school itself now have different wants from the football program.

    Fans want to beat the rival on the hill and be in "BCS discussions" and be selected to prestigious bowl games. Bronco has not done this consistently.

    BYU/church officials want the program to get "national exposure" (lds exposure in essence) and television contract money. Bronco has done that.

    There is the rub and I doubt it will change any time soon.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 1:23 p.m.

    The sky is not falling. A ten point loss to ND on the road is hardly a blowout. If Lasike had had not come up five yards short on that late run the game could have gone either way. My biggest complaint is why BYU always settles for field goals instead of going for a TD. 4th and one or two yards, game on the line, why not go for the score. Fake a FG or punt attempt, add some excitement to the game. East coast coug. Neither the U or BYU programs stink. Utah lost their starting QB two years in a row. Utah beat 5th ranked Stanford, BYU ranked Texas. Come on. Some disappointing losses for both schools. If BYU Stinks why would ND, Wisconsin, Texas put them on the schedule.

  • JmThms Henderson, NV
    Nov. 24, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    Chris B,

    You say that ND showed their superiority. OK, but then also admit that Washington State, Oregon State, UCLA, ASU, USC, Oregon, and Arizona are superior to the little University of Utah. Well, not ALL is lost: you have Colorado coming up. But, as usual, that will be the END OF YOUR SEASON. But even then, you once again have BYU's bowl game that will give you an opportunity to continue your interest in a college football game.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 12:57 p.m.


    KVN may be a great player, but he was speaking only for himself when he labeled this year's game as BYU's "superbowl".

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    @ BYU9293

    "Also, the Utah game is not a s big a thing to BYU program as it is to Utah."

    ....Um, I'm pretty sure BYU's best player called the Utah game BYU's "superbowl" Doesn't get much bigger than that.

  • BYU9293 Clinton, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    The number of strawman arguments made by Ute fans is absolutely amazing. BYU did not walk around like they were national champions after beating Idaho State, they realized it was what it was. The team and most fans recognized it as a practice game. Yes, BYU lost to Wisconsin and Notre Dame, they are not a great team this year, but they are still a good team. At 4 and 7, Utah is not even a good team, period. There is not such thing as a good team with 4 wins and 7 losses. Under the circumstances that BYU recruits, I think they do an amazing job and I am so proud of our team. We have coaches who do things the right way and they are successful, they have many more winning seasons and bowl game seasons than not.

  • Amorphous Draper, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 10:20 a.m.

    It makes no difference how "uptempo" your offense is, when the play calling is so predictable and unimaginative. Also, is it just me or when you have a guy like Adam Hine, who seems always a step away from breaking every kickoff return, a 7'2" high jumper IN HIGH SCHOOL, do you think you could add him as a more frequent threat on offense? It just seems logical that, given the lack of true athletes that the Y is not able to recruit year in and year out, when you get one purely because he is a faithful returned missionary and BYU is where he "felt like he should be" for heavens sake (literally!) use the kid!

  • Undefeated Hyrum, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    I dont understand why any fan of BYU is disappointed by the win loss record the past 10 years. What have they ever accomplished since LaVell left to indicate they are a better team than any mid major. It is what it is, and hoping and praying will never make the cougars better. If they would have hired Gary Andersen they would have beat Wisconsin.

  • TamaBYU Provo, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    Sick of all these comments from the team and players saying:
    "We are excited for the challenge"
    Can they be excited and win for once. They beat ISU and walk around campus thinking they have won the National Championship.

  • BYU9293 Clinton, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 7:36 a.m.

    I don't think Anae is the problem at all. Remember, Hill is only a Sophomore and had only started like 2 games coming into this season. I like the read option, but I see Hill making the wrong read many times. Not sure if he even is supposed to read, they can run designed plays that look like the read option. Hill needs work on mechanics in the pocket, footwork especially.
    To Ute fans on here, any bowl game is better...always better. Teams do not consider it a failure if they don't get to a BCS bowl. That just does not fly. A winning season is a winning season. Also, BYU has 6 wins against teams that are going to bowls this year, Utah State, Texas, Houston, Boise St, Georgia Tech, and Middle Tennessee State (yup, they will be going). The Utes have 3 wins against bowl eligible teams. Overall, BYU is having more success and is the better matter what has happened head to head lately. Also, the Utah game is not a s big a thing to BYU program as it is to Utah.

  • LadyMoon Crestucky, FL
    Nov. 24, 2013 3:17 a.m.

    I am truly disappointed in our mediocre Cougars! I was hoping for so much better, as this year's squad appears just as lackluster as last year's. It was to be a 'teaching moment' with water cooler friends of other faiths that our fighting Cougars were going to establish when in the end, it now will only be a 'smile' and embarrassment, taking in their comments and having to agree, BYU does not belong on the same field with 'real' football programs. Further, stats will show BYU is incapable of even besting their 'independent' teams as the one with the best record. How are we going to compete for a slot in the Big Ten or anywhere else playing mostly-just-average like this? (But hey, at least we make good money for the school, right fans!)

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Nov. 23, 2013 11:37 p.m.

    I'm beginning to think that the read option is getting figured out. Oregon gets whacked by AZ. BYU's read option is going nowhere against big teams. Stanford (very big team) is beating option teams. Stack the box and put pressure on the QB. This was a good year with some good wins. Two very bad losses, and two losses to superior teams. I can live with that.

    I like Hill, but he's not there yet. But lets not jump off the bandwagon; he has just finished his first year at QB. He'll be fine. The O-line was patchwork this year. They'll be better next year (hopefully).

    Very disappointed in Anae's play calling. But if your QB can't find anyone open and they're stopping the run, you're gonna look bad. But I'd like to see something other than read option next year. I think it is on the way out. But what do I know.

    Bottom line: BYU is not top tier this year, but light years ahead of last year. Give Notre Dame credit. They came to play. Maybe next time BYU will have the horses to play too.

  • idaho cougar fan Twin Falls, ID
    Nov. 23, 2013 11:29 p.m.

    Thanks CougarSunDevil.

    Congrats on the Pac 12 South title. I would like Bronco to be a little more like Coach Graham and be more aggressive on both sides of the ball.

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    Nov. 23, 2013 11:23 p.m.


    Who said BYU fans are "satisfied" with the Fight Hunger Bowl?

    It'll be a fun bowl, in a great location, and BYU will be playing a decent opponent, but the vast majority of BYU fans expect much more from BYU, although ANY bowl is better than the couch potato bowl that the kids on the hill are becoming accustomed to.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    Nov. 23, 2013 11:08 p.m.

    Agreed Idaho Cougar Fan,

    I'm not buying into the hype anymore. BYU needs to start delivering consistently instead of being so up and down. It's good BYU is going bowling this year, but if they draw USC like some pundents say, I don't see BYU pulling out the W. GFGH only works when you're not talking about three and outs.

  • idaho cougar fan Twin Falls, ID
    Nov. 23, 2013 10:49 p.m.

    Tough game to watch. BYU was outmanned at the lines and Taysom has to play better in big games. That being said, Anae cannot call a good game. Ran the QB draw like 5 or 6 times, worked once. Pound up the middle with Jamal it goes no where! So lets run a flee flicker for a big play (he forgot that those only work when you can actually run the ball up the middle effectively, see ND). Point is, BYU does not quite have the athletes to play vanilla and they need to be more aggressive and creative in their play calling. (See BSU and Chris Peterson) Bronco talks about reaching new heights with the program and wins on the road at Wisconsin and ND are what it takes to do that, but he hasn't delivered.

  • flatlander Omaha, NE
    Nov. 23, 2013 10:49 p.m.

    I'm not a Ute fan, thought it was stupid to join the PAC 12 but they went for the money and they will become the next Washington State. The Y made a gamble going football independence but sold out it's other sports. I just don't understand why the Y is satisfied with being bowl eligible when 50% of teams are. Most teams consider it a failure to not make a BCS bowl or at least play tier 2 on January 1.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 10:30 p.m.

    The Y loses to both Wisconsin and ND by about the same point spread - fairly close games but BYU just doesn't have the QB who can deliver when it counts. Far too many incomplete passes that Hill just doesn't seem to be able to beat good defenses yet. When he does have open receivers against good teams he seems to get flustered and his accuracy disappears. Maybe he gets better ...more accurate and polished next season?? BYU has only one decent win and that is against Texas and seems to be about all Bronco can deliver each year.

  • The Moose Southern, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 10:00 p.m.

    @worf: we had millions $)( of reasons to join the Pac12. Over time that will make a huge difference in all sports, not just football.

  • scenic view Baltimore, MD
    Nov. 23, 2013 9:53 p.m.


    "How is a prearranged bowl game any better than not going to one?"

    Only a jealous Utah fan would pose such a ridiculous question.

  • wallyball SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 9:34 p.m.

    For those folks who are expecting creativity and productivity in the play calling I give you this quote from Robert Anae: "I believe we didn't score enough points on offense and that is the reason we lost this game."

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 23, 2013 9:20 p.m.

    At worf

    Give it a rest Sporto!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 23, 2013 9:13 p.m.


    Why join the PAC 12 if you're going to whine of the results?

    Excuses are a sign of weakness.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 23, 2013 9:03 p.m.

    Tough loss for BYU, i wish them well the rest of the way!

  • KSUBYU Las Vegas, NV
    Nov. 23, 2013 8:49 p.m.

    News Flash to Anane: Better play calls need to be done all over the field and not just the red zone. Once again you were out coach by an inferior team. Next season needs to see a huge improvement or all the staff should be gone.

  • esodije ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    Nov. 23, 2013 8:41 p.m.

    I'll say it -- BYU isn't a great team. It did beat Texas handily, but it needed to win at least two out of three against Utah, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame to lay claim to greatness, and of course it lost all three. I think the Y has a good chance to win its bowl game, and I'll be rooting for them, but I have no delusions about its being a top-25 team this year.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 23, 2013 8:40 p.m.

    Nothing like a ute defeat to ease the pain.

  • Alpiner Alpine, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 8:13 p.m.

    Anyone else notice that Anae looked lost on the sideline? he just can't think quickly enough. When the cougars get in the red zone I cringe because I know we probably won't get a touchdown.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 8:13 p.m.


    "How is a prearranged bowl game any better than not going to one?" Aren't most bowls somewhat prearranged? The Kraft Fight Hunger bowl is a WHOLE lot better that not going to a bowl game and especially not going to a bowl game for two years.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Nov. 23, 2013 8:11 p.m.

    RE: NightOwlAmerica

    "Congrats on your signature win against Idaho State."

    I don't get these kinds of comments. BYU played well against Notre Dame and Wisconsin, two teams that at the beginning of the season were expected to be losses. BYU BEAT several teams that will be bowling this year, thereby exceeding expectations for this season. If there was a signature win this season it was destroying #15 ranked Texas.

    And NightOwl I'd be careful about dissing Idaho State, I believe you (the Utes) play them next season. If you can't beat the dregs of the PAC12 (i.e. WSU, CU) ISU might be more formidable than you're expecting.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 8:12 p.m.

    Okay everybody, it is more than quite clear that Ute fans and Cougar fans alike are upset today and with good reason.

    The fact of the matter is, neither fan base has anything to brag about right now. Both BYU and Utah had important games today and neither team delivered.

    Ute fans. Yes, your team has beaten BYU four years in a row. CONGRATS! But when it comes to winning key games in the PAC 12, the conference you proudly belong to now, your team under performs again and again, and that has nothing to do with BYU. You wanted to be in the PAC 12, right? Well, you asked for it, you got it.

    Cougar fans. You beat Texas, Houston, Boise State and Utah State. WONDERFUL! But in your three biggest games this season (Utah, Wisconsin and Notre Dame) you could not deliver. Too many mistakes, especially on the offense. You want to be a part of the big boys in college football? Fine, but you have to beat a few of them first.

  • flatlander Omaha, NE
    Nov. 23, 2013 8:09 p.m.

    Sorry guys, Utah's SOS is 3, ND is 6 and Virginia ia 19. Y lost to teams with tougher schedules. I'm not a Ute fan just amazed at what Y fans brag about. If you can't win then you brag about SOS. Top 25 Teams do not brag about just being bowl eligible as 50% of teams are bowl eligible. OK so your content with being in the top 50%.

  • NightOwlAmerica SALEM, OR
    Nov. 23, 2013 7:52 p.m.

    How is a prearranged bowl game any better than not going to one? Is BYU that insecure?
    Another nationally televised game = another BYU loss. And this wasn't on ESPN! LOL!
    Congrats on your signature win against Idaho State.

  • blue & white Boise, ID
    Nov. 23, 2013 7:36 p.m.

    Robert A. needs to learn what to call in the blue zone. Andy Boyce had some suggestions in the post game show. Robert can you be humble and talk to Andy.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Nov. 23, 2013 7:17 p.m.

    re: flatlander

    "BYU loses to teams at the bottom of the ACC and PAC 12 but plays a weak enough schedule to go bowling to a third tier bowl playing the number 6th team in a conference and they brag about it. If that meets your expectations go for it."

    BYU's SOS is currently ranked 24th in the country... that's ahead of Alabama, Oregon, FSU, Wisconsin, Stanford, Ohio State, etc. Best come up with a different argument.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 7:17 p.m.

    For all the talk and anticipation for this team, guess what, the offense scored fewer points and the defense gave up more points than last year's team did. Plus, this was a much weaker ND squad than last year's.

    Beat a poor Nevada team, play a second tier team from the PAC 12 in the soda pop bowl and call it a season.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Nov. 23, 2013 7:10 p.m.

    Greatly disappointed at how the Cougars looked today. As I type I'm listening to KSL's post-game show and nodding to most of what Greg, Nate and Mark are saying. Bronco needs to force something different with the offense, especially on 3rd downs and in the Blue Zone.

    But at least . . .

    While we "only" lost by 10 to a national team who played in the NC game last year, while the super-awesome PAC team on the hill loses by 12 to a bottom-dweller of it's conference to silence all--well, most of--the haters. Silver linings will have to suffice tonight.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Nov. 23, 2013 7:10 p.m.

    BYU doesn't play well east of the Mississippi. I'm not surprised they lost. Disappointed, but not surprised. Too many missing pieces due to injuries.

    Those calling for Anae to be fired: you probably called for the same thing last time. Then you got Doman and proceeded to blame him for everything. It doesn't matter who the OC or HC is, you'll probably continue to complain.

  • gb13 Herriman, Utah
    Nov. 23, 2013 7:04 p.m.

    @ Flatlander. At least we won't have to play utah in that (3rd) tier Bowl Game. Becasue they are not good enough to make (any) bowl. We are going to get a "better-than-utah" pac-12 team and kick their butts. What will you have to say at that time?

  • scenic view Baltimore, MD
    Nov. 23, 2013 7:02 p.m.


    Unfortunately for U, your spin doesn't reflect reality.

    BYU did NOT play a weak schedule!

    BYU's 2013 schedule was more difficult than ANY schedule the Utes have ever played in their entire history, prior to this season.

    In fact, BYU played a Top 20 schedule, and beat SIX bowl teams that won at least SEVEN games, including a couple of teams, Boise State and Houston, that Utah has NEVER beaten.

    Bottom line: Utah's wins versus BYU and Stanford were as much a fluke as Virginia's win over BYU.

    It's laughable that you're mocking a bowl that is tied to the PAC that Utah wouldn't have been good enough to qualify for even if the Utes had won their last two games to become bowl eligible.

  • CincyRed13 SLC, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 6:54 p.m.


    BYU played an above average schedule this year. They are a good football team but not quite ready for the national stage. They played well enough to go bowling. No need to tear down the Y because Utah couldn't take care of business. The Utes have the Y's number, but that's not what matters. How you end is.

  • flatlander Omaha, NE
    Nov. 23, 2013 6:46 p.m.

    So Utah plays a tough schedule and won't go bowling but beat BYU every year. BYU loses to teams at the bottom of the ACC and PAC 12 but plays a weak enough schedule to go bowling to a third tier bowl playing the number 6th team in a conference and they brag about it. If that meets your expectations go for it.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Nov. 23, 2013 6:27 p.m.

    BYU and Utah have a lot in common. Both have fans who think they deserve recognition on the national stage and both are disasters on the field. Yes, Utah has beaten BYU four straight years but after seeing the rest of their season, I think they're focusing too much on one game.

    I say all you people out in Utah get big heads when you beat one or two teams at home and don't have a clue how good the competition is out here in the rest of the country. Both programs stink!!

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Nov. 23, 2013 6:23 p.m.

    We talk about who we get to "play" but isn't the goal to WIN some of these? Our offensive coaches have no imagination, our players play with no intensity, our whole team just looks pathetic. BYU has not won a game of consequence since the '90's. I just wonder what (if anything) is going through Bronco's head during these fiasco's.

    And please....FIRE ANAE NOW!!!

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 6:06 p.m.

    "BTW recruit O-linemen"

    Actually a lot of the blame needs to be on Taysom Hill. He had a lot of time to throw the ball most of the time, but often didn't throw the ball to receivers that were open when seeing the replays, or at least throw it away. Then there were many plays where our receivers just weren't getting open. I thought BYUs O-line play was actually better in this game than against Wisconsin, but still needing improvement. The reason Wisconsin and ND beat BYU is their O-lines controlled our D-line and owned the line of scrimmage. I agree we need to recruit O lineman, but we need a better D-line as well.

    Chrissy...if u weren't so virulent toward BYU I would actually feel sorry for u...but u insist on embarrassing yourself. That weak, horrible Wazzu team rung up your supposedly great defense to the tune of 587 yards and 49 points. Why so quiet now? Did you burn your it tough and hard to swallow? "LOL

  • perfidemintrepidus Riverton, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 6:02 p.m.

    Disappointing to watch the game end in a loss with the defense giving us a chance to pull it off. Anae ceases to puzzle me with some of the offensive calls. Who decides to run the ball with a few minutes left and no timeouts? Lasike looked great in this game and it's too bad that he didn't get the ball more.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Nov. 23, 2013 6:00 p.m.

    Robert Anae continues to be unprepared for the good teams. There is no creativity, no precision, no tight ends, few screens (none executed well), no crossing patterns. The offense is slow to the punch. The RB's are good, but the holes are not there when they try to hit them. Timing is bad. The defense kept the game reachable, but mistakes doomed the Cougars. Hoffman is amazing. It was a decent game with an average team visiting South Bend, at least today. Congratulations for being great young men. I hope we can win the last two games so that my 8-5 predicted season can be exceeded. I set the bar low.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Nov. 23, 2013 5:52 p.m.


    KVN and Hoffman will finish their careers with 4 straight bowls and 3 bowl wins already in the bag.

    Utah's seniors will finish their careers with back-to-back couch potato bowls.

    Enjoy the pillow fight in the Rockies; it's the only thing you've got left from another losing season on the hill.

  • BYUBrasilFan Kearns, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 5:50 p.m.

    @KVN/Hoff want 0-4 against UTAH... didn't you mean "went", not "want"? lol, typically ute

    I marked it down and saw another great year where Utah will NOT GO BOWLING! LOL! The utes are the worst team in the PAC-12. Perhaps you can ask the PAC-12 to let you go back to the MWC next year where you might actually get bowl eligible.

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 5:43 p.m.

    Chris, and all of your incarnations: I hear crickets chirping

  • MacNasty Rexburg, ID
    Nov. 23, 2013 5:41 p.m.

    KVN/Hoff want 0-4 against UTAH,

    Correction on your post. It should read 0% chance Utah wins.

    Enjoy your couch this holiday season.

  • MacNasty Rexburg, ID
    Nov. 23, 2013 5:39 p.m.

    Bad day for the Cougs and worse for the utes. Robert "run up the middle" Anae need some innovation and a lot more imagination. BTW recruit O-linemen.

    Chris B and 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0, your team won't even make it to the "Welcome Doormat" bowl this year. Enjoy your holiday couches

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    Nov. 23, 2013 5:33 p.m.

    Tough loss. They were able to hang in there and make a game of it.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Nov. 23, 2013 5:32 p.m.

    So predictable on offense.
    And what is the deal with not throwing to the sidelines in a final set of drives when you burned your timeouts ? We need a vicious offensive line, time to shake it up in spring ball.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 5:28 p.m.

    The last offensive possession epitomizes why Robert Anae should NOT be calling plays!

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 5:25 p.m.

    The only thing we can mark down today is another year when the utes are home for the holidays. Finally a Cougar team that takes the community college from Salt Lake to the wood shed. 49 to 37. Go Cougars!

  • tlaulu Taylorsville, Utah
    Nov. 23, 2013 5:25 p.m.

    This game brought out the worst in my southern redneck grammar.

  • kitsutsuki South Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 23, 2013 5:18 p.m.

    This has been BYU's MO for decades. Bottom line is that BYU cannot consistently get the athletes they need (especially the "big" boys) and they are never going to be any better than "a good team". I am a huge BYU fan, but history doesn't lie.

  • TamaBYU Provo, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 4:58 p.m.

    Chris B is right. Typical BYU can't show up for big games. All the big games we hoped to win are all lost. 4 yrs to utah, who knows how many years to ND

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Nov. 23, 2013 4:14 p.m.

    Right now both BYU and Utah are down by a touchdown. The difference between the two programs? BYU is getting beat by one of historically best programs in all of college football--and one that is on the fringe of being ranked. Utah is losing to one of the worst teams in all of college football.

    Go Cougars and Cougars!

  • BYU9293 Clinton, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 3:40 p.m.

    Unfortunately, this looks like the Wisconsin game all over. We are being dominated by their offensive line. You cannot win unless you can control the line of scrimmage and we are not on both sides of the ball. Disappointing. However, the balm is that the Utes are getting hammered by Washington State.

  • oaklandaforlife SLC, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 3:35 p.m.

    Big stage Cougars. Make us proud and make some gosh darn tackles. We all know that the refs are making all the wrong calls. Gosh darn refs.

  • KVN/Hoff want 0-4 against UTAH Ogden, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 3:32 p.m.

    Been switching between the byu notre dame game and the Utah Washington state. The difference to me is Utah has shot themselves in the foot, but is responding very nicely and has the momentum.

    Byu is flat out outmanned. They are better than byu. It looks like Wisconsin all over. You can talk about "execution" all you want, but Notre Dame is simply better.

    Look for Notre Dame to continue to control both sides of the ball and win comfortably by 14-20.

    Look for Utah to come back and win, just like I said.

    0% chance byu wins
    0$ chance Utah loses

    Mark it Down

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Nov. 23, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    Anae needs to mix it up a little and stop running on EVERY 1st down.

    BYU's defense is going to wear down in the 2nd half if the offense doesn't put together some long drives.

    Go Cougs!

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 3:22 p.m.

    Nice to see Chria B is watching the BYU game and not the fiasco in Washington where Utah has given up two pick-sixes in a row. Go COUGARS and GOUGARS!!

  • nairbnosral American Fork, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 3:14 p.m.

    Chris, go worry about your team that is currently losing to Washington State.

  • 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0 Ogden, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 3:03 p.m.

    I think I've figured out byu's game plan on defense: Just tackle the guy before the ball gets there.


    Go IRISH! They are my church school. And they a premier school, on and off the field.

  • Big 12 Call Yet? Ogden, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    Is this the "exposure" byu fans keep talking about? One thing for sure, you're finally getting the true national audience(outside of members just of your faith) watching your games.

    But that's not you. Its notre dame.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 2:52 p.m.

    And its another byu...PUNT

    This game is playing out, well, exactly as we thought it would. Notre Dame showing their superior athletic ability and coaching. byu secondary staying true to what a byu secondary is.

    A lot of byu "exposure" today.


  • CincyRed13 SLC, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 2:51 p.m.


    Stop commenting on BYU articles and start worrying about your mighty Utes who are losing to Washington State

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Nov. 23, 2013 2:43 p.m.

    Chrissy, however BYU is playing, it can't hold a candle to how poorly the Utes are doing. Try not to embarrass yourself today

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 2:43 p.m.



    And no, its not byu in the lead.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 2:39 p.m.

    this "great" byu defense is getting DOMINATED.


    Get a double dose of crow ready byu fans.

    Whats better than 1 cougar loss? Two cougar losses, with Utah(as usual) getting the better of the cougars.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    Well this pretty much sums it up:

    Told ya!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    byu started bad, and continues to look bad.

    Utah started bad, but is right back in it now.

    Go Irish
    Go Utes

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 2:33 p.m.

    Looking like we're headed for 2 cougar LOSSES

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 2:15 p.m.

    Chris B

    You should be paying more attention to your own team which is getting CRUSHED 21-0 in the 1st Quarter by the Washington State Cougars!

  • Vanceone Provo, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    I like to see Chris B here, but not on the Utah live game.... but then, at this moment, BYU has tied the game 7-7 and Utah is down 14-0. If this holds out, Chris will be suffering.

    Too early to tell. I don't want to be like Chris was on the Utah Oregon game.....

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 1:54 p.m.

    Well that was easy!

    Byu secondary playing like a byu secondary.

    7-0 notre dame.

    Go Irish!

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 1:28 p.m.

    Big game today!!!!

    Go Cougars!!!!

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 1:19 p.m.

    Good luck Cougars! Make us proud!

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Nov. 23, 2013 12:49 p.m.

    Gooooo mighty Cougars!