BYU football report card: Cougars recover from lackluster start to beat Nevada

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    Dec. 1, 2013 5:52 p.m.

    Colby, I do believe you that Bronco does his best to maintain an even keel for the rivalry game, and tries to get his players to do the same. But as you said, it's obvious that the game is not the same as Nevada, Virginia, Idaho State, or even Wisconsin for the players. Those teams aren't loaded with players that the majority of the team grew up playing with or against, talk weekly with, etc. It's a big game for both teams.

    Dec. 1, 2013 5:51 p.m.

    Surf, I was not aware. I follow many of BYU's results, and I follow more closely the guys that I know who play there, but don't hang on bated breath to know things like which players are elected captains. I wrongfully assumed that the guy who is the unquestioned leader of the team on the field, the one who receives all the publicity, the one who is most frequently interviewed and in the headlines, and the only one who has single-handedly won several games for the team when it seemed the rest of the starters seemed content to let his efforts alone pace them, would be elected by his peers as captain. I was wrong about that, so that's your victory, congratulations.

  • CougarColby Fort Benning, GA
    Dec. 1, 2013 2:53 p.m.


    While KVN was not elected as a team captain this year, EVERY Cougar fan knows he is the heartbeat behind the defense whether he wears the C or not.

    I do believe the whole team thought the Ute game was one of, if not, the biggest games of the year. But that goes for each and every game. Bronco doesn't treat the Ute game any differently than all other games throughout the year. Which is probably why he is 0-4 in the last four. We know Whitingham pays special attention to the BYU game, and he should. That is the game that can likely sway instate High School kids deciding between the Utes and BYU. I think what keeps both teams on fairly equal grounds is that while the Utes are beating us, they don't go to a bowl game and look awful as the PAC-12 cellar dwellars. Whereas, the Cougs lose the game (which just KILLS me), but go on to play some nationally prominent teams and get all sorts of ESPN exposure, then play a bowl game.

    If one teams is able to run the table a few years in a row, the balance will sway.

  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Dec. 1, 2013 1:39 p.m.

    StGtoSLC "..., I thought that was the role of a captain.."

    Apparently you are not aware that KVN was not elected as a team captain.


  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Dec. 1, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    Chris, Nevada is no more BYU's rival than Colorado is yours.

    I'm pretty sure a win over BYU (whatever sport) will always be sweeter than a win over CO.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2013 11:29 p.m.

    @ BeSmart

    Colorado is ranked #80. Nevada is ranked 105. CU > UNR

    @ 9293

    We all know Utah and BYU are each others main rival. Saying that the U hasn't been your rival for 40 years make you sound very silly.

    Nov. 30, 2013 11:26 p.m.

    Chamberlain, I thought that was the role of a captain, was to speak on behalf of the team that he is the leader of. Every BYU fan I personally know treats the game that way, BYU players I've known treated the game that way, and the fans that absolutely come unglued online here would indicate it that way, too. There's no shame in admitting that it's the biggest game on the schedule, but I think there is in denying it to try and save face for a loss after the fact.

  • Chamberlain Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2013 10:51 p.m.


    KVN is a great player, but he speaks only for himself when referring to the rivalry game as BYU's "Super Bowl".

    Nov. 30, 2013 10:46 p.m.

    worf, sounds like you're the one with sour grapes. Utah has just as many bowl victories as BYU.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 30, 2013 10:09 p.m.

    Report card doesn't matter when you own more wins, and bowl game victories than any other in the state.

    Everything thing else is sour grapes!

    Nov. 30, 2013 9:37 p.m.

    9293, you must've been a much better player than Kyle Van Noy then, because he called the game the team's Super Bowl. You're kidding yourself more than Chris B and any others who call Colorado their rival if you, who "played their (sic)," don't consider Utah BYU's rival.

  • BYU9293 Clinton, UT
    Nov. 30, 2013 9:24 p.m.

    It is so funny the Ute fans keep saying they have moved on and now state Colorado, (sorry, just had a laughing fit), is their big rival. And yet they keep coming to byu articles and posting. Just a little bit of inconsistency there. We are so glad you have a new rival, because to the byu players, and I played their, you have not been our rival for nearly 40 years..just another game, that is it. But don't be upset about it, you are in the Pac 12 now, so things could not possibly get any better, right?

    Nov. 30, 2013 7:40 p.m.

    Great job, Logan Ta'ele, that's my dude! I believe he's still a walk on, but if he's not on scholarship next year, shame on Bronco. He's another of a number of Southern Utah guys that would have had more than a couple scholarship offers out of high school if he had come from any high school between Spanish Fork and Ogden, and he'll be a big contributor on the defense the next couple years.

    BeSmart, according to the BYU fans' bible, aka Sagarin ratings, Colorado is a MUCH better team than UNR.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Nov. 30, 2013 7:13 p.m.

    Funny thing BYU beat a team that is better than Colorado.
    Colorado beat 2 FBS teams. LOL
    Keep bragging about your new rival.

  • Ricardo Carvalho Provo, UT
    Nov. 30, 2013 6:57 p.m.

    Yes, Chris. Aren't you glad that the season could end with the Utes playing their rival, Colorado, and BYU playing their rival, Nevada? Wow, what an exciting end to the season for both teams. Oh, I forgot. BYU has one more game.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2013 6:27 p.m.

    So is Nevada byu's rival now?