BYU football report card: Cougar special teams, red zone execution prove lackluster in loss to Washington

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  • Farid @ Pocatello Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 31, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    I think I've heard or watched most every BYU game since 1979, and since then nothing has changed.

    Because of BYU's unique nature, it can't recruit with the big guys, and most always wins against mediocre competition and loses to quality teams. That was true in 1983 and it's true in 2013.

    The worst thing the athletic department has done in the last few years was to increase the quality of schedule, thinking that would somehow help create a top-10 BYU team.

    It will never happen. BYU needs to be happy being the big fish in the little pond, winning 9-10 games a year and going to a mid-level bowl. There is nothing wrong with that.

    It's like the geeky nerd who keeps asking out the head cheerleader in high school and thinks she is saying no because he's wearing the wrong pair of shoes. Nothing wrong with palling around with Utah State and Central Florida. We're not in the same league with Florida St. and should stop trying to court her.

  • KH Holladay, UT
    Dec. 30, 2013 2:33 p.m.


    True, Utah State was a respectable team this year. However, Utah State with Chuckie Keeton is a much better team than without him. Utah played against Keeton, byu did not. Boise St., however, was a very bad team this year. They went 8-5 with a very easy schedule.

    Also, while that onside kick helped Utah in that game, it was not the deciding factor. There was still a ton of time left on the clock when they kicked that.

  • GilmerTexasCougar Gilmer, TX
    Dec. 28, 2013 8:14 p.m.

    As far as I'm concerned the coaching staff, and especially Bronco Mendenhall (after all, he IS the decision maker) deserves an F. For several years now BYU has not developed a quarterback who can pass. That is coaching. Special teams play was obviously horrible and deserves an F. Texas fired their defensive coordinator the day after their game with BYU. Our special teams coach should have been fired today. We need to go back to the West Coast offense. Really, Bronco, you consider this season a success? You are close to the only one that does.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 5:11 p.m.

    To be fair KH I wouldn't call neither Utah State or Boise bad teams, especially the former. Utah beat them, but at home and all Ute fans would honestly say that it took a fortunate bounce on an onside kick to win that one. It was also Well's first game as a coach.

    Still what should concern Ute and Cougar fans alike is that the Aggies improve as the season progressed. The Utes peeked in late September and the Y a few weeks after that while the Aggies made slow and steady progress. Without Keeton the Aggies still made a bowl game and won it. I would say their defense was one of the best in the country. Coach
    Andersen was a great coach but the Aggies are in good hands with Wells.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 5:05 p.m.

    Not sure why the coaching grade isn't anything but maybe a D or lower--I would give it a D- because at least the defensive staff looked like it cared. Washington had an interim head coach with a whopping five full-time assistants all probably worrying about their next gig as much as preparing the team. Still, the Huskies looked more motivated and prepared than the Cougs. Though a Mendenhall supporter in general, this was not a good coaching effort.

  • KH Holladay, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 1:59 p.m.

    byu went through a small dose this season of what it's like to play in the PAC 12.

    Utah 20 byu 13
    Washinton 31 byu 16

    It proves that they got to 8 wins beating 7 pretty bad teams and a mediocre Texas team.

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    Dec. 28, 2013 1:18 p.m.

    I am a Cooach Bronco fan but I am coming to a conclusion that our coaches are responsible for our continual mediocre performance. We are a solid middle mid-major program. I am a fervent and diehard BYU fan but I am about ready to give up on football with BYU. The TV announcers were surprised when our kicker made 3 field goals in a row. How far have we fallen? Why is it that we have parts of our game that turn into our Achilles heel? If we have a kicker that wasn't hurt for 4 years we would have landed in the top 20 and maybe top 10 several years. How about playing a QB that should be in the hospital? Now are Special Teams are not up to snuff and we don't have a "Blue" zone offense...

  • red.diehard Central, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    Gosh, 0-2 vs PAC12...maybe they are not the best team in the state?

  • SoCalTrueBlue San Diego, CA
    Dec. 28, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    A grade of "D" for special teams? Really? An 8 yard punt, a fumbled snap on a punt and failing to do a quick punt on the run, resulting in giving Washington the ball on the 20 yard line; allowing a kick-off return for a touchdown, and horrible coverage on other kickoff returns . . . Sure looked like an "F" to me. It was the difference in the game.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Dec. 28, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    If the team with a hurry-up offense can't score consistently in the red zone, it is a mere gimmick.

  • Informed Voter South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 7:56 a.m.

    Sadly, lackluster is the word I used after the game.

  • Scott Farcus Beaver, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 7:21 a.m.

    Grade; "L"

  • Sore loser tampa, fl
    Dec. 28, 2013 1:10 a.m.

    BYU played hard and represented the university well. Go Cougars!

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 12:46 a.m.

    It is obvious that Washington had much better athletes and more of them too.

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    Dec. 28, 2013 12:37 a.m.

    I'll say it again, Coaches didn't use enough practices, players out of shape and rusty. Dropped passes, defensive line standing around instead of pressuring passer, defense not able to get a quick first step, execution on offense poor. Another repeated comment - Offensive coaches aren't quick enough on their feet to make adjustments. Bronco screwed up this time, everyone said they should be practicing more and he said they didn't need it. He was wrong.

    Did anyone else notice that Taysom had trouble seeing his check off receivers over the middle?

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 12:21 a.m.

    Coaching only a B-?

    When you decide not to practice you have to blame that on the coaches. Bronco needs to realize that when you play good teams, the same level of practice you do against Nevada is not good enough.