Dick Harmon: BYU victory comes with 4 rookies getting first career starts

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 4:52 p.m.


    Why did some of these new guys start instead of Jordan Johnson. This is your comment from the article "Will byu ccnerback Jordan Johnson play vs UConn"

    "He'll play. He has personally said he is eligible. If he wasn't, he would either say "no comment" or admit to it."

    I didn't see the game. How did Jordan play?

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 12:44 p.m.

    @ Wiscougarfan

    BYU fans were saying the same thing after the Texas game last year....

    It was a solid win for BYU, but let's not pretend that UCONN is even a halfway decent team.

    Aug. 30, 2014 11:47 a.m.

    It was sad to hear about Jordan Johnson not playing in his hometown. But I understand why Coach M didn't let him along with other suspended players travel with the team to the Uconn game. That would look pretty bad for BYU to have five players who all are suspended, and happen to be African American, sitting on the sideline.

    I think we all can agree that it doesn't do anybody any good to have BYU recruit these type of players and then suspend them.....

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Aug. 30, 2014 11:00 a.m.

    During the game, I did notice Preater and Juergens. The ESPN announcers noticed them too. I did not notice Lapuaho nor Koroma, and that is a good thing. When a lineman's name is being called out on the broadcast it's usually because he just got called for a penalty or allowed his man to get past him. I didn't even realize that they didn't give up a sack. Part of that is Taysom's mobility and smart decisions, but the line didn't allow UConn to make him scramble much. Good job line!

    One thing I'm sure Mendenhall and company will be focusing, however, is run blocking. They still need a lot of work in that area.

    As for the "susceptible to deep threats" comments: UConn did connect on a deep one late in the game. At which point the ESPN commentators remarked that it was the first time they'd been able to do that all game. BYU defended the deep pass, although at the expense of a lot of underneath stuff.

  • Chessermesser West Valley City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 10:27 a.m.

    Good win, Cougars!

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Aug. 30, 2014 8:43 a.m.

    Congratulations to the freshmen and all the Cougars for this big win. Now it's time to prepare for a real game next week. The first game jitters will be there for the suspended players. They may not have a pretty first game like those who did not break the rules had. Lesson learned?

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:47 a.m.

    uconn has gone 3-9 and 5-7 twice more recently than it has played in a BCS bowl. And in the BCS bowl, UConn pretty clearly showed that they didn't belong in a game like that.

  • UCONN Storrs, CT
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:13 a.m.

    Preator wasn't bad. He was helped out with some poorly thrown balls, but at the very least he played with confidence and didn't make any big mistakes.

    I hope BYU's team is less obnoxious in their expectations than their fans are, or they will undoubtedly fall prey to several embarrassing games this year. Never seen people so sure of a hypothetical win over a team they've yet to beat in nearly half a dozen years. UConn may have made a BCS Bowl in 2010-11 (which BYU has never done), but we also lost Randy Edsall, the main reason for that success, and spiraled through 3 years of absolutely awful coaching since then (think Gary Crowton x 1000). So congrats on beating a team trying to work itself out of that,

  • Taysom4Heisman Heber City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 11:24 p.m.


    "come on be real the cougs beat a bad ucon team"

    Go look at who the utes beat this week

    "yall used your starting qb for the whole game"

    And we crushed UConn with that QB. What's your point?

    "your special teams blow"


    "your d is suspect to deep threats"

    When did UConn beat us deep? They had a couple plays of about 20 yards, but that happens in every football game. Considering we had our backup corners in (which include a freshman and a converted wideout), and didn't allow deep plays, I would say we aren't suspect at all.

    "you really dont have a great lb corp"

    Bronson was virtually unblockable. He had two sacks and multiple hurries. All the other plays he was either double-teamed or they threw it quickly. Our inside backers had a bunch of tackles and our outside backers put constant pressure on the QB.

    Maybe you were watching last year's Virginia game. Because your comments aren't very accurate for the game that happened tonight.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 10:59 p.m.

    "Wow whisc , bwahahah dude tds couldnt beat us last year what makes you think this year is any diff "

    Yeah, Wiscougarfan, didn't you know that since the Utes won last year, there is a 0% percent chance of BYU ever winning again against Utah? Studies have shown that the team who most recently will win the next game. Always.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Aug. 29, 2014 10:10 p.m.

    I agree with ute alumni. If BYU can beat UCONN--a team that recently played in a BCS bowl--and not play five starters including the star running back, get called for 14 penalties, and still blow them out... just imagine what they would do to the Utes. It wouldn't be pretty.

  • EPoint Roy, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 10:01 p.m.

    Hope the 5 players left at home realize they are replaceable, playing is a privilege not to taken for granted. BYU's depth saved them, though the penalties, so many of them, were embarrassing. The freshmen who played got valuable experience. Glad they got the win.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 29, 2014 10:00 p.m.

    What happen to Trammel, and Trey Dye?

  • ute alumni SLC, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:57 p.m.

    It is good utah isn't playing the cougs this year. Itwould not be a pretty sight. Mark it down.