BYU football: Texas quarterback David Ash out against the Cougars

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  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 1:56 p.m.

    The outcome of the game does not depend upon whomever texas sticks out there at QB.

    If the O-line helps to keep Taysom healthy...

    If Taysom stays healthy...

    BYU by 30.

  • Taduh Sandy, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 10:29 a.m.

    @Col Ute,
    I mostly agree except I feel that USU will recover and have a good season, they won't be an easy win and I'm not 100% confident BYU wins that game. I also don't feel BSU is a given win, especially playing on the blue turf. BSU fans make that place electric and their team feeds off of that (I know this personally because I grew up in that area, even got to play a high school game on the blue turf, I prefer real grass any day).

  • Taduh Sandy, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 10:11 a.m.

    BTW, any previous comments I've made about UofU's schedule or the PAC12 is not meant to demean the Utes or the PAC12. Utah does have a tough schedule and the PAC12 is a great conference (one I wouldn't mind being a part of). Also, as a BYU fan I do acknowledge, like most of us, that our schedule is weak. I think I am just tired of hearing it from a select few Ute fans who bring these things up to make themselves feel better just incase BYU has a good season and they do not. Personally I wish all Utah college football teams good luck this year and my apologies if I'm offending the legitimate Ute fans.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 2:32 a.m.

    OOPS! My Bad.

    I meant to say David Ash, not Michael.


  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 2:23 a.m.



    You two echoed my thoughts exactly. Ash's injury might prove to be an advantage to Texas against the Y. And it's not like Ash got injured during Thursday or Friday practice either. The Longhorn's backup QB will have all week to prep for the Cougars.

    As a Cougar fan, I'm not disputing the fact my team has a less than stellar schedule this season, which is why Saturday's game against Texas is one of those we have circled as an important one. A win against Texas, at Texas, will still be huge with or without Ash.

    If anyone thinks us Cougars fans are thrilled with Ash's injury, we're not. He's a stand out kid and we hate hearing about any player getting a concussion.

    Take care of yourself, Michael Ash, as well as the other injured Texas players. Hope each of you guys make a full recovery!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 1:45 a.m.

    @ ExecutorIoh

    Last year BYU gave up 13, points, 22 1st downs, (8-24 3rd downs), 159 yards rushing, committed 3 turnovers, and "lost" the time of possession battle by 10 minutes. I'm not sure exactly what your point is, but Idaho St. is a bad team, and trying to draw conclusions from the stats really doesn't tell you anything meaningful. I'm also not sure what you saw that makes you think Utah can't beat Fresno.

  • Yankees24 SLC, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 10:27 p.m.


    Just like last year right?

  • Taysom4Heisman Heber City, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:44 p.m.

    I wish Ash was still there. We had that guy figured out. We are great against pocket-passers, but we traditionally struggle against dual-threat guys, which is exactly what Swoopes is. I'm not saying he's better than Ash, but he is better in this particular matchup.

  • General Alpine, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:41 p.m.

    This could be bad news for BYU. Very little info about this new quarterback so it will be harder for the defense to prepare. Also, mentally, the Cougars will let down their guard since they aren't playing their first string quarterback. The team and coaches will say they are still working hard for the game but in the subconscious the players will start thinking that Texas won't score many points so the offense won't have to be terrific to win the game.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 8:26 p.m.

    Now, children. Can we please stay on topic? This is really bad news for Ash given his history. It may not be horrible news for the Longhorns, however. BYU faced the backup for Ore. St. and got our butts kicked. Sometimes a backup has been buying his time for an opportunity and is hungry to show what he's got. Swoopes is 6'4" and 240 lbs. and can run when he needs to. This may be a good chance for the D to practice against Hill because they may be facing a different version of him. None of this changes how badly UT wants revenge for the less than subtle loss to BYU last year or the advantage of playing on their own field. I still see BYU as the underdog. I hope the players don't see any reason to get complacent. Go Coug's!!

    Sept. 1, 2014 7:58 p.m.

    Tough break for Texas but I don't expect them to make any excuses. Many teams lose a QB during the year and no one feels sorry for them. You go with the next man up and play the game. The Y has a very weak schedule this year but even without the #1 qb, this is not an easy game. UCF will be difficult as well but after that there is a big drop off to BSU and USU and an ever further drop for the other games with the exception of Cal, possibl, being a decent team by the end of the year.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Sept. 1, 2014 7:14 p.m.

    "There is no trophy for strength of schedule."

    Nor bowl game.

  • mindgames Aurora, CO
    Sept. 1, 2014 7:10 p.m.

    With 11 4-star recruits just last year Texas is loaded with depth. This is a revenge game against a deep team with a rich tradition. This is not a time to think we have the upper hand because a couple of positions are being manned by some of those back-ups.

    We will need to bring every phase (especially Special Teams) to Austin and they will need to play at their highest level to win this game.

    That being said I do believe that BYU will do just that and win again this year.

    BYU 28
    Texas 17

    Gooooooooooo Cougars

  • ExecutorIoh West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 5:04 p.m.

    Utah gives up 14 points, 21 first downs, 9-21 in 3rd down efficiency, yields 337 yards (including 179 rushing yards), loses the turnover and time of possession battle; all to a FCS team with a 45 road losing streak. Utah's schedule is looking harder than ever. I thought Utah had a good chance against Fresno State, now I am not so sure. Unfortunately there is no trophy for strength of schedule.

  • Taduh Sandy, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 4:59 p.m.

    Meanwhile, in the Pac 12 we had some impressive games:
    Colorado loses to a MWC team, CSU
    Washington squeaks by a MWC team by one point, Hawaii
    Washington state loses to #73 Rutgers
    UCLA barely beats Virginia
    There were a few Amazing wins:
    Utah beats ISU
    ASU beats weber
    Conference of the elite!

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 4:54 p.m.

    Sorry to hear that. You never want to see a players career cut short so I hope Ash can recover and continue playing. Like others have said, I want to face Texas at their best, but something tells me Texas will give us their best...unless they have very short memories.

  • taylormade1 Springville, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 4:26 p.m.

    If we were in the pac12 , we would be really really good this year cause we can beat Rutgers,colorado state and Hawaii !

  • taylormade1 Springville, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 4:19 p.m.

    Alabama-95 SOS, Oklahoma 93-sos and BYU -97 sos . The Y is right there with some pretty tough company wouldn't you say gonefishin ?

  • Mexican Ute mexico, 00
    Sept. 1, 2014 3:26 p.m.

    Texas's backup is still going to be good. Longhorns by 10.

  • ute alumni SLC, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 3:05 p.m.

    sorry cougar fans, but some ute "fans"can't stay on subject and bring in all things BYU. They just can't help themselves.

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 2:25 p.m.

    Utah State, Central Florida, Houston, Boise Lose, Nevada barely beats SUU and now Texas is going to be playing their back up Qb. BYU's schedule is as soft as baby food.

  • Zooberific Sandy, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 2:25 p.m.

    Other than my sympathy for Ash, I'm not sure how to feel about this one. Seems that many times 2nd string QBs have break out games because they have been hungry to play and finally get their chance not to mention it's hard to prep for a 2nd string QB because coaches don't know what to expect. At least BYU has a week notice to prepare for the change. Personally I would feel more comfortable against Ash and the expected. Good luck to him and wherever this change in his life takes him (I'm assuming after last years issues he will not be playing anymore).

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Sept. 1, 2014 12:32 p.m.

    Bummer for Ash and the Longhorns. He looked pretty good week 1, hopefully his symptoms subside and he's able to continue playing football.

    Sept. 1, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    Dang, sorry to hear about Ash and Dominic. Ash has had so many concussion problems he probably needs to quit football.

    It is too bad this happened, because if BYU beats Texas, they should beat them at full strength, not when they are down. Hopefully their backups will not be a step down in skill, but experience does count for a lot, especially at QB.

    Go Cougars!