BYU finally throws for more than 300 yards but struggles to get into end zone

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  • All teams Utah Pleasant Grove, UT
    Oct. 24, 2017 2:00 p.m.

    Critchlow and join aac

  • Truth & Light Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 23, 2017 11:22 a.m.

    Lol, if this whole situation is wrong, I don't want to be right.

  • Jb531105 Sandy, UT
    Oct. 23, 2017 8:27 a.m.

    Is Sitake a head coach? Good guy & all that but where is the recruiting? Cupboard looks very bare going forward........only thing keeping the axe from falling on KS is.......who ya gonna get?

  • BYUToday OLATHE, KS
    Oct. 23, 2017 7:17 a.m.

    I don't buy: “The coaches only have one year recruiting line.” Or “we just don't have the athletes.” Or “Mangum is just not a good quarterback.” excuses!

    What we don't have is 11 players with basic fundamentals being applied on the feild at the same time. The focus is so bad it as if they are trying to do something amazing without doing the simple little things first. Then when we need to go for it on 3rd and long we give up and run the ball? Go figure.

    No amount of extra special athlete is going to fix what we have going on. I appreciate what Coach K has done to get rid of the arrogance around the program before he stepped in.

    I hope the administration can find a candidate to continue with that while adding someone with some focus on the fundamentals first with the ability to set a standard and hold players to it or next guy up! Someone who can build on that with a focus on the little things that make all the difference.

    I guess there is always the option to give Coach K some more time but can only see that working if he changes what he is doing. Bring in a counsultant to help the change along or bring in a new leadership asap!

  • kahunacougar Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 23, 2017 4:06 a.m.

    The offensive numbers are very misleading.
    many of those yards came in the 4th q when ECU was protecting a big lead. And was in a prevent defense.

  • DC Surfs Carlsbad, CA
    Oct. 22, 2017 2:47 p.m.

    Mangum threw for over 300 yards but anyone with any football IQ can see he is not a good QB. In fact, he is only getting worse each year and not better.

    Hoge looked like a great QB in the making until he got hurt. With him still sidelined, let's have someone's else take a crack at it.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 22, 2017 1:24 p.m.

    The administration is not going to fire anyone. They may ask one or more coaches if they would like to work somewhere else. In reality, more than one coach has probably decided to resign anyway.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Oct. 22, 2017 11:58 a.m.

    @ Niners. Yes this staff is on a learning curve. But they've also had only one recruiting class, and with half going on a mission, it will be a slower upgrade since Bronco left in a huff and did no recruiting that year.

    I think BYU is on the right path. Football patterns seems to be more Pro-Set now. The spread/read option teams are getting whacked. Players are getting hurt. Mangum has been playing hurt since the Utah game and certainly bears no resemblance to the Freshman Mangum. He's immobile, and stares his receiver down. Most of his throws were to receivers behind the line of scrimmage! Only when the game was out of reach did he actually throw downfield (prevent defense?).

    Sitake and team are all on a learning curve. But you can't whack them now. Gotta give them a few years. Look at Utah. Their offensive issues have become major and their defense can't win for them. BYU lost to Utah by only six points. Oregon has sucked for the last three years, getting worse.

    I think the spread is too hazardous for teams to sustain over years. Defenses are learning how to stop it. Bring back the old BYU West Coast offense? Ought to give that a thought. They kept their QB's healthy.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Oct. 22, 2017 9:58 a.m.

    Maybe ECU put in second string in 4th quarter. Thought they should have let Joe play the 4th as they may need him.

  • BYUToday OLATHE, KS
    Oct. 22, 2017 9:48 a.m.

    The administration had better make a change at the head sooner than later. Keep doing the same thing over and over again and we will get the same results.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Oct. 22, 2017 7:27 a.m.

    I believe the only reason for the Cougars comparative success passing in the fourth quarter, was the use of a 'prevent' defense by ECU after the game was out of reach. As it often does, the 'prevent' defense allowed BYU to have significant passing gains and a touchdown.

  • niners Fayetteville, NC
    Oct. 22, 2017 7:16 a.m.

    I’m sorry to be so blunt but Sitake seems to never have an answer...

    “The difference is, we didn’t get points on the scoreboard and they kicked field goals,” said coach Kalani Sitake.

    What? They won by 16 and kicked four FGs. So ECU would have won by four without FGs. That is the most basic response I have ever heard from a head coach. The difference was BYU can’t execute a play correctly on offense. The offense can’t score. The “bright spot” defense is actually a below average G5 defense. The other teams have more athleticism. The other teams are better coached. That is the truth, and that is what is happening.

    Kalani is not being facetious either. He just doesn’t know. I just don’t understand his perception on any of these games. I even felt this way last year when they would barely lose. He would say stuff that just didn’t make sense. I hate to say it but this entire coaching staff is way in way over their collective heads. If this coaching staff is in place another year, it is going to be 3-5 years before BYU sees a bowl game. This will have long lasting effects on recruiting if not fixed this year.