BYU football report card: Road win against the Arizona Wildcats warrants high marks

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  • CG Provo, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 9:55 a.m.


    "The real test will be against WI. Arizona is not a very good team. They will finish under 500."

    A week ago, Arizona was one of the pre-season favorites to win the PAC 12 South, and were lead by a Heisman Trophy candidate that BYU had absolutely no chance of stopping.

    Now, they're not a very good team and will finish under .500.

    LOL at the inconsistency of the haters.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 3, 2018 9:46 a.m.

    “Give byu an a and Arizona an F...but in the long run Weber would beat both.”

    Wow. Just wow. Still floundering over your hated BYU beating a PAC12 team when you gave them no chance? And that’s the best you can come up with?

    I think the grades are spot on. Good analysis, Brandon.

  • Flipphone Sandy, UT
    Sept. 3, 2018 9:13 a.m.

    Congratulations to BYU, But want's wrong with AZ. State?

  • london_josh Lincoln, CA
    Sept. 2, 2018 9:44 p.m.

    Portland cougar,

    No camera angle, that's impossible to overturn without clear evidence.

    I wanted it to be that way, but per the rules it's indisputable evidence, unfortunately it wasn't.

  • Portland coug Portland, OR
    Sept. 2, 2018 4:00 p.m.

    I'd like to see that punt again where Sutake claimed it hit the foor of the Arizona player. The ball changed trajectory so it looked pretty clear to me that it hit the player's heel. Were these Pac 12 refs?

  • wallyball SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 2, 2018 3:35 p.m.

    I think the grades were reasonable and well thought out. Overall a good solid performance. Too many penalties and the secondary needs some work but an encouraging start.
    I agreed with common tator on clock management and a few strange play calls in the 4th quarter but celebrate the win.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Sept. 2, 2018 3:23 p.m.

    Give byu an a and Arizona an F...but in the long run Weber would beat both.

  • utahute69 Laguna Niguel, CA
    Sept. 2, 2018 2:29 p.m.

    I would give BYU a better overall rating. The Cougars are a much better team than anyone thought. Arizona won't get far with their lack of a real attack and their relatively small team. The new coach can't play with this team

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2018 1:17 p.m.

    Good first game by the new offensive staff. Loved the confusing looks they gave the AZ defense all game. 183 yds rushing on the road was a beautiful thing.

    My one critique of the offensive staff was early in the 4th Q when we were up 28-17 and driving the ball into AZ territory. We had a 3rd and 3 on their 37 (4 down territory) and instead of running it twice to get the 3 yds we passed twice and a shaky Tanner missed Pau’u on both passes to end the drive.

    I’ve no doubt if we had lined up in a power formation with El-Bakri and 2 TEs that we get the 3 yds and keep the clock and the chains moving. Hopefully coaches note that and play it a little smarter in that situation next time.

    All in all though very good opening game (on the road no less!).

    Sept. 2, 2018 12:53 p.m.

    Good to see BYU take a win on the road. Really like the offensive line, they looked much better than we have seen in years. Looking forward to BYU fixing quite a few mistakes and keeping the "no turnovers". Go Cougars!

  • Yankee12 Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 2, 2018 12:36 p.m.

    The real test will be against WI. Arizona is not a very good team. They will finish under 500.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Sept. 2, 2018 12:08 p.m.

    Pretty low grading for this game.

    After a disastrous year and the failure of BYU hero Detmer to field a viable offense, newcomer Coach Grimes changed everything. Conditioning was stressed. It paid off big time yesterday. A new offense, based on the LSU offense was installed. The O-line is very big and very strong. Hard running behind the O-line, jet sweeps, and pinpoint passing in the 3rd quarter resulted in 3 TDs. By the forth quarter, UA players were getting cramps. BYU players were unaffected by the heat. A major credit goes to a new and stringent conditioning program, also brought by Coach Grimes. And Coach Sitake's defense stopped the supposedly unstoppable Heisman candidate. And Squally Canada blasted through holes ripped open by the huge O-Line

    Maybe not an A performance, but a B+ for sure. They'll be better next week for Cal.

  • Sinew South Centennial, CO
    Sept. 2, 2018 11:41 a.m.

    Grades on O and D seem a little harsh. Unless your expectations are very high. I particularly give D props for stopping two 2-point attempts. Just like any season, we only know that they beat Arizona. Time for litmus test #2 against a Cal team that beat UNC. Here's hoping they pull off another quasi-miracle against a PAC-12 team as an underdog.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    Sept. 2, 2018 11:22 a.m.

    The line play on both sides of the ball was the difference in this game. I was particularly impressed at how well the O-line protected the QB, allowing ZERO sacks. I was also impressed with the play of the D-line in literally containing Tate and company. BYU played like it belongs against the big boys.

  • Common-Tator Saint Paul, MN
    Sept. 2, 2018 10:42 a.m.

    Solid win. The coaches have the team motivated on both sides of the ball, and it showed.

    Had to scratch my head, when with a few minutes left in the 4th and 3rd and 3 in AZ territory, Coach G dialed up a long (incomplete) slant pass to the left, which stopped the clock ... and then again the same on 4th. The O-line had been dominating on the run during the drive, and even if they didn't get those 3 yards on 2 runs, would have run out at least 40 more seconds or taken up another AZ timeout. Similarly, one had to question when, after an AZ "injury" (heat cramps), and both the game and 40-second clock started, Tanner took the snap with 20 seconds left on the play clock, rather than running it down to 5 or lower (which he did later). There are a few things to work on in this area as well (coaching), but as with the O / D / Special teams, they put forth a solid game plan and then ran it. Bottom line ... a "W"!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 2, 2018 10:41 a.m.

    Congratulations to Sitaki and staff. A win is a win especially on the road at Wildcat stadium.