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Utah, BYU football: Utes celebrate block party, beat Cougars 17-16 in rivalry thriller

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 3:06 p.m.

    Let's go MUSS.

    Been a rough first half, but a few more picks by St Heaps and we're on our way to a 2 touchdown win.

    MART IT DOWN

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Nov. 27, 2010 3:33 p.m.

    Hopefully Shane Hunter's interception saves the day...but hopefully it doesn't save Anae's job

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Nov. 27, 2010 3:35 p.m.

    Well Sue your nephew MacKay has made the big play

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Nov. 27, 2010 3:45 p.m.

    Anae's decision to not go for the fieldgoal equals his not calling for the Knee with 7 seconds left in the half against UCLA...Only Luck can intervene to overcome a really bad call.

  • diddy North Ogden, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:20 p.m.

    So if BYU wins does that make USU the best team in the state?

  • Cris B. Sandy, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:19 p.m.

    Utah 17
    tds 16

    Going to be a great finish!

    Go UTES

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:22 p.m.

    This is where that fieldgoal could be the critical difference. Anae better hope he's still got luck on his side

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:24 p.m.

    "So if BYU wins does that make USU the best team in the state? "

    HAHAHHA!

    Only a delusional Aggie fan would really believe that.

    This BYU team is NOT the same one that lost in Logan. Play the game today and the Aggies get blown out.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:34 p.m.

    This game is cooked. Bradley did NOT fumble. He was CLEARLY down. And the blind replay crew can't get it right.

    Unbelievable. I guess the MWC wants to "get BYU back" for the missed replay in the SDSU game

    Happy birthday Utes. How does it feel to win one you didn't earn?

    If there's any justice, BYU gets in field goal range and wins it at the end.

  • Voice of Reason Layton, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:35 p.m.

    All I've got to say is if the Yewts win because of that stolen dead-ball strip after Logan intercepted Wynn, this rivalry's going to get poisoned because that would be a gimme-game from the officials, who should've caught that on review.

  • Chase Saint George, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:47 p.m.

    Fire coach anai!
    Poor play calling pushe te field goal back.

    Poor play calling all year.

  • GaryS Leesburg, VA
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:48 p.m.

    Everyone knows how the Uties won, and it wasn't through quality play. It was through blind men in stripes. Disgusting.

    Have fun at 12th place in the Pac-10.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:48 p.m.

    SCOREBOARD !!!!
    6 years
    Whit-3
    Bronco-3

    See ya in the rear view mirror !

    Congratulations to both teams for a great game.

  • tcom2011 Fort Worth, TX
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:49 p.m.

    Nice game both sides! Great defensive battle!

    Congrats Utah, but I have to say it, after watching the game, there is NO WAY in the world that the better team won today, no question! A number of bad plays and unfortunate horrible missed calls by the refs, and don't pretend that, that was a fumble!!

    But that said, great game guys!

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:49 p.m.

    The Utes won because the Cougars allowed a guy to go in unblocked. Simply unacceptable.

    Still, it sure does sting when it had to come down to that because of a horrible call by the officiating crew. Typical.

    I'm not one of those guys who has called for the firing of Anae before today. But, if it was totally his call to go for it on 4th and 1 instead of kicking a field goal (in a game where it was already clear that points were going to be scarce), then he definitely should be shown the door.

  • kevin4byu Santaquin, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:49 p.m.

    Now that BYU fans have taken abuse for the last 5 weeks on a "cheating win" agains SDSU, are the same fans going to admit that the ref's cheated to help the Utes win the game?

  • manutd Milford, CT
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:50 p.m.

    chris B you are a little shaky on your predictions. definitely not a blowout as you stated before. in fact most of the utes were way cocky all year long. you know the rival game comes down to the last play.

    great game though. tough loss for the cougs. some missed calls but in the end it was just a chip shot. come on guys. don't let the outside guy get around you.

    congrats to the utes.

    to the cougs we have a lot to look forward to next season. heaps is looking good. jordan wynn on the other hand....

  • Infidel06 Colorado Springs, CO
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:53 p.m.

    Points left on the field by BYU, bad call on the Bradley interception, questionable play calling by Anae... Apparently great defensive line play by Utah throughout.

    Another classic. Saddened at the loss.

  • jrd44 Lincoln, ca
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:53 p.m.

    So will the SDSU boosters be writing a letter to the U pres asking for a forfeit?

  • skiutah American Fork, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:53 p.m.

    Three comments...
    1. Congrats to Utah!
    2. Fire Anai!
    3. Bad official review call on the fumble.

    Cougs will be awesome next year!

  • working class Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:53 p.m.

    Utah's offense stunk it up, but Utah found a way to win! YEAAAAAAAAAA.

  • Hugh G. Hater SLC, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:54 p.m.

    This loss is on Bronco.

  • satch Lehi, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:56 p.m.

    Good win Utah. My cougars did better than I thought they would. You win some and lose some. Another classic.

    All around was a very good game to watch. I wish Bradley could have put both hands on the ball after the interception.

    I hope Utah does well in the PAC 10 and BYU improves with their endeavor. Lots of young players for BYU to watch next year. We need a consistent RB. Heaps looked very good.

  • Michael Drew Austin, TX
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:57 p.m.

    Great play by the U defense on the final kick, by that point the U won the game. That being said, the last touchdown by the U should never have occurred. Bad call by the refs. Honestly, far and away that was THE worst call by any ref or officiating crew of the year.

  • WinSum Rexburg, ID
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:56 p.m.

    Great game by Utah & BYU. Poor last minute play calling by Offensive Coord.....moved ball down the field and then quit....thanks. Mtn. Conf. officals missed several key calls again...........

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:56 p.m.

    Another classic in the books. And although some fringe Y fans will come on here claiming foul by the refs, etc, this game belongs to Utah.

    And for the Utes rebuttal, they don't need to go back to the SDSU game. In Lavell Edwards last game, BYU fumbled and Utah recovered but the refs missed the call (before replay was used). BYU went on to score on that possession winning at the last moment. Game to BYU.

    This game is Utah's and the replay could not reverse the call.

    GO UTES!

  • Bryan1010 Draper, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:57 p.m.

    Bitter sweet victory for the U. Sadly, it's based on a fumble that really wasn't made by BYU's defense, but you take what you can get.

    I guess we can't be cocky about this victory.

  • hemidemisemiquaver Farmington, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:57 p.m.

    Well, all you Utah fans who complained so vociferously about BYU being the beneficiary of bad calls by the officials in previous games, I hope you are happy. The Utes got both their touchdowns because of bad calls. First, they failed to call offensive pass interference on the TD pass, then the replay officials blew it on the supposed Bradley fumble. Enjoy the tainted victory.

  • diddy North Ogden, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:57 p.m.

    Oh the irony.

  • ryansutes alpine, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:57 p.m.

    Great play by Burton coming off the end for the block. That was a horrible call by the refs on the non-fumble. There are always bad calls that go both ways but that one was horrible. The instant replay officials in the MWC have likely blown 2 games. SDSU was robbed against BYU and BYU against Utah. Those kind of calls taint wins. Good for all of us to remember it is just a game. Congrats to the Cougars on showing heart this season after the USU loss. And Jake Heaps is awesome, should bode well for the future.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:58 p.m.

    The Utes couldn't do it by themselves.
    It took a very dishonest call by the officials. That was no fumble after the interception and everybody knows it. The replays prove it. The officials should be ashamed of themselves.

  • MovieMaker Columbus, GA
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:58 p.m.

    Agreed the stripes stole the game from BYU. But on the punt, how can a BYU player not know where the ball is? Rule one: keep your eye on the ball.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:58 p.m.

    WOW. This game never disappoints. It is always down to the wire. Congratulations to the Utes.

    I have to say that I love what Bronco has done with our Defense. They are a completely different squad than the one we saw in the beginning of this season. Love the Bronc. I am looking forward to seeing what we can do next year. Good luck to my Cougs in the bowl game ... where ever that my be.

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:58 p.m.

    Bad call taking points off to go for it, but I still think BYU deserved to win and the refs took it from them.

    Mostly I'm frustrated with the Ute player who shoved Mitch Payne after the game. Seriously!! Go up and shove the kicker after you just blocked his kick to win the game???????

    I will never blame Max Hall for saying what he did even if it wasn't a classy thing to do. Very poor sportsmanship by the Utes today.

    I'm proud of the Cougars and disappointed in the Utes.

  • h00plah Provo, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:59 p.m.

    Psyched for next year! Go COUGS!!

    Hope the Utes have fun with Wynn.

  • Voice of Reason Layton, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:00 p.m.

    I guess it's appropriate that our last rivalry game is stolen on a clearly wrong call...this whole rivalry things just gets better & better, and just when every newspaper in town tries to calm it down, it gets gasoline poured on it.

    Logan was obviously down before he was stripped, and everybody knows it. Utah never should have gotten that TD. Do I blame the players? Not at all...they played hard, and congrats on their win. I just wish the best team had actually won only because of their football play, and not tainted by an obviously blown call that won the game for one side.

    Regardless, hats off to the Utes on their hard-won win.

  • ChuckyZ Sherwood, OR
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:59 p.m.

    NOW we know. Utah is 1 point better than BYU this year.

    And that is all that can be said.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:02 p.m.

    My congratulations to both teams for a very exciting game. I guess we shouldn't be surprised that this would be a defensive struggle and that the game would be decided on a defensive play.

    I'm glad we won. I'm glad we are going to the PAC-12, but I speak from the heart when I say I'm going to miss the rivalry and I'm going to miss having our cousins from the team down south being in the same conference with us. Maybe one day we'll both play in the Rose Bowl for a National Championship. Then we'll show the nation some serious football! My prediction by the way is 34-31.

    Best of luck Cougars.

    A Ute Fan.

  • familyofsix Sandy, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:01 p.m.

    Robert Anai and Bronco Mendenhall must go!!! These guys just have to be among the worst coaches out there. Anai's play calling is just ridiculous, and to have such a great resource like Heaps and not leverage him so much more, is just plain irresponsible. Just turn off the mics, put away the clipboards, and let these kids play, for crying out loud!!! I'm so impressed with Heaps and the BYU talent this year, and it certainly wasn't for lack of talent that BYU struggled.

  • statman9 South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:01 p.m.

    Horrible officiating, BYU didn't loose the game the officials did, that fumble was not a fumble, he was easily down after getting the pick. BYU wins if the call is overturned, I can't believe how obvious it was.

  • Bleeding Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:01 p.m.

    This game was stolen. Horrible call on the fumble. Enjoy the tainted victory.

  • ET Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:02 p.m.

    todays score\

    Replay ref --1
    BYU ---------0

    Utes were a no show!

  • kevin4byu Santaquin, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:02 p.m.

    Bryan1010.....Your guys made the plays that we didn't. We had a chance to win it and forgot that we needed to block for the kicker. To bad the officials will be the talk instead of the game itself. Good game and what a way to end the rivalry as it is. Hope it doesn't lose to much next year.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:02 p.m.

    The officiating was quite poor in both directions (I'm a Ute student who will admit that the pick-fumble call was wrong). For instance that hitting the head penalty was a Ute leading with his hands, Wide got horsecollared with no call, a BYU receiver bobbles the ball even after being down out of bounds and it's not overturned.

    BYU... is definitely a good team now (the rebuilding is basically done, they had their half a season of adjustment and are back in business) and since they're young, they're going to be a darn good team the next few years.

  • UtahManDan Providence, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:01 p.m.

    It was so sweet to hear Gregg Wrubell call that game! "No!!!!"

    Great game BYU. You deserved it but Utah made a great play at the end.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:02 p.m.

    Hmmm,

    Need to come up with a slogan that haunts the tds faithful for a full year. How about "Burtons still unblocked!!!"

    As a Utah fan I'm not happy. Yes we beat a lame "nich" school down south but KWhitt and staff are really going to need to step up their game. We just slipped by a cupcake team at home..... not good.

    Note to Whitt... recruite a legit D1 QB!!!!

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:02 p.m.

    GaryS
    Yep it's just too bad there wasn't your man in the booth.
    It is what it is.
    Could Andrew riches horse collar come into play ?
    Nope.
    A win is a win.. kinda like that excessive celebration penalty against Washington.

  • AK Cougar Palmer, AK
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    Great game and drama till the end. BYU loses this one by not hitting the field goal. Just like Boise State did last night by missing twice.

    Wrubell on the radio clearly said the fumble was down, I would really like to watch the replay. But, officiating is part of the game, some go your way and some do not.

    Congrats to the Utes. Tears for the Cougars. Great game anyway.

    Now lets make the Cougar faithful proud in the inconsequential bowl.

  • Lone Peak High School Fan Alpine, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:03 p.m.

    utah should consider themselves lucky.... They did not play like #20 today that's for sure. Byu played better ball. Was that really D1 game? ......... Don't think so

  • gcp52 Lehi, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    Well, after watching today's game it is clear who the better overall team is. BYU outperformed Utah in all aspects of the game. HOwever they were unable to finish on drives. Anai just couldn't call the right plays to get into the endzone.

    Regarding the horrible call by the refs, maybe its karma? Oh well. Great game, clearly BYU is the better team.

    Great things to come for BYU!! If I were a UTah fan, I would be very concerned, you are losing Asiata, and your QBs are horrible.

  • RobSing Minneapolis, MN
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    GO UTES!!!!!!! quit crying about calls koog fans! cry about the field goal blocking team for allowing burton through!!!

  • NT Springville, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:03 p.m.

    Top 5 team a few weeks ago and needs a game-changing blatantly missed call to pull of a ONE POINT win...and AT HOME...to a sub .500 team???

    Wow. If that is "regrouping" then good luck with that

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:05 p.m.

    All I can say Mitch, I feel your Payne. Just move on and you will be fine in the post game.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    That was another great game in this rivalry. Glad that this game will still be played in the near future, even if the moves to PAC and Indepence will dampen a lot of the excitement.

    Heaps is going to be a great QB. He played great when the pressure was the greatest on that last drive.

    The all around refereeing was pretty bad. The MWC really needs to look into the quality of their officials. THere was a clear horse-collar that injured Wide that wasn´t called. There was an incomplete pass by Heaps that was called complete and there was a fumble that appeared the BYU player was already down. Overall though, the cougars have no gripe against the officiating in relation to any bias as there was clearly none.

    Utah special teams stepped up on that last play and congrats to Whittingham for kicking that field goal in the 4th quarter. Compare that to Bronco going for it on 4th down with a PASS!

    The missed FG by Phillips was costly and I thought that the cougars were going to win the game because of that miss, but then there was Brandon Burton.

    Congrats Utes!!

  • maddog Hooper, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    Bronco should be the best coach in 3A next year if the Y really cares about it's football program. You should keep your job in major college football by having a season like this at a school like BYU. It's going to take a lot of firesides to make up for today.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    BYU played great, Utah played horrible but still found a way to win.

    Have to admit Heaps ended up doing better than expected.

    Now lets hope next year we have a young QB coming in or Robles gets a chance because Wynn has been really bad in 5 of the last 6 games. Not going to cut it in the PAC-12 play.

    Great win!!

    Go UTES!!

  • Mortoon Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:07 p.m.

    Well if u were in the conference of chumps this year they would have 4 bowl eligible teams! Too bad BYU got cheated by the replay booth!

  • Zipster Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:07 p.m.

    Wow. What is instant replay for? How do you look at a play from several different angles and see a knee down before the ball comes out and not make the right call?

    Utes did not deserve this one!

    Heaps was clearly the best QB on the field today.

  • sports fan Provo, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:07 p.m.

    Poorly called game, but bad calls went both ways, the horse collar no call on Wide, some no calls on PI's for both teams. the i don't know on the fumble you just could not see the ball well enough to over turn it, but if it was me i would have gave it to BYU. but a lack of unquestionable video evidence kept possession for Utah.

    GREAT GAME
    GO UTES!!!!!

  • Bottom Line Draper, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:07 p.m.

    tainted

  • diddy North Ogden, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:08 p.m.

    @Kyle loves BYU/Jazz - It's never a good idea to judge a group based on the actions of an individual because you will find that there are individuals on both sides that are equally as ridiculous.

  • WestCoast1 Escondido, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:07 p.m.

    Oh, the irony of having many furious BYU fans over the fumble non-call. You same BYU fans were the ones defending the BYU replay booth after the San Diego State fumble non-call that gave the ball back to BYU and allowed your team to hang on to win.

    What goes around, comes around!

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:09 p.m.

    @ChuckyZ
    NOW we know. Utah is 1 point better than BYU this year.

    --------

    Not really.

    As of today:

    #20 Utah 10-2
    BYU 6-6

    I see a major difference. BYU still hasn't beat a team with 4+ wins on the road this year.

  • Urpo Sherwood, OR
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:09 p.m.

    The game was NOT won by the officials. The game was LOST when Bronco went for 4th and 1 instead of kicking a field goal earlier in the game. That decision came back to be the deciding play of the game. Bad call.

    Watch during the next ten years--Bronco will never make that call again. Coaches have to do a couple of Croughtons before they truly know how to make all the calls.

    Congrats UTAH from a BYU fan. You did everything right.

  • thelogicalone salt lake city, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:10 p.m.

    I love how we all think we saw the game but our comments show we really didn't....lol. It was a good, not great, game and an awesome show by both defenses. Congrats to both Utah and BYU.

  • Cali Coug Visalia, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:11 p.m.

    Bummer...at the hospital all day, ran out to check the score and saw we lost by 1 on the last play of the game. Congratulations to the Yewts.

    It is still great to be a Cougar and it is always better to be dead than red.

  • Michael Drew Austin, TX
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:12 p.m.

    @RobSing, Right of course you wouldn't have jumped on the badwagon against BYU during the San Deigo issue right? Yeah, the Utes special team blocked the field goal, good for them. It shouldn't have had to come to that except for the terrible call of the officials.

    Michael

  • SteveD North Salt Lake, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    That was a great game. I hope the best for both teams in the future. The call over the interception and resulting fumble was very suspect but there was another call that went to replay on a catch by BYU that was suspect too.
    This won't be the last of the bad calls either.
    The game is over, congrats to both teams for a great game and season.

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:14 p.m.

    Congrats to my Ute friends. This is on Y fan that won't whine about refs. BYU just had to not screw up and let the D win it...but after 4-5 terrible mistakes by players and coaches, they left it to chance. And this time, fate smiled on Utah.

    Felt like the Crowton choke job against Boise a few heras back. Thought we learned our lesson....sigh.

  • john h Orem, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    Why didn't Anae let Heaps throw it just one more time downfield before the field goal?

  • CGS Pleasant Grove, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:14 p.m.

    The difference between this game and the SDSU game was that the integrity of the people making the call in the booth at the SDSU game, while this was apparently a bad call. It doesn't appear that the SDSU game was cheating but it looks bad, calling that call cheating is obvious hyperbole on the part of a blinded fan.

    There are bad calls in every game its about how a team recovers from bad breaks that define them as a team.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:15 p.m.

    Al you tds fans, please stop with the officiating. You were given two games this year.

    Also, Kwhitt needs to look at his coaching staff and roster. Do you have a legit BCS OC and QB? If not you make a play at Chow and sell the QB position as OPEN!

  • arizona ute Laveen, AZ
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:15 p.m.

    Karma baby, BTW it was the same cougar replay official in the booth today from the SDSU game. (just kidding) Cougars have had calls go their way in the past. Time says that all things even out. Must have been Utahs turn. Great rivalry, won't be the same next year. Go Utes and Go Cougs.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:16 p.m.

    LUCK

  • tcom2011 Fort Worth, TX
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:15 p.m.

    Agree with everyone's comments on the refs!!! Yes they messed up, perhaps the largest mistake of the season.

    But please, BYU don't send any tacky letters, calls go both ways, (and Utah don't cite SDSU) if you watched the replay you know that a penalty should have off set that.

    Congrats Utes on a very hard fought win! Sure wish we would have picked up the blocker, then the poor calling would not have mattered at all, but no it will be the big talk, even though there were great players playing their hearts out for 60 mins!

    Go COugs, Go Utes!

  • stanfunky Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:16 p.m.

    Brandon Burton is still coming...

  • gcp52 Lehi, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:15 p.m.

    Only 294 days until the rematch!! GO COUGS!!

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:17 p.m.

    Another classic rivalry match-up! Endings like these are what make the BYU/Utah rivalry one of the greatest in the nation.

    That said, not a single Ute fan that I have spoken with yet has felt good about the win. They have recognized that their team only won because they got away with a bad call. Kudos to them for their class.

    Now the Utes can enjoy the fruits of their season when they play in the Vegas bowl which, contrary to what many Utah fans have said over the past several years, is a quality post-season opportunity.

  • JNA Layton, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:17 p.m.

    There are bad calls in every game. I am a big Cougar fan but that is the way it goes. We were up 13-0 and let the game get away, we have no one to blame but ourselves. 4th and 1 was stupid and Utes capitalized. Good job Utes! Good luck in the PAC 12 I think you are going to do better than alot of people are giving you credit.

  • KKCC UTAH, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:17 p.m.

    Wow! This whole comment section is complaining about officiating.. Lets add in the horse collar, the non-existent helmet to helmet call where the Ute was leading with his hands and the bobble catch out of bounds... We can't forget all of those calls either.

    Game Over! Two words: MAGIC HAPPENS!

  • Bottom Line Draper, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:18 p.m.

    Utah is who we thought they were...overrated. A tremendous amount of fortuitus bounces to get the job done. Should be 4 out of 5 and would be 5 out of 6 after next year.

  • Duh west jordan, ut
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:21 p.m.

    What a thriller, yes the refs blew it but, that's all part of the game so get over it my fellow BYU fans. I said I would congrat the Utes if the won so, congrats on a well fought game. This will be one to be remembered. Ute fans have to believe that BYU is not the same team they were 10 weeks ago. Next year looks very promising, I am glad BYU stuck with the freshman, he gained valuable experience this year. Congrats to the Ute special teams for blocking the field goal. Enjoy the win. Next year will be another nail bitter.

  • fender Washington, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:21 p.m.

    Brady Hoke has to be laughing himself silly after this one. What goes around comes around. BYU fans look like utter hypocrites by complaining about the officials and replay crew in this game.

    Utah's offensive coordinators really need to do some soul searching after this one. With BYU dropping eight, they send Cain in and have him throw seven times? Just unbelieveable. Note to Utah: take what the defense gives you.

    Heaps still hasn't demonstrated the greatness Mendenhall talks about, but he did earn my respect today by managing the game well under pressure and putting BYU in a position to win. Really nice job on his part.

  • the zamboni Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:22 p.m.

    How can you say the fumble call decided the game? You don't know what would have happened after that point. Heaps could have thrown a pick-six on the very next play if BYU had kept the ball.

    There were bad calls both ways. Blaming a games on the refs is just being a whiny poor-sport.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:23 p.m.

    Boy the Yners are out in full force tonight.
    It's all fine and good when they win through controversy.
    Just call it a good game by both teams and let's win both post season bowl games.
    Please quit Yning.
    The Utah victory is in the books , a loss is in the kitty litter.
    Bronco asked for good sportsmanship.. Cougars show some.

  • treecaps22 Charlotte, North Carolina
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:24 p.m.

    A couple of observations:

    - complete robbery with the fumble call.
    - anae's play calling is terrible - way too predictable - I called run vs. pass correctly before the play 95% of the time
    - Jake Heaps is legit - not impressed with Wynn

  • BCA Murrieta, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:24 p.m.

    Way to go Utes. Good things happen when you live right.

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:26 p.m.

    I don't recall any BYU fans defending the SDSU call. And my mama always said two wronggs don't make a right!

  • cheeks Corona, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:28 p.m.

    If anyone thought that BYU would be that close to winning (well minus a bad replay call they would have) early in the season, you would have called them crazy. BYU should be a good team next year. It's always tough to lose, especially at the hands of the officials and not really the Utes, but this feels like more of a win than a loss considering how far they've come. Everyone knows it wasn't really a fumble.

    Also, true to form, Ute player goes up and shoves the kicker after the blocked kick. Nice. Maybe the Ute players can go find some lollipops to steal from little kids on their way home. Typical.

  • Wally West Port of Spain, T & T
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:27 p.m.

    re: Cali Coug | 5:11 p.m. Nov. 27, 2010

    Wow. This non-congratulations congratulations post reminds me of the non-apology apology we get from Limbaugh, G Beck, or a GOP politican when they whiff it.

    To you Cali; I offer would like to remind you of what Nelson Muntz's (Simpsons) catch phrase is.

    To the rest of the BYU fans, you have nothing to be ashamed of. Maybe Anae's play calling? But, its still 1,000,000 times better than anything from Dan Henning.

  • Peter Lemon Providence, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:27 p.m.

    I wonder if any BYU who acted like the blown call vs San Diego was no big deal have learned any empathy.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:28 p.m.

    The REFS took this one away from the Coogs.
    No no--my friends. Brandon Burton took it away. Never forget that.

  • TucsonUte Phoenix, Arizona
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:30 p.m.

    The final score proves that BYU had to play the perfect game to win and Utah could play a horrible game and still win.

    The rivalry will never be the same and that is sad but time for the Utes to move on to the PAC 12. Good luck to BYU as an independent in the coming years.

    Also, it was about time Utah got a break in a close game against BYU.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:30 p.m.

    BYU clearly outplayed Utah but mental mistakes (dropped passes, stupid turnovers) and poor playcalling (passing up on an easy field goal) cost them.

    Anae seemed too content to put the game on the shoulders of his field goal kicker and the defense. With a good OC Heaps could really flourish.

    Then there was the game deciding call by the replay officials. . . .
    I can't help but think it was compensatory for the SDSU game.

  • utahman1983 San Francisco, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:34 p.m.

    Utah played terribly. Hats off to Heaps for a good game. Bronco lost the game when he went for it on 4th and 1. Should have kicked a field goal. I agree that the refs made a terrible call. I hate to win like that.

    Sad to see the MWC rivalry end, I hope BYU can keep the program strong while independent, as the Utes will be getting much better talent in the years to come...

    Gotta love the original BCS busters.. Go Utes!

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:35 p.m.

    The ironies:

    Well, sort of a repeat of last year, the losing team's younger quarterback outplays the winning team's quarterback who is bailed out by some big and lucky plays and fortunate calls.

    Great end to this rivalry (in league play). Now the game moves to warmer climes and insignificant in respect to the standings.

    Utah moves on the Vegas Bowl, the very bowl their fans like to make fun of the Cougars for being regular guests at, perhaps they might get lucky and maybe Boise State or Nevada since the PAC-12 can't find enough bowl eligible teams. Or maybe they get Oregon State or Arizona (deep breath now to control the excitement).

    The Cougs maybe get the Armed Services Bowl or perhaps they get to visit Albuquerque on last time on the grid iron in the festive New Mexico Bowl.

  • butters Salt Lake city, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:36 p.m.

    obviously a questionable call on the fumble, but i disagree that byu outplayed the utes all game. offensively, utah didn't wake up until the 4th quarter, but the defense tightened up when they needed to and made great redzone stops that otherwise really would have let the cougars run wild.

    as for the fumble: when the call went the other way earlier in the year for byu against sdsu i came to byu's defense against all the whining because sdsu had the chances to win and couldn't capitalize. a missed 4th down and 4 turnovers lost the game for the cougars not a blown call.

    all season long i've hated on heaps but now i'll admit that he was the coolest guy on the field today. he played better than wynn/mccain and he deserved that final drive.

    as much as i hate how often this game comes down to the wire it just really shows the nation how competitive this rivalry really is. you broke our hearts on the final play last year and this year we return the favor.

    great game. (and an overall classy one too)

    GO UTES!

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:36 p.m.

    GREAT game! This rivalry will kill you if you have a weak heart. Even when it was looking sloppy, both teams gave it every bit of heart and nerve they had and treated us all to a classic. That's what this one was---a flat out CLASSIC. Every player on both side should be proud to have been a part of this one. Good luck to both in their bowl games and I'm betting it'll be just as nasty next September.

    Go Utes!!!!

  • Seattleview Federal Way, WA
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:36 p.m.

    Utah was bound to win a game where the "breaks" finally went their way. Congratulations to them.
    I am glad that the blown fumble call didnt directly lose the game for BYU. They played past it and had an excellent chance to win the game.

    I was impressed with how BYU played and how Bronco has coached this team back from the brink. BYU really outplayed Utah all day long and Heaps brought them back to be in position to win the game. There are a lot of positives about this game. That is not as good as a win but its not like Hall getting picked off 5 times to get blown out.

    It doenst change the bowl game arrangment so bragging rights were the only thing that was lost. Even Utah knows they were outplayed all day.

  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:36 p.m.

    Personally, the real difference was the call for BYU to go for it on 4th down early in the first half. They should have gone for the field goal at that point and secured the win. Woulda, shoulda, coulda...

  • duke5 vancouver, wa
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:39 p.m.

    Bye-bye Bronco.

    Welcome to the big leagues. If you can't finish the game you are toast!

  • Norm Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:37 p.m.

    BYU's play calling, lack of running backs with speed and better judgement when they do run and midget DB's put BYU in a hole. Heaps did well and will be a good QB in the future. He needs help and a new coach who understands what is needed. Anae's has to be the the easiset coach to read that I have seen in my 60 years of watching football. Even the announcers were commenting on his play calling. Over-all the BYU players did well but need a few players to compliment the QB. The line was in my opinion up to the task both offense and defense. Utah won on BYU's mistakes not by better playing.
    I am neutral and watch the game because I enjoy football. I thought Utah would have been up for the game but the offense sub-par. I wish both schools sucess in the future, will be interesting watching them.

  • Turtle Owasso, OK
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:41 p.m.

    No comment about officiating, just a comment that Utah is not #20 and no better than BYU - their quarterbacks are horrible.

  • ricwhite Layton, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:42 p.m.

    Calls were a little interesting tonight. I was baffled when that bobbled ball caught out of bounds by a BYU receiver was actually ALLOWED after replay. I was positive it would be overturned. Then the fumble was confirmed by review and I was positive THAT would be overturned. Just weird.

    But classic game.

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  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:42 p.m.

    Utah D line was great. THere was very little production from the BYU RBs. That was the positive point for the utes. (QB play was the biggest negative)

    A BYU fan complaining about the refereeing that was in their favor all game long and blew only one call that should have gone their way? Noooo, that would never happen!

    And calling for Bronco´s firing is in really bad taste. I´m pretty ashamed of the byu fan base. It´s pretty consistent across all the cougar posts on this article.

    Again, proof that the Utah fans are the best in the west.

    Time to work on Wynn and prep for another bowl victory.

    Go Utes! Keep the bowl streak alive!

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    Two tainted touchdowns by the Utes. Both gifts of the refs. BYU had a couple of calls go their way as well but none we game-changing - just the two that went the Utes way.

    Anyway, Peter Lemon, I wonder if any Ute fans who acted like the blown call vs San Diego was the proof of hypocrisy have learned anything about their own hypocrisy tonight. (I'll bet ... no!!)

    Anyway, I'm glad BYU's run in the MWC is over. As a conference, they have absolutely the worst officials in the nation in both football and basketball. It will be good to try to hook up with some competent officials who actually know what they're doing.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:42 p.m.

    Incredibly proud of the Utah players and coaches showing class and sportsmanship following the game. Selinga giving great credit to a great looking frosh qb and no one uttering words of "hate" and talking about having won because they "live the right way." You Utah Seniors are all class and you have represented your school with great pride and a love of your school. Have a GREAT bowl game!!!!

    Go Utes!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    The best team won. BYU had better stats than the U but the U simply hung around and let BYU self destruct. Very undisciplined football from the Y and that is why they are 6-6 and the U is 10-2. Good teams cause fumbles and bad teams stand around clueless and let a punt hit them allowing the other team to recover. Good teams look to slap the ball away and bad teams hold the ball with one hand after an interception. Good teams win with special teams when their offense stalls and bad teams lose games with special teams. All these dumb mistakes pretty much tell the tale of BYU's season in 2010. Does a 6-6 team deserve to go to a bowl game with zero quality wins?? Why reward mediocrity? I say send a message to Bronco and let him watch the bowl season ...maybe then he will see the need to re-evaluate his program.

  • Unbiased Viewpoint Draper, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:44 p.m.

    Sitting back here I have to laugh at the bad calls go both ways comments. Tonight that was not the case. Look inwardly if you cheer for Utah and you will know that this game was decided with one extremely big call for which Utah scored two plays later. I enjoyed a good football game with two teams that really played conservatively.

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:46 p.m.

    coming from a ute fan Byu out played us today. we were lucky. But i will take it. Same, same. defense can't stop the pass. Offense does not know how to do anything. Now we know it's not the QB it's the offense. period.We will get it handed to us in the pac 12 if something does'nt change, And athlete for athlete not much different as far as i could see. Bronko out coached Wit in this one.

  • JAMMER Ogden, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:48 p.m.

    There are always those few fans that ruin it for everyone. As a BYU fan, I felt it was an awesome game. Both played hard. Just remember, there had to be indisputable evidence on the fumble. You never see an angle where the ball and the knee down in the same shot. That's why it wasn't overturned. Props to the Utes for the win. Good luck in the bowl game. See ya in September in Provo.

  • just-a-fan Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:51 p.m.

    Huge BYU fan. Congrats to the Utes....hated to see you get us but what a game it was. No complaints on the fumble either. One play or call does not make a game. This is such a great rivalry. Good Luck to Utes in their bowl and hopefully we'll sneak into one. I will say this, I am excited at the prospect of watching Jake Heaps for the next three years.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:52 p.m.

    The fumble that wasn't? I am guessing that the refs saw the ball come out BEFORE the knee was down. Remember, the league office gets film too. The real question was why in the world didn't the Y d-back cover the ball with BOTH hands after intercepting AND smart play on Utah for slapping the ball away. Also, the punt that was recovered by the U was the same thing.. bone headed play by BYU special teams. Standing around not even knowing where the ball is .. is ... well really bone headed. Utah was out played by the Y stats wise but the U played smarter and won the game. The Y is simply an undisciplined team and that all starts and ends with the head coach...and that is why they are 6-6.

  • AZ Dave Chandler, AZ
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:52 p.m.

    6-6 for both teams next year, book it

  • Chad S Derby, KS
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:53 p.m.

    The Bradley fumble was a blown call by the replay officials, and BYU should have a legitimate complaint here. Just like SDSU had a legitimate complaint early in the year. It won't change the outcome of the game, but it needs to be addressed.

    I would have like to see a play action toward the end, instead of three runs into the middle.

  • BlameItOnTheOfficials Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:52 p.m.

    the yewts didn't win this one.. the officials stole it for them!

  • RantBully Bend, OR
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:54 p.m.

    This game showed why Utah is so over-rated. BYU played better in most aspects of the game. Utah might have won, but they did nothing to show they were a good team deserving of a Top 25 ranking or a place in the PAC 12 more than BYU.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:55 p.m.

    One last comment before I sit back and read the comments.

    Bronco did a great job coaching these boys. Can you not see the improvement? The defense was actually pretty good this year in retrospect.

    Keep Anae but get a new offensive coordinator. I'll go for that one. But he's a good coach in other ways. BYU fans: get off of Heaps back. He's going to be a very good one, if not a great one! I hope he stays with the Y after all the stupid abuse he's taken from the fans this year. And by the way LaVell had some 6-6 seasons early and late in his career. If BYU fans can't see the improvement and progress they need to get a life.

    Let's be honest who would have thought after the Y/Utah State game, this game would be close? Y or U fans alike.

    It was a dramatic (not a well played) game, but the breaks went against BYU this year. It's how the ball rolls. Take it in stride Y fans and get off of Bronco's back--he's a good coach.

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:55 p.m.

    Cougar fans complaining about a replay. How ironic.

    Don't make too many conclusions about that - there was much going on that the on-field ref could see that the replay could not see. Personally, I thought the ball was on its way out when the knee was down (it wasn't completely in his control), leaving me to think that something had happened that you cannot see just previous to that.

    But, in the end, I just have one thing to say:

    SCOREBOARD!!

  • socalcougfan Sylmar, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:56 p.m.

    What a way to send of the conference rivalry. I can't gripe about the officiating, there will always be blown calls. I as pleased by the improvement by the cougars over the course of the season. Here's an idea. How about a rematch in the LV Bowl? It looks like the PAC 10 won't have enough bowl eligible teams to fill the other spot. Congrats to the Utes.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    Good win Utes. For all the macho-talk, you had to have a blocked FG attempt to secure a 1pt win against a "cupcake". Not to mention a little help from the zebras today. Oh, by the way, the horse-collar was not reviewable...the fumble certainly was, and they blew it. Perhaps a U employee was in the booth.

    Utes should be appalled by the lack of offense from Wynn and Cain. I counted only two passes for over 10 yards and they were on blown coverages.

    Future certainly looks bright for the Y. The pac-12...i don't know for U.

  • kdm Sandy, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:58 p.m.

    Why do you take the ball out of the most talented guy on your team. End of half and end of game, why do you play for a FG and not give your start qb a chance to throw it down the field.

  • yankee doodle Layton, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 5:59 p.m.

    My Observations

    BYU was the better team.

    Referees should be held accountable for affecting the outcome of games.

    Jake Heaps IS the better QB.

    Utesies will be a bottom dwellers in the Pac-12.

  • mattb7 Sterling, VA
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:00 p.m.

    How amusing to hear BYU fans focus on the previously ranked #5 team in the country struggling to win at home by one point. I wonder where these insightful, objective Cougs were last year when the great senior Max Hall, going against a freshman Ute quarterback and an offense missing its strongest player (Asiata), needed overtime--at home--to squeak out a win. I don't seem to see any Cougar comments referring back to THAT whisker-thin escape.

    Am so happy to see the Utes depart the conference with a win over BYU, but it's sad to see the rivalry as we have known it come to an end. Great wins and losses for both teams over the years. Great glaring gaps in objectivity by Utes and Cougars alike as well, but I guess that what makes fans who we are.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:00 p.m.

    Aggies scored 31 against the y. What's up with that Utes?

  • Hov Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:02 p.m.

    The all around refereeing was pretty bad. The MWC really needs to look into the quality of their officials. THere was a clear horse-collar that injured Wide that wasn´t called. There was an incomplete pass by Heaps that was called complete and there was a fumble that appeared the BYU player was already down. Overall though, the cougars have no gripe against the officiating in relation to any bias as there was clearly none.

    So true! But the utes overcame bad calls and took advantage of calls their way. That's what good teams do. Utah made the plays when they had to. Tds didn't make the plays.

  • yankee doodle Layton, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:03 p.m.

    Hey Chris B
    You can have little Wynnie, I'll take St. Heaps any day of the week, month and year over him. Heaps will only get better, while we already know how good Wynnie is. Which is not good.

    I guarantee the Utes will be a mediocre team in the Pac-12 and Wynnie will be benched for good when he throws 3 INT's at USC in their Pac-12 opener
    MARK IT DOWN AND MARK IT DOWN AGAIN!!!

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:04 p.m.

    Zipster | 5:07 p.m. Nov. 27, 2010
    Kaysville, UT
    Wow. What is instant replay for?

    ------------

    Its for BYU fans to cry when cry when its goes against you but cheer when it goes for you (SDSU).

    I guess Magic doesn't happen if you don't live right on and off the field.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:09 p.m.

    Holy cats! Usually the better team wins but not today. Utah proved they are who we thought they were, a mediocre mid-level. BYU's defense is for real. Utah's defense is for real as always. Heaps is bonafide. Looks like there will be several job openings in the MWC next year for football officials, apparently no experience necessary.

    Congratulations to Utah on this mark for their record book. Congratulations to BYU for perhaps the biggest midseason turnaround in the country. Hopefully they won't be rewarded with the New Mexico Bowl for being perhaps the 3rd best team in the conference behind TCU and Air Force regardless of what the records reflect.

    I hope the fans of both schools showed better sportsmanship and respect than the two Utah players who were so disgraceful in victory today.

    The Burton block was a great play. Way to hustle. Congrats to the Utes! Good luck in the PAC.

  • AK Cougar Palmer, AK
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:09 p.m.

    To Wwookie: You need to read these posts without your RED colored glasses on. Most posts by BYU fans are complimentary to Utah. Some are complaining about the officials and a few are ridiculous. Please do not judge the ridiculous as the majority here.

    Utah wins this one by blocking a 3 pt attempt to preserve their lead. Congrats to them. The game was a great one, a classic that will go down in Utah lore for ages. After all the playing, the best that 11 guys can do against 11 others trying to stop them, Utah wins by one. A great game.

    Now, Utah gets to go to the Las Vegas bowl. What? The very bowl that many Ute fans made fun of BYU for going to for several years. Wow, some things that go around and then come back around.

    Go Cougars.

  • Always something Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:10 p.m.

    Agree with just a fan. That one fumble, whether you thought it was or not, doesn't mean the Cougars were going to score and it was over for the Utes. As was posted, there were two questionable calls for BYU that they got away with and Utah could have done something with that as well. If it makes you sleep better at night, say it was that one missed call and Utah is horrible, but I'm smiling on the win. Am I impressed by Wynn, no. Something's wrong in that boy's head, but you can't just pick out one play and say that is why the Utes one. That is narrow minded and you didn't see the Utes great defense.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:10 p.m.

    Please stop with the "officials stole the game" mantra. Yes, there were poor calls, but last I checked, it wasn't the officials that blocked the kick.
    It wasn't the official who intercepted the ball, and they ran into a group of tacklers and not wrapping up the ball.
    It wasn't the officials that dropped passes on critical 2nd downs (Ashworth, Mahina).
    It wasn't the officials that went for it on 4th and 1 in the 1st half.

    Utah made the plays they needed to make. BYU outplayed the Utes in all parts of the game, except the score. Sometimes that happens. Ie. Boise State last night. Their kicker cost BSU millions in BCS revenue...Payne's kick will cost BYU a trip to the NM bowl, or toilet bowl.

  • WestCoast1 Escondido, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:12 p.m.

    I'll re-post my comments made earlier:

    Oh, the irony of having many furious BYU fans over the fumble non-call. You same BYU fans were the ones defending the BYU replay booth after the San Diego State fumble non-call that gave the ball back to BYU and allowed your team to hang on to win.

    What goes around, comes around!

    @RantBully,

    Utah = 10-2, BYU = 6-6.
    Utah leads all-time 54-34.
    And most importantly, Utah 17 BYU 16.

    Scoreboard, baby!

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:14 p.m.

    I didn't watch the game but just read the write-up of it. The even statistics indicate that it was a great game and it was too close to decisively say that one team is the superior team. I earned degrees from both universities so have split loyalty when they play each other. What I don't understand is the bitterness and mocking and griping that goes on from the fans, especially those that contribute their comments here. That's the trouble with sports; it brings out the worst in people.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:16 p.m.

    You all know I love Utah.
    They stunk.
    BYU imploded.
    It was an awful game.
    Utah won the game but BYU won 3.5 quarters of it.
    I loved the win, but how how it happened.
    All things being equal, Utes, Utes, Utes.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:18 p.m.

    Looks like we found out a lot about both teams today. BYU obviously has equal athletes to the Utes and a better QB. Robert Anae needs to go. What was he thinking those first two plays of the final drive? That was blatantly bad play calling. Epic game. Did not think BYU had a chance. They deserved to win. Everyone that watched the game knows an obvious dishonest call by the officials determined the outcome of the game. Oh well, W for the Utes, black eye for the officials.

  • Always something Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:18 p.m.

    So Utah didn't win when the BYU receiver couldn't get out of the way of the ball and it hit him, subsequently let the Utah player got the ball. Yeah, that couldn't be the play that won it for us at all either. No cougs remember those plays. Or the over thrown balls by Heaps, or the play calling by Anai...or...

  • SoCalUtahFan Utesville, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:19 p.m.

    4th-1, UTAH14 10:30 J. Heaps incomplete pass to the left

    Bronco tried to deliver the knock-out punch. Instead, he lost 3 points that could have won the game for him.

    On a day when Utah struggled badly, BYU still could not win.

    A win is a win. Utah won.
    A loss is still a loss. And BYU lost.

    The good thing is that we don't have to wait 12 months for another game--only 10 months for Utah to kick BYU again.

    Go Utes!!!

  • Cajunzoobie Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:20 p.m.

    Utes may have scoreboard, but...

    ..Bradley's knee is still down!

  • Tarheel Ute Colorado Springs, CO
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:20 p.m.

    Utahs win left a bad taste in my mouth. Utahs 'Harline is Still Open moment left me flat as Utahs offense. Like Utah in the 2006 classic, BYU lead tonights game, but could not put Utah away. BYUs opportunities and momentum negated by Utahs solid defense. Similar to the 2007 and 2009 game, where BYU benefited from key penalties, tonight Utah was likewise fortunate.

    Utah is fortunate to have won any of their last five games, beginning with uneven and unemotional play against Air Force, and ending similarly tonight with flat and unimaginative offense play, only offset by pretty good defensive play spotlighting two special teams breakdowns by BYU.

    Since Mendenhall took charge of BYUs defense, BYU has taken a card from Utahs deck, their emotional cues coming from defensive. I did not see much of Utahs speed on either side of the ball, but both teams contained each others passing game and turned a few key turnovers.

    Not quite ugly win but certainly forgettable. Lets hope they have a good bowling season; otherwise Utah/BYU in September could have an equally bad taste about it.

  • UTAH MAN AM I Murray, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:23 p.m.

    Ah what a satisfying victory. Nothing like snatching it from the jaws of defeat. Finally we get a close game. And for all of you cougar fans whining about the fumble call, take another look, the ball is clearly moving before his knee hits the ground. Boom. Is it too early to start the 2 out of 3 smack? Or the Burton is still coming? I figure we need something just as stupid to replace BYU's idiotic smack from last year. GO UTES!!!

  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:23 p.m.

    Kirk Herbstreit was right, BYU has exposed Utah as the fraud they are.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:24 p.m.

    Article quote: "Ultimately, the Utes capitalized on a pair of enormous breaks to win a game they trailed virtually from start to finish."

    And that, my friends, sums it up nicely.

    The Utes, that once mighty and vaunted team with a #6 ranking, had to have LUCK on it's side to beat a team that was once 1-4.

    And ya'll think you're good?

    Puh-leeeeease.

    You guys got lucky and you know it.

    See you next year!

    GO COUGARS!!!

  • Twardy Folsom, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:24 p.m.

    BYU 16
    Utah 10
    Refs 7
    Great block to finish the game

  • Bo Jangles Meridian, ID
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:25 p.m.

    Agree, the Bradley fumble was a questionable call, but why don't Y fans mention the horse collar no call and bogus tartgeting call. Poor officiating goes both ways.

    By the way, please explain how the Utes were outplayed when the gained more yard and forced more tunovers that BYU.

  • miracle max Vernal, utah
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:25 p.m.

    The BYU offensive attack will never reach it's potential as long as Coach Anae is calling the shots. Anae has some good qualities as a coach but making pressure packed decisions form the sidelines in the heat of battle is not his strong suit.

    I knew Coach Anae back when we attended BYU together. Great guy. Good player. When he came to BYU I was his biggest fan. But I think he has made some terrrible decisions in big games that have seriously damaged BYU's chances to win. He should be coaching the line, not coordinating the offense.

  • mattb7 Sterling, VA
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:26 p.m.

    Remember last year when Utah's freshman quarterback and Asiataless offense (injured) pushed the great senior, Max Hall, to overtime in Cougartown? The blue finally beat the "rebuilding" Utes. In overtime. At home.

    Heaps without question put on the best quarterback performance out there today. And I'm hoping he shows something Hall never did after games--class.

    What a great way for Utah to depart the Mountain West--a fantastic win at home against BYU. But how sad that all of this must come to an end. Two great teams and such a marvelous rivalry. It won't generate the same energy and excitement with Red and Blue playing in different conferences.

    The pigskin history: Utah wins = 53. BYU wins = 35. Ties--4.

  • 3genUTE Chicago, IL
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:27 p.m.

    Here I was, all ready to eat humble pie and congratulate the feral cats from Provo for outplaying my team.

    A come from behind finish for the Utes with a brilliant blocked kick, a tough loss for the feral cats, but instead of outstanding sportsmanship from folks who think of themselves as morally above reproach, I see whining sour grapes about officiating!

    Utah spoiled their own season by crumbling to TCU and then to ND, but it is sad to see such arrogance from a 6-6 team who lost in the end to the better team!

  • California Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:27 p.m.

    Whew! I was so afraid BYU would have to accept an invitation to the VEGAS BOWL. This year the honor goes to the Utes. My condolences.

  • Citimaker Fredericksburg, VA
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:28 p.m.

    I am a strong supporter of Bronco. I hope he stays around until he is as old as LaVell. He made a great move by dumping Jaime Hill earlier, and now he needs to make another great move and fire Anae. Anae has no creativity in his play design and play calling. The QB can't make a good fake with a split backfield in shotgun. The defense sees everything coming. Anae is horrible, and it's time for him to go. Are you listening, Bronco? Get an offensive coordinator who can create a good mix of plays that keeps the defense off balance. Design formations that keep the defense guessing. Want some inspiration? Check out Boise State or Oregon. Those teams excel with good, but not necessarily great players because the offense is so well designed and the execution is trained into the players.
    Dump Anae!
    Dump Anae!
    Dump Anae!
    Everybody sing along! Dump Anae!

  • cowboy99 South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:31 p.m.

    Let's give some thanks to Anae.

    Thanks for letting John Beck and Max Hall call the plays when they were here.

    Thanks for only almost screwing up Jake Heaps; somehow he got his confidence back during that bye-week.

    And thank you in advance for resigning at the end of this season.

    P.S. The defense know the down and distance too so you basing your play calling on such is not a good idea. So get back in the press box and call your plays based on the defense's line up. That's how Max and John did it.

    One more thing. Fourth and inches with the biggest o-line in the conference and you go with a pass play and not a qb sneak?!!!

    COME ON!!!!!!

  • Robert Johnson Sunland, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:30 p.m.

    What a bunch of Y-ners. One thing that I definitely won't miss when Utah moves on to the big leagues and BYU remains in the WCC or WAC....is the whiny Y fans that always have to blame a loss on the Refs. Was the fumble a bad call? I'm not so sure....and the majority of the refs obviously saw that it was a fumble...but the bottom line, the Y has the worst fans for overlooking bad calls when it benefits them and blaming a loss on the refs at every opportunity. Have a great future TDS....its been fun.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:33 p.m.

    Enjoy the Las Vegas Bowl U!!! It should be the first of many appearances.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:34 p.m.

    Uteology

    I guess between last week a SDSU, and this week, the Utes ARE living right on and off the field.

    Congrats to the Utes for the win today.
    ===
    A football teams job is not to understand the officiating, just play around it.
    ===

    I saw a huge improvement in the BYU team between the USU game, and the game today. Kudos to the coaches.
    ===
    I'm interested to hear if Mike Sorensen thinks Utah won the game, because if only....
    ===
    Finally, there is not a player in red or blue that should not be proud of their performance today.

    I felt it was classy of the Ute coach to keep his player away from Payne after the game. I feel it was classless to booo Wynn at home.

    I'm proud of both teams tonight.

    Thanks to both teams for a fun season.

    I'm excited to see what Heaps, Quezada, Van Noy, Apo, and the rest bring in the next three years.

    Thanks to Andrew Rich and the rest of the seniors for taking on the leadership rolls.
    ===

    Good luck to both teams in their bowl games, and congrats again to the Utes for not giving up.

  • defibman Syracuse, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:33 p.m.

    What a way to end the season and rivalry! Too bad it will have a big * by it due to the blown fumble call. Just like the SDSU game. The difference is that in this game it happened near the end of the game and really changed the momentum. Besides in the SDSU game there was a "no call" at the same time. I just hate to see such a fun game have so many bad calls and no-calls. This kind of thing just has to be brought up to the league, but it won't because both teams are leaving the conference. Good bye to the MWC for good! You will not be missed, but I will promise you that both Utah and BYU will be missed by the MWC. Thanks for a wonderful partnership to both teams.

  • Lone Peak High School Fan Alpine, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:34 p.m.

    face it both teams played awful. And utah got lucky

  • Bo Jangles Meridian, ID
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:35 p.m.

    Y had calls go their way in the SDSU and WYO games that aided in those wins... didn't hear any complaining about the officiating after those games from Y fans. What gives?

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:36 p.m.

    @yankee doodle

    How was BYU the better team?

    Scoreboard: 16 vs 17

    Total Yards: 293 vs 296
    Passing: 228 vs 207
    Running: 65 vs 89

    Turnovers: 4 vs 3

    Possession: 32:32 vs 27:28

    Congrats you really dominated the game by having Heaps run down the clock on every single play.

    Worked against SDSU but not Utah. Irony!!

  • FireHawk Aurora, CO
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:38 p.m.

    Here is the truth with no spin:

    Utes 10-2
    byu 6-6

    Utes 17
    byu 16

    Utes 296 yards
    byu 293

    Utes 3 turnovers
    byu 4 turnovers

    Utes win
    byu lose

    Utes - Ranked
    byu not ranked

    Ute fans happy
    byu fans whining about officiating...again... just like always

    Utes - In PAC 12
    byu - independent
    good for both cause MWC stinks.

    Last conference rivalry won by Utah...who never quit.

  • Always something Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:40 p.m.

    By the way, please explain how the Utes were outplayed when the gained more yard and forced more tunovers that BYU.

    Yes, I'd like to know that too! Or how come BYU couldn't stop that incredible catch in the end zone that got us a touchdown. Wow, that couldn't have been the play either that helped the Utes win. Nope, just one ref call that may/may not have been a bad one. Boo hoo.

  • JT Texas Midland, TX
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:42 p.m.

    You know. I would tell byu to just take their ball and go home to the mwc, but then I realized byu no longer has a home.

  • Flame of the West The OC, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:43 p.m.

    Congratulations Utah! Best of luck next year in the PAC12.

    BYU - how do you expect to win the game after muffing the punt return, fumbling the interception, and going for it on 4th and inches instead of a FIELD GOAL attempt quite possibly was the game changer?

    Great game - would not have called it this close 2 months ago.

  • MESOUTE Albany, NY
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:44 p.m.

    Magic Happens when you play hard. Let's be honest, this game was a bad one through 3 quartes for us Utes and Wynn (and Cain) were just horrible. Heaps is going to be very very good and congratulations to the Zoobs for a great game plan. Very happy for the win but not happy about our digressing QBs.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:44 p.m.

    @ Bo Jangles
    The Utes were outplayed. The yards don't tell the entire story within the game. The Utes offense only came to life on 4-5 plays in the 4th quarter. See 3rd down conversions, and sustained drives. Both D lines played well, but the U was supposed to have a much better running game.

    The U got exposed as a top 5 fraud and everyone knows it. Total yards do not tell the entire story.

  • rickski13 salt lake city, utah
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:45 p.m.

    great game and the best part was no hate speech by the winning qb or no jumbotron saying byu enjoy the loss your big brother or crying about the replay official stay classy byu

  • Cali Coug Visalia, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:46 p.m.

    So a 6-6 BYU team is about equal to a 10-2 uou team. Sounds about right to me. hedgehog, what do you think?

  • DixieRebelsForever! SLC, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:49 p.m.

    Looks like Luck swung with the Utes this year. That and BYU made some bone head mistakes that had nothing to do with Utah and everything to do with BYU making dumb mistakes. That said, all things considered, I'd be more excited about BYU's prospects for the future as a BYU fan than those for Utah as a Utah fan. BYU's playmakes today were mostly freshmen, while Utah has some holes. Also they're looking for a running back after Shakerin got knocked out(which is really sad and too bad for Shak.) Also consider BYU was without their three best D-linement and best linebacker. Heartbreaking loss but things are looking up for the Cougs!

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:48 p.m.

    How funny is this, a 1 point victory and the Utes think they some how have saved face, beating BYU who had a marginal year in a marginal conference.

    It was a great game, the way it should be with two teams who have so much history. I think both teams played about as well as they could, and it was fun to watch.

    But lets not get too carried away with ourselves. Unfortunately our buddies up in Boise gave credence to Oho's claims. Utah will have the chance that they can hunt with the big dogs next year, and BYU will go fishing in uncharted waters. So ends an average season with some pretty average teams.

  • TucsonUte Phoenix, Arizona
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:51 p.m.

    There is a lot of "lucky" talk coming from Cougar fans in here but as the old saying goes "luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity". The Utah coaching staff reviewed BYU special teams game film, saw a weakness in the BYU field goal team blocking scheme and everyone saw the result. Kyle Whittingham even talked about it in his post game interview.

    Fans overlook how much prep goes into the game plan of both teams. The game broke for Utah today just like it did for BYU last year. No more lucky talk please!

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:52 p.m.

    I agree that it was a bad call for the fumble. But get over it cougs, Utah won, deal with it. Oh and Burton is still unblocked...GO UTES!

  • da bob Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:54 p.m.

    Blown fumble call.
    Utah walks away with the luckiest win. BYU was the better team by far!

  • T-Mac Meridian, ID
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:53 p.m.

    Note to Whit,

    Adverise the QB position as "open" when recruiting Freshman and JC transfers. Wynn is no D1 QB.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 6:56 p.m.

    My honest assessment of the coaching:

    Whittingham--great coach, record speaks for itself but this is the first team I've seen of his regress badly as the season progressed. I think it has a lot to do with:

    Brian Johnson--he will be a good college coach in time but he's not ready to be a QB coach (a very important job) at this point in his career. The Ute QB's are not progressing. Keep Johnson but get him an older mentor who could teach him the fine points of coaching. There is a guy named Steve Clark who once coached at the U now coaching at SUU as the OC, he might be the guy for the job.

    Bronco--very good coach, Y fans need to get off his back. His team improved after a horrible start. The defense was good all year long except for maybe a couple of games before he took over.

    Anae--keep him as a line coach, he is a good man and a good coach there (he wouldn't have been on Leach's Texas Tech staff if he wasn't), but take away play calling duties.

  • CougarForever Holladay, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:02 p.m.

    Both teams played horribly at times with questionable coaching decisions split about equally. But, the Utes won (barely) and I am not going to whine about bad calls (or bad non-calls in some cases) which went both ways. I get the sense that Utah will be less than mediocre in the PAC-12 next year; whereas, BYU is on the rise. However, unlike most BYU fans, I don't think that the experiment with independence is the way to go.

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:01 p.m.

    The ONLY reason the BYU lost was becasue of Anae,

    and his pathtetic play callling,

    and it actually all started in the first quarter when BYU did not go for two after the 1st touch down.

    mathmatically there was no reason NOT to, and every reason to go for it.

    that showed BYU was playing NOT to lose rather than to win,

    and if they had gotten 2, the blocked field goal would NOT have made a difference, as, at worst, they would have gone to overtime.

    Anae is to blame and all his bad run play calling, and inability to call plays to get the ball in the end zone.

    But it all started in 1st quarter, by NOT going for 2.

    rather than actually playing to win.

  • T-Mac Meridian, ID
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:05 p.m.

    To AB,

    So if the replay officials today were "corrupt", please provide an adjective to describe the BYU SDSU replay officials?

  • Wally West Port of Spain, T & T
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:08 p.m.

    re: yankee doodle | 5:59 p.m. Nov. 27, 2010

    "Utesies will be a bottom dwellers in the Pac-12."

    re: yankee doodle | 6:03 p.m. Nov. 27, 2010

    "I guarantee the Utes will be a mediocre team in the Pac-12"

    So, which is it?

  • J.Newey Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:11 p.m.

    BYU, Make the darn field and kick the field in the 3rd quarter and then you can overcome the bad call on the bradley fumble!!

  • Wally West Port of Spain, T & T
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:12 p.m.

    re: Igualmente | 6:23 p.m. Nov. 27, 2010

    Only a zoob would care about what an ESPN talking head thinks.

    For the record, Bob Davie is the most entertaining, insightful, & informative IMO but his opinions are just that.

  • Manny Being Manny Pleasant Grove, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:14 p.m.

    Exciting game. Very proud of the Cougs.

    Someone please explain how the Ute players can't help but think they got away with one, and take the win with class?

    Yet, what do they do? Stick their fingers in Matt Payne's face, shove him and taunt him after the blocked kick? Wow, that's classy! Looks like Max Hall was right after all.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    BYU's defense is improving. The offense is about 60%. Part of that is BYU being young. Part of it is a lack of innovation by the coaching.

    OU is currently mixing in Pistol plays and the Diamond formation plays with it's traditional I formation and pocket passing attack.

    BYU badly needs to update it's offense.

    Next year Heaps will be at least as good as Landry Jones is this year.

    Utah is barely better than a rebuilding BYU this year. Even they ran several Pistol plays.

    Altering the defense paid big rewards. When is the offense going to get some much needed adjustment?

    It is not just bad play calling and poor execution. It is a lack of offensive design and innovation that exploit the defense.

    Doing the same old thing will not work as an independent.

    BYU should get better from here. A bowl game will help.

  • just-a-fan Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    As a BYU fan I HATE it when our fans compain about officials. Get over it. It was a great game and we lost by 1 point and it stings. I didn't agree with the fumble call but an entire game doesn't hinge on one play or one call. Utah, congrats on the win. C'mon Cougar fans, we let's just tip our hates and move on. By the way, just curious if there will be any fallout to Shskaey (who did NOTHING today) for stabbing the toy Cougar. Shakey has proven lately that other than a cool nickname and an amazing job he is doing with his family he is overrated as a player. But as a human being, a great one.

  • Voice of Reason Layton, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:22 p.m.

    BYU clearly outplayed the Utes every quarter, and Utah got one more point than the Y.

    Looks like everybody got something out of this game.

  • Jrifkin48 Fayetteville, NC
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:24 p.m.

    The moral victory for BYU is the ascension of their program at this point, especially considering how we bottomed out against USU. Utah and their #20 ranking on their home turf could only eek out a 1 pt victory over a rebuilding Cougar team. Cheer up Cougar fans, every single offensive starter is returning next year.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:25 p.m.

    "So a 6-6 BYU team is about equal to a 10-2 uou team. Sounds about right to me. hedgehog, what do you think?"

    Cali coug,

    I agree with you... and I'm not happy about it. BYU is a young team with a pretty good QB. Utah is a very talented team (WR and TE) with a very limited QB. Unless Wynn can make the mental changes it's going to be a long year in the PAC12

  • SoCalUtahFan Utesville, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:26 p.m.

    Say what you want...facts are:

    Utah won. BYU lost. Utah is 10-2. BYU is 6-6 (lost to both Utah and Utah State this year, and probably would lose to Weber State if they played)

    Utah is 10-2 --probably will end the season at 11-2, third straight year with at least 10 wins. Utah moves on to Pac-12 next year.

    BYU is 6-6 --may be 6-7 or 7-6. Coaching change may be needed if they want to be successful in Indy-Wacky.

    Cougar fans, stop whinning. Wait until next September when the 2 teams meet again...until then, enjoy life.

  • Tanguero Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    Utah, welcome to the Pac 12!

  • UtahUte16 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:31 p.m.

    May we all remember that IT'S JUST A GAME! It's no reason to be disrespectful and ignorant to our fellow brother.

  • wyoute Worland, WY
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:32 p.m.

    All I know about the Utes offense is that they need to know why they have become so inept in the month of Nov. I don't think it is all wynn's fault. I still think play calling has something to do with it as well as dropped passes by receivers. But this will never fly going to the Pac 12. BYU played a good game and got some bad breaks. But most importantly, I will not miss Todd Christensen or James Bates announcing.

  • TizTheSeason logan, utah
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:32 p.m.

    Bottom line....Ugly Game

  • SCUte Rock Hill, SC
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:34 p.m.

    OK - BYU gave this one to the Utes? Check the stats - I believe Utah won almost every category.

    The game was almost served to the Zoobs on a platter, but instead of kicking the field goal on third down with a time out remaoning - just in case of a bad snap, the zoobs got greedy and handed the game back to the Utes by not blocking the end.

    Did either team really want this one? I hope we get our rivalry back. The coverage and all the Kum Bah Yah articles were so sweet I had to drink about 5 gallons of milk this week.

    The rivalry isn't dead unless we let it die.

    I love my Cougar Friends that can take a ribbing and I love giving it right back when they give it to me.

    This year - score book and score board Utah! Next Year too! Go Utes!

  • Frazil man Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:34 p.m.

    That call was bad, but would be irrelevent if BYU kicked a FG instead of going for it on 4th and short. Loss is more on coaches than players.

  • Wally West Port of Spain, T & T
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:36 p.m.

    re: Bugoff | 7:19 p.m. Nov. 27, 2010

    "Next year Heaps will be at least as good as Landry Jones is this year."

    And Maybe in 2012 Heaps will win the Heisman like Cam Newton should this yr?

    "Utah is barely better than a rebuilding BYU this year. Even they ran several Pistol plays."

    The pistol formation is a staple of the zone read spread option which Urban installed yrs ago & the Utes still run. Case in point; Do you recall Tebow standing 7 yds deep EVER?

  • Geezernoid Sandy, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:36 p.m.

    Am I mistaken or did I just watch a game where the fix was in? Utah can't feel good about this win, but the Y's coaching staff is out of touch with college ball. BYU running those two lame running plays to set up the final drive was dumb and put the weight of the world on a young kid who forever more will feel he is the reason BYU lost. This isn't the NFL. These kids are still learning. There was no reason for the game to come down to one play like it did, with the only option took everything happening perfectly for BYU to win. Since when is that the case in college ball? Whatever happened to the mind set that led to past Y glories that you knew you won when you put as many points on the board as you possibly could before the clock ran out? Anything less than that attitude at the college level, where anything can happen, leads to these kind of results.

  • fan29 Orem, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:38 p.m.

    Wow Utah, for a team I expected to beat BYU by at least 2 TD you guys Stink. BYU eat your lunch today. It was to bad they were playing not to lose instead of playing to win. They had your number all day. Winn has a lot to learn to be a good QB. BYU needs to let Heaps do what he is suppose to do throw TD's. BYU defense played great, they gave the offense enough opportunities with a short field to put Utah away early. There was no need for the ruling on the fumble after the interception. Neither team deserved this game. It's to bad it couldn't have ended in a tie!!!!!

  • UtahManDan Providence, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:41 p.m.

    Many thanks to the BYU fans who have sincerely congratulated Utah tonight without placing blame on the officials or coaches. You guys have a lot of class.

    I know Utah isn't nearly as good as they looked early on on the season, but they are still a good team. BYU has made some very impressive strides and I believe are a very good team now. There is no shame is coming away with a one point victory. It is the big rivalry game afterall!

    Congrats to both teams!

  • ram Saint George, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:49 p.m.

    i wanted byu to win but bad play calling cost them on the last series and that was not a fumble ealier in the 4th quarter but it still came down to bad play calling to conservative not playing to win the good thing is we dont have to see either team play on mnt vs or cbscs again the mtn could not show time in game or what down it was are we in the 60's and the announcers were terrible thank goodness the game is on espn next year

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:48 p.m.

    I'm so glad that this board and the Trib threads are putting to rest the notion that BYU fans love their boys win or lose and know how to treat the opponent and the outcome with respect. With half the posters whining about a questionable call (in a game FILLED with questionable calls) by the refs, the other half suggesting dishonesty, calling for the head of a very good O Coordinator and just flat out behaving like babies, I think we can put the classy BYU fan myth to bed.

    I'm going to tell you what your Bishop should tell many of you tomorrow.
    1. Congratulate your opponent.
    2. Praise your team and coaches for competing against a wonderful team and almost handing them their butts.
    3. Show good grace and dignity in losing.
    4. Remember--it is a game. Hatred and invoking Gods love of you and your kind should have no place.
    5. Root for your boys in the New Mexico Bowl.

    Thanks to all Ute fans (Mormon and non-Mormon--love you all) for your good grace in victory.

  • Skippy West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:00 p.m.

    San Diego state lost to the Y on a botched officials call, so this was just the "Football Gods" fixing the lopsided football universe. All is in perfect balance again...

    Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good, Just ask Max Hall!

  • John Stewart Pill Vienna, VA
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:05 p.m.

    No!!! Are you kidding me!!!

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:09 p.m.

    I question how BYU fans suggest Utah is going to be at the bottom of the PAC-12. Do you not remember that BYU (while in it's atrocious first half of the season rebuilding mode) beat Washington? Utah can do that too. Colorado, UCLA, and Washington State are all worse than Washington so we would probably beat all of them too. Next year our schedule has Oregon and Stanford as the two we don't play (lucky us). So the four I listed we would beat and of the remaining five games (Arizona USC Arizona State Cal Oregon State)... Arizona is the hardest among them and we'd probably lose that one. The rest are about 50-50 so.... 6-3 for a conference record? That's not that bad. A part of me is disappointed the Mountain West won't have the TCU Utah BYU Boise Nevada thing though...

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:09 p.m.

    From a Ute fan, congrats to BYU for playing one heck of a game. You have a legit football team. It is a bit sad that they'll be no more late November games between our teams as there have been some great ones. No shame in losing today BYU, it was a battle and one play made the difference. Best of luck in your bowl game. I'm also impressed with your coach in taking the loss well (comments on the radio); I admire his even temper. Way to go Utes but please play better in the bowl game and Wynn please check your receivers off as I couldnt believe all the open receivers that Wynn didnt even seem to see.

  • Monty1 South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:12 p.m.

    Anai should have let Heaps throw it a few more times before kicking the field goal at the end. I feel like the coaches don't trust Heaps like they should, and I don't get it. He is one of BYU's best recruits. He was without question the best quarterback on the field today, even though he is a freshman. He knows how to handle pressure. Have some faith in this guy. Let him play and quit holding him back.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:13 p.m.

    BYU gave the game away. Mistakes by young players. BYU should have won but then again, Utah probably should have won one of the last few years that they lost. Good win for Utah. They took advantage of the BYU mistakes. Utah definitely got helped by the non-fumble blown call but BYU may have beat SDSU because of the same type of call. Everything evens out in the end. I was really impressed with the BYU defense. Utah would not have gotten more than a couple of field goals on the Y defense if not for turnovers. I am betting BYU dominates Utah the next 2 or 3 years. The extra month of practice earned by BYU for becoming bowl elegible will be huge next year. I have not heard much about no-class fans acting like idiots in the stadium. Too bad there are still a few commenting here.
    I stand by BYU and am looking forward to a good bowl showing and a great year in 11.
    Go cougars.

  • chicagoslc Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:13 p.m.

    "BYU brilliantly responded..."? How is a field goal response brilliant?

  • Donnie 23 Centerville, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    Hey alt134 you call USC a toss up for the utes next year. They will kill utah. Stop dreaming about 6 and 3. 5 and 4 if your lucky remember wynn is your QB and he blows

  • MESOUTE Albany, NY
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:19 p.m.

    And for those who want the count on the longitudinal record (not just the skewed view of 4 past games) Utah has won 5-8.
    2002 - U
    2003 - U
    2004 - U
    2005 - U (that was 4 straight)
    2006 - Y
    2007 - Y
    2008 - U
    2009 - Y
    2010 - U

    Enjoy.

  • defibman Syracuse, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:20 p.m.

    Ref: bgl

    "I'm going to tell you what your Bishop should tell many of you tomorrow.
    1. Congratulate your opponent.
    2. Praise your team and coaches for competing against a wonderful team and almost handing them their butts.
    3. Show good grace and dignity in losing.
    4. Remember--it is a game. Hatred and invoking Gods love of you and your kind should have no place.
    5. Root for your boys in the New Mexico Bowl."

    Question! Is this what your Bishop said to you last year? I know you did not take his advice. That is why you are saying it now. You try to give advice but can't take any.
    Good win Ute's and I hope you have enjoyed being near the top of the MWC for the past few years because you are going to be mid to bottom of the pac-whatever for the foreseeable future. Will it be worth it to get a share of the money but never go to another bowl game?

  • BILLB Glenwood, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:20 p.m.

    either way - you want these games to be close.
    Utah - congrats
    BYU- has a great future !

    Byu 1- bad call in first half - 4th and 1 - botched
    pass .Should have QB sneaked it
    2- should have went for two after first TD

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:23 p.m.

    It was a great game to watch.

    Congrats to the Utah team.

    Thank you to the Deseret News for attempting to keep it classy.

    Thank you to the coaching staffs of both teams for attempting to keep it classy also.

    The rivalry was a fun one for the past 30 years. If I had my way, it would all end tonight.

    In a way it is....

    I wishKyle was HC at BYU, but I like Bronco, and see him as the better fit.

    Regardless of the "scoreboard", both teams won. BYU proved they could have been the better team, and Utah proved that even with their fall from #5, they still know how to make the big plays.

    Utah fans dogged BYU because they beat UCLA on a blocked FG... Same exact score.

    How about Utah fans giving props to a great program.

    Utah made the play, regardless of the officials.

    How about BYU fans holding their heads high and knowing according to Mike Sorensen, BYU won this game.

    I went and bought some bread after the game, wearing my BYU hat.

    A family was there dressed in U apparrel, and said "that was a great game".

    Wasn't it?

  • jonjon Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:25 p.m.

    Byu 1- bad call in first half - 4th and 1 - botched
    pass .Should have QB sneaked it
    -----------
    or kick the FG and take the points. Sure would have been nice to have 3 more points especially when they were automatic. Make it a two score game by going up 9-0, Everyone in the nation but Anai would have kicked a fg right there.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:28 p.m.

    I was thinking calling it the "Homer Call". No utah win if the refs get it right. Even the announcers were dumfounded at the obvious blown call.

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:33 p.m.

    Heartbreaking loss, but still proud of the way the Cougars played today. For the majority of the game BYU was in control and outplayed Utah. Utah was very fortunate to escape with a win today. A couple of lucky bounces, a few byu miscues and a horrible call that should of clearly been overturned aided utah in their win. It was as clear as the blue sky that Bradley's knee was down before the ball came out. I guess the MWC felt like they had to get one last cheap shot in on BYU before they departed. Im certainly not gonna miss the lousy MWC and their awful TV contract and officials. The theme for this one should be chalked up as "Bradley's knee was clearly down!"

  • Mid-Major Cougars San Diego, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:33 p.m.

    To correct MESOUTE...
    Last 9 games...Utah is 6-3 vs BYU
    Last 18 games....Utah is 11-7 vs BYU

    For those whiners...it's a difficult block by a defeners coming from either the left or right corner. Utah coaches called the play. And Brandon Burton made an excellent play to reserve the win for Utah.

  • hshel90 SLC, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:36 p.m.

    Go Utes!! Great victory. I think it's funny how everyone is so certain BYU would have won if it weren't for the blown call. There was still plenty of time left and the momentum had turned in the Utes favor, I think we would have won anyways. A win is a win!! Get over your bitterness BYU fans!

  • Dave S Holladay, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:45 p.m.

    Grow up Koogies. I'm sick and tired of hearing that the ref's lost the game for you. Man up for a change and take your loss like grown ups.

    By the way have fun next year in your league of irrelevance.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:45 p.m.

    Great game, both sides.

    BYU will be just fine next year, and should win their bowl game this year. Bronco is a great coach who seems to be well in line with BYU's mission.

    Same with the Utes. They'll experience some waking up in the PAC-12, but the future looks bright for them as well.

    On another note:

    I keep seeing a lot of posters claiming BYU outplayed Utah in every aspect of the game. The stats don't support that. It was a very even game, as would be expected of a 17-16 final.

    Utah had more rushing yards, total yards (slightly), and return yards. They averaged 3.5 yrds/rush while BYU averaged just 1.8 per carry.

    BYU had more passing yards (slightly), better punt average (by 5.5 yards) and was 3 out of 4 FG to Utah 's 1/2 (but one of the Y's was BLOCKED!). BYU had 4 turnovers to Utah's 3 (controversy notwithstanding).

    BYU had consistently better field position in large part due to the edge in punting and their INT returns.

    The game was close and came down to one team making THE PLAY.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:51 p.m.

    As tough as this loss is for Y fans, imagine the BSU kicker. His two misses cost his team, and the WAC about $15 million dollars. Hopefully Oregon, or Auburn lay an egg next week and TCU plays for it all.

  • B Logan, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 8:56 p.m.

    Good game. See you in September. BYU has a gunslinger for a QB and he's going to be good. Different outcome next fall.

  • Golfhack20 West Jordan, Ut
    Nov. 27, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    So if Utah is lucky for blocking the punt today! What do you call the block punt at Washington and in Vegas against Ucla?

  • Rock Calgary, Alberta
    Nov. 27, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    Take the 3 points and be grateful!!!!!

    Shoulda kicked it
    Shoulda kicked it

    Utah did not win, BYU did not lose......Brandon Burton won.

  • Mudd Lehi, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 9:09 p.m.

    I am so stinkin' proud of my BYU Cougars. They did all of us fans proud today. Three weeks ago, I didn't think I could even watch the massacre that was going to take place by Utah. But BYU stepped up and played their hardest. It all came down to the bad call by the review people who changed the momentum of the game, not poor playing by the 6-6 team from "down south" nor by Utah "finding a way to win." We know that. So, hats off to you, BYU, for reminding me why I am a loyal Cougar and I will be 'till I die.

  • billybubba South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 9:22 p.m.

    So ute fans want us BYU fans to start acting more like ute fans.. right.. the same fans that ripped BYU fans after last years game and the same fans that was so sure the utes was on the way to a N.C. this year. The same fans that if the fumble was over turned and BYU went on to win would have been crying about being robbed.So does this sound about right

  • cooldude provo, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 9:24 p.m.

    Add "Bradley's knee is still down" to recent additions like "Harline is still open," "Fourth-and-18," and "George is still running."

  • football43 Morgan, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    Even though the Cougars lost I still think it was an absolutely incredible game. Congrats to the Utes, especially the player who blocked the field goal. As for the officiating on the fumble...Was it the right call? I saw it differently than the booth. However, I referee high school ball and can say the officiating crew called it just as they saw it. There is so much internal scrutiny on officials at every level that I guarantee they were following guidelines established by others and years of personal experience. THEY DON"T CARE WHO WINS! They only care about making the right calls. Those in the booth DON'T CARE WHO WINS. They only care about doing the job right. If they watch film and see that a mistake was made they will feel horrible about it. The last thing an official at that level wants to do is control the outcome of the game. If a mistake was made there is major discipline. Its called not getting to work games in the future. There are hundreds of lower level officials that are begging the Mountain West Conference to do those games. Don't blame the refs.

  • Yooper Houghton, MI
    Nov. 27, 2010 9:34 p.m.

    Congrats to the Utes for taking advantage of miscues and earning an exciting win.

    But let's set the record straight: a "blown call" is much different than a "blown review." A blown call occurs when a ref controversially throws or doesn't throw a flag after a play, which is then not reviewed. This is not what happened with the pretended fumble in the 4th quarter. The refs called the fumble, then an official booth review was made - which required thoughtful, time-consuming analysis of the play from every available angle - and somehow the fumble was still inexplicably confirmed.

    This is what makes the "blown review" so dastardly: CLEARLY the guy's knee was down well before the ball was stripped, this from every available, conceivable angle. It wasn't like there was "reasonable doubt" or "could go both ways" or "not enough info to overturn the call." This was the most blatantly unfair, bewilderingly misread blown review I've ever witnessed in this mortal probation. This goes way beyond a standard "blown call"...

    And OF COURSE this blindly absurd blown review affected the game: it provided the template needed for the Utes to score the winning touchdown.

  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 9:37 p.m.

    I'm old. I've lived long enough to know that there are breaks, good and bad, going both ways, in athletic contests. In every game where officials make judgment calls, some fans will go home blaming the outcome on the officials. Great coaches prepare their players to "act" on every opportunity without "reacting" to the officials.

    These posts prove that the fans one each side see events with a partial view, and their view doesn't always align with that of the officials. In today's game, Utah showed up late, but took advantage of their breaks better than BYU did. The Cougars squandered too many of their breaks, made too many boneheaded mistakes, and let their obvious opportunities to win slip away.

    I feel bad that Y coaches put such a load on Payne's shoulders. Heaps was obviously ready to win the game with his arm, but was denied the opportunity. Congratulations to the Utes. Accept your good fortune with humility and class.

  • dhsalum Saint George, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 9:42 p.m.

    I couldnt watch the game--can someone describe what happened with Bradley and review?

  • The Yner Cougarville, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 9:50 p.m.

    B b b, but we had the game won!!

  • GoUtah Cougarville, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    My favorite part of the game was when Utah won . . .

  • scarlet Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    All the complaining about a single "perceived" missed call among many questionable calls is just sour grapes by disappointed fans. The game didn't hinge on a single call. It was, though, won by the Utes on an exceptional play by Burton.

    Give credit where credit is due, and you'll be surprised at how good it feels when the burden of bitterness is lifted off your shoulders. Ugly game all around, but the best team won. GO UTES!

  • 2020 Herriman, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 9:53 p.m.

    There was not 1 angle on those replays that showed the ball & his knee down at the same time. It was likely he was down, but there was nothing conclusive enough to overturn it.

    BYU had plenty of opportunities to win that game & blew each one of them. They have nobody to blame but themselves.

  • TheSpiker Alpine, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    To you silly U fans. I always call it like I see it. I don't want to hear about karma and the SDSU game or anything else from you. You benefited from a blown call in the booth. It shouldn't happen. It was a game changer. Period. Anyone saying different is a partisan hack and dishonest.

    Never the less, the U won the game. They blocked the kick. Great play.

    The ball didn't bounce our way today. For two weeks in a row weird plays benefited the U. It happens.

    Our offensive play calling was simply offensive. It was as though the last few weeks didn't happen. Anai went right back to the predictable conservative play calling that had us all calling for his head weeks ago. But, as a multiple sport season ticket holder for gosh darn expensive seats, I am really disappointed in Anai (and have been for a few years.) The only thing that saved us in the past was experienced quarterbacks that changed the calls. Having a freshman doing what he was told showed us for sure that the emperor has no clothes.

    Time for a change!

  • PAC Member, are U? Cougarville, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    Welcome to the PAC, Utah! You truly are a choice program. You showed more heart, desire to win, and generally much more "class" than the TDS.

  • ute-chute Beverly Hills, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    Has anyone seen UtahNationalChampions2010?

    Has anyone see the Utes close to a National Championship?

    Play away Utes.

    Your dream... Is my reality.

  • wardu Fallon, NV
    Nov. 27, 2010 10:05 p.m.

    The rivalry starts over next year, but no one is going to stop counting win and loses. Before some of you Ute fans talk too much, (SoCal and others come to mind) you still have to bring your team to Provo next year, and the cougars will not forget what happened this year. I am guessing BYU will drop as many points as possible in TCU-like fashion and send the Utes on their way to implode in PAC conference play. Before you pile on too much Ute-fan, what goes around comes around.

    BYU is continuing to improve and Utah is trying to plug holes in a sinking ship, but the ship is still sinking. MARK IT DOWN.

  • merich39 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    TheSpiker... "gripe and moan... gripe and moan..." if you put it to music, maybe you could turn it into a musical?

  • TheSpiker Alpine, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 10:23 p.m.

    My least favorite part was when the Cougs lost.

    Congratulations Utes. Good luck in the future.

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 10:23 p.m.

    Congratulations to both the Utes and the Cougars. What a hard fought game. Luck finally smiled on the Utes in a close one.

    The Block is easing my memories of the Clank. Utes go to 11-2 with a bowl win!

    GO UTES!!!!

  • Chumpley South Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2010 10:28 p.m.

    Great Blocked kick, the game was entertaining and came down to the last play.Ute Fans must admit the number 5 ranking was bogus big time. I have'nt read all the posts yet and the fans at RES were pretty civil today with the exception of BOOING the BYU band, get real people this is not Philadelphia where they throw snowballs at Santa. Booing the band please now that is an example of being Classless! Good Luck to both teams,the games have always been exciting.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 10:29 p.m.

    The "Mantra" is not "The Block"...

    The "Mantra" for this game is... "THE GIFT".

    For it was the worst blown call in the history of sports....

    It was not a fumble. The whole world knows it. And even in fuzzy Uteville, they know it too.

    This is the Ute victory with an "Asterisk".

    Enjoy it Utes. It's a shallow victory with a crooked assist from the replay booth. Who is the man that ignored to reverse the call?

    So it has come to this. Three weeks ago Utah was the number 5 team in the Nation. And now they are storming the field after having been gifted a 1 point victory by the refs to a 6 and 6 team?

    Seriously, this is where Utes find honor?

    Oh what a pleasure it will be watching Utah evolve into the next Washintgton State as they join the Pac-12 as a non-revenue sharing member for 5 years. And as 5 and 6 losses become the norm..

    Congrats Utes, you made the big play when you needed to. It's your win, one for the record books....

    But the game dubbed "The Gift" is not worthy of storming the field.

  • Woodyff Mapleton, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 10:38 p.m.

    There are good calls, bad calls, and no calls. It is unfortunate that the game should hinge on a questionable call. That said BYU had an opportunity to win the game and came up short. Good game.

  • AirBiscuit Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    "This was the most blatantly unfair, bewilderingly misread blown review I've ever witnessed in this mortal probation."
    -I gotta admit YOOPER, that was pretty funny

    Take it like a man cougar fan. Utah didn't storm the field because it was such a great season. They stormed because THAT WAS AN EXCITING WAY TO WIN!!!!!!!! I think the average U fan can clearly see we have some serious offensive problems that seemed to get worse as the season went on. Nevertheless, I will sleep well tonight without even a twinge of guilt over any supposed officiating mistake. GREAT WIN, DECENT SEASON, EXCITED FOR THE FUTURE OF UTAH FOOTBALL!!!!!!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 27, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    For those who still holding on the San Diego St. fumble--the no call was against BYU, because a double facemask caused the fumble.

    The Utes were clearly lucky in this game and was awarded a non deserved victory.

  • Hola Saratoga Springs, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 10:46 p.m.

    Great game BYU! Heaps has written his first chapter in this great rivalry. Brandon Burton gets his own star in this rivalries hall of fame. Amazing Play! What I am most excited for is for the Utes to join the Pac 12. They will be warmly welcomed on 9/10 by USC on thier home turf to the "pac". Even with thier sanctions the "pac" choose this storied team to open a can of you know what on the Utes. After going 5-7 in the "pac" next year they will be remembering the good old days of Christmas past like New Mexico and Wyoming. The Utes impressive wins next year will be against Montana St., Washington St. and Colorado. Good luck friends in red. Save some of your Jack Daniels for next year because Santa brought you an early Christmas present today. Enjoy your moment. At least we will be able to watch some high quality teams in the "pac" deliver some presents next year to our friends in red. Enjoy!
    Losing a one point game on the road to your rival, tough.
    Watching your rivals get destroyed weekly next year in the "pac",
    Priceless.

  • GoUtah Cougarville, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 10:48 p.m.

    @Bluto

    Sounds like you're have a little "cougar whine" with your cheese!!

    You should cut back on the whine, it won't do you any good.

    The TDS had the game and blew the victory. Face reality!

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 10:49 p.m.

    I learned from my father to be so good that you make the ref's irrelevant.
    I am disappointed that BYU was not blown out.
    If you leave the game up to a refs single call then it is your own fault for not being a better team.

  • sg Santa Clarita, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    The refs' review call was horrible, a travesty. Once again, they gave the game to the home team. Second, Anae should be fired. He is one of the worst, uninspired offensive coordinators the Y has ever had. His play calling is horrendous; obvious with no creativity or ingenuity. Frankly, a fake field goal should have been tried; it would have surprised the Utes completely.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 11:04 p.m.

    Sorry Cougs, there are no moral victories. Stop making excuses.

  • UtahBy5 Bluffdale, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 11:15 p.m.

    a great game with a spectacular ending.

  • Creeper51 Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 11:21 p.m.

    Lets get the big plays straight so we as Ute fans can now put them at the end of everyone of our posts

    Shanks Punts aren't that bad.

    Inerception Fumbles are even better

    BLOCKED

    2 out of 3

    and the traditional SCOREBOARD

    Every Ute fan needs to use one or something similar to them in every last single post just to stick it to the TDS, Koogies.

  • Creeper51 Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    The stats were pretty equal for both teams as someone pointed out earlier. Heaps played well and was better this game but I still think Wynn is the better QB and as a Ute fan base we have seen him perform incredibly well in most of the games he has started.

    If the replay booth didn't overturn the call on the field then that must mean their wasn't enough evedince to change the call the end. BYU got one against SDSU and Utah gets this one

    Utah will be just fine in the PAC 12 and will immediatly compete for the conference title

    and one last thing,

    Burton is still blocking

  • Toomstone Monticello, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    In my opinion both Utah touchdowns were controversial in the first one the Ute receiver went through the BYU defender to catch the touchdown in the end zone.Then the Interception followed by the fumble.Why even have instant replay? I would like to know what camera angle the officials saw.Because anyone who saw it at home could see his knee was clearly down before the ball came out.

  • the zamboni Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 11:42 p.m.

    @ute-chute: I'll be impressed when you play for a national championship. Doesn't take much to be a fan of any particular program. Hey, look at me! I'm a Lakers fan! Look at all my titles!

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    Cougar fans forget about the questionable horse-collar play earlier in the game that should have been a 15-yard penalty against the BYU defender, and, not to mention, seemed to injure Wide. Also, Blechen's helmet-leading tackle showed his hands in front and the announcers agreed that was a questionable call. Also, the bobbled catch out of bounds that the Cougar player did that the announcers thought should have been overturned. And the "block in the back" no-call by Quezada just a play or two before the field goal at the end of the game.

    Utah DID have several questionable calls go against them also - not just the ONE fumble call that went against the Cougars. Besides, the replay officials DID think that there wasn't enough info to overturn it. They did that for a reason. Some have suggested that the east-side view showed differently - but you don't see it on TV. Some have suggested that it was like a "jump ball" in basketball - the Ute player had his hand on it also.

    Please people. It is not as black and white that emotional Cougar fans would make it out to be.

  • Gondos Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 11:54 p.m.

    I am not convinced that the rivalry will be any less intense regardless of when it is played. September will just mean better weather. How many of these games have come down to the last play? Amazing. I for one am glad Boise State lost. Maybe a bit jealous of all the love they get. Auburn is lucky. Oregon is lucky. Go TCU!!!!

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Nov. 27, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    I find this situation all the finnier because BYU fan is whining about the officiating when they won a game based on bad officiating against SDSU.

    Someone call the Waaaaaaaahmbulance.

    SO much trash talking from a fan base whose team doesn't have a winning record.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 12:14 a.m.

    @Airbisquit and @GoUtah

    And the 1972 USSR (Russian) Basketball team celebrated when they won the Gold medal after time was put back on the clock to give them one more try.

    So what?

    Victories are either legitimate or they are not. They either have an "Asterisk" to them or they do not.

    Utah has the win, Indeed.......Fair and Square?
    Not so much.

    Everybody knows it was a botched Review.
    That's OK, that's Sports.

    Again, Rainted, Hollow, Illegitimate, are fair statements.

    Every game between Utah and BYU for the last 40 years or more have been settled by the players on the field.

    And don't give us the fumble from the Utah-BYU 2000 game. Slow the tape down and you will see it was not a fumble, Ron McBride notwithstanding.

    Having said that, BYU had it's chances and Robert Anae is incompetant as an OC. BYU fans can look forward to many more poorly called games by Anae.

    Let us hope and pray that Jake Heaps, beginning next year, will begin to audible out of Anae's poor play calling and mititgate the damage.

    GoUtah...No whining at all. Just stating the "Indisputable Facts".

  • getlifey'all Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 28, 2010 12:26 a.m.

    oh my goodness. Can anyone believe the missed hold on the twelve plays in the first half on a BYU drive that should have been called? All you folks complaining about a single missed call should watch game film and then complain about every missed call. There was a hold on each of the touchdown plays for both sides, yet no call. Why aren't we complaining about those? It's all fixed! Conspiracy! The Democrats are communists! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!! Get a life.

  • MAFU Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 12:32 a.m.

    Somewhere Luke Staley is smiling. What goes around, comes around.

  • Smack Jefferson City, MO
    Nov. 28, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    And that wraps up the conference rivalry.

    Nice. :)

    Peace, my brother Cougars. We will meet again. And I can hardly wait!

  • ds springfield, or
    Nov. 28, 2010 1:20 a.m.

    I am not usually one to call for anyone's head but for several years now Anae's play calling has gotten more and more predictable. This was his worst year yet. At the beginning of the season it was hand-off to Diluigi then pass out in the flat to Diluigi. A two play playbook is pathetic. Then to end the season with 3 I formation up the gut runs to set up a 43 yard field goal attempt? That was offensive to me and if I were Heaps I would be steamed. Heaps moved the ball all night with the pass. What a waste to have that much talent and an OC that doesn't know how to use it. Time for a change. Firing the DC helped the defense, now it is time for the offense to get an upgrade in the OC spot.

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 1:32 a.m.

    Instant karma is a .... well.... I'd tell you what it is but the D-News editor wouldn't allow the post.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Nov. 28, 2010 1:45 a.m.

    The MWC needs to throw out the Replay rule.... They can't get the calls right even when they use it... It's beyond me how any rational and objective replay official could rule that Bradley was not down when he fumbled... What a joke the whole replay thig has become in this conference... Maybe we can get the SDSU Rich Dad's Club to send the Ute's President asking him to forfeit the game because of the bown call... I guess this is the the Commish's payback for BYU leaving the conference...

    On another note.... Anae is possibly he worst OC in college football.... I cannot believe the play calling... particularly in the last possession.... We are throwing theball when we are trying to burn clock and running the ball when we are plaing catch up.... Go figure. My guess is that he and Bronco are pretty close though, so I am guessing he is safe.... If I were calling the shots he would have been gone at the same time that the DC got the boot...Heaps got better this season, but it sure wasn't because of Anae.

  • AZguy Phoenix, AZ
    Nov. 28, 2010 1:45 a.m.

    No complaints here. Great job UU. Wish the outcome would have been different, but that is the way the ball bounces, or is blocked.

    Good job Cougs for finally hanging with a top 20 team this year. Awesome job by the defense to shut down an offense that hung 60 on ISU. Offense was either vanilla or UU defense was as good as advertised. Keep your heads up.

  • ram Saint George, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 6:12 a.m.

    i did want byu to win but in the end ireally weanted a close game and that is what we got great game by both teams i still cant beleive nobody has mentioned the best thing of all is no more game on the MTN

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    Nov. 28, 2010 7:03 a.m.

    It's always the officials isn't it!!!
    Any sport, any time, any year.
    I didn't see anybody in stripes catch, run, or block a kick.
    Get a grip people.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 7:41 a.m.

    Well as they say "what goes around comes around" and a blown ref call swings the pendulum the other way. Congrats to the Utes for being on the side of 'lady luck' once again.

    Utes lucked out on three games this year as I see it. AFA should have won, SDSU and now this game but that's football. It was a fun season for both teams.

    So at end of the regular season what did we see?

    Obviously the Ute program is really no better than BYU. Ute fans can mouth off all they want but at the end you have a one point game. Not too much difference in the skill levels of these teams.

    BYU is a young and improving team. Next year will be even better. Utes are in trouble and they will be 6-6 or 7-5 in PAC 12.

    So for a year Utes have some bragging rights but in the end BYU will take the better QB and team with momentum into independence.

    Utes get the Las Vegas Bowl, a far cry from the predicted BCS Bowl and NC (ha ha!) for this season.

    Rest in peace NCUtes2010. Mark it down.

  • rogerdodger Logan, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 7:47 a.m.

    Rise and shout all the whiners are out. Last I checked a W is a W.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 7:53 a.m.

    What if the call would have gone the other way? What if Wynn had thrown the ball instead of Kane and there was no interception? What if Utah's first fumble had stayed in bounds? What if BYU had not gone for the touchdown on 4th down? What if Michelle Obama could fly?

  • kreese Taft, CA
    Nov. 28, 2010 7:59 a.m.

    A couple of calls were so bad, they could be seen clearly in California. It truly is a shame that the officials decided this game, but that happens.

    If the Cougars are an average team, the Utes better step up their game next year.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Nov. 28, 2010 8:10 a.m.

    The call was bad, but I re-ran the replays and the problem was that while Brandon's knee was clearly down, you could not see the ball. So my guess is that the refs decided that they could not overrule the call on the field.

    This was a great game that showed Heaps' for what he is: a fantastic talent. He'll be a truly great college QB, barring an injury or something.

    The Utah defense was very tough, better than I expected. However, with them focused on the run, I feel that Anae should have been more agressive with the pass. Especially in the red zone.

    The last series was frustrating - Heaps was red hot and they got to the 20 and camped on it, thinking only to set up the field goal. I would have like to see BYU go for the TD and kick the FG only if that failed.

    But, this was a typical Utah BYU game where everything gets crazy.

    Who's better? I think these teams are very close. Next year, I like the Cougs because Heaps is the real deal and the defense looks very good.

  • MichiganCoog Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 8:29 a.m.

    All I can say, is congrats Utah, for yet another lucky victory to your w-l record, especially for the one that was gift-wrapped and delivered to ya'll on a silver platter. You all have to breath a sigh of relief, when my so-called loser coogs were dominating your ranked and extremely lucky Utes pulled out another nail-biter. You all deserved to get one on the cougars after losing so many other close ones in the past. But the one thing I have to say is this:
    1)Utah's luck will not win the next one you play in the bowl season coming up...when you consider who your "lucky" utes will most likely draw in the Las Vegas bowl...How about facing either Boise State or Nevada, who most assuredly will finish 11-1, and snubbed from going to BCS bowls...chew on that one for a minute...
    2)BYU's future, even after finishing 6-6, with four of those losses to Top-25 teams, 3 of which were on the road, in very hostile environments...I like what I see in the next 3 years!!!

    3)As for Utah's future...

  • SyracuseCoug Syracuse, ut
    Nov. 28, 2010 8:34 a.m.

    Tough loss for the Cougs, incredible performance by Heaps, the future is bright for the Cougars.

    Congrats Utah, your players made the big plays when they needed to.

    But some Ute fans need to chill out, you beat an unranked team lead by a 13th grader on a last second field goal block. Congrats on the win, but some of you need to try to win with some class.

    The replay clearly showed it was not a fumble by Bradley, both announcers even agreed, but that's sports, the ball just wasn't bouncing the Cougars way. The 4th and inches play call is what likely lost the game for the Cougs, either get the points or QB sneak, horrible play call.

    Good luck in the Pac 12 Utes.

  • MichiganCoog Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 8:40 a.m.

    ...To continue my point about Utah's future:

    3)Utah loses both RB's, has a QB that for the most part is a dear-in-the-headlights boy, that has yet to show anyone that he has what it takes to be great, and your awesome backup QB Cain, is gone...

    4)You can bet that after Utah goes to Provo next September, you'll be staring down a 1-2 start, with both USC and BYU stomping the living carp out of your re-building Utes...Remember, this Freshman and Sophmore dominated BYU team you barely beat, returns all of their skill players, on both sides of the ball, and will have a number of RS freshman like Drew Phillips, Ross Apo, and their best LB, and 4 more DL players that will dominate: Travis Tuiloma, Romney Fuga, Ian Dulan, and others

    5)And BYU's schedule, with very winnable games against Mississippi, Texas, Oregon State, Utah, South Florida, and yes, a bunch of patsies thereafter, and the fact that BYU will most likely see alot of National coverage now that they're on there own...I like BYU's future, Utah's with no patsies????

  • duck Saint George, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 10:00 a.m.

    Since I deplore the diatribe of ugly remarks by some football fanatics, I congratulate Utah on their last play of the game and resulting victory. But, being fair and honest, the best overall play was by BYU. It's too bad the game's outcome was shaped by that horrible officials' call after BYU's "alleged" fumble. Even the Mountain's staff clearly agreed, and showed for the fans, that the BYU player's knee was down when the ball was stripped out of his hands. That erroneous turnover and BYU's failure to go for the earlier fieldgoal marred the outcome of an otherwise great game.

  • Curtis Beverly Hills, CA
    Nov. 28, 2010 10:05 a.m.

    MichiganCoog, I only have one thing to say: SCOREBOARD

  • Cougs4Life Gilbert, AZ
    Nov. 28, 2010 10:28 a.m.

    Gotta congrat the Utes on a tough fought win last night and a great 2010 season:

    -10 wins
    -Rivalry game winner
    -Trip to Las Vegas Bowl
    -A chance to win 11 games and finish in the top 20

    Sounds a lot like great seasons that have been scoffed at in the past by Ute fans...I can't wait to hear the Ute fans pat themselves on the back this year.

    With only 13 graduating players, this BYU team will be fun to watch next year. 4 losses to top 25 teams...three on the road, and 5th loss to an AF team that is always toughest at the beginning of the year and was also ranked at times, again on the road. It was a frustrating rebuilding year, but the future is SO bright!

  • A Fan But No Zubbie Henderson, NV
    Nov. 28, 2010 11:12 a.m.

    Coach Robert Anae needs to be FIRED!!! Horrible play calling all day, and year! Bring back Gary Crowton!! What blows my mind is when Jake threw the touchdown to Mckay, and the only go for one instead of two! Going for one gives you 13 points so if Utah scores 2 times we are still down by one, but if we go for two and we get it we have 14. Then Payne kicks the next field goal, WOW, we are tied 17-17. Even if we went for two and missed it, we have 12 points, 12 points or 13 with the extra point.... WE STILL HAVE TO HAVE ANOTHER SCORING DRIVE TO TIE OR GO AHEAD!!!! FIRE ANAE!!!

  • HawaiianAggie Logan, Utah
    Nov. 28, 2010 11:50 a.m.

    As a casual observer of this rivalry, I must say that it was boring in the first three quarters, only to become a grueling nail-biter in the final quarter, just like college ball should be. I think BYU got hosed on the fumble call that should have been counted as a down. At any rate, props to whomever that guy was who came out of no where and stopped Payne's would-be-game-winning field goal punt. Thanks for another great rivalry game BYU and Utah!

  • Robert Johnson Sunland, CA
    Nov. 28, 2010 12:02 p.m.

    You gotta love these desperate Y fans trying to claim that BYU "Dominated" (Yeah...I'm talking about your MichCoog).

    If BYU "Dominated" why did they lose pretty much every stat...including the final score?

  • Cold Ute West Valley City, Utah
    Nov. 28, 2010 12:12 p.m.

    After reading a lot of the comments I can see one glaring point - a number of the BYU posters on the site were silent about the fumble call in the SDSU game but with much the same situation for the UTE game they are now saying the game was stolen by the officials. Just one comment to add for those posters whose comments just fit their own agenda hypocrites.

  • Nostradamus Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 12:29 p.m.

    Utah finished the year ranked 21 in AP and USA Today. I realize all you BYU "fans" know much better where they should be ranked...maybe the pollsters simply "missed the call".

    The "Funble" - well, it was absolutely 'inconclusive' - hence, they didn't reverse it. Sorry - but that's part of the game and BYU did not need to let Utah score after that turnover.

    Heaps was pretty good - but has a long way to go. Hmmm, best QB recruit in the country? Although he may have been bought, Cam Newton is WAY better...as are probably 10-15 other Freshmen QB (incuding Wynn last year).

    Wynn played good given the game plan and will be solid in the PAC. BYU did a nice job dropping a lot of guys into coverage. Actually, BYU's defense is pretty good.

    The Block was awesome. Won the game.

    I realize that some BYU "fans" want to call this game a gift, or lean on the refs calls...but in the end Utah won...and with a lot more class than the 2009 Cougars.

    I will miss the November rivalry...but, I will not miss the whiney, excuse making, Cougar fans.

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 12:51 p.m.

    Went to the game, bad game to watch. Every time the stats were posted on the scoreboard, the comments were the same: it didn't look like the game we were watching. For the the last regular game of the year, huge mistakes by both teams. One player stood out: Heaps is a gamer. Super day for a frosh. Super comments after the game.

    Most amazing game fact: the Ute coaches saw a flaw in the Coog blocking scheme and moved their speediest player to the other side to exploit it and it wins the game for them. Unreal!

    PS. I would have gone for the field goal too if Payne were playing for us.

    Ute Fan

  • TexasAg Humble, TX
    Nov. 28, 2010 12:59 p.m.

    LOL You guys are funny. Blaming the refs is the easy way out Coogies. How about blaming yourselves for not blocking the kid coming around the corner to block the field goal? How about running the ball on 4th and inches instead of throwing a 15 yard incompletion? Probably one of the worst calls in college football this year.
    But then again, your team isn't really that good if you get dominated by the Aggies earlier in the year. And don't tell me this, this is a different team now, or the DC got fired. I don't care.

  • ChrisNSuz Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 1:17 p.m.

    Now Cougs don't be hypocritical. If you are going to go with the ref's calls as the excuse. You have to also criticize the bad calls earlier in the game that went your way. It's just unfortunate for you that the one that mattered was during your monumental collapse in a fourth quarter where you dominated the previous three. You should have never put yourself into a position to have that call matter. So quit your crying, babies.

  • Nostradamus Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 1:42 p.m.

    Final word (by me) -

    The Heaps kid did show a lot of class. Nice interview. Is there finally a BYU QB (recent history) worthy of respect. So far, as a freshman he's got talent and is likeable!

    OK - Utes still won and I hope they win every year. Long live "The Block"

  • CSprings Cougar Colorado Springs, CO
    Nov. 28, 2010 1:46 p.m.

    The Refs did poorly but the Y should have won anywaty. The Y played a better game then the Utes; however, the Utes were one point better....congrats--now win your bowl game. BYU will be a much improved team next year.

  • Chickenchaser Centralia, WA
    Nov. 28, 2010 2:00 p.m.

    Its time to committ sports news to the sports page with the exception of headlines. Please.

  • Forestille Provo, Utah
    Nov. 28, 2010 2:17 p.m.

    "Su rodilla estaba abajo, vaya BYU!"
    "Son genou était en baisse!" Aller BYU!
    "Sein Knie war down!" Gehe BYU!
    "Hans kne var nede!" Go BYU!

    No matter how you look at it;
    "His knee was down!" Go BYU!

  • my thought SANDY, UTAH
    Nov. 28, 2010 2:24 p.m.

    Holy wars! Bad calls! I know the answer!

    Divine Intervention! lol lol

  • ute-chute Beverly Hills, CA
    Nov. 28, 2010 2:54 p.m.

    Curtis | 10:05 a.m. Nov. 28, 2010
    Beverly Hills, CA
    "MichiganCoog, I only have one thing to say: SCOREBOARD"..."

    Finally, a Utah fan realizes the meaning of the term scoreboard.

    It's taken 4 years, but by golly, thar's sum larnin' go'ng on up at that thar hill.

    ////

    Just goes to prove what I have said for 50 years. The Utes only care about one game per season.

  • Bulldog8 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 4:17 p.m.

    There wasn't enough to show the officials that the fumble should be overturned. If it had been ruled down on the field it would've stood that way and if that had happened all the Ute fans would be upset right now. Thats how football goes sometimes so all you BYU fans need to relax and take it as it is. The fumble wouldn't have been a problem if Bronco hadn't gone for it on 4th and 1 (Bronco said he made the call to go for it but Anae called the play). Awesome game down to the last play as usual.

    Go Utes!

  • CalNative Long Beach, CA
    Nov. 28, 2010 4:49 p.m.

    jrd44:

    was a USU employee and alum in the replay booth? If not, quit yer whining.

  • CalNative Long Beach, CA
    Nov. 28, 2010 4:55 p.m.

    Oh my, amazing to hear the whiners claiming "the ref stole the game, shouldn't be a win, etc etc." yet when the same thing happened at SDSU, you said " Wasn't a game changer, get over it, quit whining, what about the facemask, blah blah blah." And in your case you didn't have a USU employee and alum in the replay booth.

    Something about karma here.....

  • That's A Good One Meridian, ID
    Nov. 28, 2010 8:20 p.m.

    Congratulations Utes on a yet another thriller rivalry game. Unfortunate about the botched replay call. Now I feel some sympathy for SDSU having officials botch a potentially game changing call. Games should be won and lost on the field, not in the replay booth. I'd gladly give that game to SDSU (or at least the 7 points BYU scored following that bad call) if BYU could have the call that went against them yesterday corrected. It may not have won the game for BYU but it certainly would have made it very difficult for Utah to overcome.

    Interesting TexasAG that your Utes barely squeeked out a 1 point win over "your team isn't really that good" BYU. Yes, Utah is the better overall team this year but BYU has come a long way from the start of the season. The future looks bright for BYU and Jake Heaps outplayed BOTH Ute QBs yesterday hands down.

  • pb Vernal, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 8:23 p.m.

    All these stupid comments about firing Anai, Wait till next year when heaps really start coming into his own and Anai will be a genius. Heaps really matured before our eyes in that game. He was by far the best quarterback on the field. I quess Anai didn't have anything to do with that. Too, bad there was 17 players on the field on the Utes side(the referees)

  • KSC Sandy, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 8:23 p.m.

    I just finished reading 5 printed pages of the Deseret News coverage of the BYU-Utah football game. Not a single word was printed about The Call. Anyone who watched the TV broadcast of this game knows about The Call. The Mountain TV announcers were dumfounded by The Call. The post game radio discussions debated The Call. KSL radio announcers referenced the SDSU Instant Repay Controversy which resulted in three Mountain West Conference staffers being suspended. KALL callers were simply elated that a bad call had finally gone their way. With 7 journalists spread over 5 pages of coverage, the Deseret News avoided the topic altogether, instead choosing to present The Lie: Brandon Bradley fumbled. You did manage to print Kile Whittingham wining about the above-the-shoulders call against the Utes, however.

  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 9:50 p.m.

    I love hearing bitter zoobies try to make themselves feel better. It happens every single time Utah beats the Y. It's always a bad call or a missed call or a Utah player's cheating that leads to a Utah win. Never mind that Utah capitalized on byu's mistakes, and what about Burton's incredible block? All overshadowed by the belief that a ref missed a call.

    Funny, I don't remember hearing any Y fans whine when a similar situation led to a cougar victory over SDSU! Shoot, if it wasn't for that, the cougs wouldn't even be bowl eligible!

    It comes down to this. You win some, you lose some. Suck it up and be grateful that you even get to play in the post season. Byu has had more than it's fair share than favorable calls and last minute wins due to miracle plays.

    Lick your wounds and look forward to next september. Or basketball. Whagever makes you feel better.

    All things said, GO UTES!!! I'm glad they showed some resolve and never gave up to pull out a win.

  • Mountainman56 Alpine, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 10:35 p.m.

    BYU dominated for 3 1/2 quarters and the game shouldn't have come down to a blown call on Bradley's interception or a blocked field goal as the clock ran out. The best team doesn't always win and that was the case in this game. Unfortunately poor play calling and game management cost BYU the game. BYU should have 1) Gone for two points after scoring their first touchdown and going up 12-0. 2) Kicked a field goal on 4th down or at least handed off to Brian Kariya who has been the go-to-guy on short yardage situations all year rather than throwing the ball. 3) Been aggressive on the last drive and going for the touchdown. There was plenty of time on the clock when BYU got the ball but rather than running a hurry-up offense, they used the full play clock on almost every play and then gave up and ran the ball out of the I-formation on 3 straight plays when everyone, including Utah, knew exactly what was coming. There was still time to try to get into the end zone but they didn't try!

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 10:57 p.m.

    ~ You're still here? It's over. Go home. Go!~
    Ferris Bueller

  • Alberta Reader Magrath, Alberta
    Nov. 28, 2010 11:15 p.m.

    I wonder how the guy on the MNT network that predicted a 4 touchdown for Utah feels now

  • YOVERu Draper, Utah
    Nov. 29, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    yewtah fans, especially patriot, please!!! The punt that hit the BYU special teams player, and BYU's fumble inside their 20 had nothing to do with what utah did. BYU gave you the game!!! Also, send Anae thank you notes for not kicking a field goal on 4th and 1. utah was outplayed and got lucky, admit it!!!

  • pele Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 9:19 a.m.

    Does a win count for more if you win by more than 1 point?
    Is it true you cant spell whyner without the Y?
    Y fans why cant you admit you are jealous of the fact that the PAC 10 picked Utah over the Y.
    BYU had the opportunities to win the game but couldn't make the plays. It may be the coaches fault but the referees and the review officials did not prevent the players from making plays.
    The good thing about all of this is the fact we don't have to wait an entire year to see them play again.

  • WeberCatBasketballFan Midway, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 9:34 a.m.

    Re: Bluto | 12:14 a.m. Nov. 28, 2010

    You state that every previous game in this rivalry has been settled by the players on the field. Do you mean except for the one (1998 I think) where the Ute receiver (Steve Smith I think) caught the pass that should have led to victory a few years back, jumped in the air and swung his arm and was called for celebration, then the ensuing field goal hit the goal post? Where the same kick from closer was well within the uprights? That was settled by what? A celebration penalty... plain and simple!

  • Resident Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 11:37 a.m.

    @ Pele,

    Haha, jealous? I can't stand the Pac-10. Utah will fit in well. Right between Washington St. and UCLA.

    It kills me all these Ute fans, once hawking a blowout win over such a "BAD" BYU team... are now the ones so prideful of a 1 point win that was pretty much given to you by the refs.

    I mean, congrats on the win, but to be so big-headed about it is really something I can't understand very well.

  • SyracuseCoug Syracuse, ut
    Nov. 29, 2010 1:14 p.m.

    What's up with Matt Martinez shoving Mitch Payne after the blocked field goal and the Utah coach having to pull him away? Really? you're going to go after the kicker, how brave of you.

    I really like coach Whitt and his staff, and I respect most of the Ute players, but that was bush league.

  • Arm of Orion Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 6:28 p.m.

    It doesn't matter if you win by an inch or a mile winning is winning.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 6:49 p.m.

    Utes, you did a great job fighting through adversity. If the refs had been on top of their game and got all the calls right, you would have had won by a couple scores, but we appreciate these close games. It keeps us on the edge of our seats. Just please don't do it to us too often.

    GO UTES!

  • AST Orangeville, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    This is the way tradition ends. Not with a bang, but a whimper.

    I guess I'm too unsophisticated to find defensive battles "thrilling." As usual, both sides performed well and just as we thought the end was determined one team flipped it the other way.

    It'll be fun to see how things develop in the future, but I'll miss these season-end battles.

  • Resident Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 8:42 a.m.

    @ wwookie...

    Very comical, even for a Ute fan.

    Watching the Utes win off a gimme was sad.

    Watching Wynn throw half his passes to the sidelines was fun.

    Knowing we have Heaps for the next few years as opposed to Wynn is great.

    Watching Wynn trip over himself at the first of the game... priceless.

  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 11:42 a.m.

    @ Resident

    Not as priceless as the look on Payne's face as he watched his kick bounce off of Burton's hands.

    :)

  • patmanutah Lehi, UT
    Dec. 1, 2010 10:23 a.m.

    Acts 26:14

    Go UTAH!!