Play not to lose and I will guarantee you a loss. BYU was afraid to lose and so
they did. Teams with killer instinct show no mercy, play with a chip on their
shoulder and even take a chance or two. I have not seen this from BYU in two
games so far. Bronco, you can continue to walk the sidelines in a stoic manner,
but if your team doesn't show a little more moxie, raising an occasional eyebrow
Did Heaps actually blame this on the defense? I heard that somewhere else. I
hope he didn't.
"We weren't that far off," said Reynolds. "It wasn't the same guy
every play, we had a missed block here, a missed assignment there and it was
enough to cost us. We do have a very good team." Not that far
off? OC's & QB's from the 80's would have capitalized on missed
opportunities in 1st half for TD's for big lead, and blew Texas completely out
of the game in 2nd half (assuming they also had our defense of today and some of
our other "talent" positions of today). Unfortunately, these coaches
and players are satisfied to play conservatively and win or lose very close
games by not making any big mistakes. In that case, maybe as Reynolds said
above, it is a missed bloc, a missed assignment, etc. that makes the difference.
Where's the attitude to light up the scoreboard, take some risks and blow these
teams away with a high powered passing attack? Apparently, because abilities of
our OC & QB was all hype to begin with.
BYU did not even try to stretch the field (throw deep) at all in the second half
(other than the 35-40 yrd pass on 3rd and ~15 late in the 4th).Why
not?Jake Heaps was in the zone in the first half! He had Texas on
their heels! Yes, Texas adjusted in the 2nd half but it looked to me like we
played waaaay too conservative in the 2nd half.
If you pass the ball 0-5 yards up field on a fast defense, that is all you will
get. The whole 2nd half I texted my buddy "Throw the ball DOWNFIELD!!"
Wish I had Doman's cell phone so I could text him that message as well. Maybe
Heaps is too scared to throw DOWNFIELD. I wonder if Doman is secretly an
android, being remotely controlled by Anae. To many similarities in their weak
Sorry to hear your National Championship goal is out of reach, and a BCS bowl,
tough break. Hopefully Heaps will learn to throw more touchdowns than
interceptions after the Utah game.
That should have been a win. The play calling, the qb and the lack of a brusing
full back hurt BYU.
The debacle of the 2nd half started at the end of the 1st half. BYU had a
chance to put another 3 on the board. It was poor time management. You have a
great kicker, give him a chance to kick a long one.
The word of the day may have been "execute", but the word for next
week has to be this: "DOWNFIELD". You don't have a running game
without downfield passing to your tights and wides, FACT.
I didn't like or appreciate this article by Dick Harmon. My take on
the game is simple and direct. BYU played much better against a Big 12 team than
I thought they would.First half--BYU played to win.Second half--BYU played to keep from losing.That was the
difference in the game. The mind set. Play to win the whole game. Play with
passion the whole time on both sides of the ball, and BYU will be fine.Go Cougars!
Why didn't they attack the same spots in the second half? Lack of an offensive
coordinator. Bottom line is Brandon Doman did not make the right calls. Travis
Uale missed key tackles do to his lack of BASIC tackling fundamentals, he didn't
wrap up. Heaps telegraphs his throws. DiLuiggi tippy toes. Basically, we just
don't have that good of a team.
I've said it before... Heaps talks the talk too much without backing it up with
the "walk". After watching the first two games, I am fearful of the
big red U coming down the road next week.
Maybe Doman was holding back the Cougar playbook, so he'll have something to
spring on the Utes this week.
I LOVE this article because it's a running joke with a group of us after each
Cougar loss that we know we'll hear the "We didn't execute" mantra,
over and over and over again. It has truly become a ridiculous comment. Can't
EVERY single team, coach and player in the nation say the same thing after they
lose? At the end of the day here is the real issue. Inexperienced Offensive
Coordinator + Overhyped QB = Very Few Points. They may be great in the future
but it isn't going to happen this season. Unless of course they begin to
Blame lies solely on the Offensive Coordinator. It his continues, he may be
"3 and out."
Execute is the lamest excuse. We keep hearing it over and over. I think there
was more too it than that. The defense got run over in the 2nd half but did
enough to win. The offense however played uninspired poor play calling
football. I haven't seen this many dink and dump offs since the days of
Crowton. Where is the Boise State offense or the BYU offense of the 80's? Come on?
To BYUfaninWashSt, your comments are right on. The current BYU game plans do
not take enough risk for reward. We are no longer a light up the scoreboard
offense. It seems they want to grind it out on the ground and play a defense
field-position game. We are timid, conservative, afraid to win, and play not to
lose. Take risks. Go for it on 4th, don't kick field goals. Throw at the end
zone before getting inside the 20.
Losing the NC by 1 point is going to be tough to deal with, but at least it
happened early enough in the season for us to enjoy the meaningfull future
victories over San Jose, Idaho, Idaho St, and NM State. Maybe we will run up
those scores big time, or maybe with less resolve, we will play down to the
competition, and give those undermanned squads a chance at having their own
moments of greatness.Maybe the Big 12 will offer membership to BYU
after the humbling first half for Texas last night, followed by their great
comeback victory. BYU had better take that offer if they want to excel in
football proselytizing, because schedule building with cupcakes will not get it
I'm not too worried...I'm pretty sure that Doman didn't want to show off too
much of the playbook and tip his hand for the Utah game.
You alwats have to play to win the game, you can't play not to lose. That second
half was painful to watch. You snatched defeat from the hands of victory.... You
may never get another chance to go to that stadium and win....Sad game,
players looked sacred not to lose, they didnt look excited to win.....
I want to know did Bobby Anae sneak back into the booth for these last two
games? The play calling in a big part of the games appeared he had. The second
half reminded me of Sean Covey reincarnated.
Come on be honest. Who misses Robert Anae? This was not the same offense that
I saw score 50 points in the NM bowl even though the weapons were primarily the
same. They did not get it done. Hopefully, execution of the offense can
improve in the next week.
I think the players "executed" just fine. The coaches have much to
think about and much to work on. We simply got outcoached!! Doman, get some
courage. Staff, your opponents out thought you at half time. Their adjustments
seemed to baffle you. We're used to being the teams that make the superior
adjustments that make a difference in the second half. Didn't happen against the
longhorns. Shame on coached who blame this one on execution. Play to win, take
some chances, take some risks. Conservative football is boring football and
I wish we would have won sure, but c'mon, most of us were afraid of a 35-10
blowout. We can take heart in the fact that BYU should have won the game, that
the problems the team seems to face--rookie OC, kid QB--are fixable. Remember,
Max Hall's first season was as a sophomore, but that came after a two year
mission, a redshirt year and his redshirt freshman year. The difference between
the two QB's sophomore season is four years. And Robert Anae's first few games
were both ugly (Arizona) and impressive (TCU). They'll need time, and I'm happy
to give it to them.And do you think people are waking up this
morning saying that BYU belongs in the Big-12 talent wise? I think so.2011 isn't going to be the breakout year for BYU, but it'll be a good one, 9-3
or so. But next year is going to be lights-out.
No moral victory here...I thought we would win and we should have. And one more
thing, I got tired of seeing DiLuigi run up to the pile and stop, then get hit
and dropped where he stopped. He could have had one or two more yards for each
of his carries...if he would simply lean forward and hit someone. On a couple
of occasions, those yards could have made a difference.
Is it "failure to execute" or the lack of "ability to
execute"?The defense looks good but is the offense just
hype?For example, BYU has no running game.Against SEC
powerful defense Southern Illinois ran for 200+ yards, 5.1 per carry. BYU had
90+ yards, 2.9 per carry.Against Texas BYU had 43 rushing yards, 1.9
per carry; while Rice had 90+ yards for 4.3 per carry.
Too conservative the second half. Played "not to lose". Sometimes
you need to live life with the gas pedal down.Kinda surprised Doman
doesn't coach that way, cause he sure played that way.
Three comments.1- How good is Texas?2- Bronco must show some
emotion.3- Jake needs to quit talking so much.
A little more perspective on the year so far. Ole Miss (last week's opponent)
did win but they gave up more points to Southern Illinois than to BYU. Southern
Illinois is in the Sub Division of college football-the same level as Weber
State. They have lost both their games.Many of the sports writers in
Texas are already bemoaning the fate of the team. They state that the Longhorns
have beaten two "good" teams, but the rest of the season is against
better teams.Let's not all throw the Cougars on their sword. They do
have a long way to, especially offensively and special teams.
It was that wishy-washy last BYU possession of the first half that really hurt.
Our offense was doing great, and with well over a minute, we run it on the first
two downs instead of playing two minute drill? Seems to me like perhaps Bronco
was fine with taking the 10 point lead into the half, and he didn't consider
that the second half might play out different than the first - which it did.
Three points at the end of the half would have made a big difference as to how
the second half ended up going.Also, special teams came out as flat
after the half as our offense. How on earth are we shanking punts like that for
the second week in a row? Late in the second half, we finally back their guy up
with a decent punt, and then our coverage crumbles and allows a run back to mid
field. I'm not going to knock the defense for wearing down in the second half.
They still ended up holding the opponent to 17, which is all we can ask. Offense
needs to get a full game put together, a half won't do.
Gave this one away. Doman looked like he was content to run out the clock with
15:00 left in the 3rd quarter. D should be upset. Also, Harmon, you were the one writing about and selling everyone on how good
this offense really way. You are part of the problem. It's rather dishonest to
come back now and ask where this highly vaunted offense is - the one that BYU
sold everyone on. You were there writing about it - you participated in it.
It's one thing to come out and say that you were possibly wrong about them -
that you got caught up in the fevor. We all did. But to come out and criticize
BYU for overselling, when you were the salesman? Dishonest.
re: oldcougar | 11:15 a.m. Sept. 11, 2011 "Conservative
football is boring football and losing football."As a Dolphins
fan, I can testify. Is Doman doing his best Dan Henning
impersonation?@ carver | 1:47 p.m. Sept. 11, 2011three
thoughts...1) better than last yr2) the Lavell impersonation is
old3) Heaps talks so much he could WR in the NFL or in the NBA
The title to this story is an under statement if I have ever heard of one.
One of the commentators said in the first hslf something like this...."Most
of the country does not realize how good BYR is!"It was not
repeated in the second half...ESPN and company was as disappointed as the fans
in BYU's second half. Maybe a little more fire and brimstone from Coach
Mendenhall would help. That is, of the helpful kind.
@Farid -hmmm...Max Hall served a two year mission? You should check your facts
on that one. But at least he went.@AZGuy - Texas is a much better
quality opponent than UTEP.@Uteology - You are right about the
Southern Illinois running stats against Mississippi, which is not exactly an
"SEC powerful defense"
I echo the comments of the Idaho Cougar Fan. Where is the MIX of plays I thought
BYU was going to have now that Doman took over. When they face 3rd and 10, they
still were throwing 5 yard passes. Even the announcers were saying "when
are they going to let Heaps throw the ball." First and 10, run the ball
again. Second and 9, pass out into the flat and Texas is there waiting. Third
and 7, and we throw another 3 yard pass. Let's keep the other team guessing and
mix up our passing distance better.
John McKay had this interchange while head coach at USC :Reporter:
"What do you think of the execution of your offense?"John
McKay: "I think it would be a good idea."
The thing I hate most is knowing that before we have even played one home game
that we are going to the Bell Helicopter Bowl. That kinda stinks. I expect, no
demand, a victory over the Utes this week. Go Cougs!!!
Not happy--great BYU teams of old would tear up this team. No heart...winning
doesn't really matter to this team. Lets just execute
better---no...doggone it, win better! You players had this team up against the
ropes, you did not even try to kick the field goal at the end of the half...why?
This lands squarely on Broncos shoulders! Leaving fairly easy points on the
field? Did you think you were playing UTEP?This loss is on the list
of one of the most humiliating BYU losses in history? Why? Because this team
was terrible! Terrible. They had to use THREE mediocre quarterbacks, to beat
the "best Blue-chip" QB in BYU history? If Jake Heaps
does not take this loss personally, and do something about it, he's not on the
list with Steve Young and Ty Detmer or McMahon. This should be a career
changing game for him. This should be a "never on my
watch...ever again!" game for Heaps. Doman, wake up, you are marching in
the shoes of Anae, and he's gone. Get a clue. You may be new, but there is
very little learning curve in this job. Do it right!
Pretty disgusted with the outcome, even though I predicted a tossup.The play calling in 2nd half was pathetic. Get rid of the goofy Riley Nelson
thing. That dog don't hunt. This is on Doman.Heaps, so far, is
looking like a sophomore QB. Nothing more. Some promise, but far from ready.
Will Lark get some reps this week?Muzzle Heaps. After Ole Miss game,
he was out glad-handing the BYU fans. The rest of the team was in the locker
room. In the Texas game, he was standing around waiting for Mac Brown to finish
an interview, then went up to him to shake his hand! Clearly, Heaps is great in
his own mind. But on the field, he's a 19-year-old kid. Start treating him that
way.Finally: This offense reminds me of the last Crowton years.
Confusion. Poor play calling. At least Anae teams could score points and win
games.Utah 12, BYU 3Sad to say.PS: Sark's
Huskies scored 40 on Hawaii.
I belive that I saw the ghost of Norm Chow and Robert Anae on the field last
night. First half there was some good stugg offensively. Second half all I saw
was the ghost of former, preditable, try not to lose the game coaches. What
happened to "Pull the Trigger" Doman. Very disappointed in his play
clalling. Maybe he should get his hinney up in the booth where he has the time
to make the calls.
Bottom line... This loss is all on the shoulders of Doman and Heaps. Neither
have met expectations and wins over Idaho and Idaho state won't make up for the
fact that this game should have been won. This team will win games but will
never overcome the concern about winning the big ones big!Here's
just a few of the reasons: 1). Running the ball too much in the red zone
especially when it was the pass that got you there (this is so Anae). Result,
field goals instead of touch downs. 2) Poor clock management combined with a
lack of killer instinct. What would the score have been if we had scored to end
the first half? When do we have enough points? The BYU I grew up watching
would have called and executed differently after turnovers and with a shortened
clock. 3). Playing not to lose...ala the play calling and passing decisions
of this duo the second half. It was just painful to watch! What happened to
the unpredictability Doman promised? Maybe he should go to the booth so he can
see the game he is forcing us to watch.
The only things that need to be 'executed' are Doman's and Heaps' jobs if the
offensive productivity does not improve.
Great job of the players falling on their swords for the inepitude of their
coaches. What else would you have expected them to say?
Offense needs to take more risks. D held Texas to 17 points and under 300 yds.
That should be more than good enough to give them a chance to win. Offense
should have put the pedal to the floor in the first half when Texas was still
confused. Doman is still learning. The same conservative approach lost the game
for them against Utah last year. Harsin, much more experienced, out-coached
Doman I bet he will take note and learn. It almost seemed like the offense was
waiting for the defense to score them a touchdown. Did Heaps' confidence wane in
the second half? Could it really have been all due to adjustments by Texas?Doman needs to get the sense when to pull out all the stops to deliver the
knockout blow...in the first half!
Bronco - I love your grit and determination with the defense. They are looking
awesome. When it comes to defense, you are the MAN! However, I must say, I am
not impressed with how your offense looks as headed by your new offensive
coordinator. They look awful! So much for all the hype this past month of
returning to the glory years of the 80's with a newer version of the past.
In one of the interviews I saw during the week before the game--I can't remember
exactly who it was--the BYU player said, "If we're still in it in the 4th
quarter, we'll be doing good. I hope Bronco took him aside and explained to him
exactly what the concept of "playing to win" means. When I heard that
interview, I worried about the game. BYU was playing a team that had a worse
record than them last year, and some of the players were merely hoping to be
still in the game in the 4th quarter? As someone else has said, BYU was playing
not to lose; Texas was playing to win, and that's the whole difference. BYU
could have, and should have won that game. And they should have won the game
against Ole Miss by a larger margin. Come on boys, you know what you have to
do, now just do it. Stop believing your own press. Actually, just stop reading
the press about how good you are. You need to be hungry, and so far you haven't
shown much hunger to win.
Ditto on every comment above. A win over utah this Saturday is MANDATORY.
If you watched the end of the Utah game and the end of the BYU game- one big
difference- you had a sense Utah might win this- with BYU- never felt that way-
why? Coaching- the difference is Doman vs. Chow and while I certainly hope not I
am afraid that might be the difference this week as well
Really..did anyone TRULY expect a different result?BYU is Waaaaay out of
Doman needs to get his head out of the sand and go for the kill. Conservative
play calling with a slim lead is what lead to Robert Anae getting canned. If
Doman and Heaps don't start going for the wipeout, the Cougs will lose more
close games. Don't protect a lead, increase it. Don't give the other team a
chance to come back. IF Doman and Heaps can't perform, replace them. I still
think Riley Nelson is a better QB than Heaps and would add some athleticism as
well as some brains to the Y offense that just Heaps doesn't have.The Coug offense needs to wake up and quit talking platitudes. This loss is
on the coaches from Bronco down.
Anytime the game is close late in the 4th when you are playing away you are
going to lose 9 out of 10 times. To state the obvious, this was just like last
week's game, except BYU was Ole Miss! And if we were to be honest, BYU should
have lost last week too.
Wow maybe Chow and Anae weren't that bad
Flashback nailed it. You aren't going to execute a run game against Texas with
Diluigi trying to dance around more talented defenders. Doman needed to mix up
the play calling and keep Texas guessing instead of calling the same plays over
and over again for no gain. He should have pulled Diluigi and tried a downhill
runner. Heaps needs to stop staring at Apo and ignoring the other wideouts, but
most of all the coaches need to use their creative thinking skills.
Harmon - you were one of the guys happy to see Robert Anae leave, but now you're
saying EXECUTION? Had he been here, would you still write this article? I bet
you anything had Robert had this same group of kids (Heaps w/ a year experience,
Apo as a reliable WR and 10 returning starters), he would do way more than what
Doman has shown - I even willing to say he'd be 2-0 right now WITH confidence
going into the Utah game. Doman has the athletes, and the defense to fall back
on, yet, he's having a meltdown. Doman is not the answer but that's what you
spoiled little fans wanted.I'm glad Robert is gone and left these
spoiled BYU fans to question the program. So delusional, so ungrateful, always
the victim! You all got what you wanted! And I'm having a good laugh at the same
time. ps - I even hate the Utes, but I'm pulling for them this week.
Pac 12 supporter right here!
Not just a failure to execute, but more of a lack of knock the opponent out
mentality. Bronco needs to chat with Lavell about taking it to the opponent and
drive the nails in! Up 13-0 quit playing conservatively and go for the endzone
finish the opponent off early. Oh yeah and learn clock management, possibly
could have had a field goal just before the half. One final thought Bronco how
about going with a no-huddle offense when you have the momentum catch the
defense and hammer those nails in the coffin early...then play conservatively if
you must. However I'd rather see games like the 83-6 win over UTEP take it to
the opponent...do it this week and blow out the Team from up North!
Dick, This is not commentary. This is not reporting. This is
regurgitating the coach-speak that Bronco has ingrained into the team. I respect
the coaches for unifying the team. I don't want you to repeat Bronco-speak to
me. Tell me what's really going on. Execution was only a part of the story.
Doman and Bronco were out-coached. Bad clock management in the first half lost
us three points and bad play calling in the second half lost us the game. What I took away is that Bryan Harsin is a very good offensive
coordinator. His second half adjustments completely changed the game. He knows
how to grind out a win. Norm Chow knows how to do that as well. He
put his team in a position to tie the game.After two weeks, Utah
State looks like the best team in Utah. Fortunately, they are very good at
finding a way to lose in big games.
I still think Bronco needs to offer Ty Detmer a co-offensive coordinator
position to work with Doman to help run the offense. Or perhaps assistant OC
under Doman, and give him the responsibility to plan the plays BYU will run in
each of their games. With Detmer's knowledge of X's and O's, he would be a
natural to plan the plays that would best utilize BYU's strengths and the
weapons they have in their offense. Come on, BYU, let's do it! Why not use an
available resource that would make all the difference. They would be able to
train each other on the go, utilizing each of their strengths. This is a win
win situation, guys! I'm serious. DO it, do it, do it.
Heaps is still very young and he has quite a bit to learn about reading a
defense. You can see that because he does not look off the safeties, stares down
his receivers and it looks like he is not going through his progressions. To
his credit he was getting the ball out quickly against a D that was getting
quite a bit of pressure. Texas was bringing pressure all day because #1. We
could not pick it up and #2. our play calling did not allow us to exploit it.Doman is still very young in his play calling and with out a run game he
needs to get creative to slow down the blitz and give his QB some time. Why not
throw HB & WR screens, WR slants and TE curls. I also can understand why
Doman is on the side lines because he is still the QB coach and he needs to
coach Heaps on the sidelines. What I would like to see is Bronco bring in a QB
coach and another seasoned OC that could mentor have Doman. They need help and
it needs to come quickly.
Why didn't BYU hire an experienced offensive coordinator? BYU just
lost all their steam in the second half. Even the Defense couldn't carry the
offense any more.I totally wish I wasn't paying for cable. Thanks
Did any of the coaches give any reasons why the play-calling was so different in
the second half? I didn't listen to the post-game. Maybe Texas had everything
downfield covered? I don't know? Just wondering if they offered any reasons.
If the greatest qb in college football doesnt like the Play call, he hás
permission to change it. Sorry folks, cant always pass the blame. Gotta become
responsible one of these days. You might even mature enough to be called An
BYU squanders lead against Utah last game of last season. Same starters are
back this year and squander lead against Texas. Maybe the calendar wasn't the
change that was needed.
The Offense executed the plays Doman sent in. 1st down & 10: Run over left
tackle. 2nd Down & 11: Swing pass to RB. 3rd Down and 9: 5 yard curl pass.
Didn't really try any intermediate 15 - 20 yard passes in the 2nd half and Apo
was barely on the field in that half as well. Even the UT fans around me were
asking what was up with the play calling (Not that they were complaining)
This seems to be somewhat typical of football though."We need to be
fully invested.""We need to play at higher level.""We need to execute."Of course it would be refreshing if
just one them said:"We need to get Robert Anae back."
So who do we execute?
failure to execute is brought on by the other team being too fast and too
athletic. Texas was simply a little better than BYU and sometimes you just have
to accept that fact and move on.
this proves that doman is an amateur & needs to improve quick
Get it together, Cougs. Beat the Utes Saturday and all is forgiven.
"Failure to Execute"--That's code for "we're just not
as good as we thought we were."
Some really think BYU would hold back on the offense to maybe surprise Utah.