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BYU football report card: Cougars fail to get job done against Texas

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  • Lorenzo North Ogden, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    All I read about in fall practice is how Coach Doman was going to use all the weapons he had and it made it sound like he was really going to open things up. Both in this game and in the Mississippi game he was way to conservative. It seems as he does not have any confidence in the offense. The short dinky passes and the runs up the middles just drove me crazy. Give Heaps the go ahead. By the way, where the heck is Apo and our other wide receivers. Does Doman only have confidence in Heaps to throw the ball under 10 yards. Comon Doman get with it and lets win big. Everyone says the offense has the tools but the last two games makes me wonder if this is just a big hype or whether Doman really doesn't know how to use the weapons he has.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 8:57 p.m.

    2 games, 2 offensive TDs total.
    I miss Robert Anae.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:09 p.m.

    As many of by coug friends were all too happy to point out last week, great teams find a way to win!

    Great second half Horns. Looking forward to the second generation of McCoy to Shipley to continue to develop.

  • kiapolo1887 Provo, MA
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    Wow. That was seriously embarrassing playcalling and clock management by Doman. Is it too early to ask him to resign? No deep balls? Not stretching the defense out? Not one screen pass called in the second half, either. This was absolutely pathetic. He's a nice guy, but I don't think Doman is anything more than a QB coach.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:17 p.m.

    I can't believe everyone is so down on Brandon Doman. It seems my friends down south are always trying to fire their O. C. Heaps will be great, but he's still learning. The foolish thing to do would have been to really open the playbook against a defense with great speed and watch the ball get intercepted every third play.

  • bluemoon1977 Provo, Utah
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:17 p.m.

    This one rests with Bronco Mendenhall's inability to get a team up and ready to play after halftime. How many times have we seen the team defer and then lay an egg to start the third quarter? They gave Texas all the momentum they needed.

    The absolute killer, though, came when they killed all their momentum by bringing Riley Nelson into the game to lose 2 yards in the second quarter.

    Where is Robert Anae when you need him?

  • T-spoon West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    Couldn't have said it any better than the article. Really, the coaching on the offensive side of the ball is where I would put most the blame.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    Learning curve for new coaches...but this game falls on the heads of Doman and Bronco. Period.

    Not kicking the field goal at the end of the first half? At least a fairly good chance of making it.

    Boring, unimaginative run plays.

    I do NOT miss Anae, but I miss a good offensive coordinator...Doman may or may not ever be a good OC. Wishing him to be, or waiting for him to be, will be a painful process.

    Next week: Battle of the two losers.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    It wasn't quite as bad as the USU v. Auburn game, but a close second.

    I would be generous and give an overall score of C-. Bronco says he trusts his coaches and players - he trusted Doman too much in this one, and between Bronco and Doman, they didn't exhibit very much trust in Heaps.

  • Disgruntled Nephi, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:29 p.m.

    Didn't we hear this offense was supposed to resemble Boise State???? Really? In what way?? Terrible second half by the offense. I thought Texas was supposed to be soft in the middle against our awesome o-line. We were either stuffed at the line or lost yardage on every up the middle running play.

  • Hawkyo SYRACUSE, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:29 p.m.

    Doman was a gutsy QB but he's a little yellow daffodil as an OC so far.

  • WyoCougar Kemmerer, WY
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    I agree that the play calling was highly suspect in the second half. Doman is definitely showing his inexperience, but it is hard to say you didn't expect this. I was pretty disappointed in the performance of the O-line. I thought Texas' d-line won that battle most of the time, particularly in the running game. BYU wanted to run the ball and eat clock in the second half and they got stuffed multiple times for no gains and losses. To me that hurt the Cougars as much as anything else. Coach Doman can't block for the offense.

  • Hawkyo SYRACUSE, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:36 p.m.

    I can't even laugh spitefully about this one. We snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. No killer instinct in Doman. Heaps is a scared 20-yr-old who has only been told how amazing he is. Man up, both of you and do your jobs! Heaps cold have made an effort last week to stop the int return, and Doman could have called a play or two to the tight ends with was open every time in the first quarter. I don't think he can see the field well enough. He needs to go to the box. Ya'll have talked the talk, but you better start walking!

  • BYUfaninWashSt Everett, WA
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:36 p.m.

    One touchdown in each of last two games. Not what we should expect from an offense from any team, let alone our over-hyped offense. Wish they would under-hype before the season, instead of over-hype. Then wouldn't be so disappointing.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:44 p.m.

    A national audience got to see that Texas is really horrible (again) this year. Well... the national audience that wasn't watching Michigan-Notre Dame.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:46 p.m.

    Let's not just focus on the extremely poor play calling by Doman and ignore Bronco's falling asleep at the helm of the defense. Where were the blitz's? Our defense stunk up the second half. Travis Uale was an embarrassment throughout the game. I lost count of the missed tackles. He was a liability. The guy should have been parked at the end of the bench. His missed tackles set up Texas's second touchdown. Bottom line, Texas made adjustments at the half and BYU got scared and conservative. Coaching as much as anything, lost the game.

  • badlandscougar great plains, sd
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:47 p.m.

    we could have won. i think we got tired on defense and the play calling got boring. Heaps had no zip on his throws and was off target most of the time.we have got to do better. hey, you guys need to play like the men everyone says you are.

  • the1andonlytravis OREM, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:51 p.m.

    Why are we running so many play action passes? If are running game isn't working we are not going to fool anyone with the play action. Where are the bubble screens? Where is the creativity? If we have this great offensive line why can't we run the ball or throw the ball more than 5 yards?

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    Sept. 10, 2011 10:00 p.m.

    We better get that offense moving all 4 quarters.

    I have one question. Is it the play calling or is it the QB who in not seeing the receivers correctly? The QB should have an order of receivers to look at as the play progresses.

    Maybe it is a combination of both. Too bad as we were close to a historic win.

    By the way, thank you defense for keeping us in the game. Too bad you couldn't score again to help the offense...

    Also, misery loves company - way to go Utes!

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 10:01 p.m.

    Doman has got to pull his head out and start calling plays that are more than 5 yards down field and he has to do it over and over and over, until they get it right. He isn't giving Heaps and the recievers a chance. Very frustrating.

  • IQ92 hi, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 10:16 p.m.

    The players should be complimented for a generally mistake free game. But the tempo is one notch slower than high council Sunday.

  • BigRich Orem, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    Mendenhall stated after the game that using the draw play on third and nine in that critical situation was a good call because everyone would have been expecting a pass. The only problem, he said, was in the execution of the play. Well if the problem has been in in the execution of the running game all night, it seems to me that the odds are pretty good it's not going to work this time either. And all the offense play calling seemed to be focused on DeLuigi. I felt like I was watching an effort to create a Jimmer show. How many other receivers and running backs do we have? And aren't forward passes supposed to be FORWARD? The little flare-outs consistently did nothing. Flame out would be a better term for the passing game at this point.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 10:27 p.m.

    I can't believe you would call for Anae back. Too funny, talk about fickle.

    Would love to have seen byU and Utah play as ranked and undefeated teams though.

    Good thing the Utes still have something to play for :) As the first poster says, "just pack it in" byU fan.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 10:28 p.m.

    Offensive side let the gas off the peddle...

    Good close games for BYU and Utah could have been won.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 10:44 p.m.

    With the field position the defense gave the offense in the first time, and given the amount of time they spent on the field in the second half, the defense deserves a B+ to A-.

    Coaching? Defensive Coach, B+. Head Coach, Special Teams Coach, Offensive Coach: D- Poor offensive play calling, horrible clock management (How do you let the clock run out with a timeout remaining in the first half?), poor special teams two weeks in a row.

    Somewhere in that 30,000 student body has to be a better punter than we're seeing on Saturdays. Time for some tryouts.

  • 007 Layton, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 11:00 p.m.

    Forgot to mention the horrific punting by BYU. That certainly takes away from the Cougars' improved special teams over last week.

  • Highlight WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    So far this year BYU's offense is like an:
    Engagement Ring?
    Wedding Ring?
    Suffer-ring!

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    Great game. A very big, athletic Texas defense came alive in the second half and cockered out receivers well. They got pressure on our Sophmore quarterback and eeked out a win at home. These were very evenly matched teams. BYU had more poise and discipline. Texas had more speed and athleticism. On a neutral field, BYU wins. In Provo, BYU wins.

    As for Doman, I think he called a great game. There we're some errors, but not many. Give this guy some time to get his system worked out and he will do great. Those who are bagging on Doman don't understand the game, the fact that Texas played great, energetic defense in the second half, and the fact that organizational change takes time - certainly more than two games.

    The Cougs are not a top 10 team this year folks. Maybe a top 30. If Heaps were a Senior, this would be a top 15 team. But we still need to improve team speed and size, particularly on offense.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 11:38 p.m.

    Kiapolo1987: I agree. As I said in a post before Bronco appointed Doman as the OC, I would have liked to see Detmer as the OC. When Detmer made a visit to Utah Co., I thought that might happen, but the media said he was apparantly here for another reason. I still think Detmer is the guy BYU needs for OC. Maybe Bronco could appoint Detmer and Doman co-offensive coordinators, so as to not let Doman down too hard. Just a thought. I know there is a team that has that - is it Texas, with the guy from Boise State? I am wondering what will happen next Saturday. Hopefully, the team can right the ship and be ready for Utah. We can't lose to them in our place, Bronco!

  • JustAsking Saint George, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 11:44 p.m.

    Two very well coached teams. In this case the the team that wanted it more got the win. So far, two extremely entertaining games for the Cougars. I am sure ESPN is loving it. I can't wait for next week.

  • HS Sport Dude South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 11:52 p.m.

    Come on BYU...what did you expect with Doman? He lacks experience, diversity, training, mentoring, and other requirement of a good OC. Look at who he had to learn offense from. Has he paid the price working under and around great OC's and learning for years. Has he paid the price by taking an OC job at a JC, D2, 1AA school. You got exactly what he is capable of and you will continue to get that. Do you have 10 years for him to grow into the position and pay the price and get the learning that he lacks.

    Honestly folks....having Doman as an OC would be like the an NFL Team Drafting and Starting and young man out of High School and thinking that his "proven ability at a high school made him capable of the big time".

    Best of Luck.

  • idaho cougar fan Twin Falls, ID
    Sept. 10, 2011 11:54 p.m.

    Who does the grading for this article? Utah loses by 9 to USC, who beat Minn. by 2, who lost to NMSU by 7. And they get mostly B's and 1 C grade. On the other hand BYU loses by 1 to UT, who beat Rice by 26, who beat Purdue by 2. BYU's grades are C's and D's. Shows the low expectations Utah fans have and the high expectations BYU has. Can't wait to see if either offense scores an offensive touchdown next week. BYU wins 3-0.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 11:55 p.m.

    Another thing, I wonder if BYU is using the wrong QB. You would think that Doman would know which one is best, but why does Riley come in, twice, when we have two other QB's waiting in the wings who have cannons for arms. If neither of them are as good as Heaps, then I guess our QB's are way overrated. That being said, we have to have them, in case Heaps gets hurt. But I guess Riley came in to make a first down by running the ball. He succeeded one of two (50%, I guess is better than 0%). Close game, but could have been a win.

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 12:27 a.m.

    BYU wasted a great chance. Clearly the Texas coaching adjustments were huge, and the BYU coaches were outperformed.

    Heaps was pretty good, much more on the money than last week, but still had few big plays. Why not throw down the field more? I thought Texas lost their best secondary players from last year, and they didn't get tested. Coach Doman said his offensive scheme would be to attack, attack, attack, yet all I saw were ineffective short plays most of the second half that were easily contained. Running on 3rd and 8? A false start followed by a delay of game and a long-ball prayer on the biggest drive of the season? I'd rather attack and let Heaps make his share of mistakes and big plays, but it feels like they are handcuffing him to let the defense carry the day. The D is good, but if they don't let the offense attack, BYU will remain mired in mediocrity.

    Still, no shame in losing to Texas in Austin, but a missed opportunity. Beat Utah next week and we'll forget this one in a hurry.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Sept. 11, 2011 1:43 a.m.

    I admit to being unimpressed with Heaps so far. But not sure whether it was Heaps, Doman, or just a really fast motivated Texas defense. Where the numerous short passes into the flats the only things open? Did the guys just run out of gas? The BYU offense is amazingly bad this year. And Nelson needs to play defense or something. He brings nothing to the offense.

    Well, most of us, including me, had this game as a loss. But as has been pointed out, we should have won this one. Interesting that the momentum changed when Texas changed quarterbacks. Hmmm. Should we take a look at Lark?

  • Draft dumbie Farmington, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 6:35 a.m.

    I was pleasantly surprised with BYU's play in the first half. BYU started the game with a great defensive game plan, and totally destroyed the confidence of Texas' starting quarterback. However, BYU again showed an inability to score touchdowns when close to or in the red zone. When BYU lackadaisically mismanaged the clock at the end of the first half, and failed to get a field goal attempt, I wondered if that blunder might have an impact on the game. We will never know, because BYU squandered that opportunity.

    I though Mack Brown showed his coaching experience in the second half. He got gutty play from his backup quarterbacks, and was finally able to take advantage of his talented bevy of running backs and receivers.

    BYU's lack of ability at running back seems to really be impacting the BYU offense. However, it appears that DiLuigi might be able to be an outside threat on sweeps and swing passes. Also, it looks like Casey Jacobsen might be the only BYU receiver that knows how to get open deep. Perhaps BYU needs to change its strategy on offense a bit.

    I was disappointed with the loss, but proud of how BYU played.

  • BigCougFan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 7:41 a.m.

    blame whoever you want.. but it should have been a win. It could have been won in the first half. Stalled drives killed us.

  • deibu Roseburg, OR
    Sept. 11, 2011 9:16 a.m.

    Who made the call to not let Sorensen try a long field goal to end the first half? Certainly the stars aligned well for him to have that opportunity. Was there not a bigger stage and opportunity than the one yesterday? BYU needs to put the nail in the coffin when it has the opportunity... that having been said, isn't it nice to watch in HD? The sound was so good I felt like was there! See you here next month!

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 1:13 p.m.

    Idaho coug

    Utah lost by 3 and they had a chance to tie the game in the last 11 seconds. The run back was negated. Still a loss but please get your facts straight. The whole, this team beat this team who beat that team is really productive. Get over it.

    I see Utah's D dominating, but I don't see too many points being scored in this game. Utah 3 byU 0, sound familiar?

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 1:33 p.m.

    idah coug, I stand corrected. It does list the final score as 23 to 14. No matter, it still feels the same. The Utes had a chance to tie the game on that last play and did not.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 3:18 p.m.

    I have been critical of Doman , saying he needs to be more aggressive, but that doesn't mean I want Anae back, Doman has been too conserative and I agree with those that say it was like Anae was back calling the plays but Doman will improve and I'm glad we made the change. Hoping the changes come sooner rather than later.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 5:09 p.m.

    Hopefully Doman will learn from his mistakes, if Anae were still here there would be no hope ever. Short passes and screens always seem to stall out before you can get to the end zone. Every time we get in the red zone you can count on the 1st play being a run and gaining nothing.

  • badlandscougar great plains, sd
    Sept. 11, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    under Anae we had more touchdowns, this year at the rate we are going, the offense will score 13 touchdowns all season.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 10:16 p.m.

    It's amazing how many people are throwing Doman under the bus.

    Here is what an OC does:

    -calls the play which can be changed by the QB at the line.

    -adjusts the tone of the play calling as the game progresses.

    Here's what he doesn't do:

    -throw the ball

    -block, run, tackle

    For those complaining about boring play calling, look at the replays and see how many time BYU runners barely made it out of the backfield. If the line can't block, it doesn't matter what running play is called.

    Let's give him the benefit of the doubt-he's had all of two games under his belt-and spend our energy exhorting the players on offense to do better!

    BTW: hats off to the defense-they were magnificent for the second game in a row.

    BTW2: special teams, great field goal kicking; punting, both kicking and tackling leave a lot to the imagination.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 11:44 p.m.

    The best players do not always get to play due to a heirarchy of seniority and hype...Texas was looking to play the qb who would get the job done, BYU historically has not, ie, Brandon Doman languishing on the bench for so long while the more hyped qbs played badly. When the best players play there is greater incentive to work hard and produce by all, illustrated in the Texas ajustments at qb that led to their improved offense. When Heaps struggles, we do not see Lark, other qbs get a chance to produce.

  • Born in Provo Logan, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    Defense grade: A
    Seriously, you hold Texas to 17 points and under 300 total yards, and have Texas' offense in disarray in the first half? The only reason the writer didn't give BYU's Defense a good grade is because he was expecting them to score again this week. Offense needs to be the one scoring points!
    Please, the offense can at least score 5 points per quarter; that have would been plenty to win this game!
    Doman needs to know when to take the risks when they have their foot on the opponent's throat!

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 7:58 p.m.

    @wer, your right, the running backs were barely making it out of the backfield. So why does Doman continue trying especially on the last drive when you have to get a field goal running on 1st down does not make sense period.