I could leave a snarky comment here about having no big play capability but the
truth is a 21 play drive is impressive to me as a football coach. That is just
grinding it out down the field and going 21 plays without committing a turnover
or making some other big mistake is hard to do regardless of who you're
Thanks, Duckhunter. I appreciate the comment and believe it to be true.I wonder how much this drive was about simply running out the clock.
This "record breaking drive" should actually be kind of an
embarrassment. Playing against probably the worst team in America, and it takes
you 21 plays and 9 minutes to score? Yes, such a drive would be impressive if
you were playing Alabama or USC, but against these guys?
I would have to agree with both of the first two posts. 21 plays isn't easy
to do without a TO and yes I believe this was purely an attempt to run off the
This isn't a positive story...in fact, it would only be a real story if
this had been any other team in the FBS or FCS...even Weber State would have
"maybe" made it a story. Northern Colorado was 0-11 last year, 3-9 in
2010, and 3-9 in 2009...they are perhaps number 1 or 2 of the worst teams in the
country and that's even in the FCS. It's almost like having a
"record-breaking" time consuming drive against Bingham High.
That's not a good thing.
dumprake,Read the article. Go Utes! Very impressive to
keep control of the ball for that long AND score. Pretty awesome to know that
the Utes weren't interested in running up the score, and played very
So which is better, grinding out 21 plays and wearing out your offense or simply
passing the ball, scoring another TD and then letting your D get some
experience. Against any other team I can understand ball and clock
control. The benefit of doing this against Northern Colorado... not so much.Leave it to the media and Ute fans to spin this game into something
'stellar' for both offense and defense.Time to move along.
I give full credit to the Ute defense, but the Ute offense is still a question
mark. I think we'll find out a little more about the offense against the
Aggies, and a lot more about the offense against the Cougs!I'm
expecting a great game between the Utes and the Cougs this year, likely to be
another nail bitter - possibly going down to the final drive, like so many
others.Question for the Ute faithful - would you really rather watch
your Utes beat up on a team like Northern Colorado than play a team like BYU?
The truth is, both teams will be just fine without playing each other, but the
fans on both sides deserve this great rivalry game.Murph is really
coming along as a TE. Yes, I'm still wishing Murph and Star were Cougs.
Good luck on a great season. I'll be cheering for U in every PAC12
sammy, leave it to Utah haters to spin anything mildly noteworthy into
"wearing out your offense." 4 different ball carriers, 2 quarterbacks,
and 5 receivers used. Never mind that this was the last time any of the
offensive starters were on the field, and it was separated by a quarter break,
though. Don't let anything logical get in the way of your argument.
Spin it haters! Spin it! This is the reality, there were only two
shot taken down field for big yardage and one of those passes was dropped. Utah
could have pulled out all the stops on every drive and really opened up the
playbook and the field but they didn't they grinded it out using their most
basic plays + one reverse. Again I ask all the BYU fans on here.
What is your point? If Utah is bad, does they somehow make you better? If you
were smart you would be building them up so that whether you win or lose at RES
this year, you can say it was to a good Utah team. P.S. Kudos to
Nelson and crew on a solid victory. I only gave them a 14 point victory over
Ho-Hum. Wake me up when you play a real D-1 team.....
sammyg's pondered "which is better, grinding out 21 plays and wearing
out your offense or simply passing the ball, scoring another TD and then letting
your D get some experience."The D has plenty of experience. The
O has question marks. 21 downs for new offensive coordinator Brian Johnson to
try some plays is a great thing.
Please tell me one thing, other than Wynn not getting injured in this game, that
whooping up a shutout on Northern Colorado is worth all of this chest thumping
about?Nothing hateful about reminding people that this was not a
game to judge a whole lot from.Stellar defense, 21 play run against
a team that hadn't won a game in 2 years. Give me a break. It's
laughable.I bet your PAC buddies are really worried and analyzing
the film on this one.You guys played one of the worst teams out
there and beat them. Big deal. Making this more than that is an embarrassment.
And by the way some of your own fans with have discounted this game
for what it was.
Sammy G...So BYU plays a team with a new coach, a QB that hasn't played for
almost a year, and a team that only won 4 games all of last year and BYU only
manages to beat them by 24 points. (at home) .and you are beating your
Oh Jenny, please re-read your post. You sound desperate. Why can't you be
pleased with Utah winning and BYU winning? More rides on the game when both
teams are doing well. It helps with SOS as well which is going to be a part of
college football for quite a while. Do yourself a favor and let go of the hate!
Cheer for the other guys once in a while. It's very refreshing!
@Jenny83Really? You're copying comments from other sections?
Yes BYU only beat them by 24 pts. Would it have been better if they went into
overtime like the Utes did last year? Perhaps the Utes should be most worried
about the fact that they lost to a colorado team who just lost to CSU. Playing
statistics is fun isn't it?
To Coug Fan in TX - I have no problem with the Utes theory of a lower end team,
a mid major team, and a high quality team for the three non conference games.
Florida State (ACC certainly isn't any more difficult than the PAC
12)opened with Murry State and Oregon opened with Arkansas State. There are
another half dozen examples of teams from a major conference opening with what
should be an easy win. USC typically plays a more difficult schedule but they
start with Hawaii and Syracuse - not exactly high end teams either.
JennyWow, I'm not beating my chest over anything, get a grip. I
simply stated the Utah win over Northern Colorado wasn't worth the fuss.But since you mentioned it... I think I'll beat my chest now. I'm now officially beating my chest with this BYU win. Oh my heck, BYU defeated one of the greatest teams in the nation, a PAC 12,
BCS conference team, a giant of giants from the tiny perspective that BYU has
from this pit of obscurity, no conference will have us, independent abyss. A
superior over qualified team that never should have lowered itself to even play
a podunk team like BYU, a WAC / MWC throwback that is the bane of all college
football.I'm beating my chest Jenny! BYU dispatched a superior
PAC 12 team!!! Deal with it!
Sam, It amazes me that people think it is even justifiable to talk about
Utah playing Northern Colorado to start off the season, while BYU's finale
three games are against teams that combined for only 11 wins last year. All of
which didn't win more that 5 games. BYU has to play better teams in the
first half of their season, because to most conferences BYU is considered a lose
lose game. If they win no one cares and if they lose then there season is
ruined. I can't wait for BYU to get into a solid conference so that they
can celebrate a good season when they win over 6 games.
Record or not, I would rather the article not be written and pump up any
accomplishments against Northern Colorado. The weeks to come are what matters.