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BYU vs. Utah report card: Utes hold off the Cougars 20-13

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  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 12:01 a.m.

    Utah didn't convert a single third down in the second half. Did the author not watch the game?

  • Sambonethegreat Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 12:03 a.m.

    Credit where credit is due... Chris B was right.

    Congrats on the win. U earned it.

  • OC Fan Orange County, CA
    Sept. 22, 2013 12:06 a.m.

    The only grade that maters is the L we recorded. Again.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Sept. 22, 2013 12:07 a.m.

    Utah 20 Final
    BYU 13

    Mark it down with a red Sharpie! The better team won, no doubt!

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 12:11 a.m.

    But wait! The Cougars achieved 443 yards of total offense to the Utes' 402, which, according to Cougs fans, means that they really ARE the better team (despite the turnover differential, efficiency, and final score)! Phew, all is right in the world!

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 22, 2013 12:13 a.m.

    "...(BYU's) play calling in the red zone was questionable at best"

    Understatement of the year.

    That was the game in a nutshell.

    We really have no passing scheme. Very one dimensional. I sense frustration from the receivers, but they are part of the problem.
    Utah's defense played great, no doubt, but we also got out coached,.....again.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 12:17 a.m.

    In state HS juniors and seniors,

    Utes or cougars? The choice is obvious.

    Good job Utes! Onward and Upward to the PAC12 schedule!

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 12:18 a.m.

    What's the difference between Hill's performance and Reily Nelson's?

    It's hard to imagine a major college program having QBs for two years whose passing skills barely meet intramural levels.

    So, who is going to throw in the towel first: the defense who figures that the offense can't hold up it's end of the bargain, or the offense which concludes that the other team's defense doesn't have to worry about any real possibility of a pass completion?

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 22, 2013 12:21 a.m.

    Hill is the best rusher on the team. They should have called his number more often in the red zone because he sure as heck couldn't pass it in....

  • Kaotic USA, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 12:36 a.m.

    A lot of shenanigans by the BYU receiver on the last play of the game. He pulled the Utah defender down trying to deceive the officials to get a pass interference call. Honor code violation pure and simple...Congratulations Utah on a good road win in a hostile environment.

  • Cincinnatus Kearns, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 12:56 a.m.

    "Utah didn't convert a single third down in the second half. Did the author not watch the game?"

    Yeah, he watched it. He was just too busy watching BYU lose to notice that stat.

  • clehman Sandy, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 1:13 a.m.

    wwookie:

    That's some good consolation for you--Utah's third down conversions in the second half. Be proud.

  • PP Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 1:37 a.m.

    Utah didn't really stack the box either so no, I don't think he watched the game.

  • 72coug12 casper, WY
    Sept. 22, 2013 1:48 a.m.

    I said after the Tex win that BYU fans shouldn't go crazy. I said that teams would stack the middle and force BYU to throw. (How weird does it seem to say that) And I said, if they stopped the run we were in trouble. Hlll is fast, he is gritty, he is Bronco's kind of player...but HE CAN NOT THROW THE BALL . And all of his die hard supporters are going to talk about how the recievers dropped passes. He was something like 18 for 48. THat should be good enough to get the vary last place out of all FBS schools for passing efficiency. (He was next to last after the TEX game. BYU can not move the ball in the red zone. Special teams continue to cost the Cougs big time. Penalty took away a TD. Missed FG. When you offense is anemic you can't miss those opportunites. Going to be a 6-6 season...maybe. And someone else has got to call plays in the red zone. We put in a special rugby play for the Utah game...duh...cost us six. Anae must go!

  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    Sept. 22, 2013 2:11 a.m.

    Wwookie,
    In that case, the Cougars should get an 'A'. The Utes will take the W.

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 2:59 a.m.

    Apparently duckhunter and all other detractors speak truth through silence. Where is all the talk? See you in 3 years! So sorry you backed a sinking ship. aka independence.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 22, 2013 4:15 a.m.

    See ya, wouldn't want to be ya. May the man be with you until we meet again to hunt some more cougars in 2016.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 22, 2013 4:18 a.m.

    I am praying for good news from Utah Valley hospital. I hope we all can see Jamaal Williams back at full strength on the football field and that he can live up to the huge potential he has.

  • bigirish OREM, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 6:20 a.m.

    So I'm confused. I thought the Virginia game was a fluke. Now it seems the Texas game was a fluke. . We did some good things. But when we're playing UT, good isn't good enough. The new hurry up offense doesn't seem to really rattle defenses or get us points when we need them. Defenses will key on our running and not expect consistent passing. Too many balls thrown too high - or not caught, if catchable. Hill did have a few nice series, some surprises that worked. But we still have to play Boise and Wisconsin and Notre Dame. Sure, I sound pessimistic - and I'm as disappointed as "Oh My Heck"! I expect more from the offensive coaching...the line sure didn't protect Hill that much. And some of the play calling? I think we have believed too much in the hype, the hope, the hurry up! Let's get real - and sure, we can salvage the season...but it was UTAH, guys, UTAH - and I've got Utah in-laws! It's not right!

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    Utah>Utah State>BYU

  • Samurai Jake Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    Biased grades aside - this "W" was "Grade A!"
    GO UTES!!!!

    Sincerely hope that Williams will be ok. Rivalry aside, seeing any player go down with a serious injury is devastating.

  • trueblueBYU Provo, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 3:38 p.m.

    It would have been interesting to see an objective grading of the officiating. How did BYU ever agree to let officials from Utah's conference officiate this game?

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 7:13 p.m.

    trueblueBYU,

    What's your excuse for the other 3 in a row...and the other 8 of 11?

  • Hey Baby Franklin, IN
    Sept. 23, 2013 5:55 a.m.

    BYU fans that point to officials at every loss make me nauseous...

    With replay on EVERY PLAY one would think this excuse is broken...cuz it is.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 23, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    BYU
    Revenge:
    last three games Utah 3-0 check
    Last eleven games Utah 8-3 check
    Last Y home game Utah 54-10 check
    Last chance for seniors, juniors
    and sophomore3s to beat the U check
    Retro (to the glory days) unis check
    Two weeks to prepare for game check
    7 point favorites check

    UTAH
    check mate

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 23, 2013 11:16 a.m.

    A senior 4-year starting kicker missing a chip shot field goal in a one possession game is considered above average at BYU. Interesting.

  • trueblueBYU Provo, UT
    Sept. 23, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    I did not blame our loss on the officiating. You outplayed us fair and square and we deserved to lose! That does not change the fact that the officiating was really pretty bad. I'' m not even saying it was one sided. They simply did not control the game and totally ignored many infractions.