Since you brought up penalties, yes, BYU had some rather stupid ones that were
personal fouls. On the other hand, Houston's 69-yard TD was allowed to
stand after their receiver pushed off and no flag was thrown. The ESPN
announcers marveled that when Houston's defense obviously jumped into the
neutral zone during a play no flag was forthcoming.The interception
that hurt BYU the most was the one that was in the end zone, giving Houston the
ball with a touch-back. At that point in the game, a TD would have been awfully
hard on UH's mental outlook.Once again, the officials
didn't give a fair shake to both teams (I saw holding never called on
UH's line, except once when it was more obvious other times) but at least
they didn't affect the outcome of the game. Nothing new there.Houston has no one to blame other than the guy that dropped the two-point try
after their last TD. BYU's attempt at two would have worked like magic had
it been a reverse, not an option sweep that failed. Are you listening, coaches?
We know that BYU can run plays quickly, we know that it can rack up tons of
penalties, and we learned tonight that the offensive brain trust has not learned
one thing from the season ending injury that Hill suffered last year when,
instead of taking a knee in the USU game, he took a knee injury after the game
was secured. Tonight, not once, not twice, but three times the coaches
didn't trust Hill to be able to successfully hand the ball off or take a
knee. He ran the ball against all common logic.Oh yes, and his back
up has thrown exactly one pass the entire season. Should Williams not be able to
come back soon or at all from his latest injury, his back ups are experienced
and able to play well. No such luxury for the most important position on the
I'm really concerned that BYU is going to get their rear end kicked by
Boise State and Wisconsin.
BYU ran 115 offensive plays which I think ties the NCAA record that Houston
owns. But 34 of those were run plays by Hill? I know Hill ran out-of-bounds on
many of those but with so many run plays and the 8 sacks Hill has got to be
really beat up! I know Williams was out but we really need someone else to run
the ball. Do the coaches really think Hill can take this much punishment the
whole season? Hill will probably just barely be mostly recovered by our next
game.If we can fix some of the bigger mistakes I'm still
optimistic that we can beat Boise State, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.
Wisconsin will be tough for anyone to beat. Boise State just lost their QB for
the rest of the year with a broken ankle. The Coogs may be catching the Broncos
at the right time. Although I think Boise State is beatable with or without
their starting QB. Hey, what was with the call on the Mike Hague
fumble recovery. That was a horrible call. I guess it's like
they say, the mark of a good team is when they play bad and still win. BYU shot
themselves in the foot so many times today that i'd be shocked if they have
any toes left!Good Win Coogs!
The penalties in this game were incredibly frustrating! The O-Line needs to get
their act together with illegal procedure.Personal fouls were just
Wer, Taysom ran the ball because that's what his team needed him to do. We
needed the first down, we could not just run out the clock at that point. And
we didn't dare give Houston the ball back.I've wondered
why Hine can make KO returns look easy, why isn't he getting more carries.
When Williams got hurt, Hine couldn't (yet) take up the slack. Lasike
either.Houston knew what to expect, and had the team speed to limit
any big runs, but Taysom outgunned them in the shootout.But I do
agree, we need the running game to fire on all cylinders if Taysom is going to
last the season.
BYU seems to wim if it either holds an opponent to under 21 points or scores
more than 40 points in a game. Given the nature of BYU's offense to move
the ball quickly, especially when it throws short to intermediate routes early
and often; diving into the A-GAP repeatedly on 1st down (see 3rd quarter of
every game this year, 1st and 2nd quarters of losses), one would think Robert
Anae might actually figure out the best game plan is to keep the hammer down.
That means throw to establish the run and score, just score!.
The officiating really was suspect. All the questionable calls and no-calls
went in Houston's favor--many of which were just blatant.Hill
was pretty heroic, and obviously a very tough and physical kid, but he
won't last long taking that kind of a beating.
You're absolutely right, LEDSFW. Anae seems to be either a slow learner, or
just plain stubborn. What makes that particularly poignant is the Utah game
that was essentially lost on that predictable "run first" mentality.
Louisiana CougarPineville, LA"The penalties in this game
were incredibly frustrating! The O-Line needs to get their act together with
illegal procedure.Personal fouls were just galling!"Any chance you drove over for the game? You don't know the half of it
regarding "galling." In fairness,friends watching on TV tell us that
the inept calls went both ways.But we were particularly incensed
that they didn't show a single replay of the fumble / non-fumble in the
stadium. Looking forward to seeing that on the rebroadcast.But as
far as the illegal procedure calls? I have not been in a college venue that was
as loud as Reliant Stadium. Serious disadvantage. Can't help but think UH
will be a little bummed to have to go back to their own stadium after this
season. Shoot, I'd be hard pressed to choose LES over that venue, if we
had the choice.
Boise State's backup is a great qb it will be a tough game. He is similar
to Hill.I am glad BYU won. Big plays were a killer, but I will say this
Houston is a great team and could end up in a BCS bowl.Houstons'
skilled positions are the fastest I have seen in years. Utah Dres Anderson is
fast but Houston's receivers were fast really fast. BYU adjusted in the 2nd
half but I think the first half BYU was unprepared for their athleticism. and
Craig Bills was out and his replacements struggled.Great win and here is
to beating boise.
Knowing that it's impolite to comment on officiating, the number of
stretched out jerseys from holding was obvious on TV, the Mike Hague lateral
recovery and other mysterious calls/non-calls was very unprofessional. BYU had
enough legitimate penalties that making bad calls only made the others