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[18 Sep 2013 | | ]
BYU Defense Faces Improved Utah Offense

When the Utah Utes invade LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday night, they’ll bring with them a much improved offense compared to the one they put on the field last season.
After lackluster performances at quarterback the past few of years, it looks like Kyle Whittingham may have found an answer at the position in sophomore Travis Wilson.
In the first three games of the 2013 season, Wilson has averaged 363 yards of total offense and has been the key to the Utah offense averaging 49 points and 539 yards per game.
In 2012, …

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[27 Nov 2010 | 42 Comments | ]
Are You Kidding Me?

Unbelievable!
All I can say is that Kyle Whittingham must be living right on and off the field.
He better make sure to report this gift on his tax returns.
Three wacky fourth-quarter turnovers, combined with a blown call in the replay booth, cost BYU in the 17-16 come from behind win by Utah.
A fumble caused by a mix-up by BYU’s  freshman quarterback and running back led to a Utah touchdown.
It then got ridiculous as a shanked Utah punt hit BYU’s BJ Peterson. The Utes recovered the ball and were in business in …

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[25 Nov 2010 | 10 Comments | ]
Defending Utah’s Offense

The BYU Cougars face the No. 14 scoring offense in the nation when they take on Utah in the Holy War this Saturday.
The Utes offense will clash with BYU’s stingy defense, which has shut down their last three opponents, giving up a total of just 24 points in those games, most of that coming in garbage time.
Since Bronco Mendenhall has taken over as defensive coordinator the Cougars have become one of the nation’s most difficult teams to run against, while also ranking 19th in the country in pass defense.
Utah will …

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[24 Nov 2010 | 12 Comments | ]
BYU Tight Ends Could be Difference Makers

The BYU Cougars could really benefit this Saturday from solid play out of their corps of young tight ends.
At a school that has churned out All-American caliber tight ends for decades, BYU has gotten very little production this season from their group of freshmen.
The one guy that looked like he might be rounding into shape, Marcus Mathews, was sidelined for the season a couple of weeks ago with a lacerated spleen.
Until last Saturday the tight ends had been conspicuously absent from the offense.
But in the 40-7 win over …

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[23 Nov 2010 | 11 Comments | ]
BYU’s Three-Headed Monster

When it became apparent that the BYU Cougars would be without Harvey Unga in 2010, a great deal of doubt was cast upon the BYU running game.
The Cougars were left to try to fill in for the school’s all-time leading rusher by going with a running back-by-committee approach.
Three players — one considered to be an underachiever, another considered a pedestrian overachiever and still another that was an unproven true freshman — would be called upon to somehow fill Unga’s shoes.
As it turns out, they have exceeded expectations and have even …

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[22 Nov 2010 | 12 Comments | ]
Cougars Look to Exploit Ute Deficiencies

Jake Heaps and the BYU offense should be able to make some plays against the Utah defense they will face on Saturday afternoon in Rice-Eccles Stadium.
The Utes have struggled to stop the pass, especially in the past few weeks, and currently rank 88th in pass efficiency defense and 59th in pass yardage given up.
The Utes are giving up 214 yards per game through the air, but against better competition over the past three weeks that number has ballooned to 337. Even run-happy Air Force threw for 201 yards against Utah …

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[22 Nov 2010 | 9 Comments | ]
Bowl Eligibility? Check. Utes up Next.

The BYU Cougars have fought back from a 1-4 start to the season and are now bowl eligible.
Next up – the Holy War.
What looked like a laugher in Utah’s favor just a month ago, now figures to be a hard fought game between two equally talented teams.
After four wins over the bottom of the barrel in the Mountain West, this is the game that will show just how far the Cougars have come since their last loss, which occurred on the road at TCU on October 16th and left them …

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[21 Nov 2008 | 41 Comments | ]

As the game closes in, I have been thinking a lot about how BYU needs to play in order to come out of Rice Eccles with a win.  After watching film I am sure a win is possible as long as a few aspects of the game swing in our favor.

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[19 Nov 2008 | 107 Comments | ]

I got a text from Quinn asking me if I would write a little bit about 2006’s final drive. Detailing my thougts and feelings on the final drive. I think for the rest of my life whenever it is the BYU vs Utah week I will always be reminded of that game in 2006. Even as I sit here typing, I have above me on a shelf the ball I took the final knee with. I wanted the ball that Johnny caught, but I don’t know if anybody knows where …

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[18 Nov 2008 | 22 Comments | ]

At this point of the season there really isn’t a person on the field that is 100%. If you have endured 11 games without some sort of injury, you’re a stronger man then I ever was. That being said there are different levels of injury. Harvey is probably the most banged up player on the team, but that’s because of the style. Add in the fact that he touches the ball the most and you have a recipe for some sore Sunday mornings.
Most of Harvey’s injuries will only heal with …