The majority voted in favor of keeing Jake Heaps as the starter (64%). To be fair, most of the votes received came before the Utah State game Friday night. When the game started, the percentage of votes in favor of not benching Heaps was 67%. While a dip from 67% to 64% doesn't appear to be substantial, I calculate that 60% of voters who voted after the Utah State game voted in favor of benching Heaps.
The Utah State game changed my vote.
As I wrote during the week, I thought Heaps should still be the starter. I believed that with proper coaching, he would overcome the challenges he was facing and play up to his potential. After Heaps continued to be ineffective and Riley Nelson came off the bench and won the game, I am ready to sit Heaps and let him work though his problems off the field.
Nelson won the game in spite of many challenges. Trailing by 11 with just 20 minutes to play. Your field goal kicker missed a field goal. Your running back fumbled in scoring territory with under four minutes to play. You started the final drive at your own 4-yard line, with one timeout, and only about 2:30 to play. While his running ability was an asset, he won the game throwing the ball.
Thank you to everyone who voted. Don't forget to vote in this week's poll: "Besides the winning TD, which play was the biggest to win the Utah State game?"
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