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Friday, September 30, 2011

Game Preview: It's Strength vs. Strength in BYU-Utah State Game

For the second time in three weeks, the Brigham Young Cougars look to avenge a loss from a year ago to an in-state foe. The game against Utah State is game three in a four game home stand for BYU.

This is a game featuring strength versus strength. The Cougar defense led by its stingy front seven will go up against the Utah State offense powered by an unstoppable run game.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Utah State, Get Your Backup QB Ready

As the Utah State Aggies prepared to play the Brigham Young Cougars this week, it would have been wise for head coach Gary Anderson to make a slight change to his normal plans. What would that change be? Give the backup quarterback some extra reps.

BYU Football: Did you know? (300 Yard Passing Games)

The Brigham Young Cougars gave up 318 passing yards to the UCF Knights. The Cougar defense doesn’t allow that many passing yards very often.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Part 2: Fixing the Run Game is Not A Priority For BYU

Last week, BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL argued that the Brigham Young Cougars offense should wait to fix the run game until the passing game was fine tuned. Offensive coordinator Brandon Doman did not heed this advice, and BYU worked on fixing the run game. After the UCF game, it is even more evident that working on the passing game is more important for BYU than the run game.

5 Reasons to Bench Heaps, 5 Reasons to Keep Starting Heaps

Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Jake Heaps has had a rough start to his sophomore season. As is the case for almost any quarterback who has a rough stretch, some are calling for Heaps to be benched. Should he lose the starting job? BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL looks at five reasons to bench him, and five reasons to keep starting Heaps.

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Strength of Joe Sampson

Sampson is the Greek spelling of Samson. As we all know, Samson is the Biblical character known for his great strength. Brigham Young Cougars cornerback Joe Sampson displayed his great strength Friday night against UCF.

Defense’s Depth Pays Dividends For BYU

A lot of hype surrounded the Brigham Young Cougars coming into the season. In many ways, the hype has failed to materialize. Against UCF, the Cougar defense validated some of the hype.

Poll Results: Who should take the most blame for the Utah loss?

Offensive coordinator Brandon Doman edged out Jake Heaps by the slimest of margins (44% to 43%) as the one who should take the most blame for BYU's loss to Utah. The running backs received the remaining 13%.

I put the most blame on Jake Heaps.

BYU vs. UCF Post Game Podcast

Welcome to the Brigham Young Cougars Post Game Podcast on BlueCougarFootball.com! A more indepth look at BYU's 24-17 win over UCF. This week the podcast includes:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Game Preview: More At Stake For BYU Than UCF

The Brigham Young Cougars take on the UCF Knights as both teams look to rebound after losses to in-state opponents last week. While both teams had similar results in their most recent game, it is much more important for BYU to win than UCF.

Tyler Anderson Talks UCF, O’Neill Chambers, and BYU Wide Receivers

Former Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver Tyler Anderson coached football for four years in central Florida at Harmony High School. Earlier this week, Anderson shared with BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL his unique perspective about upcoming BYU opponent UCF, his former player O’Neill Chambers, and BYU’s wide receivers.

Past Player Profile: Tyler Anderson

Position: Wide Receiver
Years Played: 1988, 1991-93

Thursday, September 22, 2011

BYU Football: Did you know?

The Brigham Young Cougars play the UCF Knights from Orlando, Florida. This week's "Did You Know" looks at BYU football and the Sunshine State.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Flashback: Brigham Young Cougars 26, Temple Owls 24 (1985)

On this date, twenty-six years ago, the Brigham Young Cougars escaped Philadelphia with a win over the Temple Owls. It was the first time the two schools had ever met.

Does Travel For UCF Give BYU A Bonus Home Field Advantage?

The Brigham Young Cougars will host the UCF Knights Friday night. This will mark the tenth time since 1986 BYU has hosted a team from the eastern United States. A direct flight from Orlando, Florida to Provo, Utah is roughly 1,875 miles and it takes approximately four hours. Playing at home has long been considered an advantage in sports. Is hosting a team that has traveled far an added bonus?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fixing The Run Game Is Not A Priority For BYU

Every aspect of the Brigham Young Cougars offense is under scrutiny this week after scoring less than 17 points for the third consecutive game. One aspect, the BYU run game, has been particularly poor the last two weeks. While the poor run game is cause for concern, fixing it should not be a priority.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Diagnosing BYU's Ailing Offense

Anyone who has watched the Brigham Young Cougars play the last two games will agree that the offense is sick. What is this ailment? Here’s a hint: It starts with the letter E. No, it is not execution. The problem isn’t experience. The sky high expectations placed from fans aren’t the problem, either. The real problem with the BYU offense is that they feel entitled.

Poll Results: Would you trade the Ole Miss win for a win against Texas?

This poll was very close and went down to the wire. In the end, 51% of voters said they would trade the Ole Miss win for a win against Texas.

I, too, would switch the results of the two games.

BYU vs. Utah Post Game Podcast

In depth reaction to the Brigham Young Cougars' loss to Utah. Some of the main points are:

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Game Recap: BYU Offense Self-Destructs Against Utah

For the first time in the Bronco Mendenhall era, the Brigham Young Cougars lost two in a row to the Utah Utes. For the second straight year, BYU gave the win to Utah by self-destructing.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Remembering the Rivalry: Brigham Young Cougars 48, Utah Utes 17 (1991)

November 23, 1991—Appropriately, the Brigham Young Cougars played Utah, in Provo, in the final game of 1991, Ty Detmer’s senior year. In true rivalry spirit, the Utes were poised to rain on the parade. After one quarter, BYU trailed by three, 17-14.

Game Preview: BYU and Utah Follow Same Path to Get to Rivalry Game

The Brigham Young Cougars and the Utah Utes aren’t in the same conference anymore, but that hasn’t stopped them from following the same path to their historic 2011 meeting.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Remembering the Rivalry: Brigham Young Cougars 35, Utah Utes 21 (1986)

November 15, 1986—The Brigham Young Cougars used a different offensive approach in the 1986 rivalry game. BYU quarterbacks had passed for at least 249 yards against Utah every year since 1975. You have to go back to 1972 for the last game that BYU didn’t throw a touchdown pass. Steve Lindsley ended both these streaks. He completed 80 percent of his passes (12 of 15), but netted only 119 yards. While the passing streaks ended, a more important streak was extended. BYU won its eighth straight against the Utes.

BYU Football: Did you know? (Rivalry Edition)

It is rivalry week for the Brigham Young Cougars and Utah Utes. It is only natural that this week's "Did you know?" be about BYU-Utah.

Vai Sikahema: I’m always going to be a BYU guy

Over the last several months, former Brigham Young Cougars football player Vai Sikahema has written and done some things that has caught BYU fans off guard. Some of Sikahema’s curious deeds have involved BYU’s arch rival Utah Utes, which has raised some questions regarding his loyalties to BYU. With it being rivalry week, BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL asked the BYU Hall of Famer point blank: Are you still a BYU guy?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Remembering the Rivalry: Brigham Young Cougars 56, Utah Utes 28 (1981)

November 21, 1981-For the first time in the Brigham Young Cougars and Utah Utes rivalry, the winner would win more than just bragging rights. A conference championship was on the line. With the stakes raised, 47,163 people crammed into Cougar Stadium to form the largest crowd ever to witness a sporting event in the state of Utah.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Remembering the Rivalry: Brigham Young Cougars 34, Utah Utes 12 (1976)

November 20, 1976-This win by the Brigham Young Cougars over the Utah Utes ran head coach LaVell Edwards’ career record against Utah to 5-0, which matched BYU’s win total in the series from 1922-71. This win also gave BYU a share of the WAC championship, and set a new school record for most wins in a season (9).

Reaction to the Rankings: Week 2 (2011)

The Brigham Young Cougars fell to 1-1 on the field, but they didn't fall in the national rankings. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Post Game Podcast:: BYU-Texas

The Post-game Podcast is thoughts and reaction to the last BYU game. It is deliberately done one to two days after the game to let everything sink a little more and give a better perspective of the game.

BYU Needs The Mind of A Champion

The Brigham Young Cougars have shown during the first two weeks of the 2011 season that they can match up physically with any team in the country. Whether it be an SEC team with one of the biggest and best offensive lines in the country, or a Texas team that annually signs some of the very best high school talent in the country. BYU has played these teams tough, and in some respects even outplayed them. There is little question whether the BYU Cougars belong on the field with these teams.

The weakness of the 2011 BYU football team is mental. BYU lacks the mind of a champion.

Poll Results: How do you rate Jake Heaps' play against Ole Miss?

Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Jake Heaps was "average" in the season opening game at Ole Miss according to 67% of poll voters. Heaps was "bad" in the eyes of 18% of voter, and "good" according to 13%. The final 2% was split between "very good" and "very bad."

I agree with the 2/3 majority that Heaps was average.

Remembering the Rivalry: Brigham Young Cougars 35, Utah Utes 13 (1966)

November 12, 1966-With the Brigham Young Cougars fourth win ever over the Utah Utes, Virgil Carter became the first BYU quarterback to beat Utah twice. At 2-1 in the WAC (6-1 overall), BYU was still in contention for its second consecutive WAC championship.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Failure to Finish Drives Dooms BYU

The Brigham Young Cougars could have put the game away in the first half, maybe even the first quarter. BYU scored on its first two drives, but it was just two field goals. The Cougar defense was dominating, but the offense could not finish drives with touchdowns. In the end, that doomed BYU to a 17-16 loss to the Texas Longhorns.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Game Preview: Brigham Young Cougars at Texas Longhorns

The Brigham Young Cougars (1-0) face the Texas Longhorns (1-0) in game two. Both teams are still wondering just how good they really are. While they both won the season openers, neither team was particularly impressive.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Former BYU Running Back Talks About Playing at Texas

For the second time in school history, the Brigham Young Cougars will play the Texas Longhorns in their home stadium. The first time it happened was 1987. BYU came out victorious, 22-17. Fred Whittingham was a running back on the 1987 Cougar squad. BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL recently caught up with him and talked about his experience playing in Austin.

BYU Football: Did you know?

The answer to last week's trivia question, "What BYU quarterback threw the most touchdown passes in a season opening game, and how many did he throw?" is Steve Sarkisian with 6 touchdown passes against Texas A&M in the 1996 Pigskin Classic.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ross Apo: Right or Wrong to Sign With BYU?

Ross Apo was a wanted man. Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Cal, Kansas State, BYU, and Tulsa all wanted him. Most importantly, the marquee team in his home state wanted him—the Texas Longhorns.

Flashback: Brigham Young Cougars 22, Texas Longhorns 17 (1987)

The Brigham Young Cougars have never won a game on September 7. However, exactly 23 years and 360 days ago, BYU played on the same field the 2011 Cougars will play this Saturday.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Reaction to the Rankings: Week 1 (2011)

The Brigham Young Cougars are now 1-0. That has done little to improve BYU’s standing in the national polls.

In Jake Heaps we trust?

All off season, expectations for Brigham Young Cougars sophomore quarterback Jake Heaps grew by the week. BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL is guilty of indulging in the hype and speculation. (See exhibit A, and exhibit B.) However, it wasn’t like the high expectations weren’t unfounded. Heaps finished 2010 on fire. He played at a high level in spring and fall. History even provided support that big things were in store this year.

Game one at Ole Miss did more than put a damper on the Heaps hype. Cougar fans worldwide are scratching their heads wondering what to make of Heaps’ play Saturday.

Does BYU have an “SEC” defense?

The Brigham Young Cougars went to SEC country and came home with a win. They got the win on the strength of their defense, and it was more than Kyle Van Noy scoring the winning points on a fumble. The BYU defense was physical. They didn’t get pushed around by the behemoth Ole Miss offensive line. They played well from start to finish.

The numbers prove just how good BYU was on Saturday.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Poll Results: Who will score BYU's first points this season.

The leading vote getter was J.J. Di Luigi with 27%. He was followed by Ross Apo with 20%. Joshua "Juice" Quezada came in third with 16%. Cody Hoffman (11%), Justin Sorensen (10%), Bryan Kariya (8%), McKay Jacobson (5%), and Jake Heaps (3%) were the other players receiving votes.

As we know now, Ross Apo scored BYU's first points this year by catching a 19-yard pass from Jake Heaps. Congratulations to the 20% who voted for Apo.

My vote would have been for Sorensen.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Game Recap: Brigham Young Cougars 14, Mississippi Rebels 13

The Brigham Young Cougars were in trouble. With 14:15 to play in the game, they trailed 13-0. They needed help, so they called on the three amigos. Jake Heaps, Ross Apo, and Kyle Van Noy are best of friends off the field. They proved to be the winning trifecta for BYU against the Mississippi Rebels.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Game Preview: Brigham Young Cougars at Mississippi Rebels

The Brigham Young Cougars will play an opponent from the SEC for the fifth time in school history when they face the Mississippi Rebels on Saturday. The last time BYU played an SEC team was at Mississippi State in 2001.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thursday Trivia: Most TD Passes In A Season Opener

Starting this week, the first person to correctly answer the trivia question will win a $10 gift card to the business of their choice.

BlueNtheFace correctly answered the last trivia question, "What year is the only other time that BYU opened the season on the road against an SEC team?" is 1998. BYU went to Alabama and lost a hard fought 38-31 decision to the Crimson Tide. 

On to this week's question.