A nice W for the Cougs

November 15, 2008    By: Geoff J @ 5:07 pm   Category: Sports

BYU football took care of the Air Force Falcons in impressive fashion today out in Colorado Springs. The final score was 38-24. With a solid win like this the Cougars appear ready to give Utah all they can handle next week in Salt Lake City. Plus, the BCS ranking for the Cougs ought to jump nicely this week with a win against an 8-2 team. BYU needs a win next week and a Boise State loss to have a legitimate chance at a BCS bowl — not out of the question but not likely either.

In other BYU sports news, the Men’s Basketball team beat Long Beach State last night in the season opener. Most of the team played poorly but senior star Lee Cummard put the team on his back and carried it to victory. BYU is hoping this will be the year they finally win a game in the NCAA tournament again.


  1. It was a nice win for the cougs, indeed. Dennis Pitta’s injury is very troubling.

    Comment by TrevorM — November 15, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

  2. The offense didn’t play nearly as good as they needed to in that first half though. I kind of expected the defense to stink it up a bit – and they did. I didn’t see all of the second half. I had to do a couple of chores, came back and the Cougars had in that short time scored 21 unanswered points!

    Next week should be interesting.

    Comment by Clark — November 16, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

  3. Clark: Maybe you should leave to do chores more often!

    Comment by Blake — November 16, 2008 @ 3:55 pm

  4. BYU is up three spots to #14 in the BCS rankings today.

    Comment by Geoff J — November 16, 2008 @ 4:11 pm

  5. Sadly Blake, that’s been the case most of this season. I think there have only been two games in which I saw all four quarters.

    Comment by Clark — November 16, 2008 @ 5:46 pm

  6. Do you think they have a chance against Utah next week?

    Comment by Stephen M (Ethesis) — November 16, 2008 @ 6:28 pm

  7. Nope. I didn’t watch all the TCU/Utah game but Utah looked solid of defense and pretty solid on offense. I think they’ll see those three very weak players and run rampant. I also think they’ll exploit Hall’s weakness in seeing/reacting to the blitz and in a couple of weaknesses in the O-Line. I think the U defense will have a field day with double teaming Collie as well.

    Comment by Clark — November 16, 2008 @ 6:45 pm

  8. (Yes, I know Collie is good enough that he manages to get the ball a lot despite double-teams. But most of the teams doubling him aren’t as good as Utah. And Hall has that weakness to picking just a few players most of the time.)

    Comment by Clark — November 16, 2008 @ 6:46 pm

  9. 1. Clark never thinks BYU has a chance so pay no attention to him Stephen. BYU has a plenty good chance this week.

    2. Clark, seeing as how BYU is 10-1 right now I’d say it is good luck for you not to watch entire games. Keep it up.

    3. Anybody catch the interview with the Obamas on 60 Minutes tonight? In the last segment they asked him about a college football playoff and he again said he is a big proponent of the idea. Then he said he just might throw his weight around on the subject as president! Awesome. And you’re welcome BYU fans for my Obama vote.

    Comment by Geoff J — November 16, 2008 @ 7:01 pm

  10. Not at all. I thought we had a pretty solid chance yesterday. Although I was worried. I just don’t think our team this year, despite our scoreboard, is nearly as good as last year.

    But this year I think the only two teams we didn’t have much of a chance at were TCU and UoU.

    BTW – isn’t it pretty cool that our conference is doing so much better than the Pac-10?

    Comment by Clark — November 16, 2008 @ 7:35 pm

  11. So it sounds like Pitta is injured and it’s iffy whether he’ll play next week.

    Comment by Clark — November 17, 2008 @ 10:45 am

  12. I was at the game! (no point, just gloating)

    Comment by Kent (MC) — November 17, 2008 @ 10:56 am

  13. What’s with the home court advantage in Provo? BYU basketball currently has the nation’s longest home winning streak at 48 and football is tied for the nation’s second longest home winning streak at 18. Hallowed ground.

    Comment by Eric Russell — November 17, 2008 @ 8:49 pm

  14. Anything can happen on game day. It is never a sealed deal any year. I think the detractors are seriously over-estimating Utah, not to say I am convinced BYU will win easily, but I think they have a chance. Utah has struggled in strange places this year and they definitely have a self-destruct button. Also pressure is on for Utah, they are going to be nervous. Also, expect some offense that we haven’t seen for awhile from the Cougs, Utah has a style that we haven’t played against for over a month, I hope it will help keep us from being picked apart by scouting.

    Comment by TrevorM — November 17, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

  15. BYU basketball won big at Pepperdine last night.

    Comment by Geoff J — November 19, 2008 @ 8:35 am

  16. Go Utes!

    Comment by Anon — November 19, 2008 @ 2:05 pm

  17. Trevor, anything can indeed happen on game day. And the Utah – BYU game is always tight even when one team is much better than the other. Even players who aren’t emotionally bringing it during regular games step it up for the big game.

    That said with a very weak defense, problems at the O-Line, a Hall who is having trouble reading players other than Pitta or Collie, Pitta injured, and a fairly solid Utah team we’ll have our work cut out for us.

    Comment by Clark — November 19, 2008 @ 6:22 pm

  18. The offense didn’t play nearly as good as they needed to

    I hear they spent the week doing their grammar lessons instead of practicing football.

    Comment by Mark B. — November 20, 2008 @ 12:28 pm