Utah vs BYU- The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Posted Nov 30, 2010

Who was good, who was bad, and what was ugly in the Utes nail biter over the Cougars?

The Good

The Defense
Every single unit on defense was good on Saturday. Despite being put in tough situations by the offense, they held their ground and really won this game in holding BYU to under 300 yards with only 65 on the ground. Stat of the game: BYU’s longest run was a 12 yard Jake Heaps scramble. After that, it was an 8 yarder. Amazing.

Special Teams
The return game wasn’t there and Joe Phillips didn’t have his best day, but they recovered a fumble on a punt that led to the winning score and Brandon Burton blocked the would be game winning kick as time expired. Big plays from this group.

Brandon Burton
In what was likely his final game at Rice-Eccles Stadium and didn’t disappoint. Deflected a pass that was intercepted by Brian Blechen. Broke up a fourth down pass inside the Utah 20, and won the game with a blocked field goal. Player of the game.

Brian Blechen
All the true freshman did this week was make seven tackles, a 15 yard sack, break up a pass, and intercept a pass in picking up his third MWC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Probably going to end up as the freshman of the year in the conference.

The Bad

The Offense
The final number don’t necessarily indicate it, but the offense was poor. They didn’t do anything for three quarters with turnovers, no running game, and too many three and outs. The start of the game was abysmal with the invisible man sack and two incompletions. Jordan Wynn and Terrance Cain were both well below average and the running game was non-existant. Good thing the defense and special teams set them up time and time again.

The Offensive Line
Did they ever get abused by a mediocre BYU front seven, especially in the first half? Wynn was under pressure a lot and the run game was dreadful. Their play early on led to a lot of Wynn’s struggles.

The Ugly

The Quarterbacks
Wynn and Cain were a combined 15 of 37 for 207 yards 1 TD and 3 INTs. Wynn was terrible in the first half missing receiver after receiver. Cain was worse to open the second half with his two picks. Jordan did respond nicely in the fourth quarter, but these are not the two quarterbacks we saw earlier in the year.

Matt Martinez
I’m all for trash talking during the game and players getting after each other, but when Matt Martinez ran at, bumped, and taunted Mitch Payne after his missed field goal, I was shocked and disappointed. I walked past Payne immediately after this happened and he had his head down and a look of dejection. He already felt awful. Martinez didn’t need to make it worse.

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