• #1 by jbcarol on 13 Oct 2017
  •  DJournalnow‏ @DJournalnow 6h6 hours ago

    Tomorrow, BYU meets an MSU team it had success against last year

    STARKVLLE – BYU began the year on the cusp of being included in the Associated Press Top 25.

    Since a 20-6 win over Portland State to open the season, the Cougars have dropped five straight games by an average of 20 points. It is the first time in 47 years BYU has lost five consecutive contests.

    “Our goal is to be balanced and right now we’re not doing anything that’s really good,” said BYU coach Kalani Sitake, who team visits Mississippi State on Saturday. “The only thing we’re being balanced at is being bad.”

    Most of the BYU’s problems have come on the offensive side of the ball. The Cougars rank 127th nationally in both scoring (11.7) and total offense (253.5). Sitake’s squad sits 116th at passing (155.8) and 120th at rushing (97.7).

    BYU is coming off a home loss to Boise State last week. The Cougars scored on their initial drive before Boise State responded with 24 unanswered points.

    “Right now we’re just trying to get a win and be consistent,” Sitake said. “Obviously you have to run the ball and throw the ball but if we have something that’s working we’ll stick with it. The ultimate goal is to try to get points on the board, which will help us win. You can’t win very many games just scoring seven points.”

    On Saturday, BYU meets an MSU team it had success against last year. The Cougars won a 28-21 double overtime decision in Provo when tight end Tanner Balderree hauled in a 25-yard game-winning touchdown.

    “We’re going to their house so it’ll be a different deal,” Sitake said. “I think it’s a good time for our guys to go get some reflection on who we are as a team. We’re going into a hostile environment with a lot of cowbells and stuff. I’m looking forward to the game and just trying to get this thing turned around and hopefully that happens this weekend.”

    MSU quarterback Nick Fitzgerald accounted for 296 yards and three touchdowns against the Cougars last year.
  • #2 by DeltaBoy on 14 Oct 2017
  • Big win for the Dogs.
  • #3 by jbcarol on 15 Oct 2017
  •  Will Sammon‏Verified account @WillSammon 13m13 minutes ago

    thoughts on a 35-10 win for MSU over BYU in a game where we saw "a lot of good and lot of bad," as Fitzgerald put it

    State was a 22-point favorite in this one, and BYU sticking around was the result of the Bulldogs’ sloppiness.

    So, here is some unsolicited and sobering advice for Mississippi State after its 35-10 win against BYU Saturday: Forget the lopsided score. Remember the missed tackles, poor throws, dropped passes, special teams miscues and the big catches allowed.

    “We did some silly things that didn’t make me happy,” Dan Mullen said. “Those are things we've got to get fixed, but overall, I liked our performance.”

    Mississippi State (4-2, 1-2 SEC) crushing BYU (1-6) provided a pleasant experience for the home crowd despite a predictably sleepy atmosphere (11 a.m. starts tend to elicit those). And it got the Bulldogs one game closer to bowl eligibility. It likely served as a much-needed confidence-booster for some, too.

    Beyond that? From a big-picture perspective, it’s hard to say what was learned. Even Dan Mullen joked around when asked what he learned from his receiving group from the game before saying six receivers making at least two catches was a good sign depth-wise going forward.

    “They’re good kids, but they’re not the smartest kids in the world so they didn’t teach me anything philosophically,” Mullen said. 
  • #4 by rzrbkman on 15 Oct 2017
  • Worst BYU team I have ever seen play.