Now, I am a die-hard Utah fan and would never give any credibility to BYU; but this was huge. The conference really needed this to prove once again that the Mountain West deserves to be in the discussion for a BCS Bowl Bid, and the National Title. BYU looked great tonight, barring 4 turnovers and some lack of execution. There were a few things I noticed that do worry me for the game coming up in November versus Utah. First the BYU defense: I didn’t even know they had a defense! Let alone a defense that could shut down an offense that put up 51 points a game last year. Second would be this new young guy Bryan Karyia, he carried the load for the rushing side of that offense tonight and was a huge reason as to why they won. Third, the offense looked like the high potent offense that they had been preaching about all last season. They actually converted on third downs, drove the ball the length of the field for that go ahead score, and were able to do what they do best.
But, then again being a huge Utah fan, and becoming a possible student there here in a year. The Utes will be just fine come game time against the Cougs’. Utah’s defense will improve immensely, they looked a little scrappy here in the first game but I didn’t expect them to come out and be perfect on Thursday. Terrance Cain looked very impressive versus Utah State. Now granted, they did play against Utah State, but Utah State had the man behind that brilliant defense from last year. Cain will continue to get better and that offense will get even harder to stop. Once the defense starts to “gel” and get a little more into “mid-season form” they will be one of the best if not the best defense in the entire nation.
Also, I’d like to point out that Utah has something that Oklahoma doesn’t have….Matt Asiata. Now not to take anything away from the two fantastic 1,000 yard rushers they have, but Oklahoma doesn’t run the ball like Utah does and will. Oklahoma likes to air it out with their Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, well then again when he’s not injured! BYU’s defense will not be able to contend and stop the power running of Asiata, nor will they be able to keep up with stopping David Reed or Jereme Brooks. They were not able to do it last year, and you can’t coach speed! Not to take anything away from Oklahoma, they are still Oklahoma. Not to make excuses for them but they did not have their starting center, star tight end, or the MVP of that team Sam Bradford.
Great job BYU. Stepping up and performing well against a very tough team in Oklahoma. Now it will look even better on Utah’s resume when we beat you! Also hopefully Oklahoma beats Texas! This is great for us! Have fun enjoying the spotlight, but don’t get too excited. You’ve still got to play Florida State, TCU, and the best team in the Mountain West…UTAH!!!