A brutal travel schedule and the Christmas weekend slowed down my review of the Las Vegas Bowl. But better late than never, here are three big reasons why BYU lost to
The long version:
The Bears scored on their first possession. The Cougars had an illegal substitution penalty and raced the 11th player on to the field at the last second on two other other plays. One was defensive, the other special teams.
BYU’S SECONDARY IS STILL AWFUL
The Cougars secondary was decimated by two honor code incidents. Gary Crowton brought in athletes who had no intention of even TRYING to keep the honor code. Booze, porn and group sex (or gang rape) the night before practice starts qualifies as not even trying to keep the honor code. The secondary lost a lot of guys, maybe one of whom wouldn’t have spent three and a half hours lunging at receivers ankles and taking horrible angles. Plus, you don’t need this blog to know that the TD with :03 left in the first half was horrendous. A spectacularly inept performance by defensive backs who weren’t overmatched this year, unless you count the TCU collapse, AFA’s near comeback, and a 4th straight loss to the Utes (and their back-up quarterback). The good news for the secondary, they weren’t the worst phase of the game.
THE SPECIAL TEAMS WERE COMPLETELY DOMINATED BY
All you need to know about BYU’s special teams’ performance: the opening kick-off went out-of-bounds. After BYU tied the game at 7-7,