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Last Updated Oct 3, 2014 02:18PM

Provo In a garage in Minnesota, Robert Anae and Garett Tujague unearthed treasures of BYU football history. They discovered boxes of VHS tapes and binders filled with offensive plays and coaching instructions, saved for decades by Roger French, who coached …

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  • Kragthorpe: BYU’s football season looking like 1984
    After soundly defeating Texas, the BYU Cougars now have the best chance of going unbeaten of any college football team in the country. This is precis …
    Updated Oct 21 2014 05:32 pm   |     Share
  • Kragthorpe: BYU’s football season looking like 1984
    After soundly defeating Texas, the BYU Cougars now have the best chance of going unbeaten of any college football team in the country. This is precis …
    Updated Oct 21 2014 05:32 pm   |     Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  


BYU Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (4) dumps a pass over the line  during game between BYU and Houston and LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Thursday, September 11, 2014. Kragthorpe: BYU’s defense comes through when it counts
    Provo • The pass sailed over the middle toward Houston’s wide-open receiver, and here came BYU safety Craig Bills, separating the ball from the visiti …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:28 pm   |     Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  


BYU Cougars running back Jamaal Williams (21) runs into teammate BYU Cougars wide receiver Mitchell Juergens (87) as the Houston defense drags him down in the second half of the  game between BYU and Houston and LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Thursday, September 11, 2014. Kragthorpe: BYU’s ranking matters only in October
    The only college football rankings that matter this season won’t be published until Oct. 28. That’s worth remembering as BYU rises in the AP Top 25 an …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:29 pm   |     Share


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  • Kragthorpe: BYU’s football season looking like 1984
    After soundly defeating Texas, the BYU Cougars now have the best chance of going unbeaten of any college football team in the country. This is precis …
    Updated Oct 21 2014 05:32 pm   |     Share
  • Kragthorpe: BYU’s football season looking like 1984
    After soundly defeating Texas, the BYU Cougars now have the best chance of going unbeaten of any college football team in the country. This is precis …
    Updated Oct 21 2014 05:32 pm   |     Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  


BYU Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (4) dumps a pass over the line  during game between BYU and Houston and LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Thursday, September 11, 2014. Kragthorpe: BYU’s defense comes through when it counts
    Provo • The pass sailed over the middle toward Houston’s wide-open receiver, and here came BYU safety Craig Bills, separating the ball from the visiti …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:28 pm   |     Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  


BYU Cougars running back Jamaal Williams (21) runs into teammate BYU Cougars wide receiver Mitchell Juergens (87) as the Houston defense drags him down in the second half of the  game between BYU and Houston and LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Thursday, September 11, 2014. Kragthorpe: BYU’s ranking matters only in October
    The only college football rankings that matter this season won’t be published until Oct. 28. That’s worth remembering as BYU rises in the AP Top 25 an …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:29 pm   |     Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Brandon Doman, former BYU offensive coordinator, celebrates a Viking's TD as he coaches a fourth-grade football team - The  Pleasant Grove Vikings, in their game versus American Fork, Saturday, September 13, 2014. Kragthorpe: Brandon Doman moves on, from BYU to little league
    American Fork On a football field with barely visible markings and no scoreboard, Brandon Doman stood silently with his arms folded as the final sec …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:30 pm   |     Share
  • Brigham Young University quarterback Jim McMahon raises his arms in celebration Dec. 19, 1981 as BYU defeated Washington State 38-36 in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego.  McMahon was named Most Valuable Player in the game as he threw three touchdown passes for 342 yards. (AP Photo) Kragthorpe: Jim McMahon is No. 1 among BYU quarterbacks
    Jordan Leslie is wearing it well this season, and the number worked nicely for Austin Collie and Daniel Sorensen in recent years. Yet there’s really …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:41 pm   |     Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
BYU QB Taysom Hill throws during pre game warmups before BYU plays Utah State in Provo, Friday, October 1, 2014. BYU football: QBs the big story in Utah State’s win over Cougars (Video)
    Provo Utah State’s Darell Garretson thrived. BYU’s unbeaten record and Taysom Hill’s left leg did not survive. Quarterbacks are always the story la...

    Updated Oct 15 2014 10:30 am   |     Share
  • Brigham Young running back Paul Lasike (33) is brought down by Central Florida defensive back Clayton Geathers (26) after a reception in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux) Kragthorpe: QB Stewart’s first start falls just short
    Orlando, Fla. • The last pass of Christian Stewart’s first start fell incomplete, and BYU’s quarterback trudged off the field, helmet in hand. After ...

    Updated Oct 16 2014 01:45 pm   |     Share
  • Kurt Kragthorpe: Utah State falls apart on Tennessee’s big stage
    Knoxville, Tenn. The skies cleared, Utah State linebacker Nick Vigil sacked Tennessee’s quarterback and Aggie QB Chuckie Keeton completed his first …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:14 pm   |     Share
  • Kragthorpe: Keeton's injury sends USU's backup into action again
    Logan Practically before anyone discovered that Utah State quarterback Darell Garretson no longer was standing on the sideline and signaling plays, a …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:29 pm   |     Share
  • Kragthorpe: Utah State shows it can handle success, beating Air Force
    Logan • The Utah State Aggies needed only 14 seconds to answer a week’s worth of questions. For those who worried about how USU would respond after a...

    Updated Oct 16 2014 02:39 pm   |     Share
  • Kragthorpe Utah State’s defense lets down in the end
    Fort Collins, Colo. The start was discouraging. The ending was dreadful. In between, Utah State’s defense almost delivered a performance worthy of a …
    Updated Oct 20 2014 09:48 am   |     Share
  • Kragthorpe: Oregon faces defining game vs. Michigan State
    The college football world is waiting for another opportunity to dismiss Oregon as a novelty act. Whenever the No. 3 Ducks play a tough, traditional …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:16 pm   |     Share
  • (Jeremy Harmon  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Fresno State's Brian Burrell (2) gets sacked by Utah's Pita Taumoepenu (50) and Wallace Gonzalez (32) as the Utes host the Bulldogs at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Kurt Kragthorpe: Utah defense sets tone in Fresno State rout
    So maybe the Utah Utes were not playing the likes of Idaho State anymore, but you never would have known that by the Rice-Eccles Stadium scoreboard Sa …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:18 pm   |     Share
  • Kragthorpe: Pac-12 South’s elite teams showing weaknesses
    USC lost to Boston College, with the Trojans’ defense being exploited. UCLA needed a series of clutch plays to overcome Texas. Arizona State allowed a …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:32 pm   |     Share
  • Kragthorpe: Road win is next item on Utes’ checklist (Video)
    In the first two games of the football season, the Utah Utes have done just about everything that anyone could have wanted. It is fair to demand more …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:33 pm   |     Share
  • (Jeremy Harmon  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah's Devontae Booker (23) is tackled by Michigan's Frank Clark (57) as the Utes face the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

Kragthorpe: Ute defense comes through when it counts
    Ann Arbor, Mich. As the fourth quarter unfolded and heavy rain fell Saturday evening, tens of thousands of Michigan fans dressed in yellow headed fo …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:34 pm   |     Share
  • Kragthorpe: Utes better equipped than ever for Pac-12 play (Video)
    Judging by their nonconference performance, the Utah Utes have raised the standards of the 2014 football season. Whether or not that becomes a proble …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:36 pm   |     Share
  • Kragthorpe: Utes, WSU Cougars have staged memorable scenes
    Judging by consistently competitive games, Utah’s series with Colorado has been the best matchup in the Utes’ Pac-12 era. In terms of memorable scenes …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:37 pm   |     Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah DE Nate Orchard could not get past the Washington State offensive line on this play that went for an 81 yard completion for a TD to give Wash. State the lead at 28-27. Utah lost 28-27 to Washington State, Saturday, September 27, 2014. Kragthorpe: Utes’ collapse erases season’s promising start (Video)
    Utah receiver Dres Anderson broke free, and the Utes seemingly were about to salvage their Pac-12 opener Saturday night. And then he dropped the ball …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:38 pm   |     Share
  • Kragthorpe: Utes outcoached, but punt was right call
    Utah’s second-half collapse in Saturday’s 28-27 loss to Washington State was not exactly a strong endorsement for a coaching staff that has a lot to p …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:39 pm   |     Share
  • Kragthorpe: USC seeking consistency, a year after firing Kiffin
    Steve Sarkisian could not have known that his life would change in a sequence of events that began almost exactly a year ago when USC fired coach Lane …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:41 pm   |     Share