Mendenhall frustrated, resolute after BYU falls 27-17 at Wisconsin
The Cougars fell to No. 21 Wisconsin 27-17 here at Camp Randall Stadium today in front of 80,191 fans in chilly, windy conditions.
Wisconsin was as dominant in the trenches as the Cougars feared it would be, controlling the game from the onset with a tone-setting 76-yard drive for a touchdown after the opening kickoff.
A disappointed BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said in his postgame remarks to reporters that the Cougars made too many mistakes and were not stout enough defensively when they really needed to be to pull off the upset.
Here's a transcript of Mendenhall's comments:<
"In regards to the game, I think Wisconsin is a good football team. I think they are physical. I think they execute well. They had a nice game management plan, which we knew going in. They run the ball effectively.
And I thought made the right plays when they needed to to win the game.
I thought they made two critical drives — their two-minute drive right before the half and then Wisconsin had a drive form the 8-yard line when the game [was in doubt]. I thought we were making a run. I thought they executed really cleanly on those two instances, which I thought it would be a one to two-drive game in terms of determining outcome.
So I think that's the way it played out. I think Wisconsin did a nice job in really targeting, and focusing on Taysom, especially with his running ability.
We made quite a few plays. I thought the receivers fought outside. There were more to be made, and that was a good thing from my perspective, that we started to be explosive as the game went on."
On not moving the ball before UW's long drive:
"I think that [sack] was a big play. Wisconsin, statistically, and rightly so, is good on defense. I thought they were strong going into the game. I thought the sentiment, after watching them, to play from behind the chains after a sack makes it more difficult."