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Doman takes the blame for BYU's second-half failures in red zone
First Published Sep 04 2012 02:42 pm • Last Updated Sep 04 2012 02:42 pm

A bit too negative? Several readers didn't care for my article in last Saturday's Tribune that outlined the Cougars' woes in the red zone against Washington State. How can you nit-pick over a 30-6 win, they said.

Monday, BYU offensive coordinator acknowledged the same struggles, and pretty much took the blame for some of them.

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"Yeah, that was concerning to me," Doman said. "We had done so well there, running 48 plays, in the first half. I was real impressed with our guys and how they had done. Then, goodness, we got into those situations down there in the red zone and didn't finish. I think a lot of it had to do with our lack of ability to target well, and be physical in the run game.

I don't think you can be really good in that area if you can't physically run the ball well, and I think I made a couple errors on some of those third-and-7s, third-and-8s, going into the end zone. I made a couple of mistakes as well with the play-calling. So, combination of that, hopefully we will see an improvement this week."

My notebook in today's Tribune provided coach Bronco Mendenhall's reaction to the plethora of penalties called on BYU, most notably the personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. There are some interesting comments about the calls from readers; Be sure to check those out.

The college football polls came out Tuesday morning, and BYU crept closer to the Top 25 in both the AP Poll (media) and USA Today (coaches) Poll. BYU is No. 28 in the media poll and the No. 27 in the coaches poll. Interesting to note that Boise State -- the team BYU will play on Sept. 20 -- dropped out of the AP poll but stayed in the coaches poll at No. 25.

If BYU and Utah, also receiving votes in both polls, win this weekend and there are some upsets, we might just see a clash of ranked teams on Sept. 15 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

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Christian Capel's Washington State blog in the Spokesman-Review had some interesting comments from WSU players on Monday. For instance, here's what WSU quarterback Jeff Tuel said when he was asked if BYU's defense was a big factor in WSU's failure to score a touchdown.

"BYU’s a good defense. They played us really well. Mature team, really fundamentally sound. We shot ourselves in the foot a bunch whether it was interceptions or holding calls. We just really shot ourselves in the foot and you can just make excuses for holding and interceptions and whatnot, but that’s not going to get us anywhere and the bottom line is, we had a chance to put it in the end zone and we didn’t. It’s a combination of both us and I think BYU. I tip my cap to their defense as well."


If you watched the video I posted of coach Bronco Mendenhall's session with reporters last night, you may have noticed that Mendenhall was asked about the temptation of looking past the FCS Wildcats and begin preparing for the Utes.

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