I know, I know. It's been too long and everyone has already moved on. But I do have some thoughts about the rivalry game, and I would be a pretty lousy fan if I didn't make them public.
So let's just get right to it.
First and foremost, let me say this: any Ute fan that gloats about this victory is a moron. The Utes flat out did not deserve that win, end of story, and if you're bragging about it, then you're an ingrate. You should be down on your knees thanking us for letting you win that thing. The better team lost last Saturday, and everybody knows it.
Now, about the gift. I'm not as upset about the blown call as everyone else, even though it was obviously wrong. I'm more upset at Brandon Bradley. This is a senior leader, and one of the big playmakers on our defense. He should know, clearly, that he is not a ball carrier. After he intercepted Jordan Wynn's latest awful pass he should have fallen to the ground to preserve the possession. Running into the pile of angry Utes, looking to get the ball back after a costly mistake, was a big mistake.
About the BYU play calling, I don't know what's going on there. I do know that Jake Heaps looked calm, poised and under control leading the Cougs into field goal range in one of the most pressure-filled drives he'll ever experience, and taking the ball out of his hands in the final three plays is inexplicable. Heaps was a perfect 4/4 in that last drive, and he led us into FG range with plenty of time to spare. He deserved a shot to go the distance. Heaps needs to be freed, and I hope our coaches learn to use this weapon a little better next season.
Assuming the same coaches are still around next season.
Now let's give some credit to the Utes. Scratch that, let's give credit to the Ute, singular. Brandon Burton made a spectacular play to block Mitch Payne's winning field goal. Kudos to him. No one else on that team has any reason to celebrate. In fact, if I were Burton I would be downright offended if I saw guys like Jordan Wynn celebrating this win. Wynn sucks, and he's lucky his own fan base hasn't infected his bedsheets with herpes. I can't wait to see ol' Wynny boy in Provo again.
Finally, when all is said and done, I don't feel too bad about the loss or BYU's season. It's been a fun ride, and although there are no moral victories, I feel good knowing that we have shown we are better than the Utes.