I think I may have reached my breaking point after today. Before the teams took the field I was sure BYU would lose by4 or 5 touchdowns at a minimum. I wasn’t just basing this on the popular “this team played that team and the score was this, so this team should do that”. I was basing my thoughts on the fact that BYU has not even looked like a real football team for several weeks now and has refused to compete by simply walking on to the field and rolling over. Oklahoma had been the complete opposite the last several games, literally steam rolling their last several opponents. The fact that both teams had played the same teams recently only made the outcome more obvious.
But then today happened. The weather was not good. Retzlaff looked like a real QB. The offensive line finally figured out how to run block and the defense was playing inspired football. Who was that team that was facing Oklahoma today? It didn’t look like any BYU team I had watched recently.
Everything was looking great. The offense had rhythm, the run game was working, the QB was hitting his targets and the game was tied 14-14 and then it happened.
Our offensive coordinator couldn’t get out of his own way. He couldn’t see how the game was going and what was working and stick to a game plan. He had to do what he always does… cause the team to self implode by reaching into his bag of trickery and deception and throw the game away. I couldn’t believe the play action fake handoff and potential flip toss on the end around. Why? We had just gotten a great punt return into OU territory and had all the momentum and he killed it with a gadget play call. Then, just to one up that play he calls a double throw back pass whingamadinger that takes BYU back 15 yards when they were driving with momentum at the end of the half. More trickery gone bad but at least a field goal was salvaged for a halftime tie.
Then came the most absolutely WORST call in the history of football. Four straight run plays that go for what, close to 50 yards and BYU has the ball 1st and goal at the 2 yard line and what is the play call? A pass? Are you kidding me? What coach in the entire football world, let alone D-1 college ball calls that play? Everything was working, you have 4 plays to make 2 yards RUNNING the football after you had just gained 50 yards on 4 RUNNING plays and you choose to throw a long one out in a place where it had no business going? I went ballistic! I said to my 85 year old dad. "How can they call that play? I can’t believe they actually did that! They are trying to lose on purpose! This is worse than getting curb stomped the last few weeks! Why are they doing this?
I contemplated the next half an hour wondering if I had ever witnessed more horrible and untimely play calling in my life. I thought how can a D-1 coach make such bone headed play calls? This isn’t real. It didn’t really happen… but it did. BYU literally threw away a game that Oklahoma was handing to them on a silver platter. It was like the coaches were saying "we appreciate your kindness and generosity Sooners but this is who we are… we don’t like winning and the fact that you have given us many opportunities is great but it isn’t in our nature to try and win games… we roll over or we say no thank you to the possibility of winning.
Absolutely the worst team in BYU history to be a fan of and I have been a fan for 50 years at least.