After two weeks of miracles and infinite happiness, our beloved Cougars couldn't quite finish the job in Pasadena.
A lot has been written about what happened on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl and what exactly cost us the game. I'm here to say that it doesn't matter what you think about Robert Anae's play calling because I, Jake Welch, am the reason BYU lost that football game.
As I mentioned in last week's power rankings, I am a dangerously superstitious person. For some stupid reason, I decided to throw caution to the wind and 1) shave my lucky beard and 2) throw off my tradition of wearing a different BYU shirt for each game. We all know the result and you can send all of your hate mail to the following email address:
I should also note that trying to write up an coherent analysis of a game that you see in person is always difficult. The vantage point isn't always the best and you don't have the benefit of instant replays to give you further insight. In my case, I was so inebriated by the overwhelming emotions of a live college football viewing experience that I may or may not have passed out multiple times throughout the evening.
WEEK 3 POWER RANKINGS
This has not been a part of the weekly power rankings because I don't like to be overly negative but something needs to be said about the replay operator at the Rose Bowl because more video replays were shown at Wrigley Field from 1914 - 2014 than on Saturday night. (For those who don't understand this joke, Wrigley Field didn't have video boards from 1914 - 2014. The more you know.) The video board was great for advertising but that's about it. WELL DONE ADVERTISING PEOPLE. YOU'VE OFFICIAL RUINED EVERYTHING THAT I LOVE. (This is also a joke because I work in advertising. I should stop writing jokes that I need to explain.)
The BYU fans who showed up in droves to the Rose Bowl are the real MVP. You could tell that when the Cougar faithful were on their feet, the UCLA fans took notice. I was in attendance for the last UCLA-Oregon game in Pasadena and BYU easily outdrew the Ducks.
10) Michael Davis
You might be thinking to yourself, "who is Michael Davis and why is he on this list?" The fact that you are asking yourself that very question is a testament to his level of play. The starting cornerback has been playing lights out and was one of the many reasons that Josh Rosen went from "THE ROSEN ONE" to "yeah he looks 18-years-old." Also, he recovered the onside kick that I'm still trying to process.
9) Mitch Matthews
I still love to hate on Mitch Matthews (he celebrates / complains a little too much for my liking) but he had another productive game, including a touchdown catch in which he was so wide open that I was convinced that he was going to get called for offensive pass interference. Not the case, he just put a nasty move on the guy.
8) Onside Kicks
I honestly can't remember the last time I saw BYU attempt an onside kick in the first half. Regardless, it was beautiful and I loved it and I want it to happen again. Just so long as we get the ball.
7) BYU Assistant Coaches
I had the pleasure of sitting directly behind the BYU bench and I'll tell you what, there isn't a coaching staff that brings as much energy as the BYU staff. If anything they are a fun bunch to watch patrol the sidelines. (Also, Fui Vakapuna almost murdered me with his stare. True story.)
6) Trevor Sampson
OH HOLY BEARDED ONE AND THE GREAT STRENGTH OF YOUR LEG, MAY YOU GRACE US WITH YOUR KICKING PRESENCE FOREVER.
5) Mitchell Juergens
Had it not been for a questionable holding call, Mitchell would have had one of the most dynamic plays of the year. Dude was high-stepping, hurdling and hustling like nobody's business. I love way he plays.
4) Kai Nacua
By no means is Kai's game perfect (he has a propensity for arm tackling that is going to get him in trouble), but man the kid can play pass defense. He had one huge pick and should have had another on Saturday night.
3) Adam Hine
I saw a man fly on Saturday night and it was made me cry tears of joy.
2) Tanner Mangum
I've seen a few people talk about Tanner and how long he holds onto the football, sometimes resulting in sacks. Some might see this as a knock on his game but I see it as a sign of maturity. We saw on Saturday what happens when a freshman QB (Rosen) tried to force throws when the pocket is collapsing. He threw three picks and played scared. Tanner on the other hand wasn't afraid to take a sack instead of turning the ball over. Ideally, he would be able to recognize the pressure and get rid of the ball, but at this stage in his progression he's playing the game right.
1) Harvey Langi
It's hard for me to put a defensive player in the number on spot considering they gave up some fat chunks of yardage on the ground, but when you pick off two passes and run for two pivotal first downs, you take home the honors.
STAT OF THE GAME
While the defense struggled to contain Paul Perkins, they made Josh Rosen look like a teenager. The golden child threw three picks and only managed 106 yards through the air. I'm pretty sure BYU gave up more yards through the air against Air Force and Georgia Tech.
WELL THAT WAS WEIRD
I was surprised how unpleasant the UCLA fans were at the Rose Bowl and ever worse were their insults. I mean come on guys, get some original material.
"HEY YA MORMONS, GO BACK TO UTAH."
"THAT TANNER KID CAN GO DO ANOTHER MISSION NOW THAT HE SUCKS!"
"GO HOME TO ALL OF YOUR WIVES NOW."
UP NEXT: MICHIGAN
A few quotes from the following video in which someone interviews drunk Michigan fans before football games.
"The only reason you're smart is because you're so drunk.:"
"We may not party the hardest and we may not have the hottest girls but we all think we're awesome."
And if you're wondering "will the Michigan fans be this drunk for a game being played so early" the answer is an unequivocal yes.