Taking it to the Max



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BYU Quarterback Max Hall will be a guest on ESPN2's "First Take" at 8:00am MT this morning...

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As quoted in the L.A. Daily News, here's what UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel had to say about BYU and Hall:

"The BYU team we saw (Saturday) can play with anybody," Neuheisel said. "As experienced as they are in that offense, and (quarterback) Max Hall is as good a quarterback I've seen in college in a long time, at least the way he played (Saturday)."

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With Wyoming coming into Provo on Saturday, here are some Cowboy clips, from the Casper Star-Tribune, as quoted following the Pokes' 16-13 home win over North Dakota State:

"Already, as soon as the last seconds ticked off the clock, OK, we've got to switch and think about BYU," Cowboys running back Wynel Seldon said. "We've got to start game-planning, and with those guys, we've got to come out focused, we've got to come out ready to control the football and control the clock and just take it to them.

"That's a fundamentally sharp team, they've got an NFL-caliber offense, defense is fundamentally sound, we've just got to maintain our focus."

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"Well, they're a tough team," defensive end Mitch Unrein said. "They always are, every year we've played them they're always really tough. We've just got to start game-planning, this win is in the past already.

"We've got to start focusing on BYU. They're a real tough team, they beat up on UCLA but that doesn't matter to us. We don't care who they've beat, who they've lost to, we're going in there to beat them and we're going to prepare as best we can and hopefully get the 'W.'"

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Don't forget to tune in to Bronco Mendenhall's Weekly Press Conference live at 10:00am this morning on ksl.com's X-Stream audio channel. If you miss it live, you can find it on the "Bronco's Weekly Press Conference" page (from the "BYU Sports Menu") or on this page in the "Cougar Cuts" soundbite box.

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If you've been near a TV in the last 12 hours, you know the national media are having a heyday with with controversial call at the end of the Broncos-Chargers game Sunday. The ref mistakenly ruled an apparent Jay Cutler fumble as an incomplete pass (not reviewable after the whistle blew), the Broncos stayed alive and scored a touchdown, then went for two and won 39-38.

First of all, the Cougars know how it feels to be the Broncos today. Denver gets a huge win, but the media will say the refs handed it to them. As Chargers head coach Norv Turner plays the role of Ty Willingham this week (complaining about the call), it bears noting: like the Cougars last week, the Broncos this week STILL HAD TO MAKE A PLAY. And they had to make two plays! And Norv, your team allowed 39 points. There were probably some things the Chargers should have done a little better in the game's first 59-and-a-half minutes.

To me, going for two is like blocking the kick--it's an uncommon play that comes down to will versus will, and Denver stuck it to San Diego just like BYU stuck it to Washington. Both teams won fair and square, and both teams deserved the victory. If you're counting on one ref's call to win a game, then you probably haven't done enough to expect to win.

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