Coach Gary Crowton (BYU 2001-2004) is evidence that even at BYU, you win you stay, you lose you go.
Crowton went 12-2 in his first season in 2001. After that, the collapse was on. In 2002, he went 5-7 with key losses to Utah, New Mexico, UNLV, and Nevada. The first three were wins waiting to happen, but BYU yanked defeat from the jaws of victory in typical fashion. Each of those games still burns in our minds with a memory sparked by the recent loss at Utah.
In season three, Crowton upped the ante and went 4-8. The schedule was tough, tough like this year’s schedule and the coming schedule in 2013. Losing games to USC, Stanford, Notre Dame, and Boise State was understandable, even though Stanford was a win waiting to happen yet again. The big losses were at Utah, 0-3, Wyoming, Colorado State, and Air Force for a second consecutive year.
With so much promise playing such stellar opposition, the Cougars had as good of a schedule as could be put together, owing they were in the MWC. However, BYU was on the downward slide. Moral was down. Good players weren’t playing up to their potential. Sound familiar?