BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall took the blame for the way his team performed, or failed to perform, against Utah in its 54-10 loss last Saturday and discussed issues in execution and preparation along with the critical nature of turnovers in the game. A compiling of his comments follow below:
"We were out-coached, out-played and out-executed from beginning to end. They were the better team today and they played that way."
"The turnovers were the critical difference in the game."
"I intend to bounce back and hopefully I can provide that example for our team. If you're in coaching, then one of the greatest challenges is to help a team bounce back from that. That's what our intention is. I'm anxious to see not only how the staff but the players respond. My responsibility is to coach them in a way and lead them in a way that they will respond. I'm determined to do so."
"With as poorly as we played (against Utah), the gap to get closed and the timeliness to close it, that urgency right now is everything that I felt from the third quarter on, is to get the team from where they're going to need to be, to respond, and respond soon enough. That's going to be a real challenge, but I'm looking forward to it. We certainly haven't gotten through to the players yet in terms of playing the way that we can. I've got to do a better job with our staff to help them in whatever way that I can (to) get our players to perform at a level we're capable of. We're not doing that yet."
First-year offensive coordinator Brandon Doman added the following after his offense gained a mere 11 yards rushing against the Utes:
"As difficult as this is, as hard as this is, I don't know how to quit. I don't know how. So we're not going to do that. We're going to continue to fight and battle and search for the answers to help these kids be successful. I think it was pretty clear that we can be pretty good. But that's not any fun to 'can be pretty good.' For me as a coordinator, I've got to find a way to help these kids … They'll come back. These kids are resilient. They're unique young men. They'll bounce back and be ready to go. But now I've got to give them a plan that's going to work."
"I just don't think we're very mentally tough right now and we're not executing well. The kids play like they're prepared to play. They're not prepared to play great right now."
"It's a great frustration. It's hard to be good when you're not running the football effectively. And we haven't been very good at it this year. I thought we were good at it, but we're not. The most important thing in the run game is who's carrying it. That's first. Then the second thing is the scheme. I'm not so sure either of them are right right now."