TV Shot: Washington State Viewers Listening to BYU Loss Pleasantly Surprised At First, But Not For Long | Washington State University


If you watched Washington State’s last non-conference game of the season just because you wanted to see how the Cougars would react to the week’s unprecedented events, you were probably pleasantly surprised. First. But not for long.

In a back-and-forth game, Brigham Young’s hasty attack – Tyler Allgeier ran for 191 yards, including 50 on a killer clock run to end it – proved too much for host Cougars , who lost 21-19 Saturday to Pullman.

With the kick off in the early afternoon on FS1, those not at Gesa Field watched the ongoing events accompanied by former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich and the radio voice of the Twins. of Minnesota, Cory Provus.

What they saw:

• The show started with Provus alone in the cabin, looking at the camera and explaining the dismissal of WSU coach Nick Rolovich. It seemed designed to project an impression of gravity. And he did.

“The college spotlight was shining brightly on the Washington state schedule earlier in the week,” he said, “and not because the Cougars have won three straight games.”

Provus went on to explain what had happened in the form of a graph summarizing the events that led Rolovich and four assistants to lose their jobs. Helfrich then joined Provus for a discussion that ended with Helfrich’s question: “Is this a galvanizing moment… or a distraction?” “

At first, it seemed like Jake Dickert’s rise from defensive coordinator to interim head coach was the first. Washington State kicked off and scored. But BYU (6-2 overall, including 4-0 against Pac-12 Schools) responded, neither team scored again until the second half, and after Brigham Young walked for two touchdowns. , WSU’s 2-point tie conversion failed, ensuring Dickert’s record starts 0-1.

• Helfrich isn’t the most exciting analyst in college sports, but there are few better who explain “how and why” attacking play happened. As a former head coach, he has no problem to mention anytime he’s seen a glaring error – by either team or the team of officials.

There was enough for everyone. The Washington state special teams had their problems. The WSU also ran defense. BYU’s passing game was efficient but not explosive, as too often its defense gave Laura’s Jayden too much time. And the officials? Washington State (3-4) was called up for three offensive restraint calls, BYU none, as Helfrich pointed out at least twice when the visitors probably should have been called.

• The Provo, Utah Cougars took a 14-13 lead in the final quarter only after a one-point fall by Washington State.

Bettor Nick Haberer dropped the snap following Max Borghi’s score with 5 minutes left in the third. He picked up the loose ball and began to roll to his left. Kicker Dean Janikowski had moved in front of him, but Haberer’s pass looked to be aimed at defensive lineman Nick Sheetz, open in the end zone. But it is missed.

“It wasn’t a conceived fake,” Provus said if anyone had this misconception.

What we saw:

• If you think there is no difference in the way games are officiated between regions, this game has probably changed its mind. BYU’s first scoring campaign featured two games in which BYU replaced and the Big 12 crew only held the snap for a few seconds, unlike how Pac-12 officials sit on it for a while. time.

The first time, Dickert used a time out as he tried to substitute. The second time around, as running back Allgeier headed for the sideline, there was no stopping as WSU tried to overwhelm a large group. The fire drill resulted in a penalty, which BYU declined because it still scored.

Although Provus called them a team from Mountain West, the group that works on the Big 12 games, having refereed the Texas / Texas Tech and Oklahoma / Kansas State contests earlier this season.

• We understand the need to discuss Rolovich’s departure, but the first half discussion with Bruce Feldman covered little new ground and forced viewers to miss a crucial hold call on WSU and a clearly missed block in the back on a 21-yard BYU punt return.

We have learned, however, that Feldman, the veteran writer who helped Mike Leach write “Swing Your Sword,” believes the only analogous situation he remembers is Leach leaving Texas Tech. The connection is difficult to understand, although Leach and Rolovich were let loose after something they didn’t.

• Ads are never funny. But towards the end of the first half there was a break that seemed to feature a contest. The theme? Who can do the worst publicity? The winner? Not those who are watching. A bull that launches mortgages? That’s a perfect metaphor for the right way not to make a believable sales pitch.

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