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Summarized by Kent Larsen

BYU Loses, SportsLine Gets It Right, and Wrong

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA -- BYU's football team lost their season opener against #2 ranked Florida State in a 29-3 drubbing Saturday night that nearly cost the Cougars their NCAA-record streak of 313 games without a shut-out. Widely expected to lose, the Cougars complied, by a margin just slightly larger than the 23 1/2 points given them by Las Vegas odds-makers.

Sports columnists vacillated about what the results may mean for the rest of the Cougar's season. Supporters took solace in the defence's holding the Seminoles virtually scoreless after the first 17 1/2 minutes of the game. Even Seminole's coach Bobby Bowden acknowledged the performance. "Brigham Young had every disadvantage there was. The humidity was in our favor, the heat. Everything was in our favor and they battled us even, in my opinion."

But pessimists claim that Florida State didn't perform well in the game, noting that BYU's defense held the Seminoles to just 57 yards rushing and that Florida State's offensive line allowed 4 sacks. Quarterback Chris Weinke was forced to throw 50 times because BYU kept the team from its preferred running game.

In the end, however, BYU's performance wasn't strong enough, sportswriters agreed. SportsLine's Dennis Dodd was perhaps nastier than others in his assessment of BYU's performance, asking, "When, for example, was the last time BYU had neither a quarterback nor a prayer?" He particularly criticized BYU's quarterback, saying "BYU sophomore quarterback Bret Engemann played like he was Larry King instead of just the son-in-law of the talkmeister."

He may be right that Engemann didn't play well, but he also has his facts wrong. Engemann is Larry King's brother-in-law, not his son-in-law. The closest Larry King has to a son-in-law at BYU is his step son (and Engemann's nephew), Danny Southwick, who joined BYU's team as a freshman quarterback this year.


Defending national champs quiet Cougars in Pigskin Classic
CBS Sportsline 27Aug00 S3
By Dennis Dodd: Senior Writer

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Jacksonville FL Times-Union 26Aug00 S2
By Gene Frenette


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