PROVO >> Every game is supposed to be a teaching moment. Here’s what we learned from UH’s 49-23 loss to BYU:
> Counter moves: In the lobby of the hotel where the Warriors spent the trip, there is a giant chess board, which served as decorative and metaphorical. Teams have had enough video evidence of the capabilities of the Warriors’ hybrid offense. The past few opponents have devised counter measures. The continuing challenge for the Warriors is to counter the counter moves.
> Best of foes: Sure, BYU folks will tell you, they’ve got bigger rivalries than the one against UH. But if the crowd is a barometer, UH was a big deal to BYU. The Cougars have a sizable amount of Polynesians on the active roster. UH is Polynesia’s team. Yeah, it’s a rivalry.
> Little is big: A fumble. Missed tackles. Dropped passes. Penalties. Mistakes add up. They hurt the Warriors yesterday.
> Real deal: Utah State is the real deal. Wait … what? The thinking was BYU was struggling because it lost — badly — to Utah State at home a week earlier. It turns out that Utah State is very good, with a quarterback who’s exceptionally good. That outcome was more of a testament to the Aggies’ talents than the Cougars’ struggles. Last night’s game proved that BYU has a lot of talent, too.