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PROVO - If the BYU Cougars have any hope of winning the Mountain West Conference football championship for the third straight year, they will need rival Utah to knock off TCU on Thursday night.
Naturally, they say they will be glued to their television sets that night - watching "The Office" on another channel.
That's what quarterback Max Hall and tight end Dennis Pitta said Monday, then acknowledged a little later that, yeah, they will probably catch at least a part of the big showdown in Salt Lake City.
"Can't miss 'The Office'," Hall said, drawing chuckles at the weekly news conference Monday morning, then added, "I dunno, I will probably pay attention to [Utah-TCU]. I will probably watch it."
Pitta's performance against Colorado State - 12 catches, 175 yards, two touchdowns - not only earned the junior Mountain West Conference co-Offensive Player of the Week honors, it also vaulted him to second among tight ends on the national receiving charts.
Pitta is averaging 91.1 yards per game, while the leader, Rice's James Casey, has a 105.0 average.
BYU receiver Austin Collie is No. 1 in the country in receiving yards per game among all receivers, averaging 117.5 an outing.
Mendenhall said Monday he has not ruled out using Collie as a punt returner, but still worries about putting the star receiver in a position where he could be injured. . . . He said officials correctly ruled that Collie had stepped out of bounds without being forced out on that would-be TD catch the junior had early in the game against CSU.