BYU Athletics Blog | 2012

Saturday wrap up

Dec 29, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:57 pm | Updated: December 30, 2012 8:20 am | Permalink

BYU (10-4) defeated Virginia Tech 97-71 at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday and enjoyed some nice publicity afterward. Tyler Haws scored a career-best 42 points against the Hokies — tied for eighth most in BYU history and two more that his dad's career high (Marty Haws scored 40 against Siena in 1989). He was included in Jason King's Saturday Observations on ESPN.com. King called Haws's scoring spree the performance of the day. See below for Haws's line in the official scorebook.

Josh Sharp had the play of the night, a tomahawk dunk over a Virginia Tech player that earned the No. 3 spot on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10. Check out the dunk on the BYUtv Sports YouTube channel and the BYU Cougars YouTube channel.

Check out the highlights from the game below. BYU is now 10-4 and opens West Coast Conference play on Thursday against Loyola Marymount at home at 7 p.m. MST. Catch the game on BYUtv and KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

Unga, Fangupo added to 53-man NFL rosters

Dec 29, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 8:43 pm | Updated: December 29, 2012 8:47 pm | Permalink

Former BYU football players Harvey Unga and Hebron Fangupo were added to 53-man rosters by NFL teams this week.

Unga, BYU's leader in career rushing yards, was promoted from the practice squad by the Chicago Bears, the team that originally drafted him in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Supplemental Draft. Unga had been waived by the Bears twice before being signed again to the practice squad Dec. 4 and elevated to the 53-man roster this week.

Fangupo, a 6-foot-1, 323-pound nose tackle, was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played one season for the Cougars in 2011 after transferring from USC. Fangupo had been with the Seattle Seahawks since September but was waived on Friday before being picked up by the Steelers.

BYU vs. Virginia Tech preview

Dec 28, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:42 am | Updated: December 28, 2012 10:54 am | Permalink

The BYU men’s basketball team (9-4) will play its second game of the season at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City this Saturday at noon MST against ACC foe Virginia Tech (9-3). The game is just the third all-time meeting between the teams and will be the 15th all-time game for BYU at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Cougars are coming off an 84-54 victory at home over Northern Arizona and have now won 10-straight games at the Marriott Center, dating back to Feb. 2 of last season.

Against the Lumberjacks, Brandon Davies led all players with his second-straight double double on 27 points and 10 rebounds. Tyler Haws and Raul Delgado also finished in double digits with 15 and 11 points, respectively. BYU recorded a season-high 15 team steals in the victory. 

Virginia Tech has lost three of its last five game and holds a 9-3 record for the year. Most recently, the Hokies fell 88-52 to Colorado State. Senior Erick Green led Virginia Tech, and all players, with 26 points on 10 of 21 shooting from the field and 2 of 7 shooting from the 3-point line. Green is the team's top returning starter from the 2011-12 season and currently leads the nation in scoring. 

The Hokies return three starters to a team that finished last season with a 16-17 overall record and a ninth place finish in the ACC. 

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 12/23

Dec 24, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 11:17 pm | Updated: December 28, 2012 9:57 am | Permalink

BYU assistant coach Mark Pope, filling in for head coach Dave Rose, started the Coach's Show with a look at last week's games for BYU against Eastern New Mexico at home and Baylor on the road. The Cougars defeated the Greyhounds 95-62 and fell to the Bears 79-64. 

Pope broke down the Eastern New Mexico victory, highlighting Tyler Haws' performance and other players off the bench who were able to contribute quality minutes. Haws finished the game with 19 points to lead all players.

"When we're attacking, we're really good. When we're rushing the ball and scoring at a consistent pace, we're unbeatable and that's really when we're at our best."

BYU's second game of the week, on the road against Baylor, was also broken down with Pope highlighting the Cougars' play in the first half and acknowledging improvements the team will look to make throughout the rest of the season. 

Coach Pope finished the show by previewing BYU's upcoming opponents, talking about BYU's rebounding game and exploring how the rest of the West Coast Conference teams are shaping up through the regular season.

Watch the full show on KSL.com and don't miss head coach Dave Rose on KSL 5 TV at 11 p.m. MST on Sunday nights.

 

BYU vs. Baylor preview

Dec 20, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:28 pm | Updated: December 20, 2012 10:30 pm | Permalink

The BYU men’s basketball team (8-3) will travel to Texas to play the Baylor Bears on Friday night at 8 p.m. CST on ESPN2. Also listen live on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

The Cougars have won three-straight games, most recently a 95-62 victory over Eastern New Mexico. Tyler Haws led BYU with 19 points against the Greyhounds while teammates Brandon Davies, Agustin Ambrosino and Cory Calvert also contributed double-digit points with 17, 14 and 10, respectively.  

Haws has been the team's leading scorer in five games this season and Davies has now scored in double figures in 18-straight games, dating back to last year.

Baylor is 7-3 on the season with one of its program's biggest wins coming a couple weeks ago over No. 8 Kentucky in a 64-55 final. It was Baylor's first-ever non-conference road win against an AP Top 25 team and snapped Kentucky's nation-leading 55-game home winning streak. The victory also provided some payback after the Wildcats ended Baylor's 2011-12 season in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight on an 82-70 score. 

Most recently, the Bears defeated USC Upstate 73-57 behind 17 points from redshirt junior Cory Jefferson.

Baylor finished the 2011-12 season with a 30-8 record and a run to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.

BYU to wear helmet decals honoring Sandy Hook Elementary School during Poinsettia Bowl

Dec 20, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 5:12 pm | Permalink

The BYU football team will honor the 20 children and six staff members who lost their lives in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. with special helmet decals tonight in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

The blue balloons are for the boys, pink for girls and yellow for the staff.

Nick Howell, BYU's secondary coach and special teams coordinator is a friend of the Parker family that lost its little girl Emilie in the tragedy. Nick and his wife Brooke both went to high school (Ben Lomond HS in Ogden) with Emilie Parker's parents, Robbie and Alyssa.

Team luncheon on board the USS Midway

Dec 19, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 11:10 pm | Updated: December 19, 2012 11:12 pm | Permalink

With the festivities winding down at the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, the highlight of the day was both teams together at a luncheon on board the USS Midway in San Diego.

The USS Midway was an aircraft carrier of the United States Navy, the lead ship of her class. Commissioned a week after the end of World War II, the Midway was the largest ship in the world until 1955, and saw active duty for over 47 years, being decommissioned in 1992 and becoming a museum ship for the public to enjoy.

Both teams joined together in the hull of the ship for lunch and a short program. The teams were honored for their regular season accomplishments while guests from the Poinsettia Bowl, city officials and other special guests spoke. Children from the Make-A-Wish program in San Diego were also recognized.


BYU and SDSU will each have an honorary captain on game day, a young fan from Make-A-Wish San Diego. The kids were given team jerseys with their name on it and will participate in various activities at the game.

Each team honored a player with a most inspirational player award. The Cougars chose senior running back David Foote, a former walk-on, for his determination, example and heart. The Aztecs gave the award to senior running back Walter Kazee.

After the luncheon players were able to roam the decks of the ship, ride in flight simulators, look at the airplanes on board and learn about the various functions and history of the USS Midway.

The team gathered in the afternoon following the luncheon for the official team photo for the year and a walk-through for the game.

Earlier in the day, head coach Bronco Mendenhall and SDSU coach Rocky Long met with the media for a pregame press conference. Each coach spoke briefly at the podium before speaking in a more casual setting with reporters later on.

Mendenhall talked about how his players balance family and fun with bowl game preparations and Long discussed how despite being in a home game setting with his team they have enjoyed the bowl atmosphere.

As usual, BYU participated in a fireside in the evening. It was a special Christmas themed program, featuring lots of musical numbers. Players and coaches hung around after to meet fans and members of the community to visit and take pictures.

BYU will face off against the Aztecs tomorrow with kickoff from Qualcomm Stadium at 5 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPN.

 

Photos by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo and Brett Pyne

Bowl fans encouraged to arrive early, consider riding trolley

Dec 19, 2012 - Posted by at 11:00 pm | Updated: December 20, 2012 1:02 pm | Permalink

More than 40,000 expected for San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

The eighth annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl kicks off at 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 20 at Qualcomm Stadium and features the BYU Cougars and San Diego State Aztecs.  Considering the rush hour kick time, fans are encouraged to arrive early or take the Trolley. The Qualcomm Stadium parking lot opens at 11 a.m.

MTS Trolley’s Green Line provides direct, frequent service to Qualcomm Stadium from the downtown 12th & Imperial, Gaslamp, Convention Center, Seaport Village, and Santa Fe Depot stations through Old Town and Mission Valley and from stations east of the Stadium to Santee. The Green Line’s normal 15-minutes service will be enhanced (between downtown and Qualcomm Stadium as well as between 70th Street and the stadium) starting at 12:30 pm until kickoff, and then again after the game. Regular Green Line service will continue to operate during the game. Fans may connect to the Green Line from all other Trolley lines and the COASTER. Blue and Orange Line riders should transfer at the 12th & Imperial station. Orange Line riders can also transfer at the Grossmont Center Trolley Station. Fans boarding at any C Street or Park Boulevard station in downtown should catch an Orange Line trolley to the Santa Fe Depot and transfer there to a Green Line train. COASTER riders can transfer to the Green Line at the Old Town Transit Center.  

Trolley riders can purchase a Day Pass on Compass Card from any Trolley Ticket Machine using cash, credit and debit. Commemorative Poinsettia Bowl Day Passes are also available at select Green Line Stations ticket kiosks with cash.  COASTER riders should purchase the $12 RegionPlus Day Pass from any COASTER ticket vending machine which allows round-trip transfer to the Trolley.   COASTER riders who purchase an online round-trip COASTER ticket via Coo Coo using web or mobile phone must also purchase a Day Pass at Old Town to transfer to the Trolley.

Game tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling TicketMaster at 1-800-745-3000 or by visitingTicketMaster.com.  They can also be purchased at Qualcomm Stadium, Window F on game day beginning at 9 a.m.

Practice, Giraffes and Make-A-Wish on Tuesday

Dec 18, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 10:38 pm | Permalink

The BYU football team spent Tuesday at the Poinsettia Bowl wrapping up its last full practice of the 2012 season, attended the San Diego Zoo and visited with families from Make-A-Wish San Diego.

The Cougars practiced in a steady early afternoon rain before putting the finishing touches on the field for bowl preparation.



Most of the team visited the San Diego Zoo in the afternoon. Several players had a close encounter with a few giraffes, even getting to feed some of them. Defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah was especially concerned with how personal the giraffe was getting.




Some of the players skipped out on the visit to the zoo to visit some kids from Make-A-Wish in San Diego. Young children with various illnesses and trials visited with both BYU and SDSU players, taking photos, chatting and just hanging out. San Diego State head coach Rocky Long and Bronco Mendenhall, along with their families visited as well.




Marching bands and fans participated in the Gaslamp March in downtown San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter to close out the night's activities.

Both head coaches will participate in a press conference Wednesday morning before both teams attend a luncheon aboard the USS Midway.

 

Photos by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo

Post practice interviews on Dec. 17

Dec 18, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:32 pm | Permalink

See what Brandon Davies, Nate Austin and Dave Rose had to say after practice on Monday, Dec. 17. BYU plays Eastern New Mexico today at 7 p.m. MST on BYUtv and KSL Newsradio. Video courtesy BYUtv Sports.