BYU Athletics Blog | August 2012

Fourth Quarter: BYU vs. Washington State

Aug 30, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 11:43 pm | Updated: August 31, 2012 3:51 pm | Permalink

It was a record night for multiple BYU wide receivers. Junior Cody Hoffman brought his consecutive games of catching a pass to 20 and ended the night with three receptions and 46 yards.  Junior Skyler Ridley’s touchdown reception in the first quarter was his first career catch. He finished the night with 54 yards on six catches.

Defensively, BYU held WSU to under 300 yards of total offense, which marks the seventh-consecutive game BYU has held its opponents to under 300 total yards. BYU also held WSU to under 10 yards rushing. The last time they held an opponent to under 10 yards was against UTEP in 2010.

For pictures of the game, check out BYU football’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487966127880355.113800.150809581596013&type=3.

Score BYU 30 WSU 6

Third Quarter: BYU vs. Washington State

Aug 30, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 11:06 pm | Updated: August 30, 2012 11:07 pm | Permalink

Washington State took charge of the ball to start the half but gave it away quickly with an interception pass to BYU’s Jordan Johnson. The catch marked Johnson’s third career interception. Last year, BYU’s defense combined for 13 interceptions and held opponents to 13 touchdowns. Tonight, the defense has held Washington State to zero touchdowns and already picked up two interceptions.

On the offensive side of the football, BYU scored two field goals in the quarter. Under Bronco Mendenhall, BYU has averaged 18 points per game in its home openers but have almost doubled that output tonight. This game also marks the first time that a tight end (Friel) has had two touchdowns and over 100 yards since Dennis Pitta in 2009 against Air Force.

For pictures of the game, check out BYU football’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487966127880355.113800.150809581596013&type=3.

Score: BYU 30 WSU 6

Second Quarter: BYU vs. Washington State

Aug 30, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 10:09 pm | Updated: August 31, 2012 12:40 am | Permalink

BYU struck early in the second when quarterback Taysom Hill came in to finish off the drive with an 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kaneakua Friel. The play marked Hill's first collegiate appearance. After their own 57-yard drive, Washington State answered back to put themselves on the scoreboard with a 47-yard field goal.

BYU came back with another successful drive to set up kicker Riley Stephenson for a 28-yard field goal to put the home team up by 14. Following the score, BYU’s defense held Washington State to a three and out, gaining good field position on the punt. Kaneakua Friel then scored touchdown No. 3 for BYU on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Nelson.  Washington State fought back to end the quarter, ending the half on a 53-yard drive for a field goal.

For pictures of the game, check out BYU football’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487966127880355.113800.150809581596013&type=3.

Score: BYU 24 WSU 6

First Quarter: BYU vs. Washington State

Aug 30, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 9:14 pm | Updated: August 31, 2012 12:44 am | Permalink

BYU’s defense was forced to go to work early with Washington State on the offensive. After marching 60 yards, the Washington State offense found themselves at 3rd and 11 on BYU's 20-yard line. With the pressure mounting, Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel rolled out of the pocket to find an open receiver but instead found BYU linebacker Uona Kaveinga to send the favor back to BYU.

BYU made the most of the turnover and pushed 80 yards on ten plays to score the first touchdown of the game. Riley Nelson found wide receiver Skyler Ridley in the back of the end zone for the first score.

For pictures of the game, check out BYU football’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487966127880355.113800.150809581596013&type=3.

Score: BYU 7 WSU 0

BYU vs WSU – Ticket and Broadcast Plans

Aug 29, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:53 am | Updated: August 30, 2012 1:52 am | Permalink

Tickets

Tickets to the BYU season opener vs. Washington State are still available. Contact the Marriott Center Ticket Office at 801-422-BYU1to purchase tickets, or order online at BYUtickets.com.

Broadcast Plans for Thursday, Aug. 30

Below is a list of television and radio programming for the first game of the 2012 football season.

6-7 pm MT (8-9 pm ET) — BYUtv: Cougar Conversations

BYUtv kicks off its coverage of the 2012 football season on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 6 pm (MDT) with an hour-long special called "Cougar Conversations." Hosted by Dave McCann, the special features BYU quarterback Riley Nelson like you've never seen him before. Nelson discusses everything from deciding to attend Utah State, his mission, transfer to BYU and adversity on the path to winning the starting quarterback job.

7-8 pm MT (9-10 pm ET) — BYUtv: Countdown to Kickoff Pre-Game Show

Get ready for the BYU game by watching the hour-long pregame show hosted by Alema Harrington and featuring Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Brian Logan, Jan Jorgensen, Greg Wrubell and Robbie Bullough. Hear interviews from current coaches and players, former players, get an ESPN preview, film breakdown and more.

6:30 pm (Pre-Game) 8:15 pm MT (10:15 ET) — KSL Radio: BYU vs. Washington State

1160 AM / 102.7 FM / KSL.com/ BYU Radio (SiriusXM channel 143)

Play-by-play: Greg Wrubell
Analyst: Marc Lyons
Sideline: Nate Meikle

Pre-game coverage will begin at 6:30 pm on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM, and coverage will continue on KSL until Mitt Romney speaks at the Republican National Convention. At that time, BYU coverage will be switched from KSL to KRSP 103.5 FM (The Arrow) until the Romney speech concludes, at which time the play-by-play will return to KSL. This change impacts only listeners hearing the game over-the-air on 102.7 FM and 1160 AM. KSL’s online stream, KSL apps with “listen live” capability and affiliates receiving the game via satellite will experience no interruption of BYU coverage at any point.

8:15 pm MT (10:15 ET) — ESPN: BYU vs. Washington State

Play-by-play: Joe Tessitore
Analyst: Matt Millen
Sideline: Shannon Spake

WatchESPN.com: The ESPN broadcast will also be available on WatchESPN.com, which is available to fans with video subscriptions with Time Warner, Verizon, Brighthouse and Comcast.

Conclusion of the ESPN broadcast — BYUtv Sports Post Game

After ESPN concludes its coverage of the game, tune in to BYUtv to see post game reaction on the field and at the press conference, as well as stats, highlights and analysis.

12:30 am MT (2:30 am ET) BYUtv Sports Game-Day Replay

After the postgame show watch the BYUtv version of the game as called by Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler and Robbie Bullough. Use #byutvsports to react to the game and BYUtv will use select tweets during its rebroadcast.

Patch and Jr. National Team secure second win

Aug 29, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 11:13 am | Permalink

The U.S. Men’s Junior (U-21) National Team swept its second straight opponent in the 2012 NORCECA Men’s Junior (U-21) Continental Championship, topping St. Vincent 25-8, 25-8, 25-9 Tuesday.

BYU men’s volleyball’s freshman Ben Patch started the first set at middle blocker and posted three points off of two kills and a block.

Team USA will wrap up pool play Wednesday against Mexico.

For a complete recap of the match and pictures, check out the story on teamusa.org.

Patch with action in U.S. Junior National Team's opening win

Aug 28, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 10:08 am | Permalink

The U.S. Men’s Junior (U-21) National Team opened play at the 2012 NORCECA Men’s Junior (U-21) Continental Championship with a 25-12, 25-12, 25-16 sweep over Honduras on Monday evening at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

BYU men’s volleyball’s incoming freshman Ben Patch started the first and second set at opposite hitter and posted three points off of two kills and a block. For a complete recap of the match and pictures, visit teamusa.org

Opponent No. 1 - A look at Washington State

Aug 27, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 11:33 am | Updated: August 27, 2012 3:06 pm | Permalink

With the season kickoff less than four days away we are starting a new series of opponent previews on the football blog. Up first is the Washington State Cougars.

Series Information:

BYU leads: 2-1
Last Meeting: BYU won 50-36, 9/15/90
H/A/N: 1-1/0-0/1-0

Washington State 2011 Recap

The Cougars doubled their win total from 2010 to 2011 with a 4-8 record, with two wins in Pac-12 play. Washington State won three of its first four games, including its conference opener on the road against new conference member Colorado 31-27. WSU, however, would struggle from there on out, winning just one game the remainder of the season, eventually leading to the hiring of new head coach Mike Leach for the 2012 season. Despite the struggles to winning the Cougars still had a potent offense, finishing the year No. 9 in passing yards, scoring nearly 30 points per game. That will serve as a good baseline for Mike Leach and his famed “Air Raid” offense to build on in the upcoming season in Pullman.

WSU Cougars 2012 Outlook

The expectations rise in 2012 for WSU with Coach Leach at the helm of a team rich with talent but lacking in winning experience. Leach will look to change that as his 84-43 record as a head coach will be put to the test. The BYU alumni spent 10 seasons leading Texas Tech, going 7-6 in his inaugural season, putting together a winning season each and every year as coach of the Red Raiders, including an 11-2 campaign in 2008 with a Big 12 title.

WSU returns several key playmakers, including senior quarterback Jeff Tuel and promising sophomore signal caller Connor Halliday. Tuel was injured for most of 2012 and Halliday passed for 960 yards and nine touchdowns in four games, inlcuding one start.

The Cougars return 14 starters (6 off/6 def/2 sp). WSU’s best wide receiver, 6-foot-4, Marquess Wilson returns as a junior. Wilson has had back-to-back 1,000 receiving-yard seasons, including catching 82 passes for 1,388 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2011.

WSU's defense is led by senior linebacker Travis Long. Long, a Butkus, Nagurski and Lombardi preseason watch list honoree totaled 12 tackles for loss and four sacks in 2011.

WSU Key Players to Watch

#86 Marquess Wilson WR
6-4, 185
2011 Stats
83 receptions, 1,388 yards, 12 touchdowns

#10 Jeff Tuel QB
6-3, 221
2011 Stats (Played in 3 games)
Completed 29 of 45 passes, 276 yards, 1 touchdown

#5 Rickey Galvin, RB
5-8, 178
2011 Stats 114 rushing attempts, 602 yards, 5 touchdowns, 28 receptions, 242 yards, 1 touchdown

#89 Travis Long LB
6-4, 245
2011 Stats 42 tackles, 31 solo, 12.0 tackles for loss, four sacks

2012 media guide now available online

Aug 27, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 9:25 am | Permalink

The 2012 BYU women's volleyball media guide is now available online. The guide contains all the information about the 2012 season in one location. BYU media guides are no longer printed.

Visit the 2012 media guide here.

BYU Athletics to auction custom Harley-Davidson

Aug 24, 2012 - Posted by at 5:26 pm | Permalink

Cougar Nation…

A generous donor has given BYU Athletics a one-of-a-kind custom 2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster to auction to the highest bidder. All proceeds from the auction will go directly to the general athletics scholarship fund.

The bike can be seen at Timpanogos Harley in Lindon, Utah.
 
Bidding will close at 5 pm on Friday, Sept. 7.  The top-five bidders will be notified Sept. 7, and allowed to submit a final bid by Sept. 10 at 5 pm.

Minimum required bid – $25,000

Additional information about the bike…
- 2011 Road King Classic
- Two road-hard saddle bags
- Langston Paint Job
- 103 cubic-inches
- six-speed transmission
- ABS brakes
- Just 51 miles on the bike
 
Bids must be submitted to Michael Bowen at (801) 422-1193 or michael_bowen@byu.edu.

Check out the video…