BYU Athletics Blog | October 2012

Opponent Preview: Georgia State

Oct 08, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:28 pm | Updated: October 8, 2012 3:29 pm | Permalink

The Cougars host Georgia State in Provo, Utah, on November 13 at 7 p.m. MST.

Georgia State

Coach: Ron Hunter, 2012 Atlanta Tip-Off Club Georgia College Coach of the Year

2011-12 record: 22-12

Colonial Athletic Association record: 11-7, 6th

Postseason: CollegeInsider.com Second Round, lost to eventual champion Mercer

NCAA tournament appearances (last): 2 (2001)

Notables: The 22 wins in 2011-12 was the second-most wins in school basketball history.

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Top Returners
Devonta White
*only returning starter
G 5-10 JR 12.9 ppg 2.9 apg
James Vincent C 6-10 SR 3.2 ppg 1.8 rpg
Rashaad Richardson G 6-4 JR 5.4 ppg 1.4 rpg

BYU vs. Utah State fourth quarter summary

Oct 05, 2012 - Posted by Mason Porter at 11:46 pm | Permalink

Quarter Summary

After the Aggies made a march to the redzone, BYU held its ground as the visitors missed a 38-yard field goal attempt to tie the game. The Cougar offense managed the clock well and converted on a couple of key third down plays to keep possession and run the clock out for the 6-3 victory.

Player Standouts

On the defensive end, Uani Unga recorded the Cougars' third sack of the game. Wide receiver Cody Hoffman exceeded 100-yards receiving on a 28-yard pass from Taysom Hill midway through the quarter. Running back Jamaal Williams had eight carries in the quarter for 42 yards, ending the game with a total of 71. Hill finished the night 24 of 36, throwing for 235 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Highlights

On 3rd-and-8 from the BYU 22-yard line, Taysom Hill threw a 28-yard pass to Cody Hoffman, who reached over his defender's head to make a catch that kept the Cougars' drive alive. With less than two minutes remaining, the Cougars were on their own 28-yard line facing a 3rd-and-6. Taysom Hill pitched to running back Jamaal Williams who turned upfield for a gain of 11, converting the third down play and allowing BYU to run the clock out for the 6-3 victory.

Find pictures from the game at the BYU Football Facebook page.

BYU vs. Utah State third quarter summary

Oct 05, 2012 - Posted by Mason Porter at 11:01 pm | Updated: October 5, 2012 11:02 pm | Permalink

Quarter Summary

It was a defensive battle in the third quarter, which ended as it began with the Cougars leading 6-3. BYU exhibited defensive prowess with an interception and fumble recovery in the third period, but the offense struggled as the Cougars only managed to gain 43 total yards. 

Player Standouts

BYU's defense put on the pressure in the third quarter, forcing two Utah State turnovers. Outside linebacker Spencer Hadley caused a fumble during Utah State's opening drive while defensive back Preston Hadley intercepted the Aggies on the Cougars' 2-yard line. Ezekiel Ansah continued to impress, recording his third TFL of the night.

Highlights

Preston Hadley thwarted Utah State's attempt at a trick play by intercepting Aggie wide receiver Cameron Webb's pass at the 2-yard line. By the end of the quarter, Hadley had totalled six solo tackles and one interception.

Check out pictures at the BYU Football Facebook page.

BYU vs. Utah State second quarter summary

Oct 05, 2012 - Posted by Mason Porter at 10:06 pm | Permalink

Quarter Summary

BYU heads into halftime leading Utah State 6-3. The Cougars were more efficient on offense in the second quarter, tallying 160 yards and scoring on a 61-yard drive to close the quarter. The home team took the lead into the locker room despite missing an extra point and having a field goal blocked.

Player Standouts

Ezekiel Ansah continued to shine on defense, recording his second sack of the game in the second quarter. Taysom Hill also put together another solid quarter, completing 10 of 13 passes for 108 yards and running for another 20. Cody Hoffman caught six passes in the quarter for a total of 78 yards and JD Falslev capped the Cougars' closing drive with a 3-yard touchdown catch.

Highlights

After forcing Utah State to punt with 28 seconds left in the half, the Cougars went 61 yards in four plays to take a 6-3 lead into the locker room.

Check out pictures from the game at the BYU Football Facebook page.

BYU vs. Utah State first quarter summary

Oct 05, 2012 - Posted by Mason Porter at 9:14 pm | Updated: October 5, 2012 9:33 pm | Permalink

Quarter Summary

The BYU offense was aggressive in the first quarter, attempting two 4th-down coversions in the period and converting one. The Aggies settled for a field goal in the final minute of the quarter to take a 3-0 lead after failing to score on three straight tries from within the 10-yard line.

Player Standouts

Linebacker Ezekiel Ansah caused problems for the Aggies early and recorded two tackles for a loss, including a sack. Quarterback Taysom Hill had 18 yards rushing and was 5-for-8 with 35 passing yards.

Highlights

The Cougars found themselves facing a 4th-and-1 during their opening drive and relied on quarterback Taysom Hill to convert. It looked as if Hill was going to be sacked for a loss of three yards, but the quarterback was able to spin his way out of a tackle and gain three on the play, keeping the drive alive.

Photos from the game.

Tailgating at BYU

Oct 01, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:13 pm | Permalink

The tailgating scene has been growing in Provo this season. The BYU Alumni Association put together a video highlighting some of the fans who have enjoyed themselves with food and fun before the games. Keep coming early to get ready to cheer on the Cougars!

Player of the week honors

Oct 01, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:57 pm | Updated: October 1, 2012 2:59 pm | Permalink

College Football Performance Awards

Senior Riley Stephenson received Punt Performer of the Week honorable mention accolades while junior Kyle Van Noy earned Linebacker Performance of the Week honorable mention.

The St. George native booted three punts for 148 yards, including a season-high 61-yard punt, for an average of 49.3 yards. Stephenson is averaging 47.51 yards on the season for a No. 3 national ranking.

The defensive playmaker proved how valuable he is to the No. 5 defense with his performance in BYU's 47-0 against Hawai'i. The Reno, Nev. native posted two sacks, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry in the game to help shut out Hawai'i for the first time since 1998. Van Noy's presence assisted in stopping the Warriors' run game, who were held to 41 yards on the ground. Van Noy is T-2nd in forced fumbles (3), T-3rd in sacks (6.5) and T-7th in tackles for loss (9.5) in the nation.

College Football Performance Awards are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific criteria examining how individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

College Sports Madness

BYU running back Jamaal Williams was named Madness Independent Offensive Player of the Week along with BYU cornerback Preston Hadley who earned Madness Indepdent Defensive Player of the Week recognition.

True freshman Williams had a breakout performance coming out of the Cougars' backfield in BYU's 47-0 win over Hawai'i. The 17-year-old rushed for 155 yards to help boost BYU's total offense output. The game was the first time a Cougar ran for 100+ yards since Josh Quezada ran for 101 in the New Mexico Bowl in 2010. The Fontana, Calif. native pushed into the end zone for two score and also caught two passes for 30 yard.

A senior from Pleasant Grove, Utah, Hadley was a defensive difference-maker in helping BYU to a 47-0 shutout of Hawai'i. The shutout was the Cougars' first since 2009 and the first time Hawai'i was shut out since 1998. Hadley recorded six tackles, including a sack, which forced a fumble that set up a BYU touchdown. Hadley also posted a team-high two pass breakups.

Visit College Sports Madness for a complete list of this week's award winners.

Lott IMPACT Player

Senior linebacker Brandon Ogletree earned a spot on this week's notable performance list for the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week award.

The team captain continued to lead the defense in tackles with a game-high seven total tackles in a 47-0 shutout of Hawai'i. Ogletree also rallied for two tackles for loss, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry. The Texas native leads the No. 5 defense with 42 tackles.

The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. The award is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. For more information on the Lott Trophy visit www.LottTrophy.com.

FBS Independent Player of the Week

Freshman quarterback Taysom Hill and Hadley were named the Independent Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respecitvely. For more information, see the official release.