BYU Athletics Blog | October 2013

Anson Winder contributes to team identity

Oct 30, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 4:13 pm | Permalink
Team talent, speed, toughness and personality sometimes vary from season to season, especially with seven newcomers.
 
"There's a lot of personality with this group," coach Dave Rose said at media day. "I think that they're extremely energetic and passionate."
 
Besides the new faces, BYU returns five players from last year including redshirt junior Anson Winder. He returns improved and ready to contribute on a different-looking BYU squad.
 
"I think I'm shooting the ball better," Winder said. "I try to maximize each possession."
 
Winder sank 3 of 5 from behind the arc in the exhibition game against Colorado College. The Cougars look to improve upon their 2012-13 3-point shooting percentage of 33.8.
 
BYU was also picked to finish second in the West Coast and are slated to play a challenging schedule.
 
"I'm excited for all the top teams," Winder said. "Saint Mary's, Gonzaga and Iowa State are all pretty good. We play Stanford. We have Texas, and if we beat them, we could play Wichita State. Those are all big games that I'm excited for."
 
Along with preparing to make a run toward the NCAA tournament, the Cougars are busy building unity. 
 
"Chase Fischer and Matt Carlino are probably two of the weirdest guys you might run across," Winder laughed. "Those two are definitely characters."
 
Winder might also be a character in his own right since he is seen dancing the the background of the most recent BYU basketball lip-sync video.
 
In its second exhibition game, BYU hosts Alaska Anchorage Saturday at 7 p.m. MDT at the Marriott Center. The game will be televised on BYUtv.
 
"I'm excited for our team," Winder added. "I think we have a lot of good guys this year."
 
 
 
 

Hunt and Owens receive weekly awards after Portland and Gonzaga wins

Oct 30, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 12:59 pm | Updated: October 30, 2013 1:11 pm | Permalink

Sophomore defender Paige Hunt and senior goalkeeper Erica Owens were given weekly awards by two different websites this week after the No. 20 BYU women's soccer team defeated Gonzaga and then-No. 6 Portland 1-0 last week.

Hunt was named a Primetime Performer by collegesoccer360.com for her defensive effort and her assist on the game winning goal against Portland.

Owens was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week by collegesportsmadness.com for recording two shutouts last week.

As a defense, the Cougars have recorded four straight shutouts and have eight this season. They take on San Diego on Friday at 7 p.m. at South Field. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv.

New record book for BYU basketball

Oct 29, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:30 pm | Permalink

Throughout the last several years, the BYU Athletic Communications staff has collected as many men's basketball stats as possible and put them into a database. From that data comes the BYU Men's Basketball Record Book, 40-pages of records and stats for your enjoyment.

Want a list of every game in which BYU has scored 100 points and the team's record in those games? Check page 39. Or maybe you want to know who holds the freshman single-game scoring record? Check page 17. Dying to see a list of every time a player scored 30-plus points? It's on page 14. What about the record for most games with 10 assists in a season? Try page 10.

With the 2013-14 season set to begin in 10 days, we hope the BYU Men's Basketball Record Book will add to your enjoyment of following the Cougars.

Davies signs with the Sixers

Oct 28, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:51 pm | Updated: October 28, 2013 5:04 pm | Permalink

Earlier this morning, former BYU forward Brandon Davies posted the photo below on Instagram and included the following ' "When one door closes, another opens.." #76ers #20 #BLESSED.' If you haven't figured it out by now, Davies has officially signed with the Philadelphia 76ers. Davies was born in Philadelphia but was adopted just days after birth and was raised in Provo by his mother, Kathy.

While details related to the contract have not been made available, Davies may have a chance to compete for minutes as soon as Wednesday, when Philadelphia opens the regular season against the defending NBA Champions, the Miami Heat. Davies had been a member of the LA Clippers until Oct. 21. He played with the Clippers during the summer and the preseason.

Davies

"I'm extrememly excited and just thankful for the opportunity."

"Coach is looking for guys who are going to come every day and work hard and bring that good attitude and help drive other people to get better. I do that myself and I think Coach sees that in me. I think I have an opportunity to help the guys around me get better as well."

"It's a great opportunity. That's going to be part of us getting better as a team, with guys competing for minutes. As the season goes on we're only going to get better."

Brown

"Good pick up. Smart, young player who wants to get better. Physical, competitive side to him. Excellent passer. Worth reaching out to and bringing in to the program and giving minutes and seeing what we might be able to uncover."

Tweets from Philadelphia after Davies signed.

BYU Basketball Vidtacular Explosion

Oct 28, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 3:36 pm | Updated: October 28, 2013 5:27 pm | Permalink

The BYU men's basketball team's music videos have been a hit on the national level, having drawn attention from CBS Sports, NBC Sports, SB Nation and College Spun.

Below are the two music videos that have been released:

Matt Norlander, CBS Sports' Eye on College Basketball:

On "You're the Inspiration":

"Well, the long college basketball offseason has brought us to this: BYU star guard Tyler Haws lip-syncing on a grassy knoll to chicago's 1984 top-five hit, "You're the Inspiration." He's soon joined by teammates Luke Worthington and Skyler Halford...

Anyway, BYU is a weird place. And, yet, thank you, BYU. PLEASE MAKE MORE OF THESE."

On "I Wish":

This isn't anywhere near as good as the three-man weave performance art from the Cougars last week, but it does feature a much better song.

Dubbing to Skee-Lo's 1995 crossover hip-hop hit "I Wish," Cougars junior guard Matt Carlino puts on a solid performance in an effort to promote a basketball game that doesn't really matter, BYU's exhibition against Alaska Anchorage on Nov. 2.

I'll take all the exhibitions available if it's going to bring this from BYU, though...

So can we get weekly submissions from the team? The song options are of course endless, and something about this program doing these sketches makes it a quirky, perfect match."

 

Bill Hanstock, SB Nation, "BYU's new basketball hype video is the inspiration":

"I honestly can't think of anything that gets me more pumped than Peter Cetera. Seriously. So I'm glad to see BYU embracing its inner cheeseball and full-body lip-synching to get people ready for COLLEGE BASKETHOOPS."

 

Rob Dauster, NBC Sports' College Basketball Talk:

"The BYU basketball team put out a video on Wednesday of Tyler Haws leading Luke Worthington and Skyler Halford in a chorus of You're the Inspiration, a son from the '80s recorded by Chicago that I had to google because I've obviously never listened to that nonsense before.

That said, I don't think I could love this video anymore. There isn't much in this world that I find funnier than a couple of big-time collegiate athletes sitting in a field and awkwardly full-body lip-syncing to an '80s love ballad."

 

Raphielle Johnson, NBC Sports' College Basketball Talk:

"Just a few days ago a video featuring BYU's Tyler Haws, Luke Worthington and Skyler Halford lip-syncing Chicago's 'You're the Inspiration' hit the internet, with the Cougars using such videos to have some fun while also promoting upcoming contests. The latest submission comes from junior guard Matt Carlino, who lip-syncs the classic tune 'I Wish' by Skee-Lo with some teammates dancing in the background.

Kinda makes one flash back to those Friday nights in junior high spent at the roller skating rink."

 

Antonio Venegas, College Spun, "BYU Basketball Made A Hilarious 'You're The Inspiration' Music Video To Promote An Exhibition":

"We've seen some really strong (or totally awesome, depending on how you look at them) promo videos in college sports, but we've found one that ranks right up there with any of them. BYU basketball has come out with a 'music vidtacular' that encourages fans to attend the team's first exhibition game of the season against Colorado College on Saturday night."

 

ESPN's Play-by-play broadcaster Roxy Bernstein tweeted: "Can't wait to see what what's on the horizon for when I come to town for the Iowa State game."

Kick time for BYU vs. Wisconsin set

Oct 28, 2013 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 12:09 pm | Permalink

The kick time for the BYU at Wisconsin football game on Nov. 9 was announced today. The game will be played at Camp Randall Stadium beginning at 2:30pm CT (1:30pm MT) on ABC or ESPN. The network will be determined next week.

BYU and Wisconsin have met once in the past with the Cougars earning a 28-3 win in Madison in 1980.  BYU led just 7-0 at halftime but the defense held the Badgers to just 140 total yards in the second half and forced two fumbles to fuel a 21-point offensive attack from Jim McMahon and the Cougars. McMahon was 12 of 15 for 175 yards and three touchdowns in the second half, finishing the day with 337 passing yards.

BYU beats BSU 37-20

Oct 25, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 9:42 pm | Permalink

BYU beat the Boise State Broncos 37-20 behind Taysom Hill's four touchdowns and 339 passing yards. Jamaal Williams contributed 107 yards rushing on 21 carries.

In the fourth quarter, the Broncos scored their second touchdown of the game when Grant Hedrick connected on a 47-yard completion to Aaron Burks to set up a 14-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Harman. The score cut the BYU lead to 34-20 with just over 10 minutes left in the game.

The Cougars took a 37-20 lead on the ensuing drive. Jamaal Williams’ 17-yard run was followed by a 13-yard completion to Cody Hoffman to move the ball into Bronco territory. Three straight rushes set up a 41-yard field goal by Justin Sorensen, his third of the game.

BYU started the quarter by forcing the fourth BSU turnover of the game. Tyler Beck jarred the ball loose from BSU running back Jay Ajayi and it was recovered by Remington Peck at the BYU 42-yard line.

With five minutes left in the game, the Cougars forced a fourth and one at the BYU 44-yard line. Austin Jorgensen and Skye PoVey combined to stuff Ajayi and give the ball back to the Cougars.

BYU takes 34-13 lead into the fourth

Oct 25, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 8:57 pm | Permalink

Taysom Hill's third passing touchdown of the game and a field goal from Justin Sorensen helped the Cougars take a 34-13 lead after three quarters. Hill was 4 of 8 with 64 yards in the quarter.

Mitch Matthews caught a 40-yard touchdown to give the Cougars a 31-6 lead with 8:50 left in the quarter. The play capped off a six play, 75-yard drive highlighted by rushes of 10 and 13 yards by Jamaal Williams and Paul Lasike, respectively.

BSU’s Shane Williams-Rhodes had 40-yard punt return to give the Broncos the ball at the Cougars’ 22-yard line. Two short rushes and an incomplete pass set up a fourth and five, but quarterback Grant Hedrick escaped for a nine-yard run to pick up the first down after nearly being sacked. On third and goal from the five, Hedrick ran up the middle for the Broncos’ first touchdown of the game to make it 31-13.

With just over two minutes left in the quarter, Hedrick completed a nine-yard pass to Geraldo Boldewijn, but Boldewijn was hit by linebacker Uani ‘Unga, forcing the ball loose. Kyle Van Noy recovered the fumble giving the Cougars the ball on the BSU 29-yard line. The Bronco defense held the Cougars to a 34-yard field goal by Justin Sorensen to give the Cougars a 34-13 lead.

On the first drive of the second half, the Cougars took the ball to BSU’s 34 before stalling and being forced to punt. The Broncos got a 61-yard run by Jay Ajayi to move the ball inside the BYU 20. After three straight rushes, BSU was forced to settle for a field goal. Dan Goodale split the uprights to cut the lead to 24-6.

With 30 seconds left in the quarter, Hedrick sailed a pass that was intercepted by safety Skye PoVey to give the Cougars the ball back at the BSU 48-yard line. 

BYU up 24-3 at half

Oct 25, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 7:38 pm | Permalink

Cody Hoffman’s 4-yard touchdown with 44 seconds left in the half broke the all-time record for touchdowns by a BYU receiver and gave the Cougars a 24-3 lead. The score was set up by a BYU fumble recovery. After an 11-yard catch and run by Shane Williams-Rhodes, BYU safety Craig Bills forced a fumble that was recovered by the Cougars at the BSU 39-yard line.

The Cougars outgained the Broncos 376 to 202 in the half, and BYU quarterback Taysom Hill was 21 of 28 with 253 yards and two touchdowns. Hill also rushed for one touchdown and 53 yards.

Earlier in the quarter, Hoffman’s 35-yard reception moved the ball to the BSU 37 and on the next play, Ross Apo hauled in a 37-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 17-3.

With 4:50 left in the half, the Broncos got their first score of the game. After BYU punter Scott Arellano pinned the Broncos at their own 9-yard line, Jay Ajayi rushed six times to help BSU on a 14-play, 76-yard drive that ended in a 33-yard field goal by Dan Goodale to cut the deficit to 10-3.

On BSU’s first possession of the second, the Broncos got a 34-yard completion from Matt Miller to Shane Williams-Rhodes to move the ball to the BYU 11-yard line. On fourth and one, BSU tried a quarterback sneak but was stopped short by BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy to give the ball back to the Cougars.

On the first play of the quarter, Justin Sorensen capped off a 14-play, 56-yard drive with a 28-yard field goal to give the Cougars a 10-0 lead.

BYU leads BSU 7-0 after one

Oct 25, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 6:45 pm | Updated: October 25, 2013 6:46 pm | Permalink

The Cougars scored the first points of the game and lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Midway through the first, the BYU defense forced a three-and-out, but a 62-yard punt by Sean Wale pinned the Cougars inside their own 20.  The Cougars  moved the ball down the field with a 21-yard completion to J.D. Falslev and 22-yard pass to Kanaeaku Friel. Taysom Hill’s 20-yard touchdown run finished the drive and Justin Sorensen’s extra point gave the Cougars a 7-0 lead.

After forcing another three-and-out, the Cougars ended the quarter by marching down to the 10-yard line, highlighted by long completions to Friel and Mitch Matthews.

The Broncos’ opening drive ended with a turnover on downs at the BYU 35-yard line. On the ensuing possession, the Cougars marched down the field on back-to-back completions to Jamaal Williams and a 17-yard run by Alge Brown. A fourth-down conversion put BYU inside the BSU 20, but two false starts and an incompletion forced the Cougars to settle for a field goal attempt. Sorensen missed the 30-yard kick wide left.