BYU Athletics Blog | October 2013

BYU leads 14-7 after one quarter

Oct 12, 2013 - Posted by Brittany Bivings at 5:51 pm | Updated: October 12, 2013 5:57 pm | Permalink

BYU leads Georgia Tech at the end of the first quarter, 14-7. 

BYU was the first to score after Cody Hoffman caught a 45-yard pass in the end zone for a touchdown. 

Georgia Tech answered soon after with a 49-yard pass to take the Yellow Jackets to the BYU 19-yard line. They scored three plays later to tie the game. 

On the ensuing kickoff, Adam Hine returned the kick to the BYU 39-yard line. On the drive, Tayson Hill completed two passes for a total of 22 yards while Jamaal Williams rushed three times for 19 yards to lead the Cougars into the end zone for the touchdown.

Kyle Van Noy had a sack for a loss of five yards for the Yellow Jackets, and the Cougar defense left BYU in the lead at the end of the quarter. 

Articles from Media Day

Oct 10, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 12:08 pm | Updated: October 10, 2013 9:13 pm | Permalink

On Oct. 8, BYUtv hosted BYU Basketball Media Day. BYU head coach Dave Rose spoke with the media as did all 13 players. Listed below is what the media came up with, including a long mic check.

BYU's Rose: 2013-14 hoopsters 'energetic, passionate, very young' KSL

*This link includes audio of Dave Rose, Eric Mika, Luke Worthington, Nate Austin, Frank Bartley IV, Kyle Collinsworth, Matt Carlino, and Skyler Halford.

BYU Basketball: Cougars have high expectations for freshman Eric Mika Deseret News

BYU Basketball: Young Cougars will work on defense as 2013-14 season approaches Salt Lake Tribune

BYU Basketball: On guard-dominated team, incoming center Mika has high expectations placed on him Provo Daily Herald

Media Day Mic Check KSL

Practice picks up the pace

Oct 08, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 5:26 pm | Permalink

With practice starting, the BYU men's basketball team is getting up to speed -- literally. There's a lot more to head coach Dave Rose's system than just running, but whether it's called pace, transition, speed or up-tempo it's the first step in making everyone fit together on the court.

"Sometimes it's nice getting a break in the spring and summer," junior forward Josh Sharp said, "but that's the main part of our game, being able to run and push the ball."

Pushing the ball and running the court makes for extra opportunities on offense and is made much easier with an aggressive defense that causes turnovers. Getting everything working together can take the weeks of practice the basketball team has before its opener against Weber State on Nov. 8.

"We're playing a really fast pace and each day of practice we're executing a little bit more and more," junior forward Nate Austin said. "By the time we start playing games I think our team will look good. We're gelling well right now and our team is excited to play ball on the defensive end as well as on the offensive end."

Junior guard Matt Carlino said the fast pace makes it easier to get used to playing with the six new players. 

"The more and more we play the better we'll be," Carlino said. "It's way more fun and way more natural playing fast. If we can play like that I think we'll be great."

Of course, the new players knew what they were getting into, but they've still had some surprises. 

"At my last school we ran so I thought I'd be more used to it," freshman forward Eric Mika said, "but it's a lot more running than I ever did there. I wouldn't say it's the easiest thing, but every day I try to get a little better and a little more comfortable."

For Salt Lake Community College transfer Skyler Halford, the speed makes him feel much more comfortable.

"I love running up and down the floor," Halford said. "The pace we play at is the type of pace I like to play at and I play well in."

Freshman guard Frank Bartley IV enjoys learning at a fast pace. 

"I love how it's up-tempo all the time," Bartley said. "Our practice is up-tempo, we play up-tempo, everything we do is at a fast pace."

At the end of the day, the pace keeps player's minds off other things and helps make practice enjoyable.

"It adds an exciting aspect to the game," Austin said. "It's coach Rose's style, but it's fun. You can get up and go. It makes practices fun. It makes games fun. It helps us win games."

West Coast Conference Primer

Oct 07, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 3:24 pm | Updated: October 7, 2013 3:27 pm | Permalink

With West Coast Conference play beginning this week for the Cougars, here's an update of how the other conference members did in their nonconference schedules and what BYU will have to go through to defend last year's championship. Records are nonconference only and don't include the early slate of conference games from the weekend.

No. 10 Portland (8-1-1, RPI: 31) finished off its nonconference schedule by winning its final six games. The Pilots beat Marquette, tied No. 2 Stanford and lost to No. 13 Wake Forest in September before starting their current streak. They also downed Pacific in their conference opener on Saturday. Portland leads the season in goals and scoring.

San Diego (7-4-0, RPI: 80) enters West Coast Conference play with a winning record thanks to four home wins. They lost to several major conference teams, but also beat Missouri and Kansas and took down two Big West opponents in Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State. The Toreros lead the conference in assists so far this season.

No. 17 Santa Clara (6-3-1, RPI: 16) played some of the toughest teams in the nation in their nonconference schedule. The Broncos lost to No. 6 North Carolina, No. 1 Virginia and No. 2 Stanford, but tied No. 11 Cal. They also beat ACC opponent Maryland.

No. 22 BYU (6-3-1, RPI: 23)

Pepperdine (5-3-2, RPI: 41) tied No. 11 Cal and beat Texas A&M, but lost to No. 21 Michigan and No. 3 UCLA. They finished their nonconference schedule with a tie against Cal State Fullerton. Forward Lynn Williams leads the conference in every scoring stat, except for assists and assist per game where she is second.

San Francisco (5-4-2, RPI: 133) ended their nonconference schedule with three straight losses and haven't won in five straight games after losing to Saint Mary's in their conference opener Saturday. The Dons do have the lowest GAA in the West Coast Conference, but only average .67 goals scored per game.

Gonzaga (4-5-1, RPI: 212) has put together a two-game winning streak and a three-game losing streak in its nonconference schedule, but hasn't been consistent in getting results.

Saint Mary's (4-7-0, RPI: 117) hasn't earned any points away from home, but has played some tough competition. San Diego State, Denver, Marquette, Stanford and Cal all hosted the Gaels. They have won two straight including their conference opener over San Francisco.

LMU (3-8-0, RPI: 186) is currently on a seven-game losing streak entering conference play and have yet to earn any points on the road. The Lions did win three games in a row against Northeastern, Montana and UC Santa Barbara at the end of August, but haven't won since.

Pacific's (1-7-2, RPI: 298) only win came against New Mexico on Sept. 15. The Tigers have lost four straight since then including a 1-0 loss to Portland in their WCC opener. 

TV options for BYU-USU football game

Oct 01, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 11:29 am | Updated: October 1, 2013 3:41 pm | Permalink

For those fans trying to get information on where to watch this week's BYU football game against Utah State, the game will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network. It can be found on Comcast Ch. 269/753 in Utah. For fans outside Utah, follow this link to find the channel for your area. The game is on Ch. 221 on DirecTV and Ch. 158 on DISH Network.

Fans can listen in on the Cougar IMG Sports Network 1160 AM, 102.7 FM and BYUcougars.com.

The Countdown to Kickoff pregame show will begin at 5 p.m. MDT on BYUtv and BYUtvsports.com. Fans can also tune in to BYUtv and BYUtvsports.com for the live postgame show at the conclusion of the game. Radio coverage will begin at 4 p.m. MDT on the Cougar IMG Sports Network

The game begins at 6 p.m. MDT Friday.