BYU Athletics Blog | 2013

Boom Shakalaka: Mike Hall, Dunk Contest judge

Oct 14, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:01 am | Permalink

We will be announcing the Dunk Contest judges for Boom Shakalaka: The BYU Basketball Showcase, over the next several days. Our first judge is former Cougar Mike Hall.

Mike Hall played for the Cougars from 2003 to 2005 after transferring from Dixie State and averaged 13.3 points in his two season at BYU. He was the 2004 Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and helped lead the Cougars to the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

Known for his thunderous dunks, Hall's most memorable throw down was a dunk against Air Force that was the ESPN Play of the Day. Hall played professionally for several years overseas in Turkey, France, Austria and Japan and was the director of basketball operations for the BYU men's basketball team from 2010 to 2013.

BYU beats Georgia Tech 38-20

Oct 12, 2013 - Posted by Brittany Bivings at 8:28 pm | Permalink

BYU scored two touchdowns to Georgia Tech's one in the final quarter to secure its 38-20 victory.

In the first play of the quarter, Kyle Van Noy sacked the quarterback for a loss of 10 yards that forced Georgia Tech to attempt a field goal kick from the 42-yard line that missed wide left.

On the ensuing play, Taysom Hill was sacked for a loss of 10 yards and was sacked again two plays later for another loss of eight yards that forced the Cougars to punt.

After a Georgia Tech 1st down, Alani Fua intercepted a pass at the BYU 49-yard line and returned it 51 yards for the touchdown to extend the lead 31-13. A penalty was called on the play against BYU for unsportsmanlike conduct, and the Cougars were penalized 15 yards on the kick off. 

With just under seven minutes on the clock, Robertson Daniel forced a fumble that was recovered by Spencer Hadley at the BYU 31-yard line. Shortly after, Jamaal Williams carried the ball for 34 yards for the BYU 1st down. Algernon Brown rushed the ball for two plays totaling 22 yards for the touchdown, bringing the score to 38-13. 

Georgia Teach's receiver rushed the ball 55 yards to the BYU 11-yard line, putting the Cougars in position to score again. A complete pass into the end zone was the final scoring play of the game, leaving the score 38-20 in favor of the Cougars.

BYU remains up 24-13 after the third quarter

Oct 12, 2013 - Posted by Brittany Bivings at 7:37 pm | Permalink

Both BYU and Georgia Tech were scoreless in the third quarter. 

The third quarter was a battle of defenses. In the first drive of the quarter, Spencer Hadley sacked the quarterback on 3rd down for a loss of nine yards that forced the Yellow Jackets to punt just two minutes into the quarter. 

Georgia Tech punted a total of three times and had a turnover on downs. BYU punted four times in the quarter with one blocked by a Yellow Jacket. 

BYU up 24-13 at the half

Oct 12, 2013 - Posted by Brittany Bivings at 6:44 pm | Updated: October 12, 2013 6:45 pm | Permalink

BYU extended their lead 24-13 in the second quarter.

Georgia Tech was the first to score. After three incomplete passes, the Yellow Jackets attempted and made a field goal from the 37-yard line.

On BYU's next drive, Taysom Hill had two complete passes for a combined 42 yards. After two back-to-back penalties, kicker Justin Sorensen nailed a 23-yard field goal to extend its lead to 17-10.

Georgia Tech had three penalties for a total loss of 21 yards as well as two incomplete passes that led them to punt.

In their last scoring drive of the quarter, Hill had three more complete passes for a total 46 yards. Open for the touchdown, he ran the ball in to give the Cougars a lead of 24-10.

Kyle Van Noy had another big sack for a loss of five yards. After three more incomplete passes, the Yellow Jackets attempted a field goal from the 44 yard line for another three points.

Sorensen attempted a 52-yard field goal on the last play of the half that was just wide right.

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.

BYU beats MTSU 37-10

Sep 27, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 10:20 pm | Updated: September 27, 2013 10:22 pm | Permalink

BYU preserved the 37-10 victory over MTSU as neither team scored in the fourth quarter. The Cougars held the Blue Raiders scoreless over the last three quarters.

With just over 12 minutes left in the game, Taysom Hill threw a pass that went off Paul Lasike’s hands and was picked off by MTSU’s John Kelly deep in BYU territory. On the next play, Blue Raider QB Logan Kilgore threw a fade to the right corner of the endzone that was intercepted by S Daniel Sorensen.

Austin Grammer took over at quarterback for MTSU and led the Blue Raiders to the BYU 7-yard line with just over five minutes left. The drive stalled when the Blue Raiders failed to convert on fourth and one from the BYU 6-yard line.

Ammon Olson came in at quarterback for the Cougars for the last five minutes of the game. BYU ran out the clock behind six straight carries for 48 yards by freshman RB Algernon Brown.