BYU Athletics Blog | 2013

BYU up 37-10 after three quarters

Sep 27, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 9:38 pm | Updated: September 27, 2013 9:42 pm | Permalink

BYU scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 37-10 lead into the fourth. 

J.D. Falslev had a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown down the left sideline with just under a minute left, the first punt return for a touchdown by BYU since Falslev returned one for a touchdown in 2011 at TCU. 

The Cougars took their first drive of the third quarter 60 yards in 12 plays, capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Michael Alisa, his second of the game. The touchdown gave the Cougars a 30-10 lead. Taysom Hill was 3-4 with 40 yards passing on the drive. 

BYU leads MSTU 23-10 at half

Sep 27, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 8:43 pm | Permalink

BYU scored 16 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 23-10 lead.

Three consecutive completions moved the Cougars to the MTSU 14-yard line with 32 seconds left in the half.  A pass interference penalty gave the Cougars a first and goal from the 2-yard line and RB Michael Alisa scored on the next play to go in the half 23-10.

Taysom Hill ran 50 yards for a touchdown with 7:31 left in the quarter to give BYU a 16-10 lead. The sophomore quarterback finished with half 8-9 with 96 yards passing. He ran 12 times for 142 yards and two TDs.

The Cougars started the quarter with a safety. On the Blue Raider’s first play after a BYU fumble, RB Jordan Parker was tackled in his own end zone by Kyle Van Noy to make the score 10-9.

Junior Ross Apo had three catches for 26 yards and Van Noy had six tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass break up to go along with the safety.  

BYU trails 10-7 after one

Sep 27, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 7:52 pm | Updated: September 27, 2013 8:52 pm | Permalink

BYU trails MTSU at the end of the first quarter, 10-7. The Blue Raiders scored first after a 50-yard kickoff to set up a 42-yard field goal by kicker Cody Clark to give Middle Tennessee State a 3-0 lead.

BYU’s Adam Hine returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to the MTSU 10-yard line and a facemask on the Blue Raiders got the Cougars to the 5-yard line. On third and goal from the 12, Taysom Hill ran up the middle to give BYU its first score of the game. Justin Sorensen made the PAT to give the Cougars a 7-3 lead with 10:47 left in the quarter.

Later in the first, MTSU converted on fourth and one to pick up a first down at the BYU 9-yard line. A MTSU hold forced a third and goal from the 16, but WR Marcus Henry hauled in a pass from QB Logan Kilgore to give the Blue Raiders a 10-7 lead.

ESPNU Road Trip to air BYU episode Wednesday night

Sep 24, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 4:11 pm | Updated: September 24, 2013 4:12 pm | Permalink

ESPNU Road Trip, a weekly show hightlighting college football and the atmosphere in college towns, is airing an episode featuring BYU. The show airs this Wednesday  at 5:30 p.m. MDT on ESPNU.

Hosts Ali Nejad (@Ali_Nejad) and Niki Noto (@NikiNoto) and  the crew from Road Trip took in some of the Provo area including Provo Canyon, Y Mountain and Riverside Country Club golf course with LaVell Edwards and Robbie Bosco. The show features a few members of the team as well as the atmosphere and enviornment surrounding a BYU football game.  

To get a feel for the show, view this highlight video that recaps episodes from 2012.

Awards

Senior JD Falslev and sophomore Taysom Hill both earned honors for their performances against Utah. Falslev was named an Honorable Mention Punt Returner of the Week by College Football Performance Awards. Hill earned Independent Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. The quarterback also garnered that honor after the BYU-Texas game.

Below are a few pictures taken during the week.

Rose talks about his health and the upcoming season

Sep 23, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:02 pm | Permalink

On Sept. 9, BYU basketball coach Dave Rose underwent surgery as part of his cancer treatment. On Saturday, Sept. 21, he addressed his health on the BYUtv and Cougar IMG Sports Network pregame shows prior to the BYU vs. Utah football game. Rose is expecting to be ready to coach when the team begins practice on Oct. 7.

“The good thing is, four and a half years ago, they took out a tumor the size of an orange, but this time, it was the size of a peanut. It’s an interesting way to live, but it’s kind of my life. The best part about it is that I’ve been feeling really good the last three or four days. I got to see the guys again and watch workout a couple times and we’ve been able to host our recruits as well.”

“Home is way better than the hospital. They were great in the hospital. I’ll never get into the situation I was in four and a half years ago.”

“I believe by Oct. 7 when we start practice that I’ll be back 100 percent and we’ll be ready to go. The next week or so I’ll take it how it goes. It’s not all that different from normal.”

“I miss a lot of time this time of year, because I’m usually on the road recruiting and so our coaches are doing a tremendous job of getting our guys ready for our practice. Things are in great hands and I’m really excited for this year’s team. I think that our guards are going to be terrific and we have really good, talented young big guys. It’s a good time to have young, talented big guys when you have experienced guards.”

 

Alumni Weekend

Sep 23, 2013 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 1:47 pm | Updated: September 25, 2013 1:33 pm | Permalink

The 12th annual baseball golf tournament was a successful event played at TalonsCove Golf Course on September 20.

LITTLEWOOD RETURNS TO ST. GEORGE: The previous weekend BYU coach Mike Littlewood and his wife Dani pinch-hit for BYU basketball coach Dave Rose, recuperating from cancer treatment, and his wife Cheryl as the convocation speakers for Dixie State University. Among Coach Littlewood’s remarks at that convocation were: “You can be whatever you want to be. Enjoy it while it lasts, it won’t last forever. Find your passion and pursue it with vigor. Don’t let society define your success.”

COUGARS RETURN TO ST. GEORGE: Last March BYU baseball moved its home opening games vs. Creighton to St. George because of weather. BYU just completed an agreement with Seattle University to move the 2014 home opener from Provo to St. George on Feb. 27, 28 and March 1.

TUCKETT’S CONNECTIONS: Former BYU coach and athletic director Glen Tuckett “presided” and played in the golf tournament with two of his former players Jeff Bills and former Major Leaguer Dane Iorg. Iorg’s son Seth and nephew Isaac, also former Cougars, played in that tourney, as did Mark Hildebrand, who was recruited by Coach Tuckett in the 1970s. Hildebrand used to manage the AAA Franklin Quest Field for the Larry H. Miller group and now is the director for the 8,000-seat UCCU Events Center at Utah Valley University.

UTAH VALLEY GREEN: There were several Utah Valley University connections on the greens in addition to Hildebrand. Among them were former Cougar infielder Nate Mathis, who is now the Assistant AD - Corporate Partners & Marketing at UVU; BYU senior associate AD Brian Santiago, UVU transfers Seth King, Todd Newman, Tyler Perry, Ben Saylor, Craig Smith, Glen Spencer, Wade Vest, and Bill Hoops, current BYU athletic marketing coordinator. Another Wolverine playing in the tourney was former Major Leaguer Mitch Jones.

SLICK BLUE: Former Cougar D.G. Nelson, the current head coach for the Bruins, represented Salt Lake Community College. D.G.’s uncle Kim Nelson, a former Cougar All-American, played in the tourney. Among the SLCC transfers to BYU who played in the golf tourney were Ryan Bernal and Rusty Gray.

ANNOYING RED: One brave golfer came dressed in all red Utah attire, but it wasn’t former Cougar pitcher Brett McDermaid who transferred to Utah from BYU. McDermaid played the TalonsCove course with former Cougar pitchers Matt Rex, Craig Smith and Marc Kenner. The man dressed in red has the last name of Gray, a relative playing in the Rusty Gray foursome.

FOOTBALL TIE: Former college football player, Derek Shutt, who was a tight end at UC Davis, played in the foursome with his brother Justin, a former Cougar reliever.

FINANCIAL GURUS: Several former BYU baseball players who played in the golf tourney now have careers in the financial industry. Among those are Oxford-educated former relief pitcher Josh Barrett and former pitcher Michel Bergeron who played with his father who had traveled from Ontario, Canada. Another former Cougar pitcher J.D. Stambaugh traveled quite a ways from Memphis, Tenn., where he is a financial adviser for Duncan-Williams, Inc. Another financial connection playing in the tourney was former BYU second baseman Dane Nielsen who now works in Phoenix for Odyssey Capital Group. Nielsen played in the foursome with BYU baseball radio announcer Brent Norton.

WINNERS: The foursome led by BYU assistant men’s golf coach Todd Miller won the tourney. Also in that foursome were Bernal, Alex Wolfe and Keith Nellesen. A post-tournament award was also given to former BYU second baseman Cameron Coughlan who came dressed in old-time duffer attire.

THE SCORE: The alumni game pitted former Cougars against each other, divided by even and odd years when they played at BYU. The score was 11-6 in favor of the even-year graduates. Among the highlights were Mark Anderson still throwing in the 90s, Jake Stubblefield hitting a home run over the scoreboard off Jeff Stone (see his swing in the accompanying photos) and current pitching coach Jeremy Thomas touching 85 mph in the ninth inning.

BYU vs. Utah fourth quarter

Sep 21, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 11:49 pm | Permalink

BYU had possession of the ball at the end of the game but couldn't convert. The Utes held on to win 20-13.

The Cougars scored their first touchdown on a touchdown carry by Michael Alisa from the one-yard line with 5:13 remaining in the game. BYU's scoring drive consisted of six plays and 44 yards in the span of 1:49.

JD Falslev had a 61-yard rush on a punt return with 9:44 remaining in the game.

Utah scored its second touchdown with 12:44 remaining in the game to go up 20-6.

This game was Cody Hoffman's 15th with at least 100 receiving yards, finishing the game with 108.

BYU vs. Utah third quarter

Sep 21, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 10:48 pm | Permalink

The Cougars added six points to the board on two made field goals in the quarter to cut the deficit to 13-6.

BYU's first points came on a 32-yard field goal by Justin Sorensen with 11:39 remaining in the third quarter. The Cougars scored another field goal that came from the 31-yard line to cut the deficit to 13-6 with 5:39 left in the quarter.

Sophomore Mitch Mathews received an 18-yard pass from Taysom Hill with 13:08 left in the quarter that was followed by a 41-yard rush by Hill for a first down.

Mitch Mathews' 26-yard reception from Hill was a career high.

Cody Hoffman moved to No. 4 all-time at BYU for career receiving yards with 2,850, passing Margin Hooks.

BYU vs. Utah second quarter

Sep 21, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 9:51 pm | Permalink

BYU entered halftime down 13-0 after Utah rushed 74 yards to get a one-yard touchdown pass with 1:22 left in the half. 

Wide receiver Cody Hoffman completed a 32-yard pass from Taysom Hill for a first down with 6:40 left in the quarter. The reception marked the 34th-straight game Hoffman has had at least one reception. He also led the team with 61 yards in the first half.

Wide receiver JD Falslev completed an 11-yard pass and a 20-yard pass from Taysom Hill to finish the half with 31 yards. 

With eight minutes remaining in the second quarter, Utah made another field goal to put them up 6-0. 

BYU missed a 34-yard field goal attempt with 5:39 left to cut the deficit in half, making it Justin Sorensen's first missed field goal attempt of the season. 

Utah scored the first touchdown of the game with 1:17 left in the second quarter. 

BYU vs. Utah first quarter

Sep 21, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 9:11 pm | Permalink

BYU and Utah's defense held strong to start the first quarter forcing each other to punt until Utah made a field goal late in the quarter to put them up 3-0.

Defensive lineman Remington Peck recorded a sack that resulted in a loss of seven yards for Utah. Taysom Hill completed a 30-yard pass to Brett Thompson, but BYU was outrushed 126-73.

On defense, Kyle Van Noy recorded one pass breakup and a quarterback hurry forcing Utah to throw a bad pass.

With under two minutes left in the quarter, BYU ran back a kick return, but the play was called back because of a penalty.

Utah had a 65-yard run that helped the Utes get into position for a field goal late in the first quarter. 

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