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BYU holds 28-20 lead after third quarter

Oct 18, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 11:08 pm | Permalink

After a missed field goal by BYU on its opening drive of the second half, Nevada went on a 13-play, 74-yard scoring drive that concluded with a 1-yard touchdown run from Wolfpack quarterback Cody Fajardo. The score left Nevada down only eight, at 28-20.

The Cougars took the ball down to the Wolfpack 29, but the Wolfpack's Randy Uzoma recovered a fumble after a reception by Terenn Houk to end the drive. 

BYU went into the fourth quarter up by eight points.


BYU up 28-13 at halftime

Oct 18, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 10:07 pm | Permalink

On the first play of the second quarter Paul Lasike once again found the endzone on a 20-yard touchdown run. The score by Lasike capped a 14-play, 73-yard scoring drive for the Cougars. Stewart extended the drive two times with 12-yard and 10-yard scrambles on 3rd and 10. A key 4th down conversion in Nevada territory on a 6-yard pass from Stewart to Jordan Leslie set up the scoring run from Lasike to put the Cougars in front, 14-3

Nevada responded quickly with a three-play, 75 yard scoring drive. Cody Fajardo completed a 66-yard pass to Don Jackson along the sideline that placed the Wolfpack at the BYU 9. One play later Nevada running back James Butler went airborne over the pylon for a touchdown that cut the deficit to 14-10.

The Cougars answered with another touchdown of its own two minutes later, as Mitch Mathews hauled in a fade pass from Stewart in the corner of the endzone to extend its lead to 21-10. Stewart accounted for 27 passing yards and 19 rushing yards on the drive that began on BYU's own 35 after a short Nevada kickoff and an offsides penalty on the Wolfpack.

Behind a few rushes from Don Jackson, the Wolfpack entered Cougar territory after the Cougars score. The BYU defense held Nevada to a 4th and 2 at the Cougar 30, but Fajardo extended the drive with a five-yard pass to Richy Turner. A few plays later BYU forced another 4th down, and the Wolfpack settled for a 26-yard fieldgoal from Brent Zuzo that cut the lead to 21-13.

Stewart threw his third touchdown pass of the game and second to Mitch Mathews with one minute left in the first half to put BYU up 28-13. Mathews took the short pass and dove between two Nevada defenders to get across the goalline. The drive was 16 plays and 90 yards with several long rushes from Paul Lasike and Nate Carter.

BYU leads 7-3 after first quarter

Oct 18, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 9:16 pm | Permalink
The Nevada Wolfpack put three points on the scoreboard on its opening drive with a 44-yard field goal by sophomore Brent Zuzo. The drive began on Nevada's own 25-yard line. Senior quarterback Cody Fajardo completed 3-of-6 passes including a 19-yard screen pass to junior running back Don Jackson that put the Wolfpack on BYU's 29-yard line. The Cougar defense stiffened and held Nevada to the field goal.
BYU took the lead with four minutes left in the first quarter on a 1-yard run that capped a 12 play, 97-yard scoring drive. Senior quarterback Christian Stewart completed three straight passes to begin the drive and put the Cougars into Nevada territory. After the Wolfpack forced a 4th and 7 from the 35, BYU went for it and completed a 15-yard pass to junior receiver Mitch Mathews. Another completion a few plays later to Mathews placed the Cougars on the 1-yard line and Lasike hurdled the pile to put BYU in front, 7-3. 
Stewart completed 9 of 19 passes for 121 yards and also rushed four times for 25 yards in the quarter.

BYU voted most worthy of Power 5 inclusion by FBS head coaches

Oct 18, 2014 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 12:26 pm | Updated: October 18, 2014 7:30 pm | Permalink

BYU was voted as the non-Power 5 school most worthy to be in a Power 5 conference in ESPN's weekly college football poll of the FBS head coaches.

This week's poll, released Saturday, asked FBS head coaches which school currently not in a Power 5 conference deserves to be in a Power 5 conference. BYU topped the poll with 24 percent of the votes, followed by East Carolina at 21 percent and Boise State at 19 percent.  

BYU was an even stronger choice among coaches from existing Power 5 schools. The Cougars nearly doubled the next closest team in the voting by Power 5 schools, receiving 30 percent of the votes to Boise State's 16 percent. East Carolina was next at 11 percent.  

Lending support to results of this week's poll, BYU boasts a football resume unmatched by most FBS programs, including many teams from Power 5 conferences.

The Cougars rank No. 5 in total victories over the past 40 years with 357 wins since 1974, trailing only Nebraska (393), Oklahoma (373), Ohio State (365) and Florida State (359). BYU is the only non-Power 5 program in that timeframe to win a national championship. BYU is also one of six programs to boast winners of the Heisman Trophy, Outland Trophy, Davey O'Brien Award and Doak Walker Award, joining Ohio State, Texas, Penn State, Iowa and Boston College. 

Since Bronco Mendenhall became the head coach at BYU in 2005, the Cougars have achieved an 86-36 record, which ranks No. 12 nationally in victories. BYU is 6-3 in bowl games under Mendenhall as one of only 12 programs to earn a bowl bid each of the past nine seasons. Only Florida State (7) has won more bowl games than the Cougars since 2005.  

The Cougars have won a game against a Power 5 opponent each of the past nine seasons, the longest streak among non-Power 5 designated schools. Off the field, BYU is tied for fifth for the most Academic All-America citations in that nine-year span and tops all FBS programs for the most players selected (35) to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society (starter/significant contributor finishing career with 3.2 GPA or better) since the program began in 2007.  

Click here to see results and read more about on this week's ESPN college football poll of FBS head coaches

Quotes from Kristi Rush the week of Wisconsin Adidas Invitational

Oct 16, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 6:45 pm | Updated: October 16, 2014 6:50 pm | Permalink

Rush on her race at Notre Dame Invitational

“At Notre Dame I felt really good about my race. I broke my personal record. I was up where I was supposed to be.”

“Notre dame was definitely a confidence-booster. You always want to improve obviously. You always want to get better, but my confidence is definitely higher.”

“We probably did start too slow at Notre Dame. But Alyssa (Steed) and I decided to move up pretty early. We made some serious progress passing people. I know I felt really good and in my mind my race felt right. I felt strong and I broke my personal record.”

Weekly preparation/routine leading up to a big meet

"I keep everything pretty consistent. I’ve never been in a race this big, so I don’t know what I’m getting myself in to, but I think it’s important to keep your mindset the same. Otherwise, you’ll get nervous or have more anxiety than you need. Coach Shane says 'you have to keep the butterflies in formation.' The best way for me to do that is to keep everything consistent. I like to think of them as practices, and then at the end, an all-out mile. Then, I don’t psych myself out. It’s just another day. Like they say, practice like a race, race like a practice.”

How she knows she ran a successful race

“A lot of it is the feeling at the end of the race or throughout the race. It would be successful if you ran smart at the beginning, felt strong the last mile and finished strong, but with nothing left. You can’t put numbers or times to it. A lot of it is feeling, you have to be in tune. I know that if I start off too fast I can feel it.”

How the course determines race strategy

“In a course with hills, conservative is key. People will always start out too fast and end up dying. If it’s a flat course, it’s usually a faster course. You need to start out faster than you would in a race with hills, because the race goes out faster and you’ll get buried, which happened a little bit at Notre Dame.”

On Wisconsin Invitational

“The ranked teams have me excited because I know that the more people we beat, the higher ranked we can get. We are racing against the people we need to be racing against to make our statement and prove that we can do well at nationals.”

“We have a lot of good teams here that are ranked high nationally. I think success for our team would be beating some of those teams ranked ahead of us right now. This race is important for getting ourselves ranked higher.”

Personal goal before the season started

“I was really hoping to go to nationals. The top nine go, but only the top seven race. I would really love to be among the top seven and be able to race.”

Last Week in Review: The Hat-ch Trick

Oct 15, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 11:49 am | Updated: October 15, 2014 11:54 am | Permalink

It's been one month since the Cougars lost, three weeks since Ashley Hatch hadn't scored, one week since an opponent put the ball in the net and a calendar year since BYU dropped a WCC game.

Ashley Hatch had a game to remember last Thursday against Portland. She scored the first BYU hat trick in nine years, which was also the 17th hat trick in program history. She earned several honors for her three goals and also her assist against Gonzaga. 

Hatch is:

ESPNW's Soccer Player of the Week

WCC Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks and third time in her career's WCC Player of the Week for the second time this year

CollegeSoccer360 Primetime Performer for the first time.

and No. 4 on Top Play Tuesday

Along with the team's eight-game regular season win streak and 10-game WCC win streak, the Cougars jumped four spots to 19th in the NSCAA coaches pollElena Medeiros scored her first goal at home this season and Michele Murphy added another goal against Gonzaga, while goalkeeper Katherine Snyder ran her shutout streak to two games on Saturday against Gonzaga.


BYUtv's Portland Game Recap


BYUtv's Gonzaga Game Recap

Boom Shakalaka Dunk Contest

Oct 15, 2014 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:52 am | Permalink

The two headliners for the dunk contest at Boom Shakalaka (Friday at 7 p.m. MT in the Smith Fieldhouse) are senior Josh Sharp and sophomore Frank Bartley IV. In last year's contest, Sharp caught a pass from his wife and jumped over her for a dunk before the two shared a kiss. Bartley jumped over 6-foot-10 freshman Eric Mika to advance to the final where he ultimately lost to Mika.

Here's a recap of the 2013 Boom Shakalaka Dunk Contest and some of Sharp and Bartley's best dunks.

See Bartley's dunk at the 3:05 mark:

See Bartley's dunk at the 3:08 mark:

Mahina selected as CFPA National Tight End of the Week

Oct 14, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 1:09 pm | Updated: October 14, 2014 1:13 pm | Permalink

Based on his performance in Orlando against UCF, senior Devin Mahina was selected by the College Football Performance Awards as the National Tight End of the Week Monday. 

Mahina hauled in two touchdown receptions 25 seconds apart in the 31-24 overtime loss to UCF. 

The senior's two scores were the most for a BYU tight end since Kaneakua Friel's two touchdown catches in a 30-6 win over Washington State in 2012.

The second of the two Mahina catches capped the quickest scoring drive of the season for the Cougars, taking seven seconds following an interception by Skye PoVey.

Football team travels, preps for UCF

Oct 08, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 10:54 pm | Updated: October 8, 2014 11:45 pm | Permalink

On Wednesday in Orlando, Florida, the BYU football team made its final preparations for the Thursday night game against UCF.

The day actually began with early morning meetings and a practice session in Provo before heading out to catch the team charter flight to Florida. After arriving in Orlando, some coaches spoke with the ESPN broadcast crew before the team departed for the traditional fireside, which was held at the Lake Nona/Hunters Creek Wards Meetinghouse in Orlando.

The team arrived to meet a packed audience for the fireside. The meeting began with senior wide receiver Keanu Nelson, who spoke for the first time at a fireside. Running back Toloa'i Ho Ching followed before wide receiver Mitch Mathews spoke. Ho Ching and Mathews both served missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Orlando area. They both served as Spanish-speaking missionaries and served together at times, going on exchanges.

The offensive line presented a special musical number, an arrangement of Secret Prayer and Abide 'Tis Eventide. Tuni Kanuch led the group singing a solo part. A player Q&A followed with players responding to questions such as what they do to feel the spirit, favorite scriptures and about attending BYU versus another school.

Coach Bronco Mendenhall wrapped up the meeting before the team stood and sang "We'll Bring the World His Truth," accompanied by running back Paul Lasike on the piano.

After the fireside, the team hopped on the buses and went down to Bright House Networks Stadium for a walk-through. 

Check out the photos to see more from the day's events.

Quotes from Coach Rose and players after the first practice

Oct 07, 2014 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:49 am | Permalink

Junior guard Chase Fischer

"It’s an honor (to be named a captain). We’ve got so many great guys. Kyle and Tyler are such good leaders. It’s good to be out there with them."

"I think I bring a really vocal aspect. I like to talk a lot. I’m very personable and I like to talk to all the guys. I feel honored to do that. I think that’s kind of my personality just being a leader. Hopefully I can do well for the guys this year."

Junior guard Kyle Collinsworth

"I’m trying to be more of a defensive captain this year. I’m trying to take that responsibility and just trying to step up because if we want to win games and conference championships we have to make sure (we’re playing defense)."

Coach Dave Rose

"I really like the experience of that group (the captains). I think that we could have a mix of leadership here that has been as good as ever with the five seniors."

"They really complement each other. Kyle is a real extroverted player. Ty is just an everyday guy. You know what you’re going to get from him. He just leads by example."

"Everybody has their own leadership style, but what I really like about Chase is that he fits in with everyone. He’s a guy that has a relationship with everyone on the team, no matter if he was a redshirt scout team guy last year or the captain of the team. That’s where Chase can really bring a lot of positive things to this team, from his ability to relate to each guy on this team."