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BYU beats Houston 33-25 in home opener

Sep 11, 2014 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 10:36 pm | Permalink

BYU ran for 325 yards and three touchdowns to beat Houston 33-25.

Quarterback Taysom Hill led BYU's rushing attack with 160 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Running back Jamaal Williams added 139 yards and two touchdowns for the Cougars. BYU averaged 5.2 yards per carry.

BYU gave up only 10 rushing yards in the win. Linebacker Alani Fua and safety Craig Bills each recorded seven tackles in the game.

Hill spread the ball to 11 receivers for 200 yards passing. Jordan Leslie led BYU receivers with 6 catches and 79 yards receiving.

Junior Devon Blackmon set up BYU's first touchdown of the fourth quarter with a 16-yard punt return. Taysom Hill rushed four times for 45 yards on the 56-yard scoring drive. Jamaal Williams scored on a two-yard touchdown run to make the score 33-15.

Houston answered with a 68-yard drive ending in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Quarterback John O-Korn to receiver Deontay Greenberry. With Greenberry's touchdown, Houston cut BYU's lead to 11.

An interception on BYU's following drive led to Houston kicker Kyle Bullard's 36-yard field goal, making the score 33-25.

BYU ate up nearly five minutes on its next drive, before punting to give Houston the ball on its 12 with 2:49 left on the game clock. BYU forced three straight incompletions, causing Houston to punt. BYU converted on two first downs and ran down the clock for the 33-25 victory.

BYU takes 26-15 lead into final quarter

Sep 11, 2014 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 9:43 pm | Permalink

BYU kicker Trevor Sampson accounted for the only points of the third quarter as BYU leads Houston 26-15.

With 51 seconds left in the period, Sampson made good on a 26-attempt. His kick capped a 53-yard, 15 play drive.

Quarterback Taysom Hill eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground. Hill ran for 107 yards on 15 attempts through the first three quarters of the game. As a team, BYU tallied 215 yards on the ground compared to Houston's 10 yards.

BYU enters half up 23-15.

Sep 11, 2014 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 8:48 pm | Updated: September 11, 2014 10:00 pm | Permalink

BYU took a 23-15 lead into halftime of its home opener against Houston.

Running back Jamaal Williams and quarterback Taysom Hill led BYU's rushing attack, combining for 128 yards andone touchdown each on the ground. Hill added 170yards and a touchdown through the air, as BYU's offense gained 301 total yards, compared to Houston's 188 first half yards.

Hill connected with junior wideout Mitch Mathews on a six-yard touchdown pass to give BYU a 23-0 lead early in the second quarter. With the reception, Mathews became the seventh BYU player to catch a pass from Hill in the game.

Houston scored its first points on kicker Kyle Bullard's 29-yard field goal, cutting BYU's lead to 20.

On BYU's first play following the field goal, Houston tipped and intercepted a pass from Hill, setting up a short field. Houston capitalized, scoring a touchdown with 1:17 left in the half. Quarterback John O'Korn connected with Deontay Greenberry for a seven-yard touchdown. Bullard's missed PAT kept BYU's lead at 23-9.

Houston forced a fumble on BYU's final drive of the half, and O'Korn connected on a 45-yard pass to Daniel Spencer as time expired. Bullard again missed the PAT, making the halftime score 23-15 in favor of BYU.

BYU leads Houston 16-0 after one

Sep 11, 2014 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 7:50 pm | Permalink

Senior wide receiver Jordan Leslie's 70 receiving yards paced BYU to a 16-0 lead after one quarter of BYU's home opener against Houston.

BYU's defense started the scoring as linebacker Zac Stout wrapped up Houston running back Ryan Jackson in the endzone for a safety. The play was set up by Scott Arellano's punt that pinned Houston on its own three yardline.

After the free kick, BYU wasted no time in scoring again, as quarterback Taysom Hill led the offense to 64 yards on five plays for a touchdown. Jamaal Williams' 19-yard touchdown run capped the drive as BYU took a 9-0 lead. Almost half of the drive's yards came on a 35-yard pass from Hill to Leslie on a third down.

Following another defensive stop, BYU punched in another touchdown on a five-yard rush from Hill. The score finished off a 70-yard drive over eight plays as BYU increased its lead to 16-0.

Getting to know Harvey Jackson

Sep 11, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 1:08 pm | Permalink
What is one thing few people know about you?
I like the outdoors, nature. I like to go fishing. I like to watch Discovery Channel. Reading and stuff like that.
Why did you come to BYU?
It’s a great place to be. It holds us to a high standard and I stood up to the challenge. I like taking challenges. Also, Mendenhall is a really great coach and I think I can learn a lot from him.
What is your favorite professional team?
The Houston Texans. That’s my home city.
When/why did you start playing football?
I started playing when I was four years old. I was actually a year too young, but I was tall enough so they let me play. Football was the first sport my mother put me in when I was little. From then, I just stuck with it. It fit me perfectly.
Who do you look up to and why?
I look up to my dad. I always looked up to him when I was younger. He’s a great father figure and has done a lot of things to help me out.
Do you have any pregame rituals? When/why did you start doing them?
I pray first then I do back pedals on the field. I listen to music and just think about making good plays. I just put it on Pandora and let it play.
What’s something outside of football you’re looking forward to? 
I like to watch TV, I like to watch movies. I really like Netflix and ESPN. I like to play with friends. I like to go socialize, play with my puppy when I can.
What was the first college/professional game you attended? 
It was actually baseball with my grandpa. It was the Astros versus the Angels.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? 
Probably Brazil. I always thought it would be cool to go there.
What is your favorite football memory? (from college, high school, etc) 
I picked up the game winning fumble against Wisconsin to seal the game. I gave the ball to my offense and won the game.

Game Day: How to follow BYU vs. Houston

Sep 11, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 12:35 pm | Updated: September 11, 2014 12:54 pm | Permalink

ESPN will broadcast the BYU vs. Houston game live Thursday, with kickoff at 7:01 p.m. MDT.

BYU encourages those attending the game to be in their seats early for the 9/11 tributes held prior to kickoff. For more information on how the Cougars are observing Sept. 11, read the official release.

Fans who can't attend can watch live on WatchESPN. ESPN is also providing a live SkyCam broadcast, available on ESPN3.

BYU's voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell is calling the game live on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, available on, Sirius XM 143 and KSL Radio 1160 AM/102.7 FM. Game coverage starts at 6 p.m. MDT.

BYUtv has live pregame and postgame coverage on BYUtv and Coverage starts at 6 p.m. MDT, and postgame coverage lasts for half an hour after the game. BYUtv will rebroadcast the game starting at 11 p.m. MDT.

Live stats are available through Stat Broadcast.

Friday in Austin for BYU football

Sep 05, 2014 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 10:48 pm | Updated: September 5, 2014 11:13 pm | Permalink

After some meetings and a walk-through in Provo Friday morning, the BYU football team traveled to Austin, Texas, in advance of Saturday’s game against the No. 25 Longhorns.

The team paid a visit to Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, the site of Saturday’s game, during the afternoon and participated in its traditional team fireside in the evening.  

A standing-room-only contingent of BYU fans and members of the local community overflowed the Round Rock Stake Center for the fireside. Senior offensive lineman Michael Yeck, junior linebacker Jherremya Leuta-Douyere and senior linebacker Zac Stout delivered heart-felt messages to the congregation before the team’s defensive linemen gathered together to sing the hymn “I am a Child of God.” A question-and-answer session followed before head coach Bronco Mendenhall offered some brief closing remarks.

The Q&A allowed those in attendance to directly ask questions to member of the team. Players who responded to questions included junior linebacker Bronson Kaufusi, senior running back Paul Lasike, freshman offensive lineman Ului Lapuaho, junior quarterback Taysom Hill, junior wide receiver Devon Blackmon, senior defensive back Craig Bills, junior defensive lineman Remington Peck, sophomore linebacker Sae Tautu, sophomore defensive back Mike Davis and senior linebacker Michael Alisa. Sophomore receiver Mitchell Juergens and freshman receiver Trey Dye offered prayers at the fireside and the entire team sang "We'll Bring the World His Truth" to conclude the meeting.

Check out the photos below to get a feel for the team’s experiences on Friday. 

Viewing options for BYU at Texas

Sep 05, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 10:08 am | Updated: September 5, 2014 10:28 am | Permalink

A live broadcast of Saturday's BYU at Texas game is available on Fox Sports 1 at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

Fans can tune in on DirecTV Channel 219, Dish Channel 150, Comcast Channel 265 or Broadweave Channel 38. Streaming is also available for select TV providers. Find out if live streaming is available to you at

Live audio with Greg Wrubell is also available on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, which is available online at, on the radio at 102.7 FM and 1160 AM in Utah and Idaho, on Sirius XM 143 and on the official BYU Cougars app. Radio coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. CDT.

Fans can also tune in to ESPN Radio for live game coverage. Find ESPN Radio in your area on the ESPN Radio website.

BYUtv's Countdown to Kickoff begins at 5:30 p.m. CDT on BYUtv and online at Tune in after the game for the live postgame show.

For live stats, visit

BYU at UConn Broadcast Info

Aug 29, 2014 - Posted by at 6:00 am | Permalink

BYU football plays its season opener tonight against the UConn Huskies, kicking off at 7:02 p.m. EDT/5:02 p.m. MDT at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Live television coverage begins at 6 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. MDT on BYUtv with the Countdown to Kickoff pregame show. Following the game BYUtv will also broadcast a live postgame show providing reaction and analysis of the game. Go to for more information. 

After the pregame show on BYUtv, fans can tune in for live coverage of the game on ESPN at 7 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. MDT.  The game is also available on WatchESPN and on the American Forces Network, broadcasting via closed circuit or low-power radiating facilities on U.S. military installations outside of the USA and U.S. Naval ships at sea outside of U.S. territorial waters.

ESPN will re-air BYU-UConn on ESPN at 3 a.m. EDT Saturday and 12 a.m. EDT on ESPNU. It will also be rebroadcast on Sept. 5 at 3:30 a.m. EDT and 5 p.m. EDT on the Longhorn Network. 
Radio coverage of the game can be followed on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins at 5 p.m. EDT/3 p.m. MDT with the radio pregame show. The radio coverage can be found on Sirius XM 143, KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM out of Salt Lake City and online at 
Click here for more information on the matchup. 

Football team preps for game day in Connecticut

Aug 28, 2014 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 9:04 pm | Updated: August 28, 2014 9:38 pm | Permalink

Thursday in Windsor, Connecticut, the BYU football team completed its final full day of preparations in advance of Friday’s season opener at UConn.

The day included meetings in the morning, a team practice midday at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor and visiting Rentschler Field in East Hartford in the late afternoon. After a few coaches met with ESPN in the early evening, many members of the team participated in a fireside at the Hartford Stake Center in Bloomfield.

During the fireside, junior receiver Kurt Henderson, senior kicker Trevor Samson and junior defensive lineman Graham Rowley each gave talks and running backs Adam Hine, Toloa’i Ho Ching, Algernon Brown, Paul Lasike, Nate Carter and coach Mark Atuaia all sang the hymn, “I Need Thee Every Hour.” A question-and-answer session followed with head coach Bronco Mendenhall, Hine, senior defensive back Harvey Jackson, sophomore defensive lineman Travis Tuiloma, junior receiver Mitch Mathews and junior quarterback Taysom Hill all responding to questions from those in attendance.

Check out the photos below to get a feel for the day.