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BYU up 14-3 after first quarter

Nov 16, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 1:54 pm | Permalink

In the last home game of the season the Cougars scored the first points of the game and lead 14-3.

Sophomore Jamaal Williams highlighted the first quarter with two touchdown runs, including a career-high 70-yard scramble. Cody Hoffman returned his first career punt for 23 yards.

After Adam Hine's 40-yard kickoff return to start the game, BYU marched down the field with Taysom Hill completing 4 of 5 for 38 yards. Hoffman caught two passes for 27 yards and Williams carried the ball for 16 yards and the touchdown. The drive was 12 plays for 60 yards.

After the Bengals scored their first points on a 31-yard field goal, the Cougars responded quickly when Williams took the handoff and broke a 70-yard run for his second touchdown of the quarter. 

The BYU defense held Idaho State to three punts. Skye PoVey and Mike Hague led the team with four tackles each. Kyle Van Noy chipped in two tackles for loss. 

Mendenhall, Edwards similarities over first 111 games

Nov 09, 2013 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 9:42 am | Updated: November 12, 2013 2:48 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall is looking for his 81st win at the helm of the Cougars as he leads his team into Camp Randall Stadium today to face No. 21 Wisconsin.

This will be Mendenhall’s 112th game overseeing the BYU program. Now in his ninth season, he has won over 72 percent of BYU’s games under his leadership while achieving an 80-31 record.

Interestingly, Mendenhall matched legendary Cougar coach LaVell Edwards by winning his 80th contest in his 111th game. Coach Edwards also won his 80th game in his 111th outing during his 10th season to boast a nearly identical 80-30-1 record at that point of his career.

There are several other similarities when looking back at the first 111 games of BYU’s two most successful coaches.

Edwards’ teams boasted four winning streaks of at least six games (17, 11, 7, 6). Mendenhall’s teams have also had four such streaks (16, 11, 6, 6) and could add to that total if able to improve upon the current five game-streak entering today’s game at Wisconsin.

The longest losing streak for Edwards was four games, something his teams endured twice. Mendenhall, likewise, has suffered no more than four losses at a time, with one such skid back in 2010.

The opponents BYU played have changed a bit from the beginning of the Edwards era to the program’s current status of football independence.

Edwards’ teams faced teams that currently hail from an automatic-qualifying BCS conference 16 times, earning an 8-8 record with wins over Kansas State (2), Oregon State (2), Oregon, Texas A&M, Wisconsin and SMU.  Mendenhall’s teams have faced teams from BCS leagues 31 times, achieving a 15-16 record with wins over UCLA (2), Washington (2), Oregon State (2), Georgia Tech (2), Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas, Ole Miss, Arizona, Washington State and Houston. Overall, BYU has played 17 different programs from an automatic-qualifying BCS league in those 31 games while Edwards’ teams played nine programs over the 16 games.

When it comes to postseason, Edwards’ teams went to five bowls over that 111-game span with a 1-4 record while beginning what would become a great BYU bowl legacy. Mendenhall has built upon the legacy by taking the Cougars to a bowl each year while winning a program-record four straight bowls to boast a 6-2 postseason record. 

Fireside in Madison, Wisc.

Nov 08, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 11:19 pm | Updated: November 8, 2013 11:22 pm | Permalink

BYU will participate in Poinsettia Bowl in 2016 and 2018

Nov 06, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 12:00 pm | Permalink

Brigham Young University has accepted an invitation to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl following the 2016 and 2018 regular seasons.

The Cougars will play in San Diego if bowl eligible and not selected to participate in the College Football Playoff. BYU will face one of the top teams from the Mountain West both years.

Dates, kickoff times and broadcast plans will be announced at a later date.

Jorgensen, Falslev having surgery

Oct 31, 2013 - Posted by at 4:54 pm | Updated: October 31, 2013 6:08 pm | Permalink

BYU senior linebacker Austen Jorgensen will miss the rest of the year and senior receiver/return specialist JD Falslev will be out 3-4 weeks due to planned surgeries. 

A 6-foot-2, 232-pound middle linebacker from Mt. Pleasant, Utah, Jorgensen will have season-ending surgery next week to repair cartilage damage to his knee. He totaled a career-best 47 tackles in BYU's eight games this season, including three starts. For his career, Jorgensen played in 45 games while making 108 tackles, including 55 solo takedowns and one sack. 

Falslev had surgery Thursday to repair a fractured hand. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound captain has played in all eight games with three starts this year while totaling 227 receiving yards on 24 catches. BYU's primary punt returner, Falslev also averages 10.4 yards on 23 punt returns, including a 71-yard return for a touchdown against Middle Tennessee. 

Kick time for BYU vs. Wisconsin set

Oct 28, 2013 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 12:09 pm | Permalink

The kick time for the BYU at Wisconsin football game on Nov. 9 was announced today. The game will be played at Camp Randall Stadium beginning at 2:30pm CT (1:30pm MT) on ABC or ESPN. The network will be determined next week.

BYU and Wisconsin have met once in the past with the Cougars earning a 28-3 win in Madison in 1980.  BYU led just 7-0 at halftime but the defense held the Badgers to just 140 total yards in the second half and forced two fumbles to fuel a 21-point offensive attack from Jim McMahon and the Cougars. McMahon was 12 of 15 for 175 yards and three touchdowns in the second half, finishing the day with 337 passing yards.

BYU beats BSU 37-20

Oct 25, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 9:42 pm | Permalink

BYU beat the Boise State Broncos 37-20 behind Taysom Hill's four touchdowns and 339 passing yards. Jamaal Williams contributed 107 yards rushing on 21 carries.

In the fourth quarter, the Broncos scored their second touchdown of the game when Grant Hedrick connected on a 47-yard completion to Aaron Burks to set up a 14-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Harman. The score cut the BYU lead to 34-20 with just over 10 minutes left in the game.

The Cougars took a 37-20 lead on the ensuing drive. Jamaal Williams’ 17-yard run was followed by a 13-yard completion to Cody Hoffman to move the ball into Bronco territory. Three straight rushes set up a 41-yard field goal by Justin Sorensen, his third of the game.

BYU started the quarter by forcing the fourth BSU turnover of the game. Tyler Beck jarred the ball loose from BSU running back Jay Ajayi and it was recovered by Remington Peck at the BYU 42-yard line.

With five minutes left in the game, the Cougars forced a fourth and one at the BYU 44-yard line. Austin Jorgensen and Skye PoVey combined to stuff Ajayi and give the ball back to the Cougars.

BYU takes 34-13 lead into the fourth

Oct 25, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 8:57 pm | Permalink

Taysom Hill's third passing touchdown of the game and a field goal from Justin Sorensen helped the Cougars take a 34-13 lead after three quarters. Hill was 4 of 8 with 64 yards in the quarter.

Mitch Matthews caught a 40-yard touchdown to give the Cougars a 31-6 lead with 8:50 left in the quarter. The play capped off a six play, 75-yard drive highlighted by rushes of 10 and 13 yards by Jamaal Williams and Paul Lasike, respectively.

BSU’s Shane Williams-Rhodes had 40-yard punt return to give the Broncos the ball at the Cougars’ 22-yard line. Two short rushes and an incomplete pass set up a fourth and five, but quarterback Grant Hedrick escaped for a nine-yard run to pick up the first down after nearly being sacked. On third and goal from the five, Hedrick ran up the middle for the Broncos’ first touchdown of the game to make it 31-13.

With just over two minutes left in the quarter, Hedrick completed a nine-yard pass to Geraldo Boldewijn, but Boldewijn was hit by linebacker Uani ‘Unga, forcing the ball loose. Kyle Van Noy recovered the fumble giving the Cougars the ball on the BSU 29-yard line. The Bronco defense held the Cougars to a 34-yard field goal by Justin Sorensen to give the Cougars a 34-13 lead.

On the first drive of the second half, the Cougars took the ball to BSU’s 34 before stalling and being forced to punt. The Broncos got a 61-yard run by Jay Ajayi to move the ball inside the BYU 20. After three straight rushes, BSU was forced to settle for a field goal. Dan Goodale split the uprights to cut the lead to 24-6.

With 30 seconds left in the quarter, Hedrick sailed a pass that was intercepted by safety Skye PoVey to give the Cougars the ball back at the BSU 48-yard line. 

BYU up 24-3 at half

Oct 25, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 7:38 pm | Permalink

Cody Hoffman’s 4-yard touchdown with 44 seconds left in the half broke the all-time record for touchdowns by a BYU receiver and gave the Cougars a 24-3 lead. The score was set up by a BYU fumble recovery. After an 11-yard catch and run by Shane Williams-Rhodes, BYU safety Craig Bills forced a fumble that was recovered by the Cougars at the BSU 39-yard line.

The Cougars outgained the Broncos 376 to 202 in the half, and BYU quarterback Taysom Hill was 21 of 28 with 253 yards and two touchdowns. Hill also rushed for one touchdown and 53 yards.

Earlier in the quarter, Hoffman’s 35-yard reception moved the ball to the BSU 37 and on the next play, Ross Apo hauled in a 37-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 17-3.

With 4:50 left in the half, the Broncos got their first score of the game. After BYU punter Scott Arellano pinned the Broncos at their own 9-yard line, Jay Ajayi rushed six times to help BSU on a 14-play, 76-yard drive that ended in a 33-yard field goal by Dan Goodale to cut the deficit to 10-3.

On BSU’s first possession of the second, the Broncos got a 34-yard completion from Matt Miller to Shane Williams-Rhodes to move the ball to the BYU 11-yard line. On fourth and one, BSU tried a quarterback sneak but was stopped short by BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy to give the ball back to the Cougars.

On the first play of the quarter, Justin Sorensen capped off a 14-play, 56-yard drive with a 28-yard field goal to give the Cougars a 10-0 lead.

BYU leads BSU 7-0 after one

Oct 25, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 6:45 pm | Updated: October 25, 2013 6:46 pm | Permalink

The Cougars scored the first points of the game and lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Midway through the first, the BYU defense forced a three-and-out, but a 62-yard punt by Sean Wale pinned the Cougars inside their own 20.  The Cougars  moved the ball down the field with a 21-yard completion to J.D. Falslev and 22-yard pass to Kanaeaku Friel. Taysom Hill’s 20-yard touchdown run finished the drive and Justin Sorensen’s extra point gave the Cougars a 7-0 lead.

After forcing another three-and-out, the Cougars ended the quarter by marching down to the 10-yard line, highlighted by long completions to Friel and Mitch Matthews.

The Broncos’ opening drive ended with a turnover on downs at the BYU 35-yard line. On the ensuing possession, the Cougars marched down the field on back-to-back completions to Jamaal Williams and a 17-yard run by Alge Brown. A fourth-down conversion put BYU inside the BSU 20, but two false starts and an incompletion forced the Cougars to settle for a field goal attempt. Sorensen missed the 30-yard kick wide left.