Men's Football Blog

Football bye week full of national accolades, interviews

Sep 14, 2013 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 11:01 am | Updated: September 14, 2013 12:12 pm | Permalink

This week BYU was named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week after its 40-21 victory over then No. 15 Texas at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Four players—quarterback Taysom Hill, running back Jamaal Williams, linebacker Alani Fua and placekicker Justin Sorensen—were also recognized nationally with various honors for their contributions to the Cougar victory.

With his 259 rushing yards and three touchdowns directing the BYU triumph, Hill deservedly received numerous awards during the week, including National Player of the Week accolades. Consequently, BYU was a primary topic in local and national media during the week. In addition to local media interviews with players and coaches, BYU conducted more than a half-dozen national interviews, including national radio shows on CBS Sports Radio, Fox Sports Radio, Sirius XM Satellite Radio and BYU Radio Sports Network. 

Here are links to several of those interviews in case you missed them during the week.

Bronco Mendenhall on Tim Brando Show, CBS Sports Network (Video)

Bronco Mendenhall on Jim Rome Show, CBS Sports Radio  

Taysom Hill on Ferrall on the Bench, CBS Sports Radio

Taysom Hill on Jay Mohr Sports, Fox Sports Radio

Jason Beck on BYU Sports Nation, BYU Radio Sports Network

Recapping Taysom Hill's game against Texas and the ensuing national attention

Sep 12, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 8:48 pm | Updated: September 12, 2013 9:11 pm | Permalink

BYU vs. Texas fourth quarter

Sep 07, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 10:23 pm | Updated: September 7, 2013 10:29 pm | Permalink

Rushing for a school-record 550 yards, BYU held tight in the fourth quarter to beat No. 15 Texas 40-21.

The Cougars were led by quarterback Taysom Hill, who ended the game with the second most rushing yards by an NCAA quarterback in the last 10 years with 259.

The defense held strong in the fourth quarter, not allowng a Longhorn score. Texas kicked off the quarter with a 4th and 1 attempt, but linebacker Uani 'Unga came up with a tackle for loss to halt the effort. After a three-and-out from BYU, the Longhorns marched into Cougar territory when defensive back Skye PoVey broke up a pass on 3rd and 3 and safety Craig Bills knocked down the fourth down pass attempt. 

After recovering a BYU fumble, Texas drove to the Cougar 24-yard line when linebacker Alani Fua came up with a sack for a loss of 11 to set up a 4th and 17 situation. BYU was called for a defensive pass interference that allowed the drvie to continue. The BYU defense was not phased as it held Texas to one yard on the next four plays to end the game. 

BYU vs. Texas third quarter

Sep 07, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 9:40 pm | Updated: September 7, 2013 9:47 pm | Permalink

With a 34-yard rush from running back Jamaal Williams on its last drive, BYU broke the single-game rushing record in school history and took a 40-21 lead into the fourth. The previous record was 465 yards against Montana in 1958. The 485 rushing yards BYU picked up are also the most Texas has allowed in school history. 

Texas started the half looking strong on offense, but on third and eight linebacker Kyle Van Noy came through the line to pick up a sack for a loss of nine to end the drive.  

BYU turned around and scored for a 34-14 lead with quarterback Taysom Hill running in for another touchdown. The 26-yard score, his third of the game, set a new career high for rushing touchdowns for Hill. Receiver Cody Hoffman also highlighted the drive with a 31-yard reception.

Texas answered with an 83-yard drive to close the gap to 34-21. On the ensuing drive, Justin Sorensen put more points on the board for BYU with a 36-yard field goal. 

The Longhorns began another drive picking up 15 yards, but defensive end Bronson Kaufusi batted down a pass on second down and safety Daniel Sorensen broke up a deep pass to end the drive.

Sorensen connected on his fourth field goal of the night to put BYU up 40-21. It's the first time BYU has made four or more field goals in a game since 2000 vs. Utah. 

BYU vs. Texas second quarter

Sep 07, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 8:36 pm | Updated: September 7, 2013 8:44 pm | Permalink

BYU entered halftime with a 27-14 lead over Texas with quarterback Taysom Hill leading the way. Hill continued to run past Texas in the second quarter, outgaining the Longhorns in rushing yards 166 - 59 in the half. His 166 rushing yards are a career-high and are the most in a game by a quarterback since Brandon Doman in 2001 (164 yards). 

Kyle Van Noy brought the heat on defense, leading both teams with three quarterback hurries as the Cougars held Texas to 206 total yards in the half. BYU racked up 411 total yards. 

The Longhorns struck first in the second on a 76-yard drive capped off by a 2-yard run from running back Joe Bergeron to take a 14-10 lead.

Hill took advantage of a Texas penalty that extended the BYU drive and ran into the end zone from 20 yards out to tie his career high for rushing touchdowns (two). The score pushed BYU back on top 17-14.

BYU struck again on a nine-play, 59-yard scoring drive to extend its lead to 24-14. Running back Paul Lasike led the attack with 42 yards on the ground and the 10-yard rushing score.

Kicker Justin Sorensen connected on a 32-yard field goal to end the half and give BYU the 27-14 advantage heading into the locker room. The drive was highlighted by a 36-yard rush from running back Jamaal Williams. Williams ended the half with 108 rushing yards. 

BYU vs. Texas first quarter

Sep 07, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 7:44 pm | Updated: September 7, 2013 8:37 pm | Permalink

The first quarter was highlighted by a 68-yard rush from quarterback Taysom Hill to give BYU a 10-7 lead to end the first quarter. The rush tied his previous school record (Hawai’i, 2012) for the longest run by a BYU quarterback.

The Cougars got off to a quick start on their first possession of the game, marching 60 yards on 11 plays capped off by a 34-yard field goal from Justin Sorensen. BYU was led by Paul Lasike’s three rushes for 27 yards and Jamaal Williams’ three rushes for 20 yards on the drive.

The BYU defense held Texas to three consecutive three and outs to begin the game. Alani Fua recorded a sack and a tackle for loss during the stretch. On its fourth drive receiver Mike Davis got loose for Texas on a 57-yard pass from quarterback David Ash for its lone score of the quarter.

The Cougars outgained the Longhorns 180-103 on offense. Hill lead all rushers with 91 yards.

Broadcast options for BYU vs. Texas

Sep 06, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:56 am | Updated: September 7, 2013 8:03 am | Permalink

Cougar Nation has seven viewing  and listening options for the BYU vs. Texas game. 

ESPN2

Live broadcast

Talent: Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Matt Millen (analyst), Maria Taylor (sideline)

Also available on Watch ESPN.

BYUtv

Countdown to Kickoff, 4 p.m. MDT

Postgame Show, immediately following game

Rebroadcast of game

Watch pre and postgame shows live on BYUtvsports.com

Longhorn Network

Live broadcast

Pregame show

Cougar IMG Sports Network

Live broadcast

Pre and postgame shows

(KSL 1160 AM, 102.7 FM, KSL.com, BYUcougars.com, BYU Radio Sirius XM 143)

Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Marc Lyons (analyst), Nate Meikle (sideline)

Longhorn IMG Radio Network

Live broadcast

Pregame show

(KVET 1300 AM, 98.1 FM, TexasSports.com, Sirius XM 117)

Talent: Craig Way (play-by-play), Roger Wallace (analyst), Rod Babers (sideline)

Texas Spanish Radio

Live broadcast

Pregame show

http://texassports.com/showcase/

Sports USA (national radio)

Live broadcast

Talent: John Ahlers (play-by-play), Gary Barnett (analyst), Scott Garrard (sideline)

Find your local station at sportsusamedia.com.

Understanding the numbers on defense

Sep 05, 2013 - Posted by Jared Houghton at 11:06 am | Updated: September 5, 2013 3:45 pm | Permalink

Last season, the BYU defensive unit was considered by some to be one of the best in the program's history. It's tough to argue with that fact, seeing how the defense finished 2012 ranked No. 3 nationally in total defense, finishing behind only Alabama and Florida State. The Cougars held oppenents to an average of 266.1 yards per game, the lowest since 1974 when the defense held opposing offenses to an average of 261 yards. Overall, the powerhouse held seven top-10 defensive rankings, including six top-5 rankings highlighted by the No.1-ranked 3rd down defense and the No. 2 red zone defense.

This season, there are high expectations for the defense even though there are only five returning starters from a year ago. Returning are linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Spencer Hadley, safeties Daniel Sorensen and Craig Bills and defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna. Joining them on the starting defense are new faces and familiar ones. Defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi and linebackers Uani Unga and Alani Fua saw action in every game last season while lineman Remington Peck played in nine games. Cornerback Skye PoVey played in three games last season and cornerback Robertson Daniel made his first career and game action for BYU against Virginia.

With all the new starters and contributers who saw action in the game against Virginia, nine players tied or set a new career high in tackles. Manumaleuna and Unga led the way with 10 tackles each, a career high for both players.

In the season opener, the defense allowed only 223 total yards to Virginia, ranking No. 15 nationally in total defense. Last season the Cougars held oppenents to a 26.52 percent conversion rate on third downs and they held the Cavaliers to 30 percent on third down last week.

In 2012, the defense held 10 oppenents to under 300 yards of total offense and went 8-2 in those games. At one point during the 2012 campaign, the Cougars had held 12 straight teams to under 300 yards of total offense. Holding Texas to under 300 yards of total offense will help determine if BYU comes out on top.

Roster note

With the start of fall classes, the BYU football team added several new players to its roster. The new additions include sophomores Chase Frei and Benson Manwaring along with 10 freshmen in Chris Badger, Michael Edmunds, Porter Hansen, Brad Heap, Adam Ingersoll, Garrett Juergens, Mitchell Juergens, David Kessler, Shad Pace and Nephi Stevens.

Coach Mendenhall, Cougar Fans at Stadium Party Wednesday

Sep 04, 2013 - Posted by at 9:39 pm | Updated: September 4, 2013 11:17 pm | Permalink

Cougar fans enjoyed a fun evening on Wednesday at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The BYU Athletic Department hosted the Fan Stadium Party on Wednesday just days before the football team's first home game of the season on Saturday against the nationally ranked Texas Longhorns.  

BYU football head coach Bronco Mendenhall attended the party and talked to fans along with the "Voice of the Cougars," Greg Wrubell. Many other activities took place during the evening, including locker room tours. The party lasted from 6:30-9 p.m. 

Check out the photos below to get a little taste of the event if you happened to miss it.