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Getting to Know: Tuni Kanuch and Colby Pearson

Oct 23, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:50 pm | Updated: October 23, 2015 4:32 pm | Permalink

Prior to the start of the 2015 season, we had a chance to talk with Tuni Kanuch and Colby Pearson. Learn a little bit about them below.

Tuni Kanuch

Sophomore offensive lineman

Major: Exercise and wellness

Stadiums most excited to play in: All of them, but especially at home because we have a lot of fans.

One thing people don’t know about you: Manoa Pikula is my cousin. I played on little league teams with Algernon Brown.

Name: It’s Tongan. Tuni means 'Junior', so I’m named after my dad.

Other sports: I only played football in high school. I started playing baseball, but was too big. I played basketball, but got sick of being fouled out. I didn’t start football until I was 13 or 14.

Favorite actor: Brad Pitt, Tom Hardy, Will Smith

Favorite food: Meat, burgers, fish, chicken any of that stuff. I love the Cheesecake Factory and cheesecake.

Three things you did during the offseason: Train, watch film and hangout with my wife.

Role model: Mom and wife: She’s getting her PhD here in counseling psychology. I think that’s really cool because I’m not that great at school, so to see my wife trying to be the best that she can be helps me want to be the best that I can be in football and everything else. Also, Coach Wintrich. He’s a good all-around coach. He’s always there for you. He’s not too authoritative or too high to come sit in the locker room and chill with us.

Nicknames from the team: First year me and a few others were called Team Swoll. We also have different superheroes and I was known as Juggernaut, but it has phased out. Mitch Mathews calls me Tune Squad from 'Space Jam'.

Pregame rituals: Pray

Favorite football memory: Before the Texas game, six minutes before we went in, we turned up the music full blast and everyone turned up super hard and everyone was pumped and ready to play.

Colby Pearson

Junior wide receiver

Major: Exercise Science. I’m planning on going to dental school.

Stadiums excited to play at: The Big House. I’m excited to go to Michigan. But a lot of our away games are at top-notch places, so they are going to be exciting.

One thing people don’t know about you: I can play the song “A Thousand Miles” on the piano. I took piano lessons for about five years.

Other sports: In high school, I played baseball and basketball as well as football.

Favorite athlete: LeBron James. He’s the greatest.

Favorite movie: "Remember the Titans" is a classic. So is "Dumb and Dumber."

Favorite actor: Adam Sandler and Will Smith.

Walk-up song: Definitely the Darth Vader march.

Food: I like Italian food, but I’m an Idaho boy. So I always love a good steak and potatoes.

Who do you look up to: My dad. He played college football in Idaho, and he taught me everything I know. He supports me every step of the way.

Nicknames: Honey Colbs, like Honey Combs, is one of my favorites. I have a lot, like Colberto, Coolbie, Colbs, and the coaches call me Idaho.

Pregame rituals: I like to isolate and listen to music. I say a prayer as well.

Favorite football memory: My senior year in high school was when we won the state championship. It was amazing playing my last high school game with all my friends and coming out on top.

BYU wins 38-24

Oct 16, 2015 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 9:30 pm | Updated: October 16, 2015 9:34 pm | Permalink

The Cougars opened up the fourth quarter with a Sione Takitaki sack on Bearcat quarterback Hayden Moore, which forced a Cincinnati punt.  BYU marched back to the Cincinnati red zone with a Francis Bernard 40-yard run and an 11-yard Devon Blackmon catch.  Algernon Brown scored on a 2-yard rush with 10:24 to go, making it a 24-24 game.

On the next Bearcat drive, Bronson Kaufusi recorded his third sack of the game, pushing the Cincinnati offense back to their 23-yard line. The Cougar defense then forced a four and out.

On the first play from scrimmage after the punt, Mangum threw a 53-yard pass to Kurtz for the touchdown. The Cougars took their first lead of the game 31-24.

With 7:26 to go, Sae Tautu sacked Moore for a loss of 2-yards on third down, forcing a Bearcat punt. Garrent Jurgens then returned Sam Geraci’s punt for 39 yards to the Cincinnati 32. Frances Bernard ran 11 yards for the touchdown after three Algernon Brown rushes. With 4:35 to go, the Cougars were in the lead 38-24.

Cougars behind Bearcats 24-17 after third quarter

Oct 16, 2015 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 8:42 pm | Updated: October 16, 2015 8:44 pm | Permalink

On the opening drive of the half, Tanner Mangum threw a pass to Devon Blackmon for a 12-yard gain.  Later on the drive, Mangum completed a pass to Colby Pearson inside the Cincinnati 20. BYU continued driving down the field and scored on a 19-yard completion from Mangum to Nick Kurtz. With the touchdown, the Cougars tied the game 17-17. Mangum completed seven passes on the drive.

After a BYU punt, the Bearcats got the ball on their 36-yard line and drove down the field 64 yards for the score to go up 24-17. On the drive Fred Warner had a 7-yard sack in the backfield. 

BYU down 17-10 going into second half

Oct 16, 2015 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 7:39 pm | Updated: October 16, 2015 7:43 pm | Permalink

To open the second quarter, BYU’s Bronson Kaufusi blocked Cincinnati kicker Andrew Gantz’s 58-yard field goal. Michael Wadsworth recovered the tipped ball on the 50-yard line. Tanner Mangum opened the drive with a 38-yard completion to Mitch Matthews spotted at the Cincinnati 12. BYU ended the drive with a field goal completed by Trevor Samson.

Travis Tuiloma and Harvey Langi sacked Moore for a loss of 7 yards, forcing a fourth-and-long Cincinnati punt. On the drive after the punt, Bearcat linebacker Kevin Brown intercepted a pass by Mangum on BYU’s 20-yard line. Bearcat running back Mike Boone rushed for a 5-yard touchdown, putting Cincinnati up 17-3 with 6:50 left in the second quarter.

Mangum threw a 16-yard completion to Nick Kurtz for a first down near the 20-yard line. Pass interference was called on the Cincinnati defense on a pass to Devon Blackmon, which placed BYU on the 5-yard line. On the next play, Algernon Brown rushed for a 5-yard touchdown making it a 17-10 game.

BYU stopped the Bearcats on the Cincinnati 42-yard line, forcing a fourth down punt. With 2:20 left in the half, BYU running back Riley Burt ran for 41-yards, putting the Cougars on the 50-yard yard line. BYU ended the drive with a 40-yard punt by Jonny Linehan pinned inside the 10-yard line. Halftime score 17-10.

BYU behind Cincinnati 10-0 after first quarter

Oct 16, 2015 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 6:46 pm | Updated: October 16, 2015 7:12 pm | Permalink

On its first drive, Cincinnati rushed for 24 yards and quarterback Hayden Moore threw three completions. BYU stopped the Bearcat drive on the 13-yard line forcing a 29-yard Cincinnati field goal. With the score, the Bearcats went up 3-0.

Midway through the first quarter, Cincinnati quarterback Hayden Moore completed a 46-yard pass to Shaq Washington for a first down inside the 20. BYU’s red zone defense held the Bearcats to fourth down and goal. The Bearcats chose to go for it on fourth down and scored on a jump pass from running back Tion Green to receiver DJ Dowdy to go up 10-0.

Bronson Kaufusi sacked Moore for a two-yard loss on the Cincinnati 14-yard line. Later in the drive, Sae Tautu again sacked Moore on the BYU 27. The next play Bronson Kaufusi forced a fumble by Bearcat quarterback Moore, which Moore recovered. Cincinnati lined up for a 58-yard field goal, but didn't get the snap off before the quarter ended.

Getting to Know: Kai Nacua and Algernon Brown

Oct 16, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 1:17 pm | Updated: October 16, 2015 4:34 pm | Permalink

Prior to the start of the 2015 season, we had the chance to talk with Kai Nacua and Algernon Brown. Learn a little bit about them below.

Kai Nacua

Junior defensive back

Major: Exercise and wellness.

Plans for after graduation: If the league doesn’t work, I would like to share my knowledge by coaching kids. When we did camp this summer, I had a lot of fun

Story behind your name: I was named after my uncle. In Hawaiian it means diamond. Kaimana is my full name.

Favorite pro athlete: King James. I love him.

Favorite movie/actor: Jim Carrey is my favorite actor for sure. The Lion King is my favorite movie.

Offseason activities: Besides training, I played a lot of volleyball. Really, I just did anything outside, like golf. I love both sand volleyball and grass. I prefer sand though.

Role model: My father for sure. He passed away my senior year of high school, so it has been three years. The legacy that he left has always stuck in my mind.

Nicknames: I guess Kai would be a nickname, but a lot of the guys call me the DJ because I’m always playing the music for everyone. I guess I’m DJ Nacua.

Pregame rituals: In high school it was Jack in the Box, but they don’t have that here, so I can’t do that anymore. I have a certain playlist I play every time. Aside from that, I just throw on my gear and I’m ready to go.

Favorite football memory so far: The Cal game for sure. The feeling after we won was just amazing. The team was going crazy. That was a fun game.

Algernon Brown

Junior running back

Major: Exercise and wellness.

Dream job: I want to get into physical therapy.

Where did your name come from: My dad said he found it in the dictionary and in the Doctrine and Covenants in the preface of one of the sections.

Other sports you like: I love watching basketball and soccer.

Favorite athletes: Neymar. In my very first area on my mission, I served in the town where Neymar plays. That’s where I first heard about him.

Offseason activities: I worked on my speed a lot this summer. Aside from football, I was just hanging out with my wife. She is working. We are busy, so whenever we get the time it is nice. We’ve been married for a year. She is a dental assistant and hopes to be a dentist one day.

Role models: Probably my brothers. I have two older brothers that played college football. One is a nurse and one is an engineer. They played at Southern Utah. One lives in Salt Lake and the other lives in Cedar City.

Pregame rituals: I usually just listen to music. Sometimes I take a nap.

Favorite football memory: My first game here at BYU. It was against Georgia Tech. It was fun.

Favorite food: Any oriental food, like Chinese or Japanese.

Following the game: Cincinnati vs. BYU

Oct 16, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 12:58 pm | Updated: October 16, 2015 1:06 pm | Permalink

BYU football hosts Cincinnati with kickoff at 6 p.m. MDT at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN along with online access through Watch ESPN.

Live television coverage begins at 5 p.m. MDT with BYUtv’s pregame show Countdown to Kickoff. Live postgame coverage on BYUtv will follow after the game.

Radio coverage of the game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with the Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins with the pregame show at 4 p.m. MDT on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM out of Salt Lake City and online at The game will also be available on BYU Radio through Sirius XM 143 and online.

Visit the gameday page for more information on the matchup.

BYU holds off to beat ECU 45-38 in first meeting between schools

Oct 10, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 9:08 pm | Updated: October 14, 2015 1:38 pm | Permalink

ECU forced BYU to a punt early in the 4th quarter. They drove down the field in 1:52 for 85 yards and a 2-yard touchdown run by Chris Hairston to decrease BYU's lead to 38-28.

A three-and-out for the Cougars gave ECU the ball back with 11 minutes to go. A defensive stand at the BYU 45-yard line forced ECU to punt with 10 minutes to go. Another three-and-out gave ECU the ball again with eight minutes to go.

A 35-yard pass from James Summers to Trevon Brown set up a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Blake Kemp to Isaiah Jones to make the score 38-35 with six minutes left. ECU intercepted Beau Hoge's pass up the middle to start at BYU's 45-yard line with five minutes to go. Kicker Davis Plowman would hit the 32-yard field goal to tie the game at 38.

Tanner Mangum returned to the game with four minutes left after leaving in the third quarter with an ankle injury. He led the Cougars on a 10-play, 75-yard drive, and Algie Brown scored his fourth touchdown of the night with a 9-yard touchdown run with 19 seconds left.

Mangum went 24-of-33 on the night for 332 yards and three touchdowns. Beau Hoge went 1-for-4 for nine yards and an interception. Algie Brown had four touchdowns on the night, three rushing and one receiving. He also had 134 rushing yards. Devon Blackmon led the wide receivers for the night with nine receptions for 142 yards.

BYU up on ECU 38-21 at the end of the 3rd quarter

Oct 10, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 8:14 pm | Updated: October 10, 2015 8:19 pm | Permalink

Algie Brown opened the third quarter with a 53-yard touchdown run to make the lead for the Cougars 35-21.

The next drive, ECU quarterback Blake Kemp bobbled and dropped the snap. Matt Hadley recovered the fumble for the Cougars. Yiannis Bowden sacked Tanner Mangum for 11 yards, ending the Cougars' drive after the fumble recovery. ECU's next drive resulted in another fumble. ECU's Davon Grayson caught the ball and Michael Davis stripped the ball from his hands. Fred Warner recovered the ball for the Cougars.

A 34-yard pass from Mangum to Devon Blackmon and an 8-yard run by Mangum set up a 37-yard field goal by Trevor Samson to make it 38-21. A sack from Tomasi Laulile set up a 3rd and 16 for ECU. Quarterback James Summers threw a pass to Brandon Bishop. It was tipped and intercepted by Fred Warner. BYU ended the half with the ball at their 44-yard line.

BYU leads ECU 28-21 at halftime

Oct 10, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 7:18 pm | Permalink

Two plays into the second quarter, Bronson Kaufusi blocked Worth Gregory's punt, placing the Cougars on ECU's 1-yard line. Algie Brown ran the ball in for the touchdown three plays later.

Punter Jonny Linenhan faked a punt on a 4th down on the 33-yard line. He ran for seven yards to get the first down and keep the Cougars' drive alive with 10 minutes to go. The drive resulted in a 17-yard touchdown pass from Tanner Mangum to Mitch Mathews, capping a 10-play, 68-yard drive in under four minutes.

Sophomore Sione Takitaki picked up his second sack of the night to end ECU's next drive with five minutes to go in the second quarter. The next drive for the Cougars resulted in a 9-yard touchdown pass from Mangum to Terenn Houk, set up by a 39-yard pass from Mangum to Devon Blackmon

ECU had a 9-play, 77-yard drive in two minutes to end the first half. Quarterback Blake Kemp found Trevon Brown in the end zone for a 1-yard pass with six seconds left to make it 28-21.

Mangum went into halftime 17-of-23 with 254 yards and three touchdowns. Blackmon led the receivers with six receptions for 96 yards.