Men's Football Blog

Cougars beat Bulldogs 52-10 on Senior Day

Nov 21, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 4:50 pm | Permalink

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Tanner Mangum pitched the ball to tight end Remington Peck, who threw the ball to Terenn Houk for a 15-yard touchdown pass to give the Cougars 45-3 lead.

Kai Nacua intercepted the ball for 29 yards on the next drive for Fresno State. Quarterback Beau Hoge came into the game and led a 4-play, 23-yard drive that was capped off by a 5-yard rushing touchdown by senior Nate Carter. The Cougars would take the lead 52-3 with 12:22 to play in the game. 

Fresno State quarterback Kilton Anderson capped off a 7-play, 77-yard drive with a 29-yard touchdown run, narrowing BYU's lead to 42 with 8:42 to play.

BYU's next drive ended with a fumble from Riley Burt, giving the Bulldogs the ball on BYU's 31-yard-line. Fresno State was forced to a fourth down when Anderson's conversion attempt was incomplete. The Cougars got the ball back on the 32-yard line with 5:36 to go. They would punt the ball to the Bulldog's 11-yard line after running three-and-a-half minutes off the clock. Fresno State's last drive was stopped as time expired, ending their 45-yard drive.

Mangum ended the game 24 of 37 with 336 yards and a touchdown, and Hoge completed his single pass of the game for 11 yards. Algernon Brown led all rushers with 11 rushes for 97 yards and a touchdown. Moroni Laulu-Pututau led all receivers with three receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown. Bronson Kaufusi was a star on the defense, with five solo tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble. 


Cougars extend lead to 35 in 3rd quarter of Senior Day

Nov 21, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 4:01 pm | Permalink

Bronson Kaufusi's sack ended Fresno State's opening drive and forced them to punt it away. BYU got the ball on its 41-yard line. Francis Bernard capped off a 9-play, 59-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Trevor Samson hit the PAT to make the score 31-3 with 9:59 to play.

The Bulldogs put together a drive of their own, going 21 yards on seven plays. The Cougars forced the Bulldogs to punt, and were pinned deep on their 5-yard-line. Algie Brown's 45-yard touchdown run ended a 95-yard drive in just 1:54. The Cougars took the lead 38-3 with 5:06 to play.

Fresno State's next possession was a 3-and-out, thanks to an 8-yard sack from Sae Tautu on third down. Mangum fumbled the ball attempting to pass on the next possession, giving the Bulldogs the ball on BYU's 42-yard line. BYU would get the ball back on its 15-yard-line after a turnover on downs from the Bulldogs with 1:35 left in the third quarter.

Mangum found Moroni Laulu-Pututau at Fresno State's 15-yard line for a 54-yard completion to end the third quarter. He ended the quarter 24 of 37 with 336 yards and a touchdown. Algie Brown had 97 yards on seven rushing attempts with one touchdown, and Colby Pearson led all receivers with four catches for 55 yards.

BYU leads Fresno State 24-3 at halftime on Senior Day

Nov 21, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 2:48 pm | Permalink

Tanner Mangum started off the second quarter by firing a 45-yard pass to Mitch Mathews to put the Cougars on the 10-yard line. Francis Bernard ran the ball into the end zone from the 1-yard line to cap off a five-play, 51-yard drive to give BYU a 10-3 lead.

BYU forced a punt to get the ball back on its own 6-yard line. The offensive efforts were stopped at the Cougar 45-yard line, and they were forced to punt the ball away with 8:19 remaining. On the next drive, Zach Greenlee's pass was intercepted by Kai Nacua for a 32-yard pick-six to give the Cougars a 16-3 lead with 7:21 remaining. Kicker Trevor Samson missed the PAT attempt.

On the next drive, Greenlee's pass was intercepted by Fred Warner and returned 27 yards. The next play, Mangum connected with Moroni Laulu-Pututau for an 18-yard touchdown pass. The Cougars took the lead 24-3 on a two-point conversion pass from Mangum to Terenn Houk with 6:11 to play.

Fresno State drove down the field with 11 plays for 64 yards. However, the Cougar defense stopped the team at the BYU 20-yard line. The 37-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Bronson Kaufusi, giving the Cougars the ball back with 1:07 left in the first half. They would run out the clock to go into halftime with a 24-3 lead.

Mangum went into the half 15-of-25 with 185 yards and a touchdown. Algernon Brown rushed eight times for 34 yards, and both Bernard and Houk had three catches for 25 yards. 

BYU and Fresno State tied 3-3 after 1st quarter of play on Senior Day

Nov 21, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 1:51 pm | Permalink

Both teams traded 3-and-outs to start the game.

A 23-yard pass from Tanner Mangum to Moroni Laulu-Pututau got the Cougars off of their 6-yard line and to the 30-yard line. However, the Cougars couldn't get anything else going offensively and punted the ball away to the Bulldogs.

Bronson Kaufusi sacked Fresno State's Zach Greenlee to end the Bulldogs drive at their 25-yard line with 8:45 to go. The Cougars attempted a fake punt with Jonny Linehan, but he was brought down by Delvon Hardaway just shy of the first down marker. Fresno State got the ball at BYU's 24-yard line with 7:30 to go in the first half. BYU's defense stayed strong, and the Bulldogs settled with a 28-yard field goal to take the lead 3-0 with 5:11 remaining.

BYU answered with a 11-play, 57-yard campaign down the field that resulted in a 40-yard Trevor Samson field goal with 1:42 left. The Cougars would respond with some strong defense, forcing Fresno State to punt the ball away after a 3-and-out with nine seconds remaining in the first half.

Mangum ended the first half 7-of-14 for 76 yards. Kaufusi had two sacks and Colby Pearson had two receptions for 15 yards. 



BYU football travels to Kansas City

Nov 13, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 9:55 pm | Updated: November 13, 2015 11:20 pm | Permalink

BYU football traveled to Kansas City ahead of Saturday's game against Missouri. After landing, the team visited Arrowhead Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Chiefs, for a walk-through.

In the evening the team put on a fireside in Independence in front of a standing-room-only crowd. In addition to piping video into additional rooms throughout the building to accommodate all those attending in Independence, the fireside was broadcasted to six other stake centers from Columbia, Missouri, to Topeka, Kansas.

Check out the photo gallery below to see the day through the lens of BYU photographer Mark Philbrick.

Following the Game: BYU vs. Missouri

Nov 13, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 5:40 pm | Updated: November 14, 2015 11:48 am | Permalink

BYU football faces Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. with kickoff at 6:30 CST.

The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network and on ESPN3. Live coverage will begin at 4:30 p.m. MST 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 3:30 p.m. MST 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.

Getting to Know: Grant Jones and Graham Rowley

Nov 12, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:29 pm | Updated: November 12, 2015 3:48 pm | Permalink

Prior to the start of the 2015 season, we had a chance to talk with Grant Jones and Graham Rowley. Learn a little bit about them below.

Grant Jones

Sophomore defensive back

Major: Business

Stadiums excited for: I’m just excited to play. Arrowhead, Michigan and LaVell Edwards will be cool.

One thing people don’t know about you: I’m an avid Harry Potter fan.

Other sports: Basketball and baseball.

Favorite pro athlete: Kam Chancellor

Favorite team: 49ers

Favorite movie: "Hercules"

Walk-up song in baseball: "The Final Countdown" by Europe

Favorite actor: Will Smith. Any movie with Will Smith is a good movie.

Favorite food: Seafood- fish, lobster, crab

Things you did in the offseason: Going to the lake, the pool, being outside and relaxing, playing basketball and going home.

Who do you look up to: My older brother—He’s always doing the right thing.

Pre-game ritual: Take a nap before the game, relax, listen to slow music, meditate and get my mind right.

Favorite football memory: In my senior year in high school, we played against our rivals, who were undefeated, and they just got a brand new stadium and lights for their homecoming game and they scheduled us. We came in and smeared them like 55-7.

Graham Rowley

Senior defensive lineman

Major: Public Health—hospital administration

Stadiums: Michigan Stadium, Nebraska's Memorial Stadium

One thing people don’t know about you: Before I played football I wanted to be a professional skateboarder.

Other sports: Soccer, volleyball, basketball and paddling (canoeing)

Favorite pro athlete: Jared Allen

Favorite movie: "Sandlot." I’ve never played baseball in my life, but I use to dress up like a baseball player all the time when I was little.

Favorite actor: Bradley Cooper or Will Ferrell

Walk-up song in baseball: "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift

Favorite food: Whatever my wife makes.

Things you did in the offseason: Go down the Provo river, camping and playing basketball.

Who do you look up to: My dad. He’s the hardest worker I’ve ever met in my life.

Nicknames from the team: Before the mission everyone called me Teddy.

Pre-game ritual: I am all over the place. I do something different every time. I don’t believe in that kind of stuff. I walk around and can’t sit down.

Favorite football memory: When we beat Cal last year, after the game, the celebration we had was pretty fun.

Following the game: BYU vs. San Jose State

Nov 06, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:08 pm | Updated: November 6, 2015 7:02 pm | Permalink

BYU football faces San Jose State at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. with kickoff at 9:30 p.m. MST.

The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network. Live coverage will begin at 8:30 p.m. MST 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 7:30 p.m. MST 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.

For photos from yesterday's departure and fireside along with images from tonight's game, follow the photo stream courtesy of BYU Photo. 

Getting to Know: Remington Peck and Trevor Samson

Nov 05, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:28 pm | Updated: November 5, 2015 3:40 pm | Permalink

Prior to the start of the 2015 season, we had a chance to talk with Remington Peck and Trevor Samson. Learn a little bit about them below.

Remington Peck

Senior defensive lineman and tight end

Major: Business Management

Stadiums excited to play at: The Big 3- Nebraska, Michigan, UCLA

One thing people don’t know about you: I’m into hunting and the outdoors

Name: I was named after the gun

Other sports: Basketball and baseball

Favorite pro athlete: LeBron James           

Favorite movie: ‘Remember the Titans’

Walkup song: “How Do You Like Me Now” by Toby Keith

Favorite food: Chinese

Three things to do on offseason: Hunt, fish and hang out with my wife

Who do you look up to: My grandpa - He’s taught me a lot about being a good person

Nicknames from team: RKP

Pre-game ritual: Listen to country music

Favorite football memory: Texas game last year

Trevor Samson

Senior kicker

Major: Recreation Management.

Year in School: Senior. I graduate in December.

Stadiums excited to play at: Nebraska, for sure. I’m also excited for Michigan, because it’s going to be a family reunion for me. My dad’s parents are from there, so it will be fun to play in front of them and 110,000 other people.

One thing people don’t know about you: I had a liver transplant when I was 10 months old. I’m also colorblind.

Name: My middle name is Robert, and it’s my mother’s dad’s name. It’s special to me because he was a pastor and he really helped me grow in my faith.

Other sports: Baseball was my life in high school before I started playing football seriously my sophomore year. I also played soccer, track and field…any sport you can think of.

Movie: That’s such a hard question, but I love the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the new Batman movies.

Favorite professional athlete: Steph Curry. He’s so good and I love what he stands for.

Favorite actor: Will Smith. He’s so versatile.

Walk-up song: “Sanctuary” by Flame. It’s Christian rap.

Food: I love eating pasta.

Three things I did in the offseason: I like playing other sports, especially indoor soccer. I’m on a team for my church. I also like to hang out with my friends and hiking.

Who do you look up to: I look up to my mom and dad. Ever since I had my transplant, they pushed me to do sports and get out there. They never kept me in a bubble because they were afraid.

Nicknames: I probably have the most solid nickname on the team: Shaky. Also, some of my teammates call me Nate-Weight.

Pre-game ritual: I have less and less of a pre-game ritual as I play more, but I always have to listen to a certain song every game. It changes all the time, and I have to listen to it to before I play.

Favorite football memory: When Coach Mendenhall told me I got a scholarship after being recruited to BYU, I had to go after practice into a room and cry. I don’t cry very often, but I was so thankful. 

Football team provides uplifting evening for prison inmates

Oct 24, 2015 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 5:45 pm | Updated: October 26, 2015 4:36 pm | Permalink

The BYU football team conducted a fireside on Friday night for inmates at the Utah State Prison. The annual event proved to be an uplifting experience for all involved.

The fireside opened with a beautiful musical number "Light a Candle" performed by the inmate choir. BYU senior offensive lineman Ryker Mathews and freshman outside linebacker Moses Kaumatule then addressed the room of inmates and volunteers, speaking of experiences in their lives that help them overcome challenging circumstances and always have hope. 

Junior running back Algernon Brown played the guitar while singing a heartfelt rendition of the song "Never a Better Hero" before senior defensive lineman Remington Peck led an open Q&A session where inmates were able to address questions to members of the football team or offer their own thoughts and appreciation.

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall concluded by offering some thoughts of encouragement before the team and members of the prison choir joined to sing a closing hymn "We'll Bring the World His Truth." 

Officials at the prison expressed appreciation to coach Mendenhall and the team after the event, indicating how the annual fireside has really made a positive impact on the inmates who attend.

Check out the photos below taken at the fireside.