Men's Football Blog

Football team travels, preps for UCF

Oct 08, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 10:54 pm | Updated: October 8, 2014 11:45 pm | Permalink

On Wednesday in Orlando, Florida, the BYU football team made its final preparations for the Thursday night game against UCF.

The day actually began with early morning meetings and a practice session in Provo before heading out to catch the team charter flight to Florida. After arriving in Orlando, some coaches spoke with the ESPN broadcast crew before the team departed for the traditional fireside, which was held at the Lake Nona/Hunters Creek Wards Meetinghouse in Orlando.

The team arrived to meet a packed audience for the fireside. The meeting began with senior wide receiver Keanu Nelson, who spoke for the first time at a fireside. Running back Toloa'i Ho Ching followed before wide receiver Mitch Mathews spoke. Ho Ching and Mathews both served missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Orlando area. They both served as Spanish-speaking missionaries and served together at times, going on exchanges.

The offensive line presented a special musical number, an arrangement of Secret Prayer and Abide 'Tis Eventide. Tuni Kanuch led the group singing a solo part. A player Q&A followed with players responding to questions such as what they do to feel the spirit, favorite scriptures and about attending BYU versus another school.

Coach Bronco Mendenhall wrapped up the meeting before the team stood and sang "We'll Bring the World His Truth," accompanied by running back Paul Lasike on the piano.

After the fireside, the team hopped on the buses and went down to Bright House Networks Stadium for a walk-through. 

Check out the photos to see more from the day's events.

Getting to know Christian Stewart

Oct 07, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 10:37 am | Permalink

What is one thing only a few people know about you?

I have no toenail on my pinky toe, my dad tied my baby shoes too tight and they fell off

Why BYU?

I came here for an accounting degree and ended up playing football. I got lucky.

Do you have any pregame rituals?

I listen to the same four songs. Nobody has ever heard of them, “Gotta understand” by Jurassic Five, “Definition” by Black Star, Blue Scholars and Common Market. Nobody knows any of them.

What do you enjoy outside of football?

Outside of football I’m excited about gold. Just got into it this summer and I love it. I’m also excited after the season I have job opportunities lined up, I’m thinking of going out to San Francisco, Tokyo or Switzerland doing investment banking.

What is your favorite football memory?

When we won our bowl game out in New York when I was at Snow College and I was named the MVP of that game.

BYU falls to Utah State, 35-20

Oct 04, 2014 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 12:01 am | Permalink

BYU lost its first game of the season, falling 35-20 to Utah State.

 

BYU junior running back Jamaal Williams ended the game with 99 rush yards on 17 attempts for the Cougars, averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Junior receiver Mitch Mathews recorded eight catches for 117 yards and a touchdown. Senior receiver Jordan Leslie led BYU receivers 135 receiving yards. Before leaving the game in second quarter with an injury, junior quarterback Taysom Hill recorded a touchdown rush and a touchdown pass for the Cougars.

 

The score remained at 35-17 as Utah State kicker Thompson missed a 44-yard field goal attempt to begin the fourth quarter.

 

Cougar kicker Trevor Samson made it 35-20, nailing a 24-yard field goal with 8:39 left in the game. Samson improved to 6-6 on his BYU career with the make.

 

BYU was unable to score following Samson's field goal, and Utah State used its possessions to run time off the clock and preserve its 35-20 win.

BYU down 35-17 after three

Oct 03, 2014 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 11:03 pm | Permalink

Replacing injured quarterback Taysom Hill, senior Christian Stewart completed three passes and led BYU into the blue zone before being intercepted at the Utah State two yard line.

 

After the Cougars forced an Aggie three-and-out, Jamaal Williams rushed for a BYU first down. Three plays later, senior kicker Trevor Samson made a 41-yard field goal to make the score 28-17 in favor of Utah State with 4:28 left on the third quarter clock. Samson maintained his perfect career field goal record (5-5) on the kick.

 

Utah State used a 56-yard pass from quarterback Darell Garretson to receiver Hunter Sharp to cover most of the distance of its ensuing TD drive, punctuated by a one-yard TD run from running back Nick Vigil. With the PAT, the Aggies extended the lead, 35-17.

BYU trails USU 28-14 at halftime

Oct 03, 2014 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 10:12 pm | Updated: October 3, 2014 10:16 pm | Permalink

The Cougars capitalized early in the second quarter, punctuating a nine-play, 75-yard touchdown drive with a 25-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Taysom Hill to junior receiver Mitch Mathews. The score marked Mathews' fourth career touchdown against the Aggies and gave BYU a 14-7 lead.

 

Utah State responded with an 88-yard touchdown drive that took 8:20 off the clock. Quarterback Darell Garretson ran the ball in five yards to tie the game at 14-14.

 

After a fumble recovery, the Aggies struck again, connecting on a 22-yard TD pass from Garretson to receiver Devon Robinson.

 

On BYU's ensuing drive, Hill left the game with an ankle injury. The Cougars punted, and Utah State scored another quick touchdown on a 72-yard TD pass from Garretson to receiver Hunter Sharp, giving the Aggies a 28-14 lead at the half.

BYU and Utah State tied 7-7 after one

Oct 03, 2014 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 9:11 pm | Permalink

Through one quarter of play, BYU (4-0) and Utah State (2-2) are tied at 7.

After receiving the first kickoff, BYU opened the game with a 53-yard pass from junior quarterback Taysom Hill to senior receiver Jordan Leslie. Four plays later, Hill ran the ball in from 11 yards out to give the Cougars their first touchdown and a 7-0 lead over the Aggies with 13:44 left in the first quarter. The score marked eight rushing touchdowns on the season for Hill.

On Utah State's first possession, BYU senior cornerback Jordan Johnson recovered a fumble on a snap Aggie quarterback Dare Garretson failed to secure.

BYU and Utah State traded scoreless possesssions until the Aggies tied the game with 50 seconds left in the quarter on a pass from Garretson to receiver Devon Robinson. The ensuing PAT knotted up the score at 7-7.

How to follow BYU vs. Utah State

Oct 03, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:05 am | Permalink

ESPN will broadcast the BYU vs. Utah State game, with kickoff slated for 8:21 p.m. MDT. Fans can also watch live on WatchESPN.

For live radio coverage with Greg Wrubell, tune in to the Cougar IMG Sports Network, Sirius XM 143, KSL 1160 AM or 102.7 FM, BYUcougars.com and the BYU Cougars app. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. MDT.

BYUtv will broadcast its Countdown to Kickoff show starting at 7 p.m. MDT. The postgame show is broadcast after the conclusion of the game. The shows can be streamed live at byutvsports.com. BYUtv will also rebroadcast the game starting at midnight MDT.

BYUtv will also broadcast a special BYU Sports Nation recapping the game starting at 9 a.m. MDT on Saturday.

Follow @BYUCougars on Twitter and the BYU Football Facebook page for updates and photos during the game. Join the conversation using #USUvsBYU. Live stats are also available through Stat Broadcast.

For stats, info, photos, video and more on BYU quarterback Taysom Hill, visit Taysom4.com. Join the conversation with #Taysom4 and #BYUFootball.

BYU football gathers more attention

Oct 02, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 2:20 pm | Updated: October 2, 2014 6:36 pm | Permalink
The day before gameday allows us to catch up with the news surrounding BYU football. In case you missed it, here's some noteworthy clips:
 
Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports said, "Taysom Hill has BYU undefeated. As long as the Cougars can stay there, his name is going be in the [Heisman] mix to a degree." Watch the short segment on Yahoo Sports--mention starts at 1:29.
 
Coach Bronco Mendenhall was also a guest on Jim Rome which aired on CBS Sports Tuesday. Watch his interview on the CBS Sports YouTube channel
 
With all the attention Coach was even mentioned on The Herd with Colin Cowherd: "I think he's a great coach…I think he's tremendous."
 
As the game draws closer, more attention is given to one of the great ones, Jim McMahon. For a good read and more of the story about No. 9, check out Vai Sikahema's article

BYU honors Australian family for Thursday's Heroes

Oct 01, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 2:44 pm | Updated: October 1, 2014 3:00 pm | Permalink

This week BYU football welcomed the Howe family from Sydney, Australia, to practice to honor their son, Ethan, as a Thursday's Hero.

Ethan was diagnosed with cancer a year ago and went through rounds of chemo therapy and surgery to remove tumors from his kidneys. Ethan is now cancer free and was cleared by doctors to visit the U.S. The Howes went to Disneyland and will also attend Friday night's game against Utah State. The game will be Ethan's first American football game. He has traveled one of the farthest distances of all Thursday's Heroes honored.

After practice, the team gave Ethan BYU gear and signed team flags. Players also threw the football, signed autographs and took pictures with the family.

Two BYU players had a special connection to the family. Quarterback Taysom Hill met the family and spent time with them on his mission, and Ethan's grandfather was offensive lineman Ului Lapuaho's mission president.

"My first area in the mission field was in their ward," Hill said. "The wife's father was my bishop and her brother was my ward mission leader, so I knew the family very well."

Following practice, Hill took the family on a tour of the football offices and talked to them about the game. He showed them the team meeting rooms and head coach Bronco Mendenhall's office. To show their gratitude, the family gave Mendenhall a package of traditional Australian Tim Tams (chocolate-covered cookies) and hot chocolate and taught him about the "Tim Tam Slam," which includes drinking hot chocolate through the cookie.

Getting to know Scott Arellano

Sep 30, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 1:27 pm | Permalink

Why did you come to BYU?

I’ve just always wanted to. I knew it was the right environment that I wanted to be a part of. It’s a good program, a good education. Just everything.

What is your favorite professional team?

I like the 49ers because my dad grew up in the Bay Area. I’m not a diehard anything fan, but I guess I like the 49ers because I’m from California.

When/why did you start playing football?

I started playing football I think in fifth grade. My dad was a football player and I guess I wanted to try it. Everybody tries it, right? And I fell in love with it.

Who do you look up to and why?

I’ll just go from a kicking perspective. Marquette King – the punter on the Raiders. I’m a punter and I watch his film because I think he’s amazing. He just crushes the ball and that’s probably who I look up to.

Do you have any pregame rituals? When/why did you start doing them?

Not really. Just to stay focused. I like to kind of be in silence and do my own thing.

What’s something outside of football you’re looking forward to?

I enjoy golf. Someday I’ll end up near the beach. And I’d like to be surfing a few times a week.

What was the first BYU sporting event you attended?

I went to a BYU football game my junior year of high school. That was the first time I ever saw BYU live.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I’d like to visit Europe in general. I think Greece would be really cool. It looks really pretty and I have family from there.

What is your favorite football memory?

At BYU, at least, was the first punt at Virginia. It was the first time I’d ever kicked in Division I. It was five yards deep in the end zone and I totally lost myself in the moment. I had a nice ball and it was all perfect at that point.

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