Men's Football Blog

BYU visits children's hospital, conducts team fireside Sunday

Dec 21, 2014 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 10:26 pm | Updated: December 21, 2014 11:32 pm | Permalink

The focus of practice and activities turned to service and worship on Sunday in the final lead-up to the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl pitting BYU vs. Memphis at Marlins Park on Monday (2 p.m. ET/ESPN).

Sunday morning representatives from both BYU and Memphis made a special visit to patients at Baptist Children's Hospital in Miami. The visit was designed to help wish the children and their families a Happy Holiday season.

Players, cheerleaders and team mascots from both teams spent time with the children, taking pictures, signing autographs and providing memorabilia and gifts from the bowl and their respective teams. BYU players Taysom Hill, Jamaal Williams, Craig Bills and Brock Stringham were joined by BYU cheerleaders and Cosmo to represent BYU during the visit. 

"I have been to a couple of bowls before and Miami certainly hasn't disappointed," Hill said. "It has been a great opportunity to come to the hospital and give back and add a little perspective to each of our lives."

According to hospital staff, several other teams had visited the hospital in past years, but this was the first time that two opposing teams came together on the same day with the common goal of bringing cheer to the children's lives during their difficult period.

"We're very fortunate to be in a position to give back to our community and specifically children at Baptist Children's Hospital," said Miami Beach Bowl Executive Director Carlos Padilla II. "The Miami Beach Bowl participants enjoyed spending time with these children and their families in hopes of creating a positive experience that brings smiles to faces."

The BYU football team and travel party also participated in a Sacrament service at the hotel Sunday morning and later Sunday evening more than 900 people attended the team fireside devotional at Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Phillip Amone, Travis Frey, Hayden Griffitts and Tim Duran each spoke at the fireside along with offensive line coach Garett Tujague and head coach Bronco Mendenhall. The team also sang a musical number together.

The nightcap to the day was a team visit to Marlins Park Sunday evening to see the locker room and field before returning Monday morning for the game. 

Check out the photos below.

Football conducts final practice Saturday for Miami Beach Bowl

Dec 20, 2014 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 8:30 pm | Updated: December 20, 2014 8:38 pm | Permalink

BYU conducted its final practice Saturday in advance of the team's matchup against American Athletic Conference Champion Memphis on Monday at Marlins Park in Miami. 

The team's third full day in Miami Beach started with team and position meetings before the drive over to Florida International University in Miami for a walk-through and practice session. The modified walk-through format allowed the Cougars to get in more work than the typical session conducted the day before a game.

The team put on game uniforms for a team photo following the practice and then the players took advantage of some free time before many convened in the evening to watch the BYU women's volleyball team take on Penn State for the NCAA title. 

On Sunday fans can join the team at the football fireside at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel at 5 p.m. Click this fireside link for more info and best parking options.

 

Cougars enjoy the Heat Friday in Miami

Dec 19, 2014 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 9:12 pm | Updated: December 19, 2014 9:58 pm | Permalink

BYU's preparations for Monday's Miami Beach Bowl matchup with Memphis continued Friday amid a high of 79 in Miami, and the Cougars still enjoyed the "Heat" late into the evening.

Friday's practice at Florida International University saw the team focused and improved from its first practice in the Sunshine State. After a stop at the set of BYU Sports Nation by several members of the team upon returning to Loews Miami Beach Hotel, the players were able to enjoy some free time in the afternoon prior to a trip to Marlins Park for dinner and then a nightcap at American Airlines Arena to watch the Miami Heat take on the Washington Wizards.

At halftime of the Heat game, BYU and Memphis players were invited to the court for a friendly shooting competition. Receivers Mitch Mathews and Jordan Leslie joined safety Kai Nacua representing the Cougars on the floor for the shooting challenge. They had to make a layup, free throw, 3-point shot and half-court shot to complete the challenge.

Mathews scored the layup and Nacua followed with a made free throw before Leslie converted from behind the arc. Nacua was then able to connect from mid-court to complete the challenge for the Cougars. Memphis players also made all four shots, but with a slightly faster time to get the upperhand. 

The Cougars go to work again Saturday morning in their effort to get the upperhand on Monday when the two teams meet in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl at Marlins Park. 

Eventful Thursday for the Cougars in Miami Beach

Dec 18, 2014 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 9:26 pm | Updated: December 18, 2014 10:30 pm | Permalink

Thursday proved an eventful day in Miami Beach for the Cougars. From meetings to practice, to a little free time to the official Miami Beach Bowl welcome bash, to cheering on the BYU women's volleyball team to victory—it was a great day to be a Cougar!

After team and positions meetings first thing in the morning, the team bused into Miami for practice at Florida International University. Following practice the team did a lift and media interviews prior to returning to Miami Beach and the wonderful hospitality at Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Players enjoyed a few hours to hit the beach adjacent to the hotel while coaches continued to meet and prepare for Monday's bowl matchup against American Athletic Conference Champion Memphis. 

The evening got started with the Beach Bowl Welcome Bash & BBQ hosted poolside at Loews. After a fine meal, BYU and Memphis players convened at the pool to enjoy some music and a little fun-natured competition. Among those participating, BYU's Travis Tuiloma and Moose Bingham represented the Cougars in a dance challenge and Manu Mulitalo and Graham Rowley carried the flag for BYU in the splash competition. All represented well and the Cannonball efforts of Mulitalo and Rowley brought the winning approval of the crowd.

One highlight of the day came when many members of the team settled into the BYU hospitality suite to cheer on the women's volleyball team in the NCAA national semifinal match against No. 2-seed Texas. The football team and members of the travel party enjoyed seeing the Cougars win a four-set thriller (25-23, 25-16, 17-25, 26-24) to advance to the NCAA Championship match on Thursday night.

Go Cougars!

Football arrives in Miami

Dec 17, 2014 - Posted by at 10:50 pm | Updated: December 18, 2014 10:24 pm | Permalink

The BYU football team traveled to Miami Wednesday in advance of Monday's inaugural Miami Beach Bowl against the American Athletic Conference Champion Memphis Tigers. 

The Cougars practiced in Provo Wednesday morning before making the trek across the country to South Florida. They will conduct their first practice in Miami on Thursday morning before the Beach Bowl Welcome Bash late Thursday afternoon officially welcomes both the BYU and Memphis teams to Miami. 

Check out the photos below to get a feel for the teams arrival Wednesday night at Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami Beach. 

Miami Beach Bowl Fireside Sunday at 5 p.m.

Dec 17, 2014 - Posted by at 10:32 pm | Updated: December 18, 2014 12:52 am | Permalink

The BYU football team will conduct a fireside Sunday from 5-6 p.m. ET at Loews Miami Beach Hotel located at 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. The fireside will take place in Salon 3 in the hotel. Cougar fans and all interested in attending are encouraged to come to the fireside.

A great parking option is at a city-owned self-parking lot directly across the street from the Lowes Miami Beach Hotel. The parking lot cost is $2 for 2 hours. However, the parking fee will be covered for those attending. Each person that parks in the self-parking lot simply needs to bring the automated ticket with them to the fireside and present it at a table to have the self-parking fee covered.

Football arrives in California in advance of Saturday's regular-season finale

Nov 28, 2014 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 11:21 pm | Updated: November 29, 2014 12:33 am | Permalink
Following some meetings and a morning practice, the BYU football team left Provo early Friday afternoon for California and its Saturday matchup with the Cal Bears.
 
After checking in at the Walnut Creek Marriott, followed by a quick dinner, the football team boarded buses for the Lafayette/Walnut Creek Overlook Chapel to participate in the customary BYU football fireside.
 
The fireside was attended by more than 700 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their friends.
 
Senior defensive back Skye PoVey led off the fireside with a story about friendship and the joy the Gospel brings into our lives, citing the scripture Alma 41:11. Senior offensive lineman Solomone Kafu talked about overcoming challenges and being accountable to God.
Junior wide receiver Devon Blackmon then spoke about his journey from high school to Oregon to Riverside City College and eventually BYU. He expressed appreciation for the things he has learned since coming to Provo, especially the importance of "putting the Lord first" in his life. 
 
Scott Arellano, senior punter and semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, performed a piano number entitled River Flows In You by Yiruma.
 
The floor was then opened up to the audience for Q&A, which was moderated by senior wide receiver Jordan Leslie. Coach Bronco Mendenhall and players answered questions covering topics such as mission service, putting the Lord first, being thankful and honoring the Priesthood. 
 
Coach Mendenhall wrapped up the meeting by expressing his thankfulness for the gospel and the peace it brings into our lives.
 
Following the fireside the team jumped on the buses and headed to California Memorial Stadium for a walk-through before turning in for the evening.
 
The team will return to the stadium Saturday late morning in advance of the 1:30 p.m. PT kickoff between the Cougars and Golden Bears. Click here for more information on the game.
 

Check out the photos below to see more of today's happenings.

Cougars blow out Tigers in 64-0 win

Nov 22, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 4:05 pm | Permalink

Trevor Samson opened the final quarter with a 31-yard field goal to extend the Cougars’ lead 54-0 at the 14:55 mark. On the Tigers’ next possession, SSU fumbled the ball and was recovered by Tanner Balderree on SSU’s 23-yard line, which led to a 32-yard field goal by Trevor Samson to push BYU’s lead up 57-0.

Nate Carter’s 23-yard rush to enter SSU’s territory led to AJ Moore’s 22-yard carry to reach the Tigers’ 22-yard line. Following a gain of 4 yards by Moore for a third-down conversion, Moore rushed for a 6-yard touchdown and a 64-0 BYU lead with 2:08 remaining in the game.

With less than two minutes left, the Tigers fumbled the ball and it was recovered by BYU’s Theodore King to take the game to 64-0.

The Cougars finished with a total of 488 yards with 265 rushing yards and 223 passing yards. 

BYU and SSU hold each other scoreless in the third quarter

Nov 22, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 3:30 pm | Permalink

BYU and SSU keep each other scoreless in the third quarter to keep the score at 51-0.

The Cougars kicked off the second half sacking SSU’s Leon Prunty for a loss of 10 yards and forced SSU to punt. BYU fumbled the ball on its possession and it was recovered by Tigers’ Marcus Lee on BYU’s 35-yard line, but SUU didn’t score.

Mitchell Juergens caught the 19-yard pass from McCoy Hill for a first down with less than five minutes left in the quarter. In the same possession, Nate Carter rushed for 8 yards to SSU’s 14-yard line for a first down, but the Cougars were unable to convert as the third quarter came to an end. 

BYU keeps SSU scoreless to lead 51-0

Nov 22, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 2:35 pm | Permalink

Following SSU’s fake punt and turnover, Terenn Houk completed a 9-yard touchdown catch from Christian Stewart to push BYU’s lead up 28-0 with 12:31 remaining in the first half. On the Tigers’ next possession, Alani Fua intercepted SSU Leon Prunty’s pass to return for 20 yards to SSU’s 6-yard line. Stewart rushed for 6 yards for another touchdown on the next possession to extend the Cougars’ lead 35-0.

The Cougars continued their great defensive play after deflecting the Tigers’ pass and sacking Prunty for a loss of 1 yard on the next play. After SSU mishandled the punt, the Cougars recovered it at SSU’s 1-yard line to score on a pass from Stewart to Jordan Leslie for the 42-0 lead at the 10:03 mark.

Hunter Moore’s rush for 6 yards to SSU’s 6-yard line led to Nate Carter’s 2-yard rush for BYU’s seventh touchdown of the game with 4:12 left in the half. Carter’s touchdown was the first of his career. After forcing the Tigers to another punt, David Kessler blocked the ball, which led SSU punter to kick it into the back of the endzone for a safety and the 51-0 lead.