Men's Football Blog

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. 

Fireside in Virginia

Aug 30, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 10:09 pm | Updated: August 30, 2013 11:51 pm | Permalink

Before playing their first game of the season, members of the BYU football team and staff participated in a fireside at a church in Charlottesville, Va., in front of a capacity audience of local church members, visiting Cougar fans and others from the community.

To start the meeting, Morgan Unga and Dylan Collie, both players on last year's roster who are currently serving in the Virginia Richmond Mission, were present to share testimony of missionary work. About 25 Polynesian members of the team then sang a musical number a capella.

Student assistant coach Cameron Comer, who also served a mission in Virginia, spoke next, followed by wide receiver Mitch Mathews. The entire team at the fireside then stood and sang, We'll Bring the World His Truth. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall concluded the meeting by teaching about the principles that guide him as a coach and leader.

Afterwards the Coguars spent time visiting and taking pictures outside with the members who attended the meeting.

A few photographs from the fireside show the large crowd, the musical numbers and the interactions between community members and the football team.

Game day information vs. Virginia

Aug 30, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 12:06 pm | Updated: August 30, 2013 12:07 pm | Permalink

The 2013 BYU football season launches Saturday at Virginia at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Fans can begin their game day experience with Countdown to Kickoff with Alema Harrington, Brian Logan, David Nixon and Andy Boyce on BYUtv at 12:30 p.m. MDT. Dave McCann and Blaine Fowler will report live from Charlottesville, Va., during the show.

The game will be aired on ESPNU and streamed on WatchESPN, after which fans can tune in for the BYUtv Sports Post Game presented by Larry H. Miller.

For those traveling to Virginia for the game, Virginia has provided heat management information on its website. 

Covering the secondary

Aug 29, 2013 - Posted by Jared Houghton at 3:45 pm | Updated: August 29, 2013 3:54 pm | Permalink

The defensive back position features both new and old faces this season. At the two safety positions, two returning starters will bring familiarity to the defense but injuries at the corner positions have pushed new names and faces into those spots. Here's a look at the four defensive back positions and who might see significant time for the Cougars.

KAT safety 

Daniel Sorensen, a three-year starter, has started 26 straight games at the safety position. In 2012, he led the team with three interceptions and was second on the team with 68 tackles, earning Phil Steele All-Independent First Team honors. As one of the leaders on the No. 3 ranked defense last season, Sorensen was recently voted as a team captain by his fellow teammates. The 6-foot-1, 208 pounder has a knack for locating the ball and should provide stabilization in a secondary that has seen many changes during fall camp.

Free Safety

Craig Bills joins Sorensen in the deep secondary, starting at the free safety position. Last season, he played in all 13 games while starting the final five. Bills finished fifth on the team in tackles with 47, had five pass breakups and forced one fumble. At 6-foot-1, 205-pounds, he and Sorensen will bring a physicality to the defense on the backline.

Field Corner

Robertson Daniel came to BYU after playing at De Anza Junior College in California. As a freshman, Daniel recorded 90 tackles and six interceptions at both the corner and safety positions. After sitting out his sophomore year to concentrate on academics, the 6-foot-1 junior has been pushed into the starting role after injuries at the position. He has a great feel for the defense and brings experience into his first start as a Cougar.

Boundary Corner

Skye PoVey and Mike Hague are two players who will share the role of boundary corner for the Cougars this season. The two seniors are both coming off injuries last season that limited them to a combined seven games. The 5-foot-11 PoVey injured his foot during the third game last season and is the brother-in-law of current defensive coordinator Nick Howell. Hague returns for a sixth year of eligibility after starting his career at BYU as a running back and recorded six tackles last season before being injured in the fourth game.

 

With the big and seasoned defensive front putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, the defensive backs will use their experience to confuse and disrupt the passing game all season.

Backfield by committee

Aug 27, 2013 - Posted by Jared Houghton at 1:23 pm | Updated: August 27, 2013 1:52 pm | Permalink

In Bronco Mendenhall's weekly press briefing for the upcoming Virginia game, he commented on how deep the Cougars are at running back. Here is a look at the four backs who will see significant playing time in BYU's backfield this year.

Jamaal Williams, So., Fontana, Calif.

All Jamaal Williams did last season was set the true freshman rushing records at BYU with 775 yards, 12 touchdowns and 166 carries. The 6-foot-0 speedster played in every game and started the last eight after the injury to Michael Alisa. Williams is the starting running back and has already garnered preseason attention by being named to the Doak Walker watch list, which is awarded to the top running back in the nation, and the preseason All-Independent Third Team. He should continue to be a threat out of the backfield, last season he had 27 receptions, good for 315 yards and one touchdown. 

Paul Lasike, Jr., Auckland, New Zealand

The rugby All-American tried out for the football team last season and has improved leaps and bounds since then. Last season, he tallied 33 carries for 129 yards and two touchdowns, while also catching a pass for 25 yards. The 6-foot-0, 227-pound bruiser has shown an increased knowledge of the game at the running back position from last season and should see significant playing time this fall as the backup to Williams. 

Adam Hine, So., Santa Clara, UT

The former three-time state champion in the high jump and long jump looks to make an immediate impact in the backfield this season. After a redshirt year in 2011 and hampered by injuries in 2012, Hine is poised to have a breakout season. His injury kept him out of all but four games last season, when he saw action on special teams. The 6-foot-1, 202 pounder is one of the most athletic players on the team, evident by the fact that he will be joined by Lasike returning kickoffs for the Cougars this season. 

Michael Alisa, Sr., Laie, Hawai'i

Another 2013 Doak Walker Award candidate, the senior played linebacker and on special teams his freshman year before making the switch to running back as a sophomore. As evidenced by his numbers, the position change has proved to be a good one. As a sophomore, Alisa was the second leading rusher on the team with 85 carries for 455 yards and three touchdowns. He was set for a big year in 2012 before he broke his arm against Hawai'i in the fifth game that sidelined him for the season. As the veteran in the backfield, he will provide leadership and another option for the Cougars at running back.

As of right now, Williams and Alisa are penciled in as the starters but all will see a lot of playing time with the up-tempo offense that coordinator Robert Anae has brought to the team. The four backs will combine to put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses this season.