Men's Football Blog

First half of Weber State game completed

Sep 08, 2012 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 2:43 pm | Permalink

With one half of play in the books at LaVell Edwards Stadium, BYU maintains its lead over in-state opponent, Weber State, 21-0. The Cougars scored two touchdowns in the second quarter while keeping the Wildcats scoreless again. 

The half ended with BYU's defnese stopping a last-second drive by Weber State as linebacker Uona Kaveinga recovered a fumble.

BYU scored its second touchdown of the game at the 13:12 mark of the second quarter. Backup quarterback Taysom Hill ran 2 yards from the Wildcat formation for six points, even as a defender grabbed his facemask. 

The third touchdown of the day was capped by an 8-yard rush by junior Michael Alisa. The balanced scoring drive consisted of four rushes and four passes. BYU junior Richard Wilson accounted for one of those completions as he hauled in a 32-yard pass, his fist catch since October 15, 2011. Wilson missed the majority of last season with a knee injury.

After missing most of last game, junior Cody Hoffman is making his mark in this game with six receptions for 110 yards in just the first half.

Weber State's punter, who normally kicks with his right foot, kicked one punt with his left foot after receiving a lot of pressure from BYU's special team's defense.

Pictures from the game can be seen here.

1st Quarter vs Weber St

Sep 08, 2012 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 1:58 pm | Permalink

After one quarter of play at LaVell Edwards Stadium, BYU leads Weber State, 7-0, thanks to a 37-yard catch by junior Cody Hoffman.  

Senior quarterback Riley Nelson threw a deep pass to Hoffman, who jumped over his defender to catch the ball and quickly sped into the endzone. Hoffman now holds a 21-game streak of snagging at least one reception.

Both teams have had a strong defensive presence in the first quarter. Each team has recovered a fumble.

Pictures of the first quarter can be seen here.

Game Day on BYUtv

Sep 08, 2012 - Posted by at 6:00 am | Updated: September 9, 2012 5:01 pm | Permalink
Countdown to Kickoff - 2pm ET/12pm MT
Get ready for the BYU game by watching the hour-long pregame show hosted by Alema Harrington and featuring Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Brian Logan, Jan Jorgensen, Greg Wrubell and Robbie Bullough. Hear interviews from both coaches, BYU players, Brandon Doman, and know the matchups and players to watch leading up to kickoff.
 
Weber State vs  BYU – 3pm ET/1pm MT
The live game is on BYUtv called by Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, and Robbie Bullough. 
 
BYUtv Sports Post Game – Immediately Following the Game
After the game ends on BYUtv concludes stay tuned to see post game reaction on the field and at the press conference, as well as stats, highlights and analysis.
 
BYUtv Sports Game-Day Replay – 11:30pm ET/9:30pm MT
After the postgame show watch the game again if you like. Use #byutvsports to react to the game and BYUtv will use select tweets during its rebroadcast.
 
 

This Week in History

Sep 07, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 1:58 pm | Permalink

When the Cougars take the field against Weber State Saturday, it will mark the 22nd anniversary of one of BYU’s most celebrated wins, a 28-21 upset over defending national champion and No. 1 Miami (Fla.).

BYU entered then Cougar Stadium ranked No. 16 in the nation and a 131/2-point underdog. Ty Detmer’s performance grabbed the nation’s attention and launched his Hesiman Trophy campaign, which he went on to win in December that year. The College Football Hall of Fame inductee completed 38 of 54 passes for 406 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

Trailing 21-20 late in the third quarter, BYU came up with the game’s final score with three minutes left in the quarter. Detmer not only competed a touchdown pass but found the end zone again for a two-point conversion.

Twice in the fourth quarter, the BYU defense came up with big stops. Miami fumbled at the Cougar 15-yard line only for BYU to later lose the ball at its own 37. The Hurricanes took advantage and marched to the 13 but the Cougar defense came away with an interception to halt Miami’s scoring attempt. With less than two minutes left in the game, BYU held again after it batted down a ball for an incompletion on fourth down.

The Cougars ran the clock out to secure BYU’s first – and only – victory over a No. 1-ranked opponent. BYU vaulted from No. 16 to No. 5 in the AP poll after the win – its highest ranking since winning the 1984 national championship. 

Up Close: DeQuan Everett

Sep 06, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:19 pm | Updated: September 6, 2012 2:22 pm | Permalink

Throughout the season we'll feature various seniors. Today's spotlight is on No. 21 DeQuan Everett, a DB from Long Beach, California. 

Nickname: DQ
Favorite cold cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Favorite Bronco Mendenhall Quote: “It’s a choice.”
Why did I choose to play football over other sports: Because of how physical it is.
Before a football game, I: Do bicep curls and put baby oil on while listening to Young Jeezy.
How did I spend my off-season: Training like crazy.
Who is the best player I’ve ever faced: DeSean Jackson (Eagles).
What would I like to do sometime in my life is: Sky dive and visit the White House.
If I could play another position, what would it be:  Wide Receiver.
Who has had the greatest influence on my football career: My cousin Marcedes Lewis.
What do I want to be doing 20 years from now: Owning a lot of real estate property.
How did I select my jersey number: Favorite player of all time is Deon Sanders.
What is my favorite hobby or activity away from football: working out, and playing/watching basketball.
What is the best book I’ve ever read: Harry Potter
People say I look like:  R. Kelly, Jamie Fox.
My favorite professor or most interesting class I’ve taken at BYU:  Dr. Monson
What is my most memorable athletic achievement: 3 interceptions in one game.
If I had to give up all of my possessions except one, what would be the one thing I kept and why: My cell phone because I would need to call around to get everything that I lost back.
My advice to youngsters: Lead by example, and to not be a follower.
If I were on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” the person I’d call for my lifeline is: My best friend Ayrton’s dad, because he is kinda smart.
If I were hosting you on a recruiting visit to Provo, the most impressive thing I’d have to show you is: Seven Peaks and/or “Y” Mountain.
One rule I’d change in college football is: Players should be paid to play.
If I could invite any people to dinner, who would they be: Obama, Kobe and 50 Cent.
On game day my friends and relatives: hit me up on Facebook to tell me good luck.

Shirley Johnson retires after three decades of service

Sep 05, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 12:44 pm | Permalink

Shirley Johnson, a native of Salt Lake City, was hired in 1980 as the football office secretary and has served the BYU football team since. After 32 years of service, Johnson retired this week.

Johnson has worked for three head coaches, including LaVell Edwards who hired her. During her time with the Cougars, she saw BYU win its first bowl game (“The Miracle Bowl”), watched the Cougars claim a national championship and witnessed Ty Detmer win the Heisman Trophy.

Johnson was the 2010 recipient of the Foundation of Excellence Award, which recognizes individuals whose efforts and contributions have laid the foundation for BYU’s athletic success.

“Shirley Johnson has influenced for good and helped shape the lives of hundreds of BYU football players over the past three decades,” said BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe.

Among other duties, Johnson helped with correspondence, football alumni relations, and many other responsibilities in the day-to-day operation of the BYU Football Office. Once asked in an interview about her family, Shirley responded, “I have 120 children a year—all boys.”

Despite stepping into retirement, Johnson will continue to give her time to BYU by helping with the BYU Varsity Club. 

Friel receives National Tight End of the Week accolades, Johnson DB of the Week honorable mention

Sep 03, 2012 - Posted by at 8:34 pm | Updated: September 3, 2012 8:47 pm | Permalink

BYU tight end Kaneakua Friel has been named the College Football Performance Awards National Tight End of the Week for his play in BYU's season-opening 30-6 victory over Washington State. Cougar defensive back Jordan Johnson received honorable mention for Defensive Back of the Week. 

A junior from Kaneohe, Hawaii, Friel established career highs with six receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns in BYU’s 30-6 victory over Washington State at LaVell Edwards Stadium.  In only his second start, Friel became the first BYU tight end since Dennis Pitta in 2009 to record 100-plus receiving yards and multiple TDs in a single game.   

Johnson, a sophomore from Springfield, Mass., made his first career start facing Washington State All-American receiver Marquess Wilson and Mike Leach's "Air Raid" offense. Johnson held Wilson to four receptions while totaling four solo tackles, one pass breakup and one interception, which he returned 64 yards to set up a BYU score.

College Football Performance Awards are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific criteria examining how individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. 

Fourth Quarter: BYU vs. Washington State

Aug 30, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 11:43 pm | Updated: August 31, 2012 3:51 pm | Permalink

It was a record night for multiple BYU wide receivers. Junior Cody Hoffman brought his consecutive games of catching a pass to 20 and ended the night with three receptions and 46 yards.  Junior Skyler Ridley’s touchdown reception in the first quarter was his first career catch. He finished the night with 54 yards on six catches.

Defensively, BYU held WSU to under 300 yards of total offense, which marks the seventh-consecutive game BYU has held its opponents to under 300 total yards. BYU also held WSU to under 10 yards rushing. The last time they held an opponent to under 10 yards was against UTEP in 2010.

For pictures of the game, check out BYU football’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487966127880355.113800.150809581596013&type=3.

Score BYU 30 WSU 6

Third Quarter: BYU vs. Washington State

Aug 30, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 11:06 pm | Updated: August 30, 2012 11:07 pm | Permalink

Washington State took charge of the ball to start the half but gave it away quickly with an interception pass to BYU’s Jordan Johnson. The catch marked Johnson’s third career interception. Last year, BYU’s defense combined for 13 interceptions and held opponents to 13 touchdowns. Tonight, the defense has held Washington State to zero touchdowns and already picked up two interceptions.

On the offensive side of the football, BYU scored two field goals in the quarter. Under Bronco Mendenhall, BYU has averaged 18 points per game in its home openers but have almost doubled that output tonight. This game also marks the first time that a tight end (Friel) has had two touchdowns and over 100 yards since Dennis Pitta in 2009 against Air Force.

For pictures of the game, check out BYU football’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487966127880355.113800.150809581596013&type=3.

Score: BYU 30 WSU 6

Second Quarter: BYU vs. Washington State

Aug 30, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 10:09 pm | Updated: August 31, 2012 12:40 am | Permalink

BYU struck early in the second when quarterback Taysom Hill came in to finish off the drive with an 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kaneakua Friel. The play marked Hill's first collegiate appearance. After their own 57-yard drive, Washington State answered back to put themselves on the scoreboard with a 47-yard field goal.

BYU came back with another successful drive to set up kicker Riley Stephenson for a 28-yard field goal to put the home team up by 14. Following the score, BYU’s defense held Washington State to a three and out, gaining good field position on the punt. Kaneakua Friel then scored touchdown No. 3 for BYU on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Nelson.  Washington State fought back to end the quarter, ending the half on a 53-yard drive for a field goal.

For pictures of the game, check out BYU football’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487966127880355.113800.150809581596013&type=3.

Score: BYU 24 WSU 6