Men's Football Blog

BYU dominates ISU 59-13

Nov 16, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 4:30 pm | Permalink

The Cougar defense held the Bengals to a 36-yard field goal for the fourth quarter's only score.

Freshman running back Algernon Brown rushed for 17 yards, bringing his game total to 61. 

On special teams, junior punter Scott Arellano had a 67-yard punt and a 38-yard punt to pin Idaho State at its own 2-yard line.

The defensive reserves saw time on the field. Sophomore Logan Taele and freshman Michael Doman each registered sacks. Freshman Kai Nacua also had two pass breakups and five tackles, including a tackle for loss.

Senior defensive back Adam Hogan forced a fumble, and senior Blake Morgan came up with the fumble recovery.

BYU 59, ISU 10 at end of third

Nov 16, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 3:48 pm | Updated: November 16, 2013 3:49 pm | Permalink

BYU scored 10 points in the quarter to lead ISU, 59-10, at the end of the third quarter.

Sophomore running back Adam Hine highlighted the Cougar offense in the third quarter, becoming the second BYU running back to eclipse the 100-yard mark in the game. On the first play of the quarter for the offense, Hine had the crowd excited when he took the handoff for a 64-yard touchdown run.

Hine became the game's leading rusher on a 24-yard run down to the ISU 7 yard line. The drive ended in the first field goal of the day for BYU. Senior kicker Justin Sorensen converted on the 36-yard attempt, bringing his point total for the game to 11.

BYU scores five touchdowns, leads 49-3 at half

Nov 16, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 2:52 pm | Updated: November 16, 2013 2:53 pm | Permalink

Senior wide receiver Skyler Ridley and sophomore Jamaal Williams led the way as five different players found the end zone in the second quarter.

The quarter began with two completions to Ridley for 12 yards and then another for 36 yards and the touchdown. It was his second touchdown reception of the season. He led the Cougars in the half with 86 receiving yards on four receptions.

Williams scored his third touchdown of the game on a 15-yard run, tying his career high for rushing touchdowns in a game.

Senior tight end Richard Wilson caught his first touchdown of the season and running back Algernon Brown rushed for his second of the year.

On the defensive side, Bronson Kaufusi intercepted the Bengals at their own 12-yard line and returned it for the touchdown. Later in the quarter, senior Eathyn Manumaleuna was credited with a blocked field goal.

For the half, quarterback Taysom Hill led the BYU offense, throwing 11 of 19 for 153 yards and two touchdowns. He completed passes to seven different receivers. Hill also added 62 rushing yards in the half.

BYU up 14-3 after first quarter

Nov 16, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 1:54 pm | Permalink

In the last home game of the season the Cougars scored the first points of the game and lead 14-3.

Sophomore Jamaal Williams highlighted the first quarter with two touchdown runs, including a career-high 70-yard scramble. Cody Hoffman returned his first career punt for 23 yards.

After Adam Hine's 40-yard kickoff return to start the game, BYU marched down the field with Taysom Hill completing 4 of 5 for 38 yards. Hoffman caught two passes for 27 yards and Williams carried the ball for 16 yards and the touchdown. The drive was 12 plays for 60 yards.

After the Bengals scored their first points on a 31-yard field goal, the Cougars responded quickly when Williams took the handoff and broke a 70-yard run for his second touchdown of the quarter. 

The BYU defense held Idaho State to three punts. Skye PoVey and Mike Hague led the team with four tackles each. Kyle Van Noy chipped in two tackles for loss. 

Mendenhall, Edwards similarities over first 111 games

Nov 09, 2013 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 9:42 am | Updated: November 12, 2013 2:48 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall is looking for his 81st win at the helm of the Cougars as he leads his team into Camp Randall Stadium today to face No. 21 Wisconsin.

This will be Mendenhall’s 112th game overseeing the BYU program. Now in his ninth season, he has won over 72 percent of BYU’s games under his leadership while achieving an 80-31 record.

Interestingly, Mendenhall matched legendary Cougar coach LaVell Edwards by winning his 80th contest in his 111th game. Coach Edwards also won his 80th game in his 111th outing during his 10th season to boast a nearly identical 80-30-1 record at that point of his career.

There are several other similarities when looking back at the first 111 games of BYU’s two most successful coaches.

Edwards’ teams boasted four winning streaks of at least six games (17, 11, 7, 6). Mendenhall’s teams have also had four such streaks (16, 11, 6, 6) and could add to that total if able to improve upon the current five game-streak entering today’s game at Wisconsin.

The longest losing streak for Edwards was four games, something his teams endured twice. Mendenhall, likewise, has suffered no more than four losses at a time, with one such skid back in 2010.

The opponents BYU played have changed a bit from the beginning of the Edwards era to the program’s current status of football independence.

Edwards’ teams faced teams that currently hail from an automatic-qualifying BCS conference 16 times, earning an 8-8 record with wins over Kansas State (2), Oregon State (2), Oregon, Texas A&M, Wisconsin and SMU.  Mendenhall’s teams have faced teams from BCS leagues 31 times, achieving a 15-16 record with wins over UCLA (2), Washington (2), Oregon State (2), Georgia Tech (2), Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas, Ole Miss, Arizona, Washington State and Houston. Overall, BYU has played 17 different programs from an automatic-qualifying BCS league in those 31 games while Edwards’ teams played nine programs over the 16 games.

When it comes to postseason, Edwards’ teams went to five bowls over that 111-game span with a 1-4 record while beginning what would become a great BYU bowl legacy. Mendenhall has built upon the legacy by taking the Cougars to a bowl each year while winning a program-record four straight bowls to boast a 6-2 postseason record. 

Fireside in Madison, Wisc.

Nov 08, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 11:19 pm | Updated: November 8, 2013 11:22 pm | Permalink

BYU will participate in Poinsettia Bowl in 2016 and 2018

Nov 06, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 12:00 pm | Permalink

Brigham Young University has accepted an invitation to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl following the 2016 and 2018 regular seasons.

The Cougars will play in San Diego if bowl eligible and not selected to participate in the College Football Playoff. BYU will face one of the top teams from the Mountain West both years.

Dates, kickoff times and broadcast plans will be announced at a later date.

Jorgensen, Falslev having surgery

Oct 31, 2013 - Posted by at 4:54 pm | Updated: October 31, 2013 6:08 pm | Permalink

BYU senior linebacker Austen Jorgensen will miss the rest of the year and senior receiver/return specialist JD Falslev will be out 3-4 weeks due to planned surgeries. 

A 6-foot-2, 232-pound middle linebacker from Mt. Pleasant, Utah, Jorgensen will have season-ending surgery next week to repair cartilage damage to his knee. He totaled a career-best 47 tackles in BYU's eight games this season, including three starts. For his career, Jorgensen played in 45 games while making 108 tackles, including 55 solo takedowns and one sack. 

Falslev had surgery Thursday to repair a fractured hand. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound captain has played in all eight games with three starts this year while totaling 227 receiving yards on 24 catches. BYU's primary punt returner, Falslev also averages 10.4 yards on 23 punt returns, including a 71-yard return for a touchdown against Middle Tennessee. 

Kick time for BYU vs. Wisconsin set

Oct 28, 2013 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 12:09 pm | Permalink

The kick time for the BYU at Wisconsin football game on Nov. 9 was announced today. The game will be played at Camp Randall Stadium beginning at 2:30pm CT (1:30pm MT) on ABC or ESPN. The network will be determined next week.

BYU and Wisconsin have met once in the past with the Cougars earning a 28-3 win in Madison in 1980.  BYU led just 7-0 at halftime but the defense held the Badgers to just 140 total yards in the second half and forced two fumbles to fuel a 21-point offensive attack from Jim McMahon and the Cougars. McMahon was 12 of 15 for 175 yards and three touchdowns in the second half, finishing the day with 337 passing yards.

BYU beats BSU 37-20

Oct 25, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 9:42 pm | Permalink

BYU beat the Boise State Broncos 37-20 behind Taysom Hill's four touchdowns and 339 passing yards. Jamaal Williams contributed 107 yards rushing on 21 carries.

In the fourth quarter, the Broncos scored their second touchdown of the game when Grant Hedrick connected on a 47-yard completion to Aaron Burks to set up a 14-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Harman. The score cut the BYU lead to 34-20 with just over 10 minutes left in the game.

The Cougars took a 37-20 lead on the ensuing drive. Jamaal Williams’ 17-yard run was followed by a 13-yard completion to Cody Hoffman to move the ball into Bronco territory. Three straight rushes set up a 41-yard field goal by Justin Sorensen, his third of the game.

BYU started the quarter by forcing the fourth BSU turnover of the game. Tyler Beck jarred the ball loose from BSU running back Jay Ajayi and it was recovered by Remington Peck at the BYU 42-yard line.

With five minutes left in the game, the Cougars forced a fourth and one at the BYU 44-yard line. Austin Jorgensen and Skye PoVey combined to stuff Ajayi and give the ball back to the Cougars.