Men's Football Blog

Football team provides uplifting evening for prison inmates

Oct 24, 2015 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 5:45 pm | Updated: October 26, 2015 4:36 pm | Permalink

The BYU football team conducted a fireside on Friday night for inmates at the Utah State Prison. The annual event proved to be an uplifting experience for all involved.

The fireside opened with a beautiful musical number "Light a Candle" performed by the inmate choir. BYU senior offensive lineman Ryker Mathews and freshman outside linebacker Moses Kaumatule then addressed the room of inmates and volunteers, speaking of experiences in their lives that help them overcome challenging circumstances and always have hope. 

Junior running back Algernon Brown played the guitar while singing a heartfelt rendition of the song "Never a Better Hero" before senior defensive lineman Remington Peck led an open Q&A session where inmates were able to address questions to members of the football team or offer their own thoughts and appreciation.

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall concluded by offering some thoughts of encouragement before the team and members of the prison choir joined to sing a closing hymn "We'll Bring the World His Truth." 

Officials at the prison expressed appreciation to coach Mendenhall and the team after the event, indicating how the annual fireside has really made a positive impact on the inmates who attend.

Check out the photos below taken at the fireside. 

BYU defeats Wagner

Oct 24, 2015 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 4:05 pm | Permalink

BYU continued to build its lead when quarterback Beau Hoge scored his second rushing touchdown of the day with 8:07 left in the fourth quarter. Hoge completed 5 passes for a total of 48 yards to recievers Trey Dye, Akile Davis, Jake Zilowkowski and David Kessler on the drive.

The Cougar offense continued its attack when quarterback Koy Detmer Jr. connected with Dye. for a 47-yard completion but turned the ball over on downs later to the Seahawks.

BYU finished with 741 total yards of offense, passing for 411 yards and rushing for 330. 

Cougars lead 63-6 after three quarters

Oct 24, 2015 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 3:44 pm | Updated: October 24, 2015 3:46 pm | Permalink

On the first drive of the second half, Wagner running back Matthias McKinnon scored on a 1-yard run to put the Seahawks on the scoreboard. The extra point attempt was blocked by BYU defensive lineman Logan Taele. The Seahawk drive lasted eight minutes and eight seconds.

BYU responded with another scoring drive when quarterback Beau Hoge threw a swing pass to reciever David Kessler who took the ball 47 yards for a touchdown. The Cougars led 56-6 with 3:23 left in the third quarter.

After the BYU defense forced a three-and-out, BYU got the ball back on its own 24-yard line. Freshman quarterback Koy Detmer Jr. completed his first career pass with a 6-yard pass to reciever Josh Weeks. On the next play, running back Nate Carter carried the ball 70 yards for a touchdown to give the Coguars a 63-6 lead with 55 seconds left in the quarter.

Cougars end first half with 49-0 lead

Oct 24, 2015 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 2:45 pm | Updated: October 24, 2015 2:46 pm | Permalink

BYU's offense scored on the first drive of the second quarter to take a 35-0 lead when quarterback Tanner Mangum found reciever Mitch Mathews in the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Mangum also completed passes for 46 and 19 yards to reciever Terenn Houk on the same drive. Mangum finished the half throwing 12-13 for 237 yards and three touchdowns.

A 43-yard punt return by cornerback Michael Shelton set up the next Cougar scoring drive. Running back Francis Bernard punched the ball in from the one-yard line to make it 42-0 BYU with 9:49 left in the second quarter. The 50-yard drive lasted one minute and 28 seconds.

Defensive back Jordan Preator had an interception on a 3rd and 7 to give the Cougars the ball on the Seahawk 40-yard line. Beau Hoge came in at quarterback and led the Cougars to another scoring drive, rushing seven times for 32 yards. Hoge scored his first career touchdown on a two-yard scramble giving the Cougars a 49-0 lead.

In the first half, the Cougar defense kept the Seahawks to only 37 yards of total offense. Linebacker Fred Warner had a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss while Manoa Pikula recorded five tackles. Sixteen different Cougars recorded tackles for the BYU defense.

BYU leads Wagner 28-0 after first quarter

Oct 24, 2015 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 1:52 pm | Updated: October 24, 2015 2:47 pm | Permalink

The Cougars started the game off strong against the Wagner Seahawks with quarterback Tanner Mangum completing three passes for 57 yards passes including a 16-yard touchdown pass to Colby Pearson just 1 minute and 13 seconds into the game. 

On the Cougars' second drive, running back Francis Bernard rushed for 28 yards off two carries before Mangum connected with Mitch Mathews on a 20-yard pass to make the score 14-0 with 11:28 remaining in the 1st quarter. 

The rushing attack continued for the Cougars with running back Algie Brown breaking a 42-yard run to score with 7:52 left in the first quarter. Brown broke through several Seahawk tackle attempts and dove for the pylon to make the score 21-0, capping off a 66-yard drive that lasted only one minute and three seconds.

The Cougar defense forced three-straight three-and-outs with linebacker Manoa Pikula leading the Cougars with three tackles while teammates Austin Heder, Bronson Kaufusi and Travis Tuiloma each had two two tackles. Linebacker Fred Warner also had a sack on a third down that forced a Seahawk punt. 

With 3:35 left in the first quarter Brown broke another long run, going 36 yards to the end zone to make the score 28-0 BYU. The drive took six plays and covered 72 yards. 

Getting to Know: Tuni Kanuch and Colby Pearson

Oct 23, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:50 pm | Updated: October 23, 2015 4:32 pm | Permalink

Prior to the start of the 2015 season, we had a chance to talk with Tuni Kanuch and Colby Pearson. Learn a little bit about them below.

Tuni Kanuch

Sophomore offensive lineman

Major: Exercise and wellness

Stadiums most excited to play in: All of them, but especially at home because we have a lot of fans.

One thing people don’t know about you: Manoa Pikula is my cousin. I played on little league teams with Algernon Brown.

Name: It’s Tongan. Tuni means 'Junior', so I’m named after my dad.

Other sports: I only played football in high school. I started playing baseball, but was too big. I played basketball, but got sick of being fouled out. I didn’t start football until I was 13 or 14.

Favorite actor: Brad Pitt, Tom Hardy, Will Smith

Favorite food: Meat, burgers, fish, chicken any of that stuff. I love the Cheesecake Factory and cheesecake.

Three things you did during the offseason: Train, watch film and hangout with my wife.

Role model: Mom and wife: She’s getting her PhD here in counseling psychology. I think that’s really cool because I’m not that great at school, so to see my wife trying to be the best that she can be helps me want to be the best that I can be in football and everything else. Also, Coach Wintrich. He’s a good all-around coach. He’s always there for you. He’s not too authoritative or too high to come sit in the locker room and chill with us.

Nicknames from the team: First year me and a few others were called Team Swoll. We also have different superheroes and I was known as Juggernaut, but it has phased out. Mitch Mathews calls me Tune Squad from 'Space Jam'.

Pregame rituals: Pray

Favorite football memory: Before the Texas game, six minutes before we went in, we turned up the music full blast and everyone turned up super hard and everyone was pumped and ready to play.

Colby Pearson

Junior wide receiver

Major: Exercise Science. I’m planning on going to dental school.

Stadiums excited to play at: The Big House. I’m excited to go to Michigan. But a lot of our away games are at top-notch places, so they are going to be exciting.

One thing people don’t know about you: I can play the song “A Thousand Miles” on the piano. I took piano lessons for about five years.

Other sports: In high school, I played baseball and basketball as well as football.

Favorite athlete: LeBron James. He’s the greatest.

Favorite movie: "Remember the Titans" is a classic. So is "Dumb and Dumber."

Favorite actor: Adam Sandler and Will Smith.

Walk-up song: Definitely the Darth Vader march.

Food: I like Italian food, but I’m an Idaho boy. So I always love a good steak and potatoes.

Who do you look up to: My dad. He played college football in Idaho, and he taught me everything I know. He supports me every step of the way.

Nicknames: Honey Colbs, like Honey Combs, is one of my favorites. I have a lot, like Colberto, Coolbie, Colbs, and the coaches call me Idaho.

Pregame rituals: I like to isolate and listen to music. I say a prayer as well.

Favorite football memory: My senior year in high school was when we won the state championship. It was amazing playing my last high school game with all my friends and coming out on top.

BYU wins 38-24

Oct 16, 2015 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 9:30 pm | Updated: October 16, 2015 9:34 pm | Permalink

The Cougars opened up the fourth quarter with a Sione Takitaki sack on Bearcat quarterback Hayden Moore, which forced a Cincinnati punt.  BYU marched back to the Cincinnati red zone with a Francis Bernard 40-yard run and an 11-yard Devon Blackmon catch.  Algernon Brown scored on a 2-yard rush with 10:24 to go, making it a 24-24 game.

On the next Bearcat drive, Bronson Kaufusi recorded his third sack of the game, pushing the Cincinnati offense back to their 23-yard line. The Cougar defense then forced a four and out.

On the first play from scrimmage after the punt, Mangum threw a 53-yard pass to Kurtz for the touchdown. The Cougars took their first lead of the game 31-24.

With 7:26 to go, Sae Tautu sacked Moore for a loss of 2-yards on third down, forcing a Bearcat punt. Garrent Jurgens then returned Sam Geraci’s punt for 39 yards to the Cincinnati 32. Frances Bernard ran 11 yards for the touchdown after three Algernon Brown rushes. With 4:35 to go, the Cougars were in the lead 38-24.

Cougars behind Bearcats 24-17 after third quarter

Oct 16, 2015 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 8:42 pm | Updated: October 16, 2015 8:44 pm | Permalink

On the opening drive of the half, Tanner Mangum threw a pass to Devon Blackmon for a 12-yard gain.  Later on the drive, Mangum completed a pass to Colby Pearson inside the Cincinnati 20. BYU continued driving down the field and scored on a 19-yard completion from Mangum to Nick Kurtz. With the touchdown, the Cougars tied the game 17-17. Mangum completed seven passes on the drive.

After a BYU punt, the Bearcats got the ball on their 36-yard line and drove down the field 64 yards for the score to go up 24-17. On the drive Fred Warner had a 7-yard sack in the backfield. 

BYU down 17-10 going into second half

Oct 16, 2015 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 7:39 pm | Updated: October 16, 2015 7:43 pm | Permalink

To open the second quarter, BYU’s Bronson Kaufusi blocked Cincinnati kicker Andrew Gantz’s 58-yard field goal. Michael Wadsworth recovered the tipped ball on the 50-yard line. Tanner Mangum opened the drive with a 38-yard completion to Mitch Matthews spotted at the Cincinnati 12. BYU ended the drive with a field goal completed by Trevor Samson.

Travis Tuiloma and Harvey Langi sacked Moore for a loss of 7 yards, forcing a fourth-and-long Cincinnati punt. On the drive after the punt, Bearcat linebacker Kevin Brown intercepted a pass by Mangum on BYU’s 20-yard line. Bearcat running back Mike Boone rushed for a 5-yard touchdown, putting Cincinnati up 17-3 with 6:50 left in the second quarter.

Mangum threw a 16-yard completion to Nick Kurtz for a first down near the 20-yard line. Pass interference was called on the Cincinnati defense on a pass to Devon Blackmon, which placed BYU on the 5-yard line. On the next play, Algernon Brown rushed for a 5-yard touchdown making it a 17-10 game.

BYU stopped the Bearcats on the Cincinnati 42-yard line, forcing a fourth down punt. With 2:20 left in the half, BYU running back Riley Burt ran for 41-yards, putting the Cougars on the 50-yard yard line. BYU ended the drive with a 40-yard punt by Jonny Linehan pinned inside the 10-yard line. Halftime score 17-10.

BYU behind Cincinnati 10-0 after first quarter

Oct 16, 2015 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 6:46 pm | Updated: October 16, 2015 7:12 pm | Permalink

On its first drive, Cincinnati rushed for 24 yards and quarterback Hayden Moore threw three completions. BYU stopped the Bearcat drive on the 13-yard line forcing a 29-yard Cincinnati field goal. With the score, the Bearcats went up 3-0.

Midway through the first quarter, Cincinnati quarterback Hayden Moore completed a 46-yard pass to Shaq Washington for a first down inside the 20. BYU’s red zone defense held the Bearcats to fourth down and goal. The Bearcats chose to go for it on fourth down and scored on a jump pass from running back Tion Green to receiver DJ Dowdy to go up 10-0.

Bronson Kaufusi sacked Moore for a two-yard loss on the Cincinnati 14-yard line. Later in the drive, Sae Tautu again sacked Moore on the BYU 27. The next play Bronson Kaufusi forced a fumble by Bearcat quarterback Moore, which Moore recovered. Cincinnati lined up for a 58-yard field goal, but didn't get the snap off before the quarter ended.