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ESPNU Road Trip to air BYU episode Wednesday night

Sep 24, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 4:11 pm | Updated: September 24, 2013 4:12 pm | Permalink

ESPNU Road Trip, a weekly show hightlighting college football and the atmosphere in college towns, is airing an episode featuring BYU. The show airs this Wednesday  at 5:30 p.m. MDT on ESPNU.

Hosts Ali Nejad (@Ali_Nejad) and Niki Noto (@NikiNoto) and  the crew from Road Trip took in some of the Provo area including Provo Canyon, Y Mountain and Riverside Country Club golf course with LaVell Edwards and Robbie Bosco. The show features a few members of the team as well as the atmosphere and enviornment surrounding a BYU football game.  

To get a feel for the show, view this highlight video that recaps episodes from 2012.

Awards

Senior JD Falslev and sophomore Taysom Hill both earned honors for their performances against Utah. Falslev was named an Honorable Mention Punt Returner of the Week by College Football Performance Awards. Hill earned Independent Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. The quarterback also garnered that honor after the BYU-Texas game.

Below are a few pictures taken during the week.

BYU vs. Utah fourth quarter

Sep 21, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 11:49 pm | Permalink

BYU had possession of the ball at the end of the game but couldn't convert. The Utes held on to win 20-13.

The Cougars scored their first touchdown on a touchdown carry by Michael Alisa from the one-yard line with 5:13 remaining in the game. BYU's scoring drive consisted of six plays and 44 yards in the span of 1:49.

JD Falslev had a 61-yard rush on a punt return with 9:44 remaining in the game.

Utah scored its second touchdown with 12:44 remaining in the game to go up 20-6.

This game was Cody Hoffman's 15th with at least 100 receiving yards, finishing the game with 108.

BYU vs. Utah third quarter

Sep 21, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 10:48 pm | Permalink

The Cougars added six points to the board on two made field goals in the quarter to cut the deficit to 13-6.

BYU's first points came on a 32-yard field goal by Justin Sorensen with 11:39 remaining in the third quarter. The Cougars scored another field goal that came from the 31-yard line to cut the deficit to 13-6 with 5:39 left in the quarter.

Sophomore Mitch Mathews received an 18-yard pass from Taysom Hill with 13:08 left in the quarter that was followed by a 41-yard rush by Hill for a first down.

Mitch Mathews' 26-yard reception from Hill was a career high.

Cody Hoffman moved to No. 4 all-time at BYU for career receiving yards with 2,850, passing Margin Hooks.

BYU vs. Utah second quarter

Sep 21, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 9:51 pm | Permalink

BYU entered halftime down 13-0 after Utah rushed 74 yards to get a one-yard touchdown pass with 1:22 left in the half. 

Wide receiver Cody Hoffman completed a 32-yard pass from Taysom Hill for a first down with 6:40 left in the quarter. The reception marked the 34th-straight game Hoffman has had at least one reception. He also led the team with 61 yards in the first half.

Wide receiver JD Falslev completed an 11-yard pass and a 20-yard pass from Taysom Hill to finish the half with 31 yards. 

With eight minutes remaining in the second quarter, Utah made another field goal to put them up 6-0. 

BYU missed a 34-yard field goal attempt with 5:39 left to cut the deficit in half, making it Justin Sorensen's first missed field goal attempt of the season. 

Utah scored the first touchdown of the game with 1:17 left in the second quarter. 

BYU vs. Utah first quarter

Sep 21, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 9:11 pm | Permalink

BYU and Utah's defense held strong to start the first quarter forcing each other to punt until Utah made a field goal late in the quarter to put them up 3-0.

Defensive lineman Remington Peck recorded a sack that resulted in a loss of seven yards for Utah. Taysom Hill completed a 30-yard pass to Brett Thompson, but BYU was outrushed 126-73.

On defense, Kyle Van Noy recorded one pass breakup and a quarterback hurry forcing Utah to throw a bad pass.

With under two minutes left in the quarter, BYU ran back a kick return, but the play was called back because of a penalty.

Utah had a 65-yard run that helped the Utes get into position for a field goal late in the first quarter. 

Football bye week full of national accolades, interviews

Sep 14, 2013 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 11:01 am | Updated: September 14, 2013 12:12 pm | Permalink

This week BYU was named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week after its 40-21 victory over then No. 15 Texas at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Four players—quarterback Taysom Hill, running back Jamaal Williams, linebacker Alani Fua and placekicker Justin Sorensen—were also recognized nationally with various honors for their contributions to the Cougar victory.

With his 259 rushing yards and three touchdowns directing the BYU triumph, Hill deservedly received numerous awards during the week, including National Player of the Week accolades. Consequently, BYU was a primary topic in local and national media during the week. In addition to local media interviews with players and coaches, BYU conducted more than a half-dozen national interviews, including national radio shows on CBS Sports Radio, Fox Sports Radio, Sirius XM Satellite Radio and BYU Radio Sports Network. 

Here are links to several of those interviews in case you missed them during the week.

Bronco Mendenhall on Tim Brando Show, CBS Sports Network (Video)

Bronco Mendenhall on Jim Rome Show, CBS Sports Radio  

Taysom Hill on Ferrall on the Bench, CBS Sports Radio

Taysom Hill on Jay Mohr Sports, Fox Sports Radio

Jason Beck on BYU Sports Nation, BYU Radio Sports Network

Recapping Taysom Hill's game against Texas and the ensuing national attention

Sep 12, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 8:48 pm | Updated: September 12, 2013 9:11 pm | Permalink

BYU vs. Texas fourth quarter

Sep 07, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 10:23 pm | Updated: September 7, 2013 10:29 pm | Permalink

Rushing for a school-record 550 yards, BYU held tight in the fourth quarter to beat No. 15 Texas 40-21.

The Cougars were led by quarterback Taysom Hill, who ended the game with the second most rushing yards by an NCAA quarterback in the last 10 years with 259.

The defense held strong in the fourth quarter, not allowng a Longhorn score. Texas kicked off the quarter with a 4th and 1 attempt, but linebacker Uani 'Unga came up with a tackle for loss to halt the effort. After a three-and-out from BYU, the Longhorns marched into Cougar territory when defensive back Skye PoVey broke up a pass on 3rd and 3 and safety Craig Bills knocked down the fourth down pass attempt. 

After recovering a BYU fumble, Texas drove to the Cougar 24-yard line when linebacker Alani Fua came up with a sack for a loss of 11 to set up a 4th and 17 situation. BYU was called for a defensive pass interference that allowed the drvie to continue. The BYU defense was not phased as it held Texas to one yard on the next four plays to end the game. 

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.