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BYU holds off to beat ECU 45-38 in first meeting between schools

Oct 10, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 9:08 pm | Updated: October 14, 2015 1:38 pm | Permalink

ECU forced BYU to a punt early in the 4th quarter. They drove down the field in 1:52 for 85 yards and a 2-yard touchdown run by Chris Hairston to decrease BYU's lead to 38-28.

A three-and-out for the Cougars gave ECU the ball back with 11 minutes to go. A defensive stand at the BYU 45-yard line forced ECU to punt with 10 minutes to go. Another three-and-out gave ECU the ball again with eight minutes to go.

A 35-yard pass from James Summers to Trevon Brown set up a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Blake Kemp to Isaiah Jones to make the score 38-35 with six minutes left. ECU intercepted Beau Hoge's pass up the middle to start at BYU's 45-yard line with five minutes to go. Kicker Davis Plowman would hit the 32-yard field goal to tie the game at 38.

Tanner Mangum returned to the game with four minutes left after leaving in the third quarter with an ankle injury. He led the Cougars on a 10-play, 75-yard drive, and Algie Brown scored his fourth touchdown of the night with a 9-yard touchdown run with 19 seconds left.

Mangum went 24-of-33 on the night for 332 yards and three touchdowns. Beau Hoge went 1-for-4 for nine yards and an interception. Algie Brown had four touchdowns on the night, three rushing and one receiving. He also had 134 rushing yards. Devon Blackmon led the wide receivers for the night with nine receptions for 142 yards.

BYU up on ECU 38-21 at the end of the 3rd quarter

Oct 10, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 8:14 pm | Updated: October 10, 2015 8:19 pm | Permalink

Algie Brown opened the third quarter with a 53-yard touchdown run to make the lead for the Cougars 35-21.

The next drive, ECU quarterback Blake Kemp bobbled and dropped the snap. Matt Hadley recovered the fumble for the Cougars. Yiannis Bowden sacked Tanner Mangum for 11 yards, ending the Cougars' drive after the fumble recovery. ECU's next drive resulted in another fumble. ECU's Davon Grayson caught the ball and Michael Davis stripped the ball from his hands. Fred Warner recovered the ball for the Cougars.

A 34-yard pass from Mangum to Devon Blackmon and an 8-yard run by Mangum set up a 37-yard field goal by Trevor Samson to make it 38-21. A sack from Tomasi Laulile set up a 3rd and 16 for ECU. Quarterback James Summers threw a pass to Brandon Bishop. It was tipped and intercepted by Fred Warner. BYU ended the half with the ball at their 44-yard line.

BYU leads ECU 28-21 at halftime

Oct 10, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 7:18 pm | Permalink

Two plays into the second quarter, Bronson Kaufusi blocked Worth Gregory's punt, placing the Cougars on ECU's 1-yard line. Algie Brown ran the ball in for the touchdown three plays later.

Punter Jonny Linenhan faked a punt on a 4th down on the 33-yard line. He ran for seven yards to get the first down and keep the Cougars' drive alive with 10 minutes to go. The drive resulted in a 17-yard touchdown pass from Tanner Mangum to Mitch Mathews, capping a 10-play, 68-yard drive in under four minutes.

Sophomore Sione Takitaki picked up his second sack of the night to end ECU's next drive with five minutes to go in the second quarter. The next drive for the Cougars resulted in a 9-yard touchdown pass from Mangum to Terenn Houk, set up by a 39-yard pass from Mangum to Devon Blackmon

ECU had a 9-play, 77-yard drive in two minutes to end the first half. Quarterback Blake Kemp found Trevon Brown in the end zone for a 1-yard pass with six seconds left to make it 28-21.

Mangum went into halftime 17-of-23 with 254 yards and three touchdowns. Blackmon led the receivers with six receptions for 96 yards.




BYU behind ECU 14-7 after first quarter.

Oct 10, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 6:28 pm | Updated: October 10, 2015 7:13 pm | Permalink

On East Carolina's first drive, Sione Takitaki ended the drive after a nine yard sack on 3rd and 10.

Tanner Mangum connected with senior Mitch Mathews on 3rd and 13 for a 45-yard gain. However, three plays later, running back Algie Brown fumbled on a 4th down conversion, giving ECU the ball again at BYU's 31-yard line.

ECU quarterback James Summers would keep the ball that same drive on a 4th and 2 and score a touchdown off of a 34-yard run, capping a drive of 7 plays 69 yards in less than three minutes.

On the next drive, ECU's Trevian Hicks blocked BYU punter Jonny Linenhan's kick and Yiannis Bowden recovered it in the end zone to make it 14-0 with five minutes remaining.

BYU responded with a drive of 10 plays for 75 yard when Mangum connected with Brown for a 22-yard pass on the left side. 

Following the game: East Carolina vs. BYU

Oct 09, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 4:16 pm | Updated: October 9, 2015 7:50 pm | Permalink

BYU football hosts East Carolina for the homecoming game with kickoff at 5:32 p.m. MDT at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.

The game will be broadcast on ESPNU along with online access through Watch ESPN.

Live television coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. MDT with BYUtv’s pregame show Countdown to Kickoff. Live postgame coverage on BYUtv will follow after the game.

Radio coverage of the game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with the Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins with the pregame show at 3:30 p.m. MDT on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM out of Salt Lake City and online at The game will also be available on BYU Radio through Sirius XM 143 and online.

Visit the gameday page for more information on the matchup.

Getting to Know: Terenn Houk and Manoa Pikula

Oct 09, 2015 - Posted by at 4:06 pm | Updated: October 9, 2015 7:53 pm | Permalink

Prior to the start of the 2015 season, we had the chance to talk with Terenn Houk and Manoa Pikula. Learn a little bit about them below.

Terenn Houk

Senior Receiver

Major: Sociology

Stadiums excited to play at in 2015: Big House, Nebraska, Rose Bowl, and Arrowhead

One thing people don’t know about you: I have two little brothers, they are 4 and 6 and that’s probably why it’s interesting. And they’re white.

Other sports you enjoy: Basketball, baseball, and volleyball. I played high school basketball and baseball.

Favorite pro athlete: Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks

Favorite movie: Tangled or Frozen

Favorite actor: Denzel Washington

Who do you look up to?: Robert Anae–He’s like a dad. He’s one of those coaches that you always want approval from. He pushes you to be your best. Also, Frank Wintrich–He’s cool. He’s not as tough. He tries to act like he’s tough but he’s not.

Nicknames from team: T-Money

Pregame ritual: I read these notes that someone special wrote to me as motivation. Then I say a prayer and listen to Taylor Swift.

Favorite football memory: Scoring my first touchdown against UConn in 2014 or beating Utah State in 2011. Everyone stormed the field. That was unreal.

Manoa Pikula

Senior Linebacker

Stadiums excited to play at in 2015: I can’t wait for the Rose Bowl and the Big House

One thing people don’t know about you: I listen to slow jams before every game. I’m not a hype guy.

Where did your name come from?: From my Grandpa, from Tonga.

Other sports you enjoyed in high school: I wrestled and played rugby. I played rugby for Highland and we won nationals.

Favorite movie: The Incredibles

Favorite actor:  Brad Pitt or The Rock

Favorite food: French fries and horse meat. My Mom has a really good recipe for horse. She puts mayonnaise and sauce on it.

Who you look up to: My five brothers, I look up to each of them for different reasons. Being the youngest, I was kind of the punching bag, but they always looked out for me and showed me the ropes.

Nicknames from the team: Deuce-deuce because of my number being 22.

Pregame ritual: I’ll listen to a lot 90s R&B type music.

Favorite Football Memory: Beating Texas at home two years ago in 2013. That was by far one of the best memories I have from being at BYU.


BYU downs UConn 30-13

Oct 02, 2015 - Posted by Preston Brown at 11:38 pm | Updated: October 2, 2015 11:39 pm | Permalink

Trevor Samson knocked in a 25-yard field goal on the opening drive of the fourth quarter, giving BYU a 13-10 lead.

Bronson Kaufusi picked off Bryant Shirreffs' pass on the next series, returning the ball to the UConn 21-yard line. On the next play, Tanner Mangum threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Mitch Mathews, putting the Cougars up 20-10.

After a nine-play drive, the Huskies got on the board again with a 42-yard field goal, bringing the score to 20-13.

UConn attempted an onside kick on the next kickoff that was tipped but eventually recovered by BYU at the UConn 41-yard line. The Cougars capitalized on the drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Mangum to Mathews that gave BYU a 27-13 lead.

The Huskies threatened to scored on the next drive, but Shirreffs was picked off again, this time by Michael Shelton, who returned the ball to the UConn 35-yard line. That interception set up a 32-yard made field goal that brought the final score to 30-13.

BYU tied with UConn 10-10 at end of third quarter

Oct 02, 2015 - Posted by Preston Brown at 10:47 pm | Permalink

After a strong BYU drive to start the quarter, Tanner Mangum's pass was intercepted by Jamar Summers and returned 26 yards, setting up a drive that ended in a 37-yard UConn field goal that gave the Huskies a 10-7 lead.

On the ensuing drive, Mangum hit Nick Kurtz for a gain of 25 yards, putting the Cougars in scoring position in the red zone. BYU converted on a 26-yard field goal moments later, tying the game at 10-10.

The BYU offense strung together a nice drive to get the ball to the 10-yard line to end the quarter.

BYU and UCONN tied 7-7 at halftime

Oct 02, 2015 - Posted by Preston Brown at 9:49 pm | Permalink

On the first possession of the second quarter, BYU drove into scoring position, but failed to convert on a 48-yard field goal that missed just left.

The BYU defense forced a three-and-out on its first defensive series, holding the Huskies to a net loss of three yards.

Two series later, the Cougars charged down the field, but turned the ball over to the Huskies after Tanner Mangum's pass was intercepted in the end zone by Jhavon Williams.

On the ensuing drive, Bryant Shirreffs hit Arkeel Newsom for a 30-yard UCONN touchdown, tying the score 7-7.

BYU had a 38-yard field goal attempt blocked to end the half.

After first quarter BYU leads UConn 7-0

Oct 02, 2015 - Posted by Preston Brown at 9:01 pm | Permalink

On their second drive of the game, a 34-yard pass from Tanner Mangum to Terrenn Houk at the start of the series put the Cougars in scoring position.

BYU then scored the first points of the game on a 1-yard touchdown run from Francis Bernard. The touchdown was Bernard's first of the season.

On the next UConn possession, linebacker Sione Takitaki came up with a big sack for the Cougars, pushing the Huskies back against their own goal line, forcing a punt two plays later.