Men's Football Blog

Cougars lead Tigers 21-0 after first quarter

Nov 22, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 1:49 pm | Permalink

BYU scored the first points of the game on a 71-yard touchdown catch by Mitch Mathews from Christian Stewart at the 1:20 mark to lead 7-0.

With 7:24 left in the quarter, Stewart rushed for a 16-yard touchdown to extend the Cougars' lead 14-0. The scoring drive was set up with Jordan Leslie’s 23-yard catch and Algernon Brown’s 17-yard rush to get to the Tigers’ 19-yard line.

After forcing the Tigers to punt on their first two possessions, Stewart followed it up with another 15-yard touchdown pass to Mathews to increase BYU’s lead 21-0 with 3:32 left in the quarter.

Stewart threw 10 of 13 for 186 yards and a touchdown, while Mathews ended the quarter wth two touchdowns and 110 receiving yards. 

TV Plans announced for BYU game at Cal on Nov. 29

Nov 17, 2014 - Posted by at 4:58 pm | Updated: November 17, 2014 5:19 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah (Nov. 17, 2014) — The Pac-12 announced Monday that BYU’s regular-season finale at California on Saturday, Nov. 29 will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks with kickoff at either 1:30 or 3 p.m. PT. The announcement of the final kickoff time is scheduled to take place this Saturday or Sunday.

The game will air on all of the Pac-12 Networks. The Pac-12 Network is available on Dish Network (channel 409) and through other cable providers and TV services. In Utah, Comcast provides the Pac-12 Network on channel 410 and Pac-12 Mountain on channel 37. 

To learn where to get the Pac-12 Networks in your area use the following link … http://pac-12.com/getpac-12networks

This will be the second time BYU has faced the Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium. BYU leads the all-time series, 2-1, having won the first two meetings in 1999 (at BYU) and 2001 (at Cal). The teams will be playing for the first time since Cal was a winner in the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl.

BYU defeats UNLV 42-23

Nov 15, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:46 pm | Permalink

BYU defeated UNLV 42-23 to improve to 6-4 and to become bowl eligible. Both teams were scoreless in the fourth quarter.

Christian Stewart kept the crowd energized in the fourth quarter after scrambling around charging defenders to rush for 16 yards. In that same drive, Adam Hine rushed for 24 yards.

BYU had 592 total yards, 325 passing yards and 267 rushing yards. Stewart threw 18 of 32 for 325 yards and three touchdowns. Mitch Mathews led the receivers with 120 yards and one touchdown. Paul Lasike had three touchdowns and 70 yards.

BYU up 42-22 after third quarter

Nov 15, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:01 pm | Permalink

BYU kicked off the second half by scoring a touchdown on its first possession. Devin Mahina caught a 15-yard touchdown after charging into the end zone while dragging the UNLV defender. The Cougars went up 28-13 over the Rebels with 13:25 left in the third quarter.

Logan Taele played tough defense in the third quarter. He tipped a pass to stop the Rebels from converting on third down. After UNLV recovered BYU’s fumbled punt return, Taele had a quarterback hurry that prevented UNLV from scoring a touchdown. The Rebels were held to a 33-yard field goal, making the score 28-16 with 11:11 left in the third.

Paul Lasike scored his third touchdown of the game after a 26-yard reception to put the Cougars up 35-16 with 5:42 left in the third quarter. This is Lasike’s first game scoring three or more touchdowns. Christian Stewart set up the touchdown after keeping the ball for a 25-yard run.

The Rebels answered back with a touchdown from 4th-and-7 after a 40-yard reception from Devonte Boyd to make the score 35-22 with 1:57 left in the third quarter. UNLV made up lost yards from an intentional grounding penalty when back-up quarterback Jared Lebowitz’s pass was complete to Keith Whitely for 22 yards.

Mitch Mathews scored his first touchdown of the game after an 8-yard reception from Stewart. A 35-yard reception by Jordan Leslie set the Cougars up. BYU went up 42-22 with 1:31 left in the third quarter.

Cougars up 21-13 at the half

Nov 15, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 6:42 pm | Permalink

The Cougars had two big defensive plays in a row in the second quarter to stop the Rebels. Graham Rowley sacked UNLV quarterback Blake Decker for a loss of eight yards. In the play immediately following, Kai Nacua had his second interception of the season when he picked off Decker and ran for 32 yards with 10:20 left in the first half.

BYU extended its lead to 14-3 after Paul Lasike rushed eight yards for a touchdown with 6:18 left in the second quarter. The scoring drive was set up by a Christian Stewart’s 48 yard pass to Mitch Mathews that put the Cougars at the 17-yard line.

With 5:32 left in the half, Shaquille Murray-Lawrence rushed 68 yards for UNLV’s first touchdown to make the score 14-10. In the following play, the Rebels’ Jonathan Leiva recovered the short kick on the kickoff. UNLV kicked a field goal to put the team within one, 14-13, with 3:00 left in the second quarter.

Lasike rushed for his second touchdown of the night after Stewart started rushing and pitched it back to him. That scoring drive was highlighted by a 20-yard kickoff return by Lasike and a 21-yard reception by Mathews. The touchdown pushed BYU’s lead back up to 21-13 with 1:23 left in the half.

BYU leads UNLV 7-3 after first quarter

Nov 15, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 5:49 pm | Permalink

UNLV scored the first points of the game on a field goal by Jonathan Leiva from 46 yards. The Rebels set up the field goal after quarterback Blake Decker threw a pass to Devante Davis for 11 yards, and Shaquille Murray-Lawrence rushed twice for a total of eight yards.

Jordan Leslie rushed 30 yards for BYU’s first touchdown of the game to lead 7-3 with 7:25 left in the first quarter. Quarterback Christian Stewart threw for 58 yards on the drive, including a 34 yard throw Colby Pearson before the receiver was taken off the field with an injury. 

Stewart threw 7 of 12 for 112 yards in the first quarter.

ICYMI: Awards Recap

Nov 04, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 1:59 pm | Updated: November 4, 2014 2:05 pm | Permalink

In case you missed it, senior punter Scott Arellano and junior linebacker Teu Kautai were recently recognized for their outstanding play.

Friday, Arellano was named a Ray Guy Award candidate, an honor given to the nation's best punter. Following his outstanding performance against Middle Tennessee, he earned FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week, Honorable Mention Punter of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards and the Ray Guy Award Player of the Week.

The senior had seven punts for 324 yards, averaging 46.3 yards per punt in the Cougars' 27-7 victory against the Blue Raiders Saturday. Five of his punts were marked inside the 20-yard line with no touchbacks. Arellano's 81-yard punt in the fourth quarter broke a BYU record for longest punt, set in 1983 by former NFL punter Lee Johnson. It was also the longest punt nationally this season. He now has two of the longest three punts in the nation with 81 and 76 yards, respectively.

Kautai also stepped up big in the win over Middle Tennessee, earning CFPA Honorable Mention Linebacker of the Week. The junior recorded the first three sacks of his career, becoming the fifth BYU player with three sacks in a game since the NCAA began tracking official defensive statistics in 2000. His first two sacks came on third down, forcing the Blue Raiders to punt. His third sack came on second down and 11 yards to go from Middle Tennessee’s own 12-yard line.

BYU football travels on Halloween, gears up for Middle Tennessee

Oct 31, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 10:52 pm | Updated: November 1, 2014 12:12 am | Permalink

Following team and positions meetings and a team walk-through in Provo Halloween morning, the BYU football team boarded a charter for the flight east and across the Mississippi River, eventually arriving in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 

After check-in at the team hotel, coaches and players met with the CBS Sports broadcast crew to provide insights into Cougar football. After dinner the team hopped onto busses and went to Central Magnet School for the traditional fireside the night before the game. 

The audience was highlighted by people who drove hours to see the team. To preface his question in the Q&A session, one gentleman mentioned he drove his family five and a half hours to Murfreesboro. Another said the time traveled from North Carolina was seven and half hours.

Kicking off the fireside was defensive lineman Logan Taele. He related a personal experience and spoke about how he learned what it takes to be happy as he learned from the example of his grandparents and read the Book of Mormon. Senior receiver Jordan Leslie, celebrating his birthday, spoke about the meaining of a scripture from Psalms as he spoke at a fireside for the first time. Director of Operations Zach Nyborg then bore his testimony about the enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Nyborg served his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the neighboring Knoxville mission.

A special musical number followed; the Primary song "When I Am Baptized" was performed by a collection of players including Kurt Henderson, Solomone Kafu, Michael Alisa, Graham Rowley, Andrew Mikkelsen and Harvey Langi.

The question and answer portion of the meeting featured topics including what it's like to be part of BYU football, what firesides do for the team, how to prepare for missions and the importance of trusting parents.

Coach Bronco Mendenhall concluded the meeting with his remarks as he expressed sincere appreciation for fans willing to travel great distances to seek spiritual upliftment and to support BYU football.

Fans then enjoyed mingling with the players for a few minutes, asking for autographs and taking advantage of photo opportunities.

The busses then shuttled the team over to nearby Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium. The team walked around on the field and took pictures before heading back to the hotel for the night.

BYU will take on Middle Tennessee Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT on CBS Sports Network.  Select the following link for TV viewing information.

How to watch BYU vs. Middle Tennessee

Oct 31, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 10:07 am | Permalink

Saturday's matchup between BYU and Middle Tennessee will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network. CBS Sports Network is available on DirecTV Channel 221 (with Choice Extra package), Dish Channel 158 (Classic Silver 200 package) and Comcast Channel 753 in Utah and Salt Lake Counties (Digital Prefered package). For cable channels outside Utah, check with your local provider

Radio broadcast coverage is available through the Cougar IMG Sports Network via BYUcougars.com, Sirius XM 143, KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM and the BYU Cougars app. Radio coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. CDT

BYUtv begins its coverage with Countdown to Kickoff starting at 1:30 p.m. CDT and concluding with the postgame show following the game. Both shows are available on BYUtv, byutvsports.com and BYU Radio.

Live stats will be available on Middle Tennessee's schedule page.

Following options for BYU vs. Boise State

Oct 24, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 8:46 am | Permalink

The BYU at Boise State game will be broadcast live on ESPN Friday, with kickoff at 7:01 p.m. MDT. Friday's matchup will be BYU's sixth appearance on ESPN and seventh appearance on one of the ESPN family of networks. Fans can also tune in on WatchESPN.

Radio coverage is provided by the Cougar IMG Sports Network, available on Sirius XM 143, KSL 1160 AM or 102.7 FM, BYUcougars.com and the BYU Cougars app. Coverage begins at 5 p.m. MDT.

BYUtv will broadcast its Countdown to Kickoff show starting at 6 p.m. MDT. The postgame show is broadcast after the conclusion of the game. The shows can be streamed live at byutvsports.com.

Follow @BYUCougars on Twitter and the BYU Football Facebook page for updates and photos during the game. Join the conversation using #USUvsBYU. Live stats are also available through Stat Broadcast.