Men's Football Blog

BYU leads Houston 16-0 after one

Sep 11, 2014 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 7:50 pm | Permalink

Senior wide receiver Jordan Leslie's 70 receiving yards paced BYU to a 16-0 lead after one quarter of BYU's home opener against Houston.

BYU's defense started the scoring as linebacker Zac Stout wrapped up Houston running back Ryan Jackson in the endzone for a safety. The play was set up by Scott Arellano's punt that pinned Houston on its own three yardline.

After the free kick, BYU wasted no time in scoring again, as quarterback Taysom Hill led the offense to 64 yards on five plays for a touchdown. Jamaal Williams' 19-yard touchdown run capped the drive as BYU took a 9-0 lead. Almost half of the drive's yards came on a 35-yard pass from Hill to Leslie on a third down.

Following another defensive stop, BYU punched in another touchdown on a five-yard rush from Hill. The score finished off a 70-yard drive over eight plays as BYU increased its lead to 16-0.

Getting to know Harvey Jackson

Sep 11, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 1:08 pm | Permalink
What is one thing few people know about you?
I like the outdoors, nature. I like to go fishing. I like to watch Discovery Channel. Reading and stuff like that.
 
Why did you come to BYU?
It’s a great place to be. It holds us to a high standard and I stood up to the challenge. I like taking challenges. Also, Mendenhall is a really great coach and I think I can learn a lot from him.
 
What is your favorite professional team?
The Houston Texans. That’s my home city.
 
When/why did you start playing football?
I started playing when I was four years old. I was actually a year too young, but I was tall enough so they let me play. Football was the first sport my mother put me in when I was little. From then, I just stuck with it. It fit me perfectly.
 
Who do you look up to and why?
I look up to my dad. I always looked up to him when I was younger. He’s a great father figure and has done a lot of things to help me out.
 
Do you have any pregame rituals? When/why did you start doing them?
I pray first then I do back pedals on the field. I listen to music and just think about making good plays. I just put it on Pandora and let it play.
 
What’s something outside of football you’re looking forward to? 
I like to watch TV, I like to watch movies. I really like Netflix and ESPN. I like to play with friends. I like to go socialize, play with my puppy when I can.
 
What was the first college/professional game you attended? 
It was actually baseball with my grandpa. It was the Astros versus the Angels.
 
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? 
Probably Brazil. I always thought it would be cool to go there.
 
What is your favorite football memory? (from college, high school, etc) 
I picked up the game winning fumble against Wisconsin to seal the game. I gave the ball to my offense and won the game.

Game Day: How to follow BYU vs. Houston

Sep 11, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 12:35 pm | Updated: September 11, 2014 12:54 pm | Permalink

ESPN will broadcast the BYU vs. Houston game live Thursday, with kickoff at 7:01 p.m. MDT.

BYU encourages those attending the game to be in their seats early for the 9/11 tributes held prior to kickoff. For more information on how the Cougars are observing Sept. 11, read the official release.

Fans who can't attend can watch live on WatchESPN. ESPN is also providing a live SkyCam broadcast, available on ESPN3.

BYU's voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell is calling the game live on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, available on BYUcougars.com, Sirius XM 143 and KSL Radio 1160 AM/102.7 FM. Game coverage starts at 6 p.m. MDT.

BYUtv has live pregame and postgame coverage on BYUtv and byutvsports.com. Coverage starts at 6 p.m. MDT, and postgame coverage lasts for half an hour after the game. BYUtv will rebroadcast the game starting at 11 p.m. MDT.

Live stats are available through Stat Broadcast.

Friday in Austin for BYU football

Sep 05, 2014 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 10:48 pm | Updated: September 5, 2014 11:13 pm | Permalink

After some meetings and a walk-through in Provo Friday morning, the BYU football team traveled to Austin, Texas, in advance of Saturday’s game against the No. 25 Longhorns.

The team paid a visit to Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, the site of Saturday’s game, during the afternoon and participated in its traditional team fireside in the evening.  

A standing-room-only contingent of BYU fans and members of the local community overflowed the Round Rock Stake Center for the fireside. Senior offensive lineman Michael Yeck, junior linebacker Jherremya Leuta-Douyere and senior linebacker Zac Stout delivered heart-felt messages to the congregation before the team’s defensive linemen gathered together to sing the hymn “I am a Child of God.” A question-and-answer session followed before head coach Bronco Mendenhall offered some brief closing remarks.

The Q&A allowed those in attendance to directly ask questions to member of the team. Players who responded to questions included junior linebacker Bronson Kaufusi, senior running back Paul Lasike, freshman offensive lineman Ului Lapuaho, junior quarterback Taysom Hill, junior wide receiver Devon Blackmon, senior defensive back Craig Bills, junior defensive lineman Remington Peck, sophomore linebacker Sae Tautu, sophomore defensive back Mike Davis and senior linebacker Michael Alisa. Sophomore receiver Mitchell Juergens and freshman receiver Trey Dye offered prayers at the fireside and the entire team sang "We'll Bring the World His Truth" to conclude the meeting.

Check out the photos below to get a feel for the team’s experiences on Friday. 

Viewing options for BYU at Texas

Sep 05, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 10:08 am | Updated: September 5, 2014 10:28 am | Permalink

A live broadcast of Saturday's BYU at Texas game is available on Fox Sports 1 at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

Fans can tune in on DirecTV Channel 219, Dish Channel 150, Comcast Channel 265 or Broadweave Channel 38. Streaming is also available for select TV providers. Find out if live streaming is available to you at foxsports.com.

Live audio with Greg Wrubell is also available on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, which is available online at BYUcougars.com, on the radio at 102.7 FM and 1160 AM in Utah and Idaho, on Sirius XM 143 and on the official BYU Cougars app. Radio coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. CDT.

Fans can also tune in to ESPN Radio for live game coverage. Find ESPN Radio in your area on the ESPN Radio website.

BYUtv's Countdown to Kickoff begins at 5:30 p.m. CDT on BYUtv and online at byutvsports.com. Tune in after the game for the live postgame show.

For live stats, visit texassports.com.

BYU at UConn Broadcast Info

Aug 29, 2014 - Posted by at 6:00 am | Permalink

BYU football plays its season opener tonight against the UConn Huskies, kicking off at 7:02 p.m. EDT/5:02 p.m. MDT at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Live television coverage begins at 6 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. MDT on BYUtv with the Countdown to Kickoff pregame show. Following the game BYUtv will also broadcast a live postgame show providing reaction and analysis of the game. Go to BYUtvSports.com for more information. 

After the pregame show on BYUtv, fans can tune in for live coverage of the game on ESPN at 7 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. MDT.  The game is also available on WatchESPN and on the American Forces Network, broadcasting via closed circuit or low-power radiating facilities on U.S. military installations outside of the USA and U.S. Naval ships at sea outside of U.S. territorial waters.

ESPN will re-air BYU-UConn on ESPN at 3 a.m. EDT Saturday and 12 a.m. EDT on ESPNU. It will also be rebroadcast on Sept. 5 at 3:30 a.m. EDT and 5 p.m. EDT on the Longhorn Network. 
 
Radio coverage of the game can be followed on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins at 5 p.m. EDT/3 p.m. MDT with the radio pregame show. The radio coverage can be found on Sirius XM 143, KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM out of Salt Lake City and online at BYUcougars.com. 
 
Click here for more information on the matchup. 

Football team preps for game day in Connecticut

Aug 28, 2014 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 9:04 pm | Updated: August 28, 2014 9:38 pm | Permalink

Thursday in Windsor, Connecticut, the BYU football team completed its final full day of preparations in advance of Friday’s season opener at UConn.

The day included meetings in the morning, a team practice midday at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor and visiting Rentschler Field in East Hartford in the late afternoon. After a few coaches met with ESPN in the early evening, many members of the team participated in a fireside at the Hartford Stake Center in Bloomfield.

During the fireside, junior receiver Kurt Henderson, senior kicker Trevor Samson and junior defensive lineman Graham Rowley each gave talks and running backs Adam Hine, Toloa’i Ho Ching, Algernon Brown, Paul Lasike, Nate Carter and coach Mark Atuaia all sang the hymn, “I Need Thee Every Hour.” A question-and-answer session followed with head coach Bronco Mendenhall, Hine, senior defensive back Harvey Jackson, sophomore defensive lineman Travis Tuiloma, junior receiver Mitch Mathews and junior quarterback Taysom Hill all responding to questions from those in attendance.

Check out the photos below to get a feel for the day. 

Bronco Mendenhall promos

Aug 22, 2014 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:34 am | Permalink

Coach Bronco Mendenhall got the chance to show off his acting chops in these promos for BYU Sports Nation. Check them out.

2014 National Football Media Day — summary and content index

Jun 24, 2014 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 5:50 pm | Updated: July 2, 2014 12:24 pm | Permalink

On June 23, BYU held it fourth annual Football National Media Day at the BYU Broadcasting Building. The event featured 15 players, seven coaches, director of athletics Tom Holmoe, former players, including four special guests: Dennis Pitta, Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, Leon White and James Dye, and more than 60 media members including newpapers, radio stations and TV stations.

Starting at 7 a.m. MT, BYUtv televised nationally 21 straight hours of football content, including four hours of new live programming, while five different radio stations, including BYU Radio/SiriusXM 143, were on hand to produce live content from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. MT. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall was interviewed on national radio by Jim Rome, while two of the live shows (State of the Program and Great Moments Then & Now) broadcast by BYUtv were also available on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.

Three hours of live online video chats, including 30 minutes of Spanish chats, were available throughout the day on BYUtvsports.com. Chats were conducted with with more than 15 people including current coaches and players, former players and ESPN college football analyst Trevor Matich.

Media Day also featured constant social media interaction via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Three current players, Taysom Hill, Jamaal Williams and Michael Alisa, each took time to directly respond to questions from fans that were submitted via Twitter.

Below are some of the interviews, articles, photos and videos from Media Day:

BYU Football: Great Moments Then & Now

Jun 23, 2014 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:48 pm | Permalink

BYU football legends return to Provo to discuss career highlights, what it means to be a Cougar

Former BYU players Leon White, James Dye, Dennis Pitta and Ezekial “Ziggy” Ansah returned to their alma mater Monday to appear on the BYUtv program “BYU Football: Great Moments Then and Now.” The program, hosted by BYUtv’s Dave McCann, gave viewers an inside look into some of the great moments from each of the former Cougar’s careers and the lasting impact BYU leaves on its athletes. 

Leon White, who played linebacker from 1981 to 1985, began the program by giving his perspective on BYU’s magical 1984 National Championship season. White was named Defensive MVP of the bowl game against Michigan, but few know the personal challenges he and his family were facing at the time. 

“My father had been diagnosed with cancer,” White said. “I was ready to quit school and go home to be with my dad, but my mom told me he wanted me to finish the season and finish school.”

Eventually White decided to stay at BYU, and was one of the most instrumental players in BYU’s run to a National Championship. The season finale would be the last game White’s father would attend as he passed away shortly thereafter. 

“He knew I loved football and playing at BYU,” White said. 

The attention then shifted to former BYU receiver James Dye, who played wide receiver and returned kicks for the Cougars in 1995 and 1996. Dye, whose son Trey recently signed with BYU, was a part of a 1996 BYU team that set a school record for most victories in a single season with 14. 

One of Dye’s most memorable plays came on a punt return against Wyoming in 1995. Dye gave his analysis of the play and exactly what went into the moment. 

“The first thing I saw [after receiving the punt] were brown pants,” Dye said. “I figured I gotta get past these guys cause if I can get past these guys, I got the Raass brothers (John and Stan) leading me.”

After spinning away from multiple tackles, Dye ended up pushing John Raass out of the way en route to the end zone. 

“John Raass told me that if I ever pushed him again that I’d have to pitch him the ball,” Dye said. 

Next up on the panel was former BYU tight end Dennis Pitta. Pitta, who played for the Cougars in 2004 and from 2007-2009, was a two-time all-American and a 2009 consensus all-American. Pitta also set the record for most receiving yards by a tight end in NCAA history before being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens, a team that he helped to a Super Bowl Championship in 2012. 

Pitta began his career at BYU as a walk-on, but developed into possibly the greatest tight end in BYU history. Most of the passes he caught over his career were thrown by former Cougar quarterback Max Hall, who is more than just a teammate for Pitta. 

“There came a point where Max and I really got on the same page and we knew what the other was thinking and I think that really translated to success on the field,” Pitta said. “I even went as far as marrying his wife’s sister to really solidify that relationship.” 

The brothers-in-law went on to become one of the most dynamic passing duos in BYU history, and hold claim to some of the most memorable moments in team history, including 2009’s historic win against No. 3 Oklahoma on national television. 

“That’s one of those games where you look back and you’ll never forget what happened on that field,” Pitta said. “Not a lot of people were giving us a chance to win that one.”

Ezekial “Ziggy” Ansah was the final former Cougar on the panel to share some thoughts. Ansah, who was drafted fifth overall by the Detroit Lions after only starting to play football a few years earlier, gave credit to his coaches and teammates for their influence in getting him to where he is today. 

“There was not a day where you wouldn’t hear ‘Ziggy’ come out of [Bronco Mendenhall’s] mouth,” Ansah said. “It wasn’t Ziggy as in a nice way of saying it, he was always on me. He always pushed me.”

In Ansah’s first play as a Detroit Lion, the rookie intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown. Many have praised him for the play, but Ansah had a secret to share about what really happened.

“What a lot of people don’t know is that I was in the wrong place,” Ansah said. “My position coaches were so mad at me.” 

The panel, which also included current quarterback Taysom Hill, finished the program by sharing their feelings about how BYU affected them not only as athletes, but also as people. Hill summed up a running theme that the entire panel included in their final respective remarks. 

“BYU has a much bigger impact on you than you will ever have on the University,” Hill said. “I am constantly surrounded by great people. Whether it’s the guys I’m playing with, the coaching staff or the administrators.”