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BYU wins 31-7 over SUU

Nov 12, 2016 - Posted by Courtney Lovelace at 4:27 pm | Permalink

Rhett Almond added six points to the scoreboard in two different field goals throughout the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Cougars, 37-7.

With just under seven minutes remaining, SUU attempted 49-yard field goal, which was blocked by Corbin Kaufusi, his second of the season. In the ensuing drive, Tanner Mangum ran for a career-long of 35 yards and totaled 42 rushing yards for the day. He also completed 11 of 13 passes with 121 yards. Harvey Langi led the defense with four total tackles and had an assisted sack with Fred Warner

The score remains 31-7 throughout the third quarter

Nov 12, 2016 - Posted by Courtney Lovelace at 3:47 pm | Permalink

Both teams were scoreless throughout the third quarter and the score stays at 31-7.

Eric Takenaka made his first interception of his career with just over a minute remaining in the game in a last-minute effort to push the Cougars down the field, but to no avail. Mitchell Juergens moved up to the leading receiver of the game with a total of 82 yards and 6 catches. KJ Hall has been active throughout the game with the top rushing yards of the day (47) in addition to 68 receiving yards. 

BYU holds a comfortable lead against SUU, 31-7

Nov 12, 2016 - Posted by Courtney Lovelace at 2:56 pm | Permalink

A 28-yard field-goal from Rhett Almond followed by a touchdown from Colby Pearson added an additional 10 points to the board, while Southern Utah scored its first touchdown of the day with just over two minutes left in the half. KJ Hall finished the half with his first touchdown of his career, bringing the score to 31-7.

Tanner Mangum began the drive in the second quarter and completed 1 of 3 passes. Taysom Hill ended the first half with a total of 286 yards, 26 rushing yards, and 17 of 23 completions. Micah Hannemann leads the defense with three total tackles, two of which were solo, and one break-up pass. Brayden El-Bakri and Mitchell Juergens are tied with 69 receiving yards and four completions. 

BYU leads 14-0 over SUU

Nov 12, 2016 - Posted by Courtney Lovelace at 1:46 pm | Updated: November 12, 2016 1:52 pm | Permalink

After the first quarter of play, the Cougars lead over Southern Utah, 14-0.

The first touchdown of the game was scored within the first three minutes by Taysom Hill in a two-drive set consisting of 47 yards and lasting 27 seconds. A touchdown pass to Nick Kurtz highlighted his longest receiving catch this season with 31 yards. Tomas Laulile also had his first sack of the season for a gain of seven yards. 

Viewing Options: BYU vs. Southern Utah

Nov 12, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 12:54 am | Updated: November 12, 2016 12:55 am | Permalink

Beginning a three-game homestand to close out the regular season, BYU football hosts Southern Utah today at 1 p.m. MST.

The game will be televised live on BYUtv. It will also be streamed online on and ESPN3.

Additionally, live television coverage on BYUtv will begin at 12 p.m. MST with the one-hour 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 11 a.m. MST on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM. It can also be found online at

Visit the gameday page for additional information on the matchup against Southern Utah.

Getting to Know: Algernon Brown and Johnny Tapuosa

Nov 09, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 10:33 am | Updated: November 9, 2016 11:41 am | Permalink

Algernon Brown
Senior fullback

Exercise and wellness.

Where did your name come from?
It means prosperous. I was born three months early so they weren’t sure if I was going to live and they gave me a name that fit the situation.

Three things you do in the offseason?
Work out, spend time with wife and do fun things in the valley.

Pregame rituals?
Lay on floor with my feet up on my locker and listen to music for about half an hour. Then 10-15 minutes before we go out I get up and start moving around.

Favorite football memory?
The Nebraska game last year. I’ve never been a part of a Hail Mary play so it was pretty cool to be part of it.

Most embarrassing song on iPod?
Probably a Miley Cyrus song, but I only have one.

One thing people don’t know about you?
I use to play the trumpet from 7th grade to 9th grade in our junior high band.

Dream job?
Besides football, I’ve always liked the idea of coaching but I’ve always wanted to do physical therapy and work with people.

Favorite thing about BYU?
The experience here, and not just from football. I think I’ve grown more from the stuff outside of football, but I’ve learned a lot of life lessons through football too.

Johnny Tapuosa
Freshman linebacker

Why did you want to come to BYU?
I always wanted to come to BYU. I have a lot of family members that played at BYU so it’s always been a dream to come play here. It feels great to finally be here and knowing that all of the hard work paid off.

What is one thing you’re looking forward to besides football?
Creating a network. You can find a lot of connections here and I’m excited to see what I can do with that and through school.

Who is your role model?
My dad. I look up to him because he’s such a positive guy. He’s really humble and I always wanted to be like him. Just seeing how he was able to take care of our family has made me always want to be able to do that as well.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
I would go back home to Laie, I love that place so much. If I could go anywhere I would go there right now just to be with my friends and family, you know, that’s paradise for me.

Favorite things about home?
I love going to the beach. I love the food. I like chicken katsu or kalbi ribs.

Favorite football memory?
I have a lot. One of them was in the high school football game. It was a punt and the guy was running around to catch it and it was coming down and I was on the return team. As our teammate was running I was coming around for the crack back block and there was this big offensive lineman and I was getting ready to lay this guy out. So he was coming and right when he came I put my head right in his chest and right when I hit him, my body just buckled. He just ran me over, ran right through me. Right when I buckled I looked to the sideline and all my friends were laughing and cracking up. That was probably one of the funniest moments of my life, especially in football.

When you’re not playing football what do you do?
I’m hanging out with my wife. I just got married (over the summer). We were high school sweethearts so we’ve been hanging out for a while. I went on my mission and she graduated from BYU and now as I’m starting my freshman football season, she’s in law school here. She danced for Living Legends and they had a tour in New Zealand, Tonga and Samoa. So I flew all the way down there and surprised her in Samoa and then I just proposed to her in one of the villages just at a hotel resort. That’s where I served my mission too, so it was really special to me. 

Kickoff time and TV networks announced for BYU vs UMass

Nov 04, 2016 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 8:39 am | Updated: November 4, 2016 10:02 am | Permalink

The BYU vs UMass football game on Saturday, Nov. 19, will kickoff at noon MT (2pm ET). The game will be simulcast live to a national audience on BYUtvESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

BYUtv will also provide pregame and postgame coverage of the matchup, beginning with Countdown to Kickoff at 11 a.m. MT (1 p.m. ET). Postgame coverage of the BYU-UMass game will continue following the conclusion of the game with the live BYUtv Sports Postgame Show. 

BYUtv is available in approximately 60 millions homes in North America on Dish channel 9403, DirecTV channel 374 and through nearly 600 cable TV providers nationwide. Check your local cable listings or contact your cable provider. BYUtv is also available on Roku, online at, and on iPhone and iPad through the BYUtv App

The BYU-UMass football game will also be broadcast live nationally on BYU Radio—Sirius XM channel 143 through the Cougar IMG Sports Network with Greg Wrubell, which can also be found on KSL Newsradio in Salt Lake City (1160 AM, 102.7 FM). IMG’s radio coverage will begin at 10 a.m. MT.

Parker Dawe named a Burlsworth Candidate

Nov 03, 2016 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 12:00 am | Updated: November 9, 2016 10:16 am | Permalink

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – BYU offensive lineman Parker Dawe was nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy, honoring the nation's most outstanding football player who began his career as a walk-on. 

Dawe has helped BYU to a solid rushing attack this season, blocking the way for five games of 200 or more rushing yards and an average of 194.2 this season. The line has also paved the way for Jamaal Williams, BYU's career rushing leader. Dawe has played in all nine games this year, starting four. 

The Burlsworth Trophy and the Springdale (AR) Rotary Club announced the 52 players nominated from Division I. Burlsworth’s life is also the subject of a major motion picture, “GREATER”, which was released earlier this year. The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-On and has shown outstanding performance on the field. Each nominee must have begun his first season of participation with a FBS (D1) football program without financial aid of any kind from his university’s athletic department.

The 2015 winner was quarterback Baker Mayfield from the University of Oklahoma. Mayfield is believed to be the only true freshman walk-On QB in FBS history to start a season opener. He also led his Sooners to the college football playoffs last year.

See the complete list of 2016 Burlsworth Trophy nominees HERE. 

Getting to Know: Austin McChesney and Beau Hoge

Nov 02, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 12:47 pm | Updated: November 2, 2016 1:50 pm | Permalink

Austin McChesney
Freshman defensive back

Why did you come to BYU?
It was the best option for me. I thought it would be a good education and the best place to play.

On an athlete or role model he looks up to
Probably my grandpa. He played at Rick’s College for a while and set some records there. He’s been a role model to me. I’d also have to say Barry Sanders as well.

Favorite BYU sports memory
Last year’s Nebraska game. It was the first college football game I had seen since being back from my mission. It was like a week after I got home when I saw that Hail Mary and it was pretty incredible. I was there at the game- I had traveled with my dad and a couple of his buddies.

One thing people don’t know about him
I’ve worked on a ranch for a couple of summers. I like to ride horses.

When he’s not playing football
I watch football. Or just hang out with friends and family. We usually watch a lot of SportsCenter.

Favorite Olympic sport
Probably handball. I played that back in ninth grade and it’s quite the sport. Handball is legit. I like that sport.

Team nickname

Pregame ritual
I usually listen to “Don’t Stop Believing” –it’s a classic. I like listening to something that helps me chill out for a bit. Other than that, just whatever we’re playing in the locker room.    

Beau Hoge
Sophomore quarterback

What have you been up to this summer?
Hanging out with the football team, working out. I went home for a little bit when we got a break.

What are you looking forward to this year other than football?
I don’t know. I don’t have anything in mind. Football is what my brain has been wired to look forward to this whole time so I’m not thinking of anything else.

What is your favorite football memory?
Nebraska last year. Just to start a college career like that, to be a part of it and be on the field. That was crazy.

What has been your favorite thing about BYU so far?
The people. I really love the people, whether it’s just kids on campus or my teammates. They are just really kind people open to friendship. It’s been really fun.

If you could play any Olympic sport, what would it be?
I would be a gymnast if I was good at it.

What is your dream job?
Anything that gets me rich. To be a CEO of a company. But a job I think I could be good at would be an offensive coordinator, whether coaching in college or the NFL.

Linehan named a 2016 Ray Guy Award candidate

Oct 31, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 5:13 pm | Updated: October 31, 2016 7:57 pm | Permalink

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Senior punter Jonny Linehan was named to the 2016 Ray Guy Award complete list of candidates, as announced on Monday.

Linehan has had a solid season so far in 2016. He is averaging 43.2 yards per punt with 1,816 total yards. Eighteen of his punts have been pinned inside the 20 and his longest punt of the season is 62 yards. He has had 10 punts over 50 yards, which is how many he had in all of 2015.

The Ray Guy Award identifies the nation's top collegiate punter at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards every year in December. Among the 66 candidates are two of the 2015 finalists—Michael Carrizosa of San Jose State and Hayden Hunt of Colorado State. Candidates on our 2016 list were nominated for the award by their school's Sports Information Departments.

The following list will be narrowed down to 10 semifinalists to be announced on Friday, Nov. 11. Following the announcement, a national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Sports Information Directors, coaches, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the three finalists who will be identified on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner. The 2016 Ray Guy Award winner will be announced live on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 8.