Men's Football Blog

BYU will participate in Poinsettia Bowl in 2016 and 2018

Nov 06, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 12:00 pm | Permalink

Brigham Young University has accepted an invitation to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl following the 2016 and 2018 regular seasons.

The Cougars will play in San Diego if bowl eligible and not selected to participate in the College Football Playoff. BYU will face one of the top teams from the Mountain West both years.

Dates, kickoff times and broadcast plans will be announced at a later date.

Jorgensen, Falslev having surgery

Oct 31, 2013 - Posted by at 4:54 pm | Updated: October 31, 2013 6:08 pm | Permalink

BYU senior linebacker Austen Jorgensen will miss the rest of the year and senior receiver/return specialist JD Falslev will be out 3-4 weeks due to planned surgeries. 

A 6-foot-2, 232-pound middle linebacker from Mt. Pleasant, Utah, Jorgensen will have season-ending surgery next week to repair cartilage damage to his knee. He totaled a career-best 47 tackles in BYU's eight games this season, including three starts. For his career, Jorgensen played in 45 games while making 108 tackles, including 55 solo takedowns and one sack. 

Falslev had surgery Thursday to repair a fractured hand. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound captain has played in all eight games with three starts this year while totaling 227 receiving yards on 24 catches. BYU's primary punt returner, Falslev also averages 10.4 yards on 23 punt returns, including a 71-yard return for a touchdown against Middle Tennessee. 

Kick time for BYU vs. Wisconsin set

Oct 28, 2013 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 12:09 pm | Permalink

The kick time for the BYU at Wisconsin football game on Nov. 9 was announced today. The game will be played at Camp Randall Stadium beginning at 2:30pm CT (1:30pm MT) on ABC or ESPN. The network will be determined next week.

BYU and Wisconsin have met once in the past with the Cougars earning a 28-3 win in Madison in 1980.  BYU led just 7-0 at halftime but the defense held the Badgers to just 140 total yards in the second half and forced two fumbles to fuel a 21-point offensive attack from Jim McMahon and the Cougars. McMahon was 12 of 15 for 175 yards and three touchdowns in the second half, finishing the day with 337 passing yards.

BYU beats BSU 37-20

Oct 25, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 9:42 pm | Permalink

BYU beat the Boise State Broncos 37-20 behind Taysom Hill's four touchdowns and 339 passing yards. Jamaal Williams contributed 107 yards rushing on 21 carries.

In the fourth quarter, the Broncos scored their second touchdown of the game when Grant Hedrick connected on a 47-yard completion to Aaron Burks to set up a 14-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Harman. The score cut the BYU lead to 34-20 with just over 10 minutes left in the game.

The Cougars took a 37-20 lead on the ensuing drive. Jamaal Williams’ 17-yard run was followed by a 13-yard completion to Cody Hoffman to move the ball into Bronco territory. Three straight rushes set up a 41-yard field goal by Justin Sorensen, his third of the game.

BYU started the quarter by forcing the fourth BSU turnover of the game. Tyler Beck jarred the ball loose from BSU running back Jay Ajayi and it was recovered by Remington Peck at the BYU 42-yard line.

With five minutes left in the game, the Cougars forced a fourth and one at the BYU 44-yard line. Austin Jorgensen and Skye PoVey combined to stuff Ajayi and give the ball back to the Cougars.

BYU takes 34-13 lead into the fourth

Oct 25, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 8:57 pm | Permalink

Taysom Hill's third passing touchdown of the game and a field goal from Justin Sorensen helped the Cougars take a 34-13 lead after three quarters. Hill was 4 of 8 with 64 yards in the quarter.

Mitch Matthews caught a 40-yard touchdown to give the Cougars a 31-6 lead with 8:50 left in the quarter. The play capped off a six play, 75-yard drive highlighted by rushes of 10 and 13 yards by Jamaal Williams and Paul Lasike, respectively.

BSU’s Shane Williams-Rhodes had 40-yard punt return to give the Broncos the ball at the Cougars’ 22-yard line. Two short rushes and an incomplete pass set up a fourth and five, but quarterback Grant Hedrick escaped for a nine-yard run to pick up the first down after nearly being sacked. On third and goal from the five, Hedrick ran up the middle for the Broncos’ first touchdown of the game to make it 31-13.

With just over two minutes left in the quarter, Hedrick completed a nine-yard pass to Geraldo Boldewijn, but Boldewijn was hit by linebacker Uani ‘Unga, forcing the ball loose. Kyle Van Noy recovered the fumble giving the Cougars the ball on the BSU 29-yard line. The Bronco defense held the Cougars to a 34-yard field goal by Justin Sorensen to give the Cougars a 34-13 lead.

On the first drive of the second half, the Cougars took the ball to BSU’s 34 before stalling and being forced to punt. The Broncos got a 61-yard run by Jay Ajayi to move the ball inside the BYU 20. After three straight rushes, BSU was forced to settle for a field goal. Dan Goodale split the uprights to cut the lead to 24-6.

With 30 seconds left in the quarter, Hedrick sailed a pass that was intercepted by safety Skye PoVey to give the Cougars the ball back at the BSU 48-yard line. 

BYU up 24-3 at half

Oct 25, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 7:38 pm | Permalink

Cody Hoffman’s 4-yard touchdown with 44 seconds left in the half broke the all-time record for touchdowns by a BYU receiver and gave the Cougars a 24-3 lead. The score was set up by a BYU fumble recovery. After an 11-yard catch and run by Shane Williams-Rhodes, BYU safety Craig Bills forced a fumble that was recovered by the Cougars at the BSU 39-yard line.

The Cougars outgained the Broncos 376 to 202 in the half, and BYU quarterback Taysom Hill was 21 of 28 with 253 yards and two touchdowns. Hill also rushed for one touchdown and 53 yards.

Earlier in the quarter, Hoffman’s 35-yard reception moved the ball to the BSU 37 and on the next play, Ross Apo hauled in a 37-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 17-3.

With 4:50 left in the half, the Broncos got their first score of the game. After BYU punter Scott Arellano pinned the Broncos at their own 9-yard line, Jay Ajayi rushed six times to help BSU on a 14-play, 76-yard drive that ended in a 33-yard field goal by Dan Goodale to cut the deficit to 10-3.

On BSU’s first possession of the second, the Broncos got a 34-yard completion from Matt Miller to Shane Williams-Rhodes to move the ball to the BYU 11-yard line. On fourth and one, BSU tried a quarterback sneak but was stopped short by BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy to give the ball back to the Cougars.

On the first play of the quarter, Justin Sorensen capped off a 14-play, 56-yard drive with a 28-yard field goal to give the Cougars a 10-0 lead.

BYU leads BSU 7-0 after one

Oct 25, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 6:45 pm | Updated: October 25, 2013 6:46 pm | Permalink

The Cougars scored the first points of the game and lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Midway through the first, the BYU defense forced a three-and-out, but a 62-yard punt by Sean Wale pinned the Cougars inside their own 20.  The Cougars  moved the ball down the field with a 21-yard completion to J.D. Falslev and 22-yard pass to Kanaeaku Friel. Taysom Hill’s 20-yard touchdown run finished the drive and Justin Sorensen’s extra point gave the Cougars a 7-0 lead.

After forcing another three-and-out, the Cougars ended the quarter by marching down to the 10-yard line, highlighted by long completions to Friel and Mitch Matthews.

The Broncos’ opening drive ended with a turnover on downs at the BYU 35-yard line. On the ensuing possession, the Cougars marched down the field on back-to-back completions to Jamaal Williams and a 17-yard run by Alge Brown. A fourth-down conversion put BYU inside the BSU 20, but two false starts and an incompletion forced the Cougars to settle for a field goal attempt. Sorensen missed the 30-yard kick wide left. 

Pregame notes for Boise State

Oct 25, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 5:11 pm | Permalink

BYU vs. Boise State

Tonight's game will mark the fourth meeting between Boise State (5-2) and BYU (5-2), with the Broncos leading the series 3-0. Last year, the Cougars fell 7-6 in a hard fought defensive battle in Boise, Idaho. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:06 p.m. MDT and will be broadcast on ESPN.

Both BYU and Boise State are two of the winningest programs since 2005 (the start of the Bronco Mendenhall era). Boise ranks No. 1 with 98 wins and BYU comes in at No. 12 with 79 wins during that period. The two teams are also among the nations leaders with most wins against a BCS opponent by a non-automatic qualifying BCS school since 2003. BYU is second with 16 wins and Boise State is fourth with 10.

National Award

This week, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill was voted as the Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week for his play against Houston. The award is given to the nation's top performer as voted by fans via ESPN.com. In the win against Houston, Hill threw for 417 yards, including four touchdowns and rushed for 128 yards. He became just the seventh QB in NCAA history to ever throw for 400+ and run for 100+ in a game.

MISC.

Wide receiver Skyler Ridley has been suspended for the first half of the game due to a block deemed by the officials as targeting, which occured in the third quarter against Houston. He will play in the second half.

Cougars make 50th appearance in NFL Stadium

Oct 17, 2013 - Posted by Jared Houghton at 12:58 pm | Updated: October 17, 2013 7:14 pm | Permalink

BYU football’s game against Houston on Saturday will mark the 50th time the Cougars have played in a current or former NFL stadium.

This game marks the first time BYU plays at Reliant Stadium and the third time the Cougars have played in Houston, playing at Rice Stadium in 1979 against Texas A&M and in 1997 against Rice.

A fan would have to travel back to 1976 for the first game the Cougars played in a NFL stadium when BYU beat San Diego State 8-0 in San Diego Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium). In the 37 seasons since then, the Cougars have played in an NFL stadium in all but nine seasons.

BYU has a 27-20-2 record in the previous 49 games in one of thsoe stadiums. The two ties come from the same season (1991) when the Cougars tied Iowa (13-13) and San Diego State (52-52) in Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm). The best win streak for BYU took place from 1983-1985 when the team won five straight games.

The highest score the Cougars registered happened in 1979 against San Diego State when they won 63-24. The largest margin of victory for BYU happened in 2009 at the Louisiana Superdome, when the Cougars beat Tulane by 51 points, winning 54-3. The highest ranked opponent BYU was #3 Oklahoma (14-13) in Cowboys Stadium in 2009.

States played in: California, Texas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee

Most Appearances: Qualcomm Stadium, 27 times

Future Games

  • 2016, FedEx Field - West Virginia
  • 2016, University of Pheonix Stadium - Arizona
  • 2021, The Coliseum - USC
Year Stadium Opponent Result
1976 San Diego Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) San Deigo State W, 8-0
1978 San Diego Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Navy L, 23-16
1979 Rice Stadium Texas A&M W, 18-17
1979 Anaheim Stadium Long Beach State W, 31-17
1979 San Diego Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) San Diego State W, 63-24
1979 San Diego Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Indiana L, 38-37
1980 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) SMU W, 46-45
1981 Anaheim Stadium Long Beach State W, 31-8
1981 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) San Diego State W, 27-7
1981 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Washington State W, 38-36
1982 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Ohio State L, 47-17
1983 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) San Diego State W, 47-12
1983 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Missouri W, 21-17
1984 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Michigan W, 24-17
1985 Giants Stadium Boston College W, 28-14
1985 Veterans Stadium Temple W, 26-24
1986 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) San Diego State L, 10-3
1986 Anaheim Stadium UCLA  L, 31-10
1988 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) San Diego State L, 27-15
1988 Orange Bowl Stadium* Miami L, 41-17
1988 Anaheim Stadium Colorado W, 20-17
1989 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) San Diego State W, 48-17
1989 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Penn State L, 50-39
1990 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Texas A&M L, 65-14
1991 Anaheim Stadium Florida State L, 44-28
1991 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) San Diego State T, 52-52
1991 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Iowa T, 13-13
1993 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) San Diego State W, 45-44
1993 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Ohio State L, 28-21
1995 Sun Devil Stadium Arizona State L, 29-21
1996 Cotton Bowl* Kansas State W, 19-15
1997 Sun Devil Stadium Arizona State W, 13-10
1997 Rice Stadium Rice L, 27-14
1997 Cotton Bowl* SMU W, 19-16
1998 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium* Tulane L, 41-27
1999 Qualcomm Stadium San Diego State W, 34-10
1999 Pontiac Silverdome Marshall L, 21-3
2000 Alltel Stadium Florida State L, 29-3
2001 Qualcomm Stadium San Diego State W, 59-21
2001 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium* Louisville L, 28-10
2003 Los Angeles Memorial Stadium* USC L, 35-18
2003 Qualcomm Stadium San Diego State W, 44-36
2005 Qualcomm Stadium San Diego State L, 31-10
2007 Qualcomm Stadium San Diego State W, 48-27
2009 Cowboys Stadium Oklahoma W, 14-13
2009 Louisiana Superdome Tulane W, 54-3
2009 Qualcomm Stadium San Diego State W, 38-28
2011 Cowboys Stadium TCU L, 38-28
2012 Qualcomm Stadium San Diego State W, 23-6
2013 Reliant Stadium Houston  

*Former NFL stadium

BYU beats Georgia Tech 38-20

Oct 12, 2013 - Posted by Brittany Bivings at 8:28 pm | Permalink

BYU scored two touchdowns to Georgia Tech's one in the final quarter to secure its 38-20 victory.

In the first play of the quarter, Kyle Van Noy sacked the quarterback for a loss of 10 yards that forced Georgia Tech to attempt a field goal kick from the 42-yard line that missed wide left.

On the ensuing play, Taysom Hill was sacked for a loss of 10 yards and was sacked again two plays later for another loss of eight yards that forced the Cougars to punt.

After a Georgia Tech 1st down, Alani Fua intercepted a pass at the BYU 49-yard line and returned it 51 yards for the touchdown to extend the lead 31-13. A penalty was called on the play against BYU for unsportsmanlike conduct, and the Cougars were penalized 15 yards on the kick off. 

With just under seven minutes on the clock, Robertson Daniel forced a fumble that was recovered by Spencer Hadley at the BYU 31-yard line. Shortly after, Jamaal Williams carried the ball for 34 yards for the BYU 1st down. Algernon Brown rushed the ball for two plays totaling 22 yards for the touchdown, bringing the score to 38-13. 

Georgia Teach's receiver rushed the ball 55 yards to the BYU 11-yard line, putting the Cougars in position to score again. A complete pass into the end zone was the final scoring play of the game, leaving the score 38-20 in favor of the Cougars.

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