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Getting to Know: Parker Dawe and Chris Badger

Nov 22, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 1:01 pm | Updated: November 23, 2016 10:06 am | Permalink

Parker Dawe
Senior offensive lineman

One thing people don’t know about you?
I love school, maybe that’s something that people don’t know. I love to study and I love to learn. I’m majoring in P.E. and minoring in health and aspiring to be a principal someday. I have to teach something and sports/P.E. really fit my background. I’m really passionate about education and I like to be involved with people and youth and make an impact.

Dream job?
Being a principal or staying here and working at BYU. If I could work for BYU in any way I would be happy.

Favorite football memory?
That’s a hard question. I think for me, being a walk-on and coming from my background of getting here to BYU, getting to start against San Jose State last year was a big game for me. I was able to come in and play well and did a lot of really good things and I think that that was a big boost of confidence that I needed and I’ve grown so much from there. That whole game, from start to finish, was really like a childhood dream. It wasn’t a Wagner game or a small school, it was a legit game, so it was cool.

Thoughts on the coaching staff?
The coaching staff is amazing. It’s just awesome. Kalani is such a father figure. He’s the kind of person who is more than a coach. You want to grow up and be like him one day. You want to treat people how he does and communicate with people how he does and he’s all for the players. Then you have coach Detmer, who is always cracking jokes and being funny, but we’re serious when we need to be. Then you have coach Empey, who’s in the O-line room teaching us lots of awesome stuff, stuff that I’m going to coach kids on when I coach in the future. It’s a lot of fun. Football this year has been brought back to its roots where football is fun, and that’s how it should be.

What are you doing when you’re not playing football?
If I’m not playing football, then I’m studying. If I’m not studying, I’m at my church calling. If I’m not at my church calling, then I’m with my wife and I’m with my son or I’m with my family. I rarely have down time and that’s fine; that’s how it’s supposed to be.

How did you meet your wife?
We met in high school. She was a water girl and I wasn’t really into the cheerleaders. She gave me some high quality H20 one day and I saw her on the sideline and it was kind of a done deal after that. We dated through high school and then got married after I got home from my mission and now we have a little boy named Boston. It’s been great. I served in Boston and named my son Boston.

Chris Badger
Senior defensive back

What is something that people don’t know about you?
I grew up ski racing. I was a world-class ski racer. I was on the Park City ski team. My dad is a big skier and my older brothers and sisters did it, and so I followed in their footsteps and did it. I don’t race anymore, but I still ski a lot.

If you aren’t playing football, what do you like to be doing?
I like to play golf—I play a lot with my dad. I am going to try to learn how to surf. I just like being outdoors, playing sports.

What was the highlight of your offseason?
The highlight of my summer was buying a VW bus/camper van. It’s pretty cool, so that was exciting. I’ve been wanting one for a year, and one popped up on KSL for a good price and I got it!

What is your nickname on the team?

If you could play a sport in the Olympics, what would it be?
Beach volleyball because it is fun and I love watching those guys play.

What has been your favorite thing about your time here at BYU?
Just being around these guys on the team. More than anything it has just been friendships and having 100 guys to hang out with every day.

BYU takes commanding 34-9 lead in third quarter

Nov 19, 2016 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 2:51 pm | Updated: November 19, 2016 2:54 pm | Permalink

BYU extended its lead with two touchdowns and a pair of field goals, 34-9, in the third quarter.

Rhett Almond kicked a 33-yard field goal to finish an 11-play drive. Almond’s kick put the Cougars up 17-9 with 11:30 left in the quarter.

Morgan Unga blocked a UMass punt, the first of his career, to give the Cougars field possession on the Minutemen’s 19-yard line. After a pass interference penalty, Almond made a 34-yard field goal, his 15th of the season. Almond is tied at No. 9 in program history for most field goals in a single season.

Eric Takenaka caused a fumble and recovered it on the kickoff following the field goal, his second career forced fumble and first career fumble recovery. Four plays later, Harvey Langi scored his second touchdown of the game on a two-yard run, boosting BYU’s lead to 27-9. Langi joined Taysom Hill and Jamaal Williams as the only Cougars with multiple touchdowns in a game this season.

Francis Bernard intercepted the ball on the UMass 39-yard line before running it that far for a touchdown, giving the Cougars a 34-9 advantage with 6:20 on the clock. This was his 10th career touchdown and first from the defensive side.

KJ Hall earned a career-long rush of 22 yards on the opening play of the half, one of 14 carries and 95 yards through three quarters.

Strong offensive effort puts BYU up 14-9 at halftime

Nov 19, 2016 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 1:45 pm | Updated: November 19, 2016 1:47 pm | Permalink

BYU took a 14-9 lead over UMass at halftime.

In his first career start, KJ Hall rushed for 11 yards to score a touchdown seven seconds into the second quarter, capping off a 10-play, 75-yard drive that began in the previous quarter. Hall’s score and Rhett Almond’s extra point gave the Cougars a 7-6 lead.

The Minutemen responded with a 44-yard field goal on the following possession to take a 9-7 advantage with 12:58 left in the half. 

A key UMass face mask penalty moved the Cougars 13 yards closer to the end zone, setting up a five-yard TD run from Harvey Langi, his first career rushing touchdown. The 13-play drive covered 86 yards and gave BYU a 14-9 lead with 5:22 left in the half.

Hall led the Cougars with 62 first-half rushing yards, followed by Taysom Hill’s 43. Hill completed 16 of 23 pass attempts. Receivers Moroni Laulu-Pututau and Colby Pearson contributed 42 and 38 receiving yards, respectively. Francis Bernard led the defense with five total tackles in the half.

BYU trails UMass 6-0 after first quarter

Nov 19, 2016 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 12:48 pm | Updated: November 19, 2016 12:50 pm | Permalink

After one quarter of play, BYU trails UMass, 6-0.

UMass capitalized on a recovered fumble with 4:35 on the clock, before converting three-consecutive plays to move forward 71 yards in 1:08. The Minutemen connected on a 70-yard pass with 3:27 left in the quarter to take the lead 6-0. UMass missed the the PAT attempt. 

The Minutemen recorded 124 total yards to the Cougars' 114. The Minutemen also tallied three penalties for 31 yards.

Playing on the offensive side of the ball for the first time this season, Langi rushed for 17 yards, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. Langi typically plays linebacker for BYU, but played running back at the University of Utah his freshman year. In 2011, he recorded a season-long rush for 27 yards and averaged 5.4 yards per carry for Utah. 

Viewing options for BYU vs. UMass

Nov 18, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 1:53 pm | Updated: November 19, 2016 10:11 am | Permalink

BYU football hosts fellow Independent team UMass today at 12 p.m. MST in LaVell Edwards Stadium.

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 11 a.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 10 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 UMass.

Getting to Know: Talon Shumway and Zayne Anderson

Nov 16, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 12:18 pm | Updated: November 16, 2016 12:28 pm | Permalink

Talon Shumway
Freshman wide receiver

What have you been up to this summer?
I got married.

How did you meet your wife?
We went to high school together at Lone Peak.

What is something outside of football you’re looking forward to this year?
I am looking forward to school. I’m studying pre-med.

What is your dream job?
Orthopedic surgeon.

Thoughts on the coaching staff?
I love them. Both were good and I like the differences. I already knew my position coach (Ben Cahoon) before when he used to coach here.

What has been your favorite football memory?
Probably just coming into fall camp this year healthy. It’s hard when you’re not.

If you could play any Olympic sport, what would it be?

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
I actually don’t have any music on my phone. I don’t listen to music and that’s embarrassing. I don’t listen to it on my own. Maybe if other people are listening to it I’ll listen, or I just tune it out.

Zayne Anderson
Sophomore defensive back

What is one thing that people don’t know about you?
I like to hunt and fish. I like to go longboarding, camping.

What is one of your favorite football memories?
Probably just playing high school ball with my buddies.

What is a game from first year that you’ll always remember?
Probably Nebraska. It was in my first season, coming in as a freshman, opening game. It was just a really cool experience being there.

When you are not playing football, what do you like to be doing?
Hanging out with friends, chilling out.

What was the highlight of your summer?
We really just worked out a lot.

What has been your favorite thing about being at BYU and why?
Just the atmosphere. Being around people who have the same ambitions as you do.

If you could go to the Olympics for a sport, what would it be?
Probably the 100-meter. I ran track in high school. 

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.