Men's Football Blog

Cougars blow out Tigers in 64-0 win

Nov 22, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 4:05 pm | Permalink

Trevor Samson opened the final quarter with a 31-yard field goal to extend the Cougars’ lead 54-0 at the 14:55 mark. On the Tigers’ next possession, SSU fumbled the ball and was recovered by Tanner Balderree on SSU’s 23-yard line, which led to a 32-yard field goal by Trevor Samson to push BYU’s lead up 57-0.

Nate Carter’s 23-yard rush to enter SSU’s territory led to AJ Moore’s 22-yard carry to reach the Tigers’ 22-yard line. Following a gain of 4 yards by Moore for a third-down conversion, Moore rushed for a 6-yard touchdown and a 64-0 BYU lead with 2:08 remaining in the game.

With less than two minutes left, the Tigers fumbled the ball and it was recovered by BYU’s Theodore King to take the game to 64-0.

The Cougars finished with a total of 488 yards with 265 rushing yards and 223 passing yards. 

BYU and SSU hold each other scoreless in the third quarter

Nov 22, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 3:30 pm | Permalink

BYU and SSU keep each other scoreless in the third quarter to keep the score at 51-0.

The Cougars kicked off the second half sacking SSU’s Leon Prunty for a loss of 10 yards and forced SSU to punt. BYU fumbled the ball on its possession and it was recovered by Tigers’ Marcus Lee on BYU’s 35-yard line, but SUU didn’t score.

Mitchell Juergens caught the 19-yard pass from McCoy Hill for a first down with less than five minutes left in the quarter. In the same possession, Nate Carter rushed for 8 yards to SSU’s 14-yard line for a first down, but the Cougars were unable to convert as the third quarter came to an end. 

BYU keeps SSU scoreless to lead 51-0

Nov 22, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 2:35 pm | Permalink

Following SSU’s fake punt and turnover, Terenn Houk completed a 9-yard touchdown catch from Christian Stewart to push BYU’s lead up 28-0 with 12:31 remaining in the first half. On the Tigers’ next possession, Alani Fua intercepted SSU Leon Prunty’s pass to return for 20 yards to SSU’s 6-yard line. Stewart rushed for 6 yards for another touchdown on the next possession to extend the Cougars’ lead 35-0.

The Cougars continued their great defensive play after deflecting the Tigers’ pass and sacking Prunty for a loss of 1 yard on the next play. After SSU mishandled the punt, the Cougars recovered it at SSU’s 1-yard line to score on a pass from Stewart to Jordan Leslie for the 42-0 lead at the 10:03 mark.

Hunter Moore’s rush for 6 yards to SSU’s 6-yard line led to Nate Carter’s 2-yard rush for BYU’s seventh touchdown of the game with 4:12 left in the half. Carter’s touchdown was the first of his career. After forcing the Tigers to another punt, David Kessler blocked the ball, which led SSU punter to kick it into the back of the endzone for a safety and the 51-0 lead. 

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.