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How to follow BYU vs. Utah State

Oct 03, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:05 am | Permalink

ESPN will broadcast the BYU vs. Utah State game, with kickoff slated for 8:21 p.m. MDT. Fans can also watch live on WatchESPN.

For live radio coverage with Greg Wrubell, tune in to the Cougar IMG Sports Network, Sirius XM 143, KSL 1160 AM or 102.7 FM, and the BYU Cougars app. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. MDT.

BYUtv will broadcast its Countdown to Kickoff show starting at 7 p.m. MDT. The postgame show is broadcast after the conclusion of the game. The shows can be streamed live at BYUtv will also rebroadcast the game starting at midnight MDT.

BYUtv will also broadcast a special BYU Sports Nation recapping the game starting at 9 a.m. MDT on Saturday.

Follow @BYUCougars on Twitter and the BYU Football Facebook page for updates and photos during the game. Join the conversation using #USUvsBYU. Live stats are also available through Stat Broadcast.

For stats, info, photos, video and more on BYU quarterback Taysom Hill, visit Join the conversation with #Taysom4 and #BYUFootball.

BYU football gathers more attention

Oct 02, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 2:20 pm | Updated: October 2, 2014 6:36 pm | Permalink
The day before gameday allows us to catch up with the news surrounding BYU football. In case you missed it, here's some noteworthy clips:
Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports said, "Taysom Hill has BYU undefeated. As long as the Cougars can stay there, his name is going be in the [Heisman] mix to a degree." Watch the short segment on Yahoo Sports--mention starts at 1:29.
Coach Bronco Mendenhall was also a guest on Jim Rome which aired on CBS Sports Tuesday. Watch his interview on the CBS Sports YouTube channel
With all the attention Coach was even mentioned on The Herd with Colin Cowherd: "I think he's a great coach…I think he's tremendous."
As the game draws closer, more attention is given to one of the great ones, Jim McMahon. For a good read and more of the story about No. 9, check out Vai Sikahema's article

BYU honors Australian family for Thursday's Heroes

Oct 01, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 2:44 pm | Updated: October 1, 2014 3:00 pm | Permalink

This week BYU football welcomed the Howe family from Sydney, Australia, to practice to honor their son, Ethan, as a Thursday's Hero.

Ethan was diagnosed with cancer a year ago and went through rounds of chemo therapy and surgery to remove tumors from his kidneys. Ethan is now cancer free and was cleared by doctors to visit the U.S. The Howes went to Disneyland and will also attend Friday night's game against Utah State. The game will be Ethan's first American football game. He has traveled one of the farthest distances of all Thursday's Heroes honored.

After practice, the team gave Ethan BYU gear and signed team flags. Players also threw the football, signed autographs and took pictures with the family.

Two BYU players had a special connection to the family. Quarterback Taysom Hill met the family and spent time with them on his mission, and Ethan's grandfather was offensive lineman Ului Lapuaho's mission president.

"My first area in the mission field was in their ward," Hill said. "The wife's father was my bishop and her brother was my ward mission leader, so I knew the family very well."

Following practice, Hill took the family on a tour of the football offices and talked to them about the game. He showed them the team meeting rooms and head coach Bronco Mendenhall's office. To show their gratitude, the family gave Mendenhall a package of traditional Australian Tim Tams (chocolate-covered cookies) and hot chocolate and taught him about the "Tim Tam Slam," which includes drinking hot chocolate through the cookie.

Getting to know Scott Arellano

Sep 30, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 1:27 pm | Permalink

Why did you come to BYU?

I’ve just always wanted to. I knew it was the right environment that I wanted to be a part of. It’s a good program, a good education. Just everything.

What is your favorite professional team?

I like the 49ers because my dad grew up in the Bay Area. I’m not a diehard anything fan, but I guess I like the 49ers because I’m from California.

When/why did you start playing football?

I started playing football I think in fifth grade. My dad was a football player and I guess I wanted to try it. Everybody tries it, right? And I fell in love with it.

Who do you look up to and why?

I’ll just go from a kicking perspective. Marquette King – the punter on the Raiders. I’m a punter and I watch his film because I think he’s amazing. He just crushes the ball and that’s probably who I look up to.

Do you have any pregame rituals? When/why did you start doing them?

Not really. Just to stay focused. I like to kind of be in silence and do my own thing.

What’s something outside of football you’re looking forward to?

I enjoy golf. Someday I’ll end up near the beach. And I’d like to be surfing a few times a week.

What was the first BYU sporting event you attended?

I went to a BYU football game my junior year of high school. That was the first time I ever saw BYU live.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I’d like to visit Europe in general. I think Greece would be really cool. It looks really pretty and I have family from there.

What is your favorite football memory?

At BYU, at least, was the first punt at Virginia. It was the first time I’d ever kicked in Division I. It was five yards deep in the end zone and I totally lost myself in the moment. I had a nice ball and it was all perfect at that point.

ICYMI: Dan Patrick, Jay Mohr, Doug Gottlieb and more talk Taysom and BYU football

Sep 26, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 3:43 pm | Updated: September 26, 2014 3:49 pm | Permalink
In case you missed it, BYU football has stayed in the conversation despite it being a bye week for the Cougars. 
Catch up with the links to interviews and articles below:
Taysom Hill on The Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview) 9/24/14
Taysom Hill says he is passing QB first
Jay Mohr | FOX Sports Radio 
Taysom Hill on the Doug Gottlieb Show
Roundtable: Separating contenders, pretenders among early surprises
Zac Ellis, Martin Rickman and Ben Glicksman |
BYU moved up to No. 15 in latest CFCC rankings
Daniel Uthman | USA TODAY Sports

BYU football in national spotlight

Sep 22, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 2:03 pm | Updated: September 22, 2014 2:53 pm | Permalink
Conversation in the national spotlight continues for BYU football following another win last weekend at home.
Check out this latest round:
ESPN's Jesse Palmer  was on the Dan Patrick Show talking about Taysom Hill and BYU:
"He's a freak show. He's a much faster runner, I think, than Tim Tebow was. He's a more sudden athlete...He's dangerous...I think Taysom's the kind of guy though, that can take it to the house from a distance. He's pretty advanced, he's really good and he's a guy I do think needs to get Heisman consideration."
"I think BYU is a pretty good team. That team could be a team playing in one of the New Year's Six bowl games this year."
ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski weighed in on the Heisman and the current college football landscape.
He has them at No. 10 in his Top 10. "Are you catching Cougars fever yet?"
Salt Lake Tribune's Steve Luhm reported what Virginia linebacker Max Valles said about Hill, "He is the best athlete I have every played against — college or high school." Bruce Feldman points out that it is "worth noting: last season Valles' team faced Clemson with Sammy Watkins and earlier this season they faced UCLA with Hundley (UVA also played Oregon last season, but Valles didn't play in that game)." All three players are Heisman candidates. Read his full article on
The Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation Grantland Rice Super 16 week two rankings are out, and BYU broke into the mix at No. 16 just behind South Carolina and ASU, Nos. 15 and 16, respectively. 
The full release is available at
ESPN college football analyst Danny Kanell Tweeted about BYU and UCLA having played two of the same opponents. Take it for what it's worth
Lastly, we'd like to recognize our beautiful city Provo and LaVell Edwards Stadium. ESPN's Bob Wichusen Tweeted there's "no prettier picture in college football."

BYU beats Virginia 41-33

Sep 20, 2014 - Posted by Zach Brady at 5:17 pm | Updated: September 20, 2014 5:22 pm | Permalink

Quarterback Taysom Hill found receiver Mitchell Juergens for a 50-yard touchdown and Adam Hine returned a kick 99 yards to seal a 41-33 win for BYU.

Behind backup quarterback Matt Johns, Virginia’s first possession of the fourth quarter stalled and the Cavaliers were forced to attempt a 46-yard field goal. Kicker Ian Frye split the uprights to make the score 27-19 for BYU.

After finding receiver Mitch Mathews to convert a third-and-long, Hill scrambled in the pocket and found a wide-open Juergens for a 50-yard touchdown pass to put BYU up 34-19. The touchdown was Juergens' first of his career.

UVa's Johns was able to engineer a 75-yard touchdown drive to bring Virginia within eight at 34-26. Running back Khalek Shepherd finished off the drive with a nine-yard touchdown run.

BYU kick returner Adam Hine took the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for his first career kick return touchdown to put the Cougars up 41-26.

BYU’s defense forced a turnover on downs after defensive back Jordan Preator defended on a deep Virginia pass that fell incomplete, giving BYU the ball back at the Virginia 47. After the Cougar offense failed to capitalize on the good field position, BYU punter Scott Arellano continued his stellar day, pinning the Virginia offense deep inside its own territory on the 2 yard-line.

Virginia’s offense took advantage of multiple pass interference penalties to drive 98 yards for a touchdown. The drive was capped with an 11-yard Kyle Dockins touchdown catch. Cougar line backer Alani Fua recovered Virginia’s onside kick with 1:47 to play to seal the win for BYU.

BYU leads 27-16 heading into final quarter

Sep 20, 2014 - Posted by Zach Brady at 4:21 pm | Permalink

BYU took its first lead of the game when quarterback Taysom Hill powered his way into the end zone on a 15-yard run. The score capped a 7-play, 49-yard drive that saw complete passes to receivers Terenn Houk and Devon Blackmon.

BYU received the ball to start the third quarter but didn’t have any success and were forced to punt. Punter Scott Arellano blasted a 65-yard punt to the Virginia five-yard line. The Cavalier punt returner fumbled the catch but BYU was unable to jump on the ball.

After forcing a Virginia punt, BYU returner Blackmon returned the kick 25 yards to the Virginia 49 yard-line setting up the Cougar offense with great field position.

On Virginia’s following drive the Cavaliers drove to the Cougar 40 yard-line and faced fourth down and inches. Quarterback Greyson Lambert tried to sneak for a first down and fumbled. BYU defensive lineman Tomasi Laulile recovered to give the Cougar defense their second turnover of the game.

BYU’s offense lost 15 yards on its next drive and Arellano blasted another punt 63 yards to pin Virginia inside its own 15 yard-line.

The BYU defense stepped up and forced a thee-and-out when defensive backs Craig Bills and Harvery Jackson broke up Lambert’s pass on third down.

Running back Jamaal William’s brought the crowd alive with runs of 13 and 14 yards and capped off the 73-yard drive with a 2-yard run to put BYU up 27-16.


Cavaliers lead 16-13 at half

Sep 20, 2014 - Posted by Zach Brady at 3:09 pm | Updated: September 20, 2014 3:17 pm | Permalink

The Cavaliers went on a 70-yard drive in 16 plays and kicked a 22-yard field goal as time expired to take a 16-13 lead into halftime.

On the first play of the second quarter, the Cavaliers lined up to go for it on fourth down from the BYU one-yard line. A false start penalty forced the Cavaliers to kick a field goal giving them a 10-3 lead. On BYU’s first drive of the quarter, quarterback Taysom Hill found receiver Devon Blackmon for 56 yards, BYU’s longest pass play of the season. Receiver Jordan Leslie capped off the drive with a nine-yard touchdown catch, his first touchdown as a Cougar.

Virginia continued to have success against the Cougar defense. With the help of a pass interference penalty the Cavaliers went on a 10-play, 39-yard drive that ended with a 41-yard field goal by kicker Ian Frye to regain the lead 13-10.

A holding penalty and a late hit personal foul killed BYU’s next drive, bringing on Scott Arellano to punt the ball away to Virginia.

Defensive back Robertson Daniel got the crowd back into the game when he stepped in front of a Grayson Lambert pass for his first interception of the season and returned it 32 yards to the Virginia 23 yard-line.

The offense wasn’t able to get much going off the turnover, only managing to gain four yards. BYU kicker Trevor Samson drilled a field goal from 37 yards to tie the game at 13. Another pass interference against the Cougars on third down kept a Virginia scoring drive alive before the end of the half.

Cavaliers lead the Cougars 7-3 at the end of one

Sep 20, 2014 - Posted by Zach Brady at 2:13 pm | Updated: September 20, 2014 2:20 pm | Permalink

Virginia's Darius Jennings took the opening kickoff 47 yards to set the Cavaliers up with great field position on their first drive. On the second play of the drive, Virginia quarterback Greyson Lambert ran 37 yards to the BYU one-yard line. Two plays later Lambert snuck the ball in from the one-yard line to give the Cavaliers the 7-0 lead.

BYU managed only three yards on its opening offensive drive and before punter Scott Arellano boomed a deep punt back to Virginia.

BYU’s defense stepped up on Virginia’s second drive. After a couple first down conversions, linebacker Alani Fua made a tackle on a screen pass short of the first down to force the Cavaliers to punt.

BYU’s first big play of the game came when quarterback Taysom Hill whipped the ball out to wide receiver Jordan Leslie who made a defender miss and took off for 18 yards. Virginia was called for a facemask on the play to add another 15 yards.  After a false start when the Cougars lined up to go for it on fourth-and-inches, Trevor Samson put the Cougars on the board with a 28-yard field goal. Leslie had three catches on the drive for 33 yards.