Men's Football Blog

First Quarter: BYU vs. Washington State

Aug 30, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 9:14 pm | Updated: August 31, 2012 12:44 am | Permalink

BYU’s defense was forced to go to work early with Washington State on the offensive. After marching 60 yards, the Washington State offense found themselves at 3rd and 11 on BYU's 20-yard line. With the pressure mounting, Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel rolled out of the pocket to find an open receiver but instead found BYU linebacker Uona Kaveinga to send the favor back to BYU.

BYU made the most of the turnover and pushed 80 yards on ten plays to score the first touchdown of the game. Riley Nelson found wide receiver Skyler Ridley in the back of the end zone for the first score.

For pictures of the game, check out BYU football’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487966127880355.113800.150809581596013&type=3.

Score: BYU 7 WSU 0

BYU vs WSU – Ticket and Broadcast Plans

Aug 29, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:53 am | Updated: August 30, 2012 1:52 am | Permalink

Tickets

Tickets to the BYU season opener vs. Washington State are still available. Contact the Marriott Center Ticket Office at 801-422-BYU1to purchase tickets, or order online at BYUtickets.com.

Broadcast Plans for Thursday, Aug. 30

Below is a list of television and radio programming for the first game of the 2012 football season.

6-7 pm MT (8-9 pm ET) — BYUtv: Cougar Conversations

BYUtv kicks off its coverage of the 2012 football season on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 6 pm (MDT) with an hour-long special called "Cougar Conversations." Hosted by Dave McCann, the special features BYU quarterback Riley Nelson like you've never seen him before. Nelson discusses everything from deciding to attend Utah State, his mission, transfer to BYU and adversity on the path to winning the starting quarterback job.

7-8 pm MT (9-10 pm ET) — BYUtv: Countdown to Kickoff Pre-Game Show

Get ready for the BYU game by watching the hour-long pregame show hosted by Alema Harrington and featuring Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Brian Logan, Jan Jorgensen, Greg Wrubell and Robbie Bullough. Hear interviews from current coaches and players, former players, get an ESPN preview, film breakdown and more.

6:30 pm (Pre-Game) 8:15 pm MT (10:15 ET) — KSL Radio: BYU vs. Washington State

1160 AM / 102.7 FM / KSL.com/ BYU Radio (SiriusXM channel 143)

Play-by-play: Greg Wrubell
Analyst: Marc Lyons
Sideline: Nate Meikle

Pre-game coverage will begin at 6:30 pm on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM, and coverage will continue on KSL until Mitt Romney speaks at the Republican National Convention. At that time, BYU coverage will be switched from KSL to KRSP 103.5 FM (The Arrow) until the Romney speech concludes, at which time the play-by-play will return to KSL. This change impacts only listeners hearing the game over-the-air on 102.7 FM and 1160 AM. KSL’s online stream, KSL apps with “listen live” capability and affiliates receiving the game via satellite will experience no interruption of BYU coverage at any point.

8:15 pm MT (10:15 ET) — ESPN: BYU vs. Washington State

Play-by-play: Joe Tessitore
Analyst: Matt Millen
Sideline: Shannon Spake

WatchESPN.com: The ESPN broadcast will also be available on WatchESPN.com, which is available to fans with video subscriptions with Time Warner, Verizon, Brighthouse and Comcast.

Conclusion of the ESPN broadcast — BYUtv Sports Post Game

After ESPN concludes its coverage of the game, tune in to BYUtv to see post game reaction on the field and at the press conference, as well as stats, highlights and analysis.

12:30 am MT (2:30 am ET) BYUtv Sports Game-Day Replay

After the postgame show watch the BYUtv version of the game as called by Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler and Robbie Bullough. Use #byutvsports to react to the game and BYUtv will use select tweets during its rebroadcast.

Opponent No. 1 - A look at Washington State

Aug 27, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 11:33 am | Updated: August 27, 2012 3:06 pm | Permalink

With the season kickoff less than four days away we are starting a new series of opponent previews on the football blog. Up first is the Washington State Cougars.

Series Information:

BYU leads: 2-1
Last Meeting: BYU won 50-36, 9/15/90
H/A/N: 1-1/0-0/1-0

Washington State 2011 Recap

The Cougars doubled their win total from 2010 to 2011 with a 4-8 record, with two wins in Pac-12 play. Washington State won three of its first four games, including its conference opener on the road against new conference member Colorado 31-27. WSU, however, would struggle from there on out, winning just one game the remainder of the season, eventually leading to the hiring of new head coach Mike Leach for the 2012 season. Despite the struggles to winning the Cougars still had a potent offense, finishing the year No. 9 in passing yards, scoring nearly 30 points per game. That will serve as a good baseline for Mike Leach and his famed “Air Raid” offense to build on in the upcoming season in Pullman.

WSU Cougars 2012 Outlook

The expectations rise in 2012 for WSU with Coach Leach at the helm of a team rich with talent but lacking in winning experience. Leach will look to change that as his 84-43 record as a head coach will be put to the test. The BYU alumni spent 10 seasons leading Texas Tech, going 7-6 in his inaugural season, putting together a winning season each and every year as coach of the Red Raiders, including an 11-2 campaign in 2008 with a Big 12 title.

WSU returns several key playmakers, including senior quarterback Jeff Tuel and promising sophomore signal caller Connor Halliday. Tuel was injured for most of 2012 and Halliday passed for 960 yards and nine touchdowns in four games, inlcuding one start.

The Cougars return 14 starters (6 off/6 def/2 sp). WSU’s best wide receiver, 6-foot-4, Marquess Wilson returns as a junior. Wilson has had back-to-back 1,000 receiving-yard seasons, including catching 82 passes for 1,388 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2011.

WSU's defense is led by senior linebacker Travis Long. Long, a Butkus, Nagurski and Lombardi preseason watch list honoree totaled 12 tackles for loss and four sacks in 2011.

WSU Key Players to Watch

#86 Marquess Wilson WR
6-4, 185
2011 Stats
83 receptions, 1,388 yards, 12 touchdowns

#10 Jeff Tuel QB
6-3, 221
2011 Stats (Played in 3 games)
Completed 29 of 45 passes, 276 yards, 1 touchdown

#5 Rickey Galvin, RB
5-8, 178
2011 Stats 114 rushing attempts, 602 yards, 5 touchdowns, 28 receptions, 242 yards, 1 touchdown

#89 Travis Long LB
6-4, 245
2011 Stats 42 tackles, 31 solo, 12.0 tackles for loss, four sacks

Meet the No. 4's

Aug 24, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 11:18 am | Permalink

Next up on our list of Q&A’s with members of the BYU football team are the two players wearing No. 4. 

No. 4 Uona Kaveinga, Sr., LB, Hawthorne, CA

Q: What’s something you like about BYU?
A: I love the dudes around here. I have a lot in common with them.

Q: If you could have one talent besides football, what would it be?
A: I would be very, very, very smart. I want to be a genius, like a doctor.

Q: What’s something funny about one of your teammates?
A: Brandon Ogletree is half bald and he’s only 20-something.

Q: What do you like most about your position?
A: I like running around, making plays and hitting people.

Q: When did you start playing football?
A: I started playing in the fourth grade because it was fun. I really liked the competitive edge.


No. 4 Taysom Hill, Fr., QB, Pocatello, ID

Q: What is your favorite thing about BYU?
A: I think right now the camaraderie that we have as a team, the way we work out and the closeness that we have has been a good experience. I like everything what BYU stands for on and off the field.  To have the opportunity to play Division I football at the highest level as well as the coaching staff, both coach Mendenhall and coach Doman, was very appealing to come here. So that’s probably why I chose BYU. It’s been a great experience so far.

Q: What is the best thing about your hometown?
A: Pocatello is a small town. I would just say the people, the people I was raised with, my friends and my family, that’s what makes home, home.

Q: If you could have one talent, besides football, what would it be?
A: Golf. I would like to be really good at golf. I’m not too bad, maybe like high 80’s golfer but it would be nice to be really good at golf.

Q: Who is your favorite pro golfer?
A: You know, it’s interesting, I like to see Tiger Woods do well. Ultimately, it’s hard to support him after everything that’s come out but I still like to see him do well. I also like Phil Mickelson.

Q: What’s something funny about one of your teammates?
A: The other day we were lifting weights and I was doing some ball throws with Mitch Mathews. His arms are so long, it was just so funny to me. 

Cougar Kickoff

Aug 23, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 4:32 pm | Updated: August 24, 2012 10:09 am | Permalink

In preparation for the upcoming fall 2012 season, BYU athletes and Cougar Nation met together Tuesday evening at Haws Field for the eighth annual Cougar Kickoff. 

Athletes from the football, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and cross country teams signed autographs at the event and ran drills for fans to participate in.

For those that were not able to attend, or those who want to relive the memory, check out BYU football’s facebook page for more pictures. For another look at the event, you can also check out this Daily Herald article.

Meet No. 3

Aug 21, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 4:57 pm | Updated: August 21, 2012 11:11 pm | Permalink

We’re moving down the roster with our Q&A’s with players on the team.  

No. 3 Kyle Van Noy, Jr., LB, Reno, NV

Q: If you could play any other position, what would it be?
A: If I could play another position, I would play wide receiver because you get to catch the ball and make big plays.

Q: What sport would you play besides football?
A: If I could play another sport, I would play basketball because they get all the girls and because their faces are all over TV.

Q: What's one of your favorite things about coach Mendenhall?
A: I'm grateful that coach Mendenhall let me play here and gave me a second chance. 

Q: What is something you love about your hometown?
A: I am from Reno, Nev., and the part that I love most about it is that everyone is up 24/7.

Q: What have you learned from your position coach?
A: I’ve learned how to play outside linebacker from my position coach. When i got here, I didn’t know how to play it and now I’m pretty good at it. 

Meet the No. 2's

Aug 17, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 1:43 pm | Updated: August 17, 2012 1:45 pm | Permalink

Here’s the second installment of Q&A’s with players on the team. We’ll continue working our way down the roster throughout the season.

No. 2 Spencer Hadley, Jr., LB, Connell, WA

Q: What is the most interesting thing about you?
A: My mustache and my nunchucks. The two of them together is equivalent to Chuck Norris.

Q: What’s your favorite road trip that you’ve been on with the team?
A: Hawaii.

Q: When did you start playing football and why?
A: I started playing football in the fifth grade because I was afraid as a child that I would die before I’d ever get to play in my first football game. I’ve always loved football and I’ve always wanted to play and I literally, when I was little, I was scared that I would die before I ever got to play.

Q: What does it mean to you to be playing for a college football team?
A: Especially to play here, it’s really meant a lot. Ever since I was little, I’ve wanted to play football but I also wanted to play at BYU. When I was five years old I got one of those plastic shoulder pad and helmet sets with the jersey. I got a BYU football pad set and literally wore that thing everywhere. I’ve always wanted to play here so it’s been a pretty neat experience and a good blessing in my life.

Q: If you could have any talent, what would it be?
A: I would sing my little heart out like Josh Groban. He’s my favorite. I’m not good at singing but I wish I was. I only sing to myself and to my steering wheel.


No. 2 Cody Hoffman, Jr., WR, Crescent City, CA

Q: What is one of your favorite things about coach Mendenhall?
A: I love his competitive nature.

Q: What is something you like about BYU?
A: I enjoy the people here, because there is such a variety.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your hometown?
A: My favorite part is no one knows about it.

Q: What is one of your favorite things about your position coach?
A: It’s cool that coach Cahoon has a great professional background with playing football.

Q: If you had to play a different position, what would it be?
A: Safety. I like to hit people.

Meet the No. 1's

Aug 14, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 1:49 pm | Updated: August 14, 2012 2:20 pm | Permalink

Here's the start of a series of Q&A's with players on the team. We'll start with the No. 1's and work our way down the roster throughout the season. 

No. 1 Joe Sampson, Sr., DB, Oakland, CA

Q: Why did you pick to come to BYU?
A: The environment, the fans, the people. It’s a great place.

Q: If you could have one talent what would it be?
A: Golf. Golfers make a lot of money. I’ve only golfed one time. My favorite golfer is Tiger Woods.

Q: Who’s the funniest guy on the team?
A: Kyle Van Noy is probably the funniest guy on the team. He’s the funniest talking, anyway. Just listening to him talk makes everybody laugh.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about your position?
A: Knowing that I have control over the whole defense. Basically, I’m the quarterback on defense.

Q: If you had to play a different position, what would it be?
A: I’d play running back. That’s what I use to play in high school. They won’t let me go both ways now, but I’m still trying to get my carries.


No. 1 Ross Apo, So., WR, Arlington, TX

Q: One thing about coach Mendenhall that has influenced you?
A: The one thing about coach that has influenced me is how humble he is.

Q: What’s the most interest thing about yourself?
A: I’m super clean and neat.

Q: If you had to play a different position, what would it be?
A: I would play quarterback because they touch the ball on every play.

Q: What Olympic sport would you be good at and why?
A: I would do the long jump because I can jump pretty far and high.

Q: What’s your favorite part of your hometown?
A: My favorite part of Dallas is the food, specifically anything fried.

2012 BYU Football Almanac now online

Aug 13, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 5:05 pm | Permalink

Cougar fans can now check out the online version of the 2012 BYU Football Almanac. The online version features an index to pages with the most up to date information about the 2012 squad including bios on coaches and players, team facts and other interesting information on BYU football. Look for it on the BYU football page on byucougars.com under Football Quick Links, or under the Info tab on the menu at the top of the football home page.

Also available for download is the PDF version of the 2012 Football Almanac printed for BYU Football Media Day on June 27. Download the PDF here. You can also find the PDF version under the Info tab at the top of the football home page.

For the must up to date information on the 2012 team, visit the 2012 online BYU Football Almanac.

Links to LaVell Edwards Stadium scoreboard webcams

Aug 09, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 3:52 pm | Updated: August 13, 2012 5:48 pm | Permalink

BYU recently set up a couple of webcams in LaVell Edwards Stadium to help in monitoring the installation progress of the new high-definition video wall displays. We thought Cougar Nation might be interested in a sneak peek. Here are the links…

http://128.187.10.203 (south scoreboard)

http://128.187.10.202 (north scoreboard)

A special thanks to ANC Sports Enterprises for its technical expertise and to Nu Skin Enterprises for it generous sponsorship of the new LED screens.

The host site has a limited viewer capacity, so if the feed doesn't load, please check back later. Also, please don't leave the page open for long periods of time, as this jams the system and prevents others from viewing.

For more information on the new displays, read the official release.