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Nacua earns Madness National Defensive Player of the Week

Football Blog | Sep 14, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 11:51 am | Updated: September 14, 2015 11:52 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah– Junior defensive back Kai Nacua was named the National and Independent Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness for his performance in the 35-24 BYU win over Boise State.

Nacua tied the BYU record for most interceptions in a single game with three as he sealed the home-opening win with an interception return for a touchdown in the final minute of the victory over the Broncos. His three picks reached the mark set most recently in 2000 by Tyson Smith against Wyoming.

BYU wins nail biter against No. 20 Boise State, 35-24

Football Blog | Sep 12, 2015 - Posted by Joe Moxon at 11:47 pm | Updated: September 12, 2015 11:49 pm | Permalink

A well-placed punt early in the fourth quarter put Boise State on its own two-yard line before Kai Nacua picked off a pass for the second time of the night. After a touchdown pass was called back due to an offensive pass interference, Algernon Brown rushed twice for 21 yards, advancing the ball to the 1-yard line.

Broncos up 24-14 after the third quarter

Football Blog | Sep 12, 2015 - Posted by Joe Moxon at 10:54 pm | Permalink

After being shaken up early in the series, Boise State’s Jeremy McNichols scored the first points of the second half with a 3-yard run up the middle after an 11-play, 59-yard drive, giving the Broncos a two-score lead.

A 70-yard bomb to Devon Blackmon flipped the field position for the Cougars, and a 21-yard rushing touchdown from Adam Hine put BYU back on the board, tailing Boise State 17-14 with 4:32 to go in the quarter.

Boise State leads BYU 10-7 after the first half

Football Blog | Sep 12, 2015 - Posted by Joe Moxon at 9:56 pm | Permalink

On the first series of the quarter, Broncos corner back Dante Deayan picked off a pass up the middle, deep in Cougar territory, but an illegal block during the return moved the Broncos back to the 38-yard line. After a loss on a run, a sack by Harvey Langi and an incomplete pass, the Broncos were forced to punt.

After a back-and-forth field position battle, the Broncos scored the only points of the quarter on a 31-yard field goal on the last play of the half. 

Cougars and Broncos tied 7-7 at the end of the first quarter

Football Blog | Sep 12, 2015 - Posted by Joe Moxon at 9:09 pm | Updated: September 12, 2015 9:16 pm | Permalink

After a sack and an incomplete pass in the first two plays of the game, freshman quarterback Tanner Mangum launched an 84-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell Juergens for the first score of the game.

Viewing options for Boise State vs. BYU

Football Blog | Sep 12, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 1:22 pm | Updated: September 12, 2015 1:57 pm | Permalink

ESPN2 will broadcast Saturday's BYU vs. Boise State game, with kickoff sheduled for 8:21 p.m. MDT. A live video stream is also available on WatchESPN.

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

Getting to Know: Nick Kurtz and Tanner Mangum

Football Blog | Sep 11, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 12:53 pm | Updated: September 14, 2015 2:44 pm | Permalink

Nick Kurtz

Redshirt Junior
Wide Receiver

Major: Business

Stadiums looking forward to playing in: LaVell Edwards Stadium

Other sports you enjoy: Basketball, attempts to play golf

Favorite pro athlete: LeBron James

Favorite actor: Will Smith

Walk-up music like in baseball: Miami Heat Intro with Lebron James

Favorite food: Machaca burrito

BYU’s Tanner Mangum to be Featured on ESPN SportsCenter Tonight

Football Blog | Sep 08, 2015 - Posted by at 3:36 pm | Updated: September 8, 2015 3:55 pm | Permalink
BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum will be featured on Tuesday night’s editions of ESPN SportsCenter as the “SC Campus Hero” for Week 1 of the college football season.
ESPN reporter Jeannine Edwards traveled to BYU's campus to take a look at a day in the life of Mangum just days removed from his “Hail Mary” pass to wide reciever Mitch Mathews to beat Nebraska.

BYU 33, Nebraska 28

Football Blog | Sep 05, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 10:47 pm | Updated: September 5, 2015 11:35 pm | Permalink