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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.

BYU football travels on Halloween, gears up for Middle Tennessee

Oct 31, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 10:52 pm | Updated: November 1, 2014 12:12 am | Permalink

Following team and positions meetings and a team walk-through in Provo Halloween morning, the BYU football team boarded a charter for the flight east and across the Mississippi River, eventually arriving in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 

After check-in at the team hotel, coaches and players met with the CBS Sports broadcast crew to provide insights into Cougar football. After dinner the team hopped onto busses and went to Central Magnet School for the traditional fireside the night before the game. 

The audience was highlighted by people who drove hours to see the team. To preface his question in the Q&A session, one gentleman mentioned he drove his family five and a half hours to Murfreesboro. Another said the time traveled from North Carolina was seven and half hours.

Kicking off the fireside was defensive lineman Logan Taele. He related a personal experience and spoke about how he learned what it takes to be happy as he learned from the example of his grandparents and read the Book of Mormon. Senior receiver Jordan Leslie, celebrating his birthday, spoke about the meaining of a scripture from Psalms as he spoke at a fireside for the first time. Director of Operations Zach Nyborg then bore his testimony about the enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Nyborg served his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the neighboring Knoxville mission.

A special musical number followed; the Primary song "When I Am Baptized" was performed by a collection of players including Kurt Henderson, Solomone Kafu, Michael Alisa, Graham Rowley, Andrew Mikkelsen and Harvey Langi.

The question and answer portion of the meeting featured topics including what it's like to be part of BYU football, what firesides do for the team, how to prepare for missions and the importance of trusting parents.

Coach Bronco Mendenhall concluded the meeting with his remarks as he expressed sincere appreciation for fans willing to travel great distances to seek spiritual upliftment and to support BYU football.

Fans then enjoyed mingling with the players for a few minutes, asking for autographs and taking advantage of photo opportunities.

The busses then shuttled the team over to nearby Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium. The team walked around on the field and took pictures before heading back to the hotel for the night.

BYU will take on Middle Tennessee Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT on CBS Sports Network.  Select the following link for TV viewing information.

How to watch BYU vs. Middle Tennessee

Oct 31, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 10:07 am | Permalink

Saturday's matchup between BYU and Middle Tennessee will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network. CBS Sports Network is available on DirecTV Channel 221 (with Choice Extra package), Dish Channel 158 (Classic Silver 200 package) and Comcast Channel 753 in Utah and Salt Lake Counties (Digital Prefered package). For cable channels outside Utah, check with your local provider

Radio broadcast coverage is available through the Cougar IMG Sports Network via, Sirius XM 143, KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM and the BYU Cougars app. Radio coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. CDT

BYUtv begins its coverage with Countdown to Kickoff starting at 1:30 p.m. CDT and concluding with the postgame show following the game. Both shows are available on BYUtv, and BYU Radio.

Live stats will be available on Middle Tennessee's schedule page.

BYU cross country representatives for WCC Championships

Oct 30, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 3:59 pm | Updated: October 30, 2014 4:52 pm | Permalink

The following athletes will be representing BYU women's cross country at the West Coast Conference Championships this Saturday hosted by Santa Clara University. Athletes on the top row from left to right are: Andrea Nelson Harrison, Carrie Jube, Jennica Redd, Makenna Smith. Middle row left to right: Marren Haneberg, Kristi Rush, Alyssa Steed, Kelsey Brown. Bottom row: McKenzie Weir

Following options for BYU vs. Boise State

Oct 24, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 8:46 am | Permalink

The BYU at Boise State game will be broadcast live on ESPN Friday, with kickoff at 7:01 p.m. MDT. Friday's matchup will be BYU's sixth appearance on ESPN and seventh appearance on one of the ESPN family of networks. Fans can also tune in on WatchESPN.

Radio coverage is provided by the Cougar IMG Sports Network, available on Sirius XM 143, KSL 1160 AM or 102.7 FM, and the BYU Cougars app. Coverage begins at 5 p.m. MDT.

BYUtv will broadcast its Countdown to Kickoff show starting at 6 p.m. MDT. The postgame show is broadcast after the conclusion of the game. The shows can be streamed live at

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.

Football travels and preps for Boise State

Oct 23, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 11:39 pm | Updated: October 24, 2014 12:51 am | Permalink

BYU football departed Provo Thursday and continued preparations ahead of Friday night's matchup with Boise State.

After some meetings and practice in the morning, the team took off early in the afternoon on a flight up north to Boise. Following the arrival at the team hotel, ESPN meetings and dinner, busses took the Cougars to the Meridian Idaho East Stake Center for the customary BYU football fireside.

The fireside was broadcast to 15 separate locations in 11 different stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ranging from Mountain Home, Idaho, on the east to La Grande, Oregon, on the west. Recognized for her presence at the fireside was Marjorie Reeve, 96, a former member of the General Relief Society Board. Her late husband Wayne Reeve played for the Cougars from 1939-41. He was co-captain and named to the All-America for colleges with less than 2,500 enrollment, and in 1940 that was Brigham Young University’s situation.

Senior deep snapper Kevin O'Mary led off the fireside as he told his conversion story within the context of a commonly asked question about the choice between faith and football. Junior wide reciever Terenn Houk talked about his personal experiences and testimony. Junior defensive end Remington Peck concluded player remarks, challenging the audience to "do a little more than you think you can."

A musical medley of "Brightly Beams" and "I Need Thee Every Hour" was performed. 

The floor was then opened up for Q & A from audience members. Coach Bronco Mendenhall and players answered questions covering topics such as favorite scriptures, spiritual preparation and serving a mission.

Coach Mendenhall wrapped up the meeting with his remarks, quoting Ether 12:4 and teaching about faith and hope. 

Following the fireside, the team hopped on the busses for the regular stadium walk-through. Players and coaches passed the time on the blue turf, talking with each other and taking photos.

Getting to know McKenzie Weir

Oct 23, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 3:48 pm | Updated: December 2, 2014 3:51 pm | Permalink

Why/when did you begin running

I started running as a sophomore. I didn’t even know what cross country was as a freshman. My first experience with running was in track in ninth grade. I ran in the spring and I really liked it. Then, someone told me at the end of the year about cross country and a lot of my friends had done it as freshmen. I wish now I would have done it too but I didn’t know about it. I started training with Davis (High School) in the summer before my sophomore year and I just really liked it.

Favorite part of running cross country

I love running and competing. I love getting better and the self-improvement part of it. I love the team aspect of it too.

Favorite sport besides running

I like watching football.

If you could be good at another sport, what would it be?

Soccer. I used to play soccer and really liked it.

Pre-race rituals

I have a set routine. I say a silent prayer, I listen to certain music, there are certain songs I have to listen to before I run. I am a mellow music listener before I run. I don’t really like pump up music because I’m already pumped up enough. I have to listen to John Mayer, some country, sometimes even church music.

Favorite music/artist

The Wolves and the Ravens by Rogue Valley from “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Soundtrack

Favorite part about BYU

I love the campus, I like the integration of the gospel with learning and how it all ties together.

Most rewarding moment in running career

Going to high school nationals last year. It was one of those things where it was like a dream. It’s in Portland, Oregon and they treat you like you are famous. Everything is paid for and you go for like three or four days and then you get to race. The race, and being able to go with all my friends whom I was really close with was amazing.


I love being around people. I love making people laugh.


I love being outdoors. I love hiking, kayaking, four-wheeling.

If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

I would go to the Tetons. It’s one of my favorite places. It’s so beautiful and I feel at peace there. You can do so much. I went last summer with my family and we went kayaking, hiking, biking and camping.

Favorite quote

“Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.” Doctrine and Covenants 6:36

Who do you look up to?

I really look up to my brother. We are really close. He is good at making people laugh. He has a great sense of humor. He is just a really good person.

Favorite class

My world religions class

Embarrassing moment

Today I fell down the stairs at the JFSB. I was reading my book walking down the stairs and thought there was one stair but there were two stairs left so I totally collapsed.

Someone I’d like to meet

Frank Sinatra. I love old movies and music like big band music. I love Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.

Something few people know about me

One of my favorite songs is by Louis Armstrong, “A kiss to build a dream on.” A lot of people don’t know I like older music like that.


Run to run. Don’t get caught up in things like the pressure or the competition because you stop having fun and stop enjoying it. Focus on the team and running and why you love it.

Women's soccer alumni shining in local high school playoffs

Oct 22, 2014 - Posted by Norma Collett at 3:58 pm | Permalink

When the Utah girl's soccer state championships in 4A and 5A take place on Saturday, both teams will have something in common. Each team has a head coach or an assistant coach that is a BYU women's soccer alum.

You can go support BYU alumni at the local high school championships during the day on Saturday and then that night come support the current BYU women's soccer team. The No. 17 Cougars will play their final WCC game at home hosting San Francisco at 7 p.m. At the beginning of the match, seniors Annie Amos, Niki Fernandes, Katherine Snyder and Jaiden Thornock will be honored. Junior Hilary Kaufusi will also be honored along with the seniors.

Entering this week's action, BYU is riding a nine-game winning streak and is on top of the WCC standings with a perfect 4-0 mark. The team hosts WCC foe Santa Clara on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

BYU falls to Nevada 42-35

Oct 19, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 12:10 am | Permalink

Nevada capitalized on the BYU turnover at the beginning of the fourth quarter, going 48 yards in 11 plays and scoring a touchdown to bring the Wolfpack within two points. Fajardo connected with Richy Turner in the corner of the endzone for the 18-yard score. Nevada converted a two-point conversion to knot the score up at 28-28 after Fajardo found Hasaan Henderson in the endzone on a roll-out pass. 

Fajardo gave the Wolfpack a 35-28 lead with a 26-yard touchdown run with 7:34 left in the fourth quarter. The score was Fajardo's second rushing touchdown of the game. 

The Cougars gave the ball right back to the Wolfpack on the first play of its drive after Nevada took the 35-28 lead. Quarterback Christian Stewart fumbled as he was getting sacked on BYU’s own 20-yard line. Nevada scored three plays later on a 6-yard run by James Butler to take a 42-28 lead. 

Keanu Nelson caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Stewart with 2:34 left to bring BYU with seven, at 42-35. Stewart completed 12 out of 12 passes on the 15-play drive that only took 3:20 off the clock.

After a three and out by Nevada, BYU took over on its own 20-yard line with 1:31 left in the fourth quarter. Stewart completed four straight passes and rushed for 12 yards to bring the Cougars to the Nevada 39 before another fumble was recovered by the Wolfpack to end the threat.

BYU holds 28-20 lead after third quarter

Oct 18, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 11:08 pm | Permalink

After a missed field goal by BYU on its opening drive of the second half, Nevada went on a 13-play, 74-yard scoring drive that concluded with a 1-yard touchdown run from Wolfpack quarterback Cody Fajardo. The score left Nevada down only eight, at 28-20.

The Cougars took the ball down to the Wolfpack 29, but the Wolfpack's Randy Uzoma recovered a fumble after a reception by Terenn Houk to end the drive. 

BYU went into the fourth quarter up by eight points.