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BYU football travels to Kansas City

Nov 13, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 9:55 pm | Updated: November 13, 2015 11:20 pm | Permalink

BYU football traveled to Kansas City ahead of Saturday's game against Missouri. After landing, the team visited Arrowhead Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Chiefs, for a walk-through.

In the evening the team put on a fireside in Independence in front of a standing-room-only crowd. In addition to piping video into additional rooms throughout the building to accommodate all those attending in Independence, the fireside was broadcasted to six other stake centers from Columbia, Missouri, to Topeka, Kansas.

Check out the photo gallery below to see the day through the lens of BYU photographer Mark Philbrick.

BYU wins season-opener against UVU

Nov 13, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:57 pm | Permalink

The Cougars got going right away in the second half with Kyle Davis scoring in the paint. After going scoreless for two minutes, a 3-pointer from Jake Toolson ended the drought, extending the lead to 53-31 with 15:58 left in the game.

BYU went on an 8-0 run sparked by back-to-back blocks from Davis. With 11:02 remaining, a steal from Kyle Collinsworth set up Chase Fischer for the trey to make it 67-35.

Three different freshmen, Nick Emery, Jordan Chatman and Jakob Hartsock, scored in a one-minute period to push the lead to 80-48. BYU went on to win 85-54.

In his first game as a Cougar, Davis had a double-double with 17 points and 20 rebounds. Fischer led all players with 20 points, including three treys. Collinsworth filled out the stat sheet with 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

BYU had 69 rebounds, the most in a game in Dave Rose’s time as a head coach. 

BYU leads UVU 46-24 at halftime

Nov 13, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 7:51 pm | Permalink

Senior guard Kyle Collinsworth got the scoring started for BYU with a layup off of his own miss. The Cougars then went on a 20-0 run that included three treys, two of which were made by Chase Fischer, to take the early 22-2 lead over the Wolverines with 10 minutes remaining in the half.

Utah Valley fought back, going on an 11-2 run to close the gap to 32-19. Back-to-back buckets from Fischer and Kyle Davis ended the run, pushing the lead back up to 36-19 with 4:16 to play.

The Cougars closed out the half with a 5-2 run. Nick Emery nailed a 3-pointer off the bounce with less than a minute until halftime to make it 46-24 heading into the break.

Fischer led all players in points with 15, while Davis earned a double-double in the first half with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Davis had 10 rebounds in the first 10 minutes. BYU outrebounded Utah Valley 31-18 in the first 20 minutes of play.

Following the Game: BYU vs. Missouri

Nov 13, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 5:40 pm | Updated: November 14, 2015 11:48 am | Permalink

BYU football faces Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. with kickoff at 6:30 CST.

The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network and on ESPN3. Live coverage will begin at 4:30 p.m. MST with BYUtv's pregame show Countdown to Kickoff. Live postgame coverage on BYUtv will follow after the game.

Radio coverage of the game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with the Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins with the pregame show at 3:30 p.m. MST on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM out of Salt Lake City and online at BYUcougars.com. The game will also be available on BYU Radio through Sirius XM 143 and online.

Visit the gameday page for more information on the matchup.

Getting to Know: Grant Jones and Graham Rowley

Nov 12, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:29 pm | Updated: November 12, 2015 3:48 pm | Permalink

Prior to the start of the 2015 season, we had a chance to talk with Grant Jones and Graham Rowley. Learn a little bit about them below.


Grant Jones

Sophomore defensive back

Major: Business

Stadiums excited for: I’m just excited to play. Arrowhead, Michigan and LaVell Edwards will be cool.

One thing people don’t know about you: I’m an avid Harry Potter fan.

Other sports: Basketball and baseball.

Favorite pro athlete: Kam Chancellor

Favorite team: 49ers

Favorite movie: "Hercules"

Walk-up song in baseball: "The Final Countdown" by Europe

Favorite actor: Will Smith. Any movie with Will Smith is a good movie.

Favorite food: Seafood- fish, lobster, crab

Things you did in the offseason: Going to the lake, the pool, being outside and relaxing, playing basketball and going home.

Who do you look up to: My older brother—He’s always doing the right thing.

Pre-game ritual: Take a nap before the game, relax, listen to slow music, meditate and get my mind right.

Favorite football memory: In my senior year in high school, we played against our rivals, who were undefeated, and they just got a brand new stadium and lights for their homecoming game and they scheduled us. We came in and smeared them like 55-7.


Graham Rowley

Senior defensive lineman

Major: Public Health—hospital administration

Stadiums: Michigan Stadium, Nebraska's Memorial Stadium

One thing people don’t know about you: Before I played football I wanted to be a professional skateboarder.

Other sports: Soccer, volleyball, basketball and paddling (canoeing)

Favorite pro athlete: Jared Allen

Favorite movie: "Sandlot." I’ve never played baseball in my life, but I use to dress up like a baseball player all the time when I was little.

Favorite actor: Bradley Cooper or Will Ferrell

Walk-up song in baseball: "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift

Favorite food: Whatever my wife makes.

Things you did in the offseason: Go down the Provo river, camping and playing basketball.

Who do you look up to: My dad. He’s the hardest worker I’ve ever met in my life.

Nicknames from the team: Before the mission everyone called me Teddy.

Pre-game ritual: I am all over the place. I do something different every time. I don’t believe in that kind of stuff. I walk around and can’t sit down.

Favorite football memory: When we beat Cal last year, after the game, the celebration we had was pretty fun.

Following the game: BYU vs. San Jose State

Nov 06, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:08 pm | Updated: November 6, 2015 7:02 pm | Permalink

BYU football faces San Jose State at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. with kickoff at 9:30 p.m. MST.

The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network. Live coverage will begin at 8:30 p.m. MST with BYUtv's pregame show Countdown to Kickoff. Live postgame coverage on BYUtv will follow after the game.

Radio coverage of the game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with the Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins with the pregame show at 7:30 p.m. MST on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM out of Salt Lake City and online at BYUcougars.com. The game will also be available on BYU Radio through Sirius XM 143 and online.

Visit the gameday page for more information on the matchup.

For photos from yesterday's departure and fireside along with images from tonight's game, follow the photo stream courtesy of BYU Photo. 

Getting to Know: Remington Peck and Trevor Samson

Nov 05, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:28 pm | Updated: November 5, 2015 3:40 pm | Permalink

Prior to the start of the 2015 season, we had a chance to talk with Remington Peck and Trevor Samson. Learn a little bit about them below.


Remington Peck

Senior defensive lineman and tight end

Major: Business Management

Stadiums excited to play at: The Big 3- Nebraska, Michigan, UCLA

One thing people don’t know about you: I’m into hunting and the outdoors

Name: I was named after the gun

Other sports: Basketball and baseball

Favorite pro athlete: LeBron James           

Favorite movie: ‘Remember the Titans’

Walkup song: “How Do You Like Me Now” by Toby Keith

Favorite food: Chinese

Three things to do on offseason: Hunt, fish and hang out with my wife

Who do you look up to: My grandpa - He’s taught me a lot about being a good person

Nicknames from team: RKP

Pre-game ritual: Listen to country music

Favorite football memory: Texas game last year


Trevor Samson

Senior kicker

Major: Recreation Management.

Year in School: Senior. I graduate in December.

Stadiums excited to play at: Nebraska, for sure. I’m also excited for Michigan, because it’s going to be a family reunion for me. My dad’s parents are from there, so it will be fun to play in front of them and 110,000 other people.

One thing people don’t know about you: I had a liver transplant when I was 10 months old. I’m also colorblind.

Name: My middle name is Robert, and it’s my mother’s dad’s name. It’s special to me because he was a pastor and he really helped me grow in my faith.

Other sports: Baseball was my life in high school before I started playing football seriously my sophomore year. I also played soccer, track and field…any sport you can think of.

Movie: That’s such a hard question, but I love the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the new Batman movies.

Favorite professional athlete: Steph Curry. He’s so good and I love what he stands for.

Favorite actor: Will Smith. He’s so versatile.

Walk-up song: “Sanctuary” by Flame. It’s Christian rap.

Food: I love eating pasta.

Three things I did in the offseason: I like playing other sports, especially indoor soccer. I’m on a team for my church. I also like to hang out with my friends and hiking.

Who do you look up to: I look up to my mom and dad. Ever since I had my transplant, they pushed me to do sports and get out there. They never kept me in a bubble because they were afraid.

Nicknames: I probably have the most solid nickname on the team: Shaky. Also, some of my teammates call me Nate-Weight.

Pre-game ritual: I have less and less of a pre-game ritual as I play more, but I always have to listen to a certain song every game. It changes all the time, and I have to listen to it to before I play.

Favorite football memory: When Coach Mendenhall told me I got a scholarship after being recruited to BYU, I had to go after practice into a room and cry. I don’t cry very often, but I was so thankful. 

Samoa, fifth posting

Oct 27, 2015 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 2:00 pm | Updated: October 28, 2015 2:00 pm | Permalink

Fifth report from Brent Haring, head coach for the American Samoa National Team:

Wow, I cannot believe it is Monday morning already. We begin our journey back tonight. The last two days have been days that I don't think any of us will forget. Saturday morning we went to the stadium (there is one main stadium on island for virtually every major event) where they were holding the annual Day of the Woman festival. Brian, Kim Santiago, Coach Littlewood, and myself were all invited to sit up on the stand with the Lieutenant Governors as "distinguished" guests...as you can see we have fooled everyone here. Following the program Coach Littlewood did a basketball-refereeing clinic to all the baskets referees on the island. They were so excited to pick the brain of someone that has worked multiple NCAA tournaments. While Coach was doing that I went and ran another clinic for baseball and softball players on the island. Once again the turnout was unbelievable as many kids showed up to watch and participate. 

After the clinics we were invited by the Scratch/Ho Ching family to their land (which is unbelievable as it overlooks the ocean) for a traditional umu (bbq) where we weaved our own plates from the leaves of the coconut tree. They then taught us how to make palusami a tradition meal (taro leaves with coconut milk inside). The food was all cooked in the umu underground and there was so much of it. What an awesome experience to learn about the culture firsthand. We are so grateful that the Ho Ching family would have us over to do this. Once dinner was over we sat around and visited with one another, it truly was a highlight to get to visit with them. In true Samoan fashion through talking we came to find out that Brother Ho Ching and my father in law are pretty closely related, as such it became a family gathering as well. What an awesome experience!!

Sunday morning we were able to attend church in Pava'ia'i at the English-speaking ward where we were welcomed with open arms. That evening we did a fireside for the Pago West Stake and it was the highlight of the trip. What a blessing to be here and to interact with the youth of American Samoa and the wonderful members here. This has truly been a trip to remember and I personally am grateful to Brian and Coach for the opportunity to come with them.

Samoa, fourth posting

Oct 26, 2015 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 12:37 pm | Permalink

Fourth report from Brent Haring, head coach for the American Samoa National Team:

Today was a busy day. We did four school visits where we met with different groups of kids. Our group was humbled by the kids. Each group with the exception of one gave thanks by singing a traditional Samoan hymn. When the time came to sing they would each grab the hand of those sitting next to them and then harmonize the hymn acapella. Their voices are stunning and it really hits you right in the heart. Following the school visits the Parks and Recreation department as well as the American Samoa Basketball Association hosted a free basketball clinic that we were able to instruct at. It was a great turnout as kids came from all parts of the island. What a great day but as you can imagine we are dead tired as we were going from early this morning until late this evening. Until tomorrow!!!

Football team provides uplifting evening for prison inmates

Oct 24, 2015 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 5:45 pm | Updated: October 26, 2015 4:36 pm | Permalink

The BYU football team conducted a fireside on Friday night for inmates at the Utah State Prison. The annual event proved to be an uplifting experience for all involved.

The fireside opened with a beautiful musical number "Light a Candle" performed by the inmate choir. BYU senior offensive lineman Ryker Mathews and freshman outside linebacker Moses Kaumatule then addressed the room of inmates and volunteers, speaking of experiences in their lives that help them overcome challenging circumstances and always have hope. 

Junior running back Algernon Brown played the guitar while singing a heartfelt rendition of the song "Never a Better Hero" before senior defensive lineman Remington Peck led an open Q&A session where inmates were able to address questions to members of the football team or offer their own thoughts and appreciation.

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall concluded by offering some thoughts of encouragement before the team and members of the prison choir joined to sing a closing hymn "We'll Bring the World His Truth." 

Officials at the prison expressed appreciation to coach Mendenhall and the team after the event, indicating how the annual fireside has really made a positive impact on the inmates who attend.

Check out the photos below taken at the fireside.