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BYU vs. Idaho State infographic

Nov 16, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:04 pm | Updated: November 16, 2013 5:08 pm | Permalink

See the infographic summary of the BYU vs. Idaho State game, a 59-13 Cougar victory.

BYU dominates ISU 59-13

Nov 16, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 4:30 pm | Permalink

The Cougar defense held the Bengals to a 36-yard field goal for the fourth quarter's only score.

Freshman running back Algernon Brown rushed for 17 yards, bringing his game total to 61. 

On special teams, junior punter Scott Arellano had a 67-yard punt and a 38-yard punt to pin Idaho State at its own 2-yard line.

The defensive reserves saw time on the field. Sophomore Logan Taele and freshman Michael Doman each registered sacks. Freshman Kai Nacua also had two pass breakups and five tackles, including a tackle for loss.

Senior defensive back Adam Hogan forced a fumble, and senior Blake Morgan came up with the fumble recovery.

BYU 59, ISU 10 at end of third

Nov 16, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 3:48 pm | Updated: November 16, 2013 3:49 pm | Permalink

BYU scored 10 points in the quarter to lead ISU, 59-10, at the end of the third quarter.

Sophomore running back Adam Hine highlighted the Cougar offense in the third quarter, becoming the second BYU running back to eclipse the 100-yard mark in the game. On the first play of the quarter for the offense, Hine had the crowd excited when he took the handoff for a 64-yard touchdown run.

Hine became the game's leading rusher on a 24-yard run down to the ISU 7 yard line. The drive ended in the first field goal of the day for BYU. Senior kicker Justin Sorensen converted on the 36-yard attempt, bringing his point total for the game to 11.

BYU scores five touchdowns, leads 49-3 at half

Nov 16, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 2:52 pm | Updated: November 16, 2013 2:53 pm | Permalink

Senior wide receiver Skyler Ridley and sophomore Jamaal Williams led the way as five different players found the end zone in the second quarter.

The quarter began with two completions to Ridley for 12 yards and then another for 36 yards and the touchdown. It was his second touchdown reception of the season. He led the Cougars in the half with 86 receiving yards on four receptions.

Williams scored his third touchdown of the game on a 15-yard run, tying his career high for rushing touchdowns in a game.

Senior tight end Richard Wilson caught his first touchdown of the season and running back Algernon Brown rushed for his second of the year.

On the defensive side, Bronson Kaufusi intercepted the Bengals at their own 12-yard line and returned it for the touchdown. Later in the quarter, senior Eathyn Manumaleuna was credited with a blocked field goal.

For the half, quarterback Taysom Hill led the BYU offense, throwing 11 of 19 for 153 yards and two touchdowns. He completed passes to seven different receivers. Hill also added 62 rushing yards in the half.

BYU up 14-3 after first quarter

Nov 16, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 1:54 pm | Permalink

In the last home game of the season the Cougars scored the first points of the game and lead 14-3.

Sophomore Jamaal Williams highlighted the first quarter with two touchdown runs, including a career-high 70-yard scramble. Cody Hoffman returned his first career punt for 23 yards.

After Adam Hine's 40-yard kickoff return to start the game, BYU marched down the field with Taysom Hill completing 4 of 5 for 38 yards. Hoffman caught two passes for 27 yards and Williams carried the ball for 16 yards and the touchdown. The drive was 12 plays for 60 yards.

After the Bengals scored their first points on a 31-yard field goal, the Cougars responded quickly when Williams took the handoff and broke a 70-yard run for his second touchdown of the quarter. 

The BYU defense held Idaho State to three punts. Skye PoVey and Mike Hague led the team with four tackles each. Kyle Van Noy chipped in two tackles for loss. 

NCAA All-Access and Tournament Previews

Nov 15, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 9:42 am | Updated: November 15, 2013 1:33 pm | Permalink

Cloee Colohan returns with another segment of All-Access. This time taking you inside the team finding out its NCAA opponent and region. Check out the video here.

Senior Niki Fernandes transferred from San Diego State to BYU and is ready to help the Cougars make another deep run in the NCAA tournament, read that story here. previews the BYU-Weber State game, here, while previews BYU's draw in the tournament which also features No. 4 seed Denver and No. 1 seed Florida State, here.

Cougars not hanging their hats on Stanford win

Nov 14, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 5:23 pm | Updated: November 14, 2013 5:32 pm | Permalink

Despite coming off a big win against Stanford Monday night, the Cougars are not hanging their hats and are continuing to prepare for the long season. 

"We definitely enjoyed the win against Stanford for a couple days," Tyler Haws said. "But, I think we've come back from the high and we're ready for the next challenge."

Head coach Dave Rose was most excited about how his players contributed with energy, focus and urgency. The 112-103 win against Stanford was the most points scored during Rose's coaching era at BYU.

"Now the biggest concern is how do we get better," Rose said. "How do we get better from a game we played really well."

Playing back-to-back games against Mount St. Mary's and Colorado Mesa is not a favorable schedule choice, but Rose and his team will be ready.

"We say that you have to treat every game the same," Haws said. "We prepare it the same way and we can't overlook anyone. We have to be ready to play and we have to look at it just the same as any other game." 

With their three-guard lineup, the Cougars have been able to attack and play the up-tempo speed they've been talking about during the offseason and hope to continue that style of play against Mount St. Mary's.

"They have really good guards," Rose said. "Their three guards are really experienced. We have to attack, we have to make plays, we have to be really unselfish and try to attack their defense."

Matt Carlino who has been averaging 24 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists the past two games has been a big part of BYU's 2-0 record.

"Experience is a big thing," Rose said. "I would say that the experience has given him a lot of confidence and hopefully he can continue to play well." 

The potential was evident in the last two games and Haws attributes it to everyone's attitude on the team. 

"It's very exciting," Haws said. "I love this team because we just compete and fight every single play. No matter if the other team makes a run, we're going to keep coming back and keep fighting."

BYU Hoops Mailbag Week One

Nov 13, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 11:19 am | Updated: November 13, 2013 11:24 am | Permalink

Welcome to the first installment of the BYU Hoops Mailbag. The Cougars won their first two games over a long weekend defeating Weber State at home Friday and Stanford on the road Monday. This week BYU faces Mount St. Mary's on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. MT followed by Colorado Mesa on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Reggie from Cedar Hills, Utah, asked:

What is BYU's record in home openers at the Marriott Center?

The Cougars are 33-10 in home openers at the Marriott Center, which dates back to the Marriott Center opening to start the 1971-72 season. BYU is in the midst of an eight-game winning streak in home openers after the 81-72 win over Weber State last Friday. The current win streak is tied with 1971-72 until 1978-79 when the Cougars won their first eight home openers at the Marriott Center.

Jordan from Norman, Okla., asked a three-parter:

When was the last time BYU scored that many points against a Pac-12 team?

BYU's 112 points scored against Stanford was a record for the Cougars against a Pac-12 team. BYU scored 104 at Utah on Jan. 11, 2011 in a 104-79 win, but the Utes were a member of the MWC at the time. The last time BYU scored 100-plus against a team that was in the Pac-10 at the time was Dec. 1, 1992 at home against Arizona State, a 108-98 win. 

… or in the second game of the season or earlier?

BYU's 112 points scored at Stanford are the most scored in one of the team's first two games of the season since the Cougars defeated Hofstra 119-84 on Nov. 30, 1983 at home. That was the second game of that season. Other notable early season scores include: In 2000-01, BYU scored 100 points in the season opener against Elon. The Cougars won 100-63. The Arizona State game referenced above was also a season opener. In 1986-87, the Cougars scored 110 in the opener (a 119-110 loss at Oklahoma) and 100 in the second game (a 100-86 home win against Utah State).

When was the last time we shot about 53.5% against a power conference team?

The last time BYU shot 53.5 percent or better against a power conference team was Dec. 28, 2009, at Arizona. The Cougars shot 56.9 percent (37 of 65) from the field in BYU's 99-69 win. Jimmer Fredette scored 47 points on 16 of 23 shooting to set the BYU single game scoring record (a record he broke a few times the following season). Current Cougar Tyler Haws, a freshman that season, hit 5 of 8 from the field and 2 of 4 from three for 12 points in that game.

Shooter from Hickory, Ind., asked:

Is the West Coast Conference still undefeated? Really?

Yes, the West Coast Conference's 10 teams haven't lost yet. The conference as a whole is 15-0 with wins over major conference opponents Stanford, Colorado State, Nevada, Louisiana Tech and Akron. 

Only the Big Ten is the only other conference still without a loss by any of its teams. The 12 Big Ten teams are 21-0.

Have questions you'd like to see answered? Include your name and hometown with the question and send it to The mailbag will run weekly with a Monday night deadline for questions and will be published on Wednesdays.

Fernandes' goal makes it to No. 2 on WCC Top Plays

Nov 12, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 1:43 pm | Permalink

Senior forward Niki Fernandes' goal against Saint Mary's made the rundown of top plays from the past week in the West Coast Conference. The corner kick from Marissa Nimmer was headed back to Fernandes by Ashley Hatch before being headed into the back of the net. Check it out at No. 2 in the video below.

NCAA tournament reaction

Nov 11, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 6:33 pm | Permalink

Here's reaction from the NCAA Selection Show earlier this afternoon courtesy of BYUtv. The Cougars face Weber State on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.