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BYU enters AP football rankings at No. 25

Sep 09, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 1:56 pm | Permalink
 
Coming off a 45-13 victory over Weber State Saturday, BYU (2-0) received a No. 25 national ranking in The Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday. The Cougars joined UCLA (No. 22), Tennessee (No. 23) and Arizona (No. 24) as new teams in the AP college football poll this week. 
 
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall's teams have now received a spot in one of the two major national polls during each season since 2006 and are one of 11 programs that have earned a final national ranking in five of the past six seasons. The Cougars, who opened the year with a 30-6 win over Washington State, are listed 30th overall among others receiving votes in this week's USA Today Coaches' Poll. 
 
The top four spots in the AP poll remained the same with Alabama at No. 1 followed by USC, LSU and Oregon. Florida State moved up from No. 6 into a tie with Oklahoma at No. 5. Georgia, South Carolina, West Virginia and Michigan State round out the top 10. 
 
Upcoming BYU opponents also received votes in the AP poll with Notre Dame moving up two spots to No. 20, while Boise State is listed just outside the rankings at 26th, Oregon State at 29th and Utah State at 41st.  
 
Dropping out of the AP poll were Arkansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Oklahoma State. Arkansas, which fell from a top-10 ranking in both polls last week after its loss to Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, landed at No. 21 in the Coaches' poll while Wisconsin dropped to No. 22 and Nebraska to No. 24 after losses.  The Cowboys joined idle Boise State in teams dropping out of the Coaches' poll.
 
Alabama also maintained its top ranking by the coaches but LSU was given the nod over USC at No. 2. Notre Dame received a No. 19 ranking by the coaches, while Boise State is listed 26th. 
 
Up next for BYU is in-state rival Utah. The Cougars will face the Utes on Saturday in Salt Lake City in an 8 p.m. MT kick on ESPN2.

Cougars take down Wildcats, 45-13

Sep 08, 2012 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 4:24 pm | Permalink

BYU advanced to 2-0 on the season as it defeated Weber State, 45-13, at LaVell Edwards Stadium. 

In the fourth quarter, senior quarterback James Lark ran six yards for six points, his first career rushing touchdown. Freshman quarterback Taysom Hill also contributed to the scoreboard on a 1-yard run with 3:34 left to play in the game. Three different Cougar quarterbacks scored in today's game.

BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall is now 30-2 when his team scores more than 40 points. The Cougars picked up over 533 yards of total offense. 

BYU's special teams continued to make big plays. In the first minute of the final quarter, the Cougars tackled the Wildcat punter as he was attempting to kick the ball which gave BYU the ball on the Weber St. 23-yard line.

The Wildcats scored their second touchdown in the last minute of the game on a one-yard rush by running back Kris Parham to cap a 77-yard drive.

To see pictures of the game, click here

BYU 31, Weber St 6

Sep 08, 2012 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 3:40 pm | Permalink

During the third quarter, BYU scored a touchdown and a field goal while Weber State prevented a shutout with a one-yard rushing touchdown to bring the game score to 31-6. The Wildcats scored on a 75-yard drive, the first touchdown allowed by BYU this season. Immediately after the score, BYU blocked Weber State's PAT.

Senior quarterback James Lark took the field to start the second half and quickly recorded his first career touchdown pass three minutes into the third quarter on a 2-yard completion to tight end Kaneakua Friel. Friel has caught three touchdown passes this season, each coming from a diffferent quarterback.  

Pictures from the first three quarter can be seen here.

First half of Weber State game completed

Sep 08, 2012 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 2:43 pm | Permalink

With one half of play in the books at LaVell Edwards Stadium, BYU maintains its lead over in-state opponent, Weber State, 21-0. The Cougars scored two touchdowns in the second quarter while keeping the Wildcats scoreless again. 

The half ended with BYU's defnese stopping a last-second drive by Weber State as linebacker Uona Kaveinga recovered a fumble.

BYU scored its second touchdown of the game at the 13:12 mark of the second quarter. Backup quarterback Taysom Hill ran 2 yards from the Wildcat formation for six points, even as a defender grabbed his facemask. 

The third touchdown of the day was capped by an 8-yard rush by junior Michael Alisa. The balanced scoring drive consisted of four rushes and four passes. BYU junior Richard Wilson accounted for one of those completions as he hauled in a 32-yard pass, his fist catch since October 15, 2011. Wilson missed the majority of last season with a knee injury.

After missing most of last game, junior Cody Hoffman is making his mark in this game with six receptions for 110 yards in just the first half.

Weber State's punter, who normally kicks with his right foot, kicked one punt with his left foot after receiving a lot of pressure from BYU's special team's defense.

Pictures from the game can be seen here.

1st Quarter vs Weber St

Sep 08, 2012 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 1:58 pm | Permalink

After one quarter of play at LaVell Edwards Stadium, BYU leads Weber State, 7-0, thanks to a 37-yard catch by junior Cody Hoffman.  

Senior quarterback Riley Nelson threw a deep pass to Hoffman, who jumped over his defender to catch the ball and quickly sped into the endzone. Hoffman now holds a 21-game streak of snagging at least one reception.

Both teams have had a strong defensive presence in the first quarter. Each team has recovered a fumble.

Pictures of the first quarter can be seen here.

Game Day on BYUtv

Sep 08, 2012 - Posted by at 6:00 am | Updated: September 9, 2012 5:01 pm | Permalink
Countdown to Kickoff - 2pm ET/12pm MT
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 both coaches, BYU players, Brandon Doman, and know the matchups and players to watch leading up to kickoff.
 
Weber State vs  BYU – 3pm ET/1pm MT
The live game is on BYUtv called by Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, and Robbie Bullough. 
 
BYUtv Sports Post Game – Immediately Following the Game
After the game ends on BYUtv concludes stay tuned to see post game reaction on the field and at the press conference, as well as stats, highlights and analysis.
 
BYUtv Sports Game-Day Replay – 11:30pm ET/9:30pm MT
After the postgame show watch the game again if you like. Use #byutvsports to react to the game and BYUtv will use select tweets during its rebroadcast.
 
 

This Week in History

Sep 07, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 1:58 pm | Permalink

When the Cougars take the field against Weber State Saturday, it will mark the 22nd anniversary of one of BYU’s most celebrated wins, a 28-21 upset over defending national champion and No. 1 Miami (Fla.).

BYU entered then Cougar Stadium ranked No. 16 in the nation and a 131/2-point underdog. Ty Detmer’s performance grabbed the nation’s attention and launched his Hesiman Trophy campaign, which he went on to win in December that year. The College Football Hall of Fame inductee completed 38 of 54 passes for 406 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

Trailing 21-20 late in the third quarter, BYU came up with the game’s final score with three minutes left in the quarter. Detmer not only competed a touchdown pass but found the end zone again for a two-point conversion.

Twice in the fourth quarter, the BYU defense came up with big stops. Miami fumbled at the Cougar 15-yard line only for BYU to later lose the ball at its own 37. The Hurricanes took advantage and marched to the 13 but the Cougar defense came away with an interception to halt Miami’s scoring attempt. With less than two minutes left in the game, BYU held again after it batted down a ball for an incompletion on fourth down.

The Cougars ran the clock out to secure BYU’s first – and only – victory over a No. 1-ranked opponent. BYU vaulted from No. 16 to No. 5 in the AP poll after the win – its highest ranking since winning the 1984 national championship. 

Up Close: DeQuan Everett

Sep 06, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:19 pm | Updated: September 6, 2012 2:22 pm | Permalink

Throughout the season we'll feature various seniors. Today's spotlight is on No. 21 DeQuan Everett, a DB from Long Beach, California. 

Nickname: DQ
Favorite cold cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Favorite Bronco Mendenhall Quote: “It’s a choice.”
Why did I choose to play football over other sports: Because of how physical it is.
Before a football game, I: Do bicep curls and put baby oil on while listening to Young Jeezy.
How did I spend my off-season: Training like crazy.
Who is the best player I’ve ever faced: DeSean Jackson (Eagles).
What would I like to do sometime in my life is: Sky dive and visit the White House.
If I could play another position, what would it be:  Wide Receiver.
Who has had the greatest influence on my football career: My cousin Marcedes Lewis.
What do I want to be doing 20 years from now: Owning a lot of real estate property.
How did I select my jersey number: Favorite player of all time is Deon Sanders.
What is my favorite hobby or activity away from football: working out, and playing/watching basketball.
What is the best book I’ve ever read: Harry Potter
People say I look like:  R. Kelly, Jamie Fox.
My favorite professor or most interesting class I’ve taken at BYU:  Dr. Monson
What is my most memorable athletic achievement: 3 interceptions in one game.
If I had to give up all of my possessions except one, what would be the one thing I kept and why: My cell phone because I would need to call around to get everything that I lost back.
My advice to youngsters: Lead by example, and to not be a follower.
If I were on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” the person I’d call for my lifeline is: My best friend Ayrton’s dad, because he is kinda smart.
If I were hosting you on a recruiting visit to Provo, the most impressive thing I’d have to show you is: Seven Peaks and/or “Y” Mountain.
One rule I’d change in college football is: Players should be paid to play.
If I could invite any people to dinner, who would they be: Obama, Kobe and 50 Cent.
On game day my friends and relatives: hit me up on Facebook to tell me good luck.

Travis Hansen featured on BYUtv's Legends

Sep 06, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:41 am | Permalink

Former Cougar Travis Hansen was recently featured on BYUtv's Legends. Check out the entire episode on BYUtv.org. Hansen was a two-time All-MWC honoree and averaged 13.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in his three seasons at BYU, including 16.8 points, 4.8 boards and 2.4 assists his senior season.

Hansen was drafted in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks where he played for one season. He then went on to enjoy a successful career overseas, playing in Spain and Russia. While in Russia, he and his wife were inspired to help children throughout the world and started the Little Heroes Foundation. Watch the episode for more on Hansen, his basketball career and his foundation.

Shirley Johnson retires after three decades of service

Sep 05, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 12:44 pm | Permalink

Shirley Johnson, a native of Salt Lake City, was hired in 1980 as the football office secretary and has served the BYU football team since. After 32 years of service, Johnson retired this week.

Johnson has worked for three head coaches, including LaVell Edwards who hired her. During her time with the Cougars, she saw BYU win its first bowl game (“The Miracle Bowl”), watched the Cougars claim a national championship and witnessed Ty Detmer win the Heisman Trophy.

Johnson was the 2010 recipient of the Foundation of Excellence Award, which recognizes individuals whose efforts and contributions have laid the foundation for BYU’s athletic success.

“Shirley Johnson has influenced for good and helped shape the lives of hundreds of BYU football players over the past three decades,” said BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe.

Among other duties, Johnson helped with correspondence, football alumni relations, and many other responsibilities in the day-to-day operation of the BYU Football Office. Once asked in an interview about her family, Shirley responded, “I have 120 children a year—all boys.”

Despite stepping into retirement, Johnson will continue to give her time to BYU by helping with the BYU Varsity Club.