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BYU vs. Utah second quarter

Sep 21, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 9:51 pm | Permalink

BYU entered halftime down 13-0 after Utah rushed 74 yards to get a one-yard touchdown pass with 1:22 left in the half. 

Wide receiver Cody Hoffman completed a 32-yard pass from Taysom Hill for a first down with 6:40 left in the quarter. The reception marked the 34th-straight game Hoffman has had at least one reception. He also led the team with 61 yards in the first half.

Wide receiver JD Falslev completed an 11-yard pass and a 20-yard pass from Taysom Hill to finish the half with 31 yards. 

With eight minutes remaining in the second quarter, Utah made another field goal to put them up 6-0. 

BYU missed a 34-yard field goal attempt with 5:39 left to cut the deficit in half, making it Justin Sorensen's first missed field goal attempt of the season. 

Utah scored the first touchdown of the game with 1:17 left in the second quarter. 

BYU vs. Utah first quarter

Sep 21, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 9:11 pm | Permalink

BYU and Utah's defense held strong to start the first quarter forcing each other to punt until Utah made a field goal late in the quarter to put them up 3-0.

Defensive lineman Remington Peck recorded a sack that resulted in a loss of seven yards for Utah. Taysom Hill completed a 30-yard pass to Brett Thompson, but BYU was outrushed 126-73.

On defense, Kyle Van Noy recorded one pass breakup and a quarterback hurry forcing Utah to throw a bad pass.

With under two minutes left in the quarter, BYU ran back a kick return, but the play was called back because of a penalty.

Utah had a 65-yard run that helped the Utes get into position for a field goal late in the first quarter. 

NCAA All-Access with Cloee: The Utah rivalry

Sep 19, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 3:40 pm | Permalink

BYU senior midfielder Cloee Colohan takes you behind the scenes for BYU's 1-0 victory over Utah in this video at!soccer-women/2013-09-13/all-access-byu-womens-soccer-cloee-colohan-episode-two-utah-rivalry

Rachel Manning on True Blue

Sep 18, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 8:37 am | Updated: September 18, 2013 8:41 am | Permalink

Rachel "The Magnet" Manning was featured on BYUtv's True Blue on Monday. Check out the video below at the 15:15 mark.

Football bye week full of national accolades, interviews

Sep 14, 2013 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 11:01 am | Updated: September 14, 2013 12:12 pm | Permalink

This week BYU was named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week after its 40-21 victory over then No. 15 Texas at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Four players—quarterback Taysom Hill, running back Jamaal Williams, linebacker Alani Fua and placekicker Justin Sorensen—were also recognized nationally with various honors for their contributions to the Cougar victory.

With his 259 rushing yards and three touchdowns directing the BYU triumph, Hill deservedly received numerous awards during the week, including National Player of the Week accolades. Consequently, BYU was a primary topic in local and national media during the week. In addition to local media interviews with players and coaches, BYU conducted more than a half-dozen national interviews, including national radio shows on CBS Sports Radio, Fox Sports Radio, Sirius XM Satellite Radio and BYU Radio Sports Network. 

Here are links to several of those interviews in case you missed them during the week.

Bronco Mendenhall on Tim Brando Show, CBS Sports Network (Video)

Bronco Mendenhall on Jim Rome Show, CBS Sports Radio  

Taysom Hill on Ferrall on the Bench, CBS Sports Radio

Taysom Hill on Jay Mohr Sports, Fox Sports Radio

Jason Beck on BYU Sports Nation, BYU Radio Sports Network

United Way Day of Caring

Sep 13, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:43 pm | Permalink

On Thursday, Sept. 12, the BYU athletic department joined the rest of the BYU campus in the Utah County United Way Day of Caring by supporting numerous service projects throughout the community. University employees were given four hours off work to support the United Way’s efforts to strengthen the local community.
This year, BYU Athletic employees participated in a variety of activities around the community including the kick-off breakfast at LaVell Edwards Stadium, work at the Community Action Food Bank of Provo and general outdoor work such as painting and yard work.
In all, BYU student-athletes and athletic department employees contributed approximately 400 of hours of work.

Recapping Taysom Hill's game against Texas and the ensuing national attention

Sep 12, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 8:48 pm | Updated: September 12, 2013 9:11 pm | Permalink

Rankings Report Sep. 10

Sep 10, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 2:42 pm | Updated: September 11, 2013 11:43 am | Permalink

With all of this week's rankings out, the Cougars have inched up in eight different polls and rankings. While BYU started the season at No. 6 in the NSCAA poll, they were in the 10-12 range in other polls. Now they have moved into the top 10 in each of the rankings with a high of fifth in the Soccer America poll and a low of ninth in the Bennett Rankings. The Cougars were also slotted in as a No. 2 seed in bracket projections by Last week's ESPNW Power Rankings also put the Cougars 12th just behind Penn State and WCC foe Portland. 

Update: This week's espnW Power Rankings have the Cougars ninth.

Poll This Week Prev
Soccer America 5th 7th
NSCAA 6th 6th
Massey Ratings 6th 8th
Soccer Times 7th 6th
College Sports Madness 7th 7th
Top Drawer Socer 8th 8th
CS360 Composite 8th 10th
Bennett Rankings 9th 9th

BYU vs. Texas fourth quarter

Sep 07, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 10:23 pm | Updated: September 7, 2013 10:29 pm | Permalink

Rushing for a school-record 550 yards, BYU held tight in the fourth quarter to beat No. 15 Texas 40-21.

The Cougars were led by quarterback Taysom Hill, who ended the game with the second most rushing yards by an NCAA quarterback in the last 10 years with 259.

The defense held strong in the fourth quarter, not allowng a Longhorn score. Texas kicked off the quarter with a 4th and 1 attempt, but linebacker Uani 'Unga came up with a tackle for loss to halt the effort. After a three-and-out from BYU, the Longhorns marched into Cougar territory when defensive back Skye PoVey broke up a pass on 3rd and 3 and safety Craig Bills knocked down the fourth down pass attempt. 

After recovering a BYU fumble, Texas drove to the Cougar 24-yard line when linebacker Alani Fua came up with a sack for a loss of 11 to set up a 4th and 17 situation. BYU was called for a defensive pass interference that allowed the drvie to continue. The BYU defense was not phased as it held Texas to one yard on the next four plays to end the game.