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Bowl fans encouraged to arrive early, consider riding trolley

Dec 19, 2012 - Posted by at 11:00 pm | Updated: December 20, 2012 1:02 pm | Permalink

More than 40,000 expected for San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

The eighth annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl kicks off at 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 20 at Qualcomm Stadium and features the BYU Cougars and San Diego State Aztecs.  Considering the rush hour kick time, fans are encouraged to arrive early or take the Trolley. The Qualcomm Stadium parking lot opens at 11 a.m.

MTS Trolley’s Green Line provides direct, frequent service to Qualcomm Stadium from the downtown 12th & Imperial, Gaslamp, Convention Center, Seaport Village, and Santa Fe Depot stations through Old Town and Mission Valley and from stations east of the Stadium to Santee. The Green Line’s normal 15-minutes service will be enhanced (between downtown and Qualcomm Stadium as well as between 70th Street and the stadium) starting at 12:30 pm until kickoff, and then again after the game. Regular Green Line service will continue to operate during the game. Fans may connect to the Green Line from all other Trolley lines and the COASTER. Blue and Orange Line riders should transfer at the 12th & Imperial station. Orange Line riders can also transfer at the Grossmont Center Trolley Station. Fans boarding at any C Street or Park Boulevard station in downtown should catch an Orange Line trolley to the Santa Fe Depot and transfer there to a Green Line train. COASTER riders can transfer to the Green Line at the Old Town Transit Center.  

Trolley riders can purchase a Day Pass on Compass Card from any Trolley Ticket Machine using cash, credit and debit. Commemorative Poinsettia Bowl Day Passes are also available at select Green Line Stations ticket kiosks with cash.  COASTER riders should purchase the $12 RegionPlus Day Pass from any COASTER ticket vending machine which allows round-trip transfer to the Trolley.   COASTER riders who purchase an online round-trip COASTER ticket via Coo Coo using web or mobile phone must also purchase a Day Pass at Old Town to transfer to the Trolley.

Game tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling TicketMaster at 1-800-745-3000 or by  They can also be purchased at Qualcomm Stadium, Window F on game day beginning at 9 a.m.

Practice, Giraffes and Make-A-Wish on Tuesday

Dec 18, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 10:38 pm | Permalink

The BYU football team spent Tuesday at the Poinsettia Bowl wrapping up its last full practice of the 2012 season, attended the San Diego Zoo and visited with families from Make-A-Wish San Diego.

The Cougars practiced in a steady early afternoon rain before putting the finishing touches on the field for bowl preparation.

Most of the team visited the San Diego Zoo in the afternoon. Several players had a close encounter with a few giraffes, even getting to feed some of them. Defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah was especially concerned with how personal the giraffe was getting.

Some of the players skipped out on the visit to the zoo to visit some kids from Make-A-Wish in San Diego. Young children with various illnesses and trials visited with both BYU and SDSU players, taking photos, chatting and just hanging out. San Diego State head coach Rocky Long and Bronco Mendenhall, along with their families visited as well.

Marching bands and fans participated in the Gaslamp March in downtown San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter to close out the night's activities.

Both head coaches will participate in a press conference Wednesday morning before both teams attend a luncheon aboard the USS Midway.


Photos by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo

Post practice interviews on Dec. 17

Dec 18, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:32 pm | Permalink

See what Brandon Davies, Nate Austin and Dave Rose had to say after practice on Monday, Dec. 17. BYU plays Eastern New Mexico today at 7 p.m. MST on BYUtv and KSL Newsradio. Video courtesy BYUtv Sports. 

Cougars practice, visit SeaWorld during Poinsettia Bowl festivities

Dec 17, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 9:57 pm | Permalink

After arriving in San Diego yesterday afternoon, the BYU football team held its first practice midmorning on Monday and then went on to SeaWorld and other activities.

The Cougars held a spirited practice in preparation for the bowl at Helix High School, home of former BYU greats and NFL players Leon White (LB, 1981-85) and Todd Watkins (WR, 04-05).

Following practice the team spent most of the afternoon at SeaWorld. Players, coaches and their families enjoyed the Shamu Show, the Shark Encounter and more.  Defensive back Preston Hadley and wide receiver Ross Apo even got up close and personal with a beluga whale.

Head coach Bronco Mendenhall and inside linebackers coach Paul Tidwell took a cruise on the coast thanks to San Diego Harley-Davidson for part of the afternoon as well.

Tomorrow the team will follow a similar schedule in the morning with a practice and a trip the San Diego Zoo in the afternoon. Members of the team will also give gifts and visit with families at the Make-A-Wish reception later in the afternoon.

In the evening, fans in town can enjoy the BYU and SDSU marching bands and spirit squads in the Five Star Tours Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March, a parade in downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter from each end of 5th Avenue and meet up at Market Street for a heart-pounding battle of the bands.

Coach's Show: Sunday 12/16

Dec 17, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:12 pm | Updated: December 17, 2012 3:15 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose, live on KSL 5 TV, began his Coach's Show with a recap of last week which included finals for the players and a game at Weber State on Saturday night.

"I was really pleased with how we started that game at Weber State. The key for us was to get the ball insdie - and Brandon (Davies) played at a great pace for us. He really delivered."

The Cougars won 78-68 over the Wildcats behind a career-high 33 points from Davies. The win was the first true road win for BYU in the 2012-13 season. 

Coach Rose gave a full recap of the game, highlighting the performances of Davies, Tyler Haws, Cory Calvert and Raul Delgado

Cheryl Rose, Coach Rose's wife, joined the show briefly to talk about the Children with Cancer Foundation and the recent Christmas event the team hosted. 

"This is truly a night where the guys can get outside themselves and help others."

The show concluded with Coach Rose breaking down the team's zone defense against Weber State, catching up with what happened last week around the West Coast Conference and talking about what's coming up for the Cougars. 

Watch the full show on and don't miss Dave Rose on KSl 5 TV every Sunday night at 11 p.m. MST. 


Uona Kaveinga to participate in 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Dec 17, 2012 - Posted by at 1:52 pm | Updated: December 17, 2012 1:56 pm | Permalink

College All-Star Game to be held at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. on January 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The NFL Players Association is proud to announce that Uona Kaveinga of Brigham Young University has committed to playing in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

The Hawthorne, Calif., star linebacker will be one of the talented draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game on January 19 at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. Kaveinga was named to the Butkus Award Watch List and totaled 42 tackles, four tackles for loss, two pass breakups, one interception and one fumble recovery during the regular season for BYU. Kaveinga will play in his final game for the Cougars on Thursday when BYU faces San Diego State in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. 

For player confirmations and news surrounding the game, follow @NFLPABowl on Twitter and on Facebook at

For one week preceding the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, participants will receive an in-depth introduction to the union – the primary resource for information on the business of football and how to succeed in the NFL and in post-football careers.

Pro-football players and coaching legends will work with the game’s future stars, giving them first-hand insight on what it takes to win on and off of the field. Herm Edwards and Dick Vermeil will serve as the head coaches for the American and National Teams. Player Ambassadors for the game include former NFL players Terrell Davis, Hank Baskett, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Lorenzo Neal and Andre Reed.

Tickets are on sale now:

BYU vs. Eastern New Mexico preview

Dec 17, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:31 pm | Permalink

The BYU men’s basketball team (7-3) returns to the Marriott Center on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. MST when they host NCAA Division II opponent Eastern New Mexico. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv and KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

The Cougars are coming off their first true road win, a 78-68 final over Weber State, behind a career-high 33 points from Brandon Davies. Davies scored 18 points in the first half on his way to a career night. 

Tyler Haws also scored in double digits for BYU, finishing with 23 points. Haws and Davies combined for 30 of BYU's 36 points in the first half.

Eastern New Mexico comes to Provo with a 5-5 record for just the second time in the series. The Greyhounds have lost their last two-straight games to Cameron University and, most recently, Cal Poly. Against the Mustangs junior Rodney Blackman led all scorers with 22 points, going 3 for 7 from the 3-point line. Blackman is a transfer this season from West Los Angeles College.

The Greyhounds finished the 2011-12 season with a 14-14 record, falling in the first round of the Lone Star Conference tournament to West Texas A&M.

Team arrives in San Diego

Dec 16, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 8:37 pm | Updated: December 16, 2012 8:56 pm | Permalink

Traveling by air, bus and car, the players, coaches and staff from the BYU football team arrived in San Diego late Sunday afternoon.

The team was welcomed by a lineup of committee members from the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, a mariachi band, hotel staff and other family and friends.

Head coach Bronco Mendenhall spoke briefly with the media upon arrival as well as defensive lineman Russell Tialavea, an Oceanside, Calif. native, and wide receiver JD Falslev.

Aside from bowl game preparations, the Cougars will head to SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo and participate in several other activities throughout the bowl week.

Check the BYU football blog for pictures and updates on what the team is up to during the week leading up to kickoff of the Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday at 5 p.m.

The welcome party at the team hotel in San Diego.

JD Falslev speaks to the media after arriving in San Diego.

BYU vs. Weber State preview

Dec 15, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:23 pm | Permalink

The BYU men’s basketball team (6-3) is looking for its first true road win tonight when they play at Weber State at 7 p.m. MST live on BYUtv.

The Cougars are coming off a thrilling 61-58 win over rival Utah in the Deseret First Duel. 

Against the Utes, Matt Carlino led all players with a season-high 19 points while going 5 for 10 from behind the arc. Tyler Haws and Brandon Davies also sccored in double digits on 14 and 11 points, respectively. 

Weber State is currently on a three-game winning streak and looking to defend its 20-game home winning streak, the fourth longest streak in the country. 

Three players scored in double figures for the Wildcats as they beat UC Irvine 65-51 in their last outing for a 4-2 record on the year. 

The Wildcats went 25-7 last season, finishing the year in the second round of the Tournament with a loss to Loyola Marymount. 

Braden Brown invited to East-West Shrine Game

Dec 15, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 3:02 pm | Updated: December 15, 2012 3:10 pm | Permalink

BYU senior offensive tackle Braden Brown has been invited to the 88th Annual East-West Shrine Game®, which will be played on January 19 in St. Petersberg, Fla. The annual all-star game played at Tropicana Field will kick off at 4 p.m. EST and be televised on the NFL Network.  

A selection to the FBS All-Independent Team, Brown has started 38 consecutive games at right tackle, protecting the blind side of left-handed quarterback Riley Nelson in many of those contests. A former tight end and a team leader in knockdown blocks this season, Brown follows former offensive line teammate Matt Reynolds as a participant in the longtime college all-star game. Reynolds, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, played in the 2012 Shrine Game. 

Since 1925, the East-West Shrine Game® has been more than just a football game. It’s been a showcase for the next generation of NFL greats and a priceless benefit event for Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running all-star college football game, combining great football with a great cause and creating experiences for players that will last a lifetime.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

  • Players and coaches visit Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa before the game.
  • Games, crafts and other activities bring together college football players and children for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • Coaches and players gain a personal understanding of the meaning of the game.

Brown is currently in the midst of preparations for BYU's San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl matchup with San Diego State on Thursday in  San Diego. Good tickets to the game are still available. Poinsettia Bowl Central provides information on tickets, events taking place during the week and the game.