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Kick time for BYU vs. Wisconsin set

Oct 28, 2013 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 12:09 pm | Permalink

The kick time for the BYU at Wisconsin football game on Nov. 9 was announced today. The game will be played at Camp Randall Stadium beginning at 2:30pm CT (1:30pm MT) on ABC or ESPN. The network will be determined next week.

BYU and Wisconsin have met once in the past with the Cougars earning a 28-3 win in Madison in 1980.  BYU led just 7-0 at halftime but the defense held the Badgers to just 140 total yards in the second half and forced two fumbles to fuel a 21-point offensive attack from Jim McMahon and the Cougars. McMahon was 12 of 15 for 175 yards and three touchdowns in the second half, finishing the day with 337 passing yards.

BYU beats BSU 37-20

Oct 25, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 9:42 pm | Permalink

BYU beat the Boise State Broncos 37-20 behind Taysom Hill's four touchdowns and 339 passing yards. Jamaal Williams contributed 107 yards rushing on 21 carries.

In the fourth quarter, the Broncos scored their second touchdown of the game when Grant Hedrick connected on a 47-yard completion to Aaron Burks to set up a 14-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Harman. The score cut the BYU lead to 34-20 with just over 10 minutes left in the game.

The Cougars took a 37-20 lead on the ensuing drive. Jamaal Williams’ 17-yard run was followed by a 13-yard completion to Cody Hoffman to move the ball into Bronco territory. Three straight rushes set up a 41-yard field goal by Justin Sorensen, his third of the game.

BYU started the quarter by forcing the fourth BSU turnover of the game. Tyler Beck jarred the ball loose from BSU running back Jay Ajayi and it was recovered by Remington Peck at the BYU 42-yard line.

With five minutes left in the game, the Cougars forced a fourth and one at the BYU 44-yard line. Austin Jorgensen and Skye PoVey combined to stuff Ajayi and give the ball back to the Cougars.

BYU takes 34-13 lead into the fourth

Oct 25, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 8:57 pm | Permalink

Taysom Hill's third passing touchdown of the game and a field goal from Justin Sorensen helped the Cougars take a 34-13 lead after three quarters. Hill was 4 of 8 with 64 yards in the quarter.

Mitch Matthews caught a 40-yard touchdown to give the Cougars a 31-6 lead with 8:50 left in the quarter. The play capped off a six play, 75-yard drive highlighted by rushes of 10 and 13 yards by Jamaal Williams and Paul Lasike, respectively.

BSU’s Shane Williams-Rhodes had 40-yard punt return to give the Broncos the ball at the Cougars’ 22-yard line. Two short rushes and an incomplete pass set up a fourth and five, but quarterback Grant Hedrick escaped for a nine-yard run to pick up the first down after nearly being sacked. On third and goal from the five, Hedrick ran up the middle for the Broncos’ first touchdown of the game to make it 31-13.

With just over two minutes left in the quarter, Hedrick completed a nine-yard pass to Geraldo Boldewijn, but Boldewijn was hit by linebacker Uani ‘Unga, forcing the ball loose. Kyle Van Noy recovered the fumble giving the Cougars the ball on the BSU 29-yard line. The Bronco defense held the Cougars to a 34-yard field goal by Justin Sorensen to give the Cougars a 34-13 lead.

On the first drive of the second half, the Cougars took the ball to BSU’s 34 before stalling and being forced to punt. The Broncos got a 61-yard run by Jay Ajayi to move the ball inside the BYU 20. After three straight rushes, BSU was forced to settle for a field goal. Dan Goodale split the uprights to cut the lead to 24-6.

With 30 seconds left in the quarter, Hedrick sailed a pass that was intercepted by safety Skye PoVey to give the Cougars the ball back at the BSU 48-yard line. 

BYU up 24-3 at half

Oct 25, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 7:38 pm | Permalink

Cody Hoffman’s 4-yard touchdown with 44 seconds left in the half broke the all-time record for touchdowns by a BYU receiver and gave the Cougars a 24-3 lead. The score was set up by a BYU fumble recovery. After an 11-yard catch and run by Shane Williams-Rhodes, BYU safety Craig Bills forced a fumble that was recovered by the Cougars at the BSU 39-yard line.

The Cougars outgained the Broncos 376 to 202 in the half, and BYU quarterback Taysom Hill was 21 of 28 with 253 yards and two touchdowns. Hill also rushed for one touchdown and 53 yards.

Earlier in the quarter, Hoffman’s 35-yard reception moved the ball to the BSU 37 and on the next play, Ross Apo hauled in a 37-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 17-3.

With 4:50 left in the half, the Broncos got their first score of the game. After BYU punter Scott Arellano pinned the Broncos at their own 9-yard line, Jay Ajayi rushed six times to help BSU on a 14-play, 76-yard drive that ended in a 33-yard field goal by Dan Goodale to cut the deficit to 10-3.

On BSU’s first possession of the second, the Broncos got a 34-yard completion from Matt Miller to Shane Williams-Rhodes to move the ball to the BYU 11-yard line. On fourth and one, BSU tried a quarterback sneak but was stopped short by BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy to give the ball back to the Cougars.

On the first play of the quarter, Justin Sorensen capped off a 14-play, 56-yard drive with a 28-yard field goal to give the Cougars a 10-0 lead.

BYU leads BSU 7-0 after one

Oct 25, 2013 - Posted by Justin Green at 6:45 pm | Updated: October 25, 2013 6:46 pm | Permalink

The Cougars scored the first points of the game and lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Midway through the first, the BYU defense forced a three-and-out, but a 62-yard punt by Sean Wale pinned the Cougars inside their own 20.  The Cougars  moved the ball down the field with a 21-yard completion to J.D. Falslev and 22-yard pass to Kanaeaku Friel. Taysom Hill’s 20-yard touchdown run finished the drive and Justin Sorensen’s extra point gave the Cougars a 7-0 lead.

After forcing another three-and-out, the Cougars ended the quarter by marching down to the 10-yard line, highlighted by long completions to Friel and Mitch Matthews.

The Broncos’ opening drive ended with a turnover on downs at the BYU 35-yard line. On the ensuing possession, the Cougars marched down the field on back-to-back completions to Jamaal Williams and a 17-yard run by Alge Brown. A fourth-down conversion put BYU inside the BSU 20, but two false starts and an incompletion forced the Cougars to settle for a field goal attempt. Sorensen missed the 30-yard kick wide left. 

Pregame notes for Boise State

Oct 25, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 5:11 pm | Permalink

BYU vs. Boise State

Tonight's game will mark the fourth meeting between Boise State (5-2) and BYU (5-2), with the Broncos leading the series 3-0. Last year, the Cougars fell 7-6 in a hard fought defensive battle in Boise, Idaho. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:06 p.m. MDT and will be broadcast on ESPN.

Both BYU and Boise State are two of the winningest programs since 2005 (the start of the Bronco Mendenhall era). Boise ranks No. 1 with 98 wins and BYU comes in at No. 12 with 79 wins during that period. The two teams are also among the nations leaders with most wins against a BCS opponent by a non-automatic qualifying BCS school since 2003. BYU is second with 16 wins and Boise State is fourth with 10.

National Award

This week, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill was voted as the Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week for his play against Houston. The award is given to the nation's top performer as voted by fans via In the win against Houston, Hill threw for 417 yards, including four touchdowns and rushed for 128 yards. He became just the seventh QB in NCAA history to ever throw for 400+ and run for 100+ in a game.


Wide receiver Skyler Ridley has been suspended for the first half of the game due to a block deemed by the officials as targeting, which occured in the third quarter against Houston. He will play in the second half.

Looking back at past Cougar Tipoffs

Oct 23, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:23 am | Updated: October 23, 2013 10:26 am | Permalink

Tonight is the first time Cougar fans will have a chance to see the BYU men's basketball team in full court action at the annual Papa John's Cougar Tipoff at 7 p.m. in the Marriott Center. It will also be broadcast live on

If you're wondering if an intrasquad scrimmage is worth your time, here's a look back at some past Cougar Tipoffs that have had their fair share of exciting moments.

Last season, Tyler Haws scored 26 points for the Blue Team in his first action since returning from his two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines. Matt Carlino added 19 points, six rebounds and eight assists and Nate Austin had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Blue Team won 84-70. And don't forget about this dunk by Josh Sharp.

In 2011-12, Noah Hartsock posted a double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Blue Team to a 74-71 win over the White Team. The Blue Team looked like it was going to coast to an easy win before the White Team went on an 11-0 run to tie the score at 65-all.

The 2010-11 scrimmage was perhaps the most competitive and exciting Tipoff in recent memory as Jimmer Fredette hit a fall-away 3-pointer to tie the score at the end of regulation. He finished with 26 points to lead the White Team to a 62-56 win.

Why is tonight's game worth your time? You'll get to see returning stars Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino. You'll see the versatile Kyle Collinsworth in a fullcourt game for the first time since 2011. You might see Boom Shakalaka 3-point champ Skyler Halford drain some high-arcing threes. You'll see the freshmen connection of Frank Bartley IV, Eric Mika and Luke Worthington for the first time. You might also win prizes from Papa John's or a bike from Mad Dog Cycles. And you will definitely have the chance to get autographs from the team after the game.

Ella Johnson's goal makes WCC Top Plays

Oct 22, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 5:37 pm | Permalink

Freshman defender Ella Johnson's second goal of the seasson came on a header off a Marissa Nimmer corner kick in BYU's 2-0 win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday. It came in at No. 5 on the West Coast Conference's Top Plays from the past week.

NCAA All-Access with Cloee: Rockwood's 300th win

Oct 22, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 9:59 am | Permalink

Check out All-Access with Cloee Colohan as the players and administration talk about BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood's 300th win.

Inside the WCC honors coach Rockwood's 300th victory

Oct 17, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 10:02 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood was part of Inside the WCC this week thanks to her 300th career victory last Thursday against San Francisco. Watch the video below.