BYU Athletics Blog

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. 

Friel receives National Tight End of the Week accolades, Johnson DB of the Week honorable mention

Sep 03, 2012 - Posted by at 8:34 pm | Updated: September 3, 2012 8:47 pm | Permalink

BYU tight end Kaneakua Friel has been named the College Football Performance Awards National Tight End of the Week for his play in BYU's season-opening 30-6 victory over Washington State. Cougar defensive back Jordan Johnson received honorable mention for Defensive Back of the Week. 

A junior from Kaneohe, Hawaii, Friel established career highs with six receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns in BYU’s 30-6 victory over Washington State at LaVell Edwards Stadium.  In only his second start, Friel became the first BYU tight end since Dennis Pitta in 2009 to record 100-plus receiving yards and multiple TDs in a single game.   

Johnson, a sophomore from Springfield, Mass., made his first career start facing Washington State All-American receiver Marquess Wilson and Mike Leach's "Air Raid" offense. Johnson held Wilson to four receptions while totaling four solo tackles, one pass breakup and one interception, which he returned 64 yards to set up a BYU score.

College Football Performance Awards are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific criteria examining how individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. 

Online award and new rankings

Sep 03, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:08 am | Updated: September 5, 2012 10:40 am | Permalink

Senior Carlee Payne Holmoe was recognized on TopDrawerSoccer.com's Team of the Week after her performance against No. 11 Long Beach State and Colorado College. 

TopDrawerSoccer.com ranks BYU at No. 39, in their Top 64 rankings, after its winning week and, now, 4-1-0 record.

Holmoe helped lead BYU to back-to-back shutouts at home and an undefeated home record to start the season. She recorded the gamewinner against the top-ranked 49ers to give the Cougars the 1-0 victory and an assist on BYU's first goal against Colorado College en route to a 2-0 win. 

The Cougars are also ranked No. 24 in this week's Top 25 from Soccer America

BYU plays at home on Thursday, Sept. 6, against No. 6 Penn State. The game begins at 7 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel. 

Patch continues to dominate in NORCECA Championship

Sep 01, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 6:42 pm | Permalink

The U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team secured its spot in the 2012 NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship (U-21) finals by defeating Puerto Rico 25-15, 25-16, 25-20 in Friday evening’s semifinal match at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

BYU men's volleyball incoming freshman Ben Patch led the U.S. with 16 points off of 13 kills and three blocks. With the win the U.S. (4-0), defending tournament champion, secured a spot in Saturday’s finals match against Canada. The top three finishing teams in the NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship earn berths into the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Men's Junior World Championship.

For a complete match recap and pictures, check out the article on teamusa.org.

Jr. National Team advances to NORCECA semifinals

Aug 31, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 11:40 am | Updated: September 2, 2012 12:09 am | Permalink

BYU’s freshman Ben Patch and the U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team routed Mexico 25-18, 25-18, 25-20 to capture Pool A in 2012 NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship (U-21).

With the win the U.S. (3-0) secured a spot in the semifinals Friday, bypassing the quarterfinal round. The top three finishing teams in the NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship earn berths into the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Men's Junior World Championship.

Opposite Patch delivered continuous shots from the right side for a match-high 12 kills, two blocks and 14 points. Patch started all three sets and built on the successful set-and-attack from the hands of team captain and setter Micah Christenson.

“Micah and I spoke before the match and we talked about wanting to find a connection tonight,” Patch said. “We figured that tonight would be the best night to bring it out since Mexico is a good team and we knew that if we played our game we would be contenders and we obviously showed that.”

For a complete game recap of the match and pictures, check out the story on teamusa.org.

Fourth Quarter: BYU vs. Washington State

Aug 30, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 11:43 pm | Updated: August 31, 2012 3:51 pm | Permalink

It was a record night for multiple BYU wide receivers. Junior Cody Hoffman brought his consecutive games of catching a pass to 20 and ended the night with three receptions and 46 yards.  Junior Skyler Ridley’s touchdown reception in the first quarter was his first career catch. He finished the night with 54 yards on six catches.

Defensively, BYU held WSU to under 300 yards of total offense, which marks the seventh-consecutive game BYU has held its opponents to under 300 total yards. BYU also held WSU to under 10 yards rushing. The last time they held an opponent to under 10 yards was against UTEP in 2010.

For pictures of the game, check out BYU football’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487966127880355.113800.150809581596013&type=3.

Score BYU 30 WSU 6

Third Quarter: BYU vs. Washington State

Aug 30, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 11:06 pm | Updated: August 30, 2012 11:07 pm | Permalink

Washington State took charge of the ball to start the half but gave it away quickly with an interception pass to BYU’s Jordan Johnson. The catch marked Johnson’s third career interception. Last year, BYU’s defense combined for 13 interceptions and held opponents to 13 touchdowns. Tonight, the defense has held Washington State to zero touchdowns and already picked up two interceptions.

On the offensive side of the football, BYU scored two field goals in the quarter. Under Bronco Mendenhall, BYU has averaged 18 points per game in its home openers but have almost doubled that output tonight. This game also marks the first time that a tight end (Friel) has had two touchdowns and over 100 yards since Dennis Pitta in 2009 against Air Force.

For pictures of the game, check out BYU football’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487966127880355.113800.150809581596013&type=3.

Score: BYU 30 WSU 6

Second Quarter: BYU vs. Washington State

Aug 30, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 10:09 pm | Updated: August 31, 2012 12:40 am | Permalink

BYU struck early in the second when quarterback Taysom Hill came in to finish off the drive with an 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kaneakua Friel. The play marked Hill's first collegiate appearance. After their own 57-yard drive, Washington State answered back to put themselves on the scoreboard with a 47-yard field goal.

BYU came back with another successful drive to set up kicker Riley Stephenson for a 28-yard field goal to put the home team up by 14. Following the score, BYU’s defense held Washington State to a three and out, gaining good field position on the punt. Kaneakua Friel then scored touchdown No. 3 for BYU on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Nelson.  Washington State fought back to end the quarter, ending the half on a 53-yard drive for a field goal.

For pictures of the game, check out BYU football’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487966127880355.113800.150809581596013&type=3.

Score: BYU 24 WSU 6

First Quarter: BYU vs. Washington State

Aug 30, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 9:14 pm | Updated: August 31, 2012 12:44 am | Permalink

BYU’s defense was forced to go to work early with Washington State on the offensive. After marching 60 yards, the Washington State offense found themselves at 3rd and 11 on BYU's 20-yard line. With the pressure mounting, Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel rolled out of the pocket to find an open receiver but instead found BYU linebacker Uona Kaveinga to send the favor back to BYU.

BYU made the most of the turnover and pushed 80 yards on ten plays to score the first touchdown of the game. Riley Nelson found wide receiver Skyler Ridley in the back of the end zone for the first score.

For pictures of the game, check out BYU football’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487966127880355.113800.150809581596013&type=3.

Score: BYU 7 WSU 0