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Lindsi Cutshall re-signs with Sky Blue FC

Nov 17, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 11:43 am | Updated: November 17, 2014 11:44 am | Permalink

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Former Cougar Lindsi Cutshall re-signed with Sky Blue FC of the NWSL where she has played the last two seasons since being drafted fourth overall in January of 2013.

Cutshall started in 11 of the 14 games she played this season and scored three goals on just five shots from her central defender position. Cutshall played eight games her rookie season at Sky Blue FC when the team went 10-6-6 to make the playoffs. 

"All players take a full season to adjust to the level of play in the NWSL, and Lindsi has reached that point,” Sky Blue FC head coach and technical director Jim Gabarra said. “Our expectations are for her to have a breakout season in 2015.”

The NWSL season will begin in March and take a two-week break for the Women's World Cup in June.

Cutshall helped lead BYU to the Elite Eight in 2012 as she became the first MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist in BYU history. That year BYU went 20-2-2 and were unbeaten in 20 straight games before falling in the second overtime to North Carolina in the NCAA tournament. Cutshall scored three goals and made two assists in addition to playing the most minutes in a season by a Cougar in the past seven seasons.

For more information, read Sky Blue FC's release.

BYU defeats UNLV 42-23

Nov 15, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:46 pm | Permalink

BYU defeated UNLV 42-23 to improve to 6-4 and to become bowl eligible. Both teams were scoreless in the fourth quarter.

Christian Stewart kept the crowd energized in the fourth quarter after scrambling around charging defenders to rush for 16 yards. In that same drive, Adam Hine rushed for 24 yards.

BYU had 592 total yards, 325 passing yards and 267 rushing yards. Stewart threw 18 of 32 for 325 yards and three touchdowns. Mitch Mathews led the receivers with 120 yards and one touchdown. Paul Lasike had three touchdowns and 70 yards.

BYU up 42-22 after third quarter

Nov 15, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:01 pm | Permalink

BYU kicked off the second half by scoring a touchdown on its first possession. Devin Mahina caught a 15-yard touchdown after charging into the end zone while dragging the UNLV defender. The Cougars went up 28-13 over the Rebels with 13:25 left in the third quarter.

Logan Taele played tough defense in the third quarter. He tipped a pass to stop the Rebels from converting on third down. After UNLV recovered BYU’s fumbled punt return, Taele had a quarterback hurry that prevented UNLV from scoring a touchdown. The Rebels were held to a 33-yard field goal, making the score 28-16 with 11:11 left in the third.

Paul Lasike scored his third touchdown of the game after a 26-yard reception to put the Cougars up 35-16 with 5:42 left in the third quarter. This is Lasike’s first game scoring three or more touchdowns. Christian Stewart set up the touchdown after keeping the ball for a 25-yard run.

The Rebels answered back with a touchdown from 4th-and-7 after a 40-yard reception from Devonte Boyd to make the score 35-22 with 1:57 left in the third quarter. UNLV made up lost yards from an intentional grounding penalty when back-up quarterback Jared Lebowitz’s pass was complete to Keith Whitely for 22 yards.

Mitch Mathews scored his first touchdown of the game after an 8-yard reception from Stewart. A 35-yard reception by Jordan Leslie set the Cougars up. BYU went up 42-22 with 1:31 left in the third quarter.

Cougars up 21-13 at the half

Nov 15, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 6:42 pm | Permalink

The Cougars had two big defensive plays in a row in the second quarter to stop the Rebels. Graham Rowley sacked UNLV quarterback Blake Decker for a loss of eight yards. In the play immediately following, Kai Nacua had his second interception of the season when he picked off Decker and ran for 32 yards with 10:20 left in the first half.

BYU extended its lead to 14-3 after Paul Lasike rushed eight yards for a touchdown with 6:18 left in the second quarter. The scoring drive was set up by a Christian Stewart’s 48 yard pass to Mitch Mathews that put the Cougars at the 17-yard line.

With 5:32 left in the half, Shaquille Murray-Lawrence rushed 68 yards for UNLV’s first touchdown to make the score 14-10. In the following play, the Rebels’ Jonathan Leiva recovered the short kick on the kickoff. UNLV kicked a field goal to put the team within one, 14-13, with 3:00 left in the second quarter.

Lasike rushed for his second touchdown of the night after Stewart started rushing and pitched it back to him. That scoring drive was highlighted by a 20-yard kickoff return by Lasike and a 21-yard reception by Mathews. The touchdown pushed BYU’s lead back up to 21-13 with 1:23 left in the half.

BYU leads UNLV 7-3 after first quarter

Nov 15, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 5:49 pm | Permalink

UNLV scored the first points of the game on a field goal by Jonathan Leiva from 46 yards. The Rebels set up the field goal after quarterback Blake Decker threw a pass to Devante Davis for 11 yards, and Shaquille Murray-Lawrence rushed twice for a total of eight yards.

Jordan Leslie rushed 30 yards for BYU’s first touchdown of the game to lead 7-3 with 7:25 left in the first quarter. Quarterback Christian Stewart threw for 58 yards on the drive, including a 34 yard throw Colby Pearson before the receiver was taken off the field with an injury. 

Stewart threw 7 of 12 for 112 yards in the first quarter.

BYU beats Long Beach State in season opener, 95-90

Nov 14, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 7:18 pm | Permalink

BYU beat Long Beach State 95-90 at the Marriott Center on Friday in a game that had a total of 24 3-pointers made.

BYU started off the second half with a 7-0 run after Nate Austin nailed a three and Tyler Haws and Kyle Collinsworth both contributed points in the paint. The Cougars led 53-47 with 18:45 left, forcing the 49ers to call a timeout. A 3-pointer from Chase Fischer energized the team and the crowd. Fischer then got a steal and an assist off of a jump shot from Skyler Halford, which made the score 71-66 with 8:29 left.

Haws led the team in scoring with 21 points. Halford scored 18 points on 5 of 7 shooting (6 of 6 from the free-throw line) and also dished out seven assists. Austin led the rebounding effort for the Cougars with nine to go along with his six points. In his debut in a BYU uniform, Fischer scored 17 points, shooting 4 of 8 from beyond the arc.

BYU down 47-46 to Long Beach State at the half

Nov 14, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 6:06 pm | Permalink

BYU lead 9-5 at the first timeout with 15:40 left in the game. Tyler Haws started the game shooting 3 of 3 from the field, two of which were shots from beyond the arc. Anson Winder had a block to stop a breakaway LBS bucket. The 49ers went on a 7-2 run to put them within one of the Cougars, 20-19 with 12:10 left.

BYU fired back after the timeout. Chase Fischer nailed a 3-pointer and Winder earned three points after getting hit at the basket after making a layup and the free throw to put the Cougars up 28-24 with 10:13 left in the half.

After a three from McKay LaSalle and two made free throws by Temidayo Yussuf, the 49ers took the lead for the first time, 29-28 with 7:44 in the half. Frank Bartley IV’s jumper and Winder’s basket tied the game at 35 all with 5:35 left.

Skyler Halford and Isaac Neilson were both fouled with less than two minutes left in the game. They made their free throws to take the 46-44 lead with 1:04 left. LaSalle nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give LBS the 47-46 lead going into the half.

Fischer leads the Cougars in scoring with 9 points. LBS’s LaSalle leads all scorers with 12, shooting 4 of 7 from beyond the arc.

Six Cougars receive postseason awards from CollegeSportsMadness.com

Nov 10, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 9:51 am | Updated: December 1, 2014 3:14 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Sophomore forward Ashley Hatch was named to CollegeSportsMadness.com's All-America Second Team, while four other Cougars and head coach Jennifer Rockwood were honored on the website's All-Conference teams.

Hatch was one of four forwards on the All-America Second Team. She finished with 18 goals and six assists on the season and is currently tied for sixth in the nation in total goals and eighth in total points.

Rockwood was named Coach of the Year in the West Coast Conference by CollegeSportsMadness.com, while Hatch, sophomore midfielder Elena Medeiros and sophomore foward Michele Murphy each made the WCC First Team. Medeiros finished the season with five goals and seven assists and started every game, while Murphy started all but one and recorded six goals and six assists. 

Senior defender Annie Amos and senior forward Niki Fernandes were selected to the WCC Second Team. Amos played every second so far this season as the only returning starter on a defense that finished with 10 shutouts. Fernandes finished with five goals and seven assists after receiving a sixth year of eligibility.

CollegeSportsMadness.com All-America Teams

CollegeSportsMadness.com All-WCC Honors

ICYMI: Awards Recap

Nov 04, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 1:59 pm | Updated: November 4, 2014 2:05 pm | Permalink

In case you missed it, senior punter Scott Arellano and junior linebacker Teu Kautai were recently recognized for their outstanding play.

Friday, Arellano was named a Ray Guy Award candidate, an honor given to the nation's best punter. Following his outstanding performance against Middle Tennessee, he earned FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week, Honorable Mention Punter of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards and the Ray Guy Award Player of the Week.

The senior had seven punts for 324 yards, averaging 46.3 yards per punt in the Cougars' 27-7 victory against the Blue Raiders Saturday. Five of his punts were marked inside the 20-yard line with no touchbacks. Arellano's 81-yard punt in the fourth quarter broke a BYU record for longest punt, set in 1983 by former NFL punter Lee Johnson. It was also the longest punt nationally this season. He now has two of the longest three punts in the nation with 81 and 76 yards, respectively.

Kautai also stepped up big in the win over Middle Tennessee, earning CFPA Honorable Mention Linebacker of the Week. The junior recorded the first three sacks of his career, becoming the fifth BYU player with three sacks in a game since the NCAA began tracking official defensive statistics in 2000. His first two sacks came on third down, forcing the Blue Raiders to punt. His third sack came on second down and 11 yards to go from Middle Tennessee’s own 12-yard line.

BYU football travels on Halloween, gears up for Middle Tennessee

Oct 31, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 10:52 pm | Updated: November 1, 2014 12:12 am | Permalink

Following team and positions meetings and a team walk-through in Provo Halloween morning, the BYU football team boarded a charter for the flight east and across the Mississippi River, eventually arriving in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 

After check-in at the team hotel, coaches and players met with the CBS Sports broadcast crew to provide insights into Cougar football. After dinner the team hopped onto busses and went to Central Magnet School for the traditional fireside the night before the game. 

The audience was highlighted by people who drove hours to see the team. To preface his question in the Q&A session, one gentleman mentioned he drove his family five and a half hours to Murfreesboro. Another said the time traveled from North Carolina was seven and half hours.

Kicking off the fireside was defensive lineman Logan Taele. He related a personal experience and spoke about how he learned what it takes to be happy as he learned from the example of his grandparents and read the Book of Mormon. Senior receiver Jordan Leslie, celebrating his birthday, spoke about the meaining of a scripture from Psalms as he spoke at a fireside for the first time. Director of Operations Zach Nyborg then bore his testimony about the enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Nyborg served his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the neighboring Knoxville mission.

A special musical number followed; the Primary song "When I Am Baptized" was performed by a collection of players including Kurt Henderson, Solomone Kafu, Michael Alisa, Graham Rowley, Andrew Mikkelsen and Harvey Langi.

The question and answer portion of the meeting featured topics including what it's like to be part of BYU football, what firesides do for the team, how to prepare for missions and the importance of trusting parents.

Coach Bronco Mendenhall concluded the meeting with his remarks as he expressed sincere appreciation for fans willing to travel great distances to seek spiritual upliftment and to support BYU football.

Fans then enjoyed mingling with the players for a few minutes, asking for autographs and taking advantage of photo opportunities.

The busses then shuttled the team over to nearby Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium. The team walked around on the field and took pictures before heading back to the hotel for the night.

BYU will take on Middle Tennessee Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT on CBS Sports Network.  Select the following link for TV viewing information.