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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 NCAA.com.

http://www.ncaa.com/video#!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 CollegeSportsMadness.com. 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. 

BYU vs. Texas third quarter

Sep 07, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 9:40 pm | Updated: September 7, 2013 9:47 pm | Permalink

With a 34-yard rush from running back Jamaal Williams on its last drive, BYU broke the single-game rushing record in school history and took a 40-21 lead into the fourth. The previous record was 465 yards against Montana in 1958. The 485 rushing yards BYU picked up are also the most Texas has allowed in school history. 

Texas started the half looking strong on offense, but on third and eight linebacker Kyle Van Noy came through the line to pick up a sack for a loss of nine to end the drive.  

BYU turned around and scored for a 34-14 lead with quarterback Taysom Hill running in for another touchdown. The 26-yard score, his third of the game, set a new career high for rushing touchdowns for Hill. Receiver Cody Hoffman also highlighted the drive with a 31-yard reception.

Texas answered with an 83-yard drive to close the gap to 34-21. On the ensuing drive, Justin Sorensen put more points on the board for BYU with a 36-yard field goal. 

The Longhorns began another drive picking up 15 yards, but defensive end Bronson Kaufusi batted down a pass on second down and safety Daniel Sorensen broke up a deep pass to end the drive.

Sorensen connected on his fourth field goal of the night to put BYU up 40-21. It's the first time BYU has made four or more field goals in a game since 2000 vs. Utah. 

BYU vs. Texas second quarter

Sep 07, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 8:36 pm | Updated: September 7, 2013 8:44 pm | Permalink

BYU entered halftime with a 27-14 lead over Texas with quarterback Taysom Hill leading the way. Hill continued to run past Texas in the second quarter, outgaining the Longhorns in rushing yards 166 - 59 in the half. His 166 rushing yards are a career-high and are the most in a game by a quarterback since Brandon Doman in 2001 (164 yards). 

Kyle Van Noy brought the heat on defense, leading both teams with three quarterback hurries as the Cougars held Texas to 206 total yards in the half. BYU racked up 411 total yards. 

The Longhorns struck first in the second on a 76-yard drive capped off by a 2-yard run from running back Joe Bergeron to take a 14-10 lead.

Hill took advantage of a Texas penalty that extended the BYU drive and ran into the end zone from 20 yards out to tie his career high for rushing touchdowns (two). The score pushed BYU back on top 17-14.

BYU struck again on a nine-play, 59-yard scoring drive to extend its lead to 24-14. Running back Paul Lasike led the attack with 42 yards on the ground and the 10-yard rushing score.

Kicker Justin Sorensen connected on a 32-yard field goal to end the half and give BYU the 27-14 advantage heading into the locker room. The drive was highlighted by a 36-yard rush from running back Jamaal Williams. Williams ended the half with 108 rushing yards.