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Player of the week honors

Oct 01, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:57 pm | Updated: October 1, 2012 2:59 pm | Permalink

College Football Performance Awards

Senior Riley Stephenson received Punt Performer of the Week honorable mention accolades while junior Kyle Van Noy earned Linebacker Performance of the Week honorable mention.

The St. George native booted three punts for 148 yards, including a season-high 61-yard punt, for an average of 49.3 yards. Stephenson is averaging 47.51 yards on the season for a No. 3 national ranking.

The defensive playmaker proved how valuable he is to the No. 5 defense with his performance in BYU's 47-0 against Hawai'i. The Reno, Nev. native posted two sacks, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry in the game to help shut out Hawai'i for the first time since 1998. Van Noy's presence assisted in stopping the Warriors' run game, who were held to 41 yards on the ground. Van Noy is T-2nd in forced fumbles (3), T-3rd in sacks (6.5) and T-7th in tackles for loss (9.5) in the nation.

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

College Sports Madness

BYU running back Jamaal Williams was named Madness Independent Offensive Player of the Week along with BYU cornerback Preston Hadley who earned Madness Indepdent Defensive Player of the Week recognition.

True freshman Williams had a breakout performance coming out of the Cougars' backfield in BYU's 47-0 win over Hawai'i. The 17-year-old rushed for 155 yards to help boost BYU's total offense output. The game was the first time a Cougar ran for 100+ yards since Josh Quezada ran for 101 in the New Mexico Bowl in 2010. The Fontana, Calif. native pushed into the end zone for two score and also caught two passes for 30 yard.

A senior from Pleasant Grove, Utah, Hadley was a defensive difference-maker in helping BYU to a 47-0 shutout of Hawai'i. The shutout was the Cougars' first since 2009 and the first time Hawai'i was shut out since 1998. Hadley recorded six tackles, including a sack, which forced a fumble that set up a BYU touchdown. Hadley also posted a team-high two pass breakups.

Visit College Sports Madness for a complete list of this week's award winners.

Lott IMPACT Player

Senior linebacker Brandon Ogletree earned a spot on this week's notable performance list for the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week award.

The team captain continued to lead the defense in tackles with a game-high seven total tackles in a 47-0 shutout of Hawai'i. Ogletree also rallied for two tackles for loss, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry. The Texas native leads the No. 5 defense with 42 tackles.

The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. The award is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. For more information on the Lott Trophy visit www.LottTrophy.com.

FBS Independent Player of the Week

Freshman quarterback Taysom Hill and Hadley were named the Independent Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respecitvely. For more information, see the official release.

BYU vs. Hawai'i fourth quarter summary

Sep 28, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 9:33 pm | Permalink

Fourth Quarter Summary

BYU continued its rushing domination in the fourth quarter, rushing 70 yards to Hawai’i’s 23.  The Cougars finished with 540 total yards and 396 rushing yards. With a score of 47-0, the game was BYU’s first shutout since 2009. All touchdowns were scored by underclassmen.

Player Standouts

Paul Lasike scored the only touchdown of the fourth quarter.

Ross Apo led the team with 27 receiving yards and Jamaal Williams led the game with 155 rushing yards. Taysom Hill finished with two touchdowns, 143 rushing yards and 112 passing yards.

Highlights

Lasike recorded his second touchdown of the night, rushing one yard into the end zone, bringing the score to its final 47-0.

Find photos of the game on the BYU Football Facebook page.

BYU vs. Hawai'i third quarter summary

Sep 28, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 8:58 pm | Permalink

Third Quarter Summary

Three touchdowns highlighted the third quarter as BYU rushed for 71 yards, bringing the Cougars’ game total to 326. This is their first game with more than 300 rushing yards since playing against San Diego State in 2007. BYU scored 20 points in the third quarter.

Player Standouts

With his third-quarter touchdown, Jamaal Williams now has two touchdowns this game. He reached triple digits in rushing yards in the third quarter with 155 on the game, the first player to rush for more than 100 yards since Josh Quezada. Taysom Hill also had more than 100 rushing yards, clocking in at 143 by the end of the quarter. Kyle Van Noy recorded two sacks during the quarter.

Highlights

Van Noy forced a fumble on a quarterback sack, allowing Spencer Hadley to recover the ball on the Hawai’i 4 yard line early in the quarter. Hawai’i took Hadley down at the 2 ½ yard line, setting up for Williams to take his second touchdown of the night on a three-yard rush. Hill connected with Devin Mahina for a 12-yard touchdown to bring the score to 34-0. A Hawai’i fumble forced by Preston Hadley gave Bronson Kaufusi the chance to recover the ball for the Cougars. BYU ended the quarter with Paul Lasike running into the end zone to bring the score to 40-0.

For photos, visit the football Facebook page.

BYU vs. Hawai'i second quarter summary

Sep 28, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 7:52 pm | Updated: September 28, 2012 8:10 pm | Permalink

Second Quarter Summary

The Cougars launched the second quarter with a bang, scoring another touchdown on the first play of the quarter. After a touchdown by Taysom Hill, the BYU defense forced a Hawai’i fumble. The defense only allowed one Hawai’i first down in the quarter, holding the Warriors to 51 yards in the quarter while the BYU offense took 82 yards.

Player Standouts

Ross Apo had his first touchdown of the season in the first minute of the quarter on a 22-yard pass from Hill. Hill continued to shine with a touchdown of his own on a 68-yard run. Jamaal Williams had 54 yards in the second quarter.

Highlights

After a touchdown pass to Apo to open the quarter, Hill brought the crowd to its feet with a 68-yard quarterback carry, the longest rush of the year for BYU to put the score at 20-0.

Find pictures on the football Facebook page.

BYU vs. Hawai'i first quarter summary

Sep 28, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 7:06 pm | Updated: September 28, 2012 7:11 pm | Permalink

Quarter Summary

BYU offense under the direction of freshman Taysom Hill tallied 173 yards in the first quarter, leading to a touchdown by Jamaal Williams. The defense kept up the pressure with 14 tackles, sending the team into the second quarter with a 7-0 lead.

Player Standouts

Hill recorded 63 passing yards in his first quarter at starting quarterback and Brandon Ogletree had five tackles to lead the defense.

Highlights

Following Williams’ two-yard touchdown rush, Hawai’i briefly had the ball before Daniel Sorensen picked off a pass from quarterback Sean Schroeder. Hawai’i got the ball back with its own interception by Ne’Quan Phillips with just over five minutes left in the quarter but the Warriors were unable to score.

For photos visit the BYU football Facebook page.

Inside look at a men's cross country practice

Sep 26, 2012 - Posted by Mason Porter at 4:13 pm | Permalink

No. 3 BYU men's cross country was featured on today's Workout Wednesday on Flotrack.org. Visit the Flotrack website to get an inside look at the Cougars' workout routine as they prepare for their upcoming meets.

Follow the cross country team on Twitter to get more inside looks from Flotrack.

BYU for the non-LDS student athlete

Sep 26, 2012 - Posted by Mason Porter at 11:26 am | Permalink

Flotrack.org caught up with junior distance runner Conner Peloquin to talk about what it's like to be in the minority at BYU as a non-LDS student athlete.

"Non-Mormon or Mormon, I think this is the place to be," Peloquin said. "Especially if you want to run fast."

See the full interview at Flotrack's website and hear Peloquin talk about the benefits of being a Cougar.

Opponent previews: Tennessee State

Sep 25, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:04 pm | Updated: September 25, 2012 2:06 pm | Permalink

Starting today and continuing until the start of the regular season on Nov. 9, we will give a short synopsis of all of BYU's opponents here on the BYU Basketball Blog.

Tennessee State

Coach: Travis Williams

2011-12 record: 20-13

Ohio Valley conference record: 11-5, 2nd

Postseason: CollegeInsider.com First Round, lost to Mercer

Links

Top Returners
Robert Covington 6-9 F Sr. 17.8 ppg 7.9 rpg
Patrick Miller 6-1 G Jr. 10.8 ppg 3.6 apg
Kellen Thornton 6-7 F Sr. 9.1 ppg 4.5 rpg
Jordan Cyphers 6-4 G Sr. 8.0 ppg 1.7 rpg

Up Close: Joe Sampson

Sep 25, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 1:47 pm | Permalink

Our next 'Up Close' senior spotlight is No. 1 Joe Sampson, BYU's senior DB from Oakland, Calif.

Nickname: Show Time

Favorite cold cereal: Frosted Flakes

Favorite Bronco Mendenhall Quote: “You can be good or you can be great, it is a choice.”

Before a football game, I: Put my headphones on and enter the “zone”.

How did I spend my off-season: There is no off season!

Who is the best player I’ve ever faced: Rahsaan Vaughn (Oregon Ducks #10 W.R.)

What would I like to do sometime in my life is: I just want to be successful.

If I could play another position, what would it be: Running back was my original position.

Who has had the greatest influence on my football career: My Dad pushed me to be great.

What do I want to be doing 20 years from now: Coaching a successful football team.

How did I select my jersey number: It’s my favorite number, wore it in JUCO.

What is my favorite hobby or activity away from football: Boating.

What is the best book I’ve ever read: Talent is Overrated.

People say I look like: Young Jeezy.

What is my most memorable athletic achievement: Playing in National Championship in junior college.

If I had to give up all of my possessions except one, what would be the one thing I kept and why: My i-phone because technology is taking over my generation. It can do so many things.

My favorite scripture: Phillipians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

My favorite website: www.google.com.

If I were on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” the person I’d call for my lifeline is: Duane Busby. He knows everything.

My advice to youngsters: Whatever you want to do, put forth all your effort.

One rule I’d change in college football is: Endzone celebrations.

On game day my friends and relatives: Call me and wish me good luck.

ESPN adds two games to WAC schedule involving BYU

Sep 24, 2012 - Posted by at 3:39 pm | Permalink

DENVER – ESPN has added two November non-conference games to the WAC schedule, both involving Brigham Young.  The BYU-San Jose State game on Nov. 17 and the BYU-New Mexico State game on Nov. 24 will be shown on either ESPNU or ESPN3.  The specific platform will be determined 12 days out for each game.
 
Kickoff for the San Jose State game is currently set for 1:00 p.m. PT while the New Mexico State game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. MT, but both could change if selected for ESPNU.
 
ESPN also announced that this Saturday’s Louisiana Tech-Virginia game in Charlottesville, Va., will be shown on ESPN3 at 3:30 p.m. ET.  Two other WAC teams will be featured this Saturday on ESPN platforms as Texas State hosts Nevada at 1:00 p.m. CT on the Longhorn Network and Utah State hosts UNLV at 6:00 p.m. MT on ESPN3.