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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.

How to watch BYU vs. Middle Tennessee

Oct 31, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 10:07 am | Permalink

Saturday's matchup between BYU and Middle Tennessee will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network. CBS Sports Network is available on DirecTV Channel 221 (with Choice Extra package), Dish Channel 158 (Classic Silver 200 package) and Comcast Channel 753 in Utah and Salt Lake Counties (Digital Prefered package). For cable channels outside Utah, check with your local provider

Radio broadcast coverage is available through the Cougar IMG Sports Network via BYUcougars.com, Sirius XM 143, KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM and the BYU Cougars app. Radio coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. CDT

BYUtv begins its coverage with Countdown to Kickoff starting at 1:30 p.m. CDT and concluding with the postgame show following the game. Both shows are available on BYUtv, byutvsports.com and BYU Radio.

Live stats will be available on Middle Tennessee's schedule page.

BYU cross country representatives for WCC Championships

Oct 30, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 3:59 pm | Updated: October 30, 2014 4:52 pm | Permalink

The following athletes will be representing BYU women's cross country at the West Coast Conference Championships this Saturday hosted by Santa Clara University. Athletes on the top row from left to right are: Andrea Nelson Harrison, Carrie Jube, Jennica Redd, Makenna Smith. Middle row left to right: Marren Haneberg, Kristi Rush, Alyssa Steed, Kelsey Brown. Bottom row: McKenzie Weir

Following options for BYU vs. Boise State

Oct 24, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 8:46 am | Permalink

The BYU at Boise State game will be broadcast live on ESPN Friday, with kickoff at 7:01 p.m. MDT. Friday's matchup will be BYU's sixth appearance on ESPN and seventh appearance on one of the ESPN family of networks. Fans can also tune in on WatchESPN.

Radio coverage is provided by the Cougar IMG Sports Network, available on Sirius XM 143, KSL 1160 AM or 102.7 FM, BYUcougars.com and the BYU Cougars app. Coverage begins at 5 p.m. MDT.

BYUtv will broadcast its Countdown to Kickoff show starting at 6 p.m. MDT. The postgame show is broadcast after the conclusion of the game. The shows can be streamed live at byutvsports.com.

Follow @BYUCougars on Twitter and the BYU Football Facebook page for updates and photos during the game. Join the conversation using #USUvsBYU. Live stats are also available through Stat Broadcast.

Football travels and preps for Boise State

Oct 23, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 11:39 pm | Updated: October 24, 2014 12:51 am | Permalink

BYU football departed Provo Thursday and continued preparations ahead of Friday night's matchup with Boise State.

After some meetings and practice in the morning, the team took off early in the afternoon on a flight up north to Boise. Following the arrival at the team hotel, ESPN meetings and dinner, busses took the Cougars to the Meridian Idaho East Stake Center for the customary BYU football fireside.

The fireside was broadcast to 15 separate locations in 11 different stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ranging from Mountain Home, Idaho, on the east to La Grande, Oregon, on the west. Recognized for her presence at the fireside was Marjorie Reeve, 96, a former member of the General Relief Society Board. Her late husband Wayne Reeve played for the Cougars from 1939-41. He was co-captain and named to the All-America for colleges with less than 2,500 enrollment, and in 1940 that was Brigham Young University’s situation.

Senior deep snapper Kevin O'Mary led off the fireside as he told his conversion story within the context of a commonly asked question about the choice between faith and football. Junior wide reciever Terenn Houk talked about his personal experiences and testimony. Junior defensive end Remington Peck concluded player remarks, challenging the audience to "do a little more than you think you can."

A musical medley of "Brightly Beams" and "I Need Thee Every Hour" was performed. 

The floor was then opened up for Q & A from audience members. Coach Bronco Mendenhall and players answered questions covering topics such as favorite scriptures, spiritual preparation and serving a mission.

Coach Mendenhall wrapped up the meeting with his remarks, quoting Ether 12:4 and teaching about faith and hope. 

Following the fireside, the team hopped on the busses for the regular stadium walk-through. Players and coaches passed the time on the blue turf, talking with each other and taking photos.