(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
The Cougars won their seventh game by defeating the Idaho State Bengals 59-13. BYU is now 7-3 this season, 537-391-26 all-time and 5-0 against Idaho State. The win marks the eighth consecutive winning season for BYU dating back to the 2006 season.
The 13 points mark the lowest output by an opponent since the bowl game last season when San Diego State only scored six points.
Twenty-two seniors played in their last game at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Running backs Adam Hine and Algernon Brown carried the team and special teams flags. Derik Stevenson carried the alumni flag. Stevenson played linebacker at BYU from 1995-98.
Official attendance for tonight’s game was 58,645.
The Cougars scored 59 points, the most since a 59-21 win over UNLV in 2009.
Six different players scored touchdowns in the game, the most since seven players scored against Idaho State in 2011, including five different players in the second quarter. Since 1977, BYU has never had five players score a touchdown in the same quarter.
The Cougars scored 35 points in the second quarter, the most since 2008 when BYU scored 35 against UCLA. Since 1977, BYU has only scored 35 in a quarter three times. The first instance was vs. Washington State in 1990 with 36 points in the fourth.
BYU gained 578 yards of total offense, the second-highest total this season, averaging 8.4 yards per play. The Cougars rushed for 421 yards and five scores.
The Cougars have not been shutout for 122 consecutive games dating back to 2003.
The Cougars held their opponent to just 287 offensive yards, including 128 through the air. Idaho State averages 335.6 passing yards and 419.6 overall.
The defense forced three turnovers, including an interception for a score, and recorded four sacks. It also notched 13 tackles for loss, the most in one game over the past five seasons.
BYU improves to 16-0 under Bronco Mendenhall when scoring a defensive touchdown.
The sophomore quarterback threw for two touchdowns on 11 for 19 passing. It is the fourth consecutive game he has thrown multiple TDs.
On the first punt return of his career, senior receiver Cody Hoffman notched a 23-yard return. He finished with five returns for 49 yards. He added two catches for 27 yards to increase his receiving records at BYU.
Running back Jamaal Williams tied a personal best with three rushing touchdowns to bring his total to six on the year. He scored his fourth and fifth touchdowns of the season in the first quarter. His second TD came on a career-high 70-yard run. The last time BYU had a player score on a 70-yard (or more) run was Mike Hague in 2006.
Kyle Van Noy
Senior linebacker Kyle Van Noy filled up the stat sheet yet again with two tackles, two tackles for loss, one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries.
Senior receiver Skyler Ridley caught his second TD of the season on a career-high 36-yard reception from Taysom Hill in the second quarter. He ended the game with four catches and 86 receiving yards.
Senior tight end Richard Wilson caught his first pass of the season and second touchdown of his career.
Sophomore running back Adam Hine scored his first career touchdown while adding a personal-best 142 yards on the ground. Hine averaged 14.1 yards per carry on 10 carries.
Freshman Algernon Brown rushed for 61 yards on eight carries, with a career-high long of 23 yards.
Sophomore defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi notched his first career interception and returned it for a touchdown, the first score of his career.
Sophomore Ammon Olsen completed his first pass at BYU. He finished 1 for 2 with four yards.
Sophomore defensive lineman Logan Taele recorded his first stats as a Cougar with two tackles, a fumble recovery two tackles for loss and a sack.
Senior defensive back Mike Hague totaled a team-high seven tackles and two pass breakups, both personal bests.
True freshman safety Kai Nacua came into the game with one career tackle. Against Idaho State, he notched six tackles, including two tackles for loss, and two pass breakups.
Senior defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna recorded his second-career blocked kick, while adding a tackle for loss in his last game at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Sophomore defensive lineman recorded his third sack of the season and also added a tackle for loss.
Freshman Michael Davis finished with five tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass breakup. He previously had two tackles in his career.
Sophomore Trevor Bateman played in his first game at BYU and notched two tackles as a defensive back.
Sophomore defensive lineman Michael Doman doubled his career total tackles with two on the game. He also added 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack.
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall
"I was really impressed with Adam Hine and Algernon Brown and so what we really take away from this is the ability to possibly have those two guys play a little bit more to dispel Jamaal. They added another physical presence and showed that they were capable and trustworthy.”
"We have so much confidence in Jamaal that it's hard to take the ball out of his hands but what this shows is sometimes, especially late in the year, when he's getting the ball, maybe there's a couple more carries for a few other guys."
Looking to Notre Dame
"I would like it to end up being a rivalry that will happen once we do our part of winning enough games. I felt a year ago that we had a great opportunity to win. I look forward to a hard fought game year in and year out and I'd like to play them as much as possible. I think the rivalry makes a lot of sense where the game makes a lot of sense. There's a lot of intrigue for college football and I would love to play them on a yearly basis if possible."
"Manoa Pikula, his status, his place on our team just keeps going up and so I really like what he's doing. We have a young safety Kai Nacua that is starting to emerge a little bit and we might be able to have a little more depth at corner from him.”
On senior day
“It's been a great ride playing in this stadium. We made great memories and great relationships.”
“As far as the defensive line, we were expecting more pressure and more sacks, but other than that, we played well.”
“These next two weeks are going to be crucial for us. We have to stay focused and prepare ourselves even better for next week against Notre Dame.”
On last home game
“It's been surreal with everything that I have overcome and accomplished in my career. It's bittersweet. It hasn’t really set in yet.”
On 2012 Notre Dame game
“It’s stuck with us because we easily could have won--seeing them in the national championship, knowing that we could have and should have beat them, it will be nice to go back this year and hopefully get revenge.”
Kyle Van Noy
On Coach Mendenhall
“I think he’s a good guy. He gets us ready to play every week and he gets us to give all we can. He makes us realize that we’re not just playing football, but that we’re playing football for a reason.”
On 2012 Notre Dame game
“We should have come out with a win I think we’re going in to face a team that’s healed from a bye week. They’re going to be ready to go. I think also we’re hungry too. We’re hungry for success and that’s going to show. It’s going to be a good game. It’s going to be competitive. It’s going to be Midwest team football.”
Idaho State head coach Mike Kramer
On playing BYU two years after a 56-3 defeat
"We've made progress. We're a little better than we were two years ago when we played down here."
On the offensive play
"At wide receiver we didn't play well. I think we had one catch or two catches at wide receiver at halftime and that's not a pass catching offense. Offensively, I thought we ran the ball well at times. We got down there close and couldn't convert and couldn't get a touchdown and gave them a lot of opportunities."
On moving forward next week
"For us it's a matter of making a rebound. We play a rivalry game against a team we haven't had any success with for a long period of time and right now all of our attention is on winning a game in Utah (against Weber State) next week."
On playing at BYU
"It's the marquis program in the mountain west. This is a fun place to play. It's the toughest place to have success and it's just a stylish group of coaches, players and fans. I love coming here and would love to play here all the time."