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Game 2: BYU Cougars vs. Weber State
BYU will host Weber State on Saturday, Sep. 8. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live from LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah, on BYUtv, and KSL Radio 1160 AM, 102.7 FM and ksl.com.
Fans should tune into the live Countdown to Kickoff pregame show at 12 p.m. MT on BYUtv and BYUtvsports.com. Also tune in to BYUtv and BYUtvsports.com for the live postgame show following conclusion of the game. Pregame radio coverage will begin at 11:00 a.m. MT on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM and BYU Radio (SiriusXM channel 143).
Digitally, the game will also be available live on byutv.org.
BYU (1-0) vs. Weber State (0-1)
Sep. 8, 2012 1:00 p.m.
LaVell Edwards Stadium
Complete game notes for BYU vs. Weber State
JUST DOWN THE ROAD
This is just the third time BYU and Weber State will play despite being just 80 miles apart. The Cougars and Wildcats met two times in the 1970’s with BYU grabbing both victories by an average score of 47-9. The Cougars won the last meeting in 1979 48-3 in Provo.
Bronco Mendenhall and the Cougars have won five consecutive games dating back to 2011. It is tied for third-longest streak in the nation behind TCU (8) and Baylor (7). BYU’s longest streak in program history is 25 games, spanning from 1983-1985, including the 1984 National Championship season.
VS. THE BIG SKY
BYU has played eight of the current Big Sky teams, last losing to one in 1959. The Cougars hold a 38-16-2 record over the current Big Sky, last winning against Idaho State 56-3 in 2011 and last losing to Montana 12-0 in 1959.
BYU notched its first win of the season with a senior quarterback in Riley Nelson. The last 11 senior starting signal callers have put together a 118-23-2 record since 1977, a winning percentage of .831. That’s an average of almost 11 wins per season. Steve Sarkisian led BYU to an NCAA record 14 victories in 1996. Ty Detmer and Kevin Feterik tied for the lowest win total in a senior season, still nabbing eight victories apiece. Weber State also has a senior quarterback in Mike Hoke.
BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman has a reception streak of 20 games and counting, the 19th longest streak in the nation. Weber State’s wideout Shaydon Kehano has a grab in 10 consecutive games for the Wildcats.
TIES TO THE WILDCATS
The Cougars have two staff members with ties to Weber State, secondary coach Nick Howell and defensive graduate assistant Jason Kaufusi. Howell graduated from Weber State in 2005 and Kaufusi spent two years coaching the defensive ends for the Wildcats.
WATCH OUT HERE I COME
BYU has at least one player on the following award watch lists: Biletnikoff (WR - Hoffman), Butkus (LB - Kaveinga), Lombardi (Line or LB - Hansen, Van Noy), Maxwell (Outstanding Player - QB Nelson), Nagurski (Best Defensive Player - Van Noy), Davey O’Brien (QB - Nelson), Doak Walker (RB - Alisa), Outland (Lineman - Hansen) and Ray Guy (P - Stephenson).
TIGHT END TIME
Tight end Kaneakua Friel caught six passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns. His two touchdown receptions in a single game are the first by a BYU tight end since Dennis Pitta in 2009 in a 38-21 BYU victory vs. Air Force. That game was also the last time a tight end had 100 receiving yards (111).
Since Bronco Mendenhall has taken over the defensive coordinating duties again (21 games dating back to 2010), BYU has allowed an average of 92.5 rushing yards per game. That mark is bested by only one other team, Alabama.