Cougars Rout Tulsa
COUGAR TOWN, Utah (Sept. 9, 2006) BYU's (1-1) high-powered offense was back to form Saturday as six different Cougars found their way into the end zone, leading the team to its first win of the season, 49-24, over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (1-1).
BYU had put the game away long before a 53-minute lightning scare threatened to end the game with six minutes still remaining in the fourth quarter. Offensively, BYU racked up 467 total yards including 240 passing yards from quarterback John Beck. The Cougars took advantage of their scoring opportunities going 4-for-4 in the blue zone. Running backs Curtis Brown, Fui Vakapuna, Manase Tonga, Harvey Unga and wide receivers Zac Collie and Matt Allen each scored touchdowns in the victory.
"Our plan was to have good balance and to be better at what we were already doing," said BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall. "Basically, we need to simply execute what we're currently doing at a higher level."
After forcing Tulsa to a three-and-out on the game's first drive, BYU began its first possession with excellent field position - on its own 45-yard line - thanks to Collie partially blocking Tulsa's Chris Kindred's punt.
Seven plays and 55 yards later, Vakapuna scored on a seven-yard run putting BYU up 7-0 just five minutes into the first quarter. Cougar running backs Brown and Vakapuna combined for five carries and 49 rushing yards on BYU's opening drive, more than doubling the team's total rushing output against Arizona in its season-opener a week earlier. Brown (21 carries, 125 yards) and Vakapuna (11 carries, 96 yards) combined for 32 rushes and 221 yards for the game.
"When they perform like they did, it gives us a good chance to win football games," Mendenhall said.
Tulsa answered back two possessions later with a 58-yard, 15-play drive, which started in the first quarter and carried over into the second. Tulsa converted on a fourth-and-three on BYU's 34-yard line to close out the first quarter, setting up a six-yard touchdown pass from Paul Smith to Kyle Grooms eight plays later. The conversion knotted the score at seven apiece with 11 minutes to go in the first half.
The Golden Hurricane stifled BYU's offense on the ensuing possession, putting an exclamation point on the defensive stand with junior Courtney Tennial's blocked punt inside BYU's 20-yard line. The Cougars' defense held this time, as Tulsa came away with only a field goal to put the Golden Hurricane up 10-7 with 8:16 to go in the second quarter.
The first-half scoring continued as BYU notched another 14 points on the scoreboard with sophomore running back Manase Tonga's 6-yard touchdown run with just under four minutes to play and Allen's 3-yard touchdown reception three minutes later. The two drives gave the Cougars a 21-10 halftime advantage. For Tonga, the score was his first-career touchdown.
BYU's Brown opened the scoring one minute and two seconds into the second half with a 62-yard touchdown reception. Brown broke four tackles and eluded six defenders during the impressive run, just the third play of the third quarter.
"That particular play shaped the rest of the game," Mendenhall said.
Once again, Tulsa responded with an 80-yard, 10-play drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Tarrion Adams, making it a 28-17 game with just under 10 minutes left in the quarter.
An interception by Matangi Tonga with 3:43 to play in the third quarter set up BYU for its fifth touchdown of the game. With 21 seconds remaining in the quarter, Vakapuna rushed for an 11-yard touchdown, his second of the game.
After Beck hit Collie for a 16-yard fourth quarter touchdown pass, a powerful 38-yard run from Vakapuna put the Cougars in position for yet another touchdown. BYU would have to wait as a lightning delay put the game on pause for nearly an hour. When played resumed, freshman running back Harvey Unga punched in a 6-yard touchdown run to give BYU a 49-17 lead.
Tulsa running back Tennial scored on a 5-yard touchdown run with two minutes remaining to give the game its final margin of 49-24.
BYU heads to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to face Boston College on Sat., Sept. 16. The game will be shown on ESPN2, with kickoff set for 12 p.m.
Box Score (Final)
Tulsa vs Brigham Young (Sep 09, 2006 at Provo, Utah)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
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Tulsa............... 0 10 7 7 - 24 Record: (1-1)
Brigham Young....... 7 14 14 14 - 49 Record: (1-1)
1st 10:04 BYU - VAKAPUNA, 7 yd run (MCLAUGHLIN, kick), 7-55 2:23
2nd 11:03 TU - GROOMS, 6 yd pass from SMITH, (TRACY, kick), 15-58 6:37
08:16 TU - TRACY, 25 yd field goal, 4-7 1:07
03:51 BYU - TONGA, 6 yd run (MCLAUGHLIN, kick), 13-65 4:19
00:47 BYU - ALLEN, 3 yd pass from BECK (MCLAUGHLIN, kick), 6-61 1:02
3rd 13:52 BYU - BROWN, 62 yd pass from BECK (MCLAUGHLIN, kick), 3-65 1:02
09:56 TU - ADAMS, 1 yd run (TRACY, kick), 10-80 3:50
00:21 BYU - VAKAPUNA, 11 yd run (MCLAUGHLIN, kick), 7-50 3:22
4th 11:36 BYU - COLLIE, 16 yd pass from BECK, (MCLAUGHLIN, kick), 4-45 2:17
04:31 BYU - UNGA, 6 yd run (MCLAUGHLIN, kick), 10-83 4:56,
02:01 TU - TENNIAL, 5 yd run (TRACY, kick), 6-65 2:24
FIRST DOWNS................... 18 22
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 31-82 42-227
PASSING YDS (NET)............. 221 240
Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 35-21-1 23-16-0
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 66-303 65-467
Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards............ 3-5 2-17
Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 3-49 1-20
Interception Returns-Yards.... 0-0 1-0
Punts (Number-Avg)............ 5-33.2 3-29.0
Fumbles-Lost.................. 1-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards............... 3-28 11-90
Possession Time............... 31:20 28:40
Third-Down Conversions........ 6 of 14 8 of 13
Fourth-Down Conversions....... 1 of 1 1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 4-4 6-6
Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 1-9 1-8
RUSHING: Tulsa-ADAMS, Tarrion 8-23; TENNIAL, C. 3-21; DILES, Brandon 8-17;
JACKSON, Cauvey 3-12; MOSS, Idris 3-6; SMITH, Paul 5-4; TEAM 1-minus 1. Brigham
Young-BROWN, Curtis 21-125; VAKAPUNA, Fui 11-96; UNGA, Harvey 4-9; TONGA, Manase
1-6; TEAM 1-minus 2; HAGUE, Mike 1-minus 3; BECK, John 3-minus 4.
PASSING: Tulsa-SMITH, Paul 19-32-1-182; JOHNSON, David 2-3-0-39. Brigham
Young-BECK, John 16-21-0-240; BROWN, Curtis 0-1-0-0; BECK, Jason 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING: Tulsa-ADAMS, Tarrion 7-89; BUGG, Ryan 3-17; CURTIS, Ted 2-18; MEYER,
Jessee 2-15; JACKSON, Cauvey 2-9; MOSS, Idris 1-35; GERMANY, A. 1-19; DILES,
Brandon 1-9; GROOMS, Kyle 1-6; COLLUMS, Jacob 1-4. Brigham Young-ALLEN, Matt
4-58; BROWN, Curtis 3-82; COLLIE, Zac 2-36; JACOBSON, McKay 2-31; TONGA, Manase
2-18; HARLINE, Jonny 2-12; REED, Michael 1-3.
INTERCEPTIONS: Tulsa-None. Brigham Young-TONGA, Matangi 1-0.
FUMBLES: Tulsa-ADAMS, Tarrion 1-0. Brigham Young-None.
Stadium: Edwards Stadium Attendance: 56627
Kickoff time: 2:06 pm End of Game: 6:10 pm Total elapsed time: 4:04
Officials: Referee: Steve Barth; Umpire: Michael Cooper; Linesman: Britt Choate;
Line judge: Keith Garmond; Back judge: Tom Hutson; Field judge: Al Delvento;
Side judge: Jim Quirk; Scorer: BYU;
Temperature: 77 Wind: NW 5mph Weather: Partly Cloudy, Warm
53 Minute Rain/Lightning Delay
Tulsa vs Brigham Young (Sep 09, 2006 at Provo, Utah)
SACKS (UA-A): Tulsa-LATU, Robert 1-0. Brigham Young-PAONGO, Hala 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Tulsa-COLEMAN, Nelson 8-4; GRAHAM, Nick 6-1; ROBERTS, Roy 4-1;
KARATEPEYAN, A. 3-2; ALEXANDER, K. 3-2; NEMONS, Terrel 2-3; BLACKSHIRE, B. 3-0;
LATU, Robert 2-1; BUNTING, Nick 2-1; CRAVER, Steve 2-1; CHAMBERLAIN, C. 1-2;
BOYD, Walter 0-3; McGOWAN, Julian 1-0; TEAM 1-0; WARREN, John 1-0; JONES,
Brandon 1-0; GERMANY, A. 0-1; FLOYD, Popsie 0-1; KINDRED, Chris 0-1. Brigham
Young-TAFUNA, David 7-2; CRIDDLE, Ben 6-0; WAGNER, Aaron 5-2; JENSEN, Cameron
3-4; DOMAN, Shawn 2-2; ROBINSON, Justi 2-2; NIXON, David 2-1; PAONGO, Hala 2-1;
BOLDEN, Chris 1-2; GABRIEL, Dustin 1-2; HODGKISS, Corby 1-1; LUEKENGA, Kyle 1-0;
ANDERTON, Judd 1-0; STAFFIERI, Mark 1-0; COLLIE, Zac 1-0; TONGA, Matangi 1-0;
JORGENSEN, Jan 0-2; TIALAVEA, Russe 0-2; MIYAHIRA, Cole 0-1; POPPINGA, Kelly
0-1; KEHL, Bryan 0-1; FUGA, Romney 0-1; BATES, Dan 0-1.
Home Season Kicks Off Against Tulsa
PROVO -- Coming off a tough loss at Arizona, BYU will look to rebound against reigning Conference USA champion Tulsa as the Cougars open their 2006 home schedule. The game will be BYU's first appearance on the recently launched Mountain Sports Network-The mtn.
For the second consecutive week, BYU will play an old WAC foe. Tulsa became a member of the 16-team, expanded WAC in 1996. The Cougars hold an undefeated 5-0 record all time against the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa is coming off a Conference USA championship and Liberty Bowl win as it visits Provo for the first time since 1997. The Cougars won in 1997, 49-39. BYU first played at Tulsa in 1971, beating the Golden Hurricane, 25-7. The Cougars also beat Tulsa in 1984, 38-15. The two teams played three straight years (1995, 1996 and 1997)
COMPLETE BROADCAST PLANS
TELEVISION: BYU will make its debut on The Mountain Sports Network - The mtn. against Tulsa. James Bates will handle the play-by-play story with father son combo Todd Christensen offering analysis and Toby Christensen handling sideline reports.
RADIO: Fans can also catch the game by tuning into KSL Radio - the 50,000-watt home of the Cougars - and follow the game live as Greg Wrubell calls the action, Marc Lyons offers expert analysis and James Dye reports from the sideline.
INTERNET: A live audio stream will be available on the following URLs: http://ksl.com and http://www.byuradio.org
TALE OF THE TAPE
BYU's offensive line checks in at an average 6-foot-4, 316.8 pounds. The Cougars' front line will be going up against a Tulsa defensive front that averages just over 6- foot-2, 274.66 pounds. (Advantage: BYU +42.14 pounds per man.) BYUýs defensive line weighs 6-foot-2, 271.3 pounds. Tulsaýs offensive line that averages over 6-foot-5, 305.8 pounds. (Advantage: Arizona +34.5 pounds per man.)
Last season's 20-3 loss to Boston College was the first time BYU had lost a home-opener in five years. Previous to last season's home-opening defeat, the last time BYU lost a home-opener was in 2000 when the Cougars fell 44-28 to Mississippi State. BYU beat Tulane, Syracuse, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame in rescpective home openers between 2001 and 2004.
LAST WEEK RECAP
Despite out-gaining Arizona by 60 total yards and holding a halftime lead, BYU dropped a tough game, 16-13, to the Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. Arizona's Nick Folk hit three field goals, including a decisive 48-yarder with six seconds remaining to seal the victory for the Wildcats. BYU had a third-quarter touchdown negated by a controversial offensive pass interference call and missed another opportunity with a special teams miscue in the third quarter.
John Beck had a string of 14-consecutive completions on his way to an efficient outing. His string was broken on a deep pass attempt to Jacobson which was broken up at the last second. Beck finished the game completing 28-of-37 (.756) attempts for 289 yards and one touchdown.
John Beck was sacked three times and BYU rushed for negative yards in the first half. The Cougars were held to -17 yards rushing in the half. The Cougars finished the game with a total of 24 yards rushing, including a game-high 23 yards by senior Curtis Brown. Fui Vakapuna added six carries for 21 yards, averaging a team-best 3.5 yards per carry.
All totaled, nine different receivers had at least one reception for the Cougars. Curtis Brown led all receivers with six receptions for 39 yards, while Jonny Harline had a team-high 71 yards on five receptions.
Senior quarterback John Beck threw for 289 yards against Arizona. All totaled, Beck has thrown for 7,425 yards over his career and needs just 40 yards to pass Steve Sarkisian for seventh-place on the Cougars' all-time passing list. Beck added 274 yards of total offense to his career total, moving into eighth place on BYU's all-time total offense list with 7,456 yards. Senior running back Curtis Brown entered Saturday's game needing 27 yards to pass Eldon Fortie for fourth on BYU's all-time rushing list. Brown finished the game with 23 yards rushing, leaving him just just four yards shy of passing Fortie's mark of 1,149 yards.
Tucson native Quinn Gooch led BYU with seven tackles on the evening, including three solo tackles and four assisted takedowns. Ben Criddle recorded a team-leading five solo tackles. Linebacker Bryan Kehl was credited with a team-best 2.5 tackles for a combined loss of 10 yards. Linebacker Cameron Jensen had two interceptions on the evening; however, one was negated by a holding penalty. Defensive linemen Jan Jorgensen and Hala Paongo were each credited with a sack.
The BYU defense did not allow a third-down conversion during the entire first half at Arizona. The Wildcats were 0-for-7 during the first two quarters. Overall, the Wildcats converted just 3-of-14 third-down attempts on the evening.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
BYU was forced to start 9-of-13 drives in its own territory during the game. Six of those nine drives failed to enter Arizona territory, including four straight drives during the second quarter. In the second quarter, the Cougars' average field position was their own 16-yard line. BYU's longest drive of the evening covered 68 yards on 11 plays during the third quarter.
SOLD OUT CROWDS
The Cougars played in front of their third-consecutive sold out crowd. BYU also played in front of sold-out crowds against Utah (home) and California (Las Vegas Bowl). The ninth-largest crowd in Arizona Stadium history (58,450) was on hand for the BYU game. The game was the first sellout for Arizona since the 2000 season. It is estimated there were between 10,000 and 15,000 BYU fans at Saturday's game.