BYU is set to take on Utah State in its second Friday night matchup of 2012 on Oct. 5. Kickoff is set for 8:15p.m. MT and will be televised live from LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on ESPN and KSL Radio 1160 AM, 102.7 FM and ksl.com.
Fans should tune into the live Countdown to Kickoff pregame show at 7 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 6 p.m. MT on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM and BYU Radio (SiriusXM channel 143).
Utah State (4-1, 0-0) at BYU (3-2)
Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 8:15 p.m. MT
LaVell Edwards Stadium
This is the 82nd meeting between BYU and Utah State. Playing nearly every year since 1922, The Cougars and Aggies are poised for another classic after last year’s dramatic 27-24 BYU comeback victory. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall is 4-1 against Utah State.
BYU is No. 5 nationally in total defense. With seven returning starts from the No. 13 defensive unit in 2011, the Cougars continue to climb the national defensive rankings each week. BYU has help opponents to an average of 226.6 yards, good for the 5th-best mark nationally. The powerhouse defense holds eight top-10 defensive rankings, including No. 1 red zone defense. Bronco’s Boys have also shut out opposing offenses in nine consecutive quarters.
BYU has five homegrown coaches, returning to coach at their alma mater. Assistant head coach/tight ends coach Lance Reynolds, offensive coordinator/QB coach Brandon Doman, wide receivers coach Ben Cahoon, defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi and outside linebackers coach Kelly Poppinga all eanred degrees at BYU. Utah State has two USU alumni coaches in offensive coordinator/QB coach Matt Wells and defensive line coach Frank Maile.
BYU quarterback Riley Nelson played for Utah State in 2006. Nelson was a team captain and started seven games for Utah State that year. He passed for 925 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 290 yards.
FAMILIAR WAC AND MW
Utah State is playing its final year in the Western Athletic Conference and will join the Mountain West in 2013, both former homes of BYU. BYU was a member of the WAC from 1962-1998 and put together a 189-71-2 record, winning 19 conference titles. BYU then played in the Mountain West from 1999-2010 and had a record of 64-26, winning championships four times.
BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman has a caught a pass in 24 straight games, tied for the 10th longest streak in the nation. He has caught a pass in 30 of 31 career games. Utah State has two players with a streak of five games, Chuck Jacobs and Kellen Bartlett.