BYU will host its final home game of the season against Idaho on Saturday, Nov. 10, with kickoff set for 8:15 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast live from LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on ESPNU 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).
Idaho (1-8, 1-3) at BYU (5-4)
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012
8:15 p.m. MT
LaVell Edwards Stadium
This is the fifth meeting of BYU and Idaho. The series is tied 2-2 after BYU’s 42-7 win in Provo last year. The three previous meetings took place in the 1950’s with the Vandals winning two out of three games.
Saturday’s game marks Bronco Mendenhall’s 100th game as head coach at BYU. At 71-28, Mendenhall is second among Cougar coaches in total wins and total games coached, behind legendary coach LaVell Edwards. His .717 winning percentage tops Edwards’ mark of .716 (257-101-3). Edwards had a record of 69-30-1 in his first 100 contests (.695).
BOWL WITHIN REACH
With a victory, BYU becomes bowl eligible for the eighth consecutive season. The Cougars have gone 5-2 under Mendenhall in bowls the last seven seasons and won the last three in a row, a program best. If eligible, BYU is expected to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 20.
AFTER BYE WEEKS
BYU is 8-1 after bye weeks under head coach Bronco Mendenhall. BYU lost Mendenhall’s first post bye week game to TCU 51-50 in overtime in 2005 and won eight straight since. The Cougars have outscored opponents by an average of 42.8-15.1 after bye weeks in the last seven seasons. Last year BYU had two bye weeks and won both games, 42-7 over Idaho and 41-20 over Hawai’i.
OUCH THAT HURTS
Idaho knocked Riley Nelson out of the game in 2011 with a rib and lung injury. After taking a hit on the first drive, Nelson threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Cody Hoffman on the drive to take a 7-0 lead and then left the game and missed the next week’s game. After a bye week he returned to beat Hawai’i 41-20 with his career-best 363 passing yards and three touchdowns.
BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman has a caught a pass in 28 straight games, tied for the 10th longest streak in the nation. He has caught a pass in 34 of 35 career games. Idaho receiver Mike Scott has caught a pass in 20 consecutive games.
Idaho has scored just three rushing touchdowns all season while BYU’s Jamaal Williams scored three on the ground in BYU’s last game. Williams has eight rushing touchdowns on the season to lead the team and rank No. 48 in the FBS.
A PRETTY GOOD DEFENSE
BYU's defense continues to be dominant with a No. 4 rank in total defense, allowing just 263.6 total yards per game. BYU holds seven major top-10 defensive rankings including: No. 1 red zone defense (allowing 54.55 percent), No. 3 third down defense (allowing 25.60 percent), No. 4 total defense (263.6 yards/game allowed), No. 5 first down defense (15.1 first downs/game allowed, No. 6 scoring defense (14.3 points/game allowed, No. 7 rushing defense (95.78 yards/game allowed), No. 9 pass defense (167.78 yards/game allowed).
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