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Following options for BYU vs. Boise State

Oct 24, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 8:46 am | Permalink

The BYU at Boise State game will be broadcast live on ESPN Friday, with kickoff at 7:01 p.m. MDT. Friday's matchup will be BYU's sixth appearance on ESPN and seventh appearance on one of the ESPN family of networks. Fans can also tune in on WatchESPN.

Radio coverage is provided by the Cougar IMG Sports Network, available on Sirius XM 143, KSL 1160 AM or 102.7 FM, BYUcougars.com and the BYU Cougars app. Coverage begins at 5 p.m. MDT.

BYUtv will broadcast its Countdown to Kickoff show starting at 6 p.m. MDT. The postgame show is broadcast after the conclusion of the game. The shows can be streamed live at byutvsports.com.

Follow @BYUCougars on Twitter and the BYU Football Facebook page for updates and photos during the game. Join the conversation using #USUvsBYU. Live stats are also available through Stat Broadcast.

Football travels and preps for Boise State

Oct 23, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 11:39 pm | Updated: October 24, 2014 12:51 am | Permalink

BYU football departed Provo Thursday and continued preparations ahead of Friday night's matchup with Boise State.

After some meetings and practice in the morning, the team took off early in the afternoon on a flight up north to Boise. Following the arrival at the team hotel, ESPN meetings and dinner, busses took the Cougars to the Meridian Idaho East Stake Center for the customary BYU football fireside.

The fireside was broadcast to 15 separate locations in 11 different stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ranging from Mountain Home, Idaho, on the east to La Grande, Oregon, on the west. Recognized for her presence at the fireside was Marjorie Reeve, 96, a former member of the General Relief Society Board. Her late husband Wayne Reeve played for the Cougars from 1939-41. He was co-captain and named to the All-America for colleges with less than 2,500 enrollment, and in 1940 that was Brigham Young University’s situation.

Senior deep snapper Kevin O'Mary led off the fireside as he told his conversion story within the context of a commonly asked question about the choice between faith and football. Junior wide reciever Terenn Houk talked about his personal experiences and testimony. Junior defensive end Remington Peck concluded player remarks, challenging the audience to "do a little more than you think you can."

A musical medley of "Brightly Beams" and "I Need Thee Every Hour" was performed. 

The floor was then opened up for Q & A from audience members. Coach Bronco Mendenhall and players answered questions covering topics such as favorite scriptures, spiritual preparation and serving a mission.

Coach Mendenhall wrapped up the meeting with his remarks, quoting Ether 12:4 and teaching about faith and hope. 

Following the fireside, the team hopped on the busses for the regular stadium walk-through. Players and coaches passed the time on the blue turf, talking with each other and taking photos.

Getting to know McKenzie Weir

Oct 23, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 3:48 pm | Updated: October 23, 2014 3:59 pm | Permalink

Why/when did you begin running

I started running as a sophomore. I didn’t even know what cross country was as a freshman. My first experience with running was in track in ninth grade. I ran in the spring and I really liked it. Then, someone told me at the end of the year about cross country and a lot of my friends had done it as freshmen. I wish now I would have done it too but I didn’t know about it. I started training with Davis (High School) in the summer before my sophomore year and I just really liked it.

Favorite part of running cross country

I love running and competing. I love getting better and the self-improvement part of it. I love the team aspect of it too.

Favorite sport besides running

I like watching football.

If you could be good at another sport, what would it be?

Soccer. I used to play soccer and really liked it.

Pre-race rituals

I have a set routine. I say a silent prayer, I listen to certain music, there are certain songs I have to listen to before I run. I am a mellow music listener before I run. I don’t really like pump up music because I’m already pumped up enough. I have to listen to John Mayer, some country, sometimes even church music.

Favorite music/artist

The Wolves and the Ravens by Rogue Valley from “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Soundtrack

Favorite part about BYU

I love the campus, I like the integration of the gospel with learning and how it all ties together.

Most rewarding moment in running career

Going to high school nationals last year. It was one of those things where it was like a dream. It’s in Portland, Oregon and they treat you like you are famous. Everything is paid for and you go for like three or four days and then you get to race. The race, and being able to go with all my friends whom I was really close with was amazing.

Talents

I love being around people. I love making people laugh.

Hobbies

I love being outdoors. I love hiking, kayaking, four-wheeling.

If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

I would go to the Tetons. It’s one of my favorite places. It’s so beautiful and I feel at peace there. You can do so much. I went last summer with my family and we went kayaking, hiking, biking and camping.

Favorite quote

“Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.” Doctrine and Covenants 6:36

Who do you look up to?

I really look up to my brother. We are really close. He is good at making people laugh. He has a great sense of humor. He is just a really good person.

Favorite class

My world religions class

Embarrassing moment

Today I fell down the stairs at the JFSB. I was reading my book walking down the stairs and thought there was one stair but there were two stairs left so I totally collapsed.

Someone I’d like to meet

Frank Sinatra. I love old movies and music like big band music. I love Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.

Something few people know about me

One of my favorite songs is by Louis Armstrong, “A kiss to build a dream on.” A lot of people don’t know I like older music like that.

Advice

Run to run. Don’t get caught up in things like the pressure or the competition because you stop having fun and stop enjoying it. Focus on the team and running and why you love it.

Women's soccer alumni shining in local high school playoffs

Oct 22, 2014 - Posted by Norma Collett at 3:58 pm | Permalink

When the Utah girl's soccer state championships in 4A and 5A take place on Saturday, both teams will have something in common. Each team has a head coach or an assistant coach that is a BYU women's soccer alum.

You can go support BYU alumni at the local high school championships during the day on Saturday and then that night come support the current BYU women's soccer team. The No. 17 Cougars will play their final WCC game at home hosting San Francisco at 7 p.m. At the beginning of the match, seniors Annie Amos, Niki Fernandes, Katherine Snyder and Jaiden Thornock will be honored. Junior Hilary Kaufusi will also be honored along with the seniors.

Entering this week's action, BYU is riding a nine-game winning streak and is on top of the WCC standings with a perfect 4-0 mark. The team hosts WCC foe Santa Clara on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

BYU falls to Nevada 42-35

Oct 19, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 12:10 am | Permalink

Nevada capitalized on the BYU turnover at the beginning of the fourth quarter, going 48 yards in 11 plays and scoring a touchdown to bring the Wolfpack within two points. Fajardo connected with Richy Turner in the corner of the endzone for the 18-yard score. Nevada converted a two-point conversion to knot the score up at 28-28 after Fajardo found Hasaan Henderson in the endzone on a roll-out pass. 

Fajardo gave the Wolfpack a 35-28 lead with a 26-yard touchdown run with 7:34 left in the fourth quarter. The score was Fajardo's second rushing touchdown of the game. 

The Cougars gave the ball right back to the Wolfpack on the first play of its drive after Nevada took the 35-28 lead. Quarterback Christian Stewart fumbled as he was getting sacked on BYU’s own 20-yard line. Nevada scored three plays later on a 6-yard run by James Butler to take a 42-28 lead. 

Keanu Nelson caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Stewart with 2:34 left to bring BYU with seven, at 42-35. Stewart completed 12 out of 12 passes on the 15-play drive that only took 3:20 off the clock.

After a three and out by Nevada, BYU took over on its own 20-yard line with 1:31 left in the fourth quarter. Stewart completed four straight passes and rushed for 12 yards to bring the Cougars to the Nevada 39 before another fumble was recovered by the Wolfpack to end the threat.

BYU holds 28-20 lead after third quarter

Oct 18, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 11:08 pm | Permalink

After a missed field goal by BYU on its opening drive of the second half, Nevada went on a 13-play, 74-yard scoring drive that concluded with a 1-yard touchdown run from Wolfpack quarterback Cody Fajardo. The score left Nevada down only eight, at 28-20.

The Cougars took the ball down to the Wolfpack 29, but the Wolfpack's Randy Uzoma recovered a fumble after a reception by Terenn Houk to end the drive. 

BYU went into the fourth quarter up by eight points.

 

BYU up 28-13 at halftime

Oct 18, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 10:07 pm | Permalink

On the first play of the second quarter Paul Lasike once again found the endzone on a 20-yard touchdown run. The score by Lasike capped a 14-play, 73-yard scoring drive for the Cougars. Stewart extended the drive two times with 12-yard and 10-yard scrambles on 3rd and 10. A key 4th down conversion in Nevada territory on a 6-yard pass from Stewart to Jordan Leslie set up the scoring run from Lasike to put the Cougars in front, 14-3

Nevada responded quickly with a three-play, 75 yard scoring drive. Cody Fajardo completed a 66-yard pass to Don Jackson along the sideline that placed the Wolfpack at the BYU 9. One play later Nevada running back James Butler went airborne over the pylon for a touchdown that cut the deficit to 14-10.

The Cougars answered with another touchdown of its own two minutes later, as Mitch Mathews hauled in a fade pass from Stewart in the corner of the endzone to extend its lead to 21-10. Stewart accounted for 27 passing yards and 19 rushing yards on the drive that began on BYU's own 35 after a short Nevada kickoff and an offsides penalty on the Wolfpack.

Behind a few rushes from Don Jackson, the Wolfpack entered Cougar territory after the Cougars score. The BYU defense held Nevada to a 4th and 2 at the Cougar 30, but Fajardo extended the drive with a five-yard pass to Richy Turner. A few plays later BYU forced another 4th down, and the Wolfpack settled for a 26-yard fieldgoal from Brent Zuzo that cut the lead to 21-13.

Stewart threw his third touchdown pass of the game and second to Mitch Mathews with one minute left in the first half to put BYU up 28-13. Mathews took the short pass and dove between two Nevada defenders to get across the goalline. The drive was 16 plays and 90 yards with several long rushes from Paul Lasike and Nate Carter.

BYU leads 7-3 after first quarter

Oct 18, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 9:16 pm | Permalink
The Nevada Wolfpack put three points on the scoreboard on its opening drive with a 44-yard field goal by sophomore Brent Zuzo. The drive began on Nevada's own 25-yard line. Senior quarterback Cody Fajardo completed 3-of-6 passes including a 19-yard screen pass to junior running back Don Jackson that put the Wolfpack on BYU's 29-yard line. The Cougar defense stiffened and held Nevada to the field goal.
 
BYU took the lead with four minutes left in the first quarter on a 1-yard run that capped a 12 play, 97-yard scoring drive. Senior quarterback Christian Stewart completed three straight passes to begin the drive and put the Cougars into Nevada territory. After the Wolfpack forced a 4th and 7 from the 35, BYU went for it and completed a 15-yard pass to junior receiver Mitch Mathews. Another completion a few plays later to Mathews placed the Cougars on the 1-yard line and Lasike hurdled the pile to put BYU in front, 7-3. 
 
Stewart completed 9 of 19 passes for 121 yards and also rushed four times for 25 yards in the quarter.

BYU voted most worthy of Power 5 inclusion by FBS head coaches

Oct 18, 2014 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 12:26 pm | Updated: October 18, 2014 7:30 pm | Permalink

BYU was voted as the non-Power 5 school most worthy to be in a Power 5 conference in ESPN's weekly college football poll of the FBS head coaches.

This week's poll, released Saturday, asked FBS head coaches which school currently not in a Power 5 conference deserves to be in a Power 5 conference. BYU topped the poll with 24 percent of the votes, followed by East Carolina at 21 percent and Boise State at 19 percent.  

BYU was an even stronger choice among coaches from existing Power 5 schools. The Cougars nearly doubled the next closest team in the voting by Power 5 schools, receiving 30 percent of the votes to Boise State's 16 percent. East Carolina was next at 11 percent.  

Lending support to results of this week's poll, BYU boasts a football resume unmatched by most FBS programs, including many teams from Power 5 conferences.

The Cougars rank No. 5 in total victories over the past 40 years with 357 wins since 1974, trailing only Nebraska (393), Oklahoma (373), Ohio State (365) and Florida State (359). BYU is the only non-Power 5 program in that timeframe to win a national championship. BYU is also one of six programs to boast winners of the Heisman Trophy, Outland Trophy, Davey O'Brien Award and Doak Walker Award, joining Ohio State, Texas, Penn State, Iowa and Boston College. 

Since Bronco Mendenhall became the head coach at BYU in 2005, the Cougars have achieved an 86-36 record, which ranks No. 12 nationally in victories. BYU is 6-3 in bowl games under Mendenhall as one of only 12 programs to earn a bowl bid each of the past nine seasons. Only Florida State (7) has won more bowl games than the Cougars since 2005.  

The Cougars have won a game against a Power 5 opponent each of the past nine seasons, the longest streak among non-Power 5 designated schools. Off the field, BYU is tied for fifth for the most Academic All-America citations in that nine-year span and tops all FBS programs for the most players selected (35) to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society (starter/significant contributor finishing career with 3.2 GPA or better) since the program began in 2007.  

Click here to see results and read more about on this week's ESPN college football poll of FBS head coaches

Quotes from Kristi Rush the week of Wisconsin Adidas Invitational

Oct 16, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 6:45 pm | Updated: October 16, 2014 6:50 pm | Permalink

Rush on her race at Notre Dame Invitational

“At Notre Dame I felt really good about my race. I broke my personal record. I was up where I was supposed to be.”

“Notre dame was definitely a confidence-booster. You always want to improve obviously. You always want to get better, but my confidence is definitely higher.”

“We probably did start too slow at Notre Dame. But Alyssa (Steed) and I decided to move up pretty early. We made some serious progress passing people. I know I felt really good and in my mind my race felt right. I felt strong and I broke my personal record.”

Weekly preparation/routine leading up to a big meet

"I keep everything pretty consistent. I’ve never been in a race this big, so I don’t know what I’m getting myself in to, but I think it’s important to keep your mindset the same. Otherwise, you’ll get nervous or have more anxiety than you need. Coach Shane says 'you have to keep the butterflies in formation.' The best way for me to do that is to keep everything consistent. I like to think of them as practices, and then at the end, an all-out mile. Then, I don’t psych myself out. It’s just another day. Like they say, practice like a race, race like a practice.”

How she knows she ran a successful race

“A lot of it is the feeling at the end of the race or throughout the race. It would be successful if you ran smart at the beginning, felt strong the last mile and finished strong, but with nothing left. You can’t put numbers or times to it. A lot of it is feeling, you have to be in tune. I know that if I start off too fast I can feel it.”

How the course determines race strategy

“In a course with hills, conservative is key. People will always start out too fast and end up dying. If it’s a flat course, it’s usually a faster course. You need to start out faster than you would in a race with hills, because the race goes out faster and you’ll get buried, which happened a little bit at Notre Dame.”

On Wisconsin Invitational

“The ranked teams have me excited because I know that the more people we beat, the higher ranked we can get. We are racing against the people we need to be racing against to make our statement and prove that we can do well at nationals.”

“We have a lot of good teams here that are ranked high nationally. I think success for our team would be beating some of those teams ranked ahead of us right now. This race is important for getting ourselves ranked higher.”

Personal goal before the season started

“I was really hoping to go to nationals. The top nine go, but only the top seven race. I would really love to be among the top seven and be able to race.”




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