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BYU Athletics Blog | September 2014

ICYMI: Dan Patrick, Jay Mohr, Doug Gottlieb and more talk Taysom and BYU football

Sep 26, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 3:43 pm | Updated: September 26, 2014 3:49 pm | Permalink
In case you missed it, BYU football has stayed in the conversation despite it being a bye week for the Cougars. 
Catch up with the links to interviews and articles below:
Taysom Hill on The Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview) 9/24/14
Taysom Hill says he is passing QB first
Jay Mohr | FOX Sports Radio 
Taysom Hill on the Doug Gottlieb Show
Roundtable: Separating contenders, pretenders among early surprises
Zac Ellis, Martin Rickman and Ben Glicksman |
BYU moved up to No. 15 in latest CFCC rankings
Daniel Uthman | USA TODAY Sports

Last Week in Review

Sep 23, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 11:07 am | Updated: September 23, 2014 11:48 am | Permalink

Week in Review

Two wins, six goals, a College Goal of the Week candidate, two BYUtv Sports Nation visits and the first batch of RPI rankings all happened last week. Catch up on it below.

Initial NCAA RPI released with BYU at 49

Don't forget to vote for Madie Lyons' birthday goal for Top Drawer Soccer's College Goal of the Week, voting continues through Wednesday at 1 p.m.

BYU 4, Colorado College 0

Watch all four goals on replay.

Fernandes' brace helps BYU roll Colorado College

BYU 2, Oregon 1

BYUtv postgame recap


BYU vs. Oregon Highlights

Lyons' birthday goal gives BYU 2-1 win over Oregon

BYU uses birthday goal by Lyons to beat Oregon Daily Herald

BYU Sports Nation w/ Ashley Hatch

BYU Sports Nation w/ Niki Fernandes

BYU football in national spotlight

Sep 22, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 2:03 pm | Updated: September 22, 2014 2:53 pm | Permalink
Conversation in the national spotlight continues for BYU football following another win last weekend at home.
Check out this latest round:
ESPN's Jesse Palmer  was on the Dan Patrick Show talking about Taysom Hill and BYU:
"He's a freak show. He's a much faster runner, I think, than Tim Tebow was. He's a more sudden athlete...He's dangerous...I think Taysom's the kind of guy though, that can take it to the house from a distance. He's pretty advanced, he's really good and he's a guy I do think needs to get Heisman consideration."
"I think BYU is a pretty good team. That team could be a team playing in one of the New Year's Six bowl games this year."
ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski weighed in on the Heisman and the current college football landscape.
He has them at No. 10 in his Top 10. "Are you catching Cougars fever yet?"
Salt Lake Tribune's Steve Luhm reported what Virginia linebacker Max Valles said about Hill, "He is the best athlete I have every played against — college or high school." Bruce Feldman points out that it is "worth noting: last season Valles' team faced Clemson with Sammy Watkins and earlier this season they faced UCLA with Hundley (UVA also played Oregon last season, but Valles didn't play in that game)." All three players are Heisman candidates. Read his full article on
The Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation Grantland Rice Super 16 week two rankings are out, and BYU broke into the mix at No. 16 just behind South Carolina and ASU, Nos. 15 and 16, respectively. 
The full release is available at
ESPN college football analyst Danny Kanell Tweeted about BYU and UCLA having played two of the same opponents. Take it for what it's worth
Lastly, we'd like to recognize our beautiful city Provo and LaVell Edwards Stadium. ESPN's Bob Wichusen Tweeted there's "no prettier picture in college football."

BYU beats Virginia 41-33

Sep 20, 2014 - Posted by Zach Brady at 5:17 pm | Updated: September 20, 2014 5:22 pm | Permalink

Quarterback Taysom Hill found receiver Mitchell Juergens for a 50-yard touchdown and Adam Hine returned a kick 99 yards to seal a 41-33 win for BYU.

Behind backup quarterback Matt Johns, Virginia’s first possession of the fourth quarter stalled and the Cavaliers were forced to attempt a 46-yard field goal. Kicker Ian Frye split the uprights to make the score 27-19 for BYU.

After finding receiver Mitch Mathews to convert a third-and-long, Hill scrambled in the pocket and found a wide-open Juergens for a 50-yard touchdown pass to put BYU up 34-19. The touchdown was Juergens' first of his career.

UVa's Johns was able to engineer a 75-yard touchdown drive to bring Virginia within eight at 34-26. Running back Khalek Shepherd finished off the drive with a nine-yard touchdown run.

BYU kick returner Adam Hine took the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for his first career kick return touchdown to put the Cougars up 41-26.

BYU’s defense forced a turnover on downs after defensive back Jordan Preator defended on a deep Virginia pass that fell incomplete, giving BYU the ball back at the Virginia 47. After the Cougar offense failed to capitalize on the good field position, BYU punter Scott Arellano continued his stellar day, pinning the Virginia offense deep inside its own territory on the 2 yard-line.

Virginia’s offense took advantage of multiple pass interference penalties to drive 98 yards for a touchdown. The drive was capped with an 11-yard Kyle Dockins touchdown catch. Cougar line backer Alani Fua recovered Virginia’s onside kick with 1:47 to play to seal the win for BYU.

BYU leads 27-16 heading into final quarter

Sep 20, 2014 - Posted by Zach Brady at 4:21 pm | Permalink

BYU took its first lead of the game when quarterback Taysom Hill powered his way into the end zone on a 15-yard run. The score capped a 7-play, 49-yard drive that saw complete passes to receivers Terenn Houk and Devon Blackmon.

BYU received the ball to start the third quarter but didn’t have any success and were forced to punt. Punter Scott Arellano blasted a 65-yard punt to the Virginia five-yard line. The Cavalier punt returner fumbled the catch but BYU was unable to jump on the ball.

After forcing a Virginia punt, BYU returner Blackmon returned the kick 25 yards to the Virginia 49 yard-line setting up the Cougar offense with great field position.

On Virginia’s following drive the Cavaliers drove to the Cougar 40 yard-line and faced fourth down and inches. Quarterback Greyson Lambert tried to sneak for a first down and fumbled. BYU defensive lineman Tomasi Laulile recovered to give the Cougar defense their second turnover of the game.

BYU’s offense lost 15 yards on its next drive and Arellano blasted another punt 63 yards to pin Virginia inside its own 15 yard-line.

The BYU defense stepped up and forced a thee-and-out when defensive backs Craig Bills and Harvery Jackson broke up Lambert’s pass on third down.

Running back Jamaal William’s brought the crowd alive with runs of 13 and 14 yards and capped off the 73-yard drive with a 2-yard run to put BYU up 27-16.


Cavaliers lead 16-13 at half

Sep 20, 2014 - Posted by Zach Brady at 3:09 pm | Updated: September 20, 2014 3:17 pm | Permalink

The Cavaliers went on a 70-yard drive in 16 plays and kicked a 22-yard field goal as time expired to take a 16-13 lead into halftime.

On the first play of the second quarter, the Cavaliers lined up to go for it on fourth down from the BYU one-yard line. A false start penalty forced the Cavaliers to kick a field goal giving them a 10-3 lead. On BYU’s first drive of the quarter, quarterback Taysom Hill found receiver Devon Blackmon for 56 yards, BYU’s longest pass play of the season. Receiver Jordan Leslie capped off the drive with a nine-yard touchdown catch, his first touchdown as a Cougar.

Virginia continued to have success against the Cougar defense. With the help of a pass interference penalty the Cavaliers went on a 10-play, 39-yard drive that ended with a 41-yard field goal by kicker Ian Frye to regain the lead 13-10.

A holding penalty and a late hit personal foul killed BYU’s next drive, bringing on Scott Arellano to punt the ball away to Virginia.

Defensive back Robertson Daniel got the crowd back into the game when he stepped in front of a Grayson Lambert pass for his first interception of the season and returned it 32 yards to the Virginia 23 yard-line.

The offense wasn’t able to get much going off the turnover, only managing to gain four yards. BYU kicker Trevor Samson drilled a field goal from 37 yards to tie the game at 13. Another pass interference against the Cougars on third down kept a Virginia scoring drive alive before the end of the half.

Cavaliers lead the Cougars 7-3 at the end of one

Sep 20, 2014 - Posted by Zach Brady at 2:13 pm | Updated: September 20, 2014 2:20 pm | Permalink

Virginia's Darius Jennings took the opening kickoff 47 yards to set the Cavaliers up with great field position on their first drive. On the second play of the drive, Virginia quarterback Greyson Lambert ran 37 yards to the BYU one-yard line. Two plays later Lambert snuck the ball in from the one-yard line to give the Cavaliers the 7-0 lead.

BYU managed only three yards on its opening offensive drive and before punter Scott Arellano boomed a deep punt back to Virginia.

BYU’s defense stepped up on Virginia’s second drive. After a couple first down conversions, linebacker Alani Fua made a tackle on a screen pass short of the first down to force the Cavaliers to punt.

BYU’s first big play of the game came when quarterback Taysom Hill whipped the ball out to wide receiver Jordan Leslie who made a defender miss and took off for 18 yards. Virginia was called for a facemask on the play to add another 15 yards.  After a false start when the Cougars lined up to go for it on fourth-and-inches, Trevor Samson put the Cougars on the board with a 28-yard field goal. Leslie had three catches on the drive for 33 yards.

ICYMI: BYU in national media

Sep 19, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 12:48 pm | Updated: September 19, 2014 7:58 pm | Permalink

In case you missed it this week, BYU football has been getting some attention in the national media. Before BYU's matchup against Virginia on Saturday, catch up with conversation with the links below:

Options for following BYU vs. UVa

Sep 19, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 9:21 am | Updated: September 19, 2014 9:30 am | Permalink

ESPN will broadcast Saturday's BYU vs. Virginia game, with kickoff at 1:35 p.m. MDT. A live video stream is also available on WatchESPN.

For live radio coverage with Greg Wrubell, tune in to the Cougar IMG Sports Network, Sirius XM 143, KSL 1160 AM or 102.7 FM, and the BYU Cougars app. Coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. MDT.

BYUtv will broadcast its Countdown to Kickoff show starting at 12:30 p.m. MDT. The postgame show is broadcast until 30 minutes after the game. The shows can be streamed live at BYUtv will also rebroadcast the game starting at 9:30 p.m. MDT.

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

Getting to know Taysom Hill and Jamaal Williams

Sep 18, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 1:36 pm | Updated: September 18, 2014 1:37 pm | Permalink

Taysom Hill

What is one thing only a few people know about you?
Every one of my siblings played college sports. My two older brothers played college football and my older sister played basketball.
Why did you choose BYU?
Ultimately I felt like it was the best place for me with the environment, the style of play. The way it worked out with Coach Harbaugh leaving Stanford, I was able to come in and play spring ball and compete and play as a freshman, that was a big part of it as well.
When did you start playing football?
My two older brothers played college football so I was constantly around the game watching older brothers playing. I was at every one of their games, so it’s just what I did. They played at Arizona State and Dixie State.
Do you have any pregame rituals?
I’m not a very superstitious guy and saying that I guess I am, because I don’t like to get things out of whack.
What is your favorite football memory?
Last year when we beat Houston. I think that was a big win for us as a team when we did it on the last play with a minute left. As a team collectively that was a fun one to be a part of.

Jamaal Williams

What is one thing only a few people know about you?
Some people, but not a lot of people know that I’m really into classic skating.
Why did you choose BYU?
I came to BYU for the chance to play, and they wanted me to play running back when most schools wanted me to play defense.
When did you start playing football?
I started playing when I was a youngster. I just liked it from the beginning, my uncle played and from there just watching Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk--those are my two favorites.
Do you have any pregame rituals?
I do an Instagram dance video with all the running backs in the hotel room and then when we come out of the tunnel in the end zone, I warm up right there next to the cheerleaders and the student section. 
Favorite football memory?
My favorite one was in high school. I was running the ball and ran over three people and I got a flag, on offense, for excessive roughness. I’ll never forget that.