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BYU defeats USU in final regular season game, 28-10

Nov 26, 2016 - Posted by Taylor Brown at 11:46 pm | Updated: November 26, 2016 11:47 pm | Permalink

BYU’s strong offensive push seals the win over USU, 28-10.

After Hill left the field in the first minute of the fourth quarter, Tanner Mangum entered for his first time of the game.  

Mangum threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Colby Pearson at the 12:55 mark of the quarter lengthening the Cougars lead 28-10 to USU.

Rhett Almond missed a 28-yard field goal attempt with under six minutes to go in the fourth quarter wrapping up a 54-yard and 9 play drive, keeping the score 28-10.

Hill finished the game with 101 passing yards, Williams with 131 rushing and Nick Kurtz with 50 receiving yards. The Cougars marked 355 total yards over the Aggie’s 200 yards. 

BYU carries its lead over the Aggies, 21-10

Nov 26, 2016 - Posted by Taylor Brown at 11:00 pm | Permalink

BYU extends its lead over Utah State in the third quarter, 21-10.

Hill threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell Juergens with 2:20 left in the third quarter, bringing the Cougars to an 11-point lead over Utah State, 21-10. This marked Hill’s 75th career combined touchdown.

At the 1:28 mark, Fred Warner caught BYU’s first interception of the game at the USU 40 for a gain of two yards.

Hill recorded 35 passing yards in the third quarter which brought him to a total of 101 passing yards for the game. Williams led the Cougars with 126 rushing yards and Hill followed with 33 rushing yards at the end of the third. 

BYU takes the lead 14-10 over Aggies

Nov 26, 2016 - Posted by Taylor Brown at 9:55 pm | Updated: November 26, 2016 10:01 pm | Permalink

BYU closed the first half with a 14-10 lead over Utah State.

The first touchdown of the game was scored by senior Jamaal Williams in the first three minutes of the quarter allowing BYU to take a 7-3 lead over Utah State.

With 3:13 left in the quarter, an Aggie fumble resulted in a 52-yard touchdown return from BYU’s Michael Shelton.

After the Aggies’ second interception of the game, Utah State put their first touchdown on the board with under a minute to go in the half.

By the end of the half the Aggies led in total yards with 154 and the Cougars tallied 130 yards.

Utah State leads 3-0 over BYU

Nov 26, 2016 - Posted by Taylor Brown at 9:15 pm | Updated: November 26, 2016 9:23 pm | Permalink

After the first quarter of play, Utah State leads BYU 3-0.

Utah State took the lead in the first quarter of the game after a 28-yard field goal. Their five-minute drive tallied a total of 59 yards and 11 plays.

With 5:03 left in the quarter, Utah State missed a 46-yard field goal, keeping a 3-0 advantage over the Cougars.

Taysom Hill threw for an interception with 3:05 left in the quarter resulting in an Aggie possession.

At the close of the first quarter, the Cougars held 88 total yards and the Aggies trailed close behind with a total of 87 yards.

Viewing Options: BYU vs. Utah State

Nov 25, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:51 pm | Permalink

BYU football hosts its final regular season game against in-state foe Utah State tonight at 8:15 p.m. MST on ESPNU in LaVell Edwards Stadium.

The game will be televised live on ESPNU. It will also be streamed online on

Additionally, live television coverage on BYUtv will begin at 7 p.m. MST with the one-hour pregame show, Countdown to Kickoff. Live postgame coverage on BYUtv will follow after the game.

Radio coverage of the game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with the Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins with the pregame show at 6 p.m. MST on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM. It can also be found online at

Visit the gameday page for additional information on the matchup against the Aggies.

Getting to Know: Parker Dawe and Chris Badger

Nov 22, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 1:01 pm | Updated: November 23, 2016 10:06 am | Permalink

Parker Dawe
Senior offensive lineman

One thing people don’t know about you?
I love school, maybe that’s something that people don’t know. I love to study and I love to learn. I’m majoring in P.E. and minoring in health and aspiring to be a principal someday. I have to teach something and sports/P.E. really fit my background. I’m really passionate about education and I like to be involved with people and youth and make an impact.

Dream job?
Being a principal or staying here and working at BYU. If I could work for BYU in any way I would be happy.

Favorite football memory?
That’s a hard question. I think for me, being a walk-on and coming from my background of getting here to BYU, getting to start against San Jose State last year was a big game for me. I was able to come in and play well and did a lot of really good things and I think that that was a big boost of confidence that I needed and I’ve grown so much from there. That whole game, from start to finish, was really like a childhood dream. It wasn’t a Wagner game or a small school, it was a legit game, so it was cool.

Thoughts on the coaching staff?
The coaching staff is amazing. It’s just awesome. Kalani is such a father figure. He’s the kind of person who is more than a coach. You want to grow up and be like him one day. You want to treat people how he does and communicate with people how he does and he’s all for the players. Then you have coach Detmer, who is always cracking jokes and being funny, but we’re serious when we need to be. Then you have coach Empey, who’s in the O-line room teaching us lots of awesome stuff, stuff that I’m going to coach kids on when I coach in the future. It’s a lot of fun. Football this year has been brought back to its roots where football is fun, and that’s how it should be.

What are you doing when you’re not playing football?
If I’m not playing football, then I’m studying. If I’m not studying, I’m at my church calling. If I’m not at my church calling, then I’m with my wife and I’m with my son or I’m with my family. I rarely have down time and that’s fine; that’s how it’s supposed to be.

How did you meet your wife?
We met in high school. She was a water girl and I wasn’t really into the cheerleaders. She gave me some high quality H20 one day and I saw her on the sideline and it was kind of a done deal after that. We dated through high school and then got married after I got home from my mission and now we have a little boy named Boston. It’s been great. I served in Boston and named my son Boston.

Chris Badger
Senior defensive back

What is something that people don’t know about you?
I grew up ski racing. I was a world-class ski racer. I was on the Park City ski team. My dad is a big skier and my older brothers and sisters did it, and so I followed in their footsteps and did it. I don’t race anymore, but I still ski a lot.

If you aren’t playing football, what do you like to be doing?
I like to play golf—I play a lot with my dad. I am going to try to learn how to surf. I just like being outdoors, playing sports.

What was the highlight of your offseason?
The highlight of my summer was buying a VW bus/camper van. It’s pretty cool, so that was exciting. I’ve been wanting one for a year, and one popped up on KSL for a good price and I got it!

What is your nickname on the team?

If you could play a sport in the Olympics, what would it be?
Beach volleyball because it is fun and I love watching those guys play.

What has been your favorite thing about your time here at BYU?
Just being around these guys on the team. More than anything it has just been friendships and having 100 guys to hang out with every day.

Cross Country NCAA Championships photo story

Nov 21, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 2:54 pm | Permalink

The BYU men's and women's cross country teams gave impressive performances in Terre Haute, Ind., at the NCAA Championships, with the men taking seventh overall and the women claiming 10th--the highest finish for the women's team in over a decade.

Check out the official BYU Exposure photo story and take a look at all the action that went down in Terre Haute. 

Cross Country NCAA Championships photo story

Nov 21, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 2:53 pm | Updated: November 23, 2016 2:54 pm | Permalink

The BYU men's and women's cross country teams gave impressive performances in Terre Haute, Ind., at the NCAA Championships, with the men taking seventh overall and the women claiming 10th--the highest finish for the women's team in over a decade.

Check out the official BYU Exposure photo story and take a look at all the action that went down in Terre Haute. 

Women's soccer NCAA tournament daily blog

Nov 21, 2016 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 8:58 am | Updated: November 21, 2016 10:15 am | Permalink

BYU Photo Gallery

Exposure Photo Essay

Tuesday, Nov. 15

No. 4 BYU women's soccer left for the airport on Tuesday afternoon en route to South Carolina—the site of the second and third rounds of the NCAA tournament.

The team gathered at the Indoor Practice Facility at BYU for a meal from Zupa's together before boarding the bus to the airport. The next seven hours involved getting to the airport, flying to Charlotte, North Carolina, getting dinner and checking into the hotel in Columbia, South Carolina.

A highlight of the flight was a shoutout from the captain, who told passengers that the team, with its No. 4 ranking and impending matchup with Oklahoma, was on board.

The team displayed what coaches have said about their team all season—that it's a fun group to be with on away trips.

Before leaving North Carolina, the team picked up some Southern barbecue at McKoy's Smokehouse. The consensus was that the food was delicious.

By the time the bus pulled up to the hotel, everyone was ready to get some sleep. Wednesday, with the last opportunity to practice and prepare tactically for Thursday's game, would be an important day.

Wednesday, Nov. 16

After breakfast at the hotel, the team went to practice on campus. NCAA concerns about air quality caused practice to be held in the Jerri and Steve Spurrier Indoor Practice Facility.

The pracitice facility is just one year old, with a full 100-yard football field. BYU Photo manager Jaren Wilkey took advantage of an upper walkway to get some nice shots of the impressive venue.

Following practice, the team went to Stone Stadium—the site of the NCAA second and third round games—to walk the field and pose for some photos on the well-manicured field.

That was followed by a trip to Panera, a team favorite, for lunch. The bus drove through some of downtown Columbia, and provided a sighting of the LDS institute building for the University of South Carolina.

A few hours of down time ensued, with the team gathering together for food catered by Carrabba's, with athletic director Tom Holmoe and radio broadcaster Greg Wrubell joining the players and coaches.

Thursday, Nov. 17

The team ate breakfast and then went on a walk to loosen up. After some relaxation, everyone went to lunch at Groucho's Deli as family members who made the trip began to gather together with the team.

Around 12:30 p.m., the team went back to the hotel for the last little opportunity to rest before heading out to South Stadium to prepare for the game at 4 p.m.

The bus arrived to Stone Stadium in the final minute of the South Carolina vs. Mercer men's NCAA tournament game. The players hit the field to warm up.

BYU got goals from Ashley Hatch and Michele Vasconcelos to beat Oklahoma 2-1 in front of an overwhelmingly blue and white crowd.

The tension from before and during the game was tangibly eased as the bus took the team to a new hotel. Everyone was talkative after the win and looking forward to the pizza awaiting in the lobby.

A few hours after the win agianst the Sooners, the Cougars learned they would take on top seed South Carolina in the Sweet 16 on Saturday.

Friday, Nov. 18

Today was another day of rest and practice.

After a breakfast and a few hours down time, the team again went to Panera for lunch. That was followed by a movie for some of the players, and shopping for others. 

At 4 p.m., practice was held, this time at Stone Stadium. The sun set on another beautiful day as the team prepared for the third round game.

There was just enough time for everyone to scarf down some food from Olive Garden before getting ready for a fireside the team held at an LDS church building in Columbus.

The fireside, presided over by the mission president of the South Carolina Columbia Mission, was attended by missionaries, members of the church and investigators. There were musical numbers and talks provided by soccer players and missionaries.

Sabrina Macias, Paige Hunt Barker and Taylor Isom spoke and shared their testimonies. Ashley Hatch, Michele Vasconcelos, Brittain Dearden Steiner and Paige Hunt Barker sang "Nearer My God to Thee," with Elena Medeiros accompanying on the piano. Players and coaches greeted those in attendance after the meeting.

Back at the hotel, the team and parents celebrated Paige's birthday with cupcakes and ice cream.

Saturday, Nov. 19

On the day of the Sweet 16 game, the team had a lot of time to wait before the scheduled kick. It was used to practice, each lunch, rest and then prepare for the game.

Practice was held at the South Carolina soccer practice field, which took BYU through the sporting complex that had the Gamecocks' softball field, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts and track.

Later, when the Cougars arrived at Stone Stadium for the game, the stands were beginning to fill with plenty of fans from both teams.

BYU lost 1-0, and it was a tough result to swallow for the coaches and players—especially the seniors. In the postgame press conference, head coach Jennifer Rockwood said this was the best team she's coached, and that she was proud of everyone.

A quick dinner at the hotel preceded just a few hours of sleep. Everyone woke up and met early to drive back to the Charlotte Airport. After about 12 hours of travel (including bus trips and a stop in Phoenix), the team arrived back to Provo safely.

Dominant second-half performance from Mika gives Cougars 81-65 victory over Coastal Carolina

Nov 19, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 9:20 pm | Permalink

Eric Mika put up eight quick points to open up the second half of play, giving the Cougars a commanding 48-31 lead. TJ Haws followed quickly with a 3-pointer, and the lead was lengthened to 20. An alley-oop fed to Mika from L.J. Rose five minutes into the half got the crowd on its feet and gave even more momentum to BYU. Back-to-back field goals from Nick Emery added to the Cougars’ dominant performance.

The Chanticleers chipped the deficit to only 15 with ten minutes remaining, but the Cougars remained consistent, holding Coastal Carolina to just 34 percent shooting from the field. A 3-pointer from Elijah Bryant gave a 20-point advantage back to BYU, 73-53, with five minutes left in the contest. BYU later solidified the victory over the Chanticleers, 81-65.

Mika led all scorers with 19 points and also added 11 rebounds. Emery was close behind his teammate and totaled 14 points with three assists. Sophomore Elijah Bryant contributed nine points and five rebounds, and Haws finished with eight points and five assists. Senior L.J. Rose also added six rebounds and nine assists in the victory. BYU finished with seven total blocks.