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Provo • Starting with the first play of the game against Utah a few weeks ago when Taysom Hill’s pass skipped off the hands of freshman Aleva Hifo and directly to the Utes’ Sunia Tauteoli, who returned it for a …

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  • Brigham Young quarterback Taysom Hill (7) scrambles upfield as West Virginia defensive lineman Noble Nwachukwu (97) pursues during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) BYU football: Can Cougars strengthen their resolve after third close loss?
    Provo • Perhaps because they just lost their third straight close football game near the nation’s capital on Saturday — a frustrating, mistake-filled ...
    Updated Sep 25 2016 10:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    BYU football: Cougars get high praise from WVU coach after 35-32 nailbiter
    One of the elements that was overlooked by many prior to Saturday’s showdown at FedEx Stadium between BYU and West Virginia — won 35-32 by the Mountai...
    Updated Sep 24 2016 10:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • West Virginia cornerback Rasul Douglas (13) runs toward the end zone with the ball after he intercepted it as Brigham Young running back Brayden El-Bakri (35) pursues during the first half of an NCAA college football game , Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Landover, Md. Douglas scored a touchdown on the play. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) BYU football: Offense improves, but makes costly mistakes in 35-32 loss
    Landover, Md. • BYU found the offensive firepower it has been missing in Big 12 country on Saturday afternoon, only to have a couple of costly mistake...
    Updated Sep 24 2016 08:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • West Virginia wide receiver Daikiel Shorts reacts after catching a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against BYU, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) BYU's defense suffers against West Virginia
    Landover, Md. • BYU’s defense had been the strength of its team this season, putting up strong efforts against Arizona, Utah and UCLA, outperforming t...
    Updated Sep 24 2016 07:48 pm   |     |   Share


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  • BYU quarterback Taysom Hill (7) passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against West Virginia, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) BYU football: Cougars catch a break at end of first half
    Landover, Md. • Replay booth reviews haven’t been good for the BYU Cougars the first quarter of the season, but they were on Saturday at the end of th...
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  • West Virginia safety Jeremy Tyler (2) celebrates his interception with defensive lineman Noble Nwachukwu (97) and safety Kyzir White (8) during the second half of an NCAA college football game as BYU quarterback Taysom Hill (7) looks on, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) BYU football: Late interception hands WVU a wild 35-32 win over Cougs
    Landover, Md. • BYU may not have the kind of record that will attract a hoped-for invitation to the Big 12 conference, but first-year coach Kalani Sit...
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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Tom Holmoe, Athletic Director, Brigham Young University, talks about the new men’s college basketball showcase featuring BYU, Utah, USU, and Weber State, at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Thursday, July 21, 2016. BYU football: Tom Holmoe talks scheduling, importance of game with Big 12’s WVU
    Today’s BYU vs. West Virginia football game at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., was actually talked about 10 years ago, and finally contracted in 2010 — ...
    Updated Sep 24 2016 10:23 am   |     |   Share
  • West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard (3) hands the ball off to running back Justin Crawford (25) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Youngstown State, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson) BYU football: Cougars hoping for winning audition against Big 12 foe
    Landover, Md. • More than 2,000 miles away from Provo, not far from the Supreme Court of the United States, the BYU Cougars will try to continue to bu...
    Updated Sep 23 2016 02:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (7) is chased by UCLA Bruins defensive lineman Deon Hollins (58), in football action, BYU vs, UCLA, at Lavell Edwards Stadium, Saturday, September 17, 2016. Monson: BYU's potential pivot point comes against West Virginia
    Landover, Md. • Kalani Sitake says his team, especially his offense, has to improve, all around. Ty Detmer says his offensive line “hasn’t played terr...
    Updated Sep 23 2016 12:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen waches the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri in Morgantown, W. Va., Saturday Sept. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Tyler Evert) BYU football: Cougs enter Big 12 country to face West Virginia
    The drive from Provo, Utah, the home of BYU, to Morgantown, West Virginia, where the West Virginia Mountaineers are from, covers about 1,929 miles. Th...
    Updated Sep 23 2016 09:45 am   |     |   Share
  • BYU place kicker Jake Oldroyd (39) celebrates with fans after an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Phoenix. BYU defeated Arizona 18-16. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) BYU football: Cougars have mostly been successful at NFL venues
    Provo • Although he was raised in Southern California during a time when the region didn’t have an NFL team, BYU linebacker Butch Pau’u grew up dreami...
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (7) is chased by UCLA Bruins defensive lineman Deon Hollins (58), in football action, BYU vs, UCLA, at Lavell Edwards Stadium, Saturday, September 17, 2016. BYU football: Taysom Hill shoulders the blame for offense’s struggles
    Provo • Fifth-year senior quarterback Taysom Hill put the blame for BYU’s offensive struggles on his own shoulders Wednesday after practice, saying “E...
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brigham Young quarterback Taysom Hill  prepares to pass for the Cougars,  in football action, BYU vs, UCLA, at Lavell Edwards Stadium earlier this month. Transcript: BYU Cougars live chat with Jay Drew on Sept. 22
    After falling to a pair of Pac-12 schools, BYU heads east to face West Virginia. The Cougars take on the Mountaineers at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Marylan...
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU Michele Vasconcelos (7) and Utah Tavia Leachman (2) go for the ball, in soccer action, BYU vs. Utah, at the Ute soccer field, Monday, September 5, 2016. BYU women’s soccer: Murphy Vasconcelos soaring, scoring in her senior season
    Provo • When BYU women’s soccer star Michele Murphy suffered a knee injury against LSU the third game into what was supposed to be her sophomore seaso...
    Updated Sep 21 2016 08:22 pm   |     |   Share
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    BYU football: Injury could keep Oldroyd from kicking against West Virginia
    The point spread on Saturday’s BYU-West Virginia football game has gone from WVU favored by 4.5 points to 7, but most prognosticators are calling for ...
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Butch Pau’u (38) brings down UCLA Bruins tight end Nate Iese (11), in football action, BYU vs, UCLA, at Lavell Edwards Stadium, Saturday, September 17, 2016. BYU football: Butch Pau’u making a name for himself in middle of Cougars’ defense
    Provo • When you are a hard-hitting linebacker who tied the BYU school record for tackles in a single game, with 19 (though such records have been kep...
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    BYU football: Cougars will head East on Thursday for Saturday’s game
    Saturday’s first-ever meeting on the gridiron of BYU and West Virginia at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., will pit a team 200 miles away from the nation...
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU fans cheer as the Cougars takes the field before football action, BYU vs, UCLA, at Lavell Edwards Stadium, Saturday, September 17, 2016. Monson: How BYU can get into the Big 12 — and find some peace
    Here’s the truth about what BYU can do to make itself more attractive to the presidents of the Big 12, increasing its chances for inclusion in the con...
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    FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2016, file photo, West Virginia linebacker Justin Arndt (30) tackles Youngstown State running back Martin Ruiz (29) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia has nine new starters on defense and has allowed an average of 434 yards per game. The Mountaineers don’t play this Saturday and are using the extra time to prepare for a Sept. 24 game against BYU in Landover, Maryland. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson, File) BYU football: Is matchup with West Virginia a Big 12 audition for BYU?
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brigham Young quarterback Taysom Hill  prepares to pass for the Cougars,  in football action, BYU vs, UCLA, at Lavell Edwards Stadium earlier this month. BYU football: Taysom Hill is still the starting quarterback, Sitake says
    Provo • Although the 1-2 BYU Cougars rank 119th in the country in scoring and 105th in total offense and have a healthy, promising sophomore quarterba...
    Updated Sep 26 2016 05:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU quarterback coach Ty Detmer on the second day of spring practice, in Provo, Thursday, March 3, 2016. Kragthorpe: BYU’s historic passing offense thriving elsewhere, but not in Provo
    Dana Holgorsen once was so unimpressed with his hometown college’s football program that he turned down a chance to leave his high school class and me...
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young quarterback Taysom Hill (7) throws the ball for the Cougars, in football action, BYU vs, UCLA, at Lavell Edwards Stadium, Saturday, September 17, 2016. BYU football: Offense’s struggles put spotlight on quarterback play
    Provo • From the moment senior Taysom Hill informed Kalani Sitake that he planned to apply for an NCAA medical hardship waiver and return to the BYU f...
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