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A receiver had a false start at Texas and a running back had one against Virginia. “Probably just a lot of repetition, confidence, and playing in the system for awhile,” said starting righ... Provo • It has been well-documented in these parts that No. 18 BYU (4-0) is one of the most penalized college football teams in the country in 2014. What’s amazing is that only two of the 44 penalties BYU has committed this season have been false starts, and neither of the two was against an offensive lineman. A receiver had a false start at Texas and a running back had one against Virginia. “Probably just a lot of repetition, confidence, and playing in the system for awhile,” said starting righ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58473581@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:05:53 MDT BYU football: With no Utah, Cougars warm up to Aggies http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58469698-88/byu-aggies-state-utah.html.csp Provo • Maybe it is because the BYU Cougars came extremely close to losing to Utah State the last couple of times the Aggies visited LaVell Edwards Stadium. Or perhaps it is became USU has one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, when healthy, in Chuckie Keeton. Whatever the case, BYU seems to have a newfound respect, even an appreciation, for its in-state rival from Logan, if comments made during Monday’s news conference in Provo mean anything. The No. 18 Cougars (4-0) play host... Provo • Maybe it is because the BYU Cougars came extremely close to losing to Utah State the last couple of times the Aggies visited LaVell Edwards Stadium. Or perhaps it is became USU has one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, when healthy, in Chuckie Keeton. Whatever the case, BYU seems to have a newfound respect, even an appreciation, for its in-state rival from Logan, if comments made during Monday’s news conference in Provo mean anything. The No. 18 Cougars (4-0) play host... 58469698@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:11:49 MDT BYU Football: Cougars preparing for two USU QBs as game approaches http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58465103-77/byu-state-utah-game.html.csp Provo • There will be a lot of talk about the quarterback position around town this week as BYU prepares to host Utah State on Friday, but not just because the Cougars will finally retire Jim McMahon’s No. 9 jersey. The Cougars (4-0) don’t know yet which quarterback will trot out on the field for the 2-2 Aggies after the game kicks off at 8:15 p.m. MDT at LaVell Edwards Stadium, senior Chuckie Keeton or sophomore Darell Garretson. Utah State and BYU both had byes last weekend. Garretson played ... Provo • There will be a lot of talk about the quarterback position around town this week as BYU prepares to host Utah State on Friday, but not just because the Cougars will finally retire Jim McMahon’s No. 9 jersey. The Cougars (4-0) don’t know yet which quarterback will trot out on the field for the 2-2 Aggies after the game kicks off at 8:15 p.m. MDT at LaVell Edwards Stadium, senior Chuckie Keeton or sophomore Darell Garretson. Utah State and BYU both had byes last weekend. Garretson played ... 58465103@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:22:06 MDT BYU moves up to No. 18 in media poll, 19 in coaches’ poll http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58465098-77/4-0-week-3-1-cougars.html.csp Provo • Voters in college football’s two major polls didn’t forget the BYU Cougars, who were idle this past weekend. The undefeated Cougars (4-0) moved up from No. 20 to No. 18 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, and from No. 21 to No. 19 in the Amway USA Today Coaches Poll. The Cougars are one of 17 undefeated teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), which was previously known as Division I. Last Monday, the last time he spoke to local media members, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said he b... Provo • Voters in college football’s two major polls didn’t forget the BYU Cougars, who were idle this past weekend. The undefeated Cougars (4-0) moved up from No. 20 to No. 18 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, and from No. 21 to No. 19 in the Amway USA Today Coaches Poll. The Cougars are one of 17 undefeated teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), which was previously known as Division I. Last Monday, the last time he spoke to local media members, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said he b... 58465098@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:14:16 MDT BYU football: Cougs unbeaten, ranked, but attendance slipping http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58459320-88/byu-state-attendance-football.html.csp Provo • After roughly 5,840 football tickets went unsold for BYU’s home opener against Houston, coach Bronco Mendenhall half-jokingly suggested he was disappointed the Thursday night game televised by ESPN wasn’t a sellout at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The Cougars were 2-0, freshly ranked, and coming off a 41-7 beatdown of Texas. “Where is everybody?” Mendenhall asked after 57,630 fans showed up on a night BYU paid tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and members of the U.S. Arm... Provo • After roughly 5,840 football tickets went unsold for BYU’s home opener against Houston, coach Bronco Mendenhall half-jokingly suggested he was disappointed the Thursday night game televised by ESPN wasn’t a sellout at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The Cougars were 2-0, freshly ranked, and coming off a 41-7 beatdown of Texas. “Where is everybody?” Mendenhall asked after 57,630 fans showed up on a night BYU paid tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and members of the U.S. Arm... 58459320@www.sltrib.com Sun, 28 Sep 2014 11:34:12 MDT Monson: BYU’s open road to perfection has some potholes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58454802-88/state-byu-cougars-monson.html.csp Owing to the fact that they have to, the BYU Cougars are properly treating — or at least attempting to treat — every game this season as though it’s the only game that matters. But those who don’t actually pad up aren’t so obliged. Fans especially, those who are dropping hard cash on the barrel for a home slate that looks about as competitively compelling week to week as an ant doing battle with a hammer, as well as outside observers of other kinds who some weeks might be bored out of their skul... Owing to the fact that they have to, the BYU Cougars are properly treating — or at least attempting to treat — every game this season as though it’s the only game that matters. But those who don’t actually pad up aren’t so obliged. Fans especially, those who are dropping hard cash on the barrel for a home slate that looks about as competitively compelling week to week as an ant doing battle with a hammer, as well as outside observers of other kinds who some weeks might be bored out of their skul... 58454802@www.sltrib.com Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:26:02 MDT Ex-BYU QB Hall may enter treatment program, avoid prosecution http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58452006-88/hall-byu-program-prosecution.html.csp Arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen items and cocaine earlier this month in Gilbert, Arizona, former BYU quarterback Max Hall can avoid criminal prosecution by participating in a one-year drug diversion program, according to a spokesman for the Maricopa County, Arizona, Attorney’s Office. Public Information Officer Jerry Cobb said this week that Hall was recently offered the diversion option, which includes mandatory drug testing and substance abuse treatment, all at his expense. If he... Arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen items and cocaine earlier this month in Gilbert, Arizona, former BYU quarterback Max Hall can avoid criminal prosecution by participating in a one-year drug diversion program, according to a spokesman for the Maricopa County, Arizona, Attorney’s Office. Public Information Officer Jerry Cobb said this week that Hall was recently offered the diversion option, which includes mandatory drug testing and substance abuse treatment, all at his expense. If he... 58452006@www.sltrib.com Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:02:13 MDT BYU volleyball: Hamson, Gray lead No. 11 Cougs into WCC play http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58449827-88/byu-hamson-volleyball-gray.html.csp Provo • While two-sport star Jennifer Hamson was taking the 2013 women’s volleyball season off to concentrate on basketball, a funny thing happened to coach Shawn Olmstead’s Cougars. They found another star. Her name is Alexa Gray. After bursting on the scene in 2012 and earning WCC Freshman of the Year honors, Gray was sensational as a sophomore. She became the Cougars’ go-to hitter last year, picking up AVCA Third-Team All-American accolades in the process. So 2014 is here, and Hamson is back,... Provo • While two-sport star Jennifer Hamson was taking the 2013 women’s volleyball season off to concentrate on basketball, a funny thing happened to coach Shawn Olmstead’s Cougars. They found another star. Her name is Alexa Gray. After bursting on the scene in 2012 and earning WCC Freshman of the Year honors, Gray was sensational as a sophomore. She became the Cougars’ go-to hitter last year, picking up AVCA Third-Team All-American accolades in the process. So 2014 is here, and Hamson is back,... 58449827@www.sltrib.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:55:31 MDT BYU Cougars enter bye week concerned about spotty defense http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58443151-88/byu-happy-howell-defensive.html.csp Provo • How good is this BYU football team that is 4-0, ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 and winning games against rather average opponents by an average of 18.7 points? It’s a debate that rages nationally, and will continue to make headlines as long as the Cougars keep winning — although there should be a bit of a reprieve this week because BYU has a bye before facing Utah State on Oct. 3. One theory: BYU is an average football team with a great quarterback. Last Saturday against V... Provo • How good is this BYU football team that is 4-0, ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 and winning games against rather average opponents by an average of 18.7 points? It’s a debate that rages nationally, and will continue to make headlines as long as the Cougars keep winning — although there should be a bit of a reprieve this week because BYU has a bye before facing Utah State on Oct. 3. One theory: BYU is an average football team with a great quarterback. Last Saturday against V... 58443151@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:59:38 MDT BYU football: No. 20 Cougars roll into bye week with room to improve http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58439224-77/byu-cougars-state-game.html.csp Provo • The undefeated BYU Cougars, 4-0 for the first time since 2008, don’t really need a bye this week. They are rolling along quite nicely after consecutive, if not totally satisfying, eight-point wins at home and are riding a wave of national attention that has vaulted them to No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, No. 21 in the Amway Coaches Poll. Quarterback Taysom Hill is starting to get talked about as a possible invitee to New York City for the Heisman Trophy presentation, although... Provo • The undefeated BYU Cougars, 4-0 for the first time since 2008, don’t really need a bye this week. They are rolling along quite nicely after consecutive, if not totally satisfying, eight-point wins at home and are riding a wave of national attention that has vaulted them to No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, No. 21 in the Amway Coaches Poll. Quarterback Taysom Hill is starting to get talked about as a possible invitee to New York City for the Heisman Trophy presentation, although... 58439224@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:38:18 MDT BYU football: Undefeated Cougars climb to No. 20 in AP Poll http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58438755-77/byu-poll-team-football.html.csp Provo • Undefeated BYU continues to climb in the national rankings. A day after defeating Virginia 41-33 in an uneven performance at LaVell Edwards Stadium, BYU jumped to No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 media poll and to No. 21 in the Amway Coaches Poll. The Cougars were No. 21 in the AP Poll last week, and No. 23 in the coaches’ poll. Utah received votes in both polls, and would be No. 31 in the AP Poll if it extended that far. Florida State remained No. 1 after escaping with an overtime ... Provo • Undefeated BYU continues to climb in the national rankings. A day after defeating Virginia 41-33 in an uneven performance at LaVell Edwards Stadium, BYU jumped to No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 media poll and to No. 21 in the Amway Coaches Poll. The Cougars were No. 21 in the AP Poll last week, and No. 23 in the coaches’ poll. Utah received votes in both polls, and would be No. 31 in the AP Poll if it extended that far. Florida State remained No. 1 after escaping with an overtime ... 58438755@www.sltrib.com Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:45:33 MDT Monson: BYU is imperfect and undefeated (VIDEO) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58436864-88/byu-yards-cougars-win.html.csp Provo • It was far from perfect, even though the record still is. It wasn’t particularly picturesque. But what 4-0 BYU did against Virginia on Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium showed the flawed Cougars can accomplish something out of the ordinary this season: Beat everyone on their schedule. Some of that is a reflection/indication of the relatively easy road they’re traveling. Some of it is a compliment regarding what they do remarkably well. Some of it comes from a conclusion that if BYU eve... Provo • It was far from perfect, even though the record still is. It wasn’t particularly picturesque. But what 4-0 BYU did against Virginia on Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium showed the flawed Cougars can accomplish something out of the ordinary this season: Beat everyone on their schedule. Some of that is a reflection/indication of the relatively easy road they’re traveling. Some of it is a compliment regarding what they do remarkably well. Some of it comes from a conclusion that if BYU eve... 58436864@www.sltrib.com Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:40:04 MDT BYU football: Virginia linebacker says Taysom Hill will win the Heisman http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58436973-88/virginia-win-byu-hill.html.csp Provo • BYU quarterback Taysom Hill made quite an impression on Virginia. After Hill passed for two touchdowns and ran for another during the Cougars’ 41-33 win on Saturday, Cavalier linebacker Max Valles predicted Hill will win the Heisman Trophy. “I told him after the game,” Valles said. “... He is the best athlete I have every played against — college or high school.” Virginia actually did a reasonable job of containing Hill, who needed 17 carries to gain 72 yards. But the Cavaliers struggled... Provo • BYU quarterback Taysom Hill made quite an impression on Virginia. After Hill passed for two touchdowns and ran for another during the Cougars’ 41-33 win on Saturday, Cavalier linebacker Max Valles predicted Hill will win the Heisman Trophy. “I told him after the game,” Valles said. “... He is the best athlete I have every played against — college or high school.” Virginia actually did a reasonable job of containing Hill, who needed 17 carries to gain 72 yards. But the Cavaliers struggled... 58436973@www.sltrib.com Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:21:21 MDT BYU football: Sloppy Cougars hold off Virginia to improve to 4-0 (VIDEO) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58435836-88/byu-virginia-kick-uva.html.csp Provo • If college football games were decided by the stat sheet, and not the scoreboard, the No. 21 BYU Cougars would not be 4-0 right now. The Cougars are still undefeated, but no person in their right mind can label this team perfect right now, after BYU scraped and clawed its way to a 41-33 win over upset-minded Virginia in front of 59,023 sun-drenched fans at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday afternoon. “Coming into this game, I knew this would be our toughest game so far,” said receiver M... Provo • If college football games were decided by the stat sheet, and not the scoreboard, the No. 21 BYU Cougars would not be 4-0 right now. The Cougars are still undefeated, but no person in their right mind can label this team perfect right now, after BYU scraped and clawed its way to a 41-33 win over upset-minded Virginia in front of 59,023 sun-drenched fans at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday afternoon. “Coming into this game, I knew this would be our toughest game so far,” said receiver M... 58435836@www.sltrib.com Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:23:23 MDT BYU football: Defense struggles as Virginia runs 102 plays http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58436953-88/virginia-byu-game-plays.html.csp Provo • BYU safety Craig Bills freely admitted it. After Saturday’s 41-33 win over Virginia at LaVell Edwards Stadium, the senior was exhausted. “I am really, really tired, to be honest,” Bills said. Why not? Virginia ran a whopping 102 plays against BYU, and Bills was on the field for all of them. The Cavaliers racked up 519 yards and held the ball for nearly 41 minutes. “We defended like 100 plays,” BYU defensive back Skye PoVey said. “That’s hard. But when we were playing a lot of guys, that ... Provo • BYU safety Craig Bills freely admitted it. After Saturday’s 41-33 win over Virginia at LaVell Edwards Stadium, the senior was exhausted. “I am really, really tired, to be honest,” Bills said. Why not? Virginia ran a whopping 102 plays against BYU, and Bills was on the field for all of them. The Cavaliers racked up 519 yards and held the ball for nearly 41 minutes. “We defended like 100 plays,” BYU defensive back Skye PoVey said. “That’s hard. But when we were playing a lot of guys, that ... 58436953@www.sltrib.com Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:23:23 MDT BYU football: Punter Scott Arellano gets his kicks in BYU’s win over Virginia http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58436881-88/arellano-byu-virginia-punter.html.csp Provo • Tucked underneath the east stands at LaVell Edwards Stadium and shielded from passing fans by black plastic curtains, the BYU media interview room can be hard to find. Especially for a punter. “I didn’t know this room existed,” Scott Arellano said Saturday. “So this is really cool. I’m happy to be here.” Arellano, a former walk-on, earned the media’s attention after playing a critical role in BYU’s 41-33 victory over Virginia. He averaged 55 yards on five kicks, dropped four punts insid... Provo • Tucked underneath the east stands at LaVell Edwards Stadium and shielded from passing fans by black plastic curtains, the BYU media interview room can be hard to find. Especially for a punter. “I didn’t know this room existed,” Scott Arellano said Saturday. “So this is really cool. I’m happy to be here.” Arellano, a former walk-on, earned the media’s attention after playing a critical role in BYU’s 41-33 victory over Virginia. He averaged 55 yards on five kicks, dropped four punts insid... 58436881@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:48:58 MDT BYU football: Virginia suddenly looms large for Cougars http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58432849-88/virginia-byu-game-upset.html.csp Provo • Shortly after knocking off the Houston Cougars 33-25 last week, BYU football players one by one talked about their eagerness to face Virginia this week and exact a measure of revenge upon the Cavaliers for last year’s season-opening loss in Charlottesville. By Monday, that tone had changed. All BYU coaches and players could talk about was how much Virginia has improved since a year ago, when it went 2-10. Talk of revenge had been replaced by talk of respect. Funny, what an upset over a T... Provo • Shortly after knocking off the Houston Cougars 33-25 last week, BYU football players one by one talked about their eagerness to face Virginia this week and exact a measure of revenge upon the Cavaliers for last year’s season-opening loss in Charlottesville. By Monday, that tone had changed. All BYU coaches and players could talk about was how much Virginia has improved since a year ago, when it went 2-10. Talk of revenge had been replaced by talk of respect. Funny, what an upset over a T... 58432849@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:51:13 MDT Analysis: BYU-Virginia position preview http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58417330-88/virginia-yards-byu-houston.html.csp All of a sudden, this is looking like a tough one. BYU crushed Texas and a week later, was tested up and down the field by Houston before clinching a 33-25 victory. Then comes Virginia, fresh off a confidence boosting 23-21 victory against 21st ranked Louisville. In one swift motion, Virginia had ended an 11-game losing streak against FBS opponents, a 10-game losing streak against ACC foes and looked to be contender with a tough defense. Still, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill has looked fantastic an... All of a sudden, this is looking like a tough one. BYU crushed Texas and a week later, was tested up and down the field by Houston before clinching a 33-25 victory. Then comes Virginia, fresh off a confidence boosting 23-21 victory against 21st ranked Louisville. In one swift motion, Virginia had ended an 11-game losing streak against FBS opponents, a 10-game losing streak against ACC foes and looked to be contender with a tough defense. Still, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill has looked fantastic an... 58417330@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:22:41 MDT BYU football: McMahon to enter BYU Hall, have jersey retired http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58429049-88/byu-mcmahon-degree-game.html.csp Provo • Thirty-three years after completing his eligibility as an All-American quarterback at BYU, Jim McMahon will be inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame and have his No. 9 jersey retired at a halftime ceremony during the BYU-Utah State game on Oct. 3. BYU made the announcement on Thursday morning with the release of its 2014 induction class to be honored at the Marriott Center on Oct. 2. Other inductees include gymnast Kelly Parkinson Evanson, swimmer Dmitri Malinovski, track and cross... Provo • Thirty-three years after completing his eligibility as an All-American quarterback at BYU, Jim McMahon will be inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame and have his No. 9 jersey retired at a halftime ceremony during the BYU-Utah State game on Oct. 3. BYU made the announcement on Thursday morning with the release of its 2014 induction class to be honored at the Marriott Center on Oct. 2. Other inductees include gymnast Kelly Parkinson Evanson, swimmer Dmitri Malinovski, track and cross... 58429049@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:06:34 MDT Virginia-BYU Preview Capsule http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58429591-88/virginia-byu-cougars-season.html.csp VIRGINIA (2-1) at No. 21 BYU (3-0), 3:35 p.m. ET (ESPN). Line: BYU by 14. Series Record: Virginia leads 3-1. WHAT’S AT STAKE Virginia is playing its first road game of the season. Last season BYU visited Virginia and lost 19-16 in a game that featured a two-hour lightning delay. The Cougars have spent two weeks in the AP Top 25, their first appearance in the national rankings since early 2012. Three of Virginia’s opponents to start the season have been ranked: UCLA, Louisville and the Cougars. K... VIRGINIA (2-1) at No. 21 BYU (3-0), 3:35 p.m. ET (ESPN). Line: BYU by 14. Series Record: Virginia leads 3-1. WHAT’S AT STAKE Virginia is playing its first road game of the season. Last season BYU visited Virginia and lost 19-16 in a game that featured a two-hour lightning delay. The Cougars have spent two weeks in the AP Top 25, their first appearance in the national rankings since early 2012. Three of Virginia’s opponents to start the season have been ranked: UCLA, Louisville and the Cougars. K... 58429591@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:31:02 MDT