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Coach Bronco Mendenhall has appeared on a handful of national col... Provo • Play on national television for three straight weeks, humiliate Texas 41-7 in Week Two, feature an exciting, play-making quarterback who is a fringe Heisman Trophy candidate, stay undefeated and crack the national rankings. That’s what the BYU Cougars did the first quarter of the college football season, and naturally national attention has followed for the independent going against the grain in the college football world. Coach Bronco Mendenhall has appeared on a handful of national col... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58421360@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:40:05 MDT BYU football: Cougars taking Virginia “more seriously” after big upset http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58417547-88/game-byu-virginia-team.html.csp Provo • Saturday’s game against Virginia is or isn’t a revenge game for the BYU Cougars, depending on which player or coach one asks, but one thing was clear after Monday night’s media session with coach Bronco Mendenhall and selected players. The Cavaliers (2-1) have the Cougars’ respect, despite having gone 2-10 last year. “Because they beat Louisville, we are more focused,” receiver Mitch Mathews said. “I am glad that they played well and that they won, so we could take this week more serious... Provo • Saturday’s game against Virginia is or isn’t a revenge game for the BYU Cougars, depending on which player or coach one asks, but one thing was clear after Monday night’s media session with coach Bronco Mendenhall and selected players. The Cavaliers (2-1) have the Cougars’ respect, despite having gone 2-10 last year. “Because they beat Louisville, we are more focused,” receiver Mitch Mathews said. “I am glad that they played well and that they won, so we could take this week more serious... 58417547@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:56:02 MDT Kragthorpe: Brandon Doman moves on, from BYU to little league http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58415113-88/doman-byu-offensive-brandon.html.csp American Fork On a football field with barely visible markings and no scoreboard, Brandon Doman stood silently with his arms folded as the final seconds ticked off a clock that could be viewed only by the referee. He’d shouted instructions to his Pleasant Grove fourth-graders prior to every play Saturday morning, and now Doman collected his thoughts for the postgame talk. The Vikings huddled in the shade of a small canopy as their coach, two seasons removed from calling BYU’s plays in venues ... American Fork On a football field with barely visible markings and no scoreboard, Brandon Doman stood silently with his arms folded as the final seconds ticked off a clock that could be viewed only by the referee. He’d shouted instructions to his Pleasant Grove fourth-graders prior to every play Saturday morning, and now Doman collected his thoughts for the postgame talk. The Vikings huddled in the shade of a small canopy as their coach, two seasons removed from calling BYU’s plays in venues ... 58415113@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:51:40 MDT BYU football: Cougars jump to No. 21 in AP poll http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58412712-77/poll-cougars-football-byu.html.csp Provo • An unsatisfying performance against Houston in Thursday’s 33-25 win didn’t stop the BYU Cougars from making a substantial leap in the Associated Press Top 25 college football poll. BYU is ranked No. 21 in the poll released Sunday afternoon, up from No. 25. The Cougars (3-0) are the only team not in a Power 5 conference that is ranked. Fellow independent Notre Dame ranked ninth, but the Irish are considered a Power 5 school. The Cougars moved into the Amway Coaches Poll, landing at No. 23... Provo • An unsatisfying performance against Houston in Thursday’s 33-25 win didn’t stop the BYU Cougars from making a substantial leap in the Associated Press Top 25 college football poll. BYU is ranked No. 21 in the poll released Sunday afternoon, up from No. 25. The Cougars (3-0) are the only team not in a Power 5 conference that is ranked. Fellow independent Notre Dame ranked ninth, but the Irish are considered a Power 5 school. The Cougars moved into the Amway Coaches Poll, landing at No. 23... 58412712@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:00:07 MDT Kragthorpe: BYU’s ranking matters only in October http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58415069-88/byu-state-committee-rankings.html.csp The only college football rankings that matter this season won’t be published until Oct. 28. That’s worth remembering as BYU rises in the AP Top 25 and the Southeastern Conference dominates the polls. Until the College Football Playoff selection committee launches its rankings, all this other stuff is just for fun. Naturally, the committee’s first rankings will be compared to the media and coaches polls, and their work may not differ all that much. The point is that nobody knows how the 13 comm... The only college football rankings that matter this season won’t be published until Oct. 28. That’s worth remembering as BYU rises in the AP Top 25 and the Southeastern Conference dominates the polls. Until the College Football Playoff selection committee launches its rankings, all this other stuff is just for fun. Naturally, the committee’s first rankings will be compared to the media and coaches polls, and their work may not differ all that much. The point is that nobody knows how the 13 comm... 58415069@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:00:07 MDT BYU football: Virginia suddenly looking formidable for No. 21 Cougars http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58412715-77/virginia-byu-game-cougars.html.csp Provo • BYU’s 2014 football schedule has been analyzed, dissected and discussed ad nauseam the past few months, and the scrutiny will only intensify if the 3-0 Cougars keep winning and become a candidate for one of the “New Year’s Six” bowl games. Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. rematch with Virginia at LaVell Edwards Stadium was rarely seen as anything more than a revenge game for the Cougars, after the Cavaliers surprised them 19-16 last year in Charlottesville. “I think we owe them one,” BYU safety Dal... Provo • BYU’s 2014 football schedule has been analyzed, dissected and discussed ad nauseam the past few months, and the scrutiny will only intensify if the 3-0 Cougars keep winning and become a candidate for one of the “New Year’s Six” bowl games. Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. rematch with Virginia at LaVell Edwards Stadium was rarely seen as anything more than a revenge game for the Cougars, after the Cavaliers surprised them 19-16 last year in Charlottesville. “I think we owe them one,” BYU safety Dal... 58412715@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:39:35 MDT Monson: If BYU wants perfection, it must listen to a Ute http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58409694-88/byu-season-team-cougars.html.csp One by one, BYU’s coach and players sifted through what had transpired the other night, after the Cougars’ third straight victory to start the season. They squirmed a bit as they answered postgame questions, chucking the proper responses back and forth in their minds before verbalizing them. Maybe squirmed is too strong a word. They looked unsettled and dissatisfied. And, for them, that’s a positive sign. When BYU does what it had accomplished only one other time in Bronco Mendenhall’s 10 years... One by one, BYU’s coach and players sifted through what had transpired the other night, after the Cougars’ third straight victory to start the season. They squirmed a bit as they answered postgame questions, chucking the proper responses back and forth in their minds before verbalizing them. Maybe squirmed is too strong a word. They looked unsettled and dissatisfied. And, for them, that’s a positive sign. When BYU does what it had accomplished only one other time in Bronco Mendenhall’s 10 years... 58409694@www.sltrib.com Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:40:01 MDT BYU football: Players get weekend off while coaches recruit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58409621-88/byu-mcmahon-football-coaches.html.csp BYU football coaches had to work long hours in the three days they had to prepare for Thursday night’s 33-25 win over Houston, but that didn’t mean they got the weekend off. No fewer than eight coaches were out recruiting on Friday night and Saturday, watching high school and junior college games around the country. Coach Bronco Mendenhall held a team meeting Friday morning, then gave the players the weekend off. “We will get back to work on Monday [to begin preparations for Virginia],” he said.... BYU football coaches had to work long hours in the three days they had to prepare for Thursday night’s 33-25 win over Houston, but that didn’t mean they got the weekend off. No fewer than eight coaches were out recruiting on Friday night and Saturday, watching high school and junior college games around the country. Coach Bronco Mendenhall held a team meeting Friday morning, then gave the players the weekend off. “We will get back to work on Monday [to begin preparations for Virginia],” he said.... 58409621@www.sltrib.com Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:33:13 MDT BYU football: Cougars won, but didn’t pick up many style points http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58407178-88/game-byu-cougars-daniel.html.csp Provo • Along with being BYU’s best shutdown corner, senior Robertson Daniel is developing a reputation as the Cougar most willing to tell things like they are — often cutting through the cliches and trite expressions common in post-game interviews. For instance, Daniel took the blame for the Hail Mary completion on Thursday night that let Houston get back in the game against No. 25 BYU, a game the Cougars led 23-0 before giving up 15 unanswered points the last three minutes and 12 seconds of t... Provo • Along with being BYU’s best shutdown corner, senior Robertson Daniel is developing a reputation as the Cougar most willing to tell things like they are — often cutting through the cliches and trite expressions common in post-game interviews. For instance, Daniel took the blame for the Hail Mary completion on Thursday night that let Houston get back in the game against No. 25 BYU, a game the Cougars led 23-0 before giving up 15 unanswered points the last three minutes and 12 seconds of t... 58407178@www.sltrib.com Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:15:04 MDT BYU football: Cougars start fast, hold on to beat Houston 33-25 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58404482-77/byu-houston-cougars-game.html.csp Provo • Ranked nationally after whipping Texas on its home field, BYU went into Thursday’s nationally televised contest against Houston looking for some style points. The blue-clad Cougars left the game just happy to have held on for the win. Frittering away a huge first-half lead, No. 25 BYU escaped with a 33-25 victory in front of 57,630 fans at LaVell Edwards Stadium to improve to 3-0 on the season. It is the first time since 2008 that BYU has been undefeated through three games, but it wasn’... Provo • Ranked nationally after whipping Texas on its home field, BYU went into Thursday’s nationally televised contest against Houston looking for some style points. The blue-clad Cougars left the game just happy to have held on for the win. Frittering away a huge first-half lead, No. 25 BYU escaped with a 33-25 victory in front of 57,630 fans at LaVell Edwards Stadium to improve to 3-0 on the season. It is the first time since 2008 that BYU has been undefeated through three games, but it wasn’... 58404482@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:38:31 MDT Kragthorpe: BYU’s defense comes through when it counts http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58405107-77/byu-game-defense-houston.html.csp Provo • The pass sailed over the middle toward Houston’s wide-open receiver, and here came BYU safety Craig Bills, separating the ball from the visiting Cougar player on the first scrimmage play of Thursday night’s game. That was a good start. And in the end, BYU’s defense was asked to make one last stop. The home team delivered, as Houston quarterback John O’Korn fired three straight incompletions to halt a drive that potentially could have tied the game, and BYU’s offense proceeded to run out ... Provo • The pass sailed over the middle toward Houston’s wide-open receiver, and here came BYU safety Craig Bills, separating the ball from the visiting Cougar player on the first scrimmage play of Thursday night’s game. That was a good start. And in the end, BYU’s defense was asked to make one last stop. The home team delivered, as Houston quarterback John O’Korn fired three straight incompletions to halt a drive that potentially could have tied the game, and BYU’s offense proceeded to run out ... 58405107@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:38:31 MDT Monson: Cougars’ victory over Houston was an underachievement http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58404486-77/byu-cougars-monson-houston.html.csp Provo • Three things were in the offing for BYU on Thursday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium and two of them were bad: a shot at a big, impressive win, a shot at a small, unimpressive win, a shot at – shut your mouth – a loss. The first would be acceptable, the second disappointing, the third a competitive disaster. As it turned out, the Cougars could gain only a bit of satisfaction in the middle ground they found. The final numbers on the board reflected their ho-hum discovery: BYU 33, Houston... Provo • Three things were in the offing for BYU on Thursday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium and two of them were bad: a shot at a big, impressive win, a shot at a small, unimpressive win, a shot at – shut your mouth – a loss. The first would be acceptable, the second disappointing, the third a competitive disaster. As it turned out, the Cougars could gain only a bit of satisfaction in the middle ground they found. The final numbers on the board reflected their ho-hum discovery: BYU 33, Houston... 58404486@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:16:20 MDT BYU Football: Leslie gives BYU a lift (again) in win over Houston http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58404633-77/leslie-byu-hill-cougars.html.csp Provo • BYU and senior receiver Jordan Leslie don’t play another opponent from Texas this season. Too bad. On Thursday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium, the Cougars won their third straight game by escaping with a 33-25 victory over Houston. Just like he did last week against the University of Texas, Leslie played a pivotal role. He finished with six catches for 79 yards — all while BYU was rolling to a 23-0 lead in the first half. It was Leslie’s 31st straight game with a reception and it came a... Provo • BYU and senior receiver Jordan Leslie don’t play another opponent from Texas this season. Too bad. On Thursday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium, the Cougars won their third straight game by escaping with a 33-25 victory over Houston. Just like he did last week against the University of Texas, Leslie played a pivotal role. He finished with six catches for 79 yards — all while BYU was rolling to a 23-0 lead in the first half. It was Leslie’s 31st straight game with a reception and it came a... 58404633@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:23:20 MDT BYU football: Houston twins thriving as blue Cougars http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58398380-88/byu-houston-mitchell-garrett.html.csp Provo • Like most people who have met BYU football walk-ons Mitchell and Garrett Juergens, coaches at Langham Creek High School in the Houston area had trouble telling the identical twins apart. So the boys devised a plan to help their coaches and teammates out. Mitchell wore white socks everywhere he went, and Garrett wore black socks. Problem solved. Thursday night, the Juergens brothers hope to give a different set of Houston coaches and players a different kind of dilemma. Just five days aft... Provo • Like most people who have met BYU football walk-ons Mitchell and Garrett Juergens, coaches at Langham Creek High School in the Houston area had trouble telling the identical twins apart. So the boys devised a plan to help their coaches and teammates out. Mitchell wore white socks everywhere he went, and Garrett wore black socks. Problem solved. Thursday night, the Juergens brothers hope to give a different set of Houston coaches and players a different kind of dilemma. Just five days aft... 58398380@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:12:13 MDT Kragthorpe: BYU’s quick turnaround will test Bronco Mendenhall http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58396770-88/byu-cougars-season-game.html.csp Provo • Now what? The BYU Cougars won the game that supposedly would define their season, and all anyone is asking of them is to do it again and again. Beginning five days later. “A natural tendency,” BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said this week, “would be to try to feel good a little bit longer.” Sorry. A season that continues with Thursday’s home opener vs. Houston at LaVell Edwards Stadium will have evolving themes, and this game is easily framed: Mendenhall’s challenge is to make sure his tea... Provo • Now what? The BYU Cougars won the game that supposedly would define their season, and all anyone is asking of them is to do it again and again. Beginning five days later. “A natural tendency,” BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said this week, “would be to try to feel good a little bit longer.” Sorry. A season that continues with Thursday’s home opener vs. Houston at LaVell Edwards Stadium will have evolving themes, and this game is easily framed: Mendenhall’s challenge is to make sure his tea... 58396770@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:23:30 MDT BYU football: Adam Hine’s early commitment paying off http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58394693-88/hine-byu-adam-lot.html.csp Provo • Not many 16-year-olds know which road they want to travel in life. BYU running back Adam Hine was an exception. When he was a sophomore at Snow Canyon High School in St. George, Hine committed to the Cougars. After he evolved into an All-State football player and record-setting track star, Hine drew recruiting attention from other schools, including Utah and Stanford. But he stuck with BYU. “It felt right,” said Hine. “It was a quick decision, but it was something I really thought throug... Provo • Not many 16-year-olds know which road they want to travel in life. BYU running back Adam Hine was an exception. When he was a sophomore at Snow Canyon High School in St. George, Hine committed to the Cougars. After he evolved into an All-State football player and record-setting track star, Hine drew recruiting attention from other schools, including Utah and Stanford. But he stuck with BYU. “It felt right,” said Hine. “It was a quick decision, but it was something I really thought throug... 58394693@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:54:22 MDT BYU football: Cougars starting over at halftime to get mental edge http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58394983-88/byu-game-halftime-mendenhall.html.csp Provo • When No. 25 BYU lines up against Houston on Thursday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium, the blue-clad Cougars won’t treat it like just another game. Instead, they will treat it like two games. Hey, it worked against Texas. After BYU led UConn 28-7 in East Hartford and then failed to score in the second half until just over four minutes remained in the game, an eventual 35-10 win, coach Bronco Mendenhall decided to change up the Cougars’ halftime routine. It apparently worked, because the C... Provo • When No. 25 BYU lines up against Houston on Thursday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium, the blue-clad Cougars won’t treat it like just another game. Instead, they will treat it like two games. Hey, it worked against Texas. After BYU led UConn 28-7 in East Hartford and then failed to score in the second half until just over four minutes remained in the game, an eventual 35-10 win, coach Bronco Mendenhall decided to change up the Cougars’ halftime routine. It apparently worked, because the C... 58394983@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:54:02 MDT BYU football: Houston will have hands full with Hill, coach says http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58389272-88/hill-byu-houston-yards.html.csp Houston coach Tony Levine grimaces a little when he hears national commentators say BYU’s Taysom Hill is a one-dimensional quarterback. After all, Hill completed 29 of 44 passes for 417 yards and four touchdowns last year when BYU eked past Houston 47-46 at Reliant Stadium. He rushed 34 times for 128 yards. The rematch is Thursday at 7 p.m. at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. “Well, Taysom Hill is an outstanding football player and certainly a great quarterback. He presents a number of challenge... Houston coach Tony Levine grimaces a little when he hears national commentators say BYU’s Taysom Hill is a one-dimensional quarterback. After all, Hill completed 29 of 44 passes for 417 yards and four touchdowns last year when BYU eked past Houston 47-46 at Reliant Stadium. He rushed 34 times for 128 yards. The rematch is Thursday at 7 p.m. at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. “Well, Taysom Hill is an outstanding football player and certainly a great quarterback. He presents a number of challenge... 58389272@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:24:16 MDT BYU Football: Cougars’ confidence soaring after blistering of weakened Texas http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58385266-77/2-0-byu-cougars-texas.html.csp Provo • As reporters waited for BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall and selected players in the interview room next door, the celebratory sounds coming from the Cougars’ locker room in the bowels of 100,000-seat Darrell K. Royal Stadium after another beatdown of Texas grew louder and louder. BYU’s national stature and confidence grew on Saturday night as well, thanks to the 41-7 pummeling of one of college football’s bluebloods, weakened as it is, and another eye-popping performance from quarterback Ta... Provo • As reporters waited for BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall and selected players in the interview room next door, the celebratory sounds coming from the Cougars’ locker room in the bowels of 100,000-seat Darrell K. Royal Stadium after another beatdown of Texas grew louder and louder. BYU’s national stature and confidence grew on Saturday night as well, thanks to the 41-7 pummeling of one of college football’s bluebloods, weakened as it is, and another eye-popping performance from quarterback Ta... 58385266@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:55:44 MDT BYU football: Cougars ranked No. 25 in latest AP Poll http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58385230-77/byu-cougars-houston-poll.html.csp Provo • BYU’s impressive 41-7 win over Texas on Saturday night in front of 93,463 fans has earned the Cougars a spot in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Cougars landed at No. 25 after improving to 2-0 and routing the Longhorns for the second-straight season. Florida State remained No. 1, while Oregon leapfrogged Alabama into the No. 2 spot after drilling Michigan State on Saturday. Utah is among schools also receiving votes. BYU did not crack the rankings in the Amway Coaches Poll, but rece... Provo • BYU’s impressive 41-7 win over Texas on Saturday night in front of 93,463 fans has earned the Cougars a spot in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Cougars landed at No. 25 after improving to 2-0 and routing the Longhorns for the second-straight season. Florida State remained No. 1, while Oregon leapfrogged Alabama into the No. 2 spot after drilling Michigan State on Saturday. Utah is among schools also receiving votes. BYU did not crack the rankings in the Amway Coaches Poll, but rece... 58385230@www.sltrib.com Sun, 07 Sep 2014 17:02:29 MDT