BYU Cougars - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/Cougars Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) 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... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58417330@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:22:41 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 Talk of revenge had been replaced by talk of respect.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 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:11:08 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 BYU football: QB Taysom Hill in no rush to change his game http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58428998-88/hill-game-byu-taysom.html.csp Provo • It’s happened 62 times in three games this season. BYU’s Taysom Hill tucks the football under his arm, flashes across the line of scrimmage and attacks defenses with a combination of speed and power rarely found among college quarterbacks. Every time, Cougar Nation holds its breath, exhaling only after Hill bounces up and readies himself for the next play. Hill’s effectiveness as a runner cannot be overstated. He averages 118.7 yards per game, gains 5.7 yards per carry and he’s 6 for 6 i... Provo • It’s happened 62 times in three games this season. BYU’s Taysom Hill tucks the football under his arm, flashes across the line of scrimmage and attacks defenses with a combination of speed and power rarely found among college quarterbacks. Every time, Cougar Nation holds its breath, exhaling only after Hill bounces up and readies himself for the next play. Hill’s effectiveness as a runner cannot be overstated. He averages 118.7 yards per game, gains 5.7 yards per carry and he’s 6 for 6 i... 58428998@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:49:02 MDT BYU football: Zac Stout’s return to BYU tearful, but gratifying http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58425415-88/stout-byu-zac-gary.html.csp Provo • In BYU’s 33-25 win over Houston last week, Cougar linebacker Zac Stout tackled Ryan Jackson in the end zone for a safety, handing the home team its first two points and setting off a raucous celebration on the sidelines and in the stands. But for Gary Stout, the moment was meaningful in a much more profound way. Certainly, it was far different from that dreadful morning in November of 2012 when his son called, crying in front of him for the first time since he was a young boy, to tell hi... Provo • In BYU’s 33-25 win over Houston last week, Cougar linebacker Zac Stout tackled Ryan Jackson in the end zone for a safety, handing the home team its first two points and setting off a raucous celebration on the sidelines and in the stands. But for Gary Stout, the moment was meaningful in a much more profound way. Certainly, it was far different from that dreadful morning in November of 2012 when his son called, crying in front of him for the first time since he was a young boy, to tell hi... 58425415@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:00:41 MDT BYU football: No. 21 Cougars basking in national attention http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58421360-88/college-byu-football-cougars.html.csp 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... 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... 58421360@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:09:13 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