BYU and UVU weekend roundup: BYU football free falling while BYU volleyball flies high

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BYU senior linebacker Grant Jones intercepts a pass during the first half of the BYU-Boise State football game. (Photo by BYU Photo)

If you were as busy as the Cougars and Wolverines were this weekend, chances are you didn’t get to catch all the action. Here’s a recap of how it all went down.

BYU football loses fifth straight

The BYU football team lost 24–7 to Boise State on Friday night and moved to a disappointing 1–5 on the year.

The game started out promising for BYU, as senior linebacker Grant Jones snagged an interception on the first drive of the game. BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum then took the Cougars 48 yards down the field and capped it off with a touchdown midway through the first quarter. But those were the only points for BYU all night.

“We did some positive things,” BYU head coach Kalani Sitake said. “We really don’t have a chance to compete if we’re unproductive on offense though. We’re anxious to get to work and fix things.”

Mangum went 18 for 33 with 164 yards but also recorded two interceptions. Freshman quarterback Joe Critchlow took the field for the first time and went 2 for 4 with eight yards. Overall, Boise State racked up 300 offensive yards compared to BYU’s 238 total yards.

The Cougars will need to win six of their final seven games to be bowl-game eligible. They will play Mississippi State on the road on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Read “5 plays that changed the game for BYU against Boise State” here.

BYU volleyball remains perfect in league play

The BYU volleyball team beat Pacific in just three sets on Saturday (25–19, 25–20, 25–16), improving to a stellar 17–1 on the year and 6–0 in conference play.

Junior outside hitter Veronica Jones-Perry led the Cougars with 13 kills and six digs while junior setter Lyndie Haddock added a double-double with 30 assists and 11 digs in the win. In a true team effort, freshman outside hitter Taylen Ballard contributed nine kills with sophomore outside hitter McKenna Miller adding eight kills of her own. Sophomore libero Mary Lake collected 10 digs and junior defensive specialist Sydnie Martindale had nine digs. Freshman middle blocker Kennedy Redding also contributed with eight blocks.

“The team came out focused on what they wanted to do today,” BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. “Our offense and defense executed at a high level against a good Pacific team.”

The Cougars return home, where they are 5–0, for a big week. First playing Portland on Thursday followed by Gonzaga on Saturday, Oct. 14.

BYU women’s soccer earns first conference win

The BYU women’s soccer team beat Saint Mary’s 4–1 on Saturday night for their first conference win.

The Cougars dominated the match, with midfielder Bizzy Bowen and forwards Madie Lyons Mathews and Avery Walker all scoring in the first half. Mathews put another ball in the back of the net in the second half that put BYU up 4–0. The Gaels scored once in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Cougars.

“We’ve spent countless hours working on our attack, and tonight it paid off,” BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “We had a great week of training and it translated to four goals.”

BYU outshot Saint Mary’s 14–11 in the game and remains undefeated all-time in eight meets against Saint Mary’s.

The win put BYU at 4–5–3 on the year. They will look for another victory as they take on Pacific at home this Thursday, Oct. 12.

UVU volleyball gets comeback win

The UVU volleyball team beat New Mexico State in five sets on Saturday (22–25, 25–17, 22–25 25–20, 15–10).

“This was a big win,” UVU head coach Sam Atoa said. “We’ve struggled against New Mexico State recently, so this was key to keep us in the top half of the conference standings.”

Senior setter Sierra Starley collected match highs with 44 assists and a flawless 1.000 attack percentage in the match while senior middle blocker Madison Dennison led UVU with 16 kills and seven blocks. Senior outside hitter Lexi Thompson recorded 14 kills in the win.

The Wolverines improved to 8–12 on the season and move to 3–2 in conference play. They will hit the road this week to take on Chicago State on Thursday and UMKC on Saturday.

“Now we have to take care of other things. We’ll focus to our upcoming matches on the road,” Atoa said. “If we can turn things around in the second half of the season, like we did last year, I like our chances.”

UVU women’s soccer takes a split over the weekend

The UVU women’s soccer team lost 3–0 to UMKC on Friday night, but bounced back in a big way with a 9–0 shutout win over Chicago State on Sunday.

Junior forward Breanna McCarter led the way for the Wolverines, becoming just the fifth player in UVU history to record a hat trick. Alongside McCarter’s three goals, senior forward Sydney Fitzpatrick and freshman forward Amber Tripp scored two goals a piece while senior forward Tori Smith and senior midfielder Libby Weber each added one of their own.

“I’m proud of our team for handling the travel, refocusing, and coming out hungry for a win,” UVU head coach Chris Lemay said. “We had a number of players step up and we executed in front of the goal better than we have in previous matches. We were proud to earn another shutout with a great defensive effort. We’re excited to get back home for three matches in front of our fans.”

The Wolverines moved to 5–10 overall and 1–1 in conference play. They return home this week for a three-game home stand, first taking on New Mexico State on Thursday.

UVU men’s soccer drops two

The UVU men’s soccer team suffered a couple of disappointing losses over the weekend including a 2–1 loss against Incarnate Word on Friday and a 3–0 loss to UT Rio Grande Valley on Sunday.

The Wolverines fell to 3–8–1 on the year and 0–3–1 in conference play. They will head home for a three-game home stand looking to get back on track. They will first try to snap a three-game losing streak against UMKC on Thursday.

“Winning is contagious, but unfortunately so is losing,” UVU head coach Greg Maas said. “This team is in a position we’ve never experienced, but the players and coaching staff are determined to persevere and keep fighting to turn this season around.”

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