Top 5 BYU quarterback performances in their first career starts

Starting at quarterback for the first time, against a Top-10 team, is always a daunting task. That’s the exact scenario Beau Hoge faced when BYU hosted Wisconsin on Saturday. It didn’t produce a positive outcome for him or his team. Hoge totaled 111 yards on 11-of-20 passing and tossed a pair of interceptions in BYU’s […]

Kalani vs Bronco: The evolution of BYU’s defensive scheme under Sitake

Learning a new defense did not slow down BYU from stopping opponents last season. The Cougars finished in the Top 50 in several defensive categories while transitioning to a 4-3 scheme under new head coach Kalani Sitake. BYU held opponents to just 19.5 points and 365.0 total yards per game. The Cougars did their best […]

The end of Friday night (fireside) lights at BYU

One of the unique aspects of covering the BYU football program has been attending firesides that the team has held on the night before games for the past ten-plus years. No, I didn’t attend all of them, but I was there for quite a few — from Seattle, Washington to Hartford, Connecticut, and many places […]

2015: A year of loss for Utah Valley

For Utah Valley, 2015 was a year of losses, with community leaders who died too young, a young woman who disappeared without a trace, and a beloved football coach who decided it was time to move on. Then there were the losses that weren’t so bad, at least for some — tax increases that went […]

How BYU-Utah is more than a rivalry — it’s a family affair

State bragging rights are on the line as BYU and Utah meet this weekend in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. With how deep the rivalry runs between the neighboring universities, it’s no wonder ESPN ranked the BYU-Utah game the No. 7 most interesting bowl game to watch. “Who wouldn’t want to watch the Holy […]

Who will replace BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall?

With Bronco Mendenhall leaving for Virginia, BYU finds itself searching for a new head football coach for the first time in a decade. It will be a critical hire for the program as it continues to navigate football independence and build a stronger national profile. The pool of candidates for BYU is considerably smaller than at other […]

Bronco Mendenhall embracing new challenge in leaving BYU for Virginia

PROVO — Bronco Mendenhall was not the first choice to take over as the BYU football coach when he was hired 11 years ago. Mendenhall turned out to be the right choice in turning around a program that had suffered three consecutive losing seasons. Now he is tackling a new challenge in resurrecting a different football program […]

Bronco leaves BYU for Virginia Caveliers

After eleven years and 99 wins, Bronco Mendenhall is taking his talents to Charlottesville, Virginia as the new head coach of the Virginia Caveliers. During his time at BYU, Mendenhall ranked 13th in winning percentage (.702) among all active coaches with at least five years of FBS experience, and he ranks 10th among active coaches […]

Bronco Mendenhall closing in on 100 victories at BYU

Winning hasn’t been a simple task for BYU since becoming an independent in football. The Cougars have had to navigate increasingly tougher slates of opponents each season as they seek to gain national exposure and perhaps earn an elusive invitation into a Power 5 conference. Still, Bronco Mendenhall is finding enough success that he has BYU on […]

Cougar suspensions will be announced after Nebraska game; team captains named

BYU’s bloody brawl at the Miami Beach Bowl is finally going to come to an end, BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Monday afternoon. “It was so long ago, I don’t know what more you can do to punish the kids besides the scrutiny that comes with it,” Mendenhall said. “I don’t know what else […]

BYU football opens four practices to fans; plans multiple fan events

Why wait until September? BYU football fans have four opportunities to watch the team starting next week. As BYU begins its fall camp this weekend to prepare for the 2015 season, the team will have an early audience. Between Aug. 10 and Aug. 15, Cougar fans can attend the football teams practice  Monday–Wednesday and attend […]

#SquadGoals: 6 things BYU football should focus on during Fall Camp

This spring and summer the #SquadGoals hashtag has been dominating social media. For those not in the know, Urban Dictionary defines Squad Goals as, “An inspirational term for what you’d like your group of friends to be or accomplish. Used best when placed at the end of a directional statement.” As fall camp approaches, I […]

Should I stay or should I go: A definitive guide to BYU football’s road schedule

Earlier this year the above video — which mocks BYU’s home schedule — made the rounds on social media. Outside of a September contest against Boise State, it’s hard to argue that the Cougars’ home schedule is filled with a murderers’ row of the college football elite. But when taken as a whole, BYU’s schedule […]

Y Awards: Bronco Mendenhall shows off dance moves; top athletes recognized

The 2015 Y Awards highlighted some of the best sports moments of the year — including BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall dancing — at the Marriott Center on Wednesday night. Taking after the football coaches and teammates dancing on signing day, Mendenhall broke it down on stage with a few of his football players […]

BYU football to knock helmets with LSU Tigers in 2017

  Brigham Young and Louisiana State announced today their first ever meeting in football to be played at NGR Stadium — home to the Houston Texans of the National Football league— in 2017.   #LSU will open the 2017 season against BYU in the @TexasKickoff. http://t.co/7IrIJmej7I pic.twitter.com/NiYkynDxJC — LSU Football (@LSUfball) January 8, 2015 LSU […]

BYU fans were right

Cougar fans, as a crowdsourcing body, know what they’re talking about. Back in August, UtahValley360.com asked readers to predict how many wins the Cougar football team would have this season. The most popular answer was “8 or 9 wins.” Currently the Cougars are 8-4 with a chance to pick up a ninth win against Memphis […]

Cougars drop 50 in first half over winless Savannah State

Finally, the Cougars found a way to beat up on their opponent in the first quarter. Don’t be fooled, though, it was against Savannah State, who, entering Saturday’s game at LaVell Edwards Stadium, was riding a 19-game losing streak. It was surely a 20-game losing streak by halftime. The Cougars went scoreless in the third […]

BYU football gets blown up by Boise State, loses fourth straight

The Cougars pulled off big plays, but even bigger mistakes en route to a 55–30 loss to Boise State on the road Friday night. The Cougars were desperate for a win, and so were the fans, but the Cougars dropped a fourth straight game for the first time since 2010. The Broncos held an 84–3 […]

BYU football players and their celebrity lookalikes

Just prior to kickoff of the 2014 season, Utah Valley Magazine asked current BYU football players if they had a celebrity lookalike. Here’s their self-proclaimed double take. Remington Peck and Sean Lowe Position: Defensive Lineman Celebrity Lookalike: “The Bachelor’s” Sean Lowe Trent Trammell and Eddie Murphy Position: Defensive Back Celebrity Lookalike: Actor Eddie Murphy Skye PoVey and Patrick Swayze […]

3 reasons why BYU will run past Virginia

The Cougars rolled out of the gates 3–0 — but that’s not news to you. BYU has started 3–0 two times in the Bronco Mendenhall era, and both seasons ended in disappointment and bowl losses. The third time could be the charm behind the legs of quarterback Taysom Hill and running back Jamaal Williams, but […]

3 reasons BYU could be in for a letdown against Houston

Most Cougar fans are probably still basking in the afterglow of BYU’s epic beat down of Texas for the second year in a row, but just how long will that joy last? If history bears itself out, not much longer. Below are three reasons the Cougars could be in for a letdown this week against […]

13 well-known Mormons who accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge

Over the past few weeks the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been sweeping the nation with buckets of ice-cold water. The Ice Bucket Challenge began as a way to raise money for ALS Association. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Those who are challenged have […]

4 reasons BYU could lose opener at UConn

With the Cougars opening on the road, against a supposedly inferior opponent, on the East Coast, it got me thinking about that old quote from Yogi Berra, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” If you’re like me, you’ve probably had your memory of last season’s opener against Virginia scrubbed clean, “Men in Black” style. […]

Bronco Mendenhall issues Ice Bucket Challenge to Utah sports reporters

http://youtu.be/AHYeN6czecQ BYU football head coach Bronco Mendenhall took the Ice Bucket Challenge literally head on as he had, not just one, but two buckets of ice dumped over his head before taking a plunge in an ice bath. Mendenhall was challenged by KSL sports reporter Rod “Zippy” Zundel. The Ice Bucket Challenge began two weeks […]

The lighter side of Bronco, Taysom and Mike

BYU football media day (scheduled for this coming Monday, June 23) has a tendency to bring out the lighter side of coaches and players alike. Rarely, during the course of the year will you see head football coach Bronco Mendenhall and his players speak as freely and make as many jocular comments as you will during […]

Bronco Mendenhall joins ‘Studio C’ cast for Shoulder Angel skit

http://youtu.be/bjqMbBfU–Q BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall got his “poker face” on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t for a football game. This time Mendenhall was getting ready for a skit. Joining “Studio C” cast members Matt Meese and Jason Gray, Mendenhall faced a challenge when one of his players (Gray) confessed to dropping a ball, […]

First week of BYU spring practice

It’s never too early to get excited for football as the BYU Cougars hit the practice fields this week to improve upon the 8-5 previous season. Last year had a major shift in offensive attack with a new coaching staff and Robert Anae’s “go fast, go hard” offense. The defense didn’t quite live up to […]

BYU’s ‘baby steps’ to a National Championship

Spring football began Monday, and hope springs eternal. The 2014 season-opener is still nearly six months away, but BYU fans are longing for another magical season, like in 1996, when the Cougars won 14 games, finished No. 5 in the final polls, and won a New Year’s Day bowl game. They’re pining for a season […]