Perfect Wilson helps BYU beat W. Michigan in Potato Bowl
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — At the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl pregame press conference Thursday, BYU coach Kalani Sitake set high expectations when asked about how he thought quarterback Zach Wilson would play.
"Perfectly," Sitake said jokingly. "That's what I'm praying for, perfect play from everyone."
Sitake didn't get it from everyone, but he did from Wilson.
The BYU freshman was 18-of-18 passing for 317 yards and four touchdowns and the Cougars beat Western Michigan 49-18 on Friday.
No. 25 BYU rolls past FCS McNeese State, 30-3
PROVO, Utah (AP) — BYU needed a little time to get going against overmatched McNeese State.
Freshmen Lopini Katoa ran for two touchdowns, Skyler Southam kicked three field goals and No. 25 BYU took advantage of McNeese State's second-quarter mistakes in a 30-3 victory Saturday night.
Coming off an upset victory at Wisconsin, the Cougars (3-1) started slowly before pushing aside McNeese (3-1) for their 12th straight victory over an FCS school in the last 30 years.
BYU proves point with big push against Wisconsin
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — BYU will not be pushed around.
The Cougars proved their point against one of the Big Ten's most bullish teams.
Success starts up front for coach Kalani Sitake. Win the line of scrimmage, and BYU will win some games.
Canada runs for 2 scores, BYU upsets No. 6 Wisconsin 24-21
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — BYU coach Kalani Sitake viewed Wisconsin's brand of smashmouth football as a blueprint for success.
The Cougars followed the plan to perfection Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.
Squally Canada ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns and BYU handed mistake-prone Wisconsin its first nonconference home loss since 2003 with a 24-21 victory.
BYU spoils Sumlin’s debut with 28-23 win over Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Brigham Young's offensive line pushed Arizona around. Tanner Mangum was effective in his return from an Achilles' tendon injury. The Cougars kept Khalil Tate from breaking off any big runs.
BYU expected to be better after a four-win season ago and sure seems to be after opening the season with a road win over a Pac-12 team.
Squally Canada scored on three short runs and BYU spoiled Kevin Sumlin's Arizona coaching debut with a 28-23 win over the Wildcats on Saturday night.
It looks like it will likely be another soggy Spring Scrimmage for the BYU football team on Saturday but it’s still an important opportunity for both the Cougar players and the fans who want to see how their team looks.
BYU head coach Kalani Sitake said earlier this week that the scrimmage at LaVell Edwards Stadium — which starts at 11 a.m. and is open to the public — is a chance for the Cougars to go all out.
BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake has taken a variety of steps to ensure that the Cougars don’t repeat their dismal 2017 season, from changing up the coaching staff to changing schemes to increasing accountability.
One of the ways that emphasis has been evident during spring camp has been the amount of physicality.
BYU to face five Power 5 teams in 2018
PROVO, Utah (AP) — BYU will face another daunting task in 2018 with five Power 5 schools on the 12-game schedule.
The Cougars open the season Sept. 1 at Arizona and also face California, Wisconsin and Washington. They wrap up the regular season at rival Utah. California is the only one of those teams traveling to Provo.
The Cougars will host McNeese State, Utah State, Hawaii, Northern Illinois and New Mexico State with road games against Boise State and UMass.
BYU hires Hadley as secondary coach, says goodbye to Kaufusi
PROVO, Utah (AP) — BYU has hired former Weber State secondary coach Preston Hadley to coach the safeties.
The university also announced that former linebackers coach Steve Kaufusi has stepped down "to pursue other interests" after being on the staff for 16 seasons.
Assistant head coach Ed Lamb will switch from coaching safeties to the linebackers and coach Kalani Sitake will assist in coaching the defense this season.
BYU football announces three new offensive coaches
BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake today announced the hiring of Aaron Roderick as the passing game coordinator, and Fesi Sitake and Ryan Pugh as assistant coaches on Jeff Grimes’ offensive staff.
BYU football announces LSU’s Jeff Grimes hired as new offensive coordinator
When BYU football fans think of the top Cougar offenses in the last 15 years, teams like the 2006 and 2007 squads that both went 11-2 come to mind.
One of the key components to that success was the direction of then-offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, who spent his time in Provo from 2004-06 helping mold the BYU linemen into a dominant force.
Since then Grimes has made a number of other stops, but BYU made it official Thursday morning that he is on his way back to Provo.
Thumbs up, thumbs down: Ty Detmer was a scapegoat; Shame on zealot campaigners
The Billy Joel concert on Wednesday night at Vivint Arena was tremendous. The Piano Man not only sang us some songs, but he gave the fans a say in what eight of the songs would be — putting it up for a vote via audience applause.
BYU football announces Ty Detmer has been relieved of his offensive coordinator duties
BYU head coach Kalani Sitake announced Monday morning that Ty Detmer has been relieved of his role as the team’s offensive coordinator. Detmer, the only Cougar quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy, served as offensive coordinator.
According to the press release, Detmer and all coaches remain under contract on the staff. BYU will immediately begin a search for a new offensive coordinator. The new coordinator will make decisions regarding the offensive staff.
BYU head coach Kalani Sitake mentioned Monday that going through the disappointing 3-9 season the Cougars have had in 2017 has made him grateful for the little things.
As many BYU football fans have pointed out in 2017, the only thing consistent about the Cougars this year is their inconsistency.
Coming off a victory at UNLV to play at home at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Senior Day and facing a struggling UMass team (3-7 record) that traveled more than 2,000 miles, it appeared that BYU should have the edge.
But all of that is negated by the fact that the Cougars in 2017 simply aren’t very good.
BYU-UMass football: Seniors take the field at LaVell Edwards Stadium one last time
When things didn’t go as planned for BYU football in the 2017 season, Cougar head coach Kalani Sitake repeatedly said his team wanted to finish strong for the senior class.
At this point, one of the best things those seniors could get is a victory in their final game at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
BYU-UNLV football: Defensive tackles need top performances to give Cougars a chance
A quick glance at the statistics appears to indicate that the BYU football team’s defense will be in serious trouble at UNLV on Friday night.
The Rebels come into the game rushing for 252.6 yards per game (13th in the nation), while the Cougars surrender an average of 170 yards on the ground (67th in the nation).
But before you summarily dismiss that battle as a lost cause for BYU, look a little deeper.
The Cougar rush defense has taken some steps forward in recent weeks.
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BYU opens up QB competition with Mangum out for season
BYU coach Kalani Sitake has opened up the quarterback competition 10 games into the season after Tanner Mangum was lost for 2017 due to an Achilles injury.
A historically bad campaign turned worse during a 20-13 loss to Fresno State on Saturday when Mangum went down. The Cougars (2-8) are now in danger of their first nine-loss season since 1955.
BYU football players earn recognition for good play in win over San Jose State
After a loss, it is often easy to point out all the mistakes, the failings, the shortcomings — as the BYU football team has found out all too well this year.
Although there are still some of those in a win, victory makes it easier to recognize some of the positives.
The Cougars haven’t had many of those in 2017, so it isn’t surprising that BYU head coach Kalani Sitake appeared to enjoy lauding some of the solid performances in Saturday’s 41-20 victory over San Jose State.
Win meant progress for BYU football team, but Cougars still want to be better
When a team has lost seven games in a row — the longest such streak of futility in 49 years — it would be simple to be satisfied by finally getting that much-needed win.
In Saturday’s post-game press conference after the BYU football team earned its second win of the season by defeating San José State, 41-20, Cougar head coach Kalani Sitake and the players expressed that they were thrilled to get a victory — but they are still far from satisfied with their overall performance.
Feedback on Facebook: BYU football takes rotten season to new low with loss at East Carolina
Things aren't looking great for the Cougars right now. What silver linings can you find for this season?
The suffering BYU football supporters just keep hoping that their Cougars have hit rock bottom and will begin turning things around.
Those hopes were dashed once again as BYU hit a new low in their pitiful 33-17 loss at East Carolina Saturday night.
Kalani Sitake used the word “aggressive” to describe BYU’s strategy heading into the game against San Jose State, and running back KJ Hall delivered in the second quarter with a 75-yard touchdown run.
The play was BYU’s longest rush of the season and the longest play for the offense since a 75-yard touchdown pass against Toledo in 2016.
Hall racked up 112 yards rushing before leaving the game with an injury.
BYU football scores fast and frequently in streak-breaking win over San Jose State
In five of eight games in 2017, the BYU football team scored fewer than 14 total points.
The Cougars needed just five minutes and 26 seconds of game time to eclipse that mark against San Jose State on Saturday afternoon at LaVell Edwards Stadium, exploding to a quick 14-0 advantage.
That set the stage for a satisfying 41-20 BYU victory over the Spartans, a dominating performance that halted the painful Cougar losing streak at seven games.
BYU: Players cited for alcohol offenses released weeks ago
PROVO, Utah (AP) — BYU football coach Kalani Sitake says two players cited for alcohol-related offenses over the weekend were released from the team several weeks ago.
Sitake said at a Monday news conference that linebacker Francis Bernard had asked to be released several weeks ago and that was granted.
Bernard had been suspended for violating BYU's honor code and was arrested Saturday on suspicion of DUI, driving without a valid license or proper registration.
Inside Darnell’s Head: Time for a heart-to-heart between Sitake, his staff and his players
Here’s what’s going on inside Darnell’s head as I realize my name was never on a coffee mug, keychain or nameplate in any souvenir store I ever visited. Believe me, I looked.
During ACC Media Days in August, former BYU Coach Bronco Mendenhall said he films the Virginia sideline during games to monitor his players’ and coaches’ reactions to make sure they are authentic, genuine and supportive of what was happening with the team.
LLOYD: Who I feel sorry for — and who I don’t — during this dismal BYU football season
There just isn’t any way to really sugarcoat things for the BYU football team in 2017, so I’m not even going to try.
It’s simple: The offense isn’t scoring, the defense isn’t getting off the field frequently enough, the special teams has been inconsistent and the coaching hasn’t fixed any of the problems.
Did I leave anything out?
Cougar supporters are disappointed and frustrated — as are all the BYU players, coaches and staff.
Location: Boise, Idaho
Facilities: Albertson’s Stadium (36,387 capacity)
Coach: Bryan Harsin (5th season, 33-11 overall)
2016 Record: 10-3, 6-2 MWC West)
2017 Ranking: None
Series: Boise State leads the overall series 5-2. … Last season, the Broncos blocked a BYU field goal in the final seconds to preserve a 28-27 victory. … BYU’s last win in the series was in 2015, 35-24 in Provo.
Remember when the quarterback position for the BYU football team was supposed to be a strength?
Coming into the 2017 season, the Cougar fans had every reason to believe junior Tanner Mangum would be excellent. If he went down, there was cautious optimism that sophomore Beau Hoge would be solid as the backup.
After five games, however, BYU is facing a lot of unknowns regarding who will be taking the snaps in Friday's home game against Boise State (8:15 p.m. MDT, ESPN).
If you guessed that the bye week was tough on the BYU football program, you’d be right.
A 1-3 start and one of the lowest-rated offenses in the country can put a dark cloud over any college football program.
But you still have to recruit.
There are two things BYU fans can always get behind: One is preseason hype and the other is recruiting.
Time to re-evaluate: BYU football heads into much-needed bye week
Bye weeks are often a time for a college football team to get physically healthy from the rigors of the game.
While BYU can certainly use some of that, the Cougars head into their one-week break needing an emotional lift even more.
The first four games of the season have been brutal for players, coaches and fans, from the mediocre win over Portland State to a pair of beat-downs by ranked teams to suffering another crushing loss to rival Utah.
Establishing identity and early success are two keys for BYU football to rebound
After two straight losses, the BYU football team has no shortage of things to work on in all phases of the game.
The first thing is moving past the emotional disappointment of losing to Utah.
"Everyone knows that is a game we will never get back," BYU junior defensive lineman Corbin Kaufusi said. "It was a rivalry game but at the same time you've got to get your mind right because we've got another big game this week."
With former Utah assistant Kalani Sitake now the BYU head football coach — and a former Cougar at the helm of the Ute program in Kyle Whittingham — it’s possible we could be seeing an evolution into a kinder, gentler rivalry.
Utah-BYU rivalry still burning hot despite Utes win streak
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Darren Carrington is new to the Utah-BYU rivalry but the Oregon transfer has picked up the nuances fairly quickly.
The senior receiver remembers the criticism after he signed with Utah following his dismissal from the Ducks program for an arrest on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.
BYU coach says change needed for struggling offense
PROVO, Utah (AP) — BYU coach Kalani Sitake would be feeling better about his offense right now if he was seeing glimpses of what made the coaching staff so optimistic about the unit in fall camp.
Instead, he's talking about making changes after just two games, including one of the worst outings in recent Cougars history. No. 12 LSU beat BYU 27-0 last weekend for the Cougars' third shutout loss since 1976.
BYU football players and coaches acknowledge responsibility for shutout loss to LSU
NEW ORLEANS — Just who should take responsibility for a disappointing college football defeat like the one BYU endured in Saturday’s 27-0 loss to LSU in New Orleans?
With the struggles the Cougars went through on both sides of the ball, there is enough blame to go around.
At the end of the day, however, the responsibility falls on the shoulders of the head coach and Kalani Sitake didn’t back down from that after the game.
Who’s got the most BYU connections on LSU’s team? That’d be transfer D-lineman Breiden Fehoko
Greg Gilmore threatened Breiden Fehoko: turn over the enemy’s information or leave LSU.
Fehoko, a Texas Tech transfer who joined LSU in June, has more connections with BYU than any other player on the team.
The defensive lineman has deep roots in Provo, Utah, and he won’t get to play against a squad he knows so well. He must sit out this year in accordance with NCAA transfer policy.
That doesn’t diminish his connections ahead of Saturday's season opener against the Cougars at the Superdome.
Mangum confident as clear-cut No. 1 quarterback for BYU
PROVO, Utah (AP) — There's nothing unusual about the backup quarterback wearing a coach's headset on the sideline, but BYU had a deeper plan with that.
Tanner Mangum wore the headset as the No. 2 behind Taysom Hill in 2016 because coach Kalani Sitake and offensive coordinator Ty Detmer were thinking ahead to 2017.
First full class for BYU’s Sitake filled with versatility
BYU coach Kalani Sitake focused on versatility in his first full recruiting class after being hired to replace Bronco Mendenhall following the 2015 season. There was a premium on adding players that can play multiple positions.
BYU, Wyoming renew old rivalry in Poinsettia Bowl
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The BYU Cougars and Wyoming Cowboys had to come to San Diego to renew a rivalry that dates to 1922.
The Cougars (8-4) play Wyoming (8-5) in the Poinsettia Bowl on Wednesday night. It's the first meeting between the schools since 2010, before BYU left the Mountain West Conference to go independent.
None of the players were around when the rivalry ended.
BYU, Portland State to play in 2017 season opener
PROVO, Utah (AP) — BYU will open the 2017 season hosting FCS Portland State.
The schools announced Monday that the two programs will meet for the first time on Aug. 26, the season opener for both teams.
The game gives the Cougars a 13-game slate. NCAA rules allow BYU to schedule a 13th game prior to the normal Week 1 due to a scheduled road game in Hawaii.
PROVO — They hung tough for three quarters, but ultimately a handful of costly penalties and a pair of brutal turnovers proved to be too much for the Aggies to overcome.
BYU's football team turned those aforementioned turnovers into 14 points and also turned three pass interference calls on Utah State into 14 more points. That was more than enough for the Cougars to celebrate Senior Night with a 28-10 victory over the Aggies in front of 53,603 fans at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday.
Hill helps BYU pull away to 20-3 win over Cincinnati
CINCINNATI (AP) — BYU enjoyed the chance to simply grind one out.
Taysom Hill set up his touchdown scramble with a long flea-flicker completion, and BYU pulled away to a 20-3 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday despite losing running back Jamaal Williams for much of the second half.
"People say a 20-3 game isn't exciting, but that's my kind of excitement," BYU coach Kalani Sitake said.
Hill remains BYU starting QB despite slow offensive start
PROVO, Utah (AP) — The honeymoon for BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer may be coming to an end. Boos rained down from the stands last week as the offense failed to score 20 points for a third consecutive game.
Even the faith in quarterback Taysom Hill appears to be wavering as he's thrown more interceptions (4) than touchdowns (2) while completing just 58.6 percent of his passes.
Oldroyd’s late kick sends BYU to 18-16 win over Arizona
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kalani Sitake faced a difficult decision in his debut as BYU's coach. He could send out Rhett Almond to attempt a game-winning kick despite the sophomore missing a field and an extra point earlier in the game or turn to freshman Jake Oldroyd.
Sitake went with the freshman, with an assist to special teams coach Ed Lamb, and it worked out perfectly for the Cougars.