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[14 Sep 2014 | | ]
BYU Gets Tougher Than Expected Test in UVA

BYU football is flying high right now.
The Cougars are 3-0 for the first time since 2008; they are getting a ton of national media attention, and they have moved up to Nos. 21 and 23 respectively in the latest major polls.
One thing that would make things even sweeter is for them to get redemption for last season’s debacle at Virginia by knocking off the Cavaliers in LaVell Edwards Stadium this Saturday.
BYU laid an egg in Charlottesville during a rain-drenched, weather-delayed game to open the 2013 season, losing to a bad …

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[10 Sep 2014 | | ]
BYU Faces a Struggling O’Korn

Houston quarterback John O’Korn was a mere babe when he nearly led his team to victory against BYU last season at Reliant Stadium.
The true freshman showed poise beyond his years, coming up just short in a wild, 47-46 decision deep in the heart of Texas.
O’Korn completed 29 of his 45 pass attempts for 363 yards and three touchdowns. He effectively used his feet to avoid the rush, to extend plays and find the open man, often giving the injury-plagued BYU secondary fits.
Luckily for the Cougars in blue, it was their …

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[7 Sep 2014 | | ]
BYU Now Poised to Run the Table

Its 41-7 whipping of the Texas Longhorns Saturday night was big for the BYU football program on many levels.
It sends the message once again that the Cougars would be a fine addition to the Big 12, or any of the so-called P-5 conferences.
After all, BYU is now 6-1 all time against Big 12 bluebloods Texas and Oklahoma and have outscored them by a combined 211-87 in those seven games.
The Cougars are a combined 3-1 against the Longhorns and Sooners since 2009.
The win also lifted the BYU into the AP Top …

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[4 Sep 2014 | | ]
How BYU Defeats the Longhorns in Austin

Folks down in Austin–and throughout the Lone Star State–have been waiting for this Saturday for a year now.
Actually, 364 days to be exact.
The Texas Longhorns will have payback on their minds when BYU takes the field at Memorial Stadium for a rematch of last season’s game that was dominated by the Cougars 40-21.
Fans of both schools well remember the record 550 rushing yards that the BYU offense rolled up that night on a hapless UT defense. It was the kind of night that causes heads to roll for the loser.
BYU …

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[4 Sep 2014 | | ]
Why I Empathize With Max Hall

Out of respect to Max Hall and his family, I initially just wanted to stay silent on the recent news of his arrest for cocaine possession and shoplifting.
But the more I thought about it, I figured if you’re reading this you already know what happened anyway, and maybe some of these thoughts could be valuable to someone.
Most people were completely shocked to hear the news. I was definitely surprised, but I wouldn’t say I was totally shocked. I don’t think most former athletes were either.
Not because Max himself gave any …

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[30 Aug 2014 | | ]
Oh, Oh! Taysom Hill Can Pass

Quarterback Taysom Hill sent a message to every team on BYU’s schedule Friday night.
He can throw the football.
Hill completed 78 percent (28-of-36) of his passes for 308 yards, three touchdowns and no picks as the Cougars dominated the UConn Huskies 35-10 in their season opener.
The junior QB also reminded everyone that he’s still as dangerous as ever on the ground, rushing for 97 yards and two touchdowns.
His five scores were a personal best.
After completing just 53 percent of his throws last season, Taysom dedicated himself to improving as a passer …

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[28 Aug 2014 | | ]
BYU vs. UConn: Keys to Watch

BYU kicks off the 2014 season in East Hartford, Conn. Friday night against the UConn Huskies.
Expectations are high for Bronco Mendenhall’s program as the Cougars begin year two of their fast-break offense under the direction of dark horse Heisman candidate Taysom Hill.
With a schedule that isn’t expected to be as difficult as last season, and with the players having a lot more comfort, confidence and familiarity with the offense, BYU should be able to get back to posting double-digit victories.
The first order of business is to take care of a …

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[25 Aug 2014 | | ]
BYU Freshman O-Linemen Earn Key Roles

Nothing speaks to the futility of the play of BYU’s offensive line over the past couple of years as does the depth chart the team released on Monday.
When the Cougars take their first snap against UConn this Friday to open the 2014 season, they may be starting two true freshman in Ului Lapuaho (6-7, 333 Fr.) and Tejan Koroma (6-0, 280 Fr.).
That’s quite a development considering that offensive line coach Garret Tujague returns 10 players who started at some point during the 2013 season, including four seniors and three juniors.
The …

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[25 Aug 2014 | | ]
BYU Football: Mental Keys to Execution

A quick (um, not really) follow up to my last article and then we’ll move on!
Once the season starts, there will be a little less theory, a little more analysis. It’s all question marks and conjecture right now.
And I’m not a fan of conjecture at this point in the season. I mean, the Preseason Top 25, they really know what they’re talking about, right?
I wanted to follow up because, although the feedback I got from last week was overwhelmingly positive (thank YOU!), there seemed to be slight confusion that maybe …

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[18 Aug 2014 | | ]
Can Taysom Hill Take the Next Step?

OK, let’s just speak the truth here.
BYU quarterback Taysom Hill was just plain bad during last Friday night’s open scrimmage at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Officially, he completed 9 of his 18 pass attempts for 89 yards, while throwing one touchdown and an interception. But those numbers don’t really tell the story of just how anemic the offense was when the junior was under center.
The first team unit struggled mightily to execute in the passing game and failed to consistently sustain drives.
Sound familiar?
At times Hill looked like he was trying to place …