BYU 2013 Preview: Special Teams

The Brigham Young Cougars special teams sorely disappointed in 2012, except for punter Riley Stephenson. The place kicking was very unreliable, and without Cody Hoffman returning kickoffs the Cougars rarely got a boost of adrenaline from a big return. Moving on to 2013, Stephenson is gone, place kicking is still a big question mark, and the status of the returns department is status...
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August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Mendenhall continues to tinker with BYU coaching staff, raises more questions

Everyone knew that some coaching changes would be made to the Brigham Young Cougars coaching staff when the 2012 football season was over. The entire offensive staff was replaced in a prolonged process. With the BYU football team fully staffed again, head coach Bronco Mendenhall has tinkered with some of the responsibilities. There were already questions about how the coaching changes...
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March 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Flashback: Power Punting

One of the biggest losses from 2012 for the Brigham Young Cougars is punter Riley Stephenson. His powerful (45.4 yards per punt) and precise punts (30 inside the 20-yard line) were game changers for BYU. The same problem faced the Cougs 30 years ago. In 1982, Mike Mees set a school record by averaging 45.6 yards per punt. Mees, however, was a senior and would not be back for...
Via Blue Cougar Football
February 27, 2013  |  Discuss

BYU Football 2012 Season Review, Part 3: Awards

Awards is part 3 of a four part review of the Brigham Young Cougars' 2012 football season. Part 1 was a general recap of the season, and can be found by clicking here. Part 2 was grading the offense, defense, special teams, as well as the position groups within each, and the coaches. It can be found by clicking here. Part 4--Highlights and Milestones will be either later today...
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January 04, 2013  |  Discuss

BYU defense delivers Poinsettia Bowl win by getting offensive

Whoever coined the old adage “defense wins games,” probably didn’t have this in mind, but it nonetheless was true in the Brigham Young Cougars 23-6 Poinsettia Bowl win over the San Diego State Aztecs. Whatever else can be said of the season, it has been a great year for the BYU defense, and they capped a phenomenal year with an even more incredible finish. First, the BYU defense...
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December 21, 2012  |  Discuss

BYU vs San Diego State: Poinsettia Bowl 5 Game Observations

In a fourth quarter blockbuster performance, the Brigham Young Cougars extend their series dominance over San Diego State to six games straight.  Without a single touchdown until the fourth quarter, both teams had difficulty with field position and making things happen in the red zone. But the BYU defense led by a stellar Kyle Van Noy paved the way for James Lark and the offense...
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December 21, 2012  |  Discuss

BYU vs. San Diego State: Mo Moments

The Brigham Young Cougars beat the San Diego State Aztecs 23-6 in the Poinsettia Bowl. Perhaps more than any other BYU game this season, the Poinsettia Bowl showed how the momentum from one play can completely change the dynamics of a game. Mo Moment 1BYU had stopped San Diego State’s game opening drive with an interception by Ezekiel Ansah on a tipped pass. The Cougar offense...
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December 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Snubbed: BYU punter Riley Stephenson should be a Ray Guy Award Finalist

Tonight as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, the Augusta Sports Council will hand out the Ray Guy Award to the nation’s best punter. At least, that is the premise for the award. In reality the nation’s best punter might not have even been a finalist for the award. I speak of Brigham Young Cougars punter Riley Stephenson. The Augusta Sports Council (ASC) uses...
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December 06, 2012  |  Discuss

BYU Football: 5 Things to be Thankful for

The 2012 football season has been trying for Brigham Young Cougars fans. This makes it a little hard to feel thankful on this special holiday. There are, however, several reasons for BYU football fans to give thanks. Here are five. 1. Networking. Cody Hoffman and Jamaal Williams are, hands down, BYU’s two best players on offense. Both arrived at BYU through a little bit of networking...
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November 22, 2012  |  Discuss

BYU vs. Notre Dame: 5 Game Observations

With the Brigham Young Cougars game against Notre Dame in the books, it is time to follow up on 5 Things to Watch for. BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL was keeping an eye on defense, turnovers, Ross Apo, 60 minutes, and Riley Stephenson. Here is what we saw.1. Defense.The Notre Dame defense did its job. They allowed BYU just 243 yards of total offense. The Fighting Irish limited BYU to just...
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October 22, 2012  |  Discuss

BYU vs. Notre Dame: 5 Things to Watch for

There are many things to watch for as the Brigham Young Cougars face a top 10 opponent for the second week in a row. The five biggest include defense, turnovers, an MIA wide receiver, 60 minutes (not the TV show), and the punter. 1. Defense. Both BYU and Notre Dame feature nasty defenses. They don’t like to see opponents pick up first downs, let alone touchdowns. Can BYU move the...
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October 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Oregon State at BYU: Three Bold Predictions

My wife looked at me rather curiously as I talked about my latest assignment for Football Nation to talk about college football.  “Uh, didn’t you go to a college that didn’t even have a football team?” referring to my four years of study at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington in the late 80’s.  However, after graduation, I moved to Portland, Oregon for work and...
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October 12, 2012  |  Discuss

BYU vs. Utah State Post Game Thoughts and Analysis

The Brigham Young Cougars are on a two game win streak after beating Utah State. Hear what The Editor thought about the game. Some topics include:Why the low score does not reflect how well the offense played. How penalties are still a problem for BYU. Why is Riley Stephenson kicking the extra points?Note: This is a YouTube "video" but there is no image, only audio. BLUE...
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October 08, 2012  |  Discuss

BYU vs. Utah Post Game Podcast

If you can stomach it, take a deep breath and listen to The Editor give some more analysis and reaction of the Brigham Young Cougars 24-21 loss to Utah. The Editor commends Cody Hoffman, Kyle Van Noy, Spencer Hadley, and Riley Stephenson for their good works. He calls out the offensive line and their coach for the false start penalties, which were the poison pill for BYU, and much...
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September 18, 2012  |  Discuss

BYU vs. Utah: Mo Moments

The Brigham Young Cougars and Utah Utes football game was decided on the final play of the game, a 36-yard field goal attempt with one second left, but the momentum changing plays during all four quarters of the game are what led to Utah leaving 24-21 winners. Here are the “Mo Moments” for game three. Mo Moment 1On its opening drive of the game, BYU had 4th and 1 at its own 29...
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September 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Crazy finish to BYU-Utah game

The Utah Utes defeated the BYU Cougars, 24-21, on Saturday. That isn't necessarily a big deal. The manner with which how they did is though.Trailing by three points and driving late in the fourth quarter, BYU completed a long passing play to put itself within field goal range. Instead of attempting a game-tying kick, the Cougars got greedy and tried to gain a little more yardage...
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September 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Backup QB leads Utah to Holy War win

Jon Hays had two touchdown passes, Moe Lee returned a fumble 57 yards for another and BYU missed two last-second field goal attempts and Utah held on for a 24-21 victory Saturday night over the No. 25 Cougars. The Utes (2-1) blocked Justin Sorensen's 51-yard attempt with 1 second remaining, but BYU (2-1) got a second shot because the crowd prematurely rushed the field, resulting...
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September 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Poll Results: Who will score the first points of the season for BYU?

After scoring more touchdowns than any other Brigham Young Cougars player in 2011, one-third (33%) of voters think wide receiver Cody Hoffman will score the first points of the 2012 season for BYU. Running back Michael Alisa was second with 26%, followed by quarterback Riley Nelson (14%), wide receiver Ross Apo (12%), wide receiver JD Falslev (6%), place kicker Riley Stephenson ...
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August 28, 2012  |  Discuss

BYU 2012 Preview: Special Teams

The 2011 Brigham Young Cougars special teams was the best unit fielded by the school in 15 years. A kickoff and punt were returned for a touchdown. Punting was instrumental in winning two games. Placekicking was perfect on point-after-touchdown attempts. Along with these incredible highs, the special teams delivered some deep lows. Focusing on correcting those lows, while improving...
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August 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Flashback: Hunter the Punter

Brigham Young Coguars punter Riley Stephenson had one of the more memorable performances by a BYU punter during the Armed Forces Bowl last December. In 1992, Cougar fans were treated to a memorable performance the majority of the time the punt team took the field. Twenty years ago, Joe Herrick started the season as the team’s punter. In three of the first four games, he struggled...
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May 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Riley Stephenson At His Best in Bowls

Brigham Young Cougars punter Riley Stephenson was one of several role players whose well timed big plays were very influential in BYU’s 24-21 Armed Forces Bowl win over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. In fact, it was the third time this junior has had a strong performance in a bowl game. Back in 2009 as a freshman, Stephenson punted four times. Three of them were into a 42 mile per...
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January 03, 2012  |  Discuss

A Little of Everything Causes BYU to Lose to TCU

The Brigham Young Cougars (6-3) lost to the TCU Horned Frogs (6-2) for the fourth year in a row. As the 38-28 final score indicated, the Cougars did not lose because they were overmatched. This time, a little of everything cost BYU the game. Defensive miscues, special teams mistakes, offensive breakdowns, poor coaching decisions, and bad officiating. TCU got on the board with a 48...
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October 31, 2011  |  Discuss
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