2006 BYU Cougars football team

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2006 BYU Cougars football
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MWC Champions
Conference Mountain West Conference
Ranking
Coaches #15
AP #16
2006 record 11-2 (8-0 MWC)
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall
Offensive coordinator Robert Anae
Offensive scheme Spread
Base defense 3-4
Home stadium LaVell Edwards Stadium
(Capacity: 64,045)
Seasons
« 2005 2007 »
2006 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#16/15 BYU   8 0         11 2  
#22/21 TCU   6 2         11 2  
Utah   5 3         8 5  
Wyoming   5 3         6 6  
New Mexico   4 4         6 7  
Air Force   3 5         4 8  
San Diego State   3 5         3 9  
Colorado State   1 7         4 8  
UNLV   1 7         2 10  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2006 BYU Cougars football team represents Brigham Young University in the 2006 college football season. The Cougars won the Mountain West Conference (MWC) championship outright with an 11-2 record (8-0 in the MWC), their first unbeaten conference play since 2001 (7-0 MWC, 12-2 Overall). This was also BYU's third season with at least a share of the MWC title (co-champions with CSU and Utah in 1999, and sole champions in 2001).

BYU finished the 2005 regular season with a 6-5 record and 5-3 for the conference. They would end their post-season with a 35-28 loss to California in the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Cougars play their home games at LaVell Edwards Stadium, named after its legendary coach, LaVell Edwards.

Pre-season[edit]

Among the returning starters were quarterback John Beck, running back Curtis Brown, linebacker Cameron Jenson and tight end Jonny Harline.

During the season[edit]

The Cougars started the season unranked in either the Coaches Poll or the AP Poll, and would not enter the polls until they had won their eighth game. They steadily rose in the rankings mainly on the strength of an offense that finished the regular season 5th in the nation in scoring and 4th in passing yards of 323.5 per game. The key to their offense was quarterback John Beck, who was one of the nation's top quarterbacks, running back Curtis Brown, and tight end Jonny Harline. They averaged a 465.5 yards and 36.8 points per game.

The Cougars played five bowl-bound teams during the season—Boston College, their second opponent from one of the six BCS conferences; Tulsa; TCU; the New Mexico; and their conference rivals, the Utah Utes. Notably, BYU defeated TCU (then ranked #15) by 31-17 putting an end to the Horned Frogs' 13-game winning streak.

Postseason awards and citations[edit]

John Beck

  • MWC Offensive Player of the Week for seven weeks
  • Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year (unanimous)
  • Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalist
  • Davey O'Brien Award Semifinalist
  • Heisman candidate
  • Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week
  • First Team All-Mountain West Conference (unanimous)
  • Second Team All-America, The Sporting News
    • Honorable Mention All-America, CBSSportsline.com, Pro Football Weekly, College Football News

Jonny Harline

  • Mackey Award semifinalist
  • First Team All-America, The Sporting News, ESPN, College Football News, CBSSportsline.com, SI.com
    • Third Team All-America, Associated Press

Jake Kuresa

  • Second Team All-America, College Football News
    • Honorable Mention All-America, The Sporting News
  • First Team All-Mountain West Conference

Bronco Mendenhall

  • AFCA Region 5 Coach of the Year

Curtis Brown

  • First Team All-Mountain West Conference

Sete Aulai

  • Second Team All-Mountain West Conference

Cameron Jensen

  • First Team All-Mountain West Conference (unanimous)
  • Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week

Quinn Gooch

  • Second Team All-Mountain West Conference

Bryan Kehl

  • Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Conference

Jared McLaughlin

  • Second Team All-Mountain West Conference

Nate Meikle

  • Second Team All-Mountain West Conference
  • Academic All-District
  • National Scholar-Athlete Candidate

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 7:15 p.m. at Arizona* Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ TBS L 16-13   58,450[1]
September 9 2:00 p.m. Tulsa* LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT mtn W 49-24   56,627[1]
September 16 10:00 a.m. at #25 Boston College* Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ESPN2 L 30-23 2OT  40,233[1]
September 23 1:00 p.m. Utah State* LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT mtn W 38-0   58,659[1]
September 28 4:00 p.m. #15 TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX Versus W 31-17   32,190[1]
October 7 11:00 a.m. San Diego State LaVell Edwards Stadium • Porvo, UT mtn W 47-17   60,804[1]
October 21 2:30 p.m. UNLVdagger LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT mtn W 52-7   63,341[1]
October 28 12:00 p.m. at Air Force Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO Versus W 33-14   35,521[1]
November 4 4:30 p.m. at Colorado State Hughes StadiumFort Collins, CO mtn W 24-3   21,117[1]
November 9 6:00 p.m. Wyoming LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT CSTV W 55-7   59,901[1]
November 18 2:00 p.m. New Mexico #24 LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT mtn W 42-17   63,814[1]
November 25 1:30 p.m. at Utah #23 Rice-Eccles StadiumSalt Lake City, UT (Holy War) CSTV/mtn W 33-31   45,330[1]
December 21 6:00 p.m. vs. Oregon* #20 Sam Boyd StadiumLas Vegas, NV (Las Vegas Bowl) ESPN2 W 38-8   44,615[1]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time.

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Roster[edit]

(as of September 2006)
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Wide Receivers

  • 2 Bryce Mahuika - Sophomore
  • 3 Michael Reed - Sophomore
  • 5 Brett Cooper - Senior
  • 9 Nathan Meikle - Senior
  • 10 Matt Allen - Junior
  • 19 Zac Erekson - Sophomore
  • 80 McKay Jacobson - Freshman
  • 82 Ryan Neeley - Junior
  • 83 Saia Hafoka - Sophomore
  • 85 Zac Collie - Senior
  • 86 Daniel Tervort - Freshman
  • 87 Matt Smith - Senior

Offensive Guards

  • 62 Braden Hansen - Freshman
  • 74 Travis Bright - Sophomore
  • 76 Ray Feinga - Sophomore

Offensive Tackles

  • 65 Dallas Reynolds - Sophomore
  • 66 Garrett Reden - Freshman
  • 68 David Oswald - Sophomore
  • 73 Jake Kuresa - Senior

Centers

  • 60 Ryan Freeman - Freshman
  • 67 Sete Aulai - Junior

Offensive Linemen

  • 53 Tom Sorensen - Sophomore
  • 55 Jeff Rhea - Junior
  • 59 Eddie Keele - Senior
  • 61 Jackson Smith - Freshman
  • 69 John Barrett - Freshman
  • 71 Rick Wolfley - Freshman
  • 72 Nick Longshore - Senior
  • 75 Walter Kahaialii -Freshman
  • 77 Jason Speredon - Freshman
  • 79 Erik Freeman - Junior
  • 58 Jayson Clark - Senior
 

Tight Ends

  • 13 Jonny Harline - Senior
  • 20 Daniel Coats - Senior
  • 37 Vic So'oto - Sophomore
  • 84 Jeff Allen - Freshman
  • 88 Andrew George - Freshman
  • 89 Brock Hansen - Freshman

Fullbacks

  • 11 Manase Tonga - Sophomore
  • 27 Joe Semanoff - Junior

Quarterbacks

  • 4 James Lark - Freshman
  • 7 Jason Beck - Senior
  • 11 Sam Doman - Freshman
  • 12 John Beck - Senior
  • 16 Jacob Bower - Freshman
  • 24 Kurt McEuen - Freshman

Running Backs

  • 1 Fui Vakapuna - Sophomore
  • 6 Curtis Brown - Senior
  • 22 Ray Hudson - Sophomore
  • 31 Isaac Taylor - Sophomore
  • 32 Mike Hague - Freshman
  • 45 Harvey Unga - Freshman

Defensive line

  • 54 Kyle Luekenga - Sophomore
  • 57 Dan Alleto - Freshman
  • 75 Jordan Richardson - Freshman
  • 77 Ian Dulan - Freshman
  • 90 Mosese Foketi - Junior
  • 92 Brett Denney - Freshman
  • 93 Sean Sullivan - Junior
  • 94 Tommy Nelson - Freshman
  • 95 Temana Paongo - Freshman
  • 96 Kalama Kaluhiokalani - Freshman
  • 97 Garrett Eskelsen - Freshman

Defensive Ends

  • 70 Hala Paongo - Senior
  • 84 Jan Jorgensen - Freshman
  • 91 Judd Anderton - Junior
  • 99 Matangi Tonga - Freshman

Defensive Tackles

  • 51 Russell Tialavea - Freshman
  • 98 Romney Fuga - Freshman
 

Defensive backs

  • 4 Brandon Howard - Freshman
  • 6 Jordan Stephan - Freshman
  • 10 Jeff Sorensen - Freshman
  • 14 Tyler Kozlowski - Freshman
  • 16 Kellen Fowler - Junior
  • 18 Aaron Attig - Freshman
  • 19 Brandon Bradley - Freshman
  • 20 Michael Moore - Freshman
  • 22 Carter Mees - Freshman
  • 24 Nate Hutchinson - Freshman
  • 26 Aaron Gordon - Senior
  • 29 Kelly Bills - Sophomore
  • 30 Robbie Buckner - Freshman
  • 31 Chris Warner - Sophomore
  • 32 Scott Johnson - Sophomore
  • 39 Cole Miyahira - Senior

Linebackers

  • 35 Cameron Jensen - Senior
  • 36 Markell Staffieri - Junior
  • 41 Bryan Kehl - Junior
  • 42 Gary Lovely - Senior
  • 43 David Nixon - Sophomore
  • 44 Dan Van Sweden - Freshman
  • 45 Rex Doman - Junior
  • 45 Zed Mendenhall - Freshman
  • 46 Kelly Poppinga - Junior
  • 47 Terrance Hooks - Freshman
  • 48 Andrew Stacey - Senior
  • 49 Shawn Doman - Freshman
  • 50 Chris Bolden - Junior
  • 52 Aaron Wagner - Senior
  • 53 Austin Nielsen - Freshman
  • 55 Skyler Stephens - Sophomore
  • 56 Dan Bates - Senior
  • 58 Jeff Bell - Freshman
  • 63 Connell Hess - Freshman

Cornerbacks

  • 15 Justin Robinson - Senior
  • 21 Ben Criddle - Junior
  • 33 Andre Saulsberry - Junior
  • 34 Kayle Buchanan - Junior

Safeties

  • 25 Quinn Gooch - Junior
  • 23 David Tafuna - Junior
  • 28 Dustin Gabriel - Junior

Punters

  • 29 Derek McLaughlin - Senior
  • 30 Jared McLaughlin - Senior

Kickers

  • 30 Jared McLaughlin - Senior
  • 29 Derek McLaughlin - Senior
  • 38 Spencer Covert- Freshman
† Starter at position     * Injured

Regular season[edit]

Arizona[edit]

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1 2 3 4 Total
BYU 7 0 3 3 13
Arizona 3 3 7 3 16
  • Date: Saturday, September 2
  • Location: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
  • Game start: 7:28 p.m. PST
  • Elapsed time: 3:22
  • Game attendance: 58,450
  • Game weather: 90°F, partly cloudy, wind 17 mph various
  • Referee: Larry Farina
  • Television network: TBS

Utah[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
BYU 14 0 0 19 33
Utah 0 10 14 7 31
  • BYU announcer James Bates: "Five in a row won't happen."


Las Vegas Bowl[edit]

Las Vegas Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
BYU 0 17 7 14 38
Oregon 0 0 0 8 8
  • "Um, remind me again who's in the Mountain West Conference." - Mike Bellotti on BYU's undefeated conference record
  • "Collectively, no, they couldn't compete at the highest level in the Pac-10. They lost to Arizona this year. They wouldn't even be a midlevel Pac-10 team." - Bellotti on BYU as Pac-10 team
  • BYU first bowl win since 1996 season


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