2012 BYU Cougars football team

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2012 BYU Cougars football
BYU Cougars logo.svg
Poinsettia Bowl champion
Conference Independent
2012 record 8–5
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall (8th season)
Offensive coordinator Brandon Doman (2nd season)
Offensive scheme West Coast
Defensive coordinator Bronco Mendenhall (8th season)
Base defense 3–4
Captain David Foote
Captain Riley Nelson
Captain Brandon Ogletree
Home stadium LaVell Edwards Stadium
(Capacity: 63,470)
← 2011
2013 →
2012 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 4 Notre Dame  %               12 1  
BYU               8 5  
Navy               8 5  
Army               2 10  
  • % – BCS at-large representative
As of January 7, 2013; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 BYU Cougars football team represented Brigham Young University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cougars, led by head coach Bronco Mendenhall, played their home games at LaVell Edwards Stadium. This was the second year BYU competed as an independent. They finished the season 8–5. They were invited to the Poinsettia Bowl where they defeated San Diego State.

Before the season[edit]

2012 Recruits[edit]

As the home of the Cougars, BYUtv would sponsor their own National Letter of Intent Day signing day special. The special aired on Wednesday, February 1 at 7 PM MT and was rebroadcast that night at 10 PM MT and Thursday morning at 1 AM MT. Additionally a signing day press conference was broadcast on BYUtvsports.com live at 1:30 PM MT. The following athletes signed letters of intent to play for BYU in the coming seasons.[1]

6 of the Cougar commitments (Amone, Hannemann, Hinds, Mangum, Richards, and Weeks) plan to serve full-time church missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before joining the BYU team. 3 Cougars commitments (Hill, Johnson, and Olsen) were mid-year enrollees. Powell graduated High School in winter 2011 and was already taking classes at BYU, so there was no letter of intent for him to sign. He plans to grey-shirt before going on a church mission. With 6 other QB's on the roster, Mangum also chose to grey-shirt the 2012 season.

2012 Return Missionary Commitments[edit]

BYU also announced a large list of return missionaries that would help bolster their roster this season. Commit dates in this section are dates in which it was announced these players would return to BYU, not when they actually first signed with BYU.

2012 Departures[edit]

The following Cougars graduated, transferred, or chose to serve two-year Church Missions after the 2011 season and didn't return to the team in 2012.

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
JJ Di Luigi 10 RB 5'9" 185 Senior Canyon Country, CA Graduated
Bryan Kariya 33 RB 6'0" 217 Senior Kaysville, UT Graduated
Terence Brown 60 C 6'4" 318 Senior Summerville, SC Graduated ; NFL Free agent signee with the Miami Dolphins[2]
Marco Thorson 62 OG 6'6" 210 Senior Ramona, CA Graduated
Matt Reynolds 70 OT 6'6" 305 Senior Provo, UT Graduated ; NFL Free agent signee with the Carolina Panthers [2]
McKay Jacobson 06 WR 5'11" 199 Senior Southlake, TX Graduated ; NFL Free agent signee with the Philadelphia Eagles[3]
Matt Marshall 19 WR 5'10" 171 Senior Salt Lake City, UT Graduated
Spencer Hafoka 83 WR 6'0" 201 Senior Kahuku, HI Graduated
Matthew Edwards 89 TE 6'3" 214 Senior Salt Lake City, UT Graduated
Matt Putnam 41 DE 6'6" 271 Senior Brigham City, UT Graduated ; Invited to NFL's Green Bay Packers minicamp [4]
Ian Dulan 65 DT 6'1" 270 Senior Hilo, HI Graduated
Hebron Fangupo 91 DT 6'1" 331 Senior Santa Ana, CA Graduated ; NFL Free agent signee with the Houston Texans [2]
Simote Vea 93 DE 5'11" 270 Senior Hau'ula, HI Graduated
Jordan Pendleton 01 LB 6'3" 238 Senior South Jordan, UT Graduated
Aveni Leung-Wai 31 LB 6'1" 227 Senior Aiea, HI Graduated
Jameson Frazier 48 LB 6'2" 230 Senior Draper, UT Graduated ; Invited to NFL's Philadelphia Eagles minicamp
Jadon Wagner 49 LB 6'4" 245 Senior Lethbridge, Alberta Graduated
Travis Uale 23 DB 6'2" 199 Senior Hawaii Kai, HI Graduated
Corby Eason 25 DB 5'8" 173 Senior Columbus, GA Graduated
Jake Heaps 09 QB 6'1" 200 Sophomore Issaquah, WA Transferred- University of Kansas[5]
Ryan Folsom 30 RB 5'10" 195 Sophomore Medford, OR
Austin Heder 41 RB 6'1" 241 Freshman Pleasant Grove, UT LDS mission (returning in 2014)
Grant James 92 TE 6'5" 190 Freshman Concord, CA
Stehly Reden 90 TE 6'4" 254 Freshman Valley Center, CA LDS mission (returning in 2014)
Manu Mulitalo 66 OL 6'2" 340 Freshman West Valley City, UT LDS mission (returning in 2014)
Austin Nielsen 68 OL 6'0" 277 Junior Glendale, CA
Devon Smith OL 6'2" 275 Freshman Beaverton, OR LDS mission (returning in 2014)
Carter Mees 15 DB 6'0" 190 Junior St. George, UT
Gavin Fowler 16 DB 5'11" 190 Freshman Kaysville, UT LDS mission (returning in 2014)
Logan Obering 17 DB N/A N/A Freshman Cedar City, UT
Kori Gaines 19 DB 5'8" 162 Freshman Loganville, GA Transferred- College of the Canyons
Baker Pritchard 43 DL 6'3" 277 Freshman South Jordan, UT LDS mission (returning in 2014)
Graham Rowley 92 DL 6'4" 280 Sophomore Waialua, HI LDS mission (returning in 2014)
Travis Tuiloma 97 DL 6'2" 320 Freshman Topeka, KS LDS mission (returning in 2014)
Zach Newman 42 LB 6'3" 215 Freshman Alpine, UT LDS mission (returning in 2014)
Cody Monsen 52 LB 6'2" 215 Freshman Brownwood, TX
Va'a Niumatalolo 59 LB 6'1" 227 Freshman Annapolis, MD LDS mission (returning in 2014)
Josh Quezada 20 RB 5'11" 225 Junior La Habra, CA Transferred - Fresno State[6]
Jordan Richardson 94 DL 6'4" 270 Junior La Habra, CA Injured- Will miss senior season with injury; Moved to a Student Assistant
Rhen Brown 87 WR 5'10" 178 Junior Summerville, South Carolina Will miss senior season with injury
Jray Galea'i 16 DB 6'0" 196 Junior Laie, HI Will miss senior season with injury; Moved to a Student Assistant
O'Neill Chambers 15 DB 6'2" 225 RS Senior Harmony, FL In bad standing with program and not allowed to practice; Transferred to University of Nebraska at Kearney[7]

Spring Game[edit]

The BYU 2012 Spring game was held on March 24, 2012. Due to a high number of injuries in spring football, it was downgraded to a scrimmage. All the starters were benched. Each of the remaining 4 quarterbacks got 2 series to play against selected defensive players. The scrimmage would end in a scoreless fashion at 0-0. However Coach Bronco Mendenhall said the game accomplished what he wanted it to. He was able to find a set of players that would be beneficial to the team this fall as starters or backups.[8]


Controversy arose with the BYU football team in April 2012 when it was revealed that Michael Wadsworth, a defensive back, had requested a transfer from Hawaiʻi while on his church mission. The reason he gave stated he wanted to play closer to his home in Orem, Utah. Hawaiʻi denied his request and asked him to complete one more season. Despite appeals to the coach, Greg McMackin, and others higher up at the university, Wadsworth was denied his attempt to transfer. When Norm Chow became the new coach of the Warriors, he was contacted by the Wadsworth's about the possible transfer. Chow said Wadsworth could transfer to any school except BYU. Despite being a former offensive coordinator at BYU, Chow claimed it was his belief that BYU had an unfair recruiting advantage with missionaries. Bronco Mendenhall and the staff have made it clear that they don't contact any missionaries in the field for recruiting purposes, and they have not made any contact with the Wadsworth family.[9] At this time Wadsworth plans on go to BYU in the fall, but he won't be able to play football with BYU or even talk to the coaches about possibly playing football with them until June 2013.[10]

On May 2, BYU learned that Colorado State transfer Drew Reilly would come to BYU. Reilly was a starting safety for the Rams 2011 season. Reilly's reasons for transferring were solely to seek a better atmosphere for his LDS beliefs. As is required, Reilly will sit out the 2012 season, but he will become a full scholarship student at BYU in January 2013 and be able to participate in spring ball in April 2013.[11]

Pre-Season Honors[edit]

1 BYU Cougar was selected as a 2012 All-American participant, and 16 BYU Cougars were selected to the Phil-Steele All-Independent team to begin 2012 (Cody Hoffman was selected for two different positions).[12]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Braden Hansen 76 OG 6'3" 303 Senior Sandy, UT Phil-Steele 3rd Team All American
Riley Nelson 13 QB 6'0" 196 Senior Logan, UT Phil-Steele 1st Team All-Independent; 2012 Maxwell Award Pre-season watch list [13]
Cody Hoffman 2 WR 6'4" 208 Junior Crescent City, CA Phil-Steele 1st Team All-Independent
Braden Hansen 76 OG 6'3" 303 Senior Sandy, UT Phil-Steele 1st Team All Independent; 2012 Outland Trophy Pre-season watch list
Braden Brown 75 OT 6'6" 301 Senior Salt Lake City, UT Phil-Steele 1st Team All Independent
Brandon Ogletree 44 LB 5'11" 228 Senior McKinney, TX Phil-Steele 1st Team All Independent
Kyle Van Noy 3 LB 6'3" 235 Junior Reno, NV Phil-Steele 1st Team All Independent; 2012 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Pre-season watch list
Preston Hadley 7 CB 6'0" 200 Senior Pleasant Grove, UT Phil-Steele 1st Team All Independent
Daniel Sorensen 9 S 6'2" 206 Junior Colton, CA Phil-Steele 1st Team All Independent
Justin Sorensen 37 PK 6'1" 232 Junior South Jordan, UT Phil-Steele 1st Team All Independent
Riley Stephenson 99 P 6'0" 196 Senior St. George, UT Phil-Steele 1st Team All Independent and Ray Guy Award Pre-season Watchlist
JD Falslev 12 PR 5'8" 184 Junior Smithfield, UT Phil-Steele 1st Team All Independent
Ross Apo 1 WR 6'3" 206 Sophomore Arlington, TX Phil-Steele 2nd Team All Independent
Marcus Mathews 80 TE 6'4" 208 Junior Beaverton, OR Phil-Steele 2nd Team All Independent
Houston Reynolds 1 C 6'2" 296 Junior Provo, UT Phil-Steele 2nd Team All Independent
Eathyn Manumaleuna 55 DL 6'2" 294 Senior Anchorage, AK Phil-Steele 2nd Team All Independent
Romney Fuga 98 DL 6'2" 321 Senior Huntington Beach, CA Phil-Steele 2nd Team All Independent
Uona Kaveinga 4 LB 5'11" 236 Senior Hawthorne, CA Phil-Steele 2nd Team All Independent
Cody Hoffman 2 KR 6'4" 208 Junior Crescent City, CA Phil-Steele 2nd Team All-Independent


2012 Media Day[edit]

On the BYU Spring Football Special aired April 2, 2012, it was announced that BYUtv would provide coverage of the national media day, probably sometime in July. On May 7 it was announced that BYU Football National Media Day would take place on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from the BYU Broadcasting Center.

For football Media Day Dave McCann, Bronco Mendenhall, Tom Holmoe, and Trevor Matich discussed what the Cougars goals were for the 2012 season during the State of the Program discussion. They also discussed the new playoff format that will begin in 2014.

One of the hot topics was the BYU-Utah rivalry and if 2012 would be the last year for this traditional rivalry. Both Holmoe and Mendenhall said they want the rivalry to continue and that it is up in the hands of Utah's board. However, they hoped that with Strength of Schedule being one of the factors in the new playoff system, it should provide extra incentive for Utah to want to continue the rivalry.

Another topic discussed was moving the Utah State- BYU game from conference weekend back to November. Mendenhall said he liked the idea of having a traditional rival as the final game, and with the improvements Gary Andersen continued to make at Utah State, it would be a desirable outcome if both schools could make it happen.

Finally the discussion of realignment and the BYU–Notre Dame alliance was discussed. Holmoe made it clear that Independence is the course that BYU will continue to take at this time, and they thanked Notre Dame football for providing a voice for BYU and Notre Dame in scheduling this new playoff format. He admitted BYU would keep an eye on the continuing changes of the college football landscape, but BYU and Notre Dame will continue to be partners in Independence for the foreseeable future.

The second program on Media Day was a True Blue 2012 Football Season Preview. Brandon Doman, Riley Nelson, Kyle Van Noy, and others were brought in to discuss what the coaches, offensive players, and defensive players are doing to get ready for the 2012 season. They also stated their goals. Bruce Binkowski, the Poinsettia Bowl and Holiday Bowl GM Association Executive Director, attended the show and discussed why the Poinsettia Bowl had signed BYU up for the 2012 season. He also revealed the ideal match for the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl would be BYU vs. San Diego State, a match-up which eventually came to fruition.

The third program held was a round table discussion. It focused on how Bronco Mendenhall has focused on changing the offense and defense at BYU since he became the head coach. John Beck, Curtis Brown, Vic So'oto, Max Hall, Austin Collie, and Dennis Pitta came back to discuss how playing at BYU has prepared them for the NFL, what their favorite moments were at BYU, and how Mendenhall changed the program into the 6th most winning program in NCAA Football during his 7 years at BYU.

Throughout the day Robbie Bullough also had live chats online with current BYU players and coaches.

BYU Radio Sports Network Affiliates[edit]


KSL 102.7 FM and 1160 AM- Flagship Station (Salt Lake City/ Provo, UT and ksl.com)
BYU Radio- Nationwide (Dish Network 980, Sirius XM 143, and byuradio.org)
KIDO- Boise, ID [football only]
KTHK- Blackfoot/ Idaho Falls/ Pocatello/ Rexburg, ID
KMGR- Manti, UT
KSUB- Cedar City, UT
KDXU- St. George, UT
KSHP- Las Vegas, NV [football only]


2012 BYU Cougars football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 4 Hill, TaysomTaysom Hill Injured Fr
QB 7 Kuersa, AlexAlex Kuersa Fr
QB 3 Lark, JamesJames Lark Sr
QB 11 Munns, JasonJason Munns Jr
QB 13 Nelson, RileyRiley Nelson (C) Sr
QB 15 Olsen, AmmonAmmon Olsen So
RB 42 Alisa, MichaelMichael Alisa Injured Jr
RB 24 El-Bakri, BraydenBrayden El-Bakri Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 34 Engstrom, BryanBryan Engstrom Fr
RB 27 Foote, DavidDavid Foote (C) Sr
RB 22 Hine, AdamAdam Hine Fr
RB 33 Lasike, PaulPaul Lasike So
RB 35 Mendenhall, ZedZed Mendenhall Sr
RB 5 Pritchard, IonaIona Pritchard So
RB 28 Te'o, LeviLevi Te'o Fr
RB 21 Williams, JamaalJamaal Williams Fr
TE 93 Brown, TrevorTrevor Brown Fr
TE 83 Edmunds, MikeMike Edmunds Fr
TE 82 Friel, KaneakuaKaneakua Friel Jr
TE 88 Holt, AustinAustin Holt Jr
TE 84 Mahina, DevinDevin Mahina So
TE 80 Mathews, MarcusMarcus Mathews Jr
TE 83 Reden, StehlyStehly Reden Fr
TE 89 Tuttle, DarinDarin Tuttle Fr
TE 18 Wilson, RichardRichard Wilson Jr
WR 1 Apo, RossRoss Apo So
WR 9 Collie, DylanDylan Collie Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 85 Cutler, DallinDallin Cutler Jr
WR 12 Falslev, JDJD Falslev Jr
WR 25 Henderson, KurtKurt Henderson Fr
WR 2 Hoffman, CodyCody Hoffman Jr
WR 11 Houk, TerennTerenn Houk Fr
WR 10 Mathews, MitchMitch Mathews Fr
WR 31 Raymond, CodyCody Raymond Fr
WR 29 Ridley, SkylerSkyler Ridley Jr
WR 23 Smith, JordanJordan Smith Jr
WR 19 Thompson, BrettBrett Thompson So
OL 70 Alletto, TerranceTerrance Alletto Fr
OL 56 Anae, FamikaFamika Anae Injured So
OL 75 Brown, BradenBraden Brown Sr
OL 94 Crichton, TuiTui Crichton Fr
OL 64 Ficklin, QuinQuin Ficklin Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 50 Freeman, RyanRyan Freeman Sr
OL 76 Hansen, BradenBraden Hansen Sr
OL 66 Hoyt, AustinAustin Hoyt Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 67 Johnson, KyleKyle Johnson Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 73 Kafu, SolomoneSolomone Kafu So
OL 71 Kahaiali'i, WalterWalter Kahaiali'i Sr
OL 67 Lawlor, QuinnQuinn Lawlor So
OL 72 Mathews, RykerRyker Mathews Fr
OL 78 Reynolds, HoustonHouston Reynolds Injured Jr
OL 74 Stringham, BrockBrock Stringham So
OL 54 Tushaus, BlairBlair Tushaus So
OL 79 Vaitai, ManaakiManaaki Vaitai Jr
OL 65 Vakalahi, FonoFono Vakalahi So
OL 68 Wilcox, BradBrad Wilcox Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 77 Yeck, MichaelMichael Yeck So
Pos. # Name Class
DB 18 Bills, CraigCraig Bills Injured So
DB 26 Buckner, RobbieRobbie Buckner Sr
DB 24 Comer, CameronCameron Comer So
DB 21 Everett, DeQuanDeQuan Everett Sr
DB 17 Hadley, MattMatt Hadley Fr
DB 7 Hadley, PrestonPreston Hadley Sr
DB 32 Hague, MikeMike Hague Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 30 Hannemann, MicahMicah Hannemann Fr
DB 16 Hogan, AdamAdam Hogan Jr
DB 6 Johnson, JordanJordan Johnson So
DB 23 Morgan, BlakeBlake Morgan Jr
DB 29 PoVey, SkyeSkye PoVey Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 28 Powell, SawyerSawyer Powell Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 36 Reilly, DrewDrew Reilly So
DB 1 Sampson, JoeJoe Sampson (S) Sr
DB 9 Sorensen, DanielDaniel Sorensen Jr
DB 18 Unga, MorganMorgan Unga Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 62 Andrus, RomanRoman Andrus Fr
DL 58 Blackmore, JustinJustin Blackmore So
DL 57 Brook, TysonTyson Brook Fr
DL 92 Doman, MichaelMichael Doman Fr
DL 39 Dulan, IanIan Dulan Sr
DL 98 Fuga, RomneyRomney Fuga Sr
DL 91 Johnson, MarquesMarques Johnson Jr
DL 90 Kaufusi, BronsonBronson Kaufusi Fr
DL 97 King, TheodoreTheodore King Fr
DL 56 Leuta-Douyere, JheremmyaJheremmya Leuta-Douyere Fr
DL 55 Manumaleuna, EathynEathyn Manumaleuna Injured Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 95 Muehlmann, MikeMike Muehlmann Jr
DL 50 Peck, RemingtonRemington Peck Fr
DL 52 Tialavea, RussellRussell Tialavea Sr
DL 93 Vea, SimoteSimote Vea Sr
LB 47 Ansah, EzekielEzekiel Ansah Sr
LB 45 Beck, TylerTyler Beck Jr
LB 46 Bills, KevanKevan Bills Fr
LB 53 Cox, TannerTanner Cox So
LB 5 Fua, AlaniAlani Fua So
LB 2 Hadley, SpencerSpencer Hadley Jr
LB 34 Jorgensen, AustenAusten Jorgensen Sr
LB 27 Kautai, TeuTeu Kautai Fr
LB 4 Kaveinga, UonaUona Kaveinga Sr
LB 51 Lesatele, LeneLene Lesatele Fr
LB 44 Ogeltree, BrandonBrandon Ogeltree (C) Sr
LB 38 Pau'u, ButchButch Pau'u Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 22 Pikula, ManoaManoa Pikula Fr
LB 48 Sampson, NateNate Sampson Redshirt.svg So
LB 43 Sandlin, RhettRhett Sandlin Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 10 Stout, ZacZac Stout (S) So
LB 41 'Unga, UaniUani 'Unga Jr
LB 3 Van Noy, KyleKyle Van Noy Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
DS 96 Hornung, ReedReed Hornung Sr
PK 37 Sorensen, JustinJustin Sorensen Jr
PK, P 99 Stephenson, RileyRiley Stephenson Sr
P 28 Arellano, ScottScott Arellano So
KR 2 Hoffman, CodyCody Hoffman Jr
KR 32 Hague, MikeMike Hague Sr
PR 12 Falslev, JDJD Falslev Jr
H 3 Lark, JamesJames Lark Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches


  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt


Depth chart[edit]



Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
Harris Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released 
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released



Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 8:15 p.m. Washington State LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT ESPN[18] W 30–6   57,045
September 8 1:00 p.m. Weber State LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT BYUtv[18] W 45–13   60,314
September 15 8:00 p.m. at Utah No. 25/NR Rice-Eccles StadiumSalt Lake City, UT (Holy War) ESPN2[19] L 21–24   45,653
September 20 7:00 p.m. at No. 24/NR Boise State Bronco StadiumBoise, ID ESPN[20] L 6–7   36,864
September 28 6:00 p.m. Hawaiʻi LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT ESPN[18] W 47–0   62,022
October 5 8:15 p.m. Utah State LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT (The Old Wagon Wheel) ESPN[18] W 6–3   63,086
October 13 1:30 p.m. No. 10/14 Oregon Statedagger LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT ABC/ESPN3 L 24–42   63,489
October 20 1:30 p.m. at No. 5/5 Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN NBC L 14–17   80,795
October 27 1:00 p.m. at Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA ROOT via ACC Regional Network/ESPN3 W 41–17   50,103
November 10 8:15 p.m. Idaho LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT (Senior Day) ESPNU W 52–13   61,009
November 17 8:30 p.m. at San Jose State Spartan StadiumSan Jose, CA ESPN2 L 14–20   15,494
November 24 1:30 p.m. at New Mexico State Aggie Memorial StadiumLas Cruces, NM ESPN3 W 50–14   12,571
December 20 6:00 p.m. at San Diego State Qualcomm StadiumSan Diego, CA (Poinsettia Bowl) ESPN W 23–6   35,442
daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Washington State[edit]

Washington State at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
WSU Cougars 0 6 0 0 6
BYU Cougars 7 17 6 0 30

BYU alum Mike Leach returned to Provo with a football team for the first time since he got his bachelor's when Washington State came to Provo. Leach didn't play or coach football while at BYU, so it was his first time on the field at LaVell Edwards Stadium. It was the first of a two-year home-and-home series between the schools and the fourth time they had met overall. BYU led the series 2–1.[22]

After the game, Riley Nelson and Kaneakua Friel were announced as Co-Offensive FBS Independent Players of the Week. Riley Stephenson was announced as the Special Teams player of the Week. It was Nelson's fifth FBS Independent Player of the Week award while it was a first for both Stephenson and Friel. BYU's performance in the game led Mark Schlabach and Jesse Palmer to compare Riley Nelson with Tim Tebow while also announcing that BYU's defense was one of the most underrated groups in all of college football.[23]

Weber State[edit]

Weber State at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 0 6 7 13
Cougars 7 14 10 14 45
  • Date: September 8
  • Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium
    Provo, UT
  • Game start: 1:05 PM MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:13
  • Game attendance: 60,314
  • Game weather: 74 °F (23 °C), Clear, winds SW at 6mph
  • Referee: Cooper Castleberry
  • TV announcers (BYUtv Sports): Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, and Robbie Bullough

For only the third time in the schools histories, BYU and Weber State will meet in a collegiate football game. The series has been rather lopsided in BYU's favor. In the first meeting in 1973 BYU won 45–14. In the second meeting in 1979 BYU again prevailed 48–3.[22]

Thanks to an average of 53.2 yards per punt, BYU punter Riley Stephenson was named the FBS Independents Special Teams player of the week. Stephenson punted 5 times during the game with a long punt of 61 yards occurring.[25]


#25 BYU at Utah
1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Cougars 0 7 0 14 21
Utes 7 0 17 0 24

The sixth year of the Deseret First Duel returns to Salt Lake City for the 2012 football match-up between BYU and Utah. It's the 88th meeting between the two schools since Brigham Young Academy became BYU. Utah leads the series 52–31–4 and has a current two game winning streak. Utah has a 4–3 record against current coach Bronco Mendenhall. BYU will look to end Utah's winning streak at Rice-Eccles against the Cougs, as the Utes have won 2 straight and 4 of the last 5 at Rice-Eccles.[22]

#24 Boise State[edit]

BYU at #24 Boise State
1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 0 0 6 6
#24 Broncos 0 0 7 0 7

The Cougars and Broncos begin the first of a 12-year football series with this 2012 match. Boise State leads the all-time series 2–0, having won previous matches in 2003 and 2004.[22]

Despite the loss, Stephenson was one again awarded the FBS Independents Special Teams Player of the Week award. Stephenson punted 6 times during the game, with an average of 47 yards per punt, but what was impressive were his consistent 50+ yard punts: 52, 55, 56, and 57. On four of the six punts, Boise State had to start the next possession inside their own 20 yard line.[28]


Hawaiʻi at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
Warriors 0 0 0 0 0
Cougars 7 13 20 7 47

Hawaiʻi returns to Provo for the first time since 2002 to continue their rivalry with BYU. It will be the 29th meeting overall, with BYU holding a 20–8 advantage. It will be the first time former BYU offensive coordinator Norm Chow faces his old school as a head coach.[22]

The following Monday QB Taysom Hill was awarded the FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week award and CB Preston Hadley was awarded the FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week award.[30]

Utah State[edit]

Utah State at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 3 0 0 0 3
Cougars 0 6 0 0 6

BYU looks for their second straight win in the Battle for the Old Wagon Wheel as BYU and Utah State meet for the 82nd time. BYU owns a 44–34–3 record overall against Utah State and a 26–16–1 record in matches in Provo.[22]

#10 Oregon State[edit]

#10 Oregon State at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Beavers 14 0 7 21 42
Cougars 7 7 7 3 24

Bronco Mendenhall meets his alma mater for the second consecutive season and the third time in four years as coach at BYU. The winner of the game will take the lead in the series all time, which is even at 5–5. BYU is 2–1 in meetings in Provo. BYU is looking for their fourth straight win over Oregon State having won games in 1986, 2009, and 2011.[22]

#5 Notre Dame[edit]

BYU at #5 Notre Dame
1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 14 0 0 14
#5 Fighting Irish 7 0 3 7 17

The first of 6 matches between the Cougars and Irish before 2020 begins what most people believe is BYU's hardest road stretch of the year. BYU looks to cut into the 4–2 record Notre Dame has against the Cougars.[22]

Georgia Tech[edit]

BYU at Georgia Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 7 17 7 10 41
Yellow Jackets 7 7 3 0 17

The first game in a 4-game series against Georgia Tech (that is expected to be cut to two games) continues BYU's road stretch in ACC country. The two schools have met twice before, in a home-and-home series in 2002 and 2003, in which each school prevailed at home.[22]


Idaho at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
Vandals 7 0 3 3 13
Cougars 28 14 0 10 52
  • Date: November 10
  • Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium
    Provo, UT
  • Game start: 8:22 PM MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:13
  • Game attendance: 61,009
  • Game weather: 27 °F (−3 °C), Overcast w/ snow likely, winds NW at 1mph
  • Referee: Tom Walker
  • TV announcers (ESPNU/BYUtv): Joe Davis and Jay Walker (ESPNU); Dave McCann, Gary Sheide, and Robbie Bullough (BYUtv)

BYU finishes their home schedule with the first of 3 consecutive games against the Western Athletic Conference. BYU and Idaho meet for the fifth time with a 2–2 record against each other.[22]

San Jose State[edit]

BYU at San Jose State
1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 7 0 0 7 14
Spartans 13 7 0 0 20

BYU begins their final road trip in San Jose to face off with the Spartans and try to cut down the deficit record they have against the Spartans all-time: 6–9.[22]

New Mexico State[edit]

BYU at New Mexico State
1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 20 10 20 50
Aggies 0 7 7 0 14
  • Date: November 24
  • Location: Aggie Memorial Stadium
    Las Cruces, NM
  • Game start: 1:34 PM MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:10
  • Game attendance: 12,571
  • Game weather: 66 °F (19 °C), Clear, winds SSE 3 mph
  • Referee: Cooper Castleberry
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Peter Young and John Fina

The Cougars end their regular season with their first trip to Las Cruces for a football game. The Cougars and Aggies meet for the second-straight year with the Cougars owning a 1–0 record in the all-time series.[22]

Poinsettia Bowl[edit]

BYU at San Diego State
1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 3 0 20 23
Aztecs 3 3 0 0 6


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