2013 BYU Cougars football team

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2013 BYU Cougars football
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Conference Independent
2013 record 8–5
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall (9th year)
Offensive coordinator Robert Anae (7th year)
Offensive scheme Multiple formation
Defensive coordinator Nick Howell (1st year)
Base defense 3–4
Captain Uani Unga (Defense)
Daniel Sorensen (Defense)
Captain JD Falslev (Offense)
Skylar Ridley (Offense)
Home stadium LaVell Edwards Stadium
(Capacity: 63,470)
« 2012 2014 »
2013 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#20 Notre Dame               9 4  
Navy               9 4  
BYU               8 5  
Army               3 9  
New Mexico State               2 10  
Idaho               1 11  
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2013 BYU Cougars football team represented Brigham Young University in the 2013 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 third year BYU competed as an independent. They finished the season 8–5. They were invited to the Fight Hunger Bowl where they lost to Washington.

Before the season[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

After the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl, longtime assistant coach Lance Reynolds announced he would retire after 33 years of service at BYU (29 years as a coach and 4 years as a player).[1] To fill the vacancy, BYU looked to an old face. Longtime assistant Robert Anae was brought back from the University of Arizona as the new offensive coordinator.[2] In addition to his position as the offensive coordinator, Anae was given the responsibility of helping Bronco evaluate the entire offensive staff.

On January 8, Mark Weber left BYU for Utah State after six years with the Cougars. Weber was hired by the Aggies as the new assistant head coach and as the offensive line coach.[3]

On Monday, January 14, Coach Mendenhall informed Running Backs Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Joe DuPaix and Tight Ends Coach Ben Cahoon that their contracts would not be renewed for the 2013 season.[4] It was also revealed that Brandon Doman's status with the University was uncertain for 2013. BYU announced they had interviewed Max Hall, Paul Peterson (Sacramento State Offensive Coordinator), and Steve Clark (Southern Utah Offensive Coordinator) as possible quarterback coaches for the 2013 season.

On Tuesday, January 15, BYU announced that two coaches had been hired as part of the new offensive staff for the 2013 season. Garett Tujague was hired and Mark Atuaia was moved from the AD's office as the assistant to the AD over to the football coaching staff. BYU's official press release said that positions wouldn't be announced until the staff was finalized, but common rumors stated that Tujague would become the offensive lines coach and Atuaia would become the running backs coach.[5]

On Wednesday, January 16, BYU announced that Aaron Roderick had been hired as an assistant coach on the offensive side at BYU. Roderick was to join the Cougars after 8-years of service at Utah, and it was believed that he would serve as the receivers coach.[6] Less than 24 hours after accepting the position at BYU, Roderick changed his mind and decided to return to the Utes for the 2013 season.[7]

The final coaching staff members were announced on Friday, February 15. Jason Beck was hired as the new QB Coach and Guy Holliday was hired as the new WR Coach.[8]

On February 28, Bronco Mendenhall announced that Nick Howell had been promoted to the defensive coordinator position, Robert Anae was assistant head coach, and Kelly Popinga would serve as special teams coordinator.[9]

2013 recruits[edit]

DeBeikes, England, Laulu-Pututau, Shumway, and Tapusoa plan to serve Church Missions right after graduation and will not join the BYU team until the 2015 season.

2013 returning missionaries[edit]

8 return missionaries, 4 on the offensive side and 4 on the defensive side, will return and play their first action with BYU during the 2013 season.

2013 departures[edit]

The following Cougars graduated, transferred, or chose to serve two-year Church Missions after the 2012 season and didn't return to the team in 2013.

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
James Lark 7 QB 6'2" 200 Senior St. George, UT Graduated
Riley Nelson 13 QB 6'0" 199 RS Senior Logan, UT Graduated
Ezekiel Ansah 47 LB 6'6" 280 Senior Accra, Ghana Graduated; 1st Round, 5th pick by Detroit Lions[10]
Braden Brown 75 OL 6'6" 300 RS Senior Salt Lake City, UT Graduated; NFL Free Agent Signee with St. Louis Rams[10]
Ryan Freeman 50 OL 6'3" 287 RS Senior Orem, UT Graduated
David Foote 27 RB 5'11" 200 Senior St. George, UT Graduated
Zed Mendenhall 35 RB 5'11" 253 Senior Alpine, UT Graduated
Braden Hansen 76 OL 6'6" 307 Senior Sandy, UT Graduated; NFL Free Agent Signee with Oakland Raiders [10]
Walter Kahaiali'i 71 OL 6'3" 325 Senior Lahaina, HI Retired during 2012 due to knee surgery & Graduated
Robbie Buckner 26 DB 5'10" 176 RS Senior Ashdown, AR Graduated
DeQuan Everett 21 DB 6'3" 209 RS Senior Long Beach, CA Graduated
Mike Hague 32 DB 5'10" 190 RS Senior Salt Lake City, UT Graduated
Ian Dulan 39 DL 6'1" 271 RS Senior Hilo, HI Graduated
Romney Fuga 98 DL 6'2" 318 RS Senior Huntington Beach, CA Graduated; NFL Free Agent Signee with Denver Broncos[10]
Russell Tialavea 52 DL 6'3" 265 RS Senior Oceanside, CA Graduated
Simote Vea 98 DL 5'11" 270 RS Senior Hauʻula, HI Graduated
Uona Kaveinga 4 LB 5'11" 233 RS Senior Hawthorne, CA Graduated; NFL Free Agent Signee with Denver Broncos[10]
Preston Hadley 7 DB 6'0" 200 Senior Pleasant Grove, UT Graduated; Invited to attend Seattle Seahawks camp[10]
Joe Sampson 1 DB 5'10" 203 Senior Oakland, CA Graduated
Eathyn Manumaleuna 55 DL 6'2" 288 Senior Anchorage, AL Graduated
Austen Jorgensen 34 LB 6'2" 229 Senior Mt. Pleasant, UT Graduated
Brandon Ogletree 44 LB 5'11" 228 Senior McKinney, TX Graduated; NFL Free Agent Signee with Miami Dolphins[10]
Reed Hornung 96 DS 6'2" 249 Senior Anoka, MN Graduated
Riley Stephenson 99 K & P 6'0" 205 Senior St. George, UT Graduated
Houston Reynolds 78 OL 6'2" 205 Junior Provo, UT Retired due to medical reasons
Jordan Smith 23 WR 6'4" 203 Junior Salem, UT Not medically cleared to play, won't return for senior season
Kevan Bills 46 LB 6'3" 245 Sophomore Provo, UT Tore Achilles tendon, will medical redshirt 2013 season
Roman Andrus 62 DL 6'4" 259 Freshman El Dorado Hills, CA LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Tyson Brook 57 DL 6'1" 265 Freshman Connell, WA LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Nate Sampson 48 LB 6'0" 220 Freshman Pleasant Grove, UT LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Butch Pau'u 38 LB 6'0" 211 Freshman Anaheim, CA LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Rhett Sandlin 43 LB 6'2" 214 Freshman Sandy, UT LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Lene Lesatele 51 LB 6'1" 238 Freshman Artesia, CA LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Matt Hadley 17 DB 6'0" 191 Freshman Connell, WA LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Micah Hannemann 24 DB 6'0" 185 Freshman Alpine, UT LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Connor Noe 38 DB 6'2" 195 Freshman Mason, OH LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Sawyer Powell 28 DB 6'1" 201 Freshman West Richland, WA LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Morgan Unga 18 DB 6'4" 182 Freshman Ogden, UT LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Quin Ficklin 64 OL 6'3" 242 Freshman Mesa, AZ LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Austin Hoyt 66 OL 6'7" 248 Freshman Ione, CA LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Ryan Jensen XX OL 6'3" 220 Freshman Alta, UT LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Trevor Brown 93 TE 6'5" 210 Freshman Provo, UT LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Brayden El-Bakri 24 RB 6'0" 215 Freshman Salt Lake City, UT LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Bryan Engstrom 34 RB 5'8" 168 Freshman Sandy, UT LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Daniel Lacey 32 RB 6'1" 180 Freshman Farmington, UT LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Alex Kuresa 15 WR 5'11" 180 Freshman Millville, UT LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Dylan Collie 9 WR 5'10" 173 Freshman El Dorado Hills, CA LDS mission (returning in 2015)
Taggart Krueger 87 WR 6'2" 185 Freshman Sammamish, WA LDS mission (returning in 2015)

Spring Game[edit]

The annual Spring Game was held on Saturday, March 30, 2013. Instead of doing a traditional 20-minute scrimmage with 5 minutes per quarter, the Cougars held a 50-play scrimmage that became more of a 75-play scrimmage. More than 12,000 fans turned out to see the first team offense & second team defense (titled BYU West) take on the second team offense and first team defense (BYU East). Several expected starters, including QB Taysom Hill, who had not been cleared for full contact, were held out of the scrimmage. The offense scored four touchdowns and added one field goal in a 15–13 victory by the West team.

Pre-season honors[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Kyle Van Noy 3 LB 6'3" 235 Senior Reno, NV Walter Camp POY Watch List, Butkus Award Watch List, Rotari Lombardi Watch List, Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, Bednarik Award Watch List, Lott Trophy Watch List, Maxwell Award Watch List, Preseason All-America Candidate, Preseason Phil Steele 1st Team, Preseason USA Today All American
Cody Hoffman 2 WR 6'4" 210 Senior Crescent City, CA Bilentnikoff Award Watch List, Preseason All-America Candidate, Preseason Phil Steele 2nd Team
Michael Alisa 42 RB 6'1" 220 Senior Laie, HI Doak Walker Award Watch List
Jamaal Williams 21 RB 6'0" 200 Sophomore Fontana, CA Doak Walker Award Watch List
Spencer Hadley 2 LB 6'1" 227 Senior Connell, WA Butkus Award Watch List
Uani Unga 41 LB 6'1" 233 Senior Rancho Cucamonga, CA Butkus Award Watch List
Eathyn Manumaleuna 55 DL 6'2" 305 Senior Anchorage, AK Outland Trophy Watch List
Kaneakua Friel 82 TE 6'5" 261 Senior Kaneohe, HI DJohn Mackey Award Watch List
JD Falslev 12 RB 5'8" 175 Senior Smithfield, UT Paul Hornung Award Watch List
Bronson Kaufusi 90 DL 6'7" 282 Sophomore Provo, UT Hendrick Award Watch List
Ross Apo 1 WR 6'3" 207 Junior Arlington, TX Earl Campbell Award Watch List


2013 Media Day[edit]

Football Media Day was held on Wednesday, June 26, at 10 AM MDT. BYU announced a 2-for-1 series with USC scheduled to begin in 2019, a 2015 affiliation with the Poinsettia Bowl, and the 3-year extension of head coach Bronco Mendenhall, pushing his contract through the 2016 season. New BYUtv Sports reporter Spencer Linton conducted webchats with some of BYU's returning starters, new starters, and head coaches. Trevor Matich returned from ESPN to act as a special analyst alongside BYUtv analysts Blaine Fowler, Jan Jorgensen, and Brian Logan. A TV special titled LaVell Edwards and the BYU Quarterback Factory was also held. Dave McCann acted as the panel host alongside LaVell Edwards, Robbie Bosco, Ty Detmer, Gifford Nielsen, Steve Sarkisian, Gary Sheide, Marc Wilson, Steve Young, Jim McMahon, and others.

Cougar IMG 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][11]


2013 BYU Cougars football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 10 Green, BillyBilly Green Fr
QB 4 Hill, TaysomTaysom Hill So
QB 11 Munns, JasonJason Munns Sr
QB 15 Olsen, AmmonAmmon Olsen So
QB 7 Stewart, ChristianChristian Stewart Jr
RB 42 Alisa, MichaelMichael Alisa Injured Sr
RB 24 Brown, AlgernonAlgernon Brown Fr
RB 26 Carter, NateNate Carter So
RB 28 Hine, AdamAdam Hine So
RB 33 Lasike, PaulPaul Lasike Jr
RB 34 Moore, AJAJ Moore Fr
RB 5 Pritchard, IonaIona Pritchard Jr
RB 21 Williams, JamaalJamaal Williams So
TE 82 Friel, KaneakuaKaneakua Friel Sr
TE 89 Houk, TerennTerenn Houk So
TE 84 Mahina, DevinDevin Mahina Jr
TE 83 Reden, StehlyStehly Reden So
TE 85 Sampson, BryanBryan Sampson Fr
TE 19 Thompson, BrettBrett Thompson Jr
TE 18 Wilson, RichardRichard Wilson Sr
WR 1 Apo, RossRoss Apo Jr
WR 12 Falslev, JDJD Falslev (C) Sr
WR 89 Frey, TravisTravis Frey Fr
WR 13 Henderson, KurtKurt Henderson So
WR 2 Hoffman, CodyCody Hoffman Sr
WR 80 Mathews, MarcusMarcus Mathews Jr
WR 10 Mathews, MitchMitch Mathews So
WR 25 Nelson, LukeLuke Nelson Fr
WR 3 Pearson, ColbyColby Pearson Fr
WR 17 Ridley, SkylerSkyler Ridley (C) Sr
WR 6 Thornton, EricEric Thornton So
OL 70 Alletto, TerranceTerrance Alletto So
OL 66 Carter, JoshJosh Carter Jr
OL 68 Crawford, AndrewAndrew Crawford So
OL 52 Crichton, TuiTui Crichton So
OL 54 Dawe, ParkerParker Dawe Fr
OL 69 Duran, TimTim Duran Jr
OL 50 Fusi, EdwardEdward Fusi Jr
OL 67 Johnson, KyleKyle Johnson Fr
OL 65 Jones, ColeCole Jones Fr
OL 73 Kafu, SolomoneSolomone Kafu Jr
OL 55 Kearsley, BraydenBrayden Kearsley Fr
OL 61 Lawlor, QuinnQuinn Lawlor Jr
OL 72 Mathews, RykerRyker Mathews So
OL 71 Pulsipher, AddisonAddison Pulsipher Fr
OL 56 Shoaf, ThomasThomas Shoaf Fr
OL 74 Stringham, BrockBrock Stringham Jr
OL 79 Vaitai, ManaakiManaaki Vaitai Sr
OL 57 Wesley, De'OndreDe'Ondre Wesley Jr
OL 75 Wilcox, BradBrad Wilcox Fr
OL 77 Yeck, MichaelMichael Yeck Jr
Pos. # Name Class
DB 23 Bateman, TrevorTrevor Bateman So
DB 10 Bell, KhalilKhalil Bell Fr
DB 20 Bills, CraigCraig Bills Jr
DB 4 Daniel, RobertsonRobertson Daniel Jr
DB 15 Davis, MichaelMichael Davis Fr
DB 18 Doman, DJDJ Doman Fr
DB 32 Hague, MikeMike Hague Sr
DB 16 Hogan, AdamAdam Hogan Sr
DB 6 Johnson, JordanJordan Johnson Jr
DB 12 Juergens, MitchellMitchell Juergens Fr
DB 11 Leavitt, DallinDallin Leavitt Fr
DB 1 Lee, SamSam Lee Jr
DB 33 Lefrandt, ScottScott Lefrandt Sr
DB 13 Linehan, JonnyJonny Linehan Fr
DB 27 Morgan, BlakeBlake Morgan Sr
DB 23 Nacua, KaiKai Nacua Fr
DB 7 PoVey, SkyeSkye PoVey Sr
DB 29 Preator, JordanJordan Preator Fr
DB 36 Reilly, DrewDrew Reilly So
DB 9 Sorensen, DanielDaniel Sorensen (C) Sr
DB 1 Trammell, TrentTrent Trammell Jr
DB 30 Wadsworth, MichaelMichael Wadsworth So
DB 21 Ziolkowski, JakeJake Ziolkowski Fr
DL 93 Doman, MichaelMichael Doman So
DL 88 Holt, AustinAustin Holt Jr
DL 99 Johnson, MarquesMarques Johnson Jr
DL 78 Kanuch, TuniTuni Kanuch Fr
DL 90 Kaufusi, BronsonBronson Kaufusi So
DL 97 King, TheodoreTheodore King Fr
DL 48 Laulile, TomasiTomasi Laulile Fr
DL 55 Manumaleuna, EathynEathyn Manumaleuna Sr
DL 44 Peck, RemingtonRemington Peck So
DL 94 Peoples, JonRyheemJonRyheem Peoples Fr
DL 95 Taele, LoganLogan Taele So
DL 54 Taliauli, MerrillMerrill Taliauli Fr
DL 56 Utu, KaloloKalolo Utu Jr
LB 45 Beck, TylerTyler Beck Sr
LB 53 Cox, TannerTanner Cox Jr
LB 49 Egbert, JordanJordan Egbert Fr
LB 5 Fua, AlaniAlani Fua Jr
LB 46 Gautavai, RyleeRylee Gautavai Fr
LB 2 Hadley, SpencerSpencer Hadley (S) Sr
LB 38 Hansen, PorterPorter Hansen Fr
LB 98 Ho Ching, Toloa'iToloa'i Ho Ching Fr
LB 34 Jorgensen, AustinAustin Jorgensen Sr
LB 25 Kautai, TeuTeu Kautai So
LB 43 Leuta-Douyere, JherremyaJherremya Leuta-Douyere So
LB 35 Owens, JoeyJoey Owens Fr
LB 22 Pikula, ManoaManoa Pikula So
LB 42 Pili, TrajanTrajan Pili Fr
LB 47 Probert, SethSeth Probert Jr
LB 39 Relei, MatthewMatthew Relei Fr
LB 31 Tautu, SaeSae Tautu Fr
LB 41 Unga, UaniUani Unga (C) Sr
LB 3 Van Noy, KyleKyle Van Noy Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 26 Arellano, ScottScott Arellano Jr
P 28 Miller, JordanJordan Miller So
K 38 Bingham, VanceVance Bingham Fr
K 27 Samson, TrevorTrevor Samson Jr
K 37 Sorensen, JustinJustin Sorensen Sr
DS 96 O'Mary, KevinKevin O'Mary Sr

Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches


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


Depth Chart[edit]


The 2013 schedule promises to be the most difficult schedule in BYU's history. Dates are subject to change, but currently BYU will face schools from every BCS conference execept the SEC: the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and the AAC. Additional Top 25 opponents are found in Notre Dame and Boise State as well as traditional rival Utah State. Should the Cougars reach 6 wins and not be picked for a BCS bowl, BYU will compete in the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl.[13]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 1:30 PM at Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA ESPNU L 16–19   53,310
September 7 5:00 PM No. 15/16 Texas LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT ESPN2 W 40–21   63,197
September 21 8:15 PM Utah LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT (Holy War & Beehive Boot) ESPN2 L 13–20   63,470
September 27 7:00 PM Middle Tennessee LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT ESPNU W 37–10   58,763
October 4 6:00 PM at Utah State Romney StadiumLogan, UT (Beehive Boot & The Old Wagon Wheel) CBSSN W 31–14   25,513
October 12 5:00 PM Georgia Tech LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT ESPNU W 38–20   60,320
October 19 1:30 PM at Houston Reliant StadiumHouston, TX ESPNews W 47–46   33,115
October 25 6:00 PM Boise State LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT ESPN W 37–20   62,954
November 9 1:30 PM at No. 21/22 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN L 17–27   80,191
November 16 1:00 PM Idaho State LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT (Senior Day) BYUtv W 59–13   58,645
November 23 1:30 PM at Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN NBC L 13–23   80,795
November 30 1:00 PM at Nevada Mackay StadiumReno, NV CBSSN W 28–23   21,540
December 27 7:30 PM vs. Washington AT&T ParkSan Francisco, CA (2013 Fight Hunger Bowl) ESPN L 16–31   34,136
daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time.

Game summaries[edit]


BYUtv Panel: Alema Harrington, Brian Logan, David Nixon, and Andy Boyce. Sideline Reporters: Dave McCann and Blaine Fowler

BYU at Virginia
1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 7 0 9 16
Cavaliers 0 3 9 7 19
  • Date: August 31
  • Location: Scott Stadium
    Charlottesville, VA
  • Game start: 3:33 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:14
  • Game attendance: 53,310
  • Game weather: 89 °F (32 °C), Partly Cloudy, winds S at 8mph, 2 hour 9 minute weather delay (lightning), Rain (2nd Half)
  • Referee: Reggie Smith
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Anish Shroff and Kelly Stouffer
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2000 BYU, 38–35 OT

BYU and Virginia entered into the game with both teams debuting new offenses and hoping for the best. Bad news occurred for Cougar fans before game time as it was revealed Cody Hoffman had an ankle sprain and would be unable to play. The first quarter saw BYU's total yardage as nearly quadruple that of Virginia's, but neither team was able to score. As the two teams got ready to start the second quarter, lightning struck within 15 miles of the stadium. Both teams were sent to their locker rooms, and a two-hour lightning delay began.

The lightning also caused havoc with the TV arrangements. ESPNU had another game to start broadcasting at 7 PM, but BYU at Virginia would only be in the second quarter. As a result, ESPN decided to move the entire nation, except for those in the states of Virginia and Utah, to the Washington State/ Auburn ESPNU game while the markets of Utah and Virginia would remain with the BYU/ Virginia game. The game would be made available on ESPN3 for the rest of the nation. However viewers on DirecTV and Dish Network had no choice but to move to the next game as they couldn't put in territorial restrictions. Dish Network was able to air the remainder of the game on Channel 147, an ESPN alternate station, but DirecTV fans were to go unhappy, unless they had internet access to ESPN3.

The Cougars were able to strike first in the second quarter, and it provided hope for the Cougars as the Cougars had only lost three times in the Bronco Mendenhall era when BYU scored first. However a 53-yard field goal and a blocked punt gave Virginia the momentum, and they never looked back.

Weather continued to cause problems for BYU and Virginia as the third quarter began. A heavy rain storm began, and while the degrees of heaviness would rotate throughout the remainder of the game, the rain would cause both teams to shift to a ground and pound attack strategy. Virginia would score 12 unanswered points, culminating in a great toe drag by Darius Jennings to give the Cavaliers the lead.

Despite the toe drag, it would be the Virginia defense that would save the day for the Cavaliers. On a 3rd and 7 Hill threw the ball to sophomore running back Jamaal Williams, but the slickness of the ball and the continual rain caused it to slip from his hands. The ball would land in the hands of Virginia safety Anthony Harris. After a quick lateral Williams was able to bring the Cavs down at BYU's 13 yard line, but one play later Virginia would score the game's final touchdown. The Cougars would complete a 50-yard pass on the last play of the game, but it was too little, too late.

Jamaal Williams led the Cougars with 33 carries for 144 yards. Taysom Hill carried the ball 11 times for 42 yards and a touchdown. He would also throw the ball 13 times for 175 yards and a touchdown.

BYU owned every statistical category with 187 yards rushing compared to Virginia's 109. They would also out pass Virginia 175 to 114. However Virginia's wise ball control (34:09 to BYU's 25:51) allowed them to control the clock for 3 out of 4 quarters, and in the end it was the ball control, special teams blunders, a safety, and an interception that gave the Cavaliers a narrow 19 to 16 win.

Despite the loss, BYU did manage to compile one award for the week.

  • Scott Arellano
FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week


BYUtv Panel: Alema Harrington, Brian Logan, and David Nixon

Texas at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
Longhorns 7 7 7 0 21
Cougars 10 17 13 0 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2011 Texas, 17–16

At first many fans thought the game would be a repeat of last week as a severe thunderstorm hit Provo at 4 PM. Kickoff was immediately postponed from 5:06 PM as a 55-minute warmup was still required for both teams. Some of the players were able to go to the fans and interact with them before heading back to the locker room during the delay, giving the fans additional motivation. Nearly an hour after the storm hit, a start time of 6:52 was announced, resulting in a 1-hour, 46 minute lightning delay. The rain would continue on and off throughout the rest of the game, but no one expected the performance BYU put up.

Sophomore Quarterback Taysom Hill found lane after lane and was able to dominate the Texas line, setting a BYU record with 15.2 yards per rush, but he wasn't alone. For the second consecutive game Jamaal Williams would go over the century mark, and Paul Lasike would also add 86 rushing yards. It was part of a record performance for BYU- 550 rushing yards, which also became the most rushing yardage Texas has ever given up. For individual totals Hill had 259 yards rushing, the second highest rushing total for a BYU QB, and Williams had 182 yards rushing. Hill's passing yardage was less than impressive (9–26 with 129 yards and 1 interception), but with the running lanes throughout BYU was able to dominate and shock the #15 ranked Longhorns.

After the game, BYU swept the FBS Independent Player of the Week Awards and won a lot of other national attention awards.

  • Taysom Hill
Athlon Sports National Player of the Week
CBSSports.com Offensive Player of the Week
Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week Honorable Mention
FBS Offensive Independent Player of the Week
College Sports Madness Independent Offensive Player of the Week
  • Justin Sorensen
FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week
College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Placekicker of the Week
Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Star of the Week
  • Jamaal Williams
College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Running Back of the Week
  • Alani Fua
FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week
College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Linebacker of the Week
  • Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week


The week of the game, BYU linebacker Spencer Hadley was suspended 5 games for an honor code vioation.[19]

Utah at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
Utes 3 10 0 7 20
Cougars 0 0 6 7 13
  • Date: September 21
  • Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium
    Provo, UT
  • Game start: 8:21 PM MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:26
  • Game attendance: 63,470
  • Game weather: 73 °F (23 °C), Cloudy, winds S at 12mph
  • Referee: Jack Folliard
  • TV announcers (ESPN2/BYUtv): Mark Jones, Brock Huard, and Lewis Johnson (ESPN2)
    Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Kathy Aiken, and Spencer Linton (BYUtv)
Overall record Last meeting Result
31–53–4 2012 Utah, 24–21

Middle Tennessee[edit]

Middle Tennessee at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 10 0 0 0 10
Cougars 7 16 14 0 37
  • Date: September 27
  • Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium
    Provo, UT
  • Game start: 7:02 PM MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:13
  • Game attendance: 58,763
  • Game weather: 48 °F (9 °C), Partly Cloudy, winds S at 5mph
  • Referee: Joe Pester
  • TV announcers (ESPNU/BYUtv): Eamon McAnaney and Anthony Becht (ESPNU)
    Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Kathy Aiken, and Spencer Linton (BYUtv)
Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

Coming into the game, it was bad news for BYU from the start.

Jammal Williams was out with a concussion
Cody Hoffman was suspended for 1 game for violating team rules
Michael Yeck was back starting at RG after an injury to Brock Stringhman during the week.

Utah State[22][edit]

BYUtv Panel: Dave McCann, Alema Harrington, Brian Logan, and Blaine Fowler. Sideline Reporter: Spencer Linton

BYU at Utah State
1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 10 7 14 0 31
Aggies 7 0 0 7 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
27–16–1 2012 BYU, 6–3

Georgia Tech[23][edit]

Georgia Tech at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
Yellow Jackets 7 6 0 7 20
Cougars 14 10 0 14 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2012 BYU, 41–17

On Friday it was announced that Spencer Hadley's suspension had been reduced to 3-games, and that he would be eligible to play against the Yellow Jackets if the coach would put him in. The news was only a small spark for the Cougars as they headed into the game. Running back's Jamaal Williams and Algernon Brown would run for their first TD's of the season, and Taysom Hill showed his passing performance against the Aggies wasn't a fluke, hitting Cody Hoffman for a 45-yard touchdown on their first possession of the game. Hill would later add a rushing touchdown of his own. The Cougars got out to an early 24–10 lead on the Yellow Jackets, and that lead would not let up. Hadley would play the entire second half, getting some 3rd down conversion sacks and tackles that prevented the Yellow Jackets from ralling. In the end BYU's defense would hold their 12th straight opponent under 21-points, and the Cougars would pick up their 3rd consecutive win. Hill completed 19/27 for 244 yards and a touchdown. Williams carried the ball 17 times for 89 yards while Hill added 15 carried for 87 yards. Hoffman led the Cougars receiving with 99-yards, and Falslev joined him with 69-yards. The Cougars D would score a touchdown for the third-consecutive game.


BYU at Houston
1 2 3 4 Total
BYU Cougars 24 10 0 13 47
UH Cougars 21 17 2 6 46
Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

A high flying first half led to a number of new records for the BYU football team. The two sets of Cougars combined for 701 yards of offense and 72 points in the first half (456 for BYU, 245 for Houston). With his first reception of the game, Cody Hoffman became the all-time leading receiver in BYU history, surpassing TE Dennis Pitta. With his touchdown reception, Hoffman tied Austin Collie for the most touchdown receptions made by a receiver at BYU. Taysom Hill became the first person to rush for more than 100 yards against Houston this season. BYU ran a record 115 plays, tying the all-time number of plays run in a FBS game by one-team and shattering their previous record of 95-plays in a game. BYU also made 41-first downs in the game, a new mark for most first downs in a game, and the 76-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Spencer became the most yardage the Cougars have given up in a pass this season.[26]

Boise State[27][edit]

Boise State at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 3 10 7 20
Cougars 7 17 10 3 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 2012 Boise State, 7–6


BYU at Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 3 0 7 7 17
Badgers 7 10 3 7 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1980 BYU, 28–3

Idaho State[edit]

Idaho State at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 3 0 7 3 13
Cougars 14 35 10 0 59
  • Date: November 16
  • Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium
    Provo, UT
  • Game start: 1:05 PM MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:20
  • Game attendance: 58,645
  • Game weather: 36 °F (2 °C), Cloudy w/ Mixed Rain & Snow, Wind: S 2mph
  • Referee: Rick Loumiet
  • TV announcers (BYUtv): Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Kathy Aiken, and Spencer Linton
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 2011 BYU 56–3

Notre Dame[31][edit]

BYU at Notre Dame
1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 7 0 6 0 13
Fighting Irish 14 3 3 3 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–5 2012 Notre Dame, 17–14


BYU at Nevada
1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 0 14 14 28
Wolf Pack 7 0 7 9 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–2–2 2010 Nevada, 27–13

Fight Hunger Bowl[edit]

BYU vs. Washington
1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 16 0 0 16
Huskies 7 14 7 3 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–4 2010 BYU 23–17


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