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Breakout Player of the Week: Kai Nacua

Potentially down two safeties and a cornerback, BYU has to turn to their bench in order to counter opponents’ passing attacks. In order to succeed, BYU needs to have a big game from sophomore backup safety Kai Nacua. The injury bug continues to plague BYU's defense. The Cougars wasted a serviceable offensive effort against Nevada by being unable to protect the two score lead they were given at half time on the defensive side of the ball. Boise State comes in averaging 32 points per game, and shows incredible balance offensively, averaging 291 yards per game passing the ball, and 194...
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How to watch BYU vs Boise State: Game time, TV schedule, radio, and more

How to watch BYU vs Boise State: Game time, TV schedule, radio, and more

Game Date/Time: Friday, Oct. 24, 7:00 p.m. MT Location: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID Game Notes: BYU Boise State Channel: ESPN TV Broadcast team: Dave Flemming - play-by-play Danny Kanell - analyst Allison Williams - sideline reporter Pre-game Show: Countdown to Kick-off (6:00 pm MT on BYUtv & byutvsports.com) Dave McCann and Blaine Flower joined by BYUtv's team of analyst and reporters Post-Game Show: BYUtv Sports Post-Game (Immediately following the game, approx. 10:30 pm MT on BYUtv & byutvsports.com) Player & coach interviews, highlights, and...
Vanquish The Foe 17 hours ago

The Zone Leaders Podcast #9: Preview of BSU and conspiracy theories

Another week and another tough loss for the Cougars. It was so heartbreaking that Zach and Jake actually fell ill from watching the game in person. They were able to recover emotionally and physically to bring you this week's edition of the Zone Leader's podcast. In this week's edition of the podcast: Zach and Jake discuss the BYU defense and why they have been struggling so far this season. Zach insults Luke Worthington and Jake makes an apology to Matt Bauman. Come for the conspiracy theories and stay for Zach's fantastic dating analogy as it applies to the royal blue uniforms. Follow...
Vanquish The Foe 22 hours ago

BYU Basketball Player Profile: Kyle Collinsworth's overlooked greatness and uncertain future

It may sound crazy, but Kyle Collinsworth was one of the best players in the country a year ago — making it all the more difficult to accept that he may never be that way again. I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Lean in real close. This is just between us. Kyle Collinsworth very well may be the best all-around player in the West Coast Conference. In fact, he may be one of the top players in the country. Sound crazy? Don't haul me off in a white coat just yet. I promise there's a method to my madness. With all due respect to Tyler Haws (and he deserves an incredible amount of...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 23, 2014

BYU Football bold predictions at Boise State: Cougars and Broncos battle all night

BYU is still looking to right the ship after giving up two 4th quarter leads and three straight losses. A tough test against Boise State should give fans a glimpse into future of season. Just when it seems like the Cougars are set to get back on track and back to their winning ways they have another meltdown. BYU jumped out to a 28-13 halftime lead against Nevada and unfortunately did look back. Nevada went on to win 42-35 as it scored 22 points in the 4th quarter to rally past the Cougars. Not what yours truly predicted. After losing to UCF in overtime it appeared BYU was going to turn the...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 22, 2014

CougarCast: BYU at Boise State and evaluating BYU coaches' performance

Tosh and Keith discuss whether it is warranted for fans to be calling for coaches to be fired or not and what they think will happen this season with job security. Then, a look at friday's matchup with the Boise State Broncos, a team that has only lost when they have turned the ball over 4+ times. Sound the alarm!  Provo is in panic!  3 straight losses and a trip to Boise is next! In this episode: Quick impressions from the loss to Nevada. (:53) Is it fair for fans to be calling for coaching changes when 9 of 22 starters are injured? (3:30) An evaluation of BYU Offensive Coordinator...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 22, 2014
Game 8 - BYU at Boise State: Previews, predictions, odds and more

Game 8 - BYU at Boise State: Previews, predictions, odds and more

With the Broncos seeking revenge from last year, the Cougars must travel to face them on the daunting "Smurf Turf" The History: With a convincing win in Provo last year, the BYU Cougars finally broke through and beat the Boise State Broncos. With a current record of 1-3 against the Broncos, the Cougars are looking to win their second straight, and first on the famous "Smurf Turf". The Cougars have had their chances in the past, but a missed field goal and a failed two-point conversion has kept BYU winless in Boise. Boise, ID 2012 (6-7) In 2012, BYU traveled to Boise to face a ranked...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 22, 2014
BYU in the NFL: Veteran DE Brett Keisel has a big impact in week 7

BYU in the NFL: Veteran DE Brett Keisel has a big impact in week 7

The last few week's this post has been a weekly Ziggy Ansah update and that shouldn't come as much of a surprise with the second-year defensive end playing so well for the Detroit Lions. Ansah's week 6 performance even earned him NFC defensive player of the week honors. While Ansah had another solid performance this past Sunday, it was 13-year NFL veteran, Brett Keisel, who stole the show and had the most impactful performance of any of the former Cougars playing in the league this past week. While Keisel's one tackle, two pass deflections, and single interception may not seem too...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 22, 2014

BYU basketball's offensive challenges: The halfcourt game

The Cougars are lethal in transition, but harmless in halfcourt offense. Will this year's team struggle when the game slows down again? Fredette. Ainge. Smith. Durrant. These are the four men that walk on this planet who have scored more points for BYU than Tyler Haws. Haws, barring injury, will certainly become the scoring king at BYU. Haws scored 1,547 in his sophomore and junior years. That's good for the eighth most points over sophomore and junior years by any college player since 1997. Of the 13 players who have scored over 1500 points combined in their sophomore and junior years,...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 21, 2014
BYU Basketball Player Profile: Anson Winder ready for increased role

BYU Basketball Player Profile: Anson Winder ready for increased role

After an up-and-down career, the Las Vegas native is poised to be a consistent contributor in his last year wearing Cougar blue. For the past four years Anson Winder has been with the Cougars, he has been a hard man to peg. His playing time has been inconsistent and he's battled constant injuries. His sophomore year, he only averaged eight minutes and struggled with a nagging ankle injury that limited his effectiveness. But as the phrase goes, this year is a new year. Near the end of last season, he proved himself to be a catalyst for a young Cougar team. He shot better than 57 percent in...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 20, 2014
By The Numbers: BYU's bend-then-break defense

By The Numbers: BYU's bend-then-break defense

Examining the numbers behind BYU's defensive struggles. After giving up 29 unanswered points in the span of 17 game minutes, BYU's defense appears to be the weakest such unit in nearly a decade. Watching Cody Fajardo and the Nevada Wolf Pack trample and cut through the defense in the second half felt like watching video of a train crushing a car. (These were a staple in those "Most incredible videos"-type shows that were popular before the dominance of YouTube.) You clicked on the video after reading the title, you know the wreck is coming, but you watching in hope just in case it is...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 20, 2014
BYU Basketball Player Profile: Chase Fischer aims to fill Cougars' sharpshooting need

BYU Basketball Player Profile: Chase Fischer aims to fill Cougars' sharpshooting need

Dave Rose hasn't had much luck with transfers lately — but the coach hopes the former Wake Forest marksman will help solve BYU's long-running long-range shooting woes. For a college basketball coach, bringing in transfers can be a little like playing roulette — there are a large number of possible scenarios for how things could work out (for better or worse), and there's no way of knowing which one will come to fruition. Nevertheless, you still put your chips down as best you can and hope the ball bounces your way. BYU coach Dave Rose hasn't had much luck with this game lately — to...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 20, 2014
The Ultimate 2014-15 BYU Basketball Preview: Player profiles, predictions, analysis, schedule and more

The Ultimate 2014-15 BYU Basketball Preview: Player profiles, predictions, analysis, schedule and more

Everything you need to prepare for BYU hoops and the WCC in the 2014-15 season. Everything. 2014-15 BYU COUGARS SCHEDULE DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME TV BLOG EXHIBITION Fri, Oct 17 2014 Boomshakalaka Team Showcase Provo, UT Smith Fieldhouse 7:00 PM MDT BYUtv Wed, Oct 29 Cougar Tipoff Provo, UT Marriott Center 7:00 PM MDT Sat, Nov 1 Colorado School of Mines Provo, UT Marriott Center 7:00 PM MDT Sat, Nov 8 Seattle Pacific Provo, UT Marriott Center 7:00 PM...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 19, 2014
Nevada vs BYU final: Cougars drop third straight game

Nevada vs BYU final: Cougars drop third straight game

Poor performance in 2nd half allows Wolf Pack to escape with a win BYU turned in a very powerful and complete performance through the first half. Christian Stewart threw for over 200 yards and three TDs and Paul Lasike added a rushing touchdown. The BYU defense allowed a long rushing play that set up the Wolf Pack’s only touchdown of the first half. BYU took a 28-13 lead into the break. The second half brought an entirely new story. The Wolf Pack scored 29 straight points coming out after the half with Cody Fajardo scoring on two rushing touchdowns. One of them a long scramble and another...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 18, 2014

What to watch in college football: Week 8

Take a look at the "must see" games in week 8 Week eight of the college football season brings a number of opportunities to see quality football. A number of ranked teams will face off against each other, trying to earn the upper hand for the highly touted playoff berths. Other teams are looking to find a leg up in conference play, or just trying to survive another grueling season. So which games should you be showing on your big screen TV? Take a look below and let us know if we missed any. #14 Kansas State @ #11 Oklahoma The Wildcats invade Norman to take on the Sooners at 12:00 pm ET on...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 18, 2014
BYU Football bold predictions vs. Nevada: Cougars start strong, end losing streak

BYU Football bold predictions vs. Nevada: Cougars start strong, end losing streak

The offense will further its post-Taysom transformation in what should be a good win against Nevada. A two game losing streak was not what BYU fans were expecting would happen after starting 4-0 this season. The offense last week was not completely different from what we've seen in the previous four and half games with Taysom Hill at the helm. But it was noticeably less reliant on the quarterback running the ball out of the read option, though that didn't stop Stewart from keeping it himself or tucking and running. Stewart even showed some Taysom-like running ability on a long third down...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 18, 2014
How to watch Nevada vs BYU: Game time, TV schedule, and more

How to watch Nevada vs BYU: Game time, TV schedule, and more

Game Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 18, 8:15 p.m. MT Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT Game Notes: BYU Nevada Channel: ESPN2 TV Broadcast team: Dave Lamont - play-by-play Ray Bentley - analyst Dawn Davenport - sideline reporter Pre-game Show: Countdown to Kick-off (7:00 pm MT on BYUtv & byutvsports.com) Dave McCann and Blaine Flower joined by BYUtv's team of analyst and reporters Post-Game Show: BYUtv Sports Post-Game (Immediately following the game, approx. 12:00 am MT on BYUtv & byutvsports.com) Player & coach interviews, highlights, and...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 17, 2014

BYU kicks off basketball season with Boom Shakalaka

Come for Luke Worthington missing eight straight bank shots on live TV, stay for Josh Sharp going all Lion King with his infant child. The BYU men's and women's basketball teams got their seasons under way on Friday evening with the programs' second annual Boom Shakalaka event at the Smith Fieldhouse. The players competed in a variety of skills challenges, including a 3-point shootout, a obstacle course-style relay and a dunk contest. 3-Point Shootout The men's and women's teams paired up contestants for the 3-point shootout, with Anson Winder and Cassie Broadhead ultimately coming away...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 17, 2014

Game-changing player of the week: Sione Takitaki

Although forced into duty by Injuries, Sione Takitaki seems poised to provide that extra pressure on the quarterback that the Cougars have been searching for since losing Kyle Van Noy. After a disappointing overtime loss to the UCF Knights last Thursday, the BYU Cougars look to right the ship and snap their two game skid on Saturday, at home in Provo, against the Nevada Wolf Pack. The Cougars have some young players who are stepping up big and are candidates to have big games against the Wolf pack in front of the home crowd. Unfortunately, the reason that some of these young guys are...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 17, 2014

Game 7 - Nevada at BYU: Previews, predictions, betting lines and more

Everything you need to know as Nevada returns to Provo as the Wolf Pack and BYU both look to end losing streaks. The History On Saturday the BYU Cougars will host the Nevada Wolf Pack for the 10th meeting between the schools.  The Cougars have a winning record at 5-2-2, but in the modern era, the Cougars are only 2-2.  The series started in 1929 and the last game was played in 2013.  Interestingly, the two ties both came at home in 1930 and 1940.  On the road BYU has a 4-1 record with the lone loss coming in 2002. Provo, UT 2010 (13-27) In the first career start for freshman...

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