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Vanquish The Foe Nov 30, 2016

BYU Basketball vs. Utah State Final: Cougars out muscles the Aggies 77-63

BYU got back on track tonight with a win against Utah State at Vivint SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City. Most importantly, BYU’s defensive effort was much improved since Saturday, allowing only 31 points in the first half and 63 in the game. The offensive effort was slow at first, BYU only hit 1 of 11 (9.1 percent) from three-point range in the first half but dominated the Aggies down low with 28 points in the paint and out rebounded them 30 to 16. The Cougars ended up winning the rebounding battle 55 to 31 for the game. The second half was more of the same, the Cougars dominated the...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 27, 2016

BYU Football vs. Utah State final: Cougars slog their way to 28-10 victory

In what ended up being a far more interesting game than the record of the two participants or the final score would indicate, the BYU Cougars (8-4, 6-2 home) and the Utah State Aggies (3-9, 1-7 MWC) met for the 86th time on Saturday night to battle for the Old Wagon Wheel. BYU held a 47-35-3 advantage in the series going into the game, with Utah State last having won in 2014, and only having three wins in the last 20 meetings between the two teams. The Cougar faithful and the team turned out in black out for the game in front of a packed crowd at LaVell Edwards Stadium. And the Cougars...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 26, 2016

BYU Basketball vs. UVU Final: Cougars lose to Wolverines at home 114-101

When BYU announced it had signed a four-year contract to play UVU, most BYU fans probably assumed that these would be easy wins, especially with three of them in the Marriott Center. Today, UVU proved that they should not be taken lightly in the eyes of BYU fans as the Wolverines put up a ton of points beating BYU 114-101 to secure the first UVU win over BYU ever. Former Cougar Isaac Neilson led the Wolverines with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Three other UVU players also scored over 20 points, those being Brandon Randolph (21), Connor Toolson (21), and Jordan Poydras came off the bench to...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 24, 2016

BYU Basketball vs. Valparaiso Final: Cougars fall to Crusaders 92-89

In a game with seven ties and four lead changes, BYU fell to Valparaiso in the final seconds. BYU started strong and held a 12-point lead midway through the first half. Foul trouble reared its ugly head forcing Mika to the bench for most of the first half and limiting him to only one point. Early in the second half, Mika picked up his third and fourth fouls and sat until 11 minutes remained in the game. With only seconds remaining in the game, Valpo missed two free throws and a quick timeout gave the Cougars a chance to tie the game with a three pointer. The inbounds play from half-court...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 22, 2016

Cougs on Cougs: Get to know BYU Football Long Snapper Matt Foley

A busy week for football and basketball means a busy week for Cougs on Cougs. This week’s jam-packed show features lots of Couch Coaching, a Perfect Fan segment and more. Was last week not one of the greatest of the year for BYU fans? Three wins for basketball and one for football — many games to be attended, much fun to be had. This week mirrors last with three basketball games (the first of which, BYU Hoops won against Saint Louis Monday) and our home finale for football coming up Saturday against Utah State. Jam-packed Cougar sports weeks mean jam-packed Cougars on Cougars, with...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 22, 2016

Taysom Hill can end his BYU football career by leaving the dark day against Utah State in 2014 behind him

Taysom has faced Utah State three times already, but on Saturday, he gets a chance to erase the memories of 2014 On October 3rd, 2014, BYU was riding high off of a solid 4-0 start behind recently deemed legend quarterback, Taysom Hill. After taking care of business against Cincinnati, Taysom Hill put himself on the map with the iconic “hurdle” against Texas and handed Charlie Strong his first loss at Texas by the score of 41-7. The Cougars got to 4-0 two weeks later after defeating Houston and Virginia and went into the bye week ranked #18 in the country. This had everything in the...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 22, 2016

BYU Basketball vs. St. Louis Final: Cougars overpower Billikens 92-62

For the fourth straight game, BYU used a dominating low post presence to outpace a stubborn opponent. Saint Louis was not expected to play well but stayed close to BYU throughout the first half, even closing the deficit to three points several times. Nick Emery fouled out with about 10 minutes remaining in the game, but BYU started a 16-0 run which effectively put the game out of reach. The star performers of the night were undoubtedly Kyle Davis (22 pts) and Eric Mika (20 pts) who were unmatched down low the entire night. Mika would have contributed more but sat for much of the first...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 21, 2016

BYU Basketball Power Rankings, Week 1: The reign of Eric Mika is upon us

The Cougars got off to a quick start with more than a little help from their dominant sophomore big man. Welcome back to the BYU Basketball Power Rankings — the weekly feature where we rank each member of the hoops team based on how they’re playing right now. This week’s rankings are inclusive of player performance during the first week of the season, which saw the Cougars sprint out to a record of 3-0 on the strength of a solid victory over a very good Princeton squad and two blowouts against overmatched opponents in Coppin State and Coastal Carolina. (If you missed last week’s...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 20, 2016

BYU Basketball vs Coastal Carolina Final: Cougars rout Chanticleers 81-65

On a night where the staple of BYU’s offense the last few years, three point shooting, failed them, sophomore big man Eric Mika lead the Cougars to victory with another huge game of 18 points, 11 rebound, and 3 blocked shots to continue his very strong start to the season. BYU was able to find a win on a night where it did not shoot very well from three, only 34 percent, they were able to use the overall size advantage over Coastal by getting inside the three point line and shot 47 percent, led by Mika who shot 8-12. Coastal, on the other hand, had a really rough night from the field. ...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 19, 2016

BYU vs. UMass Final: Cougars pick up 51-9 win with big second half

Well that was a weird game. BYU won big, which is what we all expected, but man, did it take a while to get there. BYU went into the halftime only up 14-9 after allowing UMass to complete several big plays. The Minutemen forced a Taysom Hill fumble that set up a 70-yard TD pass in the 1st quarter and later took a 9-7 lead after being set up by 51-yard kick return. The Cougars got two TDs on the ground in the first half from KJ Hall and Harvey Langi. There were a few breakdowns and mistakes on the BYU side that allowed the Minutemen to keep it close. KJ Hall was a bright spot for BYU in the...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 18, 2016

BYU vs. UMass football: Odds, betting lines and computer predictions

Using data from Las Vegas and several computer predictors to get a hopefully accurate preview for BYU’s game against Massachusetts. BYU sprinted to a big halftime lead, then pitter-pattered through the second half in a 37-7 win over Southern Utah. The Cougars continue their three-game homestand with Massachusetts. Let’s take a look at what oddsmakers and computer predictions have to say about BYU and UMass. (This is, of course, for entertainment purposes only. While we don't encourage gambling, referencing predictions from the people who make money on them can be fun!) LINES AND ODDS At...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 17, 2016

BYU vs Coppin State Recap: Cougars get sloppy 96-59 victory over the Eagles

Eric Mika had a second excellent game to open the season with 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks as the BYU Cougars earned a 96-59 victory over the Coppin State Eagles on Thursday night at the Marriott Center. His Lone Peak High teammates Nick Emery and T.J. Haws added 13 and 11 points respectively for the Cougars. Coppin State, a perennial poor program in the MEAC, was clearly gassed after playing their third game in three different cities in four nights. While there cannot be too much information to be gleaned from a blowout victory against a team that finished 327th out of 351 NCAA...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 16, 2016

Former Utah safety Austin Lee to transfer to BYU

While the Utah basketball program isn’t giving BYU return trip to Provo this season, the football team has done their part to make up for it by providing the Cougars with a defensive back. According to his Instagram post, former Utah safety Austin Lee made a visit to BYU this last weekend and alluded an opportunity while wearing a BYU jersey and gloves. Had a blast this weekend with great people. We are grateful and excited for this opportunity! #gocougs A photo posted by Austin • Kortnie • Ledger (@auznkort) on Nov 13, 2016 at 12:18pm PST Austin Lee originally committed to...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 16, 2016

What you need to know: BYU vs Massachusetts

The History Saturday marks the first meeting on the gridiron between the BYU Cougars and the University of Massachusetts Minutemen. UMass played at the FCS level until 2011 when they started the transition to FBS. As of now they are playing as a program under the umbrella of Independence and hoping they can find a conference before they are forced to drop back down to the FCS level. The Outlook Both the offense and defense looked quite good against a much inferior opponent in SUU, and the same should happen this Saturday. The Cougars put up 31 in the first half and then played keep away in...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 15, 2016

CougarCast: BYU Football vs. UMass preview podcast

Tosh and Keith discuss this weekend’s BYU football game against the Massachusetts Minutemen. This Saturday, the 6-4 BYU Cougars take on the 2-8 Massachusetts Minutemen. It will be a showcase of a classic stable of college football — an independent vs. independent clash on the gridiron. Tosh and Keith discuss what to watch out for when the men of Provo will be challenged by the men of Amherst. Download this episode (right click and save) In this episode: Watching position battles for the 2017 season. (5:50) BYU CB Michael Davis has quietly moved down the BYU depth chart. He is now...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 15, 2016

BYU basketball vs. Princeton final: Cougars tame the Tigers in 82-73 victory

The BYU basketball team picked up an 82-73 victory versus an experienced Princeton squad behind an Eric Mika double-double. In his first regular season game since returning from his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mika scored 26 points and pulled down 18 rebounds (career highs in both categories). Mika got plenty of help from the other two members (TJ Haws & Nick Emery) of the highly anticipated trio of former Lone Peak players who played their first regular season game together since winning a high school national championship together back in 2012-13. Haws...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 14, 2016

BYU Basketball Power Rankings, Week 0: The Golden Age of Cougar hoops is finally here

The reunited Lone Peak Three headlined the Cougars’ preseason play in a big way. Welcome to the BYU Basketball Power Rankings — the weekly feature where we rank each member of the hoops team based on how they’re playing right now. We’ve done this in past years (and for football!), and I figured there was no better way to properly process and analyze the inevitable ups and downs of the impending 2016-17 season — which, lest we should forget, Cougar fans have been patiently waiting for for more than five years now. This is a big deal, and we should savor this new era of BYU hoops...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 14, 2016

BYU basketball vs. Princeton: How to watch, what to know

Princeton brings an efficient offense and a pesky defense to the Marriott Center tonight. The 2016-17 BYU Cougars basketball season tips off tonight against the Princeton Tigers. Tonight’s contest will be played in the Marriott Center with a game start time at 8:00 PM MST. The game will be available to watch on ESPN 2 or streamed on ESPN3.com. It can also be heard on KSL 1160 AM/102.7 FM or Sirius XM 143. Princeton had a successful season last year as they went 22-7 and qualified for the NIT. The Tigers return all five of their starters and their top four bench players. Their head coach...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 12, 2016

BYU football vs. Southern Utah final: Cougars get bowl eligible with 37-7 win

BYU took care of business to become bowl eligible. Despite an absolutely perfect fall afternoon and a surprisingly full LaVell Edwards Stadium, it wasn’t quite the perfect game for BYU — but the Cougars did what they needed to in a 37-7 drubbing of Southern Utah on Saturday. For some reason, the BYU A-team struggled to run the ball. At one point, BYU had 16 yards on 14 rushing attempts, which included a 15-yard scoring run from Taysom Hill. But, Hill made a few of his better throws all season in TD strikes to Nick Kurtz and Colby Pearson in the first half, and BYU took a 31-7 lead into...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 10, 2016

This BYU football season has me more excited for BYU basketball than ever before

Things make a lot more sense on the hardwood than they do on the gridiron. Like you, I’m a BYU sports maniac. I enjoy following the Cougars along the trail to fame and glory. Each twist and turn is interesting and fascinating. This has certainly been the case with the 2016 BYU football team. While I have a lot of interest in the ongoing developments and treasured histories of all the sports in BYU athletics, my personal favorite is BYU men’s basketball. I love BYU hoops. I love BYU basketball so much that I am frequently reading old BYU basketball media guides. I’ve spent hours...

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