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BYU vs Santa Clara recap: Cougars blow-out Broncos 78-57

Tyler Haws passes Danny Ainge on the all-time scoring list as the Cougars destroy the Broncos. Looking to sweep the Santa Clara Broncos in the regular season, the BYU Cougars used a strong second half to finish in style. The Cougars received unexpected help from a number of players as Coach Rose decided to mix things up and not only started a different line-up, but also threw out a number of different line-ups during the game. Once again Corbin Kaufusi started in place of Luke Worthington and with Kyle Collinsworth nursing a bruised tailbone, it opened the door for a Dalton Nixon start. In...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 31, 2015

BYU Football Recruiting & 2015 National Signing Day: News, profiles, highlights, analysis and more

Your home for BYU news related to the 2015 football recruiting class, and 2015 National Signing Day on Feb. 4. Three-star cornerback Dayan Lake of Northridge High (UT) has reopened his recruitment just two weeks before signing day, according to Doug Kimmel of Scout. Lake retweeted all of Kimmel's tweets on the matter. Lake was BYU's second-highest recruit according to 247 Sports composite, coming in behind only Kieffer Longson. BYU is still in the mix for his services: Breaking: Northridge (UT) four-star CB Dayan Lake has decommitted from #BYU & is exploring all...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 30, 2015

What you need to know: BYU vs Santa Clara, round 2

With near perfection required in the second half of the WCC schedule, the Cougars will host Santa Clara at home. The History On Saturday, the Santa Clara Broncos will pay a visit to the BYU Cougars in the Marriott Center. The match-up will be the 28th between the schools in a series that started in 1951. BYU has a commanding lead in the series: 22-5, having not lost to the Broncos since joining the West Coast Conference. Santa Clara, CA 2015 (81-46) Behind the hot hands of Tyler Haws and Chase Fischer, the Cougars rocketed past the Broncos in a game that was never close. Haws and Fischer...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 30, 2015

Top 5 uncommitted targets of BYU's 2015 recruiting class

BYU will be working on these five players, the highest-rated targets by recruiting ratings, as signing day approaches. Some have committed and re-opened their decision, while others have yet to make their pledge. Here are the highlights for the top five commits of BYU's 2015 signing class, according to their 247Sports composite rating. 5. KHARI VANDERBILT Position: Safety6-foot-2, 185 poundsComposite Rating: .8356 (3 stars)San Jose, California (San Jose City College) Vanderbilt committed to BYU in June of last year, and seemed to be all in on being part of the Cougar family. But an offer...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 30, 2015

Rapid Reaction: BYU basketball squeaks past San Francisco, 78-74

It wasn't pretty, but the Cougars got a big performance from Tyler Haws and kept their tourney dreams (barely) alive. BYU kept their NCAA at-large bids alive — albeit still on life-support — by eeking out a tight, 78-74 victory over San Francisco. It was a complete reversal from the first meeting between the teams this season, where the Cougars shellacked the Dons by more than 30 points in their own gym behind a barrage of 3-point bombs. But the visitors were not about to let history repeat itself in Provo. San Francisco played with energy and feistiness on both ends of the floor,...

BYU football schedules: Contract details for Michigan State series obtained

VTF has obtained the official contract for the Michigan State series, which has an interesting opt-out clause. Via an open records request, Vanquish The Foe has obtained the official contract for the upcoming home and home series with the Michigan State Spartans of the Big Ten. BYU is currently scheduled to travel to East Lansing on October 16, 2016, while the Spartans are slated to make a return trip to Provo on September 20, 2020. Much of the language in the contact is rather boilerplate and typical for a matchup of this caliber, but there are a few notes that may be of interest to BYU...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 29, 2015

Top 5 commitments of BYU's 2015 recruiting class

A look at BYU's top commits by recruiting ratings as signing day approaches. While much of the fun of signing day revolves around players who leave their status in the air until that day (which we'll cover soon,) there's plenty to be excited about with players who have stuck to their commitments. Here are the highlights for the top five commits of BYU's 2015 signing class, according to their 247Sports composite rating. 5. CHARLES WEST Position: Running Back5-foot-9, 182 poundsComposite Rating: .8447 (3 stars)Coppell, Texas West has the potential to be a home-run commitment for Mark...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 28, 2015

What you need to know: BYU vs San Francisco, round 2

Trying to right the ship, the Cougars will face off against the Dons in Provo. The History When the BYU Cougars are visited by the San Francisco Dons on Saturday, it will mark the 19th meeting between the schools in a series that started in 1946. BYU has won 12 of the first 18 and look to continue the domination of the last couple of years, including a 3-0 record last year and a 1-0 record this season. San Francisco, CA 2015 (99-68) Led by the third triple-double of the year for Kyle Collinsworth, the Cougars went on the attack and came away with a dominant road victory. Collinsworth...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 27, 2015

BYU football recruiting: The dynamic Britain Covey commits to Utah; Gabe Reid chances slimming

The undefeated Timpview quarterback pledged to Utah over BYU on Tuesday. Britain Covey, unofficially nicknamed (by me) the Diminutive Dynamo, has committed to Utah per several reports from reporters and recruiting sites. Covey, generously listed at 5-foot-10, is a three-star recruit with a composite rating of 80.44 who won three state championships at Timpview High (UT), two as quarterback. He is expected to play wide receiver in college and serve a mission immediately after high school. Watching Covey in person, he is a much smaller Taysom Hill. He's speedy, possesses a shifty and agile...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 27, 2015

BYU football recruiting profile: Washington State transfer Squally Canada preps for his time

The Division-I running back is one of four early signees for the 2015 recruiting class and is poised to break out in 2016. Running back Squally Canada announced his decision to transfer from Washington State to BYU on December 13. Canada has since enrolled at BYU and has joined the team. When part of the 2014 recruiting class, Canada was a three-star recruit with a rating of .8520 on 247Sports' composite rating. That rating would rank fourth in current commits for BYU's 2015 class, so the Cougars are receiving a definite talent. As a senior a Milpitas High in California (near San Jose),...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 27, 2015

BYU Tournament Résumé: Cougars slip-sliding away

BYU lost to a team with < 150 RPI with San Diego playing Cougar kryptonite again. The bracketology outlook adjusted accordingly, and now the NIT is even in question. I'd bemoan the regularity of this situation, but perhaps we should be consigned to it as a fact of BYU life. At least until all those top-100 recruits are on the floor together. You can afford to lose any game to Gonzaga and even on the road at Saint Mary's, but Pepperdine at home and not being able to grab close games against Utah and San Diego State? This feels all too familiar. I've compiled a profile of data from...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 26, 2015

BYU football recruiting: 2015 commit and offer map

As we close in on National Signing Day, here is a map for your pleasure. National Signing Day for the 2015 football class is 9 days away. February 4th will be here soon, and BYU coaches are making every effort possible to finalize the recruiting class. With a couple higher-rated commitments either re-opening their recruiting (Dayan Lake) or getting hard pushes from elite programs (Mika Tafua), it's officially crunch time. Below is an interactive map of BYU's commitments, early signees, soft verbals, and key remaining uncommitted targets. Zoom in on a region to be able to pinpoint more...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 25, 2015

BYU Womens Basketball Weekly recap: Cougars hold off Toreros

The Cougars withstand a Toreros second half rally to win 54-50. With only one game this last week, the Cougars needed a win to keep pace with Saint Mary's for 2nd place in the WCC. Gonzaga is still undefeated in the WCC, leaving everyone else to battle for 2nd. The only game of the week was against a talented San Diego team, that was tied with the Cougars at 6-2 in the conference, in the Marriott Center on Saturday. The afternoon game lived up to its billing as it provided the attending fans a fantastic cornucopia of everything basketball, including a one possession game in the last...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 24, 2015

BYU Basketball recap: Cougars fall in San Diego 77-74

BYU fails to put away San Diego late, losing another on the road. The BYU Cougars led for most of this afternoon’s game in the Linda Vista neighborhood of San Diego, but could not come up with the stops needed to put away the San Diego Toreros. There were 7 lead changes in the first 14 minutes of play, until the game stabilized with a small Cougar lead that they took into the half. BYU retained control of the game, but sloppy play and a resurgent San Diego offensive effort tied the game up at 61 with 6:13 remaining in the game. This is when USD went on their decisive run to take control...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 23, 2015

BYU Hockey live broadcasts: Montana State @ BYU

The Bobcats and Cougars face off at Peaks Ice Arena Friday night at 7:00! Listen to the action here on Vanquish The Foe! BYU and Montana State will meet twice this weekend on Friday and Saturday at 7:00 PM. These game will be the first and second meeting of the season between the two teams. The Bobcats from Bozeman are a relative unknown having only logged 5 games in the ACHA Division 2 all season. They recorded a 0-5 record in those matchups. They have however played more than these 5 games. BYU fans, players, and coaches alike will be discovering the strengths and weaknesses on the...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 23, 2015

BYU Hockey's Tragedy: Jaxon Logan's death leaves legacy still felt 10 years later

10 years later, BYU hockey set to honor and remember the tragic on-ice loss of Jaxon Logan. Hanging in the rafters of Peaks Ice Arena is a banner. It hangs in honor of Jaxon Logan. His number, 11, is forever retired. January 21, 2005, late in the 2nd period, the Provo Icecats were on a roll with a six goal lead on the University of Northern Colorado. A slap shot was taken from the blue line by a Northern Colorado defensivemen while on the power play. Showing full effort and commitment to his team, freshman Jaxon Logan from Palmer, Alaska dove his body in the path of shot. The shot hit him...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 23, 2015

Player Power Rankings: Haws and Collinsworth lead BYU with historic performances

It's a nervous time for Cougar fans — but that doesn't mean there haven't been some spectacular (and not-so-spectacular) individual efforts. Our staff ranked them. Welcome back to the Player Power Rankings — the weekly feature where we rank each member of the BYU basketball team based on how they’re playing right now. The Cougars split their latest California road trip, gutting out a hard-fought victory over Pacific before dropping a tough one to Saint Mary's in Moraga. All in all, not a terrible week — a tight loss in Moraga will never sink anyone's ship — but still one that...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 23, 2015

What you need to know: BYU vs. San Diego preview (Basketball Edition)

Fighting for a spot in the top tier of the WCC conference, BYU finds itself on the road in San Diego. The History After a week off, the Cougars travel to take on the San Diego Toreros as they close out the first half of the conference schedule. The Cougars have won the last two games against the Toreros and hold an overall record of 8-2. In a series that started in 2001, the Cougars last lost in 2013 while visiting San Diego. Provo, UT 2014 (87-53) Many will remember this game as the game where Matt Carlino started his sixth man of the year award bid. Skyler Halford earned his first start...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 22, 2015

BYU football recruiting profile: S Eric Takenaka signs with Cougars

Snow College safety Eric Takenaka is one of four early-signee transfers that has begun school at BYU. BYU's defense was in sore need of some new blood at the safety position this upcoming season.  Hard hitting Craig Bills graduated, Dallin Leavitt transferred, and Kai Nacua might be facing discipline for his role in the post-bowl game brawl in Miami.  Hopefully, the Cougars have found someone to help fill the now open spots on the depth chart with one of their January signees. Eric Takenaka, a 5-10, 205 pound safety who played prep ball at West High (UT) committed to play for the Cougars...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 22, 2015

He's Back: Nick Emery returns from mission, lights Marriott Center on fire

It may only be practice, but the recently returned missionary is already scorching nets in Provo. Get used to it. The journey of Nick Emery from Lone Peak High School legend to BYU basketball's "next big thing" to actual collegiate player has been a long one. It has included two separate stints as a missionary in Germany, at least two surgeries to address a potentially serious medical condition, and a whole bunch of hype and breathless speculation. But after many years and several interim steps, it seems that Emery The Younger's journey to Provo may finally have reached its end. On Tuesday,...

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