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Vanquish The Foe 14 hours ago

College football and food, two of my favorite things.

Football and food have a long relationship with each other. How does LES stack up to other stadiums when it comes to offering great food? It's hard to think about the start of a new football season without images of food popping into my head.  Football and food just seem to go together, and like many of you, I have eaten a lot of meals at LaVell Edwards Stadium. I think I have probably tried just about everything they have to offer inside the stadium.  Some offerings I liked a lot, some not as much. It seems to me that stadium food should reach the same level of quality and excellence...
Vanquish The Foe 19 hours ago

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 8 Days

Just over one week until the Cougars will play the Huskies! No BYU quarterback has had a more successful career than #8 Steve Young. Young played for BYU from 1980-1983 and although he wanted to play quarterback, the offensive coordinator refused to play a left-handed quarterback. He started to learn how to play defensive back with the help of Tom Holmoe, but would watch and mimic how Jim McMahon would throw the ball. Scovil left for a head coaching job and Ted Tollner took his place. After Tollner saw Young throw, he decided that he wanted Young for his QB. As a senior, Young was named...
Vanquish The Foe 20 hours ago

BYU Football: Cougar DBs Look to Set Tone for Defense

The foundation of any successful defense is the secondary. Thankfully, the Cougars have some players who are definitely up to the task of holding down the back end of the field, and it all starts with their strong safety, Craig Bills. The foundation of any successful defense is the secondary. Of course, I am going to use this as a chance to plug my personal favorite NFL secondary, the Legion of Boom. The L.O.B. is a dynamic and smothering secondary that allows the Seattle Seahawks defense to stymie their opponents and set the tone in a pass happy league. As an Independent, BYU's schedule...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 20, 2014
BYU Football Schedule: Cougars and Huskies will meet in 2018 and 2019

BYU Football Schedule: Cougars and Huskies will meet in 2018 and 2019

BYU and Washington will face off in 2018 and 2019 After a disappointing show in the Fight Hunger bowl last year, the Cougars couldn't get away from talk of Washington fast enough.  Now it appears that a mutual respect between the programs is paying off.  Today it was announced that the BYU Cougars and the Washington Huskies will play a home-and-home series in 2018 and 2019.  The first game will be played in Seattle on September 29th, 2018 with a return trip to Provo on September 21st, 2019. Barring any further post season play, these games will mark the 10th and 11th meetings between the...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 20, 2014
BYU Football Schedule: Notre Dame series in jeopardy

BYU Football Schedule: Notre Dame series in jeopardy

The Cougars remaining four games with the Irish may not happen. Today, during a roundtable with local reporters, BYU AD Tom Holmoe expressed concerns that BYU Football's series with Notre Dame may not happen. Holmoe said series with Notre Dame is in question right now, but is hoping things will work out. — Jeff Call (@AJeffreyCall) August 20, 2014 BYU signed a six-game agreement with the Irish back in 2010, which was announced the day BYU originally went Independent. The agreement included four games in South Bend and two in Provo. The two teams already played the first two games...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 20, 2014

BYU Women's Volleyball: 9th ranked Cougars are set for another spectacular season

With the majority of the team returning for the 2014 season, the Cougars are looking for improvement on an already spectacular team. In November of 2010, nobody could have guessed that the Cougars would field a top 10 team in women's volleyball.  After a disappointing season with a sub-.500 record for the Cougars, everyone knew that something had to change.  One of those changes included handing of the keys of the program to Head Coach Shawn Olmstead.  Olmstead immediately made his mark after moving from assistant to head coach by posting a 21-9 record in his first year. In 2012, the...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 20, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 9 Days

The countdown is finally into the single digits. Despite being recruited by nine PAC-10 schools, #9 Austin Collie chose to follow in the footsteps of his father Scott, and brother Zac, to play wide receiver for BYU. Collie got his career off to a great start, during a bad season, when he caught a touchdown pass in a 20-17 victory over Notre Dame in the 2004 season opener. He chose to serve a mission the following year and spent two-years in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His first season back was in 2007, but he has a little heavier and slower than his freshman season. He really announced he was...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 20, 2014

BYU Football Fall Camp: Bringing out my Blue Kool-aid early

A pre-season reminder to be responsible BYU Fans. My name is Jeff and I'm a blue kool-aid addict. Every season, except 1984, has led to some disappointment when the blue kool-aid loses its flavor and leaves us with a silly blue mustache.  We somehow let ourselves believe that Riley Nelson is the next Ty Detmer.  Last pre-season, I made an outlandish bet with my co-worker that BYU was going to win the national championship.  I knew it was a long-shot at best but I honestly thought, "Taysom Hill is going to be an amazing dual threat quarterback.  This new offense will be Oregon 2.0 with...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 19, 2014

Former BYU TE Andrew George joins this week's CougarCast

Former BYU TE and hero of the 2009 Holy War game, Andrew George joins this weeks episode of CougarCast. Former BYU TE and Coach Andrew George joined Tosh and Keith to discuss the world of BYU Football.  They take on these topics: Christian Stewart and Taysom Hill Heisman Hype (1:44) Being a BYU Hero (5:35) Red zone offense and the role of the tight end in the "Go Hard, Go Fast" offense (7:10) The transition from Brandon Doman's offense to Robert Anae's offense, Coach Anae's focus is on the running game (11:08) Pros and Cons of the "Go Hard, Go Fast" offense, does BYU make adjustments...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 19, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 10 Days

Only ten days left in the Cougar Kickoff Countdown! Bronco Mendenhall is in his tenth year as the head coach at BYU and for some reason there are always undertones of fans wanting him fired and replaced. In the last nine years Mendenhall's teams have combined for a 82-34 record, or 70.7 percent win ratio. Not many coaches nationally do that. At home, the Cougars have been an impressive 46-9, or 83.6 percent. Every season since becoming the head coach, BYU has played in bowl games, going 6-3, or 66.6 percent. He also coached the Cougars to two MWC championships. True, Mendenhall's teams...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 19, 2014
BYU in the NFL: Will Kyle Van Noy earn a starting spot with the Lions?

BYU in the NFL: Will Kyle Van Noy earn a starting spot with the Lions?

Former BYU Cougar, Kyle Van Noy now has two NFL preseason games under his belt. Unlike his former BYU teammates that have also joined the NFL ranks this season, Van Noy is not fighting  to make an NFL roster. Instead, the battle Van Noy is fighting is for a starting position on the Detroit Lions. Van Noy is currently sitting in the number two spot at the strongside linebacker position behind six-year veteran Ashlee Palmer.  While Palmer is certainly a solid player, he lacks the pash rush skills and playmaking ability the Lions need to make their defense more imposing. It's safe to assume...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 17, 2014
BYU Football left outside the first AP Top 25 Poll.

BYU Football left outside the first AP Top 25 Poll.

As expected the top spot went to Florida State and BYU was not even close. Today marked the first AP poll for the season.  As expected the top spot was occupied by the Florida State Seminoles followed by Alabama and Oregon.  Oklahoma and Ohio State rounded out the top five, giving each of the power five conferences a representative. In a poll that is not part of the playoff picture, yet has more prestige than the coaches poll, the first few weeks rarely mean anything and rarely hold up deep into the season.  In fact, it has been almost a decade since the team picked number 1 in the...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 17, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 12 Days

Twelve. Twelve days left to kickoff. Twelve games in the regular season. This season BYU has a favorable schedule and there is no good reason for the Cougars to not go bowling. Of the twelve games on the schedule, there are seven that should be easy wins for the Cougars. Of course anything can happen, remember Michigan lost to Appalachian State in 2007, and that is why they play the game. GAMES BYU SHOULD WIN TEAM DATE LOCATION UConn August 29 East Hartford, Connecticut Virginia September 20 Provo, Utah Nevada October 18 Provo, Utah Middle Tennessee November 1 Murfreesboro,...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 16, 2014

BYU Soccer's Jaiden Thornock set to begin her senior season

All Jaiden Thornock dreamed of as a child was to be a soccer player. Now the senior from Ogden, Utah, is about to begin her senior season at a Cougar. BYU soccer player Jaiden Thornock has been playing soccer (and dreaming of playing soccer) for a long time. Thornock told John Coon of the Deseret News, "My mom asked me when I was 3 years old what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I said a soccer player.  Ever since I was a little girl, it's something I've wanted to grow up and be.  A dream of mine forever, I guess." And a soccer player is exactly what Thornock has become, and a pretty...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 16, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 13 Days

Less than two weeks left to kickoff. BYU's bowl history is relatively short. In fact, this year marks the fortieth anniversary of the Cougars first bowl game in 1974 against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Fiesta Bowl. Most fans probably don't know that because, well, who wants to remember a loss. In the last forty years, the Cougars have made thirty-one bowl appearances and have won 13 of those contests. Their average margin of victory is 11.5. The largest margin of victory for BYU in a bowl game, 30, came against the Oregon Ducks in 2006. BYU's longest bowl game winning streak is four...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 15, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 14 Days

Only two weeks left until BYU kicks off against UConn in East Hartford, Connecticut! No other quarterback in BYU history has won more accolades than #14 Ty Detmer. During his four years in Provo, the Cougars went 37-13-2. By the time he finished his career as a Cougar he had set 59 NCAA records, including 15,031 career passing yards, and was tied for three other records. In 1990, Detmer won the Heisman Trophy, the Davey O'Brien Award, the Maxwell Award, the Sammy Baugh Trophy, and was named both a consensus All-America player and UPI Player of the Year. He also passed for  5,188 yards in...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 14, 2014
BYU in the NFL: Uani Unga to work out for New York Jets

BYU in the NFL: Uani Unga to work out for New York Jets

It took a little longer than expected, but according to BYU Sports Nation's Spencer Linton, former BYU LB Uani Unga will get a chance in the NFL. Linton broke the news that Unga was finishing up his arrangements to go work out for the New York Jets on his Twitter account Thursday afternoon. #BYUSN BREAKING: I just heard from former #BYU LB @UaniUnga that he's finalizing a trip to New York for a workout with the Jets. #143Tackles — Spencer Linton (@Spencer_Linton) August 14, 2014 Before suffering a torn ACL in the Fight Hunger Bowl vs Washington at the end of last season, Unga was...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 14, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 15 Days

Statistically speaking, #15 Max Hall was one of best BYU quarterbacks. He has more wins, at 32, than any other Cougar quarterback and his six touchdowns in the first half against UCLA in 2008 are the most thrown in a half. He threw for a total of seven touchdowns in that game which are the most thrown at LaVell Edwards Stadium and tie the record for a BYU quarterback. He is second only to Ty Detmer in Completions-Attempts-Interceptions (903-1,382-40), Career Passing Yards (11,365), and Career Touchdowns (94). For quarterbacks that passed for at least 1,000 yards, Hall is the fifth most...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 13, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 16 Days

Jamaal Williams could become the career rushing leader at BYU this season. BYU is known for having players who are older than the rest of their collegiate cohorts. One notable exception to the rule is Jamaal Williams, who graduated high school early in California and joined the team in time for spring ball in 2012 as a 16-year old. Not many players could pull that off academically or physically, but it has been a great success for Williams so far. During spring ball Williams turned 17 and played well enough to earn the confidence of the coaching staff. In fall of 2012 Williams became the...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 12, 2014

BYU Women's Soccer Preview: What should we expect in 2014?

After a trip to the NCAA playoffs and a share of the WCC title in 2013, what can we expect from the Cougars this year? In the last couple of years the BYU women's soccer team has made their mark in Provo.  With continued success on the field, they have invigorated a fan base and helped bring fill the seats at South Field.  After an elite eight run in 2012, the Cougars made a return trip to the NCAA tournament in 2013 and made it to the second round before losing to Colorado.  Not only have the Cougars had overall success, they have won at least a share of the West Coast Conference title...

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