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Vanquish The Foe 8 hours ago

BYU vs. Utah State Preview: Series history by the numbers

Some numbers and stats on the historical series between BYU and Utah State. (Hint: BYU wins a lot.) October 7, 1978. That was the last time the Utah State Aggies defeated the BYU Cougars in a football game played in Provo, Utah. BYU has won 17 consecutive home contests over the Aggies since that date. It's a matter of pride for BYU fans, especially since Aggie fans insist on calling the football version of games between to the two schools a "rivalry." Basketball is more so, but two teams being in the same state does not necessarily mean their games constitute a rivalry. Granted, the last...
Vanquish The Foe 14 hours ago

7 unanswered questions for BYU basketball

With the start of practice less than a week away, unknowns abound for the Cougars. Can you hear that? No? Try again. Listen closely. That. Right there. Off in the not-so-far distance. Approximately six days away. Do you hear it now? That's the sound of basketballs bouncing. College hoops season is almost upon us. But as we enter the final week of the offseason and prepare for BYU's first practice on Monday, we still don't know all that much about this Cougar team. Even with nearly every player on the roster returning, questions linger everywhere on the floor and on both sides of the...
Vanquish The Foe 19 hours ago
Attendance lacking? 7 ways to get more students to LaVell Edwards Stadium

Attendance lacking? 7 ways to get more students to LaVell Edwards Stadium

Why is student attendance waning? Good question. What can change to make sure that the student section is filled to the brim? We've got some (not so serious) answers. Over the weekend, Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune did a feature on how BYU's football attendance has been slightly less than spectacular this season. One of the possible reasons that was mentioned by Duff Tittle, BYU's Associate Athletic Director for Communications, was that student attendance was down significantly from past seasons. So, what are some of the ways that we can get more students to the games? Here are my...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 29, 2014
BYU football schedule: Cougars sign home-and-home with South Florida

BYU football schedule: Cougars sign home-and-home with South Florida

According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN, the BYU Cougars and the South Florida Bulls will announce the signing of a home-and-home series in 2021 and 2022.  The schools haven't made the official announcement at this time, so details will still be forthcoming. RT @jaromjordan: .@McMurphyESPN is reporting #BYU will have a home/home in 2021/22 with South Florida. pic.twitter.com/YVLTBxGEia — The Y's Guide (@YsGuide) September 29, 2014 The University of South Florida was established in 1956, but didn't start their football program until 1997.  They started out as a lower level...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 28, 2014

College football rankings week 6: BYU moves up to 18th in AP and 19th in Coaches Poll

After having the weekend off, the Cougars still move up in both polls. Unlike in years past, the bye week for the Cougars didn't hinder their national rankings as they moved up in the major polls. Last week the Cougars sat at 20th in the AP poll, 21st in the Coaches, and 25th in the Sagarin.  A couple of losses helped the Cougars out as Arizona State was thumped by UCLA, and South Carolina lost in the final moments. The losses dropped both teams from the rankings and gave BYU the chance to move up to 18th in the AP and 19th in the Coaches poll.  The Sagarin rankings also moved BYU up two...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 27, 2014

BYU Women's Volleyball: #11 Cougars ground the Pilots in three.

In an early day match, the Cougars earn their fifth straight sweep as they ground the Portland Pilots. Coming into the second game of the conference season, the Cougars led the nation in blocks per set with 3.8.  The combination of Jennifer Hamson, Whitney Young, and Amy Boswell should scare any opponent, and the Cougars looked to take advantage.  The Cougars came into the match with a 10-2 record compared to the Pilots 5-7 record, which is five wins more than all of last season.  The programs are coming off of two very different games as BYU swept the Gonzaga Bulldogs in their last...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 26, 2014
BYU Hockey live broadcast: Utah @ BYU

BYU Hockey live broadcast: Utah @ BYU

The Utes and Cougars face off at Peaks Ice Arena Friday night! Listen to the action here on Vanquish The Foe! Vanquish The Foe is proud to bring you LIVE play by play broadcasts of BYU Hockey!  Listen as Keith Shirts and Heath Allred bring you all the action from the Peaks Ice Arena. Friday, September 26th, at 7:00 PM the Cougars will be on the prowl as they face off against the University of Utah in a rivalry matchup.  Tickets to the game are $6.00 or $3.00 with a student ID. If you can't come check out the Cougars in person and can't join us here to listen to the game.  You can...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 16, 2014

BYU Football: Looking ahead in a 25-game season

Alex Strelnikov takes a look at what is in store for the Cougars the rest of this season and what they will likely have to do to get into the College Football Playoff. The 2014 BYU football schedule doesn't look as soft after week three, especially when wounded Texas roared back and had #12 UCLA but for the want of one play. Anyone that watched UCLA-Texas didn't see some down and out Longhorns suffering from drought. They saw a bunch of hard-nosed fighting Texans ready to skin themselves a bear. BYU is facing far more formidable opponents in the coming weeks than many thought they would at...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 16, 2014
The Zone Leaders Podcast with Zach Bloxham & Jake Welch - Episode Four

The Zone Leaders Podcast with Zach Bloxham & Jake Welch - Episode Four

After many hours of endless debate Zach Bloxham and Jake Welch have decided on a name for their podcast. In this week's episode Zach compares Ross Apo to a down and out comedian from the 90's and Jake (semi) apologizes for saying really mean things about Kellen Fowler. In the fourth version of the Zone Leaders Podcast, Zach and Jake evaluate the Cougars performance against Houston, discuss what to expect next week when BYU squares off against a hungry UVA team and for the first time in the history of the podcast they make reference to the University of Utah. The Zone Leaders Podcast...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 15, 2014

The Unquestionable Swagger of Taysom Hill

Swagger has a name and it goes by Taysom Hill. The great American poet Chingy once professed,"I'm fresh to death so baby check my swag." As much as I want to go into an in-depth discussion on the rich nature of St. Louis-based hip-hop (which is highly underrated), I will simply focus on this declaration from Chingy and how BYU quarterback Taysom Hill is the natural embodiment of this lyric. It can be confirmed in more ways than one that Taysom is "fresh to death" so much so that everyone around the country, specifically opposing defenses, should "check his swag." Now when I say check his...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 14, 2014
College Football Rankings Week 4: BYU ranked 23 in Coaches Poll, 21 in AP Poll

College Football Rankings Week 4: BYU ranked 23 in Coaches Poll, 21 in AP Poll

BYU's 8-point victory over Houston on Thursday night may have been ugly, but it was good enough to get the Cougars into the Amway Coaches Poll for the first time this season and to jump them up a few spots in this week's AP Poll. BYU premiered in the Coaches Poll at the 23rd spot and moved up four spots in the AP Poll to 21st. This is the first time BYU has been ranked the Top 25 of both the Coaches and AP Polls since the end of the 2009 season. BYU's Week 4 opponent Virginia made its first appearance in the "Others in Receiving Votes" section this week after an upset victory over...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 14, 2014

BYU Football Opponents: Week 3 Results

Scores and game recap links to how BYU's opponents did in week 3. Week 3 (BYU's opponent in bold) Boise State 38 (2-1) @ UConn 21 (1-2) | Recap #12 UCLA 20 (3-0) @ Texas 17 (1-2) | Recap #21 Louisville 21 @ Virginia 23 (2-1) | Recap Wake Forest 24 (1-2) @ Utah State 36 (2-1) | Recap UCF 10 (0-2) @ #20 Missouri 38 (3-0) | Recap Nevada 28 (2-1) @ Arizona 35 (3-0) | Recap Western Kentucky 47 (1-2) @ Middle Tennessee State 50 (2-1) 3OT | Recap Northern Illinois 48 (3-0) @ UNLV 34 (1-2) | Recap Fort Valley State 42 (1-0) @ Savannah State 28 (0-3) | Recap Bye week:  California...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 14, 2014
BYU Basketball Position Previews: Guards

BYU Basketball Position Previews: Guards

A quick look at the guards and the possible replacements for Matt Carlino Now that practice is less than a month away, it is time to look at the guards and possible guard lineups that the Cougars may use in the upcoming season.  Guard play is especially important in Coach Rose's uptempo offensive system. Guards who can push the ball up the floor, keep the turnovers at bay, and space the floor through shooting are crucial to the overall success to the team. The Players: #5 Kyle Collinsworth, 6-6, 215 We all know the importance of Kyle to the Cougars.  He is one of the most athletic players...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 12, 2014

BYU Football: Good Cop, Bad Cop featuring Taysom, Tejan and Turnovers

It was the best of games, it was the worst of games, it was the age of physical defense, it was the age of stupid penalties, it was the epoch of the running game, it was the epoch of turnovers, it was the season of Taysom and it was the season of errant throws. In short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest fans on Twitter insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. I have come to the discovery that the life of a BYU football fan is a life of extremes. For a large majority of fans, I'm not speaking...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 12, 2014
BYU vs Houston Final:

BYU vs Houston Final: "Blue Cougars" hang on to win home opener 33-25

In a game that many expected BYU to win comfortably, the Cougars from Provo just couldn't deliver on those high expectations. That didn't prevent BYU from coming away with the 33-25 win at least. Racing out to a 23-0 lead to start the game, it looked like BYU was going to run Houston off the field but that didn't end up being the case. Turns out, BYU needed to fight until the very end to ensure their victory. BYU's first drive of the game started slow with Taysom Hill missing on a few throws he probably should have hit and eventually the Cougars were forced to punt. Arellano's ensuing punt...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 11, 2014

College Football TV Schedule: Week 3

The college football season is flying by and we are already into the third week of action. As you should already know BYU will be one of the first teams to play this week as they face Houston. A few of BYU's 2014 opponents have some fairly important games this week with UCF heading to 20th-ranked Missouri, Texas welcoming, Virginia welcomes 21st-ranked Louisville, Texas faces off with 12th-ranked UCLA in Austin, and Boise State and UConn play each other. This week's only Top 25 matchup features SEC foes Georgia and South Carolina squaring off against each other. Enjoy. Thursday,...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 11, 2014

Know the Bro: Adam Hine

Humble and unassuming, Adam Hine proves the benefits of hard work, increased experience, and a winning attitude as the Cougars look back on Texas and forward to Houston. Adam Hine committed to BYU when he was only 16 years old.  Still a sophomore at Snow Canyon High School in Santa Clara, Utah, Hine knew exactly what he wanted.  BYU, he says, is "just the perfect place for me." In addition to football, Hine also had some shining moments on the track.  As a junior he high jumped 7-feet-2-inches, breaking a Utah state record that had stood for 29 years.  His senior year he won the 4A long...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 11, 2014

BYU Football: Houston Q&A with Hannah Exley of CoogFans.com

In week three, BYU plays host to a Houston team that gave them a run for the money last season. We caught up with Hannah Exley of CoogFans.com to find out more about the other team of Cougars. VANQUISH THE FOE: In last year's track meet of a game, Houston kept pace with BYU with some big plays, particularly on special teams. Who are the key playmakers for Houston this season? Hannah Exley: Deontay Greenberry had an impressive first game this season with six receptions and 96 yards. Greg Ward Jr. entered the 2014 season as the starting punt returner and has played quarterback as well. During...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 11, 2014

How to Watch Houston vs BYU: Game Time, TV Schedule, and More

Game Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 11, 7:01 p.m. MT Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT Game Notes: BYU Houston Channel: ESPN TV Broadcast team: Rece Davis - play by play David Pollack - analyst Jesse Palmer - analyst Samantha Ponder - 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: Countdown to Kick-off (Immediately following the game, approx. 10:30 pm MT on BYUtv & byutvsports.com) Player & coach interviews,...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 10, 2014
VTF Presents: A BYU Podcast featuring Zach Bloxham & Jake Welch - Episode Three

VTF Presents: A BYU Podcast featuring Zach Bloxham & Jake Welch - Episode Three

In episode three of the nameless podcast, Zach Bloxham and Jake Welch discuss who really impressed in the Texas win and if BYU fans should be talking about the potential of a perfect season. In the third installment of the podcast Zach and Jake evaluate the Cougars performance against Texas, discuss what to expect on Thursday when BYU pays host to a young Houston team and what play Robert Anae will dial up for the first offensive play of the game. LISTEN: VTF Presents: A Podcast featuring Zach Bloxham and Jake Welch - Episode Three Follow Zach and Jake on Twitter at their respective...

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