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The 2015 BYU Cougars football team represented Brigham Young University (BYU) in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cougars, led by 11th-year head coach Bronco Mendenhall, played their home games at LaVell Edwards Stadium. This was the fifth year BYU competed as an NCAA Division I FBS independent. They finished the season 9–4. They were invited to the Las Vegas Bowl, where they lost to rival Utah.

2015 BYU Cougars football
BYU Cougars logo.svg
Las Vegas Bowl, L 28–35 vs. Utah
ConferenceIndependent
2015 record9–4
Head coachBronco Mendenhall (11th season)
Offensive coordinatorRobert Anae (9th season)
Offensive schemeMultiple formation
Defensive coordinatorNick Howell (3rd season)
Base defense3–4
Captains
Home stadiumLaVell Edwards Stadium
(Capacity: 63,470)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 11 Notre Dame               10 3  
BYU               9 4  
Army               2 10  
Rankings from AP Poll

On December 4, Mendenhall was hired as the head coach at Virginia. He stayed and coached the Cougars in the Las Vegas Bowl. He finished at BYU with an 11-year record of 99–43.

On December 19, Oregon State defensive coordinator and former BYU fullback Kalani Sitake was named BYU's new head coach.[1]

Before the seasonEdit

After a season in which the entire offensive staff was changed, BYU is expected to have stability in the coaching ranks as every coach is expected to return.

2015 recruitsEdit

2015 returning missionariesEdit

Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown High School
Matt Hadley DB 6'0" 191 Sophomore Connell, WA Connell
Micah Hannemann DB 6'1" 190 Sophomore Alpine, UT Lone Peak
Austin Hoyt OL 6'7" 268 RS Freshman Ione, CA Argonaut
Moses Kaumatule DL 6'1" 254 RS Freshman South Jordan, UT Bingham
Sawyer Powell DB 6'1" 203 RS Freshman West Richland, WA Richland
Rhett Sandlin LB 6'2" 220 RS Freshman Sandy, UT Alta
Josh Weeks WR 6'4" 200 Freshman Show Low, AZ Show Low

2015 departuresEdit

The following Cougars graduated, transferred, or chose to serve two-year church missions after the 2013 season and didn't return to the team in 2015.

MediaEdit

Football Media DayEdit

Football Media Day took place on June 24, 2015. It aired live on BYUtv, with a simulcast on ESPN3. The Media Day featured the start time and TV network of all but 2 home games. Player interviews were also conducted on byutv.org.

Cougar IMG Sports Network AffiliatesEdit

KSL 102.7 FM and 1160 AM- Flagship Station (Salt Lake City/ Provo, UT and ksl.com)
BYU Radio- Nationwide (Dish Network 980, Sirius XM 143, and byuradio.org)
KIDO- Boise, ID (football only)
KTHK- Blackfoot/ Idaho Falls/ Pocatello/ Rexburg, ID
KMGR- Manti, UT
KSUB- Cedar City, UT
KDXU- St. George, UT
KSHP- Las Vegas, NV (football only)[2]

RosterEdit

2015 BYU Cougars football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Akile Davis Fr
WR 1 Moroni Laulu-Pututau Fr
RB 2 Squally Canada Fr
WR 3 Colby Pearson Jr
QB 4 Taysom Hill   (C)   Sr
WR 5 Nick Kurtz Jr
WR 6 Trey Dye So
QB 7 Beau Hoge Fr
WR 10 Mitch Mathews Sr
WR 11 Terenn Houk Sr
QB 12 Tanner Mangum Fr
QB 13 Koy Detmer Jr. Fr
WR 13 Kurt Henderson Sr
QB 17 McCoy Hill So
TE 17 Colby Jorgensen So
WR 18 Elliot Knox Jr
WR 18 Josh Weeks Fr
WR 19 Devon Blackmon Sr
WR 22 Cody Stewart So
WR 23 Rickey Shumway   Fr
RB 24 Algie Brown Jr
RB 24 Brayden El-Bakri Fr
WR 25 Talon Shumway   Fr
RB 26 Nate Carter Sr
RB 28 Adam Hiné Sr
WR 29 Zachary Saunders Fr
RB 30 Colby Hansen So
RB 32 Riley Burt Fr
RB 32 Peter Welsh Jr
RB 34 Bryan Engstrom Fr
RB 36 Francis Bernard Fr
RB 45 Toloa'i Ho Ching So
OL 54 Parker Dawe Jr
OL 55 Quin Ficklin Fr
OL 56 Tejan Koroma So
OL 57 LeRoy Tanoai   Fr
OL 58 Demetrius Davis Fr
OL 60 Darren Denucci Jr
OL 65 JJ Nwigwe Fr
OL 67 Kyle Johnson Jr
OL 68 Brian Rawlinson So
OL 70 Jacob Jimenez Fr
OL 71 Austin Hoyt Fr
OL 72 Ryker Mathews Sr
OL 73 Ului Lapuaho So
OL 74 Figgs Hofheins So
OL 75 Brad Wilcox Jr
OL 77 Jaterrius Gulley Fr
OL 78 Tuni Kanuch So
WR 82 Jake Ziolkowski Jr
WR 83 David Kessler Jr
TE 84 Jackson Kaka So
TE 85 Bryan Sampson Jr
WR 86 Travis Frey Jr
WR 87 Mitchell Juergens Jr
TE 89 Tanner Balderree So
TE 89 Steven Richards Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 1 Micah Simon Fr
DB 2 Matt Hadley So
LB 2 Troy Hinds   So
LB 4 Fred Warner So
DB 5 Dayan Lake   Fr
DB 7 Micah Hannemann So
DB 12 Kai Nacua Jr
DB 15 Michael Davis Jr
LB 16 Sione Takitaki So
DB 17 Chris Badger Jr
DB 18 Michael Shelton Fr
DB 19 Trevor Brent   Fr
DB 20 KJ Hall   Fr
DB 20 Jordan Preator So
LB 21 Harvey Langi Jr
LB 22 Manoa Pikula Sr
DB 23 Garrett Juergens Jr
DB 24 Zayne Anderson Fr
DB 24 BJ Fifita Fr
LB 25 Teu Kautai Sr
DB 27 Morgan Unga Fr
DB 28 Sawyer Powell So
DB 30 Michael Wadsworth Sr
LB 31 Sae Tautu Jr
DB 32 Gavin Fowler So
DB 33 Eric Takenaka Jr
DB 34 AJ Moore Jr
LB 35 Va'a Niumatalolo So
LB 36 Nathan DeBeikes Fr
DB 37 Grant Jones So
LB 38 Butch Pau'u Fr
LB 39 Phillip Amone Fr
LB 41 Paul Langi Fr
LB 41 Sam Morell   Fr
LB 41 Adam Pulsipher Fr
LB 42 Austin Heder Jr
LB 43 Jherremya Leuta-Douyere Sr
DL 44 Remington Peck Sr
LB 46 Rhett Sandlin Fr
LB 47 Scott Huntsman Fr
DL 48 Tomasi Laulile Jr
DL 49 Moses Kaumatule Fr
DL 50 Tevita Mo'Unga Fr
LB 51 Lene Lesatele So
LB 52 Nate Sampson So
LB 53 Ryan Jensen Fr
LB 53 Creed Richardson Fr
DL 55 Felesi Tofi Fr
LB 56 Zach Newman So
DL 59 Roman Andrus Fr
DL 62 Logan Taele Jr
LB 88 Tyler Cook Fr
DL 90 Bronson Kaufusi (C) Sr
DL 91 Travis Tuiloma Jr
DL 92 Graham Rowley Sr
DL 94 Kesni Tausinga So
DL 95 Cody Savage Fr
DL 96 Adam Ingersoll Jr
DL 97 Theodore King Jr
DL 98 Maurice Maxwell Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 29 Rhett Almond Fr
P 31 Jonny Linehan So
K 27 Trevor Samson Sr
K 33 Corey Edwards Fr
K 84 Austin Brasher Jr
DS 64 Matt Foley Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Robert Anae (BYU)
    Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line, Assistant Head Coach
  • Mark Atuaia (BYU)
    Running Backs
  • Garett Tujague (BYU)
    Offensive Line
  • Jason Beck (BYU)
    Quarterbacks
  • Guy Holliday (Cheyney)
    Outside Wide Receivers
  • Nick Howell (Weber State)
    Secondary, Defensive Coorindator
  • Steve Kaufusi (BYU)
    Defensive Line
  • Kelly Poppinga (BYU)
    Outside Linebackers, Special Teams
  • Paul Tidwell (Utah State)
    Inside Linebackers
  • Frank Wintrich (Kentucky Wesleyan)
    Strength & Conditioning
  • Justin Anderson (BYU)
    Director of Player Personnel
  • Russell Tialavea (BYU)
    Asst. Director of Football Operations
  • Patrick Hickman (Boise State)
    Director of Football Operations
  • JD Falslev (BYU)
    Offensive Graduate Assistant
  • Shane Hunter (BYU)
    Defensive Graduate Assistant
  • Jan Jorgensen (BYU)
    Defensive Graduate Assistant
  • Kyle Visciglia (UCLA)
    Special Teams Graduate Assistant

[3]


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 51:30 p.m.at NebraskaABCW 33–2889,959
September 128:15 p.m.No. 20 Boise StateESPN2W 35–2463,470
September 198:30 p.m.at No. 10 UCLANo. 19FS1L 23–2467,612
September 2610:00 a.m.at MichiganNo. 22ABCL 0–31108,940
October 28:15 p.m.UConn
  • LaVell Edwards Stadium
  • Provo, UT
ESPN2W 30–1356,393
October 105:30 p.m.East Carolina 
  • LaVell Edwards Stadium
  • Provo, UT
ESPNUW 45–3860,186
October 166:00 p.m.Cincinnati
  • LaVell Edwards Stadium
  • Provo, UT
ESPNW 38–2457,612
October 241:00 p.m.Wagner
  • LaVell Edwards Stadium
  • Provo, UT
BYUtvW 70–656,015
November 69:30 p.m.at San Jose StateCBSSNW 17–1615,652
November 145:30 p.m.vs. MissouriSECNL 16–2042,824
November 211:00 p.m.Fresno State
  • LaVell Edwards Stadium
  • Provo, UT
BYUtv/ESPN3W 52–1057,515
November 281:30 p.m.at Utah StateCBSSNW 51–2822,509
December 191:30 p.m.vs. No. 20 UtahABCL 28–3542,213

Game summariesEdit

NebraskaEdit

BYU at Nebraska
1 234Total
Cougars 7 1709 33
Cornhuskers 14 0140 28
Sources:[4]
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Uniform combination: white helmet, white jersey, blue pants. BYU entered Lincoln as 6-point underdogs, with Bronco Mendenhall taking back defensive play-calling responsibilities, and with Taysom Hill looking to prove last years Heisman talk wasn't outside the box. The Cougars entered the game with 4 starters being suspended due to last years bowl game: defensive lineman Tomasi Laulile, safety Kai Nacua, wide receiver Trey Dye, and linebacker Sione Takitaki. The revamped BYU defense gave up huge amounts of passing yardage, giving up 180 yards passing in the first quarter alone. On the way they lost 3 defensive starters to injury, including nose tackle Travis Tuiloma 4–6 weeks.[5]

Taysom Hill kept BYU in the game with his scrambling, including a 21-yard run which evened it up at 14. On the 21-yard run though, Hill came to an abrupt stop in the endzone. He was taken into the locker room, where he was diagnosed with a foot sprain of some sort. A Fred Warner fumble recovery gave BYU the ball back quickly. Freshman QB Tanner Mangum came in on BYU's next possession for 2 plays: a 9-yard run and a 9-yard pass, before Hill returned. The Cougars drove the rest of the field before Hill found Mitch Mathews for the first of his 2 receiving touchdowns.

A Hill interception in the third reversed the tide back to Nebraska. After missing 12-of-15 passes in the 2nd quarter Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong, Jr. once again shredded the BYU D for more than 100 yards receiving in the 3rd. Hill would keep in close, driving possession after possession into Nebraska's end of the field, but the interception and a 4th down stop seemed to keep Nebraska with the momentum.

In the 4th Hill limped off the field. BYU sent him back into the locker room and sent Mangum back onto the field. Mangum went on to complete 6/10 in the 4th quarter for 102 yards, but the most memorable play came on the final possession. With only one second left Mangum scrambled right and threw the hail mary to the end zone. Mathews came all the way across the field and caught the 42-yard pass for the touchdown, ending Nebraska's 29-year home opener winning streak.[6]

While Mangum entered the halls of Cougar lore with the touchdown pass, the news wasn't so good for BYU after the game. Hill was diagnosed with a lisfranc injury, which would be season-ending.[7]

Game Stats:

  • Passing: BYU- Taysom Hill 21–34–1—268, Tanner Mangum 7–11–0—111; Nebraska- Tommy Armstrong Jr. 24–41–1—319.
  • Rushing: BYU- Taysom Hill 9–72, Adam Hine 4–37, Tanner Mangum 5–26, Mitch Juergens 1–7, Algernon Brown 3–1, Nate Carter 4-(−11); Nebraska- Terrell Newby 10–43, Imani Cross 7–34, Alonzo Moore 2–24, Mikale Wilcon 6–14, Brandon Reilly 1–11, Tommy Armstrong Jr. 9–2, Jamal Turner 2-(−2).
  • Receiving: BYU- Nick Kurtz 5–123, Mitch Mathews 3–69, Terenn Houk 4–59, Devon Blackmon 5–43, Colby Pearson 3–28, Mitch Juergens 3–24, Moroni Laulu-Pututau 1–10, Algernon Brown 2–9, Kurt Henderson 1–8, Tyler Cook 1–6; Nebraska- Jordan Westerkamp 7–107, Brandon Reilly 5–70, Alonzo Moore 3–48, Mikale Wilbon 2–28, Jamal Turner 2–21, Stanley Morgan Jr. 2–19, Lane Hovey 2–17, Trey Foster 1–9.
  • Interceptions: BYU- Micah Hanneman 1–0; Nebraska- Nate Gerry 1–43.

Boise StateEdit

Boise State at BYU
1 234Total
#20 Broncos 7 3140 24
Cougars 7 0721 35
Sources:[8]
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–4 2014 BSU, 55–30

Uniform combination: white helmet, white jersey, white pants.

Game Stats:

  • Passing: BSU- Ryan Finley 25–38–3—297; BYU- Tanner Mangum 17–28–2—309.
  • Rushing: BSU- Jeremy McNichols 15–46, Devan Demas 5–21, Finley 9–5, Shane Williams-Rhodes 1–3, Team 1-(−11); BYU- Adam Hine 19–93, Algernon Brown 5–22, Mitch Juergens 2–4, Nate Carter 2–2, Team 1-(−11), Mangum 10-(−38).
  • Receiving: BSU- Williams-Rhodes 11–107, Chaz Anderson 3–66, McNichols 5–49, David Lucero 1–26, Holden Huff 1–17, Jake Roh 1–15, Thomas Sperbeck 2–13, Demas 1–4; BYU- Mitch Juergens 4–172, Devon Blackmon 6–105, Mitch Mathews 5–32, Hine 1–2, Brown 1-(−2).
  • Interceptions: BSU- Donte Deayon 2–29; BYU- Kai Nacua 3–76.

UCLAEdit

BYU at UCLA
1 234Total
#19 Cougars 7 376 23
#10 Bruins 0 3714 24
Sources:[9]
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–7 2008 BYU, 59–0

Uniform combination: white helmet, white jersey, blue pants.

Game Stats:

  • Passing: BYU- Tanner Mangum 30–47–1—244; UCLA- Josh Rosen 11–23–3—106.
  • Rushing: BYU- Adam Hine 23–149, Nate Carter 7–22, Harvey Langi 2–8, Trey Dye 1–1, Tanner Mangum 8-(−19); UCLA- Paul Perkins 26–219, Nate Starks 7–81, Soso Jamabo 2-(−1), Team 3-(−3).
  • Receiving: BYU- Mitch Mathews 9–84, Mitch Juergens 5–42, Nick Kurtz 4–38, Terenn Houk 4–37, Devon Blackmon 3–23, Colby Pearson 2–8, Hine 2–8, Mangum 1–4; UCLA- Jordan Payton 4–59, Thomas Duarte 3–33, Mossi Johnson 2–8, Kenneth Walker 1–4, Jamabo 1–2.
  • Interceptions: BYU- Langi 2–21, Kai Nacua 1–0; UCLA- Myles Jack 1–3.

MichiganEdit

BYU at Michigan
1 234Total
#22 Cougars 0 000 0
Wolverines 7 2400 31
  • Date: September 26
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 12:05 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:08
  • Game attendance: 108,940
  • Game weather: 70 °F (21 °C), Partly Cloudy, winds NE 10–15 mph
  • Referee: Mike Cannon
  • TV announcers (ABC): Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Todd McShay
Sources:[10]
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1984 BYU, 24–17

Uniform combination: white helmet, white jersey, blue pants.

Game Stats:

  • Passing: BYU- Tanner Mangum 12–28–0—55; MICH- Jake Rudock 14–25–0—194.
  • Rushing: BYU- Adam Hine 8–33, Franci Bernard 4–30, Nate Carter 3–9, Team 1-(−4), Mangum 6-(−18); MICH- De'Veon Smith 16–125, Rudock 10–33, Derrick Green 10–28, Drake Johnson 5–26, Sione Houma 4–17, Blake O'Neill 1–9, Ty Isaac 2–9, Ross Douglas 3–7.
  • Receiving: BYU- Devon Blackmon 1–14, Colby Pearson 2–11, Nick Kurtz 2–10, Mitch Juergens 2–6, Hine 1–5, Mitch Mathews 1–4, Carter 1–4, Teremm Houk 1–3, M Laulu-Pututau 1-(−2); MICH- Amara Darboh 4–57, Jake Butt 1–41, Khalid Hill 2–39, Jehu Chesson 2–17, Drake Johnson 1–14, Ian Bunting 1–10, Green 1–7, AJ Williams 1–7, Henry Poggi 1–2.

UConnEdit

UConn at BYU
1 234Total
Huskies 0 733 13
Cougars 7 0320 30
  • Date: October 2
  • Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium
    Provo, UT
  • Game start: 8:21 p.m. MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:16
  • Game attendance: 56,393
  • Game weather: 56 °F (13 °C), Cloudy, winds WNW 4 mph
  • Referee: Scott Campbell
  • TV announcers (ESPN2/BYUtv): Eamon McAnaney, Rocky Boiman (ESPN2)
    Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Lauren Francom (BYUtv)
Sources:[11]
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2014 BYU, 35–10

Uniform combination: white helmet, blue jersey, white pants.

Game Stats:

  • Passing: UConn- Bryant Shirreffs 14–28–2—168; BYU- Tanner Mangum 35–53–2—265, Team 0–1–0—0.
  • Rushing: UConn- Arkee Newsome 13–68, Max Delorenzo 1–2, Ron Johnson 1-(−3), Shirreffs 12-(−5); BYU- Algernon Brown 18–95, Francis Bernard 11–69, Nate Carter 8–14, Riley Burt 1–5, Mangum 3-(−9).
  • Receiving: UConn- Newsome 4–63, Tommy Myers 2–35, Tyraiq Beals 3–33, Delorenzo 3–24, Noel Thomas 2–13; BYU- Terenn Houk 6–129, Mitch Mathews 8–78, Mitch Juergens 10–74, Nick Kurtz 5–52, Devon Blackmon 3–15, Carter 1–7, Brown 1–6, Trey Dye 1–4.
  • Interceptions: UConn- Jamar Summers 1–26, Jhavon Williams 1–0; BYU- Bronson Kaufusi 1–10, Michael Shelton 1–4.

East CarolinaEdit

East Carolina at BYU
1 234Total
Pirates 14 7017 38
Cougars 7 21107 45
  • Date: October 10
  • Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium
    Provo, UT
  • Game start: 5:32 p.m. MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:31
  • Game attendance: 60,186
  • Game weather: 82 °F (28 °C), Sunny, winds light
  • Referee: Adam Savoie
  • TV announcers (ESPNU/BYUtv): Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins (ESPNU)
    Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Lauren Francom (BYUtv)
Sources:[12]
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Uniform combination: white helmet with royal blue decals and royal blue chromium facemasks, royal blue jersey, white pants.

Game Stats:

  • Passing: ECU: Blake Kemp 28–36–1—371, James Summers 2–6–0—14; BYU: Tanner Mangum 24–33–0—332, Beau Hoge 1–5–1—9.
  • Rushing: ECU: Chris Hairston 15–77, Summers 10–55, Shawn Furlow 3–4, Kemp 4-(−3); BYU: Algernon Brown 24–134, Francis Bernard 8–30, Jonny Linehan 1–7, Trey Dye 1–5, Riley Burt 1–4, Hoge 3-(−3), Mangum 5-(−10).
  • Receiving: ECU: Isaiah Jones 10–97, Bryce Williams 5–87, Trevon Brown 6–84, Davon Grayson 5–53, Chris Hairston 3–50, Daquan Barnes 1–8, Anthony Scott 0–5, Christian Matau 0–3; BYU: Devon Blackmon 9–142, Mitch Mathews 4–72, Terenn Houk 4–43, Brown 2–20, Mitch Juergens 1–17, Colby Pearson 2–16, Nick Kurtz 1–12, Kurt Henderson 1–11, Trey Dye 1–8.
  • Interceptions: ECU: Yiannis Bowden 1–7; BYU: Fred Warner 1–0.

CincinnatiEdit

Cincinnati at BYU
1 234Total
Bearcats 10 770 24
Cougars 0 10721 38
  • Date: October 16
  • Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium
    Provo, UT
  • Game start: 6:01 p.m. MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:24
  • Game attendance: 57,612
  • Game weather: 73 °F (23 °C), Mostly Sunny, winds none
  • Referee: Tracy Jones
  • TV announcers (ESPN/BYUtv): Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan (ESPN)
    Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Lauren Francom (BYUtv)
Sources:[13]
Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

Uniform combination: white helmet, blue jersey, white pants.

Game Stats:

  • Passing: CIN: Hayden Moore 15–30–0—219, Tion Green 1–1–0—1; BYU: Tanner Mangum 19–32–1—252.
  • Rushing: CIN: Mike Boone 9–53, Tion Green 9–30, Hosey Williams 8–29, Moore 20–9; BYU: Algernon Brown 20–88, Francis Bernard 4–60, Riley Burt 2–48, Nate Carter 2–5, Trey Dye 1-(−4).
  • Receiving: CIN: Shaq Washington 5–103, Alex Chisum 2–45, Max Morrison 4–31, Mike Boone 3–25, Nate Cole 1–15, DJ Dowdy 1–1; BYU: Nick Kurtz 6–119, Mitch Mathews 3–54, Devon Blackmon 3–32, Colby Pearson 2–21, Terenn Houk 1–10, Bernard 2–7, Brown 1–5, Mitch Juergens 1–4.
  • Interceptions: CIN: Kevin Brown 1–0.

WagnerEdit

Wagner at BYU
1 234Total
Seahawks 0 060 6
Cougars 28 21147 70
  • Date: October 24
  • Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium
    Provo, UT
  • Game start: 1:05 p.m. MST
  • Elapsed time: 2:58
  • Game attendance: 56,015
  • Game weather: 57 °F (14 °C), Clear & Sunny, winds calm
  • Referee: Dan Romeo
  • TV announcers (BYUtv): Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Lauren Francom
Sources:[14]
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Uniform combination: white helmet, blue jersey, white pants.

Game Stats:

  • Passing: WAG: Alex Thomson 7–12–1—43, Chris Andrews 1–4–0—3; BYU: Tanner Mangum 12–13–0—237, Beau Hoge 8–11–0—117, Koy Detmer Jr. 3–3–0—57.
  • Rushing: WAG: Thomson 8–28, Otis Wright 12–25, Denzel Knight 12–15, Matthias McKinnon 6–12, Andrews 5-(−1); BYU: Algernon Brown 6–109, Nate Carter 10–102, Francis Bernard 6–54, Hoge 12–47, Colby Hansen 5–17, Toloa Ho Ching 2–10, Detmer Jr. 1-(−9).
  • Receiving: WAG: Ryan Owens 2–28, Calee Scepaniak 2–6, Andre Yevchinecz 2–4, Anthony Carrington 1–5, Lloyd Smith 1–3; BYU: David Kessler 3–78, Terenn Houk 2–65, Trey Dye 2–55, Mitch Juergens 2–52, Mitch Mathews 3–44, Devon Blackmon 2–26, Josh Weeks 3–23, Jake Ziolkowski 2–20, Colby Pearson 1–16, Nick Kurtz 1–14, Akile Davis 1–9, Moroni Laulu-Pututau 1–9.
  • Interceptions: BYU: Jordan Praetor 1–3.

San Jose StateEdit

BYU at San Jose State
1 234Total
Cougars 7 703 17
Spartans 3 706 16
Sources:[15]
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–10 2012 San Jose State, 20–14

Uniform combination: white helmet, white jersey, blue pants.

Game Stats:

  • Passing: BYU: Tanner Mangum 23–37–1—293; SJSU: Kenny Potter 18–25–0—147, Tim Crawley 0–1–0—0.
  • Rushing: BYU: Algernon Brown 12–41, Adam Hiné 3–9, Francis Bernard 2–5, TEAM 4-(−9), Mangum 4-(−10); SJSU: Tyler Ervin 23–80, Kenny Potter 12–20, Hansell Wilson 1–15, Thomas Tucker 2–7.
  • Receiving: BYU: Devon Blackmon 6–102, Mitch Mathews 4–62, Nick Kurtz 3–33, Bernard 3–33, Terenn Houk 4–32, Remington Peck 1–18, Colby Pearson 1–8, Brown 1–5; SJSU: Billy Freeman 6–67, Shane Smith 2–17, Crawley 2–14, Ervin 4–13, Thomas Tucker 1–13, Hansell Wilson 1–11, Justin Holmes 1–6, Josh Oliver 1–6.
  • Interceptions: SJSU: Cleveland Wallace 1–61.

MissouriEdit

BYU vs. Missouri
1 234Total
Cougars 0 376 16
Tigers 3 3014 20
Sources:[16]
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1983 BYU, 21–17

Uniform combination: white helmet, blue jersey, white pants.

Game Stats:

  • Passing: BYU: Tanner Mangum 23–41–0—244; MIZ: Drew Lock 19–28–1—244.
  • Rushing: BYU: Algernon Brown 7–42, Adam Hine 6–7, Francis Bernard 1–3, Tanner Mangum 1-(−6); MIZ: Russell Hansbrough 26–117, Ish Witter 13–34, Lock 3–26, Tyler Hunt 10–14, Ray Wingo 1–1, Team 2-(−2).
  • Receiving: BYU: Nick Kurtz 3–67, Bernard 4–56, Remington Peck 3–41, Colby Pearson 4–40, Mitch Mathews 4–20, Devon Blackmon 2–15, Mitch Jurgens 1–4, Brown 2–1; MIZ: Nate Brown 5–65, Witter 2–57, J'Mon Moore 3–49, Cam Hilton 3–36, Sean Culkin 1–16, Jason Reese 1–11, Wesley Leftwich 2–9, Hunt 1–2, Emanuel Hall 1-(−1).
  • Interceptions: BYU: Micah Hanneman 1–29.

Fresno StateEdit

Fresno State at BYU
1 234Total
Bulldogs 3 007 10
Cougars 3 211414 52
  • Date: November 21
  • Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium
    Provo, UT
  • Game start: 1:05 p.m. MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:30
  • Game attendance: 57,515
  • Game weather: 57 °F (14 °C), Clear, winds SSW 15 mph
  • Referee: Kevin Mar
  • TV announcers (BYUtv/ESPN3): Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Lauren Francom
Sources:[17]
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–5 1998 Fresno State, 31–21

Uniform combination: white helmet, blue jersey, white pants.

Game Stats:

  • Passing: FSU: Zack Greenlee 14–41–3—125, Kilto Anderson 4–7–0—65; BYU: Tanner Mangum 24–37–0—336, Remington Peck 1–1–0—15, Beau Hoge 1–1–0—11.
  • Rushing: FSU: Marteze Waller 18–47, Kilto Anderson 1–29, Dejonte O'Neal 3–14, Dustin Garrison 3–12, Greenlee 5-(−17); BYU: Algernon Brown 11–97, Riley Burt 10–29, Mangum 4–14, Francis Bernard 6–8, Nate Carter 1–5, Hoge 1–5, Jonny Linehan 1–0.
  • Receiving: FSU: Jamire Jordan 8–54, Justin Johnson 3–45, Stratton Brown 1–43, KeeSea Johnson 2–27, Delvo Hardaway 1–10, Da'Mari Scott 1–6, Marteze Waller 2–5; BYU: Moroni Laulu-Pututau 3–95, Colby Pearson 4–55, Mitch Mathews 2–52, Terenn Houk 5–44, Nick Kurtz 4–41, Bernard 4–37, Devon Blackmon 2–20, Mitch Juergens 1–12, Remington Peck 1–6.
  • Interceptions: BYU: Kai Nacua 2–61, Fred Warner 1–27.

Utah StateEdit

BYU at Utah State
1 234Total
Cougars 10 141413 51
Aggies 7 1407 28
  • Date: November 28
  • Location: Maverik Stadium
    Logan, UT
  • Game start: 1:35 MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:52
  • Game attendance: 22,509
  • Game weather: 25 °F (−4 °C), Partly cloudy w/ snow flurries, No wind
  • Referee: Eddy Shelton
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): Rich Waltz, Adam Archuleta, Cassie Gallo
Sources:[18]
Overall record Last meeting Result
46–35–3 2014 Utah State, 35–20

Uniform combination: white helmet, white jersey, white pants.

Game Stats:

  • Passing: BYU: Tanner Mangum 16–30–0—284; USU: Chuckie Keeton 20–45–0—243.
  • Rushing: BYU: Algernon Brown 16–68, Francis Bernard 3–17, Harvey Langi 3–15, Adam Hine 1-(−2), Team 3-(−6), Mangum 5-(−18); USU: Devante Mays 19–54, Keeton 9–54, Lajuan Hunt 8–50, Tonny Lindsey 2–24, DJ Nelson 1–13, Nick Vigil 2–5, Hunter Sharp 1–2, Devon Robinson 1–0.
  • Receiving: BYU: Mitch Mathews 6–158, Kurt Henderson 2–39, Devon Blackmon 1–35, Brown 1–18, Nick Kurtz 1–13, Colby Pearson 1–7, Remington Peck 1–7, Bernard 2–4, Mitch Juergens 1–3; USU: Hunter Sharp 7–100, Andre Rodriguez 4–78, Tyler Fox 1–25, Wyatt Houston 2–24, Kenne Williams 1–13, Brand Swindall 1–11, Braelon Roberts 1–9, Jake Simonich 1-(−5), Lajuan Hunt 2-(−12).
  • Utah State 0–3 on Field Goals. Bronson Kaufusi blocks 2 FG's for BYU.

Las Vegas BowlEdit

BYU vs. Utah
1 234Total
Cougars 0 7714 28
#20 Utes 35 000 35
  • Date: December 19
  • Location: Whitney, NV
  • Game start: 12:45 p.m. PST
  • Elapsed time: 3:40
  • Game attendance: 42,213
  • Game weather: 54 °F (12 °C), Sunny, Wind ESE 3 mph
  • Referee: Mark Klucynnski
  • TV announcers (ABC/Sports USA): Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor (ABC)
    Mike Morgan, Gary Barnett, Jonathan Von Tobel (Sports USA)
Sources:[19]
Overall record Last meeting Result
31–54–4 2013 Utah, 20–13

Uniform combination: white helmet with royal blue decals and royal blue chromium facemasks, royal blue jersey, white pants. This was the final game for head coach Bronco Mendenhall, who accepted the same position with the Virginia Cavaliers on December 4,[20] and for assistant coaches Robert Anae, Garett Tujague, Mark Atuaia, Jason Beck,[21] Nick Howell, and Kelly Poppinga[22] who accepted coaching responsibilities for the same positions at Virginia on December 9 & 10.

Game Stats:

  • Passing: BYU: Tanner Mangum 25–56–3—315; Utah: Travis Wilson 9–16–0—71.
  • Rushing: BYU: Francis Bernard 7–58, Algernon Brown 5–12, Mangum 11–3, Squally Canada 1–1, Trey Dye 1-(−3); Utah: Joe Williams 25–91, Wilson 15–23, Tom Hackt 1–21, Bubba Poole 1–0, Britain Covey 1-(−1), Team 3-(−3), Kendal Thompson 1-(−5).
  • Receiving: BYU: Devon Blacmkmon 3–97, Terenn Houk 6–68, Nick Kurtz 4–56, Mitch Juergens 5–55, Bernard 2–19, Brown 2–9, Mitch Mathews 2–8, Remington Peck 1–3; Utah: Williams 2–22, Harris Handley 2–16, Tyrone Smith 1–15, Kenneth Scott 1–9, Thompson 1–8, Covey 2–1.
  • Interceptions: Utah: Tevin Carter 2–61, Dominique Hatfield 1–46.

After the game was completed, Tom Holmoe took time during the post-game press conference to announce that Kalani Sitake would become the BYU head coach beginning with the 2016 season.[23]


RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP RV RV 19 22 RV RV RV RV RV RV RV NR RV RV RV RV RV 
Coaches RV RV 22 RV RV NR NR RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV NR 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

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