10 BYU facts to know during the BYU bye week (10 items)
PROVO — By beating Boise State for the first time, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall picked up his 80th win. His career record at BYU is now 80-31 (a 72.1 winning percentage). The win over the Broncos also secured BYU’s place in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 27. Under coach Mendenhall, the Cougars have qualified for nine consecutive bowl games.
BYU has an extra week to prepare for a tough road game against No. 24 Wisconsin on Nov. 9. Bronco Mendenhall is no stranger to Badger head coach Gary Andersen. From 2009 to 2012, Andersen was head coach at Utah State. The Aggies and Cougars faced each other during each of those four seasons. Andersen’s Aggies whipped BYU in 2010 by a score of 31-16. The outcome of that game is one factor that influenced Chuckie Keeton’s decision to play for Utah State.
As the Cougars head into the bye week, here are 10 facts and stats about BYU football.
1 of 10. Takeaways from the Boise State game
For the second time this season, BYU committed zero turnovers in a game. And since Boise State committed four turnovers against BYU, the Cougars are now +1 in turnover margin. In its passing attack, BYU spread the wealth around to nine different receivers. The Cougars dominated the first half, ending it with a touchdown catch by Cody Hoffman and a 24-3 lead. In the fourth quarter, Boise State trimmed BYU’s lead to two touchdowns, but the Cougars tacked on another field goal to make the final score 37-20.
2 of 10. Forced turnovers
This season, BYU’s defense has recovered seven fumbles and intercepted eight passes (two of which were pick-sixes). BYU is forcing nearly two turnovers per game. On the flip side, BYU has lost six fumbles and thrown eight interceptions. With challenging road games coming up against Wisconsin and Notre Dame, BYU will need all the help it can get, and forcing turnovers will be an excellent way to create some of that help.
3 of 10. Taysom Hill
The sophomore quarterback’s record as a starter is now 8-2. He ranks sixth in the nation in total offense (357.5 yards per game), 21st nationally in rushing yards per game (105.1) and 18th in the nation in total rushing yards (841). The Cougars are fortunate to have this talented dual-threat quarterback to lead their offense. A 1,000-yard rushing season this year is certainly a possibility for Hill.
4 of 10. Kyle Van Noy
Through eight games this year, senior linebacker Kyle Van Noy has almost filled up the stat sheet for accomplishments on defense. He has 46 total tackles (26 unassisted and 20 assisted), 11 tackles for loss of yardage, four sacks, one pick-six, one safety, six pass breakups, 11 quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery. Regarding Van Noy’s collegiate career accomplishments, the answer to the question “What hasn’t he done?” is just as telling as the answer to the question “What has he done?”
5 of 10. Cody Hoffman
The senior wide receiver is closing in on Austin Collie’s school record of 3,255 career receiving yards. In fact, Hoffman is very close to eclipsing that record. With 3,242 career receiving yards, he needs only 14 more yards to become BYU’s all-time leader in receiving yards. Barring a career-ending injury, Hoffman should have no trouble achieving this record.