BOWL OPPONENT: BYU Cougars

THE OFFICIAL RELEASE is finally out -- it's Oregon State and BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl. The matchup features a pair of Top 20 teams. Here's an initial rundown on Brigham Young -- offense, defense, special teams, series history, coaches plus notable notes galore.

BYU is formidable on the offensive side of the ball with a 3,000 yard passer and an All-American tight end.

Meanwhile, DE Jan Jorgenson, a three time All-MWC pick, anchors a defense that ranks 34th in the nation in total defense giving up 331.1 yards per game.

BYU IN A NUTSHELL

COACH:  Bronco Mendenhall (Overall: 47-15 | Bowl games: 2-2)

RECORD: 10-2, 7-1 in MWC

RANKING:  No. 14 in BCS Standings | No. 16 votes in AP | No. 13 in Coaches Poll

SIGNATURE WINS:  Defeated No. 3 Oklahoma, 14-13, Defeated No. 21 Utah 26-23

 

SERIES HISTORY

Oregon State leads 5-3.  The teams have never met on neutral ground.

 

LAST MEETING

Oregon State won 10-7 at BYU on Nov. 15, 1986.

 

OFFENSE

STATS: 437.07 ypg (288.9 passing | 148.2 rushing) / 34.75 ppg (13th in the nation)

ALL CONFERENCE:  RB Harvey Unga (first team) | TE Dennis Pitta (unanimous first team) | OL Matt Reynolds (first team) | QB Max Hall (second team) | TE Andrew George (second team)

PLAYER NOTES: TE Dennis Pitta, the school's all-time leader in receptions (216), leads the nation in total yards (784) and receptions (57) for a tight end and No. 3 for receiving touchdowns (7) ... Pitta is a finalist for the John Mackey Award and was recently named a AFCA All-American ... He has caught a pass in 42 consecutive games ... RB Harvey Unga, who has topped the 100-yard mark five times in '09, leads the MWC in rushing yards per game (92.4) ... Unga, a junior, has three straight 1,000 yard seasons and owns BYU's career rushing record ... QB Max Hall ranks first in the MWC in six different categories - pass efficiency (160.9, third in the nation), total passing yards (3,36, seventh in the nation), points responsible/game (16.00, eigth in the nation), passing yards/game (280.67, ninth in the nation), completion percentage (70.3, ninth in the nation) and total offense (287.17 yards/game) ... Has passed for over 300 yards this season eight times and has eclipsed 3,000 passing yards in three straight years ... TE Andrew George is a key third down target with five receiving touchdowns

UNIT NOTES:  The Cougars rank No. 1 in the MWC and the country in third down conversions (55.28) and first in the MWC in passing offense (288.92) ... BYU ranks second in MWC in total offense (437.08), scoring offense (34.75) and first downs (273) ... Six different players have rushed for at least two touchdowns ... Ten different players have hauled in at least one receiving touchdown ... Five players have 300 or more receiving yards ... The average height and weight of the starting offensive linemen is 6-foot-4, 317 pounds ... Have a -1 turnover margin ... Have given up 21 sacks ... Hold onto the ball for an average of 30:42 ... Just 4 of 12 on fourth down ... The most efficient red zone offense in the conference with a 87.5 percent success rate

 

DEFENSE

STATS:  331.1 ypg (219.1 passing | 112.0 rushing) / 21.7 ppg

ALL CONFERENCE: DE Jan Jorgenson (three time first team pick) | S Andrew Rich (second team)

PLAYER NOTES:  DE Jan Jorgenson, a team captain, has started 51 consecutive games ... Jorgenson leads the team in sacks with six and has tied the MWC career record with 28.5 ... Leads the team in tackles for loss with 10.5 ... S Andrew Rich ranks second in the MWC in tackles with 80 stops ... Rich has four interceptions, good for second in the conference ... LB Shawn Doman has 65 tackles, good for second on the team, and a team high three fumbles recovered ... CB Brian Logan has a team high 14 passes broken up

UNIT NOTES:  BYU ranks 24th nationally and second in MWC for rushing defense (112.0) and 34th nationally and fourth in the MWC in total defense (331.1) ... Unit ranks 35th in the nation in scoring defense (21.7) and 31st in interceptions (13) ... Opponent third down conversion (39.0), 63rd in the nation ... Harnessed 25 sacks, third in the conference and 53rd in the nation ... Opponents have converted 13 of 20 fourth down conversions

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

STATS: 22.6 kickoff return / 6.4 punt return

PLAYER NOTES:  Freshman P Riley Stephenson, an All-MWC honorable mention selection, averages 41.7 yards per boot, has a long of 59 yards and has not had a punt blocked this season ... PR/KR O'Nei Chambers averages 6.3 yards per return and 25.6 yards per kickoff return ... KR JJ Di Luigi averages 25.1 yards per kickoff return ... K Mitch Payne, the MWC's career leader in extra points made (151), has connected on 9 of 13 field goals and 54 of 55 extra points ... One field goal attempt has been blocked and three of his four misses came for 40 plus yards out

UNIT NOTES:  BYU has blocked two kicks this season.

 

NOTABLE NOTES

  • BYU has played in the Las Vegas Bowl four consecutive years

     
  • Have recorded four consecutive years of 10 or more wins

     
  • BYU has outscored its opponents in every quarter, including a 152-64 advantage in the second quarter

     
  • The Cougars have won 11 consecutive games decided by seven points or fewer

     
  • A ranked BYU team has won 27 of its last 32 games dating back to 2006

     
  • Under Mendenhall, an Oregon State alum, BYU is 42-4 when leading at halftime and 40-1 when taking a lead into the fourth quarter

     
  • The Cougars have been ranked during 33 of the last 34 weeks dating back to November of 2007

     
  • BYU has five pair of brothers on the roster

     
  • The Cougars' home stadium LaVell Edwards Stadium, holds 64,045

     
  • BYU has played in five straight bowl games

     
  • The second most penalized team in the MWC with an average of 66.1 yards per game

OFFICIAL RELEASE FROM THE LAS VEGAS BOWL

Click here for the Las Vegas Bowl official release

 

 

SCHEDULE
Date   
  
 Opponent    Result Score  Overall 
Record 
Conference
Record 
Sep 05, 2009  vs  #3 Oklahoma   14-13  1-0-0  0-0-0 
Sep 12, 2009  at  Tulane Green Wave   54-3  2-0-0  0-0-0 
Sep 19, 2009    FLORIDA STATE   L   28-54  2-1-0  0-0-0 
Sep 26, 2009    COLORADO STATE   42-23  3-1-0  1-0-0 
Oct 02, 2009    UTAH STATE   35-17  4-1-0  1-0-0 
Oct 10, 2009  at  UNLV   59-21  5-1-0  2-0-0 
Oct 17, 2009  at  San Diego State   38-28  6-1-0  3-0-0 
Oct 24, 2009    #8 TCU   L   7-38  6-2-0  3-1-0 
Nov 07, 2009  at  Wyoming   52-0  7-2-0  4-1-0 
Nov 14, 2009  at  New Mexico   24-19  8-2-0  5-1-0 
Nov 21, 2009    AIR FORCE   38-21  9-2-0  6-1-0 
Nov 28, 2009    UTAH   WO  26-23  10-2-0  7-1-0 

 

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