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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Phil Steele's Message To BYU Fans

Phil Steele the editor of the most accurate college football preview magazine for the last 13 years has a message for every BYU fan.

 "Every BYU fan should visit BlueCougarFootball.com"

Complete with his signature.

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Thursday Trivia: Second Leading Rusher In The Nation

The correct answer to the last trivia question "What year was the first time that BYU beat Oregon by overcoming a double digit deficit?" is 1978. Jim McMahon came off the bench and brought BYU back from a 16-3 second half deficit to win 17-16.

On to this week's question.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Flashback: Luke Staley Wins the Doak Walker Award (2001)

Hard to believe it, but this year marks the 10th anniversary of Brigham Young Cougars running back Luke Staley winning the Doak Walker Award. While Staley was the obvious choice by year’s end, he wasn’t even a blip on the national radar at this time of the year in 2001.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Brigham Young Cougars and the Honor Code

Deadspin was first to try and uncover the BYU Honor Code back in April. Now, ESPN did its own Honor Code investigation on Outside The Lines. It would be easy to take each and make a long list of what was good and what was bad with each one. How they treated BYU fairly and unfairly. What was right and what was wrong.

But, I won’t.

Poll Results: If BYU Lost The 1988 Freedom Bowl, Does Ty Detmer Start In 1989?

The voting has concluded and the results are in. By a unanimous decision, Ty Detmer would have been the starting quarterback in 1989 even if he did not lead BYU back to win the 1988 Freedom Bowl. This is the first poll question that has been unanimous.

I would have to agree.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Promoting Brigham Young Cougars For Individual Awards

The Brigham Young Cougars 2011 Football Prospectus lists 12 players as Honors Candidates. Foremost among them is Matt Reynolds who has been included on the Outland and Lombardi Trophy watch lists. Jameson Frazier is on the Lott Trophy watch list, as well.

At BYU, this is a regular occurance.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Highlights: The Best Of Ty Detmer

With the Top 10 Ty Detmer Moments wrapping up today, another set of Ty Detmer highlights is only natural. This one was put together by KSL5Sports.

The Best of Ty Detmer

Enjoy! I hope everyone enjoyed the Top 10 as much as I did. Don't forget to order your copy of the special collector's edition CD-Rom of the Top 10 Moments.

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Top 10 Ty Detmer Moments: #1-Winning the Heisman Trophy

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When December 1, 1990, arrived, Brigham Young Cougars fans had harbored serious Heisman hopes for 14 years. Gifford Nielsen, another quarterback who wore number 14, finished 6th in Heisman voting in 1976. Nielsen tore up the competition during the final seven games that season, and it was very clear that he would be a top contender for the Heisman next year. Sure enough, Nielsen picked up in 1977 where he left off in 1976. Four games into the season, however, Nielsen suffered a season ending knee injury.

Ever since that time, the BYU quarterback was a perennial Heisman hopeful. None, however, was able to bring the Heisman home.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thursday Trivia: Big Comeback Versus Oregon

The correct answer to the last trivia question "Which NCAA record set in the 1991 BYU-San Diego State game will never be broken?" is that the game was the highest scoring tie game in NCAA history, 52-52. With the advent of overtime in the mid-90s, no college football game would ever end in a tie again.

On to this week's question.

Top 10 Ty Detmer Moments: #2-Beating the Best—No. 1 Miami

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In 1990, the Brigham Young Cougars were scheduled to play the Miami Hurricanes on September 8. Miami had been voted number one to start the 1990 season, and rightfully so. A brief synopsis of Miami’s record and ranking from 1986 to 1992 shows Miami was the cream of the crop in college football.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Top 10 Ty Detmer Moments: #3-Joining the BYU Quarterback Club

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It is one thing to win the starting quarterback job for the Brigham Young Cougars. It is another to earn your way into the exalted BYU Quarterback Club. Entering the quarterback club is the ultimate validation for a Cougar signal caller. Quarterbacks can throw for 3,000 yards in a season, take BYU to a bowl game, and even win a conference championship, but fail to be admitted to the club.

When Ty Detmer took over the starting spot at BYU (1989), Robbie Bosco (1984-85) was the last quarterback to join. Three subsequent quarterbacks had tried and failed. Detmer got off to a good start, but at one pivotal moment in the 1989 season it looked like he might fall off to the wayside and become casualty number four.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Poll Results: Who should be the next player(s) to have his jersey retired?

The results to this question favored Jim McMahon and his number 9 jersey with 48%. The trio of number 6 players (Marc Wilson, Robbie Bosco, Luke Staley) were second with 36%. Jason Buck (#99) got the remaining 16%.

I would be part of the super minority on this one. I think Jason Buck should be next. As a quick reminder, here are the requirements:

Top 10 Ty Detmer Moments: #4-Winning the Starting Quarterback Job

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To be named the starting quarterback for any NCAA Division I-A (FBS) football team is a highlight in any players career. The Brigham Young Cougars, however, aren’t just any football team, especially when it comes to the starting quarterback. The Governor of Utah has an easier job and faces less pressure than the BYU quarterback. Not even the prophet of BYU’s sponsoring religion, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, would want to trade places with the Cougars signal caller. Therefore, if a guy is named the starter, he has to do something great. Ty Detmer certainly did.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Top 10 Ty Detmer Moments: #5-Final Home Game

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The Brigham Young Cougars fans knew this day was coming. Their feelings were mixed. They knew Ty Detmer couldn’t stay forever. Yet, they never wanted him to leave. The Detmer era had been surreal. Nevertheless, on November 23, 1991, versus the Utah Utes, Detmer played his final home and regular season game as a BYU Cougar. What did the fans want to see in his final game? Nothing special, a typical Detmer game would suffice.

A typical Detmer game, however, was rather atypical and special. It included passing for 300+ yards, throwing 3 or more touchdown passes, playing very efficient, sitting down early, and breaking a few records.

Detmer didn’t disappoint.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Highlights: The End of 1991

With the Ty Detmer Top 10 going on this week and next week, some Ty Detmer highlights are in order. This clip shows the tail end of the 1991 season. It is the final installment of a seven part movie. Whoever put it together wasn't very worried about a smooth transition from one part to the other, so it starts with some highlights from the San Diego State game, featured this week as number 10 in the countdown. From there it finishes off the rest of the season. Watching it will give you a sneak peak at moment number 5 that will be published on Monday.

End of 1991

Enjoy!

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Top 10 Ty Detmer Moments: #6—First Career Start

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The saying goes “there is a first time for everything.” Ty Detmer’s first start at quarterback for the Brigham Young Cougars came earlier than anyone expected. The outcome of the game was better than anyone expected.

Ty Detmer’s first start was earlier than any previous Cougar signal caller. No BYU quarterback had ever started a game as a freshman. Detmer didn’t look to be the one to break this trend. However, when Sean Covey went down with a knee injury against Hawaii midway through the 1988 season, LaVell Edwards was left with few options but to start his freshman from San Antonio, Texas.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thursday Trivia: An NCAA Record That Will Never Be Broken

The correct answer to the last trivia question "Who is the BYU quarterback with the most rushing yards in one season?" is Virgil Carter with 474 yards rushing in 1965. I would guess most of you had Steve Young as your first answer. Young peaked out at 444 yards his senior season.

On to this week's question.

Top 10 Ty Moments: #7-Unstoppable and Unprecedented

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Brigham Young Cougars quarterbacks Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon, and Steve Young all played their best games against archrival Utah. While they each can boast they bested Ty Detmer in one or two statistical categories, none of them could match Detmer’s body of work against Utah in 1989. Detmer’s play in this game can be summed up in two words: unstoppable, unprecedented. No hyperbole here. When he was in the game, Utah should not have bothered sending the defense onto the field.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Top 10 Ty Detmer Moments: #8-Down, But Never Out

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When the Brigham Young Cougars played the Washington State Cougars on September 15, 1990, one team was 2-0, and the other wasn’t. One team was ranked number 5 in the nation and the other wasn’t ranked in the top 25. One team was playing with the Heisman Trophy frontrunner; the other team wasn’t even playing with a Heisman Trophy candidate. BYU was the team that “was.” Washington State was the team that “wasn’t.”

With such a mismatch on paper, a 29-7 halftime score wouldn’t be surprising. Except Washington State was the team with the 22-point halftime lead.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Poll Results: Will Jake Heaps Do Enough in 2011 To Become An Official Member of the BYU QB Club?

The poll results are in. Jake Heaps will become an official member of the BYU quarterback club this year according to 91% of you.

Top 10 Ty Detmer Moments: #9–BYU retires Detmer’s Jersey

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The Brigham Young Cougars have had approximately 1,600 players letter in football. BYU has had 188 players earn first-team all-conference honors. The NFL has drafted 132 BYU Cougars (update for 2010 draft). There are 41 former Cougars who were named All-American. Twelve football players are recipients of a major national award (i.e. Heisman Trophy, Outland Trophy, Doak Walker Award). Only 5 players have had their jerseys retired.

Ty Detmer is one of them.

Monday, June 13, 2011

20th Anniversary Collectors Edition: Top 10 Ty Detmer Moments

BlueCougarFootball.com is proud to make available a special 20th Anniversary Collectors Edition CD-Rom of the Top 10 Ty Detmer Moments.

This CD-Rom includes the following features:
  • The text of all 10 Ty Detmer moments found on BlueCougarFootball.com.
  • Over 1 hour of never before heard audio commentary from Ty giving his insights from all 10 moments.
  • A list of honorable mention moments (those that just missed the cut).
  • Ty's game-by-game stats, including pass efficiency rating, in a very easy to read format.
  • Over 40 trivia questions about Ty Detmer's college career.
  • A unique look at Ty and the NCAA record book.
This collectors item will be released August 25, 2011, but you can pre-order your copy today to ensure the earliest delivery possible.

Cost: $10 each. 

Shipping varies based on quantity ordered. All orders outside the 50 United States as well as orders of 6 or more need to email bluecougarfootball@gmail.com for exact shipping amount.



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Top 10 Ty Detmer Moments: #10-The Essence of Ty Detmer

It is that time of the year again. Time for the BlueCougarFootball.com annual Top 10 list. With this year marking the 20th Anniversay of Ty Detmer's senior season, it is only fitting that we countdown the Top 10 Ty Detmer moments. Anybody who knows BYU football, knows that Detmer had a phenomenal career. He was the Jimmer Fredette of BYU sports 20 years ago. The countdown will continue each day, Monday-Friday, for the next two weeks until we reach number one. Each moment has two parts: 1) BlueCougarFootball.com's breakdown and analysis, and 2) Ty's Take--Ty Detmer, the legend himself, was gracious enough to weigh in on each of these moments with his memories.

One other note before revealing moment number 10. BlueCougarFootball.com is pleased to annouce that a special Collectors Edition of this countdown will soon be available. You can pre-order your copy here. In addition to the content being provided now, the collectors edition will have over 60 minutes of audio commentary from Ty getting into the details of all 10 moments. There will also be several bonus features: Honorable Mention moments, Ty's game-by-game stats, Ty Trivia, and a unique look at Ty and the NCAA record book. For full details on how to purchase your copy, click here.

On with the countdown!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Highlights: BYU All-American Quarterbacks

With all the talk about the BYU quarterback club this week. I have selected this highlight video that the BYU Alumni Association put together last year during QB Weekend. The highlights are accompanied by commentary from several of the great BYU quarterbacks. Jake Heaps will need to do what they say if he will join the BYU QB club, as discussed Monday.

BYU All-American Quarterbacks

Enjoy!

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Thursday Trivia: Most Rushing Yards By A BYU Quarterback

The correct answer to the last trivia question "How many different BYU players currently hold one or more NCAA records?" is 20. Collectively, they hold 31 records. These players were quarterbacks, tight ends, running backs, wide receivers, kick returners, punt returners, place kickers, and punters. The players and the number of records they each hold is:

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Flashback: Brandon Doman Joins the Brigham Young Cougars Quarterback Club (2001)

For Brigham Young Cougars quarterbacks, few events are greater than the day they become part of the BYU Quarterback Club. Nothing else can better validate all the hard work, the pressure, and the struggles required to lead the BYU offense. Ten years ago, Brandon Doman received this validation as he became the newest member of this exclusive club.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Poll Results: Who Would You Most Like To See BYU Play?

The results are in, and the team that BYU fans would most like to see BYU play is Ohio State (33%). Next came USC with 27%. Penn State received 20% of the vote, Nebraska had 10%, Wisconsin got 3%, and 7% of voters selected “Other.”

All of these opponents would make for great games. However, from the specific teams listed, I would have voted for Nebraska.

Monday, June 6, 2011

What Does Brigham Young Cougars Quarterback Jake Heaps Need To Do To Join The BYU Quarterback Club?

Jake Heaps was afforded the greatest privilege in Brigham Young Cougars football in 2010. He was the starting quarterback. In 2011, he will attempt to join the hallowed BYU Quarterback Club. Heaps has found favor with coaches, teammates, and fans. He is surrounded by a group of players with plenty of talent and potential.

As a freshman, Heaps set new standards for BYU freshmen quarterbacks in almost every statistical category. He won a bowl game and was named the game’s MVP. Joining the club appears to be there for the taking.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday Highlights: Fui Vakapuna and Manase Tonga (2006)

Five years ago, Fui Vakapuna and Manase Tonga burst onto the BYU football scene. Besides the fact that they made big plays, their energy, passion, and emotion made them fun to watch.

Fui and Manase

Enjoy!

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Thursday Trivia: NCAA Record Holders

The correct answer to the last trivia question " Who are the players who earned BYU’s six All-American citations from 1986-1988?" is the following players:
  • Jason Buck (1986, consensus)
  • Pat Thompson (1988)
  • Ty Mattingly (1986 Academic All-American)
  • Chuck Cutler (1987, 1988 Academic All-American)
  • Tim Clark (1988 Academic All-American).

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Flashback: Matt Berry Enlists In the Army (2006)

With Memorial Day just this past Monday, I wanted to do something to give special attention to any Brigham Young Cougars who had been not only football players but service men also. Former quarterback Matt Berry fits this description.