November 23, 2008 |
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah is BCS bound once again. Brian Johnson passed for 303 yards and four touchdowns and the eighth-ranked Utes completed a perfect regular season by beating No. 16 Brigham Young, 48-24, Saturday, winning the heated state rivalry and taking the undisputed Mountain West Conference title away from the two-time defending champion Cougars (10-2, 6-2).
October 12, 2009 |
Peyton Manning threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns Sunday night, and Indianapolis never trailed in beating AFC South rival Tennessee, 31-9, for its NFL-best 14th consecutive regular-season victory. Manning joined Kurt Warner and Steve Young as the only NFL quarterbacks to open a season by throwing for at least 300 yards in the first five games. Manning reached another milestone when he threw a first-quarter touchdown pass, the 343rd of his career, to end a tie with Fran Tarkenton and move into third place behind Brett Favre and Dan Marino.
September 21, 2008 |
PROVO, Utah -- So much for that inexperienced defense holding back Brigham Young. The Cougars are looking as strong on that side of the ball as they usually do on offense. No. 14 BYU recorded its second straight shutout, beating Wyoming, 44-0, Saturday and extending the nation's longest winning streak to 14. The Cougars (4-0 overall, 1-0 in the Mountain West Conference) forced six turnovers and returned two of them for touchdowns.
October 11, 2009 |
If the Tennessee Titans hope to put something in the left-hand column -- namely their first victory of the season -- they had better do something about the right arm of Peyton Manning. Manning, whose Indianapolis Colts play at Tennessee tonight, is the hottest quarterback in football. He's coming off four consecutive 300-yard passing performances and has a good chance of becoming the third player in NFL history -- along with Kurt Warner and Steve Young -- to tear off five in a row. It's not as if the Titans are doing much to stop opposing passers.
September 14, 2008 |
PROVO, Utah -- Relentlessly optimistic ran into harsh reality Saturday. There may come a day when the football monopoly in Los Angeles is over, but for now UCLA has enough trouble passing "Go." An embarrassing 59-0 loss to Brigham Young was a big indication of that, and left first-year Coach Rick Neuheisel offering up his favorite catch phrase in a different light. "We're going to test 'relentlessly optimistic,' " Neuheisel said after UCLA's worst loss since 1929. "But we knew it would be tested."
December 10, 2007 |
You can take the guy out of the defensive coordinator's job, but apparently you can't take the defensive coordinator out of the guy. DeWayne Walker may have been appointed UCLA's interim football coach, with big-picture responsibilities, but Sunday morning he was immersed in dissecting Brigham Young's passing scheme. The Cougars' Max Hall carved up the Bruins for 391 yards passing, but UCLA survived, 27-17, Sept. 8. That is already on Walker's mind two weeks before the Dec.
September 9, 2007 |
UCLA cornerback Trey Brown was talking faster than the Bruins' 20-0 lead was evaporating against Brigham Young on Saturday. Why not? He had a front seat to the struggles the Bruins went through on defense. The Cougars decided to go at Brown, considered the Bruins' best cover man. Sometimes it worked -- Austin Collie beat Brown for two touchdowns. Sometimes it didn't -- Brown had an interception, which he returned for a touchdown, and broke up several passes.
September 12, 2008 |
UCLA cornerback Michael Norris expects to be busy Saturday when the Bruins play Brigham Young. Norris is aware teams will come after him this season. The alternative would be throwing at Alterraun Verner, UCLA's top cover cornerback. Verner was second on the team with four interceptions last season and picked up where he left off with an interception in the season opener against Tennessee. "That's something I actually like; I welcome it," Norris said about the possibility of being challenged by opposing teams.
January 3, 2011 |
AFC New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts Saturday, 5 p.m. PST, Channel 4 This is a rematch of last season's AFC championship game, and it pits two teams that have had their struggles this season. The Colts have almost no running game and have more than their share of injuries, with an injured-reserve list that includes tight end Dallas Clark, receivers Austin Collie and Anthony Gonzalez, and nine defensive backs. But they also have Peyton Manning, the league's only four-time most valuable player, so they are always dangerous.