Game 1: BYU 28, Arizona 21, Sept. 2, Tucson, Arizona
CANADA’S THREE TOUCHDOWNS POWER BYU TO 28-23 WIN AT ARIZONA
TUCSON, ARIZONA — Led by Squally Canada’s three touchdowns, the BYU football team powered
its way to a 28-23 win over Arizona in the 2018 season opener at Arizona Stadium.
Canada had 98 yards on the ground on 24 carries in addition to his three scores. Quarterback
Tanner Mangum completed
18 of 28 passes for 209 yards
and one touchdown. Moroni
Laulu-Pututau posted 24
yards on three receptions
and Matt Bushman caught a
24-yard score. Senior Corbin
Kaufusi posted seven tackles,
two tackles for loss and one
sack. Fellow senior, Michael
Shelton had two tackles,
a pass breakup, blocked a
field goal and recorded a
37-yard punt return.
BYU outgaine d the
Wildcats 392 to 326. The
Cougars held Arizona to 129
yards on the ground after
the Wildcats were No. 3
nationally last season with
more than 300 per game.
The Cougars put the first
points on the board for the
2018 season with a 1-yard
touchdown from Canada for
his ninth career touchdown.
The Wildcats answered back
kicking a 24-yard field goal
making the score 7-3 followed by a 15-yard passing touchdown just before halftime. The
Wildcats went into the break up 10-7.
On the first drive of the second half, 2017 freshman All-American Matt Bushman recorded
his first touchdown of the season with a 24-yard pass from Mangum. A 22-yard pass to Dylan
Collie, set up Bushman to get into the end zone. Collie had the ball tipped away but dove to
secure the catch before hitting the ground. Canada rushed for two more touchdowns, his
first three-touchdown game, before the quarter was over. BYU ended the third quarter with
a 28-10 lead, racking up 21 points.
Arizona answered back with two touchdowns of their own during the fourth quarter
cutting the Cougars lead to 28-23 with 3:23 left in the game. The Cougars put together enough
first downs to let the clock wind-down and secured its first win of the 2018 season 28-23
over the Wildcats.
Game 2: Cal 21, BYU 18 , Sept. 9, Provo, Utah
BYU DROPS HOME OPENER 21-18 TO CAL
PROVO, UTAH — Despite forcing three California turnovers, the BYU football team fell 21-18
to Cal in its home opener at Lavell Edwards Stadium.
BYU’s defense and special teams came up with three takeaways on the night. Senior
Butch Pau’u forced a fumble
that was recovered by Dayan
Ghanwoloku for a 36-yard
touchdown. In the fourth
quarter, Isaiah Kaufusi made
his first career interception
and Ghanwoloku recovered
another fumble. Senior
Zayne Anderson recorded
a new career high in tackles
with 12 total tackles and nine
solo stops and his first career
tackles for loss. BYU had 11
different players catching
passes with five of them recording more than 20 yards. Moroni Laulu-Pututau led the group
with 56 yards on five grabs.
Cal scored the first touchdown of the night when Chase Garbers found Patrick Laird for a
25-yard pass, giving Cal a 7-0 lead to end the first quarter. Freshman Skyler Southam capped
off the first drive of the second quarter with his first career field goal on a 36-yard attempt.
Cal extended its lead early in the second half with a 52-yard touchdown pass in the opening
minutes of the third quarter. Butch Pau’u forced a fumble that was recovered and returned
by Dayan Ghanwoloku for a 36-yard touchdown, bringing the score to 14-10 five minutes
into the third quarter. The Golden Bears tacked on a rushing touchdown to make the score
21-10 to start the fourth quarter.
Ghanwoloku got his second fumble recovery on a muffed Cal punt return giving BYU
great field position on the 16-yard line. However, an interception by Cal ended BYU’s drive.
With just under six minutes to go BYU strung together a series of plays to travel 73 yards and
find Brayden El-Bakri in the end zone for a touchdown. Micah Simon then caught a pass on a
two-point conversion to bring BYU within three, 21-18, with under a minute to go. Ultimately,
Cal held on and took the win 21-18.
Game 3: BYU 24, No. 6 Wisconsin 21, Sept. 15,
BYU UPSETS NO. 6 WISCONSIN ON THE ROAD
MADISON, WISCONSIN — The BYU football team upset No. 6 Wisconsin on the road with a 24-21
win at Camp Randall Stadium. The victory snapped Wisconsin’s 41-game non-conference
home winning streak. The Cougars outgained the Badgers in yards per play at 6.1 to 5.5 and
picked up two sacks and forced one turnover.
Senior Squally Canada had
118 rushing yards with two
touchdowns, including 46
and 44 yards runs. Tight end
Moroni Laulu-Pututau caught
three receptions for 33 yards
and one touchdown. Senior
linebacker Sione Takitaki led
the BYU defense with 13 total
tackles including eight solo
stops and one sack. Senior
Zayne Anderson recorded
and interception as well as
11 total tackles.
Wisconsin put the first points of the game on the board leading 7-0 at the 7:12 mark in
the first quarter. BYU immediately answered back with a touchdown of its own as Canada
pushed over center to tying it up at 7-7. The Cougars took its first lead at the beginning of the
second quarter with a double-pass trick play. BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum threw from
behind the line of scrimmage to Aleva Hifo who threw a 31-yard pass downfield to a wideopen
Laulu-Pututau who trotted in giving BYU a 14-7 lead. However, with only 1:17 left on
the clock in the second quarter the Badgers tied the game with a touchdown reception making
the score 14-14 going into halftime.
On Wisconsin’s first drive of the second half, Zayne Anderson recorded an interception
returning the ball 12-yards. Canada punched the ball in for a touchdown as the Cougars took
the lead at 21-14. To start the fourth quarter Wisconsin scored a rushing touchdown tying the
game for the third time. But, BYU took the lead again with a 45-yard field goal from Southam
to put the score at 24-21 with 9:58 left in the fourth quarter. With 41 seconds left on the clock,
the Badgers set up for a field goal but the kick went wide left and the Cougars took the victory
formation to secure the win over Wisconsin 24-21.
Game 4: No. 25 BYU 30, McNeese State 3, Sept.
22, Provo, Utah
NO. 25 BYU EARNS HOME VICTORY 30-3 OVER MCNEESE STATE
PROVO, UTAH — A 24-point second quarter, led by freshman Lopini Katoa’s two touchdowns,
gave the No. 25 BYU football team a 30-3 win over McNeese State at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Katoa led BYU in scoring, notching two touchdowns for 24 points in the second quarter.
He also led the run game with 64 yards on 10 attempts. The Cougars defense forced four
turnovers, with two fumbles and two interceptions. Senior Michael Shelton led the squad with
six tackles, and forced the first fumble of his career. Corbin Kaufusi had five tackles, including
one sack, as well as a blocked field goal.
The Cougars were able to hold the Cowboys to a field goal, going down 3-0 midway through
SEASON IN REVIEW
Senior Corbin Kaufusi tallied his first sack of the season
Senior Sione Takitaki sacks Wisconsin’s quarterback in the win at
No. 6 Wisconsin.
Senior Squally Canada ran for a single-game career-high three
touchdowns in the game against Arizona.
Junior Dayan Ghanwoloku picked up a forced fumble, returning it
36-yards for a touchdown against Cal.
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