the first quarter. On the next
McNeese drive the Cougar
defense once again forced a
field goal attempt, which the
Cowboys missed wide. Corbin
Kaufusi blocked a field goal
later in the quarter that was
recovered by Troy Warner
and returned 22-yards. BYU
then quickly moved the ball
and Katoa punched in a 4-yard
touchdown run making the
score 7-3. Tanner Jacobson
intercepted a McNeese pass
early on the following drive,
putting BYU’s offense back on
the 31-yard line. A 7-yard pass
to Talon Shumway put BYU up
double digits, 14-3, with 6:37
left in the first half.
Corbin Kaufusi sacked
the McNeese quarterback
and Shelton tallied 21-yard
punt return. Katoa ran the
ball 14-yard into the end zone
for his second touchdown
of the game. A fumble by the Cowboys was recovered by Sawyer Powell, putting BYU
back on the 25-yard line. A 30-yard field goal from Skyler Southam gave BYU a 24-3 lead
heading into halftime.
The Cougars kick a field goal to open the second half, extending its lead to 24 points at 27-3.
Rhett Sandlin then intercepted a McNeese pass on third down. Southam hit a 47-yard field
goal, the longest of his career, to get BYU to 30 points. BYU’s Austin Kafentzis forced a fumble
in the fourth quarter that was recovered by Alden Tofa, putting the offense back on the field.
The offense let time expire and took a double-digit win.
Game 5: No.11 Washington 35, No. 20 BYU, Sept. 29,
NO. 20 BYU FOOTBALL OVERPOWERED BY NO. 11 WASHINGTON
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — No. 20 BYU football was overpowered in a 35-7 loss to No. 11 Washington
at Husky Stadium. The Huskies did it on the ground and in the air on both sides of the ball,
picking up 187 rushing yards while BYU managed only 34 yards. The Huskies had 277 passing
yards to the Cougars’ 160.
Both quarterbacks were efficient with Browning going 23 for 25 while Tanner Mangum went
18 of 21. Freshman running back Lopini Katoa led BYU in rushing and receiving while scoring
the Cougars’ only touchdown.
He rushed for 27 yards but did
most of his damage after the
catch with seven receptions
for 66 yards. Junior Austin
Lee and senior Butch Pau’u
led the BYU defense with
seven tackles. Khyiris Tonga
tallied 1.5 tackles for loss while
Corbin Kaufusi recorded his
fourth sack of the season.
The Huskies put the first
points of the game on the
board on its second drive of
the day. A five-yard run put Washington up 7-0 with 7:19 left in the first quarter. Gaskin
scored his second rushing touchdown of the game on a 6-yard run in the second quarter. The
Huskies went up 14-0 at the 11:05 mark. Washington capped off the first half with a rushing
touchdown from the Huskies quarterback Jake Browning. A fumble from Katoa on the BYU
24 yard-line gave Washington perfect field position with under 30 seconds to go in the second
half. Three plays later Browning ran the ball into the end zone putting the Cougars behind by
three touchdowns going into halftime.
To open up the second half, Washington scored on its first possession when Browning
threw to Drew Sample for a 15-yard touchdown. Eight minutes later, Salvon ran the ball into
the end zone for his second touchdown of the game putting the score at 35-0. Katoa scored
BYU’s lone touchdown of the game late in the fourth quarter. BYU long snapper Mitch Harris
recovered a fumbled punt return giving the Cougars good field position to get into the end zone.
Katoa ran the ball 1-yard to put the Cougars on the board with 41 seconds left in the game.
Game 6: Utah State 45, BYU 20, Oct. 5, Provo, Utah
BYU FALLS TO UTAH STATE 45-20 AT HOME
PROVO, UTAH — BYU fell to Utah State 45-20 in a Friday matchup at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Tanner Mangum had a season-high 270 passing yards and found the end zone twice. Talon
Shumway led the team going for career-best 110 yards on five catches.
Freshman quarterback Zach Wilson lead the running game with 25 yards and passing for his
first touchdown as a Cougar
late in the fourth quarter.
Lopini Katoa contributed 24
yards on the ground and also
caught his first touchdown
pass at BYU. Sione Takitaki
and Zayne Anderson led the
defense, putting up nine and
eight tackles, respectively,
including six solo tackles
each. Michael Shelton
also contributed four solo
tackles, one tackle for loss
and a pass breakup.
Mangum threw an
interception on a 4th-and-1-
conversion attempt, which
was returned by the Aggies 56
yards for the first touchdown
of the game. The Aggies then
threw a pass into the end
zone on 4th-and-1 to go up,
14-0. Utah State’s offense
took over on BYU’s 35-yard
line, allowing the Aggies to
score once again less than
three minutes into the second
quarter. BYU entered the blue
zone for the first time with five minutes remaining in the second quarter as Lopini Katoa caught
a five-yard pass bringing the score to 21-7 just before the half.
To start the second half, Utah State tacked on two touchdowns taking a 35-7 lead. The
Cougars scored its second touchdown of the night as Dylan Collie’s caught his first touchdown
as a Cougar. BYU missed the extra point to put the score at 35-13 late in the third quarter. Love
got his fifth score of the night, to open the final quarter, extending the Aggie lead to 42-13
followed by a field goal to push the advantage to 45-13.
Wilson entered the game for BYU late in the fourth quarter and throwing his first touchdown
pass for 18-yards to fellow true freshman Gunner Romney, also the first of his career. A field
goal brought BYU the deficit to 20 points.
Game 7: BYU 49, Hawai’i 23, Oct. 14, Provo, Utah
BYU WINS HOMECOMING GAME AGAINST HAWAI’I
PROVO, UTAH — BYU racked up 474 total offensive yards on its way to scoring a season-high in
points in a 49-23 win over Hawai’i at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The Cougars also set a season
high in rushing yards with 280 and had four players score on the ground.
Matt Hadley had a career night with 95 yards on 10 attempts and a game-high 39-yard
rush while also scoring his first touchdown. Lopini Katoa gained 79 yards on 15 attempts
and a score while Riley Burt rushed for 59 yards and a score. Zach Wilson made his first
career start at quarterback for BYU, throwing for 194 yards and three touchdowns while
also contributing a score with his feet. Aleva Hifo lead the team with three receptions for 45
yards and one touchdown. Gunner Romney and Dallin Holker also recorded touchdowns. The
defense recorded a season-high four sacks. Austin Lee recorded his first career interception
and Dayan Ghanwoloku recovered a fumble off a muffed punt return.
SEASON IN REVIEW
Freshman Lopini Katoa runs in one of his two touchdowns
against McNeese State.
Sophomore wide receiver Talon Shumway catches a 7-yard pass
to score a touchdown against McNeese State.
Junior defensive end Trajan Pili records a sack in the game
against Utah State.
Sophomore tight end Matt Bushman runs the ball down the field
against No. 11 Washington.
Freshman running back Lopini Katoa runs in a touchdown
against Utah State.
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