Wilson and the BYU
offense put together an
87-yard opening drive that
was capped off by a 12-yard
touchdown run by Katoa
followed by another score
on the following drive
going up 14-0. Minutes later,
Hadley ran 21 yards to score
his first career touchdown
and bring the score to 21-0.
The Warriors scored their
first points of the game off a
33-yard field goal to cut the
lead to 21-3. But, Austin Lee
intercepted a pass returning
it 36 yards and Holker catch
his first touchdown pass on a
13-yard catch, extending the
lead to 28-3 at the half.
To open the second half
Hawai’i recorded a 1-yard
score, closing the gap to
28-10. Dayan Ghanwoloku
recovered a muffed punt
return at the Hawai’i 35-yard
line and Riley Burt scored a 3-yard touchdown to put BYU up, 35-10. Hawai’i quarterback
McDonald then capped off the 69-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass. However, BYU’s
Hifo then scored a 24-yard touchdown, giving BYU a 42-17 advantage. John Ursua helped
Hawai’i tack on another score with a 17-yard touchdown but the Warriors failed their two-point
conversion making the score 42-23. BYU scored its seventh offensive touchdown when Romney
pulled in a 26-yard pass to put BYU up 49-23.
Game 8: Northern Illinois 7, BYU 6, Oct. 27, Provo, Utah
BYU LOSES DEFENSIVE BATTLE 7-6 TO NIU
PROVO, UTAH — BYU held Northern Illinois to just 204 total yards but it wasn’t enough as the
Cougars fell to the Huskies, 7-6, at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Freshman kicker Skyler Southam
converted two of his three field goal attempts as BYU’s only scorer on the day.
Quarterback Zach Wilson accounted for 215 of the Cougars 301 yards, with 208 in the
air and seven on the ground,
including a highlight hurdle
over a Huskie defender.
Tight end Matt Bushman
led all receivers with 63
yards, averaging 21 yards
per catch on three catches.
Talon Shumway was the
only other Cougar to go for
over 50 receiving yards
with 52, including a gamelong
Sione Takitaki led BYU
with 11 total tackles, including
eight solos and one sack. Isaiah Kaufusi and Dayan Ghanwoloku each had two tackles for loss,
and Corbin Kaufusi and Khyiris Tonga shared the Cougars’ other sack.
Skyler Southam converted a 35-yard field goal to put the Cougars up 3-0 late in the first
quarter. The Huskies had a chance to score on last drive of the half, but missed a 41-yard field
goal attempt that would have tied the game. Wilson completed his longest pass of the game
to Talon Shumway for a 42-yard gain, putting the Cougars on the 17-yard line. Wilson then
hurdled over a Huskie defender for a first down on the five-yard line. Southam hit his second
field goal of the game to pull BYU within one, 7-6, with 3:31 left in the third quarter. In the
fourth quarter, Southam attempted his longest field goal from 51 yards but it went just right
of the uprights, keeping the score at 7-6 in favor of the Huskies. Wilson threw an interception
on the first play of the Cougars final drive giving the Huskies the ball back. NIU ran the clock
out, taking the win 7-6.
Game 9: Boise State 21, BYU 16, Nov. 5, Boise, Idaho
BYU COMES UP SHORT AT BOISE STATE 21-16
BOISE, IDAHO — BYU football came up short on the game’s final play from two yards out, falling
to Boise State 21-16 Saturday night at Albertsons Stadium. BYU was five yards from the end
zone with 58 seconds remaining in the game. The Cougars had four tries but came up short,
with Wilson getting sacked
to end the game.
For the second week
in a row, BYU outgunned
the opponent in total yards
posting 388 total yards to
Boise State’s 327. The Broncos
forced three turnovers while
BYU nabbed two takeaways.
Talon Shumway led the
team with 62 receiving
yards with a long of 42
yards. Wilson scored the
only touchdown of the night
for the Cougars while going
18 of 27 for 252 yards. Sione
Takitaki led BYU with 11 total tackles including four solo stops. Corbin Kaufusi and Trajan
Pili both tallied sacks while Michael Shelton recorded his first interception of the season.
The Bronco’s got on the board 7-0 with 9:27 left in the first quarter with their first rushing
touchdown. On BSU’s next drive, a seven-yard pass put them up 14-0 to close out of the first
quarter. At the beginning of the second quarter, BYU put its first points on the board as Skyler
Southam kicked a 26-yard field goal, making the score 14-3. Michael Shelton recorded an
interception, which resulted in a 43-yard field goal to make the score 14-6 going into halftime.
Only two minutes into the third quarter, Rhett Sandlin fell on a fumble giving the momentum
back to the BYU offense. Wilson ran in from four yards out to bring the score within one
point at 14-13.
Boise State answered back with an eight-minute drive that ended with a three-yard rushing
touchdown, putting the score at 21-13 with just under two minutes left in the third quarter. The
Cougars scored their third field goal as Southam connected on a 41-yarder to make the deficit five
with 6:32 left in the game. With seven second left on the clock, Wilson scrambled toward the
end zone but was ultimately sacked on the 3-yard line as the clock ran out and BYU fell 21-16.
Game 10: BYU 35, UMass 16, Nov. 10,
DEFENSE LEADS BYU TO WIN OVER UMASS 35-16
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS — A dominant defense helped the BYU football team record
a road victory against UMass 35-16 at Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots.
Despite going down 10-0 early, the Cougars rattled off 35 unanswered points and stymied
the Minutemen offense the
rest of the game.
BYU’s defense held UMass
to season lows in total yards
(285), passing yards (183), yards
per play (4.13) and yards per
attempt (5.5). The Cougars also
tied their own season high
with four sacks.
Sione Takitaki and Isaiah
Kaufusi led the BYU defense
both recording career highs of
14 total tackles. Rhett Sandlin
recorded his first career sacks
with two, and Corbin Kaufusi
and Bracken El-Bakri both recorded one sack apiece. Quarterback Zach Wilson went 14 of 22
for 167 passing yards and touchdowns, both going to Talon Shumway.
BYU outplayed UMass on the ground totaling 222 rushing yards to the Minutemen’s 102,
holding them to just five rushing yards in the second half. UMass started the scoring out early
putting up three points with a field goal on their first drive of the game and then scored a
touchdown after BYU fumbled the ball on their first play making the score was 10-0. However,
the Cougars would quickly answer back with a touchdown of its own. A four-yard pass to
SEASON IN REVIEW
Junior wide receiver Micah Simon charges around a defensive
player against Northern Illinois.
Senior defensive back Michael Shelton returns an interception
at Boise State.
Senior defensive end Corbin Kaufusi tallied a sack to help
Sophomore wide receiver Neil Pau’u catches a 40-yard pass while
being covered by two UMass defenders in BYU’s win.
Freshman quarterback Zach Wilson records his first career
rushing touchdown in BYU’s win over Hawai’i.
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