Talon Shumway put BYU on
the board making the score
10-7. The Cougars took its
first lead of the game as
Shumway recorded his
second touchdown of the
day. Wilson threw a 15-yard
pass to Shumway making the
score 14-10 to go into halftime.
A f l e a - f l i c ker p l ay
from Matt Hadley to Zach
Wilson resulted in a 40-yard
completed pass to a doublecovered
Neil Pau’u. Two plays
Senior Sione Takitaki, sophomore Isaiah Kaufusi and senior
Merrill Taliauli take down a UMass player in BYU’s win in
later Matt Hadley ran two yards into the end zone increasing BYU’s lead to 21-10 followed by
a score from Aleva Hifo. Only minutes into the fourth quarter, Hifo scored his second rushing
touchdown of the game, running for 10 yards to push the lead to 35-10.
The Minutemen answered back with its first touchdown since the first quarter. After a
failed two-point conversion the score stood at 35-16 with 5:16 left in the game. BYU got the
ball back and ran out the clock to end the game with a victory 35-16.
Game 11: BYU 45, UMass 10, No. 18, Provo, Utah
BYU RUNS PAST NEW MEXICO STATE 45-10 ON SENIOR NIGHT
PROVO, UTAH — BYU rushed for 317 yards and six touchdowns to beat New Mexico State 45-10
at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Freshman Lopini Katoa had a career night with 155 yards on 19
carries and a BYU freshman-record four rushing touchdowns.
Matt Hadley added to
the ground attack with
55 rushing yards and two
touchdowns. Dallin Holker
led Cougar receivers with a
career-best 76 yards on four
catches. Fellow tight end Matt
Bushman caught three passes
for 57 yards. Quarterback
Zach Wilson completed 12 of
26 passes for 172 yards. Malik
Moore and Isaiah Kaufusi
reeled in interceptions for
the BYU defense. Sione
Takitaki recorded two tackles
for loss and a sack. BYU
outgained New Mexico State
510 yards to 312.
Moore intercepted an
Aggie pass to set up BYU’s
first touchdown, a Hadley
carry for one yard. Hadley’s
third touchdown of the season
tied the game at 7-7. Kaufusi
intercepted a pass on the
Cougars’ 20-yard line to end
New Mexico State’s first drive
of the second quarter. On the
ensuing drive, Hadley ran 40
yards on a toss play for a touchdown to put BYU up 14-7. With just under five minutes left in
the half, Katoa had a 15-yard carry for a touchdown. Three minutes later, Katoa once again
rumbled into the end zone, this time from 13 yards out. BYU led 28-7 with all four touchdowns
coming on the ground. After another Aggie turnover on downs, the Cougars drove 37 yards
for a 23-yard Skyler Southam field goal as time expired. BYU led 31-7 into the locker room.
Katoa punctuated a 78-yard drive for BYU with a 14-yard touchdown run with 5:37 on the
third-quarter clock. With just over two minutes left in the quarter, New Mexico State made
a 33-yard field goal to cut the Aggie deficit to 38-10. Katoa broke a 50-yard run on BYU’s first
drive of the quarter. Two plays later, he punched in his fourth rushing touchdown of the
game from two yards out.
Game 12: No. 17 Utah 35, BYU, 27, Nov. 28, Salt
Lake City, Utah
BYU FOOTBALL LOSES TO No. 17 UTAH, 35-27
SALT LAKE CITY — After taking a 20-point lead in the first half and again late in the third quarter,
BYU football lost to Utah 35-27 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in the Deseret First Duel. Zach Wilson
finished as BYU’s leading rusher with 73 yards on 14 carries.
Wilson also went 20 for 29 in the air for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Matt
Bushman had six receptions
for 92 yards and a touchdown
while running back Matt
Hadley finished the game with
21 rushing attempts totaling
64 yards before leaving with
an injury. Linebacker Sione
Takitaki led BYU’s defense
with 11 total tackles, including
seven solo stops.
The Cougars outplayed
Utah through the air, posting
204 yards to the Utes’ 141.
Both teams were evenly
matched on the ground as
Utah outgained BYU, 155
yards to 153. BYU held off the
Utes for three quarters, but
the Utes scored touchdowns
on the three possessions,
taking their first lead with
just over three minutes to
go in the game. Utah scored
their final touchdown making
the score 35-27 with 1:43 left
and the Utes eventually
ran out the clock.
BYU started the game
Freshman quarterback Zach Wilson looks to throw the ball down
field at No. 17 Utah
going three-and-out, but a
32-yard punt from Rhett
Almond bounced off a Utah
player to BYU’s Dayan
Ghanwoloku who fell on the
ball on the Utah 33-yard line.
Wilson found Neil Pau’u in the
back of the end zone to give
the Cougars the lead in the
first half 6-0 after Skyler Southam missed the PAT. BYU scored two more touchdown before
halftime, making the score 20-0
Utah opened up the second half by putting their first points on the board, returning an
interception 27 yards to the end zone. However, BYU tacked on another touchdown to increase
its lead. A one-handed, 23-yard catch from Bushman put the Cougars in the red zone. On a
fourth and one at Utah’s one-yard line, BYU sent out a makeshift field goal unit that resulted
in a one-yard touchdown run to put the score at 27-7 with 5:28 left in the third before Utah
mounted a comeback for the 35-27 final tally.
SEASON IN REVIEW
Running back Lopini Katoa rushes for one of his BYU freshmanrecord
four touchdowns in the game against New Mexico State.
Senior running back Matt Hadley ran for 64 yards and two
touchdowns before having to leave the game with an injury.
Senior running back Matt Hadley ran for 55 yards and two
touchdowns against New Mexico State.
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