PLAYER OF THE GAME
The BC QB returned after an absence of more than a year to complete 27-of-35 passes for 232 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Trailing 17-3 with nine minutes to play and facing 4th-and-four at the Eagles' 36, BYU punts rather than try to sustain for much-needed points. The punt goes into the back of the end zone — resulting in only 16 yards difference in field position — and BC drives for its dash-any-hopes field goal.
On 4th-and-one in the second quarter of a 3-0 game, a John Beck keeper appears to have gained a first down at the BC 29. But a linesman marks the ball back a yard from where fans and press-box onlookers thought Beck's knee touched — a shy placement verified by replays.
"I hope the fans don't bail on us. We played hard today. There were a lot of good things that were done." — Jake Kuresa, BYU offensive lineman
VS. EASTERN ILLINOIS
Where: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Update: The Panthers opened their season with a 24-13 win on the road at Indiana State. Quarterback Mike Donato threw two touchdown passes in his first collegiate start.