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Highlights, key plays and photos from No. 14 BYU’s 34-17 win over Georgia Southern

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BYU wide receiver Gunner Romney (18) carries the ball past Georgia Southern linebacker Benz Josue.

BYU wide receiver Gunner Romney (18) carries the ball past Georgia Southern linebacker Benz Josue (5) in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Statesboro, Ga.

Paul Abell, Associated Press

The Deseret News is providing live coverage from today’s game between No. 14 BYU and Georgia Southern. Follow along for updates throughout the day.

Final

BYU 34, Georgia Southern 17

The Cougars put the game away by controlling the tempo in the fourth quarter. 

BYU extended its lead on Puka Nacua’s second touchdown of the game, a 29-yarder, and the Cougars eventually pulled away for the hard-fought win.

Jaren Hall completed 17 of 29 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns, while Tyler Allgeier ground out 136 rushing yards and a touchdown. The BYU defense forced a pair of key turnovers, two Jakob Robinson interceptions in the second half.

The Cougars improve to 9-2, with the regular-season finale up next at USC on Nov. 27.

4th quarter

BYU 34, Georgia Southern 17

10:38 — BYU capitalized on the second straight interception from Jakob Robinson, who picked off Amare Jones with a leaping pick near the sideline on a long pass downfield. The Cougars subsequently drove 75 yards and scored on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Jaren Hall to Puka Nacua to extend the Cougars’ lead to 17, taking 3:01 off the clock on the six-play drive to further tighten their grip on this game.

3rd quarter

BYU 27, Georgia Southern 17

The Cougars added to their lead with a Tyler Allgeier touchdown on the first drive of the second half. Georgia Southern, though, continues to hang around. BYU benefitted from Jakob Robinson coming up with an interception at the Cougar 10 to end a promising Eagles drive late in the third quarter.

10:03 — BYU is back up by double-digits, after taking its opening possession of the second half 78 yards for a touchdown and a 27-17 lead. The Cougars again showed a strong mix of run and pass on the 10-play drive, capped by a 1-yard Tyler Allgeier touchdown run.

2nd quarter

BYU 20, Georgia Southern 17

The Cougars limp into the halftime break with a slim lead, though at least they are back on top. BYU moved its lead to 14-3 on the first play of the second quarter, only to watch Georgia Southern scored touchdowns on back-to-back possessions to go ahead 17-14. The Cougars responded by scoring two straight field goals, though it’s clear BYU is struggling to string positive plays together, and it’s keeping the contest close.

0:46 — The Cougars scored on a field goal on a second straight possession, though again BYU stalled after a long pass. This time, Jaren Hall hit Keanu Hill for a 44-yard gain, but two false starts helped stall the drive and resulted in a 38-yard Jake Oldroyd field goal.

4:56 — BYU snapped a 14-0 scoring run for the Eagles, scoring on a 39-yard Jake Oldroyd field goal to knot the game at 17-17. The Cougars’ drive was sparked by a 47-yard pass to Gunner Romney, but Puka Nacua left injured, a potentially tough development for BYU if he stays out.

6:25 — Georgia Southern is rolling, capitalizing on BYU failing on a fourth down in Eagles territory. Logan Wright scored his second touchdown of the quarter on an 11-yard run, capping a four-play, 57-yard drive, and hometown Georgia Southern is back on top.

10:17 — Georgia Southern has looked good offensively in the early going, and the Eagles responded to going down double-digits by scoring on a 3-yard TD run from Logan Wright. That capped an eight-play, 72-yard drive for Georgia Southern on its first possession of the second quarter.

14:56 — The Cougars extended their lead to 14-3 with a 5-yard Puka Nacua touchdown catch on BYU’s second drive. The possession was highlighted by a 42-yard Nacua reception to get the Cougars into Georgia Southern territory.

1st quarter

BYU 7, Georgia Southern 3

A quick first quarter sees BYU take a four-point lead into the second, though the Cougars are driving. BYU has 159 yards of total offense through one quarter.

3:15 — Lopini Katoa scored on a 5-yard touchdown run, and the Cougars responded to Georgia Southern’s opening possession score with one of its own. BYU drove 84 yards in 12 plays, using a healthy balance of running and passing to move the ball downfield. 

7:14 — Georgia Southern has the first lead of the game, as the Eagles drove 54 yards in 13 plays — including 12 running plays — to score on the game’s opening drive. Alex Raynor hit a 38-yard field goal to cap the drive.

Pregame prep

Here are a few stories to get you ready for the game: