BYU got off to a great 21-0 start and then held on down the stretch to beat USF 35-27 at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday night.
BYU had a chance to stretch its lead to 38-20 early in the quarter, but the field goal attempt was blocked and USF went on a 19-play, 93-yard touchdown drive. The Bulls then tried an onside kick, but the Cougars recovered it and drained the clock for the win.
In a quarter that had a good flow to it, USF outscored BYU 14-7. The Bulls started things with their third long drive of the night, but unlike the first two, they finally reached the end zone to make the score 28-13.
The Cougars responded, however, with their second 4-play, 75-yard touchdown drive as Baylor Romney connected with his brother Gunner for a score.
USF answered right back, this time needing just six plays to go 54 yards for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 15 at 35-20.
USF settled down considerably after an awful first quarter, especially offensively. The Bulls were able to string together a couple of long drives — one of 13 plays and another of 12 — and they got some points on the board, although BYU kept them out of the end zone and USF had to settle for a pair of field goals.
Then after all that, the Cougars ultimately grew their lead on a 7-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that ended when Baylor Romney found Neil Pau’u from nine yards out.
For the half, BYU is outgaining USF 279-146. Romney is a tremendous 13 of 16 for 181 yards and two touchdowns and has found five different receivers. Tyler Allgeier and Lopini Katoa have 43 and 36 rushing yards, respectively (Romney has 19). Allgeier has punched in two touchdowns.
The Cougars were absolutely dominant from the very start of the game. They opened things up with a 4-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, then forced a 3-and-out on the ensuing USF possession.
A 5-play, 65-yard touchdown drive from the Cougars followed, then another defensive 3-and-out. BYU then forced a turnover and scored a touchdown on an 8-play, 34-yard drive.
The Cougars tallied 179 yards of offense in the quarter.
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