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BYU beats Arizona 24-16 in season opener

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Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Jaren Hall (3) looks to pass during the Vegas Kickoff Classic in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News


BYU 24, Arizona 16

Backup kicker Justen Smith made a field goal early in the fourth quarter to stretch BYU’s lead to 11. Arizona still had chances and a glimmer of hope when Lucas Havrisik made a field goal with 49 seconds to go, but the Cougars held on.

3rd quarter

BYU 21, Arizona 13

After scoring a touchdown midway through the quarter to make the score 21-3, it appeared BYU was starting to take control of the contest. Arizona then had to punt, but the Wildcats pinned the Cougars at their 1 yard line and got a safety. They then scored a touchdown just three plays later and converted on a 2-point try.

BYU then had to punt on its next drive.


BYU 14, Arizona 3

After not doing much in the first quarter, BYU quarterback Jaren Hall got in a rhythm early in the second, completing 6 of 7 passes on a drive that culminated in a 15-yard touchdown run by Tyler Allgeier (extra point missed) to give the Cougars the lead.

Arizona responded with a solid drive of its own before it stalled and Lucas Havrisik came on for a 31-yard field goal try that he missed.

On the ensuing drive, BYU had a few short plays before Hall stepped up under pressure and delivered a beautiful ball to Neil Pau’u, who was open and took it to the end zone for a 67-yard touchdown. Minus a point after the missed extra, the Cougars tried a 2-point conversion and Lopini Katoa punched it home.

Inside of two minutes to go before halftime, Arizona put together another good drive before once again getting stalled. This time, however, Havrisik made a 28-yard field goal to get the Wildcats on the board just before intermission.

At halftime, BYU has 235 yards of offense to 172 for Arizona. Hall is 10 of 16 for 148 yards with the touchdown. Allgeier has 55 rushing yards on nine carries with the score and Lopini Katoa has 23 yards on seven carries. Pau’u has 106 receiving yards on five receptions.

End of 1st quarter

BYU 0, Arizona 0

In a first quarter that had little flow to it, neither team got going much offensively. BYU finished the frame with 69 yards of offense — 58 via the run game — while Arizona had just 39.

Injury delay

The game has been delayed with 10:12 remaining in the first quarter and the score at 0-0 after BYU defensive back Keenan Ellis went down with an injury. He is being attended to by BYU’s training staff.

Pregame prep

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