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Score: BYU 26, Baylor 20
Baylor’s second possession
BYU held on a goal-to-go situation, as Blake Shipen threw a pass out the back of the end zone on fourth down, and BYU wins a thriller.
BYU’s second possession
The Cougars have the lead again.
A 20-yard catch by Keanu Hill gave the Cougars first-and-goal, and two plays later, Lopini Katoa scored on a 3-yard run.
BYU’s first attempt at a two-point conversion was saved by a defensive penalty, but Baylor knocked down the pass on the Cougars’ second two-point attempt to give the Bears some life.
Can the Cougars’ defense hold for the win?
BYU’s first possession
Jake Oldroyd missed wide left again, this time from 37 yards out, after the Cougars played for the field goal.
We’re headed to a second overtime.
Baylor’s first possession
Baylor had a costly holding penalty on third down that pushed them back and negated a long run, and that led to Isaiah Hankins trying a 43-yard field goal.
It was wide, wide right.
Possession, BYU, with any points winning the game.
Jake Oldroyd missed a 35-yard field goal wide left with eight seconds left, after BYU had driven 72 yards into the red zone.
Bring on overtime.
What a gut punch after it looked like BYU had secured a win over a Top 10 team.
Baylor made it a tie game again, as Blake Shipen faked a handoff then hit Ben Sims for a 4-yard touchdown pass on third-and-3. BYU 20, Baylor 20.
It’s gut check time in Provo. What team will enforce its will over the final 10 minutes?
A key injury update heading into the final quarter.
KSL radio reporting that BYU DE Tyler Batty suffered an abdominal strain and will not return to the game.— Jay Drew (@drewjay) September 11, 2022
BYU went into deep into its bag of tricks to retake the lead and used Chase Roberts, the breakout star of the night, to make it happen.
Roberts connected with Jaren Hall on a double-pass for a 22-yard touchdown grab for Hall. BYU 20, Baylor 13.
What a great time for a creative play call, as BYU went 54 yards in five plays after another solid defensive stand to go back in front.
We’re tied up, after BYU drove 54 yards on 13 plays — a drive that included a fourth-down conversion deep in BYU territory — before Jake Oldroyd hit a 39-yard field goal. BYU 13, Baylor 13.
Baylor looked like a Top 10 team with that first drive of the second half, driving 77 yards in nine plays to go back ahead on a 7-yard touchdown run from Qualan Jones, his second score of the game. Baylor 13, BYU 10.
Blake Shapen’s 19-yard pass to Gavin Holmes on third-and-9 got sparked the drive.
Video: Jaren Hall leads TD drive
Watch BYU’s quarterback lead an efficient drive just before the half to give the Cougars the lead back.
What. A. Drive.
What. A. First. College. TD.
BYU took the lead back with just two seconds to play before the half as Jaren Hall capped an eight-play, 75-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Chase Roberts, his first score as a collegian. BYU 10, Baylor 6.
Hall completed 5 of 6 passes for 69 yards on the drive, which took 1:35 off the clock. Roberts had three catches for 45 yards on the drive.
That’s a great response for the Cougars.
Baylor finally got its first solid drive of the game, converting a pair of third downs on a 13-play, 68-yard drive that was capped by a 1-yard TD run by Qualan Jones. The extra point attempt, though, missed as it clanked off the upright. Baylor 6, BYU 3.
Can BYU’s offense respond? It’s been awhile since the Cougars had a good drive.
BYU’s defense continues to make plays, forcing a second straight three-and-out after Caden Haws drops Blake Shapen for the Cougars’ third sack of the first half.
It’s a defensive struggle right now. BYU has come up with some stops and Max Tooley just laid a big hit for the stop on third down.
BYU’s defense has stopped Baylor’s first two drives with some timely sacks — the latest from Lorenzo Fauatea — though the Bears have flipped field position. The Cougars need to get back on track offensively after that promising first drive.
Baylor managed to get just past midfield on its first drive, but BYU forced a stop after Ben Bywater picked up a sack and Pepe Tanuvasa had a QB hurry on a third-down incompletion.
BYU held Baylor to 8 yards on 4 runs on the opening drive. Baylor averaged 6.4 yards a run last year.— CougarStats (@CougarStats) September 11, 2022
Jake Oldroyd tacks on a 27-yard field goal to finish the opening drive of the game for BYU. Jaren Hall completed 4 of 7 passes for 56 yards before the drive stalled inside the red zone. BYU 3-0.
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