Brigham Young University
Oct 20 | 03:30 PM
42 - 7
Eastern Washington University
LaVell Edwards Stadium

1700 North Canyon Road Provo UT 84604

Anonymous | Posted: 21 Oct 2007 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Cougars Handle Eastern Washington


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COUGAR TOWN -- Freshman running back Harvey Unga led the Cougars to their fourth straight win, racking up over 200 yards of total offense--146 rushing and 57 receiving--as BYU (5-2, 3-0) defeated Eastern Washington (4-3) 42-7.

BYU sophomore Max Hall finished the day with 156 yards in the air on 15-30 passing and one touchdown pass. Eastern Washington quarterbacks Matt Nichols and Alex Smart combined to complete 21 of 35 passes for 224 yards. Hall also scored his first career rushing touchdown.

"It was good to win a football game, but it certainly wasn't as clean as I would have hoped," Mendenhall remarked.

Along with his game-high 202 all-purpose yards, Unga became the first freshman running back in BYU football history to total four different 100-yard rushing games during his first season.

"He simply had great vision and wouldn't go down

Corby Hodgkiss, Bryan Kehl and Quinn Gooch all helped the Cougars defensively as they all came up with interceptions to mark the first time BYU has totaled three interceptions since racking up four picks against UNLV on October 21, 2006.

It was the defense that got on the board first for the Cougars, as Hodgkiss intercepted the ball on the third play from scrimmage and returned it 39 yards to give BYU an early 7-0 lead. BYU has scored first in the last 17 of 19 games.

Then with 7:31 left in the first quarter, Hall connected with Unga for a 22-yard touchdown catch. The score marks the first 14-point first quarter of the season for the Cougars.

The Eagles drew their only blood of the game in the second quarter with 10:15 left in the half. It was a 28-yard pass from senior quarterback Matt Nichols to wide receiver Aaron Boyce. Eastern Washington drove the ball 71 yards on that scoring drive.

BYU senior Bryce Mahuika took the second-half opening kick-off 61 yards all the way to the Eagles' 19. Two plays later the Cougars got back on the board just 41 seconds into the half with a seven-yard touchdown run by Manase Tonga.

BYU's next possession came as a result of Kehl's interception, his third in as many games. Hall capitalized on the turnover by taking the ball in on a quarterback keeper from two yards out.

Junior running back Fui Vakapuna completed the scoring on the day with a three-yard run with 13:38 left in the game. The Cougars finished the game scoring 28 unanswered points.

The Cougars will next be in action again on Saturday Oct. 27 as they travel to play San Diego State at 6:30 p.m. (PT). That game will be televised live on the Mtn.

Box Score (Final)

Eastern Washington vs BYU Cougars (Oct 20, 2007 at Provo, Utah)

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score

----------------- -- -- -- -- -----

Eastern Washington.. 0 7 0 0 - 7

BYU Cougars......... 14 7 14 7 - 42

Scoring Summary:

1st 13:34 BY - HODGKISS, Corby 39 yd interception return (PAYNE, Mitch

kick), , EWU 0 - BY 7

07:31 BY - UNGA, Harvey 22 yd pass from HALL, Max (PAYNE, Mitch kick),

13-85 4:24, EWU 0 - BY 14

2nd 10:15 EWU - Aaron Boyce 28 yd pass from Matt Nichols (Felipe Macias

kick), 10-71 3:22, EWU 7 - BY 14

01:35 BY - UNGA, Harvey 13 yd run (PAYNE, Mitch kick), 8-50 3:42, EWU 7 - BY 21

3rd 14:19 BY - TONGA, Manase 7 yd run (PAYNE, Mitch kick), 2-19 0:27, EWU 7 - BY 28

03:14 BY - HALL, Max 1 yd run (PAYNE, Mitch kick), 2-6 0:14, EWU 7 - BY


4th 13:38 BY - VAKAPUNA, Fui 6 yd run (PAYNE, Mitch kick), 3-17 1:11, EWU 7 - BY 42


FIRST DOWNS................... 14 23

RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 29-42 47-221

PASSING YDS (NET)............. 224 156

Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 35-21-3 30-15-1

TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 64-266 77-377

Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0

Punt Returns-Yards............ 0-0 5-47

Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 7-125 2-75

Interception Returns-Yards.... 1-0 3-77

Punts (Number-Avg)............ 8-36.0 6-32.5

Fumbles-Lost.................. 1-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards............... 6-47 6-40

Possession Time............... 27:31 32:23

Third-Down Conversions........ 4 of 15 5 of 16

Fourth-Down Conversions....... 1 of 2 3 of 3

Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 0-1 4-4

Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 0-0 3-12

RUSHING: Eastern Washington-Dale Morris 10-33; A.J. Jimerson 6-15; Alex Smart

2-10; Nicholas Ramos 1-minus 2; A. Alexander 3-minus 5; Matt Nichols 7-minus

9.BYU Cougars-UNGA, Harvey 21-145; VAKAPUNA, Fui 15-37; TONGA, Manase 6-21;

HALL, Max 3-13; SEMANOFF, Joe 2-5.

PASSING: Eastern Washington-Matt Nichols 20-32-2-216; Alex Smart 1-3-1-8. BYU

Cougars-HALL, Max 15-30-1-156.

RECEIVING: Eastern Washington-Aaron Boyce 9-135; Brynsen Brown 5-37; Shane

Eller 4-28; Dale Morris 1-14; Matt Martin 1-8; A.J. Jimerson 1-2. BYU

Cougars-UNGA, Harvey 4-57; REED, Michael 3-22; ALLEN, Matt 2-29; GEORGE,

Andrew 2-25; SEMANOFF, Joe 2-6; COLLIE, Austin 1-12; PITTA, Dennis 1-5.

INTERCEPTIONS: Eastern Washington-Ryan Kelley 1-0. BYU Cougars-HODGKISS,

Corby 1-39; KEHL, Bryan 1-27; GOOCH, Quinn 1-11.

FUMBLES: Eastern Washington-Matt Nichols 1-0. BYU Cougars-None

SACKS (UA-A): Eastern Washington-None. BYU Cougars-BOLDEN, Chris 2-0


TACKLES (UA-A): Eastern Washington-Robert Pearson 4-5; Ira Jarmon 3-6; Marcus

Walker 0-8; J.C. Sherritt 1-6; Anthony Dotson 1-6; Bryan Jarrett 1-6; Greg

Peach 1-5; Kevin Hatch 1-5; Jared Kuhl 1-4; Makai Borden 2-2; Shawn Powell 1-

3; Dezmon Cole 1-3; L. Witherspoon 0-4; Jason Belford 0-4; Brett Igbinoba 3-

0; Josh Jacobson 2-1; Lorenzo Lomack 2-0; Jacob Kragt 2-0; Adam Macomber 1-

1; Ryan Kelley 0-2; Will Edge 1-0; A. Alexander 1-0; Graham Dorland 0-1;

Ryan Buenaflor 0-1; Fritz Brayton 0-1; Brynsen Brown 0-1; Nicholas Ramos 0-

1; Mark Lathim 0-1.BYU Cougars-STAFFIERI, Mark 3-5; KEHL, Bryan 3-4; BOLDEN,

Chris 4-2; POPPINGA, Kelly 3-3; HODGKISS, Corby 2-4; DOMAN, Shaun 1-5;

CRIDDLE, Ben 4-1; HOOKS, Terrance 3-2; JORGENSEN, Jan 1-3; NIXON, David 1-3;

GOOCH, Quinn 0-4; WOLFLEY,Rick 0-4; BAUMAN, Matt 0-4; BUCHANAN, Kayle 2-1;

ANDERTON,Judd 1-2; JOHNSON, Scott 0-3; NELSON, Grant 0-3; JORGENSEN, Aste 1-

1; DULAN, Ian 1-1; DENNEY, Brett 0-2; SAULSBERRY, And 0-1; BELL, Jeff 0-1;

PACE, John 0-1.


Anonymous | Posted: 17 Oct 2007 | Updated: 28 Jul 2023

Game Notes: Cougars to Battle Nationally-Ranked Eastern Washington


Postgame Notes

PROVO -- It has been nearly a month since BYU (4-2, 3-0 MWC) last played on its home field--a 31-6 win over Air Force on Sept. 22. The Cougars return to Edwards Stadium to face Division I-AA Eastern Washington (4-2, 2-2 Big Sky). Game time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. (MT) and will be broadcast regionally on The mtn.

The Cougars' last home victory sparked what has become the their longest winning streak of the year at three games. With two straight road victories, including wins at New Mexico and at UNLV, BYU is now 3-0 in Mountain West Conference play and has won 11 consecutive conference games overall.


Saturday's matchup will be the first ever between BYU and Eastern Washington. The game will mark only the third time BYU has played an opponent from Division I-AA or the NCAA Championship Subdivision. The Cougars have never lost to a Championship Subdivision opponent, including wins against Murray State in 1998 and against Eastern Illinois in 2005. In those two games, the Cougars defeated their opponents by an average 44-9.5.


Saturday's game will be broadcast live to a regional television audience on The mtn. The game will mark the third of six nationally televised games during the 2007 season. Rich Cellini will call the action and Jon Berger will lend analysis. Sammy Linebaugh will report from the sideline. Cellini's broadcasting work includes college football play-by-play, coverage for CSTV, ABC Sports and Fox Sports Net. He has also called play-by-play for NFL Europe on Fox and covered the NFL on Fox as a sideline reporter. Berger entered broadcasting in 2003 as a co-host and analyst for the Big-12 Conference for Fox Sports' Nissan Football Saturday, Hardcore Football, The Big-12 Post Game Report, and the Southwest Sports Report. Berger is a 1992 graduate of the Ohio State University, where he was a special teams letterman. Linebaugh is a former news reporter for KSL-TV in Salt Lake City and has worked as a freelance reporter before joining The mtn.



Despite four turnovers, including a career-high three interceptions from sophomore Max Hall, BYU (4-2, 3-0) remained undefeated in the Mountain West Conference with a 24-14 victory over UNLV (2-5, 1-2) on Saturday. Hall was 21-for-33 for 214 yards and one touchdown pass to go along with his three misfires. Meanwhile, freshman running back Harvey Unga had a career night of his own. Unga carried the ball 25 times for 177 yards--both career-highs. In the second half alone, Unga rushed 18 times for 118 yards. BYU finished with 441 total yards to the Rebels' 217. The Cougars rushed for 227 yards, while holding UNLV to just 96 yards rushing. With the win, the Cougars improved to 4-2 on the season, including a 3-0 mark in conference competition. The game marked BYU's third straight victory over the Rebels.


Entering Saturday's game against Eastern Washington, the Cougars own a record of 94-18 when rushing for 100 (or more) yards since the 1991 season. The Tulsa game marked only the fifth time since 1991 that the Cougars had gained over 150 yards rushing in a game and lost. (BYU is 74-5 since 1991 when rushing for 150 or more yards.) During the Bronco Mendenhall era, the Cougars are 18-3 when rushing for 100 or more yards.


BYU's starting five offensive linemen weigh in at an average 318.4 pounds and average 6-feet-5. The front five will be going up against an EWU defensive front that measures an average 6-feet-1, 248 pounds. Defensively, the Cougars' front three average 6-feet-2, 270 pounds, while the Eagles' offensive line tips the scales at an average 6-feet-4, 286 pounds per man.


Last month's victory over Air Force runs BYU's consecutive home winning streak to eight games, dating back to last season. Over that span, the Cougars have beaten their opponents by an average of 31.2 points per game. During that stretch, BYU is allowing just 10.6 points per game. The Cougars have allowed seven points or less in five of the last eight home games. In the first two games this season, the Cougars have outscored opponents by an average 19 points per game and have allowed just 6.5 points per game. BYU's current win streak is the longest since posting a 10-game home win streak from Oct. 26, 2000 to Sept. 6, 2002.


The Cougars held a 7-6 lead at halftime marking the fifth time in six games this season BYU has held a lead at intermission. The one-point lead marked the smallest halftime lead of the season. The Cougars have led at halftime in 18 of the last 19 games. During those 18 games, the Cougars are 15-3.


The Cougars' roster consists of only three players from Washington. Junior wide receiver Bryce Mahuika is from Vancouver, Wash. Senior defensive lineman Judd Anderton is from Tacoma, and freshman quarterback Jason Munns hails from Kennewick. Eastern Washington's roster, on the other hand, lists no players from Utah.