No. 20 BYU football overpowered by No. 11 Washington
SEATTLE – No. 20 BYU football was overpowered in a 35-7 loss to No. 11 Washington on Saturday night at Husky Stadium.
The Huskies did it on the ground and in the air on both sides of the ball, picking up 187 rushing yards while BYU managed only 34 yards. Led by quarterback Jake Browning, the Huskies had 277 passing yards to the Cougars' 160. Both quarterbacks were efficient with Browning going 23 for 25 while Tanner Mangum went 18 of 21.
Freshman running back Lopini Katoa led BYU in rushing and receiving while scoring the Cougars' only touchdown. He rushed for 27 yards but did most of his damage after the catch with seven receptions for 66 yards. Junior Austin Lee and senior Butch Pau’u led the BYU defense both recording seven total tackles. Khyiris Tonga tallied 1.5 tackles for loss while Corbin Kaufusi recorded his fourth sack of the season.
First Half Review
The Huskies put the first points of the game on the board on its second drive of the day. A five-yard run from Salvon Ahmed put Washington up 7-0 with 7:19 left in the first quarter. Gaskin scored his second rushing touchdown of the game on a 6-yard run in the second quarter. The Huskies went up 14-0 at the 11:05 mark.
Washington capped off the first half with a rushing touchdown from the Huskies quarterback Jake Browning. A fumble from Katoa on the BYU 24 yard-line gave Washington perfect field position with under 30 seconds to go in the second half. Three plays later Browning ran the ball into the end zone putting the Cougars behind by three touchdowns going into halftime.
- Corbin Kaufusi recorded his fourth sack of the year for 13-yards on Washington’s first drive, forcing the Huskies to punt.
- Matt Bushman recorded his longest career reception with a 39-yard reception from Tanner Mangum giving the Cougars a first down
- Dax Milne recorded his first reception as a Cougar for nine yards to give the Cougars a first down
Second Half Review
To open up the second half, Washington scored on its first possession when Browning threw to Drew Sample for a 15-yard touchdown. Eight minutes later, Salvon ran the ball into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game putting the score at 35-0.
Katoa scored BYU’s lone touchdown of the game late in the fourth quarter. BYU long snapper Mitch Harris recovered a fumbled punt return giving the Cougars good field position to get into the end zone. Katoa ran the ball 1-yard to put the Cougars on the board with 41 seconds left in the game.
- Lopini Katoa posted seven receptions, a new career high, as well as a career-high 66 total yards.
- Mitch Harris recorded his first fumble recovery late in the fourth quarter to set up the Cougars' touchdown
BYU returns home to LaVell Edwards Stadium on Friday, Oct. 5 to take on in-state rival Utah State University. The game will be broadcast live at 7:00 p.m. MDT on ESPN2 with radio coverage on BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM), BYU Sports Network and KSL 1160 AM/102.7 FM.
BYU football wrapped up its first week of fall camp with its fifth practice on Saturday morning.