Heatbreaking loss to Virginia dampens the Cougars opener.

Taysom Hill looks down field against Virginia - Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

With the offense struggling and the defense holding Virginia to scoring on short fields, the BYU dropped their season opener 19-16. The offense showed too few glimpses of the expected firepower and the defense couldn't hold the in the redzone.

After weathering a lightning delay and hard rains through the second half, BYU Cougars .........the Virginia Cavaliers. The game was a defensive and ugly affair. Both offenses were stifled and beaten by stout defenses. The first half ended with a 7-3 score after BYU drove 32 yards for a Hill to Falslev connection and that was answered a few drives later with a 53 yard field goal by Frye as time expired. The offenses continued to sputter in the 3rd quarter until the special teams turned things around for Virginia. After a blocked punt that was recovered, the Cavaliers converted a third down into an impressive touchdown grab by Darious Jennings. After more futility by the offenses and timely plays by the defense, of both teams, Hill lost a high snap into the end zone before recovering it himself for a safety.

With tension building in the 4th quarter, and punt totals skyrocketing, the cougars drove 92 yards for the go ahead score on a 1 yard Hill rush. A failed two-point conversion left the Cougars with a one point lead at 13-12. The ensuing kickoff was fumbled and BYU recovered at the 27. The offense stalled inside the 20 but was able to convert on a 35 yard field goal to increase the lead to 16-12. While trying to waste away the clock, Williams let a pass slip through his hands and Anthony Harris intercepted the pass and it was advanced to the Cougars 13. One play is all it took for Kevin Parks to punch it into the endzone to put VIrginia up 19-16. A holding call on the kickoff put BYU back at the 8 yard line for the final Cougar drive. A long run by Williams, a fumbled snap that turned into an 8 yard gain helped the offense get to the 40 before the offense stalled. On 4th and 10 an overthrow by Hill, with a receiver wide open, the cougars lost their chance at winning the ball game. With only 2 time outs left, Virginia salted away the clock and punted with 20 seconds left. The offense couldn't create a play to save the game and left the field heartbroken.

In This Article

Teams
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Vanquish The Foe

You must be a member of Vanquish The Foe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Vanquish The Foe. You should read them.

Join Vanquish The Foe

You must be a member of Vanquish The Foe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Vanquish The Foe. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker