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Heatbreaking loss to Virginia dampens the Cougars opener.

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.

Taysom Hill looks down field against Virginia
Taysom Hill looks down field against Virginia
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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.