For the first time this year the BYU Cougars played a home game in the middle of the day and, as expected, dominated in every aspect.. The sacrificial lamb this year were the Wagner Seahawks, who came up from the FCS ranks for the game.
Tanner Mangum played the entire first quarter and one drive of the second quarter before handing the reins to true freshman backup Beau Hoge. Each of Mangum’s four drives ended in TD in the form of a 16 yard toss to Colby Pearson, a 20 yarder to Mitch Mathews, and runs of 42 and 37 yards from Algie Brown. The most dramatic moment of the game came after Brown ran through the endzone, slipped on the concrete, and fell into the "George Q." Cannon. He immediately reached for his shin and limped off the field and did not return.
Beau Hoge led the Cougars on a few touchdown drives of his own, finishing two of them with his legs and completing his first career TD pass to Junior WR David Kessler. There was also a Koy Detmer Jr sighting late in the 3rd quarter, he completed all three of his passes for 57 yards as he ran out the clock for the game. Other notable performers were freshman RB Francis Bernard with two touchdowns, Jordan Preator recording the game’s only interception, and Terenn Houk with two spectacular acrobatic catches on the same drive. Michael Shelton returned punts today for the Cougars and performed quite well, making a case for a returning role for the November portion of the season. BYU did not turn over the ball in the game, and also did not punt. The Cougars finished the game with 741 yards on offense as they racked up 411 yards passing (Mangum 237, Hoge 117, Detmer 57) and 330 rushing (Brown and Nate Carter lead with 109 and 102 respectively).
The Cougars now enter the bye week looking to get healthy and prepare for two tough road games in November against Mizzou and Utah State. The next game will be November 7th against San Jose State.