Zach Wilson’s first career start stole the headlines, but a complete effort on both sides of the ball paced BYU in a convincing 49-23 victory over Hawaii.
Wilson finished 16-24 for 194 yards and 4 total TDs (3 passing, 1 rushing), and BYU’s ground attack provided 280 yards in a game that was never in doubt. BYU’s offensive line opened up huge holes and got big efforts from 3 running backs. Matt Hadley led BYU with 91 rushing yards, and backs Lopini Katoa (83 yards) and Riley Burt (59 yards) punished UH’s defense.
Two Kaufusi’s led the BYU defensive attack, as Corbin finished with a team high 8 tackles and 2 sacks, and cousin Isaiah finished with 7 tackles and a sack of his own. BYU’s defense kept Hawaii’s high-powered offense in check the whole game and finished with 4 sacks on the night.
BYU’s 474 offensive yards and 49 points were a season high. Hawaii’s defense will be one of the weaker defenses BYU plays this season, but it is encouraging to see the BYU offense finally breakthrough and put points on the board.
Maybe even more encouraging is to see BYU’s defense step up and put pressure on the QB. Hawaii came into the game 12th in the nation in passing offense, and BYU did a nice job limiting big plays and putting pressure on Hawaii QB Cole McDonald.
BYU now has a bye week before hosting Northern Illinois on October 27.