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BYU-Hawaii by the numbers: Offense, Defense have best performance of season

Good numbers all around for BYU

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Hawaii came into the game at 6-1 and one of the most improved teams in the country, but Zach Wilson’s first career start seemed to put a jolt in to the whole team as BYU put up season highs on both sides of the ball. Here are some of the highlights from both sides of the ball.


Hawaii’s defense will be one of the weakest BYU plays this season, but BYU has struggled versus poor defenses for the past couple seasons. It was refreshing to see BYU move the ball with ease on the ground and through the air. Here are some of the highlights of Saturday night’s game.

  • Points- BYU’s 49 points were a season high, and the most points BYU put up since they put up 51 on UMass in 2016. It was the first game BYU scored 7 touchdown since the 2016 Toledo game.
  • Yards- The 474 total yards were a season high. The last time BYU put up more than that was last year’s game versus San Jose State, where BYU tallied 598 total yards.
  • Rushing- BYU’s 280 rushing yards were a season high. Three players ran for over 50 yards, led by 91 from Matt Hadley. Lopini Katoa added 85 and Riley Burt ran for 59.
  • Zach Wilson- Wilson’s 4 total TDs were the most by a BYU QB since Taysom Hill put up 4 TDs in BYU’s overtime victory over Mississippi State in 2016. His rushing touchdown was the first by a BYU quarterback since Tanner Mangum against Wyoming in the 2016 Poinsettia Bowl.


  • Sacks- The defense recorded a season-high 4 sacks, led by 2 from Corbin Kaufusi and one each from Isaiah Kaufusi and Khyiris Tonga.
  • Pass Defense- Hawaii QB Cole McDonald was held to a season-low 248 passing yards. Coming into the game, McDonald was second nationally in passing yards.
  • 1st Quarter- For the first time this season, BYU shut out an opponent in the first quarter. BYU’s 14-0 lead after the opening quarter was the first time BYU led after the first quarter this year.