In a day where both offenses struggled, Northern Illinois’ touchdown was the difference in a 7-6 loss for BYU to Northern Illinois.
The Huskies defensive line dominated BYU’s offensive line all day, as they sacked Zach Wilson 5 times and held BYU to 93 rushing yards on 37 carries.
BYU out-gained NIU in total yardage by nearly 100 yards (301-204), but an inability to sustain drives and the one NIU TD drive did BYU in. Zach Wilson finished 18-30 for 208 and was relatively mistake free up until the interception on BYU’s last offensive play of the game.
The biggest back breaker of the game came in the third quarter when BYU was driving and had 1st and goal on the five. After finally have some momentum on its side, BYU was whistled for back-to-back false starts and had 1st and goal on the 15. Instead of getting what was trending towards a touchdown, BYU had to settle for 3 points and never really threatened to score again.
BYU now travels to the blue turf to take on Boise State next Saturday night.