It wasn’t always pretty, but BYU held on and made key plays when it mattered in a 27-17 win over Arizona State to move to 3-0.
Baylor Romney came in for relief of Jaren Hall and threw a TD pass on third and goal to seal the game. BYU had a huge second quarter where they scored two of their three offensive touchdowns, but BYU’s discipline over Arizona State’s lack thereof was the difference maker. BYU had three penalties compared to ASU’s 12 penalties for 135 yards. BYU also won the turnover battle 4-2 and took advantage of other ASU miscues.
The play of the game came late in the third quarter with BYU up 21-17. BYU was driving when Jaren Hall threw an ill-advised pick. ASU defender Merlin Roberton returned it over 60 yards inside the 20 when Tyler Allgeier came behind and tomahawked the ball out. Jaren Hall recovered and BYU drove the ball to take more time off the clock.
Oh captain my captain pic.twitter.com/eOO8r6wxP7— Robby McCombs (@rtmccombs) September 19, 2021
BYU was outgained by ASU 426-361 yards, but turnovers and penalties doomed the Sun Devils.
BYU is now 3-0 on the season with each win versus the Pac-12 South. BYU has games upcoming versus USF and Utah State before a tough 4-game stretch versus Boise State, Baylor, Washington State and Virginia.
One thing to monitor will be the health of Jaren Hall. It is unclear if the injury he suffered will keep him out, so that will be something to keep an eye on.
In the meantime, BYU is 3-0 on the season and the sky is the limit for what this team can accomplish.