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BYU Hangs on Versus USF to Move to 4-0

NCAA Football: South Florida at Brigham Young Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

BYU scored TDs on its first three possession to jump out to a 21-0 lead, but BYU couldn’t stop USF in the second half as BYU held on to win 35-27 versus USF Saturday night in Provo.

Jaren Hall was out for BYU with upper body injuries and Baylor Romney filled in nicely with 305 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. Wideouts Gunner Romney and Puka Nacua each went over 100 yards receiving.

BYU’s offense had a good night but BYU’s defense struggled to get off the field, particularly in the second half. BYU went into the game short handed with multiple defensive starters out and USF controlled the clock and took advantage of BYU’s attrition. The Bulls ran the ball 48 times and methodically moved the ball in the second half.

BYU plays at Utah State Friday night, and health will be a major factor for BYU in Logan and moving forward into a daunting October slate. Outside of Keenan Pili none of BYU’s injuries appear to be season ending, but BYU’s depth will be severely tested.

In the meantime, BYU is 4-0 and has consecutive seasons with 4-0 starts for the first time in program history.

Here’s to hoping BYU can get healthy and focused.