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  Brigham Young isn't used to having to rally from behind, yet the 13th-ranked Cougars were able to come back after blowing a 15-point lead in the second half against Southern California on Saturday night. Jackson McChesney's 7-yard TD run with 3:57 remaining and a red zone stop during the final minute propelled the Cougars to a 35-31 win over the Trojans. BYU (10-2) had a 15-point lead in the third quarter, but USC scored 18 consecutive points to take the lead. "We just stuck to our basics and got the energy back. Once we were able to do that, it came together well and it was an easy march down the field," said quarterback Jalen Hall, who completed 20 of 32 passes for 276 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. BYU trailed 31-28 with 11:03 remaining after Jaxson Dart's 10-yard touchdown pass to Gary Bryant Jr. and 2-point conversion. The Cougars drove down to the USC 39-yard line on the ensuing possession, but Hall was picked off in the end zone by Calen Bullock.

BYU forced USC to go three-and-out, and got the ball back at its 38 before going 62 yards in six plays, culminating in McChesney's TD. USC drove to the BYU 15 in the final minute, but Bryant came up a yard short on a pass from Dart on fourth-and-6 and turned the ball over on downs with 38 seconds remaining as Kaleb Hayes made the tackle. "It was looking pretty bad, but once we regained our composure, I was confident we could come back and get the win," BYU coach Kelani Sitake said. "USC was bringing a lot of physicality to the game. We had a bunch of guys chip in. "We knew we were going to get USC's best shot. There was a lot for them and us to play for." Tyler Allgeier rushed for 111 yards and a pair of second-quarter touchdowns for the Cougars, who went unbeaten in five games against Pac-12 teams this season. - BYU/AP College Football


(DS#999 RB) rSo/2024 RB Jackson McChesneyBrigham Young
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  11/20/21 - Jaren HallrJr/2023, Brigham Young, 6-1, 205 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  Jaren Hall had 211 of his 312 yards passing in the first half, Jakob Robinson picked off two passes in the second half and No. 14 BYU beat Georgia Southern 34-17 on Saturday night. Tyler Allgeier, the nation's seventh-leading rusher, finished with 136 yards on 25 carries to help the Cougars (9-2) win their fourth straight game. Before a near capacity crowd at 25,000-seat Paulson Stadium, Georgia Southern (3-8) fell short in its attempt to beat the highest-ranked team to visit Statesboro. The Eagles had played eight previous games against ranked opponents, beating Appalachian State in 2018 and 2019.

In the first meeting between the two schools, BYU coach Kalani Sitake said Georgia Southern fans were throwing food at his team in the first half. "We were getting hit by burritos on the sideline," Sitake said. "It was pretty hostile, so I'm really proud of how the guys bounced back and made some adjustments. We talked about it at halftime. Playing our style of football, and I thought we did that in the second half." Robinson picked off Amare Jones' pass with a diving catch late in the third and intercepted Connor Cigelske, taking his first snaps as Georgia Southern's quarterback, early in the fourth. Robinson's second pick was a sensational over-the-shoulder catch at the sideline, setting up Puka Nacua's 29-yard reception in the left corner of the end zone and a 34-17 lead. "I just saw that he ran a corner route," Robinson said. "We were in cover-2. I just jumped it. It was not (easy), but somehow I caught it." Hall has passed for at least 300 yards in four of his last five games. - BYU/AP College Football


(DS#11 QB) rJr/2023 QB Jaren HallBrigham Young
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  11/06/21 - Jaren HallrJr/2023, Brigham Young, 6-1, 205 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  Jaren Hall threw for 298 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half, and No. 17 BYU demolished Idaho State 59-14 on Saturday. Baylor Romney took over in the second half for Hall, who finished 2 yards shy of his fourth 300-yard performance in the last five games. Puka Nacua had six catches for 120 yards and a touchdown for the Cougars, who debuted at No. 15 in the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday. Keanu Hill caught four passes for a career-high 92 yards and a touchdown. Hill also blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for BYU's final score late in the fourth quarter.

BYU (8-2) finished with 560 yards of offense, averaging 7.4 yards per play, in its third straight victory. The Cougars have won 19 of 22 games over the past two seasons. "Kalani has found his groove and I'm so glad the foundation that we laid is starting to pay off," defensive lineman Uriah Leiataua said. Sagan Gronauer threw for 167 yards and a touchdown for Idaho State (1-8), who fell to 0-7 all-time against the Cougars. The Bengals gained 2 yards in the first quarter and did not complete a pass. Meanwhile, BYU's offense encountered virtually no resistance as it raced to a 42-7 halftime lead. "Once we got through that first quarter offensively, we started to move the ball a little bit," Idaho State coach Rob Phenicie said. "I think Sagan settled down finally and we saw some good stuff moving forward." Hall's highlights included a 23-yard touchdown pass to Puka Nacua midway through the second quarter and a 13-yard dart to Neil Pau'u just before halftime on which Pau'u dragged two defenders and fell across the goal line. - BYU/AP College Football


(DS#11 QB) rJr/2023 QB Jaren HallBrigham Young
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  10/31/21 - Tyler AllgeierrSo/2024, Brigham Young, 5-11, 220 (DS#16 RB) + More +

  Winning with tough defense has been BYU's path to success this season. The 25th-ranked Cougars proved they still know how to light up a scoreboard. BYU outlasted Virginia 66-49 on Saturday night in a game in which the teams combined for 1,322 yards and 115 points. The Cougars got career-best performances from Tyler Allgeier and Jaren Hall to secure their fifth victory over a Power 5 opponent this season. Allgeier rushed for a career-high 266 yards and five touchdowns. Hall threw for a career-high 349 yards and three scores. He also ran for 42 yards and another TD. "Defensive coaches don't really like this game, but it felt like an old-school BYU type of game," Cougars coach Kalani Sitake said. BYU (7-2) pulled away after scoring 21 points off three turnovers.

Virginia kept pace behind a strong all-around performance from Brennan Armstrong. He threw for 337 yards and four touchdowns, and also tossed a pair of interceptions. Armstrong added 94 yards and two TDs on 11 carries. He left late in the fourth quarter after sustaining an apparent rib injury. The loss snapped the Cavaliers' (6-3, 4-2 ACC) four-game winning streak. "We didn't make enough plays to win today," Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "A couple of turnovers ended up being the difference in the game, as it ended up being score for score for score." The Cougars were mired in a shootout with Virginia until forcing back-to-back turnovers in the fourth quarter. - BYU/AP College Football


(DS#16 RB) rSo/2024 RB Tyler AllgeierBrigham Young
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  10/23/21 - Tyler AllgeierrSo/2024, Brigham Young, 5-11, 220 (DS#16 RB) + More +

  Tyler Allgeier ran for 191 yards and two touchdowns and BYU beat Washington State 21-19 on Saturday in Washington State's first game since head coach Nick Rolovich was fired for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Rolovich and four assistants were fired Monday for not complying with the governor's mandate that all state employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Rolovich had requested a religious exemption that was denied Monday, the state's vaccination deadline. He was replaced for the remainder of the season by Jake Dickert, the defensive coordinator who was elevated to acting head coach. "Our guys had a lot of heart," Dickert said, praising his team's "effort and commitment." "I know it's been a tough week," Dickert, in his first college game ever as a head coach, said. "It's a little bit learning on the fly. I felt it was really smooth. For the most part we operated as a staff." Asked what it was like to be a head coach, Dickert said he had to take a breath and remember to enjoy the experience. "I'll never forget it," he said. "It was a dream come true." Washington State was were undone by several offensive holding penalties that wiped out good gains, and two failed conversion attempts after touchdowns. "That put us behind the eight-ball," Dickert said. Max Borghi scored three touchdowns for Washington State (4-4), which saw its three-game winning streak end. Jaren Hall threw for 143 yards for BYU (6-2), which fell out of the Top 25 this week after losing two straight games. - BYU/AP College Football

(DS#16 RB) rSo/2024 RB Tyler AllgeierBrigham Young
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  10/01/21 - Tyler AllgeierrSo/2024, Brigham Young, 5-11, 220 (DS#16 RB) + More +

  Tyler Allgeier ran for a career-high 208 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 13 BYU beat Utah State 34-20 on Friday night. BYU (5-0) beat Utah State (3-2) for the second straight time in the Battle for the Old Wagon Wheel rivalry series. Baylor Romney threw for 187 yards and a touchdown on 15-of-19 passing in the first half, but was injured just before halftime and sat out the second half. He made his second consecutive start with Jaren Hall sidelined because of a rib injury.

Third-string quarterback Jacob Conover led the offense after halftime. The freshman threw for 45 yards on 5-of-9 passing in his college debut. Logan Bonner threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns for the Aggies. Bonner left with eight minutes to go because of a knee injury. The Cougars scored on their first four drives and averaged 9.1 yards per play before halftime. Romney completed his first eight passes, and Allgeier nearly eclipsed 100 rushing yards before halftime. - BYU/AP College Football


(DS#16 RB) rSo/2024 RB Tyler AllgeierBrigham Young
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  09/26/21 - Baylor RomneyrJr/2023, Brigham Young, 6-1, 195 (DS#34 QB) + More +

  Baylor Romney threw for a career-high 305 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 15 BYU to a 35-27 victory over South Florida on Saturday night. Tyler Allgeier ran for 81 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help the Cougars earn their sixth straight victory dating to last season. Gunner Romney and Puka Nacua each finished with more than 100 receiving yards, combining for 221 yards and a touchdown on nine catches. BYU (4-0) turned in a dominant offensive performance, totaling 443 yards while averaging 8.9 yards per play. Timmy McClain threw for 186 yards and ran for 55 yards to lead South Florida. Jaren Mangham added 86 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The Bulls (1-3) scored on three straight drives in the second half before ultimately coming up short.

Baylor Romney started at quarterback in place of Jaren Hall, who suffered a rib injury on BYU's final scoring drive against Arizona State a week earlier. With him at the controls, the Cougars ran over the Bulls from the start. On his first pass of the game, Baylor Romney hit his brother, Gunner, with a 49-yard strike that set up BYU's first touchdown. He followed with a 55-yard dart to Puka Nacua that set up another score on the Cougars' second drive. BYU raced out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter after scoring on each of its first three drives. Allgeier accounted for back-to-back touchdowns in that stretch, scoring twice on 1-yard fourth-down runs. - BYU/AP College Football


(DS#34 QB) rJr/2023 QB Baylor RomneyBrigham Young
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  09/19/21 - Jaren HallrJr/2023, Brigham Young, 6-1, 205 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  Jaren Hall threw for 214 yards and two touchdowns and added 38 yards on seven carries, leading No. 23 BYU to a 27-17 victory over No. 19 Arizona State on Saturday night. Tyler Allgeier added 69 yards and a touchdown on the ground as the Cougars (3-0) earned their third straight victory over a Pac-12 opponent. BYU forced four turnovers and posted its third straight victory over Arizona State. Jaylen Daniels threw for 265 yards to lead the Sun Devils (2-1), but also tossed a pair of interceptions. Danyiel Ngata ran for 82 yards and a touchdown to lead Arizona State's ground attack.

Arizona State cut a double-digit halftime deficit to 21-17 late in the third quarter with back-to-back scoring drives. Ngata covered 51 yards on four straight runs and scored on a 10-yard sweep. Then, Christian Zendejas added a 40-yard field goal on the ensuing drive. The Sun Devils appeared poised to go ahead before the third quarter ended after Merlin Robinson intercepted Hall at the ASU 25. Tyler Allgeier chased down Robinson as he ran along the sideline and punched the ball out of his hands, forcing a fumble that Hall recovered at the BYU 15. The Cougars sealed the win after backup quarterback Baylor Romney tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Rex with 1:19 left. Romney came into the game after Hall was injured at the end of a QB run with 2:22 remaining. - BYU/AP College Football


(DS#11 QB) rJr/2023 QB Jaren HallBrigham Young
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  09/12/21 - Jaren HallrJr/2023, Brigham Young, 6-1, 205 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  BYU has worked to build itself into a team with a tough defense and efficient offense, following a blueprint laid down by archrival Utah. The Cougars finally found a way to beat the Utes - using that same blueprint. Jaren Hall threw three touchdown passes and totaled 241 yards of offense, helping BYU topple No. 21 Utah 23-17 on Saturday night. Tyler Allgeier added 97 yards on 27 carries as the Cougars snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Utes. It was BYU's first victory over their rivals since 2009 and the team's largest margin of victory in the series since 1996.

BYU ran for 219 yards, becoming the first team to gain at least 200 rushing yards against Utah since Texas also rushed for 231 yards in the 2019 Alamo Bowl. "I would have bet my house going in that we would not lose the line of scrimmage," Utes coach Kyle Whittingham said "I never have seen that coming where we didn't control the line of scrimmage. That's our M.O., that's what we do best. But we surrendered nearly 250 yards rushing, couldn't get a sack." Micah Bernard ran for 146 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries to lead Utah. Charlie Brewer threw for 147 yards and a touchdown for the Utes, who trailed the entire game. Utah cut BYU's lead to 23-17 on a 22 yard run from Bernard with 9:31 left. The Cougars responded with a six-minute drive that ended in a 21-yard field goal from Jake Oldroyd, effectively ending the Utes' comeback hopes. "Just love the fight in our players," BYU coach Kalani Sitake said. "It was good to get this win." - BYU/AP College Football


(DS#11 QB) rJr/2023 QB Jaren HallBrigham Young
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  09/05/21 - Jaren HallrJr/2023, Brigham Young, 6-1, 205 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  Zach Wilson watched his alma mater begin a new chapter without him. His successor got off to a good start. Quarterback Jaren Hall accumulated 243 yards and two touchdowns as BYU defeated Arizona 24-16 at Allegiant Stadium on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams. Hall, the redshirt sophomore from Spanish Fork, Utah, made his third career start and first in the post-Wilson era. Wilson, drafted No. 2 overall by the New York Jets in this year's NFL Draft, was in Las Vegas to see the Cougars play in an NFL stadium. "Zach being here, supporting the guys he played with for three years, means a lot to us to have him and brings confidence to everybody for what he's done in the past," Hall said. "It was good to have him." Hall started the game 1-of-5 passing for 10 yards, but finished 18 of 28 for 198 yards and two touchdown passes for the Cougars, who have won 12 of their last 13 games.

After a scoreless first quarter, BYU's signal caller lit a spark. Hall caught a 9-yard pass from receiver Neil Pau'u to put the Cougars into the red zone. Tyler Allgeier ran into the end zone from 15 yards out on the next play to give BYU a 6-0 lead with 9:17 left in the second quarter. "I think it was just a clean football game overall for the offense," Hall said. "I thought we executed well. Just kind of took the plays in front of us when they came, the opportunities the defense gave us." That drive sparked BYU's offense in the second quarter. On the Cougars' next drive following a missed 31-yard field goal from Arizona, Hall found Pau'u in single coverage down the middle for a 67-yard touchdown. A two-point conversion made it 14-0 with 2:06 left in the first half. Pau'u caught eight passes for 126 yards and both of Hall's touchdown passes. The second came three plays after Hall spun in the pocket, found a lane and ran 39 yards down the left sideline to the Arizona 17-yard line. - BYU/AP College Football


(DS#11 QB) rJr/2023 QB Jaren HallBrigham Young
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  08/27/21 - Jaren HallrJr/2023, Brigham Young, 6-1, 205 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  BYU has its man. Jaren Hall has won the Cougars' starting quarterback job, beating out Baylor Romney for the title of QB1. Hall appeared in five games for BYU - and started in two - in 2019, completing 31 of 46 passes for 420 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 139 yards and three scores that year. "It feels good," Hall said. "Our work really begins, time to focus in on Arizona. For today, enjoy it with my wife and my family. It's fun, but we've got to go win [next] Saturday." If it felt as though the Cougars' quarterback battle was drawn out, that's because it was. Offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick said he had never gone this far into fall camp splitting up reps equally due to a quarterback position battle.

The decision started taking shape a week ago, BYU head coach Kalani Sitake said, but the staff used that time as an opportunity for the Romney and Jacob Conover to "change [the coaches'] minds." They did well, but it wasn't enough to beat out Hall for the starting gig. "Those guys are great young men with great character, so they were classy," Sitake said. "... When handling these tough situations, I thought they handled it like mature adults. They're team guys - they're guys who are about the team first. So, they understand and they know their role now; We're relying on them to be their best self for our team to be as good as it possibly can." - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#11 QB) rJr/2023 QB Jaren HallBrigham Young
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  08/18/21 - Neil PauurSr/2022, Brigham Young, 6-4, 215 (DS#31 WR) + More +

  BYU junior receiver Neil Pau'u sat in front of junior defensive lineman Lorenzo Fauatea during Monday's news conference in Provo. So when Fauatea was asked who he's seen improve the most during fall camp, he smiled and called out Pau'u's name. But Fauatea's praise wasn't just because of proximity. "Every time they throw the ball, I see No. 2 catch it," Fauatea said, referring to Pau'u's jersey number. "Somehow, he's always open. Even difficult passes or difficult catches, I've seen Neil Pau'u." Case in point: Shortly after media was allowed onto the Student Athletic Building's second floor balcony to observe the end of the Cougars' first fall camp practice, Pau'u quickly quieted reporters by making an impressive touchdown catch from Jaren Hall, who's in the middle of his own position battle.

Pau'u has been sharp throughout the first week of camp, eager to win that starting position. Dax Milne traded the blue and white BYU uniform for one that features more burgundy and gold after getting drafted to the NFL by the Washington Football Team. That means the Cougars enter the 2021 season without the nearly 1,200 receiving yards of production Milne provided. They won't have his ability to serve as an occasional ball carrier, where he gained 67 yards on 11 carries last year. But BYU's receivers might be the deepest and most experienced position group on the team. "That room is really deep right now," quarterback Baylor Romney said Monday. A big reason for that depth is Pau'u. The California native is entering his fifth season with the Cougars, and has increased his production every year since his freshman season in 2017. - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#31 WR) rSr/2022 WR Neil PauuBrigham Young
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  08/05/21 - Tyler AllgeierrSo/2024, Brigham Young, 5-11, 220 (DS#16 RB) + More +

  Last season, Allgeier rushed for 1,130 yards and 13 touchdowns. It was the first single-season 1,000-yard rushing performance by a Cougar since Jamaal Williams last did so in 2016. Allgeier's breakout rushing performance came a year after the Fontana, Calif., native had split roles as linebacker, running back and kick returner. Now, fully focused on the running back position, and after last season's performance, Allgeier is looking to run away with the role of RB1. However, Allgeier - who has already made two preseason watchlists - won't have to do everything alone. Running backs coach Harvey Unga said he plans to use a full supporting cast on the run game.

He's just not sure how many players, exactly, he'll use. "Whoever's healthy; It's hard to say," Unga said. "You know last year, when we started out the season, we had a guy like Lopini Katoa who could do everything and was your veteran back. And then a new up and coming kid like Tyler Allgeir, who showcased that he belonged there, too. It was hard to figure all that out, but as the season went on, guys kind of showcased different abilities, different strengths, different weaknesses and from there coach Grimes and ARod did a good job of figuring out who fit where and when we were going to use them. I guess it's a collective decision." - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#16 RB) rSo/2024 RB Tyler AllgeierBrigham Young
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  07/30/21 - Jake OldroydrJr/2023, Brigham Young, 6-1, 195 (DS#6 K) + More +

  Headlined by a previous winner and three former finalists, including BYU's Jake Oldroyd, the 2021 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Watch List boasts a highly competitive field of 30 outstanding kickers. Announced Wednesday by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, the 2021 preseason candidates for the nation's top place-kicker includes an unprecedented 20 former semifinalists.

A Lou Groza Award finalist in 2020, Oldroyd was named to four All-America teams as a sophomore last year in addition to being among the final three players up for the Groza Award. He was named second-team All-America by Walter Camp and The Athletic, while being a third-team honoree by The Associated Press and Phil Steele. Oldroyd is the first BYU All-American kicker since Matt Payne in 2004. A native of Southlake, Texas, Oldroyd finished the 2020 season a perfect 13-for-13 on field goals to set a new BYU single-season field goal percentage record. - Daily Herald


(DS#6 K) rJr/2023 K Jake OldroydBrigham Young
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  07/28/21 - Payton WilgarrJr/2023, Brigham Young, 6-3, 235 (DS#5 OLB) + More +

  The Butkus Award honoring the nation's best linebackers kicked off its 37th annual selection process today by announcing its collegiate and high school preseason watch lists, recognizing BYU's Payton Wilgar on its list of top college linebackers. Each watch list contains 51 linebackers, mirroring the legendary "51" pro jersey associated with the Award's namesake Dick Butkus, who was recognized by NFL Films as the best defensive player in football history. The Collegiate Butkus Award watch list includes candidates from 51 universities, including returning five returning semifinalists. Wilgar, a 6-3, 245-pound Covid-year sophomore in 2021, is a key, versatile defender against the run and pass for BYU. In 2020, he helped the Cougars finish ranked No. 11 in the nation with an 11-1 record, making 57 tackles with five tackles for loss while adding a team-best five QB hurries with four pass breakups and forced a fumble. - Daily Herald

(DS#5 OLB) rJr/2023 OLB Payton WilgarBrigham Young
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