Playing in front of the largest home crowd since 2009, the BYU Cougars (4-1, 1-1) picked up their first Big 12 win with a 35-27 victory over Cincinnati (2-3, 0-2) Friday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Despite a pick-6 from Jakob Robinson on Cincinnati’s first offensive series, the Cougar offense couldn’t continue the momentum as the Cougars struggled mightily with just 34 yards with less than 30 seconds to go in the first half. Then, all of a sudden, the offense came alive as the Cougars scored three consecutive touchdowns to take control of the game.

BYU quarterback Kedon Slovis completed 13-of-24 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns. Through five games, the senior has thrown 10 touchdown passes, matching his season output at Pitt in 2022. His favorite target Friday night was Chase Roberts who had a career-high 131 yards on six catches. BYU’s offense had four touchdown drives covering five or fewer plays.

BYU running back LJ Martin ran for a team-high 66 yards and two touchdowns as well to lead the Cougars to victory. The freshman sensation now has four rushing touchdowns through his first five games which is the second most behind Luke Staley’s eight touchdowns through five games in 1999.

With tonight’s win over Cincinnati, Kalani Sitake earned his 60th-career victory in his eighth season as BYU head coach. The legendary LaVell Edwards also earned his 60th-career victory in his eight season at BYU (1979).

Cincinnati quarterback Emory Jones threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns and added 94 yards on the ground to lead the Bearcats. As expected — as noted in my preview — Cincinnati outgained BYU (498-295), but turnovers and red zone inefficiency cost the Bearcats once again.

Here’s how the media, fans and players reacted after the win:

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