BYU Football: The Best Reactions From BYU’s 49-23 Victory Over Hawaii


BYU dominated from start to finish.

After coming off back-to-back losses, the Cougars decided to change things up by naming true freshman quarterback Zach Wilson the starter heading into Saturday’s showdown.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound dual-threat quarterback put on a show in his first career start as he completed 16 of 24 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns in the Cougars’ 49-23 victory over Hawaii. He also scored on a 23-yard run, juking multiple defenders en route to the end zone Saturday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Wilson’s three touchdown passes were also the most by a true freshman quarterback making his first start in program history.

BYU Football: Zach Wilson Shines With Record-Breaking Night Against Hawaii

The Cougars also got it done on the ground as Matt Hadley had a career-night with nine carries for 91 yards and a score, Lopini Katoa added 83 yards and a touchdown and Riley Burt chipped in with 59 yards on the ground to go with a touchdown. For the game, the Cougars had 280 yards rushing (6.0 yards per rush) and 194 yards passing (8.1 yards per pass) for a total of 474 yards.

BYU also held Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald — who entered the game No. 3 nationally with 350 passing yards per game — to his fewest of the season at 248. Hawaii (6-2), came in averaging nearly 500 yards per game, however, was limited to just 311 yards, with a chunk coming late in the fourth quarter.

BYU’s defense had its best game of the season as the Cougars recorded a season-high four sacks and forced two turnovers. Cousins, Isaiah and Corbin Kaufusi, led the Cougars as the duo combined for 15 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 pass breakups and a forced fumble.

Here are all the reactions from Saturday night’s game:

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