BYU at Arizona Recap

Garrison Meeks, Contributor

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The BYU Cougars came to Tucson, Arizona to take on the University of Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, September 1st. No one knew what to expect with some of the new coaching changes and a lot of the starters for both BYU and Arizona gone. The Cougars came out with intensity and that was exactly what they had planned to do. ESPN says, “Brigham Young’s offensive line pushed Arizona around. Tanner Mangum was effective in his return from an Achilles’ tendon injury. The Cougars kept Khalil Tate from breaking off any big runs. BYU expected to be better after a four-win season and sure seems to be after opening the season with a road win over a Pac-12 team” (ESPN).

Arizona struggled running the ball and getting it down field. They had a rough third quarter, where BYU rallied up an eighteen point lead to go up 28-10. ESPN explains, “Khalil Tate rallied Arizona in the fourth quarter. He scored on a 2-yard run and set up J.J. Taylor’s 1-yard TD run with just over three minutes left, but Arizona trailed 28-23 after the 2-point conversion failed” (ESPN.com). Arizona fans started to get off their seats and waited in anticipation as the Wildcats fought their way back.

The Cougar’s defensive line was pressuring Khalil Tate all game and ended up with only 14 rushing yards. The Heisman hopeful did not break out any big numbers this game. SBNATION says, “Tate struggled to connect on anything down the field. His longest completion was a 33-yard catch-and-run by Shawn Poindexter. In turn, Arizona’s offense, which was one of the most prolific in the country last year, was held to 326 yards. BYU finished with 392, complementing its power running attack with a nice balance of play-action and screen passes” (SBNATION).

The Pac-12 Conference struggled over the college football opening week. With teams like Washington, Oregon State, Arizona, and UCLA losing this conference does not seem to be too impressive so far. Fortunately, it was a big step for BYU football coming out with a win over a Pac-12 championship contender.

Both BYU and Arizona still have a lot to work on after that game. BYU is looking to take on the Golden Bears of the University of California-Berkeley on September 8th; a team that is much more experienced.  Arizona takes on University of Houston and hopefully can pull out a win after the struggling loss against the Cougars.

BYU fans should be expecting big things this season after a great team win in Tucson. Arizona fans, forget the loss and keep rooting for the Wildcats because they have some unfinished business.

http://www.espn.co.uk/college-football/recap?gameId=401012676

https://www.azdesertswarm.com/football/2018/9/1/17810852/byu-vs-arizona-final-score-recap-khalil-tate-kevin-sumlin-highlights

 

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