GAMEDAY College Football

Brigham Young 50, South Florida 21

(AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - BYU had to wait out a 2 1/2-hour weather delay to get its season started, then took just 11 seconds to score its first touchdown.

The No. 25 Cougars scored 38 straight points in the first half and cruised to a 50-21 victory over South Florida.

Wide receiver Puka Nucua scored on a 75-yard inside run on the first play from scrimmage of the game and added a second rushing touchdown. Christopher Brooks rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown as BYU dominated the line of scrimmage and ran the ball for 314 yards.

Jaren Hall was efficient, completing 25 of 32 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns. He completed passes to 12 receivers.

South Florida was sluggish out the gate. Gerry Bohanon, a highly touted transfer from Baylor, had an interception returned for a touchdown by Max Tooley in the first quarter.

Wide receiver Xavier Weaver had five catches for 113 yards from the Bulls and Jimmy Horn scored on an 89-yard kickoff return to open the second half.

THE TAKEAWAY

BYU: The Cougars have loaded up their schedule with ranked opponents in hopes of getting some consideration for a New Year's Six bowl six. It was important to get off to an impressive start Saturday and BYU came out the gate strong, taking a 28-0 lead in the first 11 minutes.

USF: Bulls coach Jeff Scott is 3-19 at USF. This year USF was expected to at least be in contention for a bowl going into the final stretch of the season. But with a tough slate of games in September and October, it's unlikely that will be the case.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter BYUUSF
BYU TD 14:49 Puka Nacua 75 yard TD run (Jake Oldroyd Extra Point) 7 0
BYU TD 8:44 Puka Nacua 5 yard TD run (Jake Oldroyd Extra Point) 14 0
BYU TD 7:58 Max Tooley 33 yard interception return for TD (Jake Oldroyd Extra Point) 21 0
BYU TD 4:00 Keanu Hill 21 yard TD pass from Jaren Hall (Jake Oldroyd Extra Point) 28 0
Second Quarter BYUUSF
BYU TD 7:19 Dallin Holker 13 yard TD pass from Jaren Hall (Jake Oldroyd Extra Point) 35 0
BYU FG 2:11 Jake Oldroyd 39 yard field goal 38 0
USF TD 0:14 Jaren Mangham 1 yard TD run (Spencer Shrader Extra Point) 38 7
Third Quarter BYUUSF
USF TD 14:44 Jimmy Horn Jr. 90 yard kick return for TD (Spencer Shrader Extra Point) 38 14
BYU SF 7:39 Team safety 40 14
BYU TD 5:32 Christopher Brooks 52 yard TD run (Jake Oldroyd Extra Point) 47 14
USF TD 2:23 Brian Battie 9 yard TD run (Spencer Shrader Extra Point) 47 21
Fourth Quarter BYUUSF
BYU FG 10:29 Jake Oldroyd 37 yard field goal 50 21
Team Stats
  BYU South Florida
First downs 28 13
  Rushing 13 6
  Passing 15 6
  Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Efficiency 7-13, 54% 3-12, 25%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 2-4, 50%
Rushes-Yards 37-312 26-121
Passing Yards 261 172
Return Yards 59 252
Completions-Attempts-Int 25-32-1 17-30-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-1 1-0
Punts 2 4
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 4-35 3-25
BYU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Hall 25 32 261 2 1
South Florida Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Bohanon 17 30 172 0 1
BYU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Brooks 13 135 10.4 1
P. Nacua 3 76 25.3 2
L. Katoa 10 55 5.5 0
J. McChesney 3 33 11.0 0
J. Hall 5 15 3.0 0
M. Davis 2 -1 -0.5 0
South Florida Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Mangham 10 39 3.9 1
G. Bohanon 4 28 7.0 0
M. Dukes 5 23 4.6 0
B. Battie 3 14 4.7 1
J. Horn Jr. 1 12 12.0 0
M. Hamilton 3 5 1.7 0
BYU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Roberts 3 41 13.7 0
D. Holker 3 39 13.0 1
B. Cosper 3 27 9.0 0
K. Epps 4 26 6.5 0
I. Rex 2 23 11.5 0
P. Nacua 1 22 22.0 0
L. Katoa 2 21 10.5 0
K. Hill 1 21 21.0 1
T. Fall 1 19 19.0 0
M. Davis 1 11 11.0 0
M. Wake 3 9 3.0 0
C. Brooks 1 2 2.0 0
South Florida Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
X. Weaver 5 113 22.6 0
J. Mangham 3 14 4.7 0
G. Greenwald 2 12 6.0 0
J. Horn Jr. 2 10 5.0 0
B. Battie 2 10 5.0 0
A. Ajou 2 9 4.5 0
H. Willis 1 4 4.0 0
BYU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Tooley 1 33
South Florida Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. LaPointe 1 12
BYU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Rehkow 2 72 36.0
South Florida Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Stokes 4 164 41.0
BYU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Gunther 1 7 7.0
South Florida Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
BYU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Gunther 1 19 19.0
South Florida Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Battie 7 150 21.4
J. Horn Jr. 1 90 90.0
BYU Missed FG
Player Length
South Florida Missed FG
Player Length




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