BYU at USF Postgame Notes


The following notes are from BYU's 27-23 loss at South Florida on Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. 

USA FLAG: Morgan Pyper (R-So. DB)
ALUMNI FLAGS: Kalin Hall (RB, 1992-93), Bobby Griffitts (DB 1987, 92-93), Justin Su’a (Baseball, 2001, 04-06)
GAME CAPTAINS: Kyle Griffitts (R-Jr.), Jaren Hall (R-Fr.), Sawyer Powell (R-Sr.), Hayden Livingston (R-Fr.)

For the second straight game, BYU had at least 400 yards of offense, finishing with 439 after 455 last week at Toledo.  

Second Quarter
BYU had 168 yards of offense in the second quarter, including 105 rushing yards, with Lopini Katoa getting seven carries for 47 yards in the frame. The Cougars also put 13 points on the board.

Unlucky in Florida
BYU drops to 0-8 in the state of Florida. Previously the Cougars had dropped a neutral site game in Jacksonville against Florida State (2000) and at Miami (1988), Florida State (2010) and UCF (2014), along with the Tangerine Bowl (1976), Citrus Bowl (1985) and Miami Beach Bowl (2014).

Jaren Hall
Jaren Hall started his first game at quarterback, becoming the 10th redshirt or true freshman to start a game at quarterback at BYU since Ty Detmer was the first in the modern era in 1988 and just the third to start on the road (Drew Miller at UTEP 1997, Joe Critchlow at UNLV).

Hall finished the game 15 for 23 with 148 yards and one touchdown. He added 16 carries for 83 yards and another score. He joined teammate Zach Wilson in throwing a touchdown pass and running for another in his first career start. Wilson had three touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown against Hawaii in 2018.

Matt Bushman
Bushman had five receptions for 44 yards. He went over 100 career receptions (101), becoming the 35th Cougar to do so, and eight tight end at BYU. He also went over 1,300 receiving yards (1,328) making him the 37th BYU player to hit 1,300 and ninth tight end.

Baylor Romney
Romney came in relief in the fourth quarter for an injured Jaren Hall and completed 6 of 10 passes for 73 yards. It was his first collegiate action.  

First Start: Jaren Hall (quarterback), Clark Barrington (OL)
First game played: Baylor Romney
First fumble recovery: Isaiah Kaufusi
First interception: Chaz Ah You
First passing TD: Jaren Hall (35 yards)
First rushing TD: Jaren Hall (29 yards)
First passing attempt/completion: Baylor Romney
First career rushing attempt: Sione Finau, Baylor Romney
Career high passing yards: Jaren Hall (148), Baylor Romney (73)
Career high rushing yards: Jaren Hall (83), Sione Finau (27)