Kenny Cox | Posted: 16 Oct 2021 | Updated: 25 Oct 2021

BYU at Baylor Postgame Notes

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Jaren Hall rushes for TD against Baylor

The following notes are from BYU's 38-24 loss to Baylor in Waco, Texas. 

ALUMNI FLAGS: Troy Fuller, Margin Hooks, Russell Tialavea

The Series
BYU dropped to 1-2 in the overall series and 0-2 in Waco. Baylor returns the game to Provo in 2022 before both are expected to meet regularly as members of the Big 12 in 2023.

Ranked Team
BYU dropped to 14-4 as a ranked team under head coach Kalani Sitake.

BYU linebacker Payton Wilgar intercepted Baylor quarterback Gerry Bohanon in the first quarter, the first interception Baylor has thrown all season. BYU has seven picks this season.

Pass Breakups
BYU finished the first half with five pass breakups. Caden Haws, Malik Moore, Max Tooley, Hayden Livingston and D’Angelo Mandell all broke up passes. BYU has 26 pass breakups on the year. The Cougars were No. 39 nationally entering the game.

Big Plays in the Air
BYU had eight passing plays of 15 yards or more, including four of 45 or more. Three of the four went to wide receiver Puka Nacua.

Jaren Hall

Hall was 22 of 31 for 342 yards in the game, setting a career mark for passing yards and his second consecutive 300-yard game. He also added a career-long 56-yard touchdown run in the second half.

Puka Nacua
Nacua finished the game with five receptions for 168 yards and one touchdown, his first as a Cougar and all going for career highs. He had two receptions for 97 yards in the first half, including a 52-yarder. He has had four consecutive games with a reception of 35 yards or more. He added a 47-yard reception in the second half and a 16-yard touchdown.

Notable career highs/career firsts
Receptions: Puka Nacua (5)
Receiving yards: Puka Nacua (168)
Receiving touchdowns: Puka Nacua (1, 16 yards, 4th quarter)
Long rush: Jaren Hall (56 yards, 3rd quarter)