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Live Blog: BYU downs UConn, wins its season-opener

First Published      Last Updated Aug 29 2014 08:24 pm

It wasn't pretty -- especially in the second half -- but it was effective.

The Cougars built up a big lead and held off the UConn Huskies on Friday night at Rentschler Field.

Taysom Hill's 26-yard TD run with 4:06 remaining gave BYU a 35-10 lead and fans scurried to the exits -- those that were left.

No scoring in third

Both teams blew scoring opportunities to start the third quarter.

UConn drove into BYU territory, but a fake field goal try on 4th-and-16 was snuffed out by BYU.

The Cougars then drove 68 yards to the UConn 15, but two passes fell incomplete in the end zone and Paul Lasike went nowhere after a short catch.


p class="TEXT_w_Indent"> Trevor Samson came on to try his first-ever FG as a Cougar, but his 33-yarded was a bit wide left.

Generally, BYU's kicking game was suspect on Friday night.

Samson couldn't get his kickoffs into the end zone, resulting in some good field position for the Huskies. Then he missed the chip-shot field goal attempt.

The Cougars were driving at the end of the quarter, but Algernon Brown fumbled the ball away near midfield, BYU's second turnover.

Hill Shining

Taysom Hill is answering his naysayers at Rentschler Field.

The BYU quarterback played nearly flawlessly in the first half, and BYU leads UConn 28-7 at the break in East Hartford, Conn.

Hill completed 17 of 20 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns in the first half.

The Cougars out gained the Huskies 329-158 in the first two quarters.

UConn got back into the game with a six-play, 52-yard touchdown drive toward the end of the half, but Hill and the Cougars answered with a five-play, 69-yard drive. Hill threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Terenn Houk.

UConn scored after BYU's only turnover of the half, a fumble by Mitch Mathews after the junior caught a pass and picked up an apparent first down.

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