Charlottesville, Va. • Call it one of the better-kept secrets in the history of BYU football.
The Cougars’ standout wide receiver, Cody Hoffman, suffered a hamstring injury during practice last week and was held out of Saturday’s game against Virginia.
Hoffman needs just three touchdowns, 538 receiving yards and 19 receptions to become the school’s all-time record-holder in those three categories.
Hoffman dressed for the game, and went through warmups, but seemed to be moving at half-speed.
Also, defensive back Mike Hague did not play due to hamstring issues. Hague’s injury was known Wednesday, but Hoffman’s was not disclosed until hours before the game.
A two-hour, eight-minute delay because lightning was detected within a six-mile radius of Scott Stadium came at the start of the second quarter, or about 2:10 p.m. MT.
Officials said games must be stopped, per Atlantic Coast Conference rules, if lightning is detected within six miles.
Players were sent to their respective locker rooms and the crowd was asked to leave the stadium, which it did. The game resumed at 4:20 p.m. MT, and halftime was just 10 minutes.
The last BYU game to be delayed by lightning before Saturday’s was against Tulsa in 2006 in Provo.
PoVey gets the start
After a month of speculation, BYU’s starting boundary cornerback was senior Skye PoVey. However, freshman Dallin Leavitt spelled PoVey on the third series of the game.
The other starting cornerback, field corner Robertson Daniel, made two pass breakups on Virginia’s first series, including a deflected pass that safety Daniel Sorensen got his hands on, but could not corral.
Former running back Peter Tuipulotu (1987, 1989-91) carried the alumni flag onto the field for the Cougars. Kicker Justin Sorensen brought out the special teams flag and offensive lineman Manaaki Vaitai brought out the team flag. … Before the lightning delay, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill had completed 4 of 10 passes for 42 yards and had a passing efficiency rating of 75.3. He threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to JD Falslev in the second quarter.
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