BYU Football 2019

Luke Lacey, Staff Writer

BYU has been playing football for 97 years, has won a national championship, 15 bowl games, and 23 conference titles. They are ranked by the Associated press 34th in all time football programs. People think that BYU football is amazing but nothing has been going well for BYU in the past 5 years. In 2017, they only won 4 games and was the first time they didn’t make a bowl game in 12 years. Kalani Sitake is 1-10 against our rivals Utah, Utah State, and Boise State. BYU fans think that they are due for a good season even though it is still early.

BYU has a very tough schedule this year playing 3 teams that are top in the top 25. Their first game this season was probably the most important of the season…Utah, their biggest rival. Since 2012, the game has been decided by 8 points or less, this year however was different the final score was 30-12 in Utah’s favor. The first half the game looked really close 9-6 in Utah’s favor. BYU had been playing really well and had stopped Utah when they needed to but the 2nd half was a different story Zach moss Utahs running back could not be stopped Utah ended with 262 yards rushing with BYU only having 92 yards probably the deciding factor of the game was BYUs turnovers Zach Wilson threw 2 pick sixes and had 1 fumble in BYU territory if those 3 things didn’t happen this would probably be a different game.

Trying to bounce back from Utah, BYU faced Tennessee an SEC team. The SEC has always been known for being the best conference in football but Tennessee is probably the worst team in the SEC they lost their first game to Georgia Southern a school that has only been around for 5 years an embarrassing loss landing them into ESPN’s bottom 10 both teams have not been 0-2 since the 1980’s so whoever lost this match would make history for both schools, luckily for BYU they ended on top in 2OT against the vols. It wasn’t a pretty game, as usual for BYU, waiting until the final 60 seconds in the game to turn on the offense starting with a 50 yard reception to put us into field goal range to tie the game. In the first overtime, BYU started and scored a touchdown. Tennessee responded with another touchdown. In the 2nd overtime, BYU stopped Tennessee to force a field goal which gave BYU the opportunity to win the game with a Ty’son Williams 5 yard touchdown run.

The next week BYU played USC, another team from the Pac-12. It was the first game of the season that was played in the afternoon for BYU. USC is known this year for having an incredibly athletic defense while the only promising thing for BYU’s offense is Ty’son Williams but on the other side USC’s starting quarterback had a season ending injury in the first game this season which would prove crucial as there 2nd string had 3 interceptions against BYU. USC started off strong with a touchdown in just 10 plays, while BYU’s offense could not get going – but at 7:20, one of many interceptions happened as Peyton Wiligar picked it off at USC’s 28 giving BYU great field position and a touchdown. 3 minutes later another interception given to BYU on USC’s 28 which resulted in a field goal. For the rest of the game the scoring went back and forth with the largest lead only being 7 points for USC in the end though it went to overtime 27-27 BYU started with the ball and went 3 and out with a field goal. Based on how USC’s offense was going it didn’t look good for BYU with their receivers having 24 catches and 281 yards. USC started off with 2 runs which led to 3rd and 6 being the most important play knowing that if they got the first down it would most likely be a touchdown in the end it would be Kedon Slovis’s 3rd interception in the game and BYU fans rushing the field.

This is a very important season for BYU. Rumor is that if BYU goes under 6-6 that Kalani Sitake will be fired, but if BYU does well they could possibly get invited to a conference and prove that they can beat tough teams.