Wilson accounts for 4 TDs as BYU beats Hawaii 49-23

  • BYU quarterback Zach Wilson (11) and wide receiver Neil Pau'u (84) celebrate following Wilson's touchdown against Hawaii during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 13, in Provo, Utah. (Isaac Hale/Daily Herald via AP)

PROVO, Utah — Freshman Zach Wilson threw for three touchdowns and was one of four BYU players to run for a score to help the Cougars beat Hawaii 49-23 on Saturday night.

Wilson, the youngest starting (19 years, 2 months) in program history, was 16-of-24 passing with one interception and his 23-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter gave BYU (4-3) a 14-0 lead. Matt Hadley had nine carries for 91 yards and a score, Lopini Katoa ran for 83 yards and a touchdown and Burt Riley added 59 yards rushing and a score on nine carries for the Cougars.

BYU scored touchdowns on its first two possessions and on three of its first five. Katoa’s 12-yard scoring run capped 12-play, 87-yard drive to open the scoring. After Hawaii failed to convert a fourth-and-6 from near midfield, Hadley’s 21-yard touchdown run made it 21-0 midway through the second quarter. Hawaii answered with a 33-yard field goal by Ryan Meskell about three minutes later, but Austin Lee intercepted a pass from Cole McDonald and returned it 36 yards to the 13 and, on the next play, Wilson hit Dallin Holker for a TD that pushed the lead to 25 at the break.

Hawaii (6-2), which came in averaging more than 468 yards per game, was limited to 311 against BYU. The Rainbow Warriors had just 63 yards rushing on 28 carries.


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