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BYU Football: Live coverage from the Cougars’ game in Houston

BYU is expected to face its toughest test when the blue-clad Cougars face Houston on Friday night.

BYU enters the game – set for a kick-off MT 19:30 at TDECU Stadium in Houston (the game is broadcast on ESPN) – with a perfect 4-0 record, ending a home game in three games last week with a 27- 20 victory over UTSA.

Houston, meanwhile, comes into the game 1-0 after beating Tulane 49-31 and rallying from an early 24-7 deficit to roll past Green Wave.

Follow tonight’s match in our live coverage below.

Direct coverage

:12, second quarter

Houston 17, BYU 14

Houston puts up a huge stand and fills Masen Wake with 1 yard loss as BYU faced a fourth-and-1 in Houston 2. This could be a big moment at the end of what has been a tight game so far, and with Houston in clear control of momentum now.

4:42, second quarter

Houston 17, BYU 14

Clayton Tune is on fire right now, after finishing his last eight throws. The latest is a 5-yard touchdown throw for Nathaniel Dell on third-and-goal, and Houston is back out front after a seven-play, 61-yard drive.

9:01, second quarter

BYU 14, Houston 10

Houston trims the BYU lead to four points with an impressive eight-yard, 91-yard drive, with Clayton Tune finishing four passes for 64 yards and Kyle Potter having 42 rushing yards on five carries.

End the first quarter

BYU 14, Houston 3

A few notes from the opening quarter:

  • BYU has 178 yards total offense to 106 for Houston, though BYU has an average of 17.8 yards per game. Play for 5.6 for Houston
  • Zach Wilson is 4-for-4 in 140 yards (one touchdown) to start the game
  • In a mostly clean first quarter, two late 15-yard penalties cost Houston, including one on a fourth down play that forced Houston to score after reaching BYU territory
  • BYU is 1 out of 1 on the third down, Houston is 1 out of 4

4:42, first quarter

BYU 14, Houston 3

Zach Wilson is off to a great start, leading BYU on a seven-play, 85-yard drive limited by a 1-yard touchdown run from Lopini Katoa. On the drive, Wilson had a 32-yard run, followed by a 35-yard pass inside Houston 5 on a trick play. He has completed 3 out of 3 passes for 128 yards and a score and has a 568.4 pass rating.

9:34, first quarter

BYU 7, Houston 3

BYU has the perfect answer to Houston’s opening goal as Zach Wilson hits Dax Milne for a 78-yard touchdown pass on BYU’s first offensive play of the night.

9:53, first quarter

Houston 3, BYU 0

Houston takes his opening drive 65 yards to score, kicking a field goal after taking 5:07 off the clock on the 10-play drive. Quarterback Clayton Tune went 4-for-4 past in 59 yards on the drive.


Here are a few links to other stories you might want to read before the competition and during the game:

A couple of player staff notes from Deseret News BYU football struck author Jay Drew:

This will be the first game BYU plays in front of fans during this COVID-19-influenced season:

A look into the stadium’s foreplay:

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