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PROVO — A slow start didn’t stop the BYU Cougars from beating the University of Arizona Wildcats by the score of 80-8 Friday night.
After being up just 5-3 after the 25th minute BYU wing Jordan Lowry started the Cougars’ scoring barrage of 11 unanswered tries.
Lowry’s try came from a gathered kick and counterattack run from freshman fullback Tua Laei. Lowry hit a middle gap off the hip of Laei and raced 40 meters, beating two Wildcat defenders on his way to the end zone.
Knock-ons and penalties left the BYU attack limp for the first 20 minutes.
The match’s opening points were scored by Arizona in 2nd minute after a BYU offsides penalty just inside their own 22-meter line gave the Wildcats the easy penalty goal.
After a successfully stolen restart kick the Cougars immediately found themselves pressuring deep inside Arizona territory.
A BYU scrum saw Cougar captain Ryan Roundy pick the ball from the base and score for BYU’s opening try in the 5th minute.
But just as quickly as the BYU score came the continuity and execution that helped lead to Roundy’s score went missing for the next quarter of the game.
After numerous errors and mounting frustration, Lowry’s try opened the floodgates as flyhalf Dylan Lubbe, center Paul Lasike, Laei and scrumhalf Shaun Davies all scored tries.
Lasike would go on to tally a hat trick and was backed up by his captain Roundy who dotted down twice as well.
Seven other Cougars scored, pushing the lead to 80-3 in the 78th minute.
BYU head coach David Smyth said he is glad his team was able to right the ship after a slow start in the first half.
“As poor as portions of that first half were,” Smyth said. “There were some very good portions throughout the rest of the game. The good news is the guys found a way to get out of the funk they were in. It might have taken them a while, but they eventually got things back on track.”
With the win the Cougars move to 11-0 on the season and 5-0 in conference.
BYU now looks forward to what will arguably be the biggest game of the Cougars’ regular season as they host rival the University of Utah in the coveted Wasatch Cup match next Saturday on South Field in Provo.
Utah is coming off their own victory over Arizona in Tucson last week by the score of 68-15. Utah hosts Arizona State tomorrow in Salt Lake City before turning their own sights south to BYU and the Wasatch Cup.
Kickoff for the Wasatch Cup is set for 1 p.m. on April 7. Tickets cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students and kids 12 and under are free.
BYU 1st XV vs. University of Arizona
- Mikey Su’a (David Collins at 60’)
- Chad Harker
- Ray Forrester (Scott Gowdy at 54′)
- Kyle Sumsion
- Mark Bonham (TJ Allred at 40’)
- Hynie Leaatoa (Braden Bair at 44’)
- Kumi Tua’one (David Rowley at 63′)
- Hynie Leaatoa
- Ryan Roundy ©
- Shaun Davies (Chris Wernli 14’ Blood)
- Dylan Lubbe
- Will Taylor
- Seki Kofe
- Paul Lasike
- Jordan Lowry (Jeff Ott at 60’)
- Tua Leai (Malosi Te’o at 54’)
Tries: Roundy 5’, 47’; Lowry 25’; Lubbe 27’; Lasike 32’, 43’, 65’; Laei 35’; Davies 38’; Allred 54’; Taylor 68’; Kofe 78’
Conversions: Davies 10/12 (25’, 27’, 32’, 35’, 38’, 43’, 47’, 65’, 68’, 78’)
Tries: ARI 80′
Conversions: ARI 0/1
Penalties: ARI 1/2 (2’)