PROVO — “Jake the Make” and “Zach Assault” merged to give BYU its major dwelling gain of the Kalani Sitake era Saturday afternoon.
With a tiny enable from Dayan Ghanwoloku.
Zach Wilson threw for 280 yards and a landing, and ran for a essential 17-yard score to support BYU out-past 24th-ranked Southern California 30-27 in additional time in entrance of an declared crowd of 62,456 fans at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Jake Oldroyd built a 43-lawn subject aim in overtime, his 3rd of the working day for the Cougars. And when Dayan Ghanwoloku picked off USC quarterback Kedon Slovis — the correct freshman’s 3rd interception of the working day — BYU college students stormed the subject to celebrate the Cougars’ initial acquire in excess of a rated Pac 12 opponent considering that 2009.
“I’ve hardly ever been aside of anything at all like that,” said BYU functioning back Ty’Son Williams, who experienced 99 yards on 19 carries. “It was wonderful for the reason that they ended up fired up, just like we were. To rejoice with all those fans like that was excellent.”
Gunner Romney caught 3 passes for 54 yards to direct the Cougars (2-one), who overcame their next-straight overtime victory, a 1st in software heritage. Micah Simon — the hero of the Tennessee video game — included 48 yards on 3 catches, and Oldroyd made three discipline ambitions, all from progressing distances.
BYU mentor Kalani Sitake isn’t known for his luscious locks, preferring to continue to keep a higher-and-restricted, honor code-authorized hairline instead. But if his staff retains this up, he may possibly have even much less hair.
Gladly, much too.
“If we preserve successful, I can offer with this,” Sitake said. “But it was a lot of enjoyable. Clearly, we really do not want to have this be a habit. But I’ll just take it if we get. We worked a great deal on these situations and we experience actually relaxed … and I have a whole lot of management in this group that believes in each other.”
The previous a single, of course, was the most important — a 43-garden attempt in extra time to hand the Trojans (two-1) their initial decline of the year.
“It’s just the combat that this crew has,” Williams stated. “No subject the score, no matter the time left on the clock, this group retains battling. It is fantastic to be a aspect of a workforce like this.”
“This is such a enormous win for us. It is uncomplicated to go into Monday learning off a earn,” explained Wilson, who hasn’t thrown an interception just after tossing two in the time opener from Utah. “We even now have so lots of issues we require to clear up, but the simple fact that we bought this win is massive.
“I’m so proud of this team for battling.”
Slovis finished with 281 yards passing and two touchdowns to go alongside with 3 picks and two sacks taken. The Trojans obtained 96 yards and a touchdown from Vavae Malepeai, and 95 yards with two touchdowns from receiver Michael Pittman Jr.
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“Hats off to USC they’re a excellent workforce. Tons of expertise,” Sitake explained. “I consider they are going to do good in their convention.
“But I really feel fortunate to get this gain. We designed some performs, did some items that ended up a tiny unconventional — and I’m happy to get the acquire.
But when the chips had fallen and a mass of humanity was generating a mosh pit in the south finish zone, BYU was going for walks absent with arguably the greatest residence win in the Kalani Sitake era.
And Ghanwoloku — who finished with 9 tackles, a pass breakup, a one-lawn landing operate and the video game-sealing interception — was in the middle of it.
“It was ridiculous. We knew they have been making an attempt to get some quick throws, deep comebacks,” Ghanwoloku claimed. “But I was just jogging to the ball.
“The linebackers and Kavika Fonua made the engage in, tipped the ball and, like coach usually reported, strategies and overthrows we have to get them.”
Fonua made the match-sealing suggestion — but then didn’t know how to respond, with his back again to Ghanwoloku on the sport-winner.
“To be genuine, when the group rushed the area, I was jumping up and down and tried using to get one particular person. What transpired?” Fonua recalled. “I really don’t know what we’re cheering for, but one thing occurred that produced me joyful.”
BYU’s defense commenced solid, finding off Slovis 2 times via Payton Wilgar and Isaiah Kaufusi to dollars in 10 factors in the to start with quarter. That integrated Ghanwoloku’s five-yard landing on a distinctive package, and BYU took a 17-10 gain on Wilson’s 30-yard strike to Dax Milne.
USC tied it up via Malepeai’s five-yard scamper just ahead of halftime. Right after a scoreless third quarter, the Trojans regained the lead when Slovis located Pittman for a 30-garden rating with 10: 54 remaining.
The defender on that play? Ghanwoloku, who thought the wideout bought away with offensive go interference — not to point out stepping out of bounds — on the perform.
“It was a PI, but you know. On to the following a single,” Ghanwoloku stated. “I’m going to continue to keep hard, even if the refs are likely to preserve providing that touchdown. I’m likely to preserve tough.”