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Hawaii linebacker Solomon Matautia, left, juggles the ball as he nearly intercepts it against BYU today.

7:50 p.m.

Behind freshman QB Zach Wilson, BYU beats Hawaii, 49-23, at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

UH is 0-10 in Provo.

Read the game recap here.

7:40 p.m.

BYU goes for it on fourth down, completing a 26 yard TD pass to extend lead to 49-23 lead with 3:45 to play.

7:20 p.m.

John Ursua, who attended high school a few miles from Provo, makes an acrobatic TD catch to cut the UH deficit to 42-23 with 7:08 left.

But Ursua was tackled for a loss on the ensuring two-point attempt.

7:05 p.m.

BYU goes 75 yards in 12 plays to boost its lead to 42-17 with 10:50 to play.

Aleva Hifo turned a pass into the right flat into a 21-yard scoring play.

Hifo rhymes with Hilo, in case you’re practicing your broadcasting skills at home.

6:50 p.m.

When UH is in a hole, it turns to the shovel pass. Dayton Furuta takes the shovel pass from Cole McDonald and goes 21 yards for a TD to close UH to 35-17 with 2:57 left in the third quarter.

Furuta has both of UH’s touchdowns.

6:40 p.m.

There is such a thing as a second chance.

After regaining possession when UH turned the ball over on a punt return, the Cougars drove 35 yards for a TD to extend lead to 35-10 with 6:39 left in the third quarter.

Riley Burt covered the last 3 yards.

6:30 p.m.

Dayton Furuta powers 1 yard for a touchdown to close UH to 28-10 with 10:25 to play in the third quarter.

6 p.m.

BYU leads 28-3 at the half.

Here are the numbers:

BYU 248 yards, 6.9 yards per play, 7.4 yards per rush

UH 11 yards, 3.1 yards per play, 1.0 yards per rush.

5:52 p.m.

Zach Wilson tosses 13-yard scoring pass to Dallin Holker to increase BYU’s lead to 28-3 with 1:35 to play in first half.

The TD came a play after Austin Lee picked off Cole McDonald. It was McDonald’s third interception of the season.

5:45 p.m.

Warriors get on the scoreboard with Ryan Meskell’s FG from 33 yards with 4:24 to play in first half.

5:35 p.m.

Well, it appears Matt Hadley has fully recovered from last year’s fractured kneecap. Hadley sprints 21 yards for a TD and a 21-0 BYU lead with 7:24 left in the first half.

Hadley was used at running back — his sixth position at BYU. He was granted a medical hardship that allowed him to play this season.

5:25 p.m.

UH’s fourth drive ends when John Ursua can’t secure a fourth-down pass from Cole McDonald in the flat. BYU still leads 14-0 with 10:28 left in the first half.

5:15 p.m.

Three plays after being called for defensive holding, cornerback Roe Farris comes up with the pick. UH’s ball trailing 14-0 with 13:08 left in the first half.

5:05 p.m.

BYU leads 14-0 after one quarter.

The Warriors, who were shut out in the opening quarter for the second consecutive game, were forced to punt at the end of their three possessions.

Quick comparison:

BYU — 163 yards, 8.6 yards per play.

UH — 28 yards, 2.3 yards per play.

5:00 p.m.

On a quarterback draw, Zach Wilson broke two tackles en route to a 23-yard scoring dash to extend BYU’s lead to 14-0 with 1:02 left in the first quarter.

Wilson is making his first start of his true-freshman season.

4:55 p.m.

Hawaii is having difficulty against BYU’s new 3-4 alignment. Two possessions, two punts.

4:45 p.m.

Lopini Katoa, starting in place of ailing running back Squally Canada, goes 12 yards up the gut for a TD and 7-0 BYU lead.

The Cougars entered with seven first-quarter points in the first six games.

4:35 p.m.

Hawaii goes scoreless on its first possession. A false start on fourth-and-2 at their 48 forced the Warriors to punt.


PROVO, Utah >> Welcome to Utah, where the streets are wide, the sidewalks are clean, gas is cheap ($2.99 a gallon), the rail is light, and two long-time foes — Hawaii and BYU — meet once again.

It appears BYU is switching to freshman quarterback Zach Wilson — not to be confused with UH cornerback Zach Wilson.

The Warriors (6-1) can qualify for an automatic berth in the Dec. 22 Hawaii Bowl if they can prevail today. History nerds … er, buffs will note UH is 0-9 in games played in LaVell Edwards Stadium. Actually, most of those losses were technically suffered in Cougar Stadium (which was renamed after the former BYU coach, who retired in 2000). The Cougars are 3-9 at home in the past two seasons, with their victories against Portland State, McNeese State and San Jose State.

The game starts at 4:15 p.m. Hawaii time and will be live on ESPN2.

Here’s our preview: UH-BYU matchups.

Here’s what columnist Ferd Lewis thinks: Ferd’s Words.

Check back to this blog throughout the game for live updates.

More UH football coverage

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