BYU Football Hosts Fellow Independent Liberty Saturday

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Saturday, resurgent BYU football (4-4), fresh off of successive wins over Boise State and Utah State, returns to action at LaVell Edwards Stadium against fellow FBS independent program, Liberty (6-3).The Cougars rank 88th nationally in scoring offense (25.5 points per game).During his weekly press conference Monday, BYU head coach Kalani Sitake said he is primarily concerned with the health of freshman signal-caller Jaren Hall, who suffered a concussion in the 42-14 win over Utah State Saturday.In his stead, freshman signal-caller Baylor Romney continued to excel, completing 10 of 16 passes for 191 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against the Aggies in the second half.Prior to his concussion, Hall had completed 12 of 16 passes for 214 yards for the Cougars, who amassed 639 yards of offense against Utah State.If called upon, Romney has proved his worth for BYU this season. He is completing 59.6 percent of his passes (31-52) for 485 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.Also emerging for the Cougars is sophomore tailback Lopini Katoa (45 car, 202 yards, 2 TD’s).The Cougars’ primary receiving target remains junior tight end Matt Bushman (28 rec, 398 yards, 3 TD’s).The leader among receivers for BYU in receiving targets is senior wide-out Aleva Hifo (28 rec, 344 yards, 2 TD’s).Sophomore kicker/punter Jake Oldroyd has made 13 of his 18 field goals on the season and 19 of his 20 PAT attempts for the Cougars.BYU’s defense is tied for 65th nationally (27.8 points per game) with Temple.Freshman linebacker Payton Wilgar has three interceptions to lead the squad. Sophomore defensive lineman Lorenzo Fauatea (2 sacks, forced fumble) leads the Cougars in sacks. Fauatea, junior linebacker Kavika Fonua, sophomore linebacker Chaz Ah You, freshman linebacker Tyler Allgeier, senior defensive lineman JJ Nwigwe and senior defensive back Austin Kafentzis all have a forced fumble for the Cougars.The Flames are coming off a 63-21 rout of Massachusetts which saw the Flames amass a school-record 730 yards against the Minutemen.Liberty ranks 38th nationally in scoring offense (33.8 points per game).Senior signal-caller Stephen Calvert completes 61.7 percent of his passes on the season (174-282) for 2,638 yards (6th nationally), 20 touchdowns (tied for 15th nationally) and three interceptions.Junior tailback Joshua Mack (94 car, 599 yards, 5 TD’s; a 16th best in the nation 6.4 yards per carry) and senior running mate Frankie Hickson (105 car, 558 yards, 7 TD’s; 5.3 yards per carry) bolster a strong running game.Calvert’s top receivers are senior wide-out Antonio Gandy-Golden (54 rec, 1,082 yards [2nd in the nation], 7 TD’s for 20 yards per catch [18th in the nation]) and junior wide-out DJ Stubbs (26 rec, 348 yards, 3 TD’s).Junior kicker Alex Probert has made 6 of his 9 field goal attempts and 38 of his 39 PAT’s on the season for the high-octane Flames.Liberty ranks 58th nationally (26.1 points per game) in scoring defense.The Flames are tied for 22nd nationally, with Navy and Charlotte, with 27 sacks. Liberty’s leading sacker is redshirt senior defensive lineman Jessie Lemonier (8.5 sacks) who ranks 11th nationally. Lemonier also has a forced fumble to his credit.Redshirt junior safety Ceneca Espinoza Jr. has two interceptions and a forced fumble to lead the Flames in interceptions.Sophomore defensive lineman Austin Lewis, freshman defensive lineman TreShaun Clark, freshman cornerback Tayvion Land, redshirt freshman linebacker Tyren Dupree and redshirt senior safety Rion Davis also have a forced fumble apiece for the Flames.The Cougars and Flames are meeting for the first time in their respective histories, making this a historic game. Written by Brad James November 4, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Football Hosts Fellow Independent Liberty Saturday Tags: BYU Football/Liberty Footballlast_img

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