BYU gets blown out at Mississippi State, 35-10

Cougars lose 6th straight game for first time since 1968

STARKVILLE, Miss. (ABC4 Sports) - The misery continues for the BYU football team.

The Cougars managed just 176 total yards and eight first downs in a 35-10 loss at Mississippi State Saturday afternoon.

The loss is BYU's 6th in a row. That's the first time that has happened since 1968.

The Bulldogs overpowered the Cougar offense and outgained them 546 to 176. BYU was limited to 46 offensive plays and just over 23 minutes of possession time.

The Cougars had just 8 first downs for the game, compared to 35 for the Bulldogs.

"We sustained some drives, but just couldn't finish," BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum said. "That's on us. We have to be able to convert on third and fourth down."

Mangum completed 16 of 26 passes for 145 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Late in the third quarter, Mangum hit Aleva Hifo for a 27-yard touchdown. That was Hifo's first career touchdown catch.

Aeris Williams rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs, who had a season-high 35 first downs and averaged 6.5 yards.

"He's a big-time guy on our offense," quarterback Nick Fitzgerald said. "He runs the ball hard, and he's always going to get you the extra yard. He's always going to fall forward."

Fitzgerald threw for two touchdowns, and rushed for 103 yards and two scores of 14 and 15 yards.

Mississippi State led 21-3 at the half, and stretched its lead to 28-3 before the Cougars scored its only touchdown of the game.

On defense, Dayan Gahnwoloku intercepted two passes for 105 yards, his first two-interception game of his career. The former Northridge High star intercepted one in the end zone early in the second quarter and returned it 67 yards. Late in the third quarter, Ghanwoloku had his second interception at the five-yard line for 38 yards.     

Butch Pau’u and Sione Takitaki both had double-digit tackles with 12 and 10, respectively.'

Mississippi State dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 36 minutes and 48 seconds, compared to 23 minutes and 12 seconds for BYU.

BYU (1-6) next plays at East Carolina October 21st. The Cougars must win their final six games to become automatically bowl eligible.

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