FRESNO, Calif. (ABC4 Sports) - Just when you think this BYU season can't get any worse, it does.
BYU not only suffered a 20-13 loss to Fresno State Saturday night, the Cougars also lost starting quarterback Tanner Mangum for the rest of the season with an Achilles tendon injury.
After completing 20 of 33 passes for 163 yards, Mangum went down with just over ten minutes remaining in the fourth quarter on a non-contact play. After falling to the turf after an incomplete pass, Mangum had to be carted off the field.
Head coach Kalani Sitake confirmed on the BYU Sports Network after the game that Mangum did suffer an Achilles injury and is out for the season.
BYU's offense struggled with and without Mangum on the field however, putting up just one touchdown and 13 points on the Bulldogs.
Beau Hoge replaced Mangum and went 3 of 10 for 51 yards. Hoge is expected to be BYU's starting quarterback in the final three games of the season.
Jordan Mims rushed for 51 yards and two touchdowns for Fresno State.
Squally Canada played his best game of the season, rushing for 84 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. Canada's 4-yard touchdown run with 4:28 left in the third quarter tied the game at 13.
But Fresno State took the lead right back on Mims' second touchdown of the game with 12:43 left in the game.
Any hope of a BYU comeback ended when tight end Matt Bushman caught a pass, but fumbled the ball on the Fresno State 25-yard line with 3:14 left, the only turnover by either team in the game.
BYU had more total yards than Fresno State, 336 to 310, but the Cougars could not find the end zone in the first half, settling for two Rhett Almond field goals after 14 and 15-play drives.
The Cougars were also 0 for 2 on fourth down attempts in Fresno State territory.
Bushman led BYU in receiving with 9 catches for 97 yards, while Jonah Trinnaman added 4 receptions for 49 yards.
Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion completed 14 of 20 passes for 174 yards, while Josh Hokit led the Bulldogs with 59 yards rushing on 13 carries.
BYU remains winless on the road this season at 0-4.
Any remote hope of a possible bowl game is now gone as BYU falls to 2-8 on the season. The Cougars nexty play at UNLV November 11th
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