Katoa TD lifts No. 21 BYU past No. 9 Baylor 26-20 in 2OT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Lopini Katoa pushed into the end zone on a 3-yard run to lift No. 21 BYU to a 26-20 victory over No. 9 Baylor in double overtime on Saturday night.

Jaren Hall threw for 261 yards and a touchdown, and added a 22-yard touchdown catch, to lead BYU (2-0). Chase Roberts had a career-high 122 yards and one touchdown on eight catches for the Cougars. Roberts also threw a touchdown pass to Hall in the third quarter.

Blake Shapen threw for 134 yards and a touchdown while Qualan Jones added a pair of touchdowns for Baylor. Jones and Craig Williams had 135 yards on 33 carries.

Shapen’s incompleteness on fourth down in double overtime sealed BYU’s upset victory. The Bears (1-1) were one of three Top 10 teams to lose Saturday along with No. 6 Texas A&M and No. 8 Notre Dame.

Bears kicker Isaiah Hankins missed a 43-yard field goal attempt in the first overtime after missing a PAT on Baylor’s only first-half touchdown. Cougars kicker Jake Oldroyd missed a 35-yard attempt with 8 seconds left in regulation, then missed from 37 yards to force a second overtime.

After combining to go 3-and-out on five straight drives in the first half, Baylor and BYU traded touchdowns just before halftime.

The Bears took a 6-3 lead after Jones hit him on a 1-yard run. His touchdown capped a 13-play, 68-yard drive where Baylor converted a pair of third downs.

BYU responded with a quick strike to come back in front 10-6. The Cougars went for 75 yards in eight plays, culminating in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Hall to Chase Roberts. Hall completed five of six passes on the drive. Each play gained at least 11 yards.

Both teams continued their offensive momentum into the third quarter.

Jones gave up on tackles to score his second touchdown on a 7-yard run and give Baylor a 13-10 lead. He kept the drive alive two plays earlier with a 12-yard catch on third down.

After tying the score on a 39-yard field goal from Oldroyd, BYU dug into their bag of tricks to regain the lead. Roberts returned a pass back to Hall and he went 22 yards to put BYU ahead 20-13.

The Bears tied it at 20-20 on Ben Sims’ 4-yard catch with 10:01 left. The Sims’ touchdown capped a 12-play, 79-yard drive that burned nearly 6½ minutes behind.


Baylor: Success on third down helped the Bears through a tough time on offense. The Bears went 9 for 18 on third down. Defensively, Baylor had equal success in denying BYU on this pivot. The Cougars went 3 for 14 on third down.

BYU: Starting receivers Puka Nacua and Gunner Romney were injured, and their absence removed a pair of much-needed point guards from BYU’s offense. The Cougars made up for it by getting tough on defense. BYU sacked Shapen four times for a 22-yard loss and had six tackles for an overall loss.


Baylor will likely fall into the AP Top 25.

BYU will move up several spots after upsetting a Top 10 foe at home.


Baylor: Hosts Texas State on Saturday.

BYU: visits Oregon on Saturday.


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