Weekend sports roundup: BYU football wins season opener; BYU volleyball upsets No. 1 Stanford

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BYU senior Squally Canada scores a touchdown. Canada had three touchdowns in BYU football’s 28–23 win over Arizona on Saturday night. (Photo by BYU Photo)

If you were as busy as the Cougars and Wolverines were this weekend, chances are you didn’t get to watch all of the games. Here’s a quick recap of how it all went down.

BYU football wins season opener

BYU football team started off the 2018 season strong with a 28–23 win over Arizona in the season opener Saturday night at the Arizona Stadium.

The Cougars were led by senior running back Squally Canada, who had three touchdowns and gained 98 yards on the ground on 24 carries. He added two receptions for 29 yards. BYU senior quarterback Tanner Mangum completed 18 of 28 passes for 209 yards and one touchdown.

“We’ve been thinking about this for a long time now so we’re really happy with the team and the ability to get the win and especially at the end, winning it on our O-line’s back,” said BYU head coach Kalani Sitake in a press release. “I think that was really good for Squally (Canada). I’m really pleased with the team and I’m excited to get to work and be at home against Cal next week.”

On the defensive end, BYU senior defensive lineman Corbin Kaufusi posted seven tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack. Fellow senior Butch Pau’u also nabbed seven total tackles while Michael Shelton had two tackles, a pass breakup, blocked a field goal and recorded a 37-yard punt return.

BYU football will next play its home opener on Saturday, Sept. 8, against the University of California, Berkley.

BYU women’s volleyball upsets No. 1 Stanford

BYU women’s volleyball team upset No. 1 Stanford in a five-set thriller (25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 20-25, 15-11) on Friday night in the Smith Fieldhouse.

“I’m so happy for the team,” said BYU head coach Heather Olmstead in a press release. “They believed in each other and were able to accomplish something special. I thought we served tough and came up with big swings when we needed it.”

BYU senior Roni Jones-Perry led the Cougars with 20 kills in addition to 10 digs for a double-double. BYU junior McKenna Miller followed close behind Jones-Perry with 15 kills. Senior setter Lyndie Haddock-Eppich contributed 48 assists while junior Mary Lake had 18 digs.

Then on Saturday night BYU pulled off a second win of the weekend, beating Wichita State (25-16, 25-12, 25-20).

Jones-Perry led BYU with 16 kills, hitting at a .682 clip. Miller added 12 kills while Haddock-Eppich contributed 29 assists and 12 digs, making this her second double-double of the invitational. Mary Lake led the Cougars in digs with 13.

Both weekend games were part of the BYU Nike Invitational. Three BYU players — Jones-Perry, Haddock-Eppich and Lake — made the all-tournament team, while Jones-Perry was named Most Valuable Player.

BYU women’s volleyball next travels to the Marquette Tournament on Friday, Sept. 7.

BYU women’s soccer dominates Idaho State

BYU women’s soccer team dominated Idaho State in a 10–0 victory over Idaho State Saturday night at South Field. The victory was a team effort with eight Cougars scoring in the game.

“We did a really good job. We came out and wanted to set the tone right away,” said BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood in a press release. “We put some balls in the back of the net which is how we wanted to break the ice tonight. It was a great team effort.”

BYU next plays in the Deseret First Duel against the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. MDT.

UVU men’s soccer loses first game of the season

UVU men’s soccer team dropped its first game of the season losing 6–1 to CSUN.

The Wolverines’ lone goal came from sophomore Zach Maas. Maas scored in the 50th minute.

“Soccer can be cruel, and today, full credit to CSUN as they took advantage of each of our mistakes. We’re a young group, eager to learn, but today we learned some tough lessons that each of us took to heart,” said UVU head coach Greg Maas in a press release. “Our start to the second half was fantastic. We earned a great equalizer, but quickly found ourselves chasing the game again. We’ll get back to the training grounds, and I’m confident our team’s response will be nothing short of professional as we prepare for another tough road trip to Omaha.”

The Wolverines (3-1-0) next travels to Omaha on Friday and against Memphis on Sunday in a match that will be played at Creighton.

UVU women’s volleyball takes second at Oregon Classic

UVU women’s volleyball team took second at the Oregon Classic over the weekend. After losing to No. 18 Oregon, UVU won its remaining two games against Arkansas Pine Bluff (25-11, 25-19, 25-18) and Long Beach State (21-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19) to secure the second spot.

UVU freshman Kazna Tarawhiti led the Wolverines in Saturday night’s match with 22 kills followed by sophomore Kristen Allred with 17 kills.

“This was a great win here against Long Beach State. I was very pleased with how we were able to respond after dropping that first set, and proud of the girls for their efforts,” said head UVU coach Sam Atoa in a press release. “Our outsides were very good for us and our two setters did a nice job of running our offense. Overall, we’re happy to come home after taking two of the three matches and will be looking forward to hosting Utah State on Tuesday.”

UVU next has an in-state battle against Utah State on Tuesday, Sept. 4 in Orem.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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