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Live coverage: No. 13 BYU visits No. 18 Coastal Carolina

The Chanticleers possessed the ball for much of the first half, but the Cougars scored a pair of quick touchdowns to take the lead into the break.

No. 13 BYU’s biggest game of the year is here — even if it was officially scheduled just two days ago.

The Cougars will have the chance to add a second signature win to their resume when they face No. 18 Coastal Carolina on Saturday (3:30 p.m. MST, ESPNU). Undefeated BYU (9-0) already has a win over a top 25 team, Boise State, earlier this year, but the College Football Playoff Selection Committee has made it clear they aren’t impressed with the Cougars’ COVID-19 impacted schedule.

Enter the undefeated Chanticleers (9-0), who are off to their best season since moving full-time to FBS play in 2017.

Follow along with our live coverage as BYU takes on Coastal Carolina.

End of second quarter BYU 14, Coastal Carolina 13

The Cougars tried to score to end the half, but a Zach Wilson hail mary was intercepted at the goal line. Here’s a few first-half notes:

  • BYU has 239 yards of total offense, scoring on two of its four first-half drives. Wilson was 6 of 13 in the opening two quarters for 107 yards and a touchdown, along with the pick.
  • Coastal Carolina kept the BYU offense off the field for much of the first half, running 39 plays to 28 for the Cougars. The Chanticleers had 10-minute edge in time of possession and have 215 yards, 171 coming on the ground.
  • Coastal Carolina is 2 of 2 on red-zone opportunities, while BYU hasn’t reached the red zone yet, instead scoring twice on 40-plus yard plays.
1:45, second quarter BYU 14, Coastal Carolina 13

The Cougars have another long touchdown, as Dax Milne caught a pass and made several nice moves to stay inbounds on a 41-yard touchdown catch. Zach Wilson and the Cougars go 94 yards in just six plays to retake the lead.

4:00, second quarter Coastal Carolina 13, BYU 7

The Chanticleers make BYU pay for not converting a fourth down on its previous drive, as Coast Carolina drives 51 yards on 11 plays to score on a fourth-down, 1-yard carry from Reese White. Coastal Carolina has 158 rushing yards and possessed the ball for 19 minutes, more than 12 minutes than BYU so far.

9:54, second quarter BYU 7, Coastal Carolina 6

The Chanticleers had another promising drive going before Grayson McCall fumbled in BYU territory and the Cougars recovered. BYU couldn’t capitalize, though, going for a fourth-and-1, and a double pass ended up in an incompletion when Gunner Romney dropped the pass.

13:50, second quarter BYU 7, Coastal Carolina 6

Tyler Allgeier gets BYU on the board with a 42-yard touchdown run up the middle, as the Cougars march 76 yards in just four plays to counter Coastal Carolina’s touchdown. Zach Wilson completes his first pass of the game, a 16-yarder to Neil Pau’u to get BYU past midfield.

End of first quarter Coastal Carolina 6, BYU 0

A few notes from the first quarter:

  • Coastal Carolina has 118 yards of total offense, 94 of those coming on the scoring drive. The Chanticleers have 89 yards rushing on the ground.
  • Zach Wilson was 0 of 3 passing in the first quarter, while BYU has 55 yards of total offense, all on the ground.
  • That was the first first-quarter touchdown the Cougars have allowed since Oct. 24 against Texas State.
  • Coastal Carolina has run 21 offensive plays, to 10 for BYU.
0:10, first quarter Coastal Carolina 6, BYU 0

The Chanticleers strike first, going on an impressive 17-play, 94-yard drive — the longest scoring drive in school history — for the game’s first touchdown. CJ Marable scores on a 6-yard run, as Coastal Carolina chewed up significant amount of yards on the ground on the scoring drive.

9:15, first quarter BYU 0, Coastal Carolina 0

We have punts from BYU and Coastal Carolina on their opening possessions, as both teams had drives stall near midfield. BYU had a 91-yard touchdown pass wiped out by a penalty.

Pre-game

Here are a few links to stories you may want to read prior to or during the game:

A few personnel notes from Deseret News BYU football beat writer Jay Drew:

BYU is out on the field warming up now; RB Lopini Katoa (ankle) going through all the motions, will apparently play.

— Jay Drew (@drewjay) December 5, 2020

BYU cornerback Keenan Ellis and DE Tyler Batty won't play tonight, per KSL radio.

— Jay Drew (@drewjay) December 5, 2020

The Cougars huddle up one final time before the big game:

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