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[2022] Independents Report - Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Recap

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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Cougars unzip Akron!

 

The 8-4 BYU Cougars opened as 9 point favorites against 7-5 Akron and just outpaced that number with a 31-20 win.  The Cougars led 14-6 at halftime before the Zips mounted a small comeback only to see Adarius Galloway control the clock on the ground and seal the game.  BYU came in averaging 30.7 points while giving up 16.7 so this final was right on par with their season performance.  

 

Senior quarterback Jabari Sneed was an effective 19 of 34 for 192 yards and threw two touchdown passes.  Freshman sensation Adarius Galloway ran for 117 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns, finishing with 1,504 yards and 21 rushing touchdowns on the season.  Independents Receiver of the Year Roman Byrne added 7 catches for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns.  This trio carried the Cougar offense all year and didn't disappoint this evening.  Akron quarterback Griffin Donahue matched Sneed through the air by going 17 of 27 for 210 yards and two touchdowns but threw one costly interception.  Freshman running back Bryan Ellison added 100 yards rushing on 23 carries but was unable to find the endzone. 

 

BYU's defense was led by their other outstanding freshman, OLB Brayden Reeder, who racked up 5 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, a sack, and an interception.  Junior defensive end Frank Cornell added a sack upping his season total to 10.5.  The Cougars top 4 players combined for 5 tackles for loss making a living in the backfield all evening.  The Zips were able to generate some pressure on Sneed with both defensive ends, Damione Ridley and Julian Whaley each recording a sack.  But they weren't able to contain Galloway or find a way to even up the turnover battle.

 

This was the best win this season for BYU.  A relatively weak schedule watered down their strength of schedule but they were able to close out the season by beating a good Akron squad.  Like fellow Independent Army, the Cougars have won their third straight bowl game and have a promising future with Galloway and Reeder leading the way.

 

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10 hours ago, joedchi said:

Cougars have won their third straight bowl game

I am now 4-0 in bowls.

 

great write-up.  Thanks.  Now let's go get this conference bowl challenge thing again.

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7 hours ago, NDIrish21 said:

I am now 4-0 in bowls.

 

great write-up.  Thanks.  Now let's go get this conference bowl challenge thing again.

GG @NDIrish21 

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15 hours ago, darkage said:

GG @NDIrish21 

Good season, Darkage.

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