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BYU vs. Dartmouth
After a close first half, BYU broke away for a convincing 70-15 victory over Dartmouth.
BYU played a sloppy first half and combined with Dartmouth’s strong defense and work rate, the Big Green were able to stymie the cougars.
Coach David Smyth said, “We were a little impatient. We made some ball handling errors and kept getting ahead of ourselves.”
BYU held an 8-0 advantage until a penalty by Madison Hughes cut the deficit to 8-3. With less than a minute left in the first half, it looked like this game was going to be a tight encounter.
Right before halftime, Dartmouth was searching for more points with a scrum in BYU territory. However, BYU stole the scrum and the Number 8 Joe Pikula sprinted down the field. After several phases, flyhalf Johnny Linehan perfectly placed a cross-field kick into the arms of his winger Jordan Lowry who was able to beat a man and scramble in for a try.
The cross-field kick was effective all day, yielding a few tries for the cougars. The New Zealand born fly half’s ability to slot kicks makes BYU incredibly hard to defend.
“It is something we work quite a bit on in practice,” Smyth said. “Johnny is really dialed in with that and it worked for us several times today.”
The score was a huge momentum swing going into the break. BYU led 15-3 after Linehan slotted a tough conversion.
The second half was a much different story. BYU dotted down three tries in the first six minutes on their way to a 70-15 victory.
Smith told the team at halftime to “get the ball going forward and get going in the phases.” He was pleased with the work of his forwards, especially in the scrum.
“We have been working hard on the scrum the last couple of weeks. The extra work really paid off. We got Dartmouth moving backwards, putting tremendous pressure on them.”
Smyth praised Kyle Sumsion and Jordan Lowry for their work all over the field. Sumsion led the forwards and Lowry’s speed on the wing helped the Cougars rack up points.
Dartmouth continued to play hard adding two tries. Madison Hughes beat two BYU defenders to score down the sideline while Dawit Workie intercepted a pass and scampered 65 meters for a try.
In the end, BYU was too much for Dartmouth to handle. The Cougars will host Navy next week.