Lopini Katoa Gives BYU Two Touchdown Lead With Long Run

Sep 7, 2020, 6:48 PM | Updated: Sep 10, 2020, 12:12 am

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – BYU junior running back Lopini Katoa scored the Cougars’ second touchdown of the game with a long run into the end zone.

Katoa’s 39-yard touchdown gave BYU a 14-0 lead over Navy with 7:16 remaining in the first quarter.

In 2019, Katoa ran the ball 85 times for 358 yards and 4 touchdowns. For his career, the American Fork graduate ran in his 13th career rushing touchdown.


The Cougars started their second drive at their own 48-yard line after forcing Navy to punt for the second consecutive possession. Katoa started the series with a 2-yard run followed by an 11-yard connection between quarterback Zach Wilson and wide receiver Dax Milne. Katoa ran in the touchdown on the next play.

Through the first two drives, Zach Wilson completed one of his three pass attempts for 11 yards. BYU had 100 rushing yards on 7 carries. Katoa had 49 yards and Allgeier added 48 yards after scoring BYU’s first touchdown of the game. Milne also ran the ball once for three yards.

Navy is known for running the triple option. BYU has contained the run through the first three offensive drives for the Midshipmen. On 11 rush attempts, Navy had just 30 yards and 2.7 yards per carry average. BYU averaged 14.3 yards per carry through two drives.

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