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BYU Holds On Defense, Gets Stop Deep In Irish Territory

Oct 8, 2022, 6:43 PM | Updated: 8:02 pm
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BYU stops Notre Dame on fourth down (Courtesy of BYU Photo)
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LAS VEGAS – BYU’s defense came up with a big stop deep in its own territory and forced the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to turn the ball over on downs.

The Fighting Irish hosted the No. 16 Cougars at Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, on Saturday, October 8.

With 6:57 remaining in the first half, the Irish attempted to convert a 4th & 1 from the BYU four-yard line. Cougar linebacker Keenan Pili halted Notre Dame’s Audric Estime and forced a change of possession.

It was Pili’s second tackle of the game. The Cougars trailed 10-6 at the time of the stop.

Pili entered the game with 21 total tackles and sixds solo tackles this season.

Unfortunately for BYU, Jaren Hall was pressured into the end zone on the next play and the Cougars gave the Fighting Irish two points on a safety.

BYU’s game against Notre Dame is broadcast on KSL 5 TV and KSL NewsRadio.

No. 16 BYU vs. Notre Dame

The two faith-based programs will be squaring off for the ninth all-time meeting. They haven’t faced one another since a Notre Dame win in 2013 in South Bend on Senior Night.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series 6-2. BYU’s victories against the Irish took place in 1994 and 2004.

Initially, the Irish were supposed to play in Provo. But they had no interest in fulfilling that arrangement once they lined up a scheduling agreement with the ACC in 2014. So instead of BYU taking a paycheck from the Irish, they are playing a game in Vegas.

It’s not a neutral site contest. Saturday night in Las Vegas is a Notre Dame home game minus the venue. Notre Dame’s traditions have flown in from South Bend to Sin City. Plus, the Irish have had the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign turned green in Notre Dame’s honor.

Saturday’s game is the first time Notre Dame has ever played a game in the state of Nevada. For BYU, Las Vegas is like a second home. The tilt against the Irish will be BYU’s 14th game all-time in Vegas.

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