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BYU WR Puka Nacua Runs For Second TD Against Arkansas

Oct 15, 2022, 4:00 PM
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BYU wide receiver Puka Nacua (Courtesy of BYU Photo)
(Courtesy of BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah – BYU wide receiver Puka Nacua scored his second rushing touchdown after sprinting on a sweep against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The Cougars hosted the Razorbacks at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday, October 15.

With 9:53 left in the third quarter, Nacua took the handoff in the backfield and carried the ball into the end zone for a three-yard score.

Nacua’s run cut Arkansas’ lead to 31-28.

The run capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive that lasted 5:07.

After the score, Nacua had five carries for 18 yards and two touchdowns. He also had five catches for 88 yards.

The junior receiver entered the game with four catches for 48 yards and five carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns this season.

BYU’s game against Arkansas is broadcast on ESPN and KSL NewsRadio.

Arkansas vs. BYU

It’s the first time these two programs have squared off against one another. BYU will make the return visit to Fayetteville in 2023 as a member of the Big 12 Conference.

Both teams want to start the second half of their seasons with a much-needed win. Arkansas has lost its last three games, while BYU is coming off a setback against Notre Dame that felt like a missed opportunity.

BYU is 4-2 overall and receiving votes in both major polls. Arkansas is 3-3, and their three setbacks have come against Texas A&M in Arlington, No. 3 Alabama, and Mississippi State.

BYU/Arkansas is a matchup that features a pair of talented quarterbacks Jaren Hall for BYU and KJ Jefferson from Arkansas. Both signal-callers were banged up last week. Jefferson was dealing with a head injury while Hall navigated what appeared to be a shoulder injury.

Hall and Jefferson each practiced this week.

Game Notes

  • Today marks only the third time in BYU’s history that the Cougars are hosting an SEC team in Provo. The previous two meetings were against Mississippi State in 2000 and 2016.
  • BYU is 7-7 all-time against teams in the SEC currently.
  • Arkansas ranks 11th in rushing offense, BYU is 100th in rush defense
  • BYU’s passing offense is 43rd in the nation; the Arkansas pass defense is 127th nationally, allowing 307.2 yards per game through the air.
  • A sell-out crowd is expected at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
  • BYU has won their last three games as a home underdog.

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