Cougars Capitalize On Bearcats’ Special Teams Fumble With LJ Martin TD
Sep 29, 2023, 11:11 PM | Updated: 11:19 pm
Special teams error leads to BYU touchdown
The Cougars hosted the Bearcats at LaVell Edwards Stadium (Capacity: 63,470) in Provo, Utah on Friday, September 29.
At the end of the third quarter, the Bearcats forced the Cougars to punt the ball on a 4th & 13 from their own 22-yard line. Ryan Rehkow unleashed a 53-yard kick that was touched but not possessed by Cincinnati’s Braden Smith. BYU’s Austin Riggs recovered the loose ball at the Cincinnati 15-yard line.
— no context college football (@nocontextcfb) September 30, 2023
Five plays later, BYU running back LJ Martin powered his way across the goal line for a one-yard touchdown run. Martin’s score gave the Cougars a 35-20 lead. Martin’s rush capped a five-play, 15-yard drive that took 2:19.
Following the touchdown, Martin had 10 carries for 61 yards and two touchdowns. He also had one reception for two yards.
There was a brief moment after BYU’s three-and-out where momentum felt like it was swinging back to Cincy. Special teams comes up big for BYU.
— Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) September 30, 2023
The freshman entered the game with 56 rushes for 223 yards and two touchdowns through the first four games of the season.
Cincinnati vs. BYU
The Bearcats arrived in Utah with a 2-2 record on the season, including 0-1 in Big 12 games. BYU began the season 3-1 and 0-1 in conference play.
The Bearcats opened their schedule this season with back-to-back wins over Eastern Kentucky and Pittsburgh. Cincinnati will arrive in Provo after consecutive losses to Miami (Ohio) and No. 16 Oklahoma.
Friday’s contest was Cincinnati’s second road trip to Provo in program history.
The Cougars and Bearcats had only played twice before. Before 2023, BYU owned a 2-0 lead in the all-time series.
The Cougars and Bearcats first played in 2015. BYU hosted Cincinnati in Provo and won the contest, 38-24. The teams played in a rematch the following season. In 2016, the Bearcats hosted the Cougars. BYU won the second meeting, 20-3.
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