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Live coverage: BYU goes up 7-3 on Houston with Dax Milne 78-yard touchdown catch


BYU faces Houston on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. MT at TDECU Stadium in Houston. | Courtesy BYU Photo

BYU is expected to face its stiffest test when the blue-clad Cougars take on Houston Friday night.

BYU enters the game — set for a 7:30 p.m. MT kickoff at TDECU Stadium in Houston (the game is being televised on ESPN) — with a perfect 4-0 record, ending a three-game home stand last week with a 27-20 victory over UTSA.

Houston, meanwhile, comes into the game 1-0 after beating Tulane 49-31, rallying from an early 24-7 deficit to roll past the Green Wave.

Follow along with tonight’s game in our live coverage below.

Live coverage
9:34, first quarter
BYU 7, Houston 3

BYU has the perfect response to Houston’s opening score, as Zach Wilson hits Dax Milne for a 78-yard touchdown pass on BYU’s first offensive play of the night.

Zach Wilson TD pass goes for 78 yards, longest of his career. Also a new career-best for Dax Milne. Milne and Wilson hooked up for a 70-yarder vs. Troy. #BYUFootball

— BYU Game Notes (@BYUGameNotes) October 17, 2020

9:53, first quarter
Houston 3, BYU 0

Houston takes its opening drive 65 yards for a score, kicking a field goal after taking 5:07 off the clock on the 10-play drive. Quarterback Clayton Tune went 4-for-4 passing for 59 yards on the drive.

Pre-game

Here’s a few links to other stories you may want to read before the contest and during the game:

A few player personnel notes from Deseret News BYU football beat writer Jay Drew:

BYU OL Tristen Hoge is still out with pneumonia and didn’t make the trip; However, Cougars welcome back OL Keanu Saleapaga tonight.

— Jay Drew (@drewjay) October 17, 2020

BYU center James Empey is out there warming up; Looks like he’s favoring his right ankle, slightly.

— Jay Drew (@drewjay) October 17, 2020

Looks like Caden Haws will take Khyiris Tonga’s spot on the three-man shield that protects the punter, joining regulars Bracken El-Bakri and Pepe Tanuvasa.

— Jay Drew (@drewjay) October 17, 2020

BYU backup QB Jaren Hall made the trip and is out there helping the other QBs with snaps and stuff, but he’s not dressed to play.

— Jay Drew (@drewjay) October 17, 2020

We could see two Cougars make their season debuts tonight: No. 21 RB Sione Finau and No. 61 OL Keanu Saleapaga. Also, holder Hayden Livingston will wear No. 28.

— Jay Drew (@drewjay) October 17, 2020

This will be the first game BYU plays in front of fans during this COVID-19-impacted season:

An hour before kickoff in Houston, and very few of the 8,500 or so fans who will be allowed inside stadium have arrived. 100 or so BYU fans arrived early.

— Jay Drew (@drewjay) October 17, 2020

A look inside the stadium pre-game:

Cool, cloudy day here in Houston; BYU vs. UH at 7:30 pm MDT. pic.twitter.com/BVP8wmWu57

— Jay Drew (@drewjay) October 16, 2020

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