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BYU Shuts Out Sam Houston State, Struggles On Offense In Season Opener

Sep 2, 2023, 11:44 PM

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PROVO, Utahย โ€“ The BYU Cougars struggled on offense and showed out on defense to win their season opener against the visiting Sam Houston State Bearkats.

The Cougars hosted the Bearkats at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah on Saturday, September 2.

BYU beat Sam Houston, 14-0.

It was BYUโ€™s first shutout since beat Savannah State in 2014 and the Cougarsโ€™ first time blanking an FBS team since 2012.

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Sam Houston vs. BYU Game Notes

BYU football takes on the Sam Houston Bearkats from Conference USA to kick off their Big 12 era. It should be a historic moment in the pregame as BYU gets ready to line up as a power conference team for the first time in their history.

Last season, BYU finished 8-5 in their final year of Independence. They capped off the year with a win in the New Mexico Bowl over future ACC member SMU.

But trying to pull common threads from last yearโ€™s BYU team to the 2023 squad might be hard to find.

BYU has nearly 60 players that were not on last yearโ€™s roster. A significant portion of those players are from the transfer portal. Others are true freshmen. Some are returned missionaries after two-year missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Sam Houston brings back 16 starters from last yearโ€™s 5-4 team, where many veteran players redshirt to have a chance to play for the Bearkats as an FBS team.

Tonightโ€™s matchup is the first matchup between the two programs. BYU is paying Sam Houston $1.2 million to visit Provo for a one-time game. The Bearkats replaced Tennessee, who bought out of the game from BYU.

BYU vs. Sam Houston Game Day Reading

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12โ€“3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitchโ€™s coverage of BYU in the Big 12 Conference on X (Twitter)ย andย Threads: @Mitch_Harper.

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BYU Shuts Out Sam Houston State, Struggles On Offense In Season Opener