SEATTLE — The BYU Cougars battled from behind to beat the Huskies of the University of Washington by the score of 48-5.
The Huskies took an early 5-0 lead in the 5th minute after a BYU missed tackle led to a UW 50 meter scamper for the game's opening try.
Following the UW try BYU settled the nerves and rattled off an unanswered series of 8 tries.
The BYU scoring started with a sequence of phases of over 50 meters capped off by prop David Collins rumbling 10 meters for the score in the 15th minute.
Freshmen Tua Laei and Dallin Hunt each got in on the scoring act as they each dotted down in the 17th and 30th minute respectively. With one missed conversion over the three tries, BYU led 19-5 at the half.
The Cougars ramped up the scoring in the 2nd half with some more physicality at the break down and better passing.
Sophomore flanker Kyle Sumpsion scored in the 42nd minute after freshman and fellow flanker Hayden Johnson took a quick tap penalty to set up the Sumpsion score.
Four other Cougars would score in spurts to round out the affair and BYU would win going away 48-5.
"This was a good game," BYU head coach David Smyth, "Our guys were forced to battle early and they responded well."
GRIFFINS ROUTE MONTANA STATE-NORTHERN: At Havre, Mont., the 20th-ranked Westminster College team picked up its eighth win over the last nine games with a 56-39 win over Montana State-Northern on Saturday evening in Frontier Conference action.
With the win, Westminster improved to 13-7 overall this season while maintaining a one-game lead for first place in the conference at the halfway point with a 6-1 mark. Northern dips to 16-5 overall and 3-4 in league.
The Griffins limited the home squad to just 18 first half points and carried a 27-18 lead into intermission. The 39 total points scored by the Skylights mark the fewest allowed by the Griffins since they held Walla Walla to 38 on Nov. 16, 2007. MSUN shot just 37.5% from the floor on the night and committed 20 turnovers.
The Westminster offense got a stellar night from junior Nicole Yazzie.
The Griffins leading scorer racked up 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting for her fourth 20-point game of the season and first since Dec. 3. Yazzie connected from beyond the arc three times and was perfect on three free throw attempts. She added five rebounds and two assists.
As a team, Westminster shot 41.2% from the floor in the game and was 6-of-18 from distance. They grabbed 31 rebounds to 28 from Northern while collecting 10 assists and nine steals.
Amy Krommenhoek added 10 points off the Griffin bench. This is the fourth double-digit scoring night of her career and the third in seven league games. Dana Bates chipped in nine points, seven rebounds and three assists. Cydney Tibbits grabbed a team-best nine boards with three steals.
Laramie Schwenke and Jordan Bruuresma led the way for the Skylights with 11 points apiece. Bruuresma also grabbed 10 rebounds and had two blocked shots.
GRIFFINS FALL JUST SHORT: At Havre, Mont., Westminster College saw its upset bid fall short in a 53-50 loss against No. 13 Montana State-Northern on Saturday night in Frontier Conference action.
Westminster now sits at 15-7 overall and in a four-way tie for third at the halfway points of the Frontier Conference slate with a 3-4 record.
Northern maintains its tie for the conference lead at 6-1 while also improving to 20-3 overall.
The Griffins looked poised to take the upset after shooting 54.5% from the floor in the first half and trailing just 30-29 at the intermission.
After scoring he first seven points of the second half, Westminster led 36-30 at the 16:34 mark. They would continue to lead and with 10:14 remaining the Griffins led by seven, their biggest margin of the night.
That is when things changed in favor of the home squad. The Lights scored the game's next 11 points to take a five-point lead with 4:05 remaining. That lead would never be relinquished and when Jordan Hayter missed a three as time expired, the Griffins had come up short. They went just 2-for-6 from the field down the stretch with five turnovers.
Westminster shot just 40.9 percent in the second half and finished the game at 47.7%. They were just 2-of-8 from beyond the arc and missed both long range attempts after halftime. Westminster turned it over 17 times with only six assists while grabbing 30 rebounds. They limited MSUN to 39.6% shooting and forced 11 turnovers.
Jake Orchard led all Griffins with 12 points on a 5-of-12 shooting night. He also collected a team-best seven rebounds with one assist and one steal. Ben Walker added 10 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots. Alex Drecksel and AJ Reilly combined for 17 points coming off the bench.
Shaun Tatarka led Northern with 12 points and three steals. Joe Simpson added 11 points and seven rebounds. MSUN shot 11-of-13 at the foul line and had four triples.