PROVO — BYU's 20-6 win over Portland State wasn’t as easy as originally expected because the Vikings actually gave BYU a run for its money or maybe because of the 95-degree heat.
Special guests during opening day
BYU greats showed their faces during opening day. Former BYU and NFL players included Dennis Pitta, David Nixon, Austin Collie, Aaron Gordon and Benjamin Criddle all were in attendance.
Pitta played four years for BYU before playing six years in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens. Collie played three years for the Cougars before going on to play five years in the NFL and one year in the CFL. Also, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was there. Before kickoff, BYU gave President Uchtdorf a warm welcome as he waves to the crowd.
Tanner Mangum shows off his Spanish speaking skills at the press
After the Cougars' victory over Portland State, Mangum, along with fellow linebacker Fred Warner spoke with the media after the game. Other than discussing their win over the Vikings, a Spanish reporter asked a question to the starting QB in regards to BYU's next opponent LSU, and Mangum answered his question for five minutes in Spanish flawlessly.
Mangum served his Mormon mission in Chile for two years before taking over the starting QB job in 2015 after Taysom Hill went down with a season-ending injury that year in the opener against Nebraska. Mangum was 16-of-27 passing for 167 yards and a touchdown in the Cougars' win over Portland State.