Brigham Young Cougars place kicker Skyler Southam (20) lines up a punt against the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018.
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Brigham Young Cougars running back Squally Canada (22) is knocked down during the game in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. BYU lost 21-18.
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Brigham Young Cougars kicker Skyler Southham (20) watches the final minutes of the game in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. BYU lost 21-18.
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California Golden Bears teammates Vic Wharton III (17) and cornerback Branden Smith (45) get tangled up in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Zayne Anderson (23) was called for a penalty.
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Brigham Young Cougars head coach Kalani Sitake protests the illegal touching call against the California Golden Bears in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
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Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver Dylan Collie (3) drops a pass against the California Golden Bears in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
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Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Tanner Mangum (12) is sacked by the California Golden Bears in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
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Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Butch Pau'u (38) watches the clock in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. BYU lost 21-18.
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Brigham Young Cougars head coach Kalani Sitaki leaves the field with Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver Micah Simon (13) in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. BYU lost 21-18.
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Morgan Clifford is held up and watches pregame with Luke Reece in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
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Brigham Young Cougars students cheer during pregame in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
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Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Tanner Mangum (12) runs onto the field during pregame in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
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Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Tanner Mangum (12) throws against the California Golden Bears in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
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The Brigham Young Cougars defense stop California Golden Bears tight end Ray Hudson (11) in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
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Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Sione Takitaki (16) celebrates a stop against the California Golden Bears in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
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Brigham Young Cougars kicker Skyler Southham (20) kicks a field goal against the California Golden Bears in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
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The Brigham Young Cougars defense stop California Golden Bears running back Patrick Laird (28) in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
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Brigham Young Cougars defensive lineman Corbin Kaufusi (90) rushes California Golden Bears quarterback Chase Garbers (7) in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
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Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Riggs Powell (44) and Brigham Young Cougars defensive back Dayan Ghanwoloku (5) defend California Golden Bears wide receiver Jeremiah Hawkins (10) in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
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Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Tanner Mangum (12) throws against the California Golden Bears in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
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Brigham Young Cougars defensive lineman Khyiris Tonga (95) blocks a pass by California Golden Bears quarterback Chase Garbers (7) in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
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Brigham Young Cougars place-kicker Rhett Almond (26) jumps for the ball before punting in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
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California Golden Bears cornerback Traveon Beck (22) celebrates his interception in Provo on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. BYU lost 21-18.
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California Golden Bears quarterback Brandon McIlwain (5) scores on BYU in Provo on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. BYU lost 21-18.
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Brigham Young Cougars defensive back Dayan Ghanwoloku (5) returns a fumble for touchdown against the California Golden Bears in Provo on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. BYU lost 21-18.
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Brigham Young Cougars running back Brayden El-Bakri (35) scores against the California Golden Bears in Provo on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. BYU lost 21-18.
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PROVO — There were a couple of firsts produced by two newcomers in the first half in BYU’s home-opener Saturday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium against California.

Freshman placekicker Skyler Southam, a high school All-American out of Wasatch High, booted his first career field goal on his first attempt.

Southam split the uprights from 36 yards to get the Cougars on the scoreboard, 7-3, with 7:53 left in the second quarter.

In his BYU debut last week at Arizona, Southam drilled all four of his PAT attempts.

Meanwhile, also in the second quarter, freshman wide receiver Gunner Romney recorded his first career reception, an 18-yarder. Romney fumbled after the catch, but officials ruled he was already down.

Romney, a four-star recruit out of Chandler, Arizona, missed much of fall camp last month due to a hamstring injury and didn’t play last week at Arizona.

MCCHESNEY OUT: BYU defensive back Austin McChesney announced on Twitter Saturday night that he has suffered his third season-ending injury.

“Pains me to not be running out with my boys in LES tonight,” McChesney wrote. “3 season ending injuries, but I know God always has a plan and although I can’t see the bigger picture at this time, I am beyond grateful for all these chances to grow. Go Cougs!!”

HAWAIIAN PUNCH: BYU wide receiver Dylan Collie, is a grad transfer from Hawaii after playing for the Warriors the past three years.

Hawaii won its first two games by rolling up a lot of points. Collie’s not surprised by the Warriors’ resurgence. BYU hosts Hawaii on Oct. 13.

“When you get a guy like coach (Nick) Rolovich and you get him calling plays, it’s hard not to be successful,” Collie said earlier this week. “He’s a phenomenal football coach who I love very much and am grateful for. To say that I’m surprised would maybe be an overstatement. I don’t care who it is, when you’re scoring 59 points in a game, that’s pretty shocking. It’s awesome to see them doing well. I can’t wait for October and the chance we’ll have to go at them. But right now, it’s all about Cal.”

NORCAL CONNECTIONS: BYU has 25 players from California on its roster, including several from Northern California, and relatively close to Berkeley — offensive linemen Kieffer Longson (San Ramon) and Austin Hoyt (Ione); Collie (El Dorado Hills), running back Squally Canada (Milpitas) and linebacker Riggs Powell (Aptos).

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES: Five former athletes were inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame Friday night — Jonny Harline (football), Russell Holmes (volleyball), Lindsey Steele Metcalf (track & field/volleyball), Aaron Russell (diving) and Daniel Summerhays (golf).

The five were honored during halftime ceremonies Saturday night.

LOOKING BACK AND AHEAD: BYU’s season-opening opponent, Arizona, got thumped Saturday at Houston, 45-18. The Cougars’ opponent next week, No. 5 Wisconsin, crushed New Mexico, 45-14.

EXTRA POINTS: Saturday marked quarterback Tanner Mangum’s 25th birthday. … BYU coach Kalani Sitake served in the California Oakland Mission. He spent about seven months serving on the Cal campus in Berkeley. … Saturday marked only the second time that the Golden Bears have played in Provo. The first time was in 1999, when Cal, led by coach Tom Holmoe (who is now BYU’s athletic director) fell to the Cougars, 38-28.