Cougar Snapshots: BYU vs. WSU

When BYU opened the season against Washington State on Thursday night, Total Blue Sports photographer Troy Verde was on hand to capture the excitement. Here are some of the images he shot of BYU's 30-6 victory.

The BYU Cougars run out onto the field at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Much like head coach Steve Sarkisian did for Washington in 2010, Mike Leach made his coaching debut for Washington State against his alma mater, BYU.

Uona Kaveinga wraps up a Washington State player.

Kaveinga and his fellow BYU defenders made life very tough for WSU's offense.

Riley Nelson completed 25 of 36 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns.

Prior to going out with a quad contusion late in the first quarter, Cody Hoffman had three receptions for 46 yards.

Skyler Ridley filled in for Hoffman after his injury and racked up six catches for 54 yards and a touchdown.

Michael Alisa rushed for 54 yards on 13 carries.

Kyle Van Noy was his usual dominant self, recording four solo tackles – including two sacks – and a pass breakup.

Jordan Johnson breaks up a pass. He also recorded an interception in his first start.

BYU bottles up a Washington State kick returner on special teams.

Kanueakua Friel had a big night with six receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

Friel celebrates his second touchdown with his teammates.

Taysom Hill gets in for his first play as a BYU Cougar, and makes the most of it by throwing a touchdown to Friel on fourth down.

Hill also rushed the ball a couple times.

Ryker Mathews made his first college start at left tackle.

A member of the 2009 recruiting class, true freshman Bronson Kaufusi got his first real football action after his mission.

Jamaal Williams was yet another freshman that got his first collegiate action.

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