AFA vs. BYU: Cougar Snapshots

TBS photographer Troy Verde was on hand at LaVell Edwards Stadium to capture the action from BYU's 31-6 victory through the camera lens. Now you can view the action from ground level in this edition of Cougar Snapshots.

Ian Dulan applies pressure from his outside defensive end position on Air Force quarterback Shaun Carney. Through the first four games and while working in a three-man front, Dulan has three solo tackles and four assisted tackles for 11 negative yards.

BYU fullback Manase Tonga has scored four rushing touchdowns on the season so far, already doubling his total from last year. Tonga rushed 26 times for 84 yards against a tough AFA defense.

The Cougar defense, led by linebackers Kelly Poppinga and Markell Staffieri, held the Falcon offense scoreless in the first half of the game. The Cougars held the Falcons to 231 total yards.

Freshman running back Harvey Unga rushed for 111 yards on 22 carries against the Falcons. So far on the season, Unga has 306 rushing yards and is averaging almost five yards per carry.

Tight end Dennis Pitta caught five passes for 114 yards during the game, making it the second game in a row where he has racked up 100-plus receiving yards. The last player to accomplish such a task was Jonny Harline in 2006 (118 yards against Utah and 181 yards against Oregon).

Junior wide receiver Michael Reed had over 100 yards receiving against Tulsa and followed that up with another impressive performance. So far on the season, Reed has caught 18 passes for 239 yards and one touchdown.

Senior outside linebacker Bryan Kehl applies the pressure on AFA quarterback Shaun Carney. Kehl has been a dominant force on the Cougar defense and currently leads the team with 20 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles and one sack in four games.

Sophomore quarterback Max Hall throws a pass downfield. Hall has passed for 1,509 yards in four games, averaging 377.2 yards per game, and has an efficiency rating of 146.27.

Sophomore defensive end Jan Jorgensen takes down Carney. Jorgensen leads the Cougar defense with three sacks so far on the season. He also currently has 10 solo tackles and 10 assisted tackles.

Unga catches a touchdown pass from Hall on fourth-and-nine. Unga has caught 18 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns on the season.

Tonga catches a pass over the middle and in between AFA defenders. He is currently fifth on the team in receptions, with 15 for 141 yards.

Hall rushes to the outside while looking downfield to his receivers. He threw for 293 yards on 33 attempts against Air Force, and is on pace to pass for over 4,500 yards on the season, which would rank him among the top-five single-season performances in BYU football history.


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