BYU kicks off football season with 20-6 win over Portland State

Posted at 4:44 PM, Aug 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-26 23:27:51-04

PROVO, Utah -- The BYU Cougars kicked off their football season Saturday with a 20-6 win at home vs Portland State.

BYU was first on the scoreboard as Tanner Mangum connected on a 28-yard pass to Neil Pau'u in the first quarter.

The Cougars then made it 14-0 midway through the second quarter on a 1-yard rush from Squally Canada.  Portland State scored a touchdown of their own with just under two minutes left in the half, scoring on a 4-yard pass from Jalani Eason to Darnell Adams.

But the Vikings could not complete the PAT, making it 14-6 heading into halftime.

BYU notched on another six points in the fourth quarter on a pair of Rhett Almond field goals. The sophomore hit from 27 and 35 yards.

Mangum completed 16 out of 27 pass attempts for a total of 194 yards and a touchdown.

Canada led the cougars on the ground, amassing 94 yards over 15 attempts to go with his TD run.

BYU plays next on Saturday, September 2 when they travel to Houston to play LSU. That game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. MDT.