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Oh Yeah! They Won! 20 to 7!

BYU still does the Haka, which is a Maori war dance designed to instill fear in the hearts of the enemy, or opponent as the case may be -- I think it's very cool.

Was Harvey amazing or what? No one will ever say, "Harvey who? If you watched the game you know what I'm talkin' about! Did he just dance across the field over and over with amazing runs, dodges, tackles and touchdowns. My word, no wonder he was named MVP, he deserved it. Playing to a sold out crowd, no less.

From we read:

September 1st, 2007 @ 8:05pm

(AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

By DOUG ALDEN, AP Sports Writer

PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Max Hall passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns in his college debut and Brigham Young won a season opener for the first time under coach Bronco Mendenhall, beating Arizona 20-7 Saturday.

The Cougars ended last season with 10 straight wins and extended the streak to 11 by nearly shutting out the Wildcats, who didn't score until 53 seconds remained in the game.

Harvey Unga ran for 67 yards and a touchdown and caught nine passes for 127 yards. Unga finished with 194 yards of offense, nearly as much as Arizona totaled as a team with 255. The Wildcats gained 80 on their only scoring drive against the BYU reserves.

Arizona, one of two teams to beat BYU last year, had just 32 yards rushing and 223 yards passing as the offense sputtered under new coordinator Sonny Dykes' spread scheme. The Wildcats finally avoided the shutout when Willie Tuitama completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Earl Mitchell with 53 seconds remaining.

Tuitama finished 26-for-36 for 216 yards. The Wildcats hadn't been shut out in a season opener since 1963.

Hall spent last season running the scout team, ineligible to play under NCAA transfer rules. He redshirted at Arizona State in 2004 and left school to serve a Mormon church mission.

Hall is replacing John Beck, the No. 2 passer in BYU history, and didn't show any signs of the long layoff. He completed his first three passes and went 26-for-39 with no interceptions.

The Cougars were 7-for-15 on third-down conversions under the rookie quarterback, who had a lot of help from the 220-pound Unga as well as the BYU defense.

BYU stopped Arizona on a fourth-and-5 and got the ball back at the Cougars' 28. Hall led a seven play drive, hitting Unga on a 27-yard touchdown pass that put the Cougars up 7-0 with 6:02 left in the first quarter. Unga caught the ball around the 10, spun around and ran through Dominick Patrick's tackle attempt and into the end zone.

Hall added a 2-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Pitta with 38 seconds left in the second quarter, giving BYU a 13-0 halftime lead after Mitch Payne missed the point-after kick.

Unga added the final touchdown on an 11-yard run with 3:24 left. The Cougars had opened the drive at the Arizona 44 after the Wildcats were well 3 yards short on a fourth-and-7.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

All four of my nephews, Harvey (45), Sete (67), Eathan (55) and Tyler (22) played in the game. I watched in amazement as they excelled at every level. Harvey, Sete and Eathan were in the game almost the entire time. (I could only find pictures of Harvey and Sete.)

Max Hall, whom I do not know, proved himself as a worthy successor to BYU's rich tradition of phenomenal quarterbacks. The offensive line held strong, most of the time, and gave Max the time he needed to get the job done. And boy howdy, did he get it done! Fui Vakapuna looks to be healing from the off-season ankle surgery. But as we saw, Harvey more than amply covered for him. The defense held strong and kept the Wildcats to a big fat ZERO until the waning minutes of the game. All in all, BYU ruled the field, the game and the day.

You know what I find to be the complete and total beauty of the young men on the BYU Team that I do know . . . their humility, their strength and their sheer competitiveness. These young men intend to go undefeated and I believe, in fact, I know they can do it.

So yeah, I'm doing the Snoopy dance around the house. Just hear me now, "Oh yeah. We won. Go Cougars. Uh huh! Oh yeah. We won. go Cougars!" Just repeat that over and over in your mind and you've got gist of what's going on even as I type. Which by the way, is not an easy task.

Go Cougars! Watch out UCLA!

Harvey being interviewed in Spring Practice earlier this year. It was interesting to listen and watch him and then see what he did today! What a player!

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