Brigham Young Cougars vs. Stanford Cardinal Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 26th 2022

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BYU will try to upgrade its expected bowl bid while host Stanford looks to avoid adding to a season-ending losing streak when the teams end the regular season with a nonconference game Saturday night.

BYU (6-5) became bowl-eligible with a 52-26 shellacking of Utah Tech last Saturday, riding Jaren Hall's 456-yard, five-touchdown passing day to a second consecutive win.

Meanwhile, Stanford (3-8) came up short in its Pacific-12 Conference finale last weekend, giving squandering an 11-point lead by giving up three fourth-quarter touchdowns at rival California 27-20. After entering the fourth quarter leading 17-6, the Cardinal was reduced to sending in Joshua Karty to kick a Big Game-record, 61-yard field goal on the final play of the game ... while trailing by 10 points.

The Cougars and Cardinal are meeting for the third time, with Stanford sweeping a two-game series in 2003-04.

While Stanford -- after opening the David Shaw era with eight straight bowl bids -- will be sitting home for the fourth consecutive holiday season, BYU clinched its fifth consecutive bowl appearance and 16th in the last 17 years.

One bowl projection has the Cougars facing Kansas in the Armed Forces Bowl, a matchup that could be a preview of a Big 12 Conference game next fall after BYU, currently an independent, begins its new conference affiliation.

The Cougars are led offensively by Hall (3,078 yards and 29 passing touchdowns), and Cal transfer Christopher Brooks (565 yards and five scores).

Brooks, who rushed for 131 yards for Cal in the 2021 Big Game against Stanford, is looking forward to getting one more shot at his one-time rival.

"Very, very (high)," he noted of his excitement level to be facing Stanford. "It's back to the Bay."

It's unlikely that the Cardinal, who has lost four in a row, will be able to match that enthusiasm, but Stanford coach David Shaw sees a positive in that his seniors will get one more opportunity to go out winners.

"Wanted this one really bad for them," he said after the loss at Cal. "So many guys really gave their best effort. So many guys that were late-week (injury) decisions. Could have easily just said: 'You know, I'm not feeling great, so coach, I can't play.' And they all tried. They all tried."

--Field Level Media

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Brigham Young Cougars vs. Stanford Cardinal Recap NOV 26TH 2022

Jaren Hall passed for two touchdowns and rushed for a third before leaving with an injury, lifting the Cougars to a 35-26 nonconference victory over host Stanford in the regular-season finale for both teams Saturday night.

Christopher Brooks amassed 164 yards on 23 carries, while Hinckley Ropati and Puka Nacua joined Hall with rushing TDs for BYU (7-5), which will take a three-game winning streak into its bowl game. BYU rushed for 358 yards total.

Tanner McKee threw for 313 yards and one score for Stanford (3-9), which completed a bowl-less season with five straight losses.

Hall threw 43 and 1 yards to Isaac Rex and ran in from 19 yards out, helping BYU take a 28-12 halftime lead. Ropati also had a 43-yard rushing TD in the half for the Cougars.

When Nacua raced 25 yards for a TD with 12:48 remaining in the game, the visitors were up 35-12 and hardly noticed that Hall had left the game with a sprained right ankle. He did not return.

But Stanford didn't give up easily. Backup quarterback Ashton Daniels plunged in from 1 yard out, then McKee connected with Brycen Tremayne for a 7-yard score, getting the Cardinal back within 35-26 pending Joshua Karty's PAT attempt with still 4:39 to play.

But Karty, who earlier in the game had seen his perfect PAT season end with an effort that went wide left, never got a chance to get Stanford back within one score. A bad snap prevented his attempt, leaving the Cardinal two scores behind.

BYU was then able to run out the clock, with Brooks running four times for 27 yards and a pair of first downs.

Brooks joined Ropati (85) and Hall (69) as three Cougars who rushed for 50 or more yards en route to the huge team total.

Hall finished 7-for-11 passing for 93 yards and the two scores without an interception.

McKee went 31-for-40 without an interception for Stanford. The 313 yards were just seven short of his season-best, accomplished in October against Arizona State.

Tremayne was the game's leading receiver with 11 catches for 130 yards, while Mitch Leigber was the Cardinal's leading rusher with 40 yards on 12 runs and a 1-yard score in the second quarter.

Karty, who also entered the game without having missed a field goal all season, completed Stanford's scoring with 34- and 54-yard kicks in the first half.

--Field Level Media